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15 Days Iran Cultural – Natural Tour

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Available: Fall & Winter
  • Start in: Tehran
  • End in: Tehran
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Physical Rating: 2 / 5
  • Tour Code: OT1116011

Overview

On Iran Cultural – Natural tour, you can find yourself within a nation with rich history, many rituals, traditions, and four-season nature including mountains, deserts, coastal areas, and forests. in fifteen days you explore Persia by visiting the natural and historical heritage from the central to southern parts. Immerse yourself in the natural highlights of the Persian Gulf zone and Qeshm Island. Then, beyond nature, you get amazed by the other must-see in Persia civilization including the Persepolis and Pasargadae. Continue your adventure in the desert wonders and outstanding monuments in the central part of Iran.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit at least 11 amazing UNESCO world heritage sites
  • One International Geopark
  • One International Wetland

Itinerary

Day 1 - Landing to Persia (Tehran)

Welcome to Iran! To be met by your tour guide at the airport (IKA airport), you will be transferred to your hotel. We will visit Golestan Palace* and grand bazaar of Tehran (depends on arrival time). Then go Nature bridge (night sightseeing).

O/N Tehran

Day 2 - Persian Gulf

In an early morning, we fly to Qeshm Island. After arriving and checking in to the hotel, we visit Qeshm International Geopark**. First Iran’s geopark, with spectacular scenery. Then after having lunch, we visit the Laft historical seaport. Wooden fishing vessels and cargo ships in colorful forms. Then we visit the Mangrove forest, which its yards depend on the tide and plays an important role in the marine ecosystem of this region. And to finish the day, we visit Stars canyon.

O/N Qeshm

Day 3 - Feel Free within Nature

In the morning, after checking out of the hotel, we move toward Hengam Island by launch (boat). Hengam Island is a protected area in natural resources, and if we get the chance, we will encounter the beautiful dolphins of the Persian Gulf. Then we go to the airport to fly to Shiraz.

O/N Shiraz

Day 4 - The Glory of Iranian Culture

We spend the whole day sightseeing Shiraz. We visit Vakil historical complex (Public Bath, Bazar, Mosque), Narenjestan historical complexNasir-al Molk mosque (aka Pink Mosque), Shahcheraq holy shrine and Jame Atigh mosque.

O/N Shiraz

Day 5 - Welcome to the Persian Empire

An early start takes us to Persepolis* (Takht-é Jamshid), the heart of the Persian Empire, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, our explorations take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae* to see the impressive, elevated Tomb of Cyrus. Then we go back to Shiraz to visit Eram Persian Garden* with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace.

O/N Shiraz

Day 6 - Like a Cavemen

In the morning, we check out of the hotel to visit Tashk international wetland**. The site lies in the eastern Zagros Mountains, 50-160 km east of Shiraz, and includes two very large salt-lakes that one of whic is called Tashk. Then after having lunch, we arrive at Meymand rocky village*. The village of Meymand, which has been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 2015, is one of the most exceptional living complexes that has been formed according to the needs of human beings.

O/N Cave guesthouse in Meymand

Day 7 - Looking for Ganj (treasure)

In the morning after checking out of the hotel, we move toward Kerman. In Kerman, we visit Ganj Ali Khan historical complex and old bazaar. Ganj Ali Khan Complex is constructed during Safavid dynasty and is included of a caravanserai, a water reservoir (Ab Anbar), a mosque, a school, a square, a bazaar, and a bathhouse.

O/N Kerman

Day 8 - Glory of Desert

Today we continue visiting rest of Kerman. We start by visiting Mahan Persian Garden*, a great example of Persian gardens, where you can get relaxed in. It also represents a high contrast between a lush garden and a harsh desert in the background. Then we visit Shah Nematollah Tomb*. A Sufis who have traveled a long way to pay homage to their Sufi master Shah Nematollah Vali in his shrine. Then we leave Kerman and go to Shahdad Historical City.

O/N Shahdad guesthouse

Day 9 - Imaginary Desert Fort

In the morning, we explore in Kaluts in the Lut desert*. It is created by wind and rain, and they are the unique structures in the desert. From a distance, they look like the ruins of an enormous legendary city with grand palaces and buildings both short and high. We will also visit the world’s biggest Nebkhas with regard to the height and vastness on its west side. Then we go to Zein-Aldin caravanserai. The caravanserai is situated on the ancient Silk Road. It is one of 999 such inns that were built during the reign of Shah Abbas I to provide facilities to travelers.

O/N Yazd

Day 10 - Religion Crossway

Today the beautiful city of Yazd and its culture. We start by visiting the Zoroastrian Tower of Silence or Dakhma, where the bodies of the deceased were placed, to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition. Then we visit Old adobe city of Yazd* which is located in the remote desert and is built almost entirely of adobe. To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings have magnificent wind towers, with large underground areas to circulate cooling air. We finish the day by visiting Jame mosque of Yazd.

O/N Yazd

Day 11 - Feel the Adobes

Today, after checking out of the hotel, we go to Naein to visit its historical parts. There are some of the most outstanding monuments in all of Iran. Then we drive to Isfahan. Iranians say that their lovely city is “half the world”. We explore Isfahan in night time and visit two historic bridges calles Si-o-Se-Pol and Khaju.

O/N Isfahan

Day 12 - The Glory of Iranian Arts

We spend the whole day exploring Isfahan. First, we visit the magnificent Jameh Mosque of Isfahan* with its famous Uljaitu Mihrab of the Il-Khanid Period. Then we continue on to the Naqhsh-e Jahan Square*, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gigantic open plaza is framed by a wall of arches and surrounded by two of the Islamic world’s most impressive mosques, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque* and the Shah Mosque*. Both houses of worship contain magnificent architecture and tile-work, and finish the day by visiting Aliqapoo Palace*.

O/N Isfahan

Day 13 - Looking on Central Desert’s Life

Today after checking out of the hotel, we will leave Isfahan to move toward Kashan. On our way, we will visit Madar-shah caravanserai. Then we go to Abyaneh historical village. The village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies.

O/N Kashan

Day 14 - Kashan Life

In the morning, after checking out of the hotel, we will visit Fin Persian Gardens*, another one of the UNESCO Persian Gardens. Then on our way, we visit Ouyi underground city. The underground city of Ouyi (Noushabad), located 5km north of Kashan, is considered a notable piece of ancient architecture. After arriving in Kashan, we will visit one of the historical houses in Kashan like Tabatabaei, Borujerdi, or Abbasian. Then we move toward staying the night in Imam Khomeini International Airport.

O/N Tehran

Day 15 - Missing Persia

We will provide a group transfer hotel to IKA airport for departure flight.

Included Services

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3* hotel/ traditional house
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Professional licensed tour guide/driver
  • All transfers and transportations (A.C minibus / van / private car)
  • Daily refreshment (2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks)
  • Visa authorization code fee (except for UK, US & Canada passport holders)
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Important Notes

Accommodation

– Hotel check-in time generally is at 2:00 PM. So, according to your arrival time, if you need early check-in you must book an extra day.
– The price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.
– Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.

Transportation

– Use Minibus / Van / Private car depending on your group size

Meals

– Vegetarian dishes are also possible upon request.

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Other notes

– The priority in sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.

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