16 Days Iran UNESCO Sites Tour

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Duration

16 Days 15 Nights

Tour Type

Private Tour

Group Size

Min:1 - Max:15 Pax

Languages

English

Start in

Tehran

End in

Tehran

Availability

All Months

About this tour

Our 16 Day Iran UNESCO Sites Tour is an incredible journey through time that allows you to experience the rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country. From the ancient ruins of Persepolis to the stunning domes of its historic mosques, you’ll witness the unparalleled beauty and rich history of Iran’s most iconic landmarks.

As you travel through the heart of the country, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions, and indulge in the flavors of traditional Iranian cuisine. You’ll also explore charming local bazaars, where skilled artisans create exquisite handicrafts.

As you explore Iran’s ancient cities, you’ll be transported back in time, discovering the unique architecture and stunning landscapes that make this country so magical. From the tranquil Persian gardens of Shiraz to the historic city of Yazd, each destination offers something unique and unforgettable. Our Iran UNESCO Sites Tour is the perfect way to experience the beauty and charm of Iran’s cultural heritage.

Join us on this unforgettable adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Highlights

  • This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore Iran's rich history and cultural heritage while also experiencing its stunning landscapes and natural beauty.
  • Visiting 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit the magnificent Golestan Palace in Tehran, a masterpiece of the Qajar era.
  • Explore the ancient city of Susa, one of the oldest cities in the world, and see the ruins of the Apadana Palace and the Tomb of Daniel.
  • Discover the iconic Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, and admire its impressive ruins and historical significance.
  • Visit the historic city of Yazd, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique architecture and Zoroastrian heritage.
  • Explore the ancient village of Abyaneh, known for its red mud-brick houses and traditional way of life.
  • Discover the beautiful city of Isfahan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see its impressive monuments, such as the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.
  • Visit the historical village of Maymand, a unique troglodyte settlement in Iran's Kerman Province.
  • Explore the ancient city of Bam, known for its impressive citadel and role in the Silk Road trade.
  • Travel comfortably and safely throughout the trip with private transportation, professional English-speaking guides, and carefully selected accommodations.

Included/Excluded

  • 15 nights in 4* hotel/traditional house
  • All transportations in private vehicle
  • All airport transfers
  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Daily refreshment (2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks)
  • Visa authorization code fee
  • Travel insurance
  • SIM card
  • International Flights
  • Meals
  • Visa Stamp Fee
  • Personal Expenses
  • Entrance Fees

Itinerary

Welcome to Iran. You arrive at Tehran’s IKA airport; meet your guide and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, we start our journey by exploring the National Museum‍ , displaying the country’s archaeological findings.

O/N Tehran

Begin the day at the Carpet Museum , exhibiting lush carpets from all over the country dating from the 17th century to the present day. Then we enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Golestan Palace , part of a complex of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s historic arg, or citadel. The oldest of the historical monuments in Tehran, this opulent palace dates back to the Qajar Dynasty (1789-1925). Continue this afternoon with visiting the collection at the Abgineh Glass and Ceramics Museum , impressive not only for its exhibits but for the building itself, constructed in the early 1920s as a private residence for a prominent local family and later housing the Egyptian Embassy.

O/N Tehran

Depart Tehran for Hamedan , a major stop on the ancient royal road to Baghdad. Welcome to the first capital of Iran under the Median empire that was created by King Diocese (728-675 B.C). Here, view the Alavian Dome , a 12th-century structure regarded as the finest example of Seljuk art in Iran. It’s registered as an Islamic world site (ICESCO). See the Hegmataneh (Ecbatana) , the largest hill from ancient times in Iran, there are archaeological holes, an ancient city, a museum, and two Armenchurches.  Visit the Tomb of Avicenna , a world-renowned polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant astronomers, physicians, and philosophers of the 10th century. We also visit Ganjnameh , where the area of Achaemenid rock carvings is located. Engraved on two stone panels, the inscriptions record the achievements of Darius I and his son Xerxes and the extent of their empires.

O/N Hamedan

An early departure for Kermanshah takes us via the Sassanian site at Kangavar , where the remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, the beneficent divinity of water, are to be found. We then view the incredible Achaemenid bas-reliefs at Bisotun, one of the most famous Near eastern archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trilingual inscriptions carved 521-519 B.C. in Old Persian, Elamite, and Akkadian served as the key to the decipherment of cuneiform script in the mid-19th century. The relief above the inscription shows Darius the Great facing nine rebel kings—the rulers crushed by Darius when he came to power. Then on to the sensational site at Taq-e Bostan, where a sacred spring emerges from a mountain cliff and empties into a large reflecting pool.

O/N Kermanshah

En route to Ahvaz we enjoy a picnic lunch and, in the afternoon, view the remains of Pol-é-Dokhtar, a bridge constructed by the Sassanians 2,000 years ago. It is huge – 900 feet long and rising 90 feet above water level and with eight arches needed to span the Kashkan River. Finally, drive to the ancient fortress city of Susa (Shushtar) to see the historical hydraulic system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The watermills can be traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C. and still supply water to the city. Continue to Ahvaz and stay for two nights.

O/N Ahvaz

Begin in Haft Tepe, the site of an ancient city built 3,500 years ago and an imposing feature rising about the surrounding plain. Here are found elaborate vaulted graves and a temple of the Middle Elamite royalty. We now visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tchogha Zanbil and Susa. The well-preserved Elamite ziggurat at Tchogha Zanbil is the largest man-made structure in Iran and one of the few remaining examples of ziggurats in the Middle East. Our next site is Shush, or Susa, the setting of the Biblical Book of Esther. Dating back to around 6000 BC, Susa was one of the great ancient cities of Iran and an important Elamite center until it was destroyed by the Assyrians in the 7th century BC. Across the river, visit the Tomb of Daniel, said to hold the remains of the Jewish prophet, and is still a place of pilgrimage.

O/N Ahvaz

Leaving Khozestan behind, continue to Kazerun to visit Sassanian City Bishapur visiting Anahita Temple  and Old Bishapur City belonging to Shapur I and Tang-e Chogan a complex of Sasanian Bass Reliefs. 

O/N Shiraz

Explore lovely Shiraz, the City of Roses, and Nightingales. Begin in Eram Garden, with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace. Continue to the pink-tiled 19th-century Nasir-al Mulk Mosque  and the Narenjestan Gardens, with the richly decorated pavilion featuring a mirrored porch set among graceful trees. Visit the tomb of Hafez , Iran’s greatest lyric poet. Late this afternoon, spend some time in the famous Shiraz bazaar.

O/N Shiraz

An early start takes us to Persepolis (Takht-é Jamshid), the heart of the Persian Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, walk through a complex of palaces and temples that are said to be one of the architectural wonders of the world. Massive winged bulls, derived from Assyria but given a characteristic Persian stateliness, greet us at the head of a grand stairway wide enough for five horses to ride abreast. On the stairway up to the Apadana, the reception hall to the palace of King Darius I, survey the hundreds of figures carved in low relief exactly as Darius and Xerxes saw them. Nearby, visit Naqsh-e Rajab, where magnificent Sassanian reliefs are located in an alcove in the rocks. Nearby, at Naqsh-e Rostam, gaze upon the immense memorial carved for the Sassanian Ardashir I after his conquest of the Parthians.

O/N Saadatshahr

Our explorations take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae  to see the impressive, elevated Tomb of Cyrus and to walk through the different sections of the ancient city: the residential Palace, the Audience Hall, the Gatehouse, and the curious Zendan-e Soleyman. Continue to Yazd. on our way, we also visit the historical city of Abarkooh. In this city, you’ll be shaded by the ancient 4000 years old cypress tree and visit Abarkooh Ice House.

O/N Yazd

Located in the remote desert, the old city of Yazd  is built almost entirely of adobe and is an architectural wonder. To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings have magnificent wind towers, with large underground areas to circulate cooling air. Yazd has been a Zoroastrian center since Sassanian times. Zoroastrians still make up a significant minority of the population, and the Atashkadeh in Yazd is the most important Zoroastrian fire temple in Iran. The sacred flame visible behind glass in the interior of the fire temple is said to have been burning for over 1500 years. We visit the Tower of Silence, or Dakhma, where the bodies of the deceased were placed, to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition, and then the Fire Temple and its grounds, On the way we visit Dowlat Abad garden, Amir- Chakhmaq square, Jame mosque, walking in the old part of the city that registered as a UNESCO site.

Zurkhaneh is optional (the traditional gymnasium, where amateurs practice their strength and flexibility to the accompaniment of devotional music).

O/N Yazd

Drive this morning to Isfahan. Iranians say that their lovely city is “half the world”. The capital of the Safavids from the 16th century, but on the way to Isfahan there are some so interesting cities to visit, one of them is Meybod in Yazd province and then Naein in Isfahan. In Meybod we will visit Narin Castle  which is a mud-adobe fort built about 2000 years ago, Icehouse  and water reservoir , and Pigeon Tower  in Naein city we visit one of the oldest mosques in Iran goes back to the 9th century. Isfahan is said to have the most beautiful bridges. We view two of them in the evening, the Si-o-Se Pol as well as the ornate Pol-e Khaju.

O/N Isfahan

We start this day with the magnificent Jameh Mosque  with its famous Uljaitu Mihrab of the Il- Khanid Period and with UNESCO World Heritage status. There are nine gardens in Iran designated UNESCO World Heritage, and we will visit one today– Chehel Sotun, a pavilion constructed as a reception hall for visiting dignitaries by Shah Abbas II. Next, Continue on to the Naqsh-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 Masjid-e Sheikh Lotfollah  and the Masjid-e Shah (Imam). Both houses of worship contain magnificent architecture and tilework. Walk through the Ali Qapu Palace with its enchanting music room and balcony overlooking the Meidan where the Safavid kings sat to watch polo tournaments. Bazaar  is including hundreds of shops and stalls that offer a rich variety of carpets, tiles, hand-block-printed cloth, miniature paintings, and jewelry. Finish our day in the Qeisarieh Bazaar , located just off the Meidan.

O/N Isfahan

This morning, drive to Kashan to walk through the famous Fin Gardens, another one of the UNESCO Persian Gardens. In keeping with many of the gardens of this era, the Fin Garden has many stunning water features that are fed from a spring emerging from a slope behind the garden. Circulating pools and fountains were created using only the water pressure of the waterway. We also visit Tabatabayi historical house and Borujerdiha/Abbasian historical house in Kashan. We also visit the old bazaar and Aminoddole Carvansarai (Timche Aminoddole) and end our day with an excursion to Sialk Archaeological Hills. 

O/N Kashan

Spanning an impressive amount of human history, the Reza Abbasi Museum displays artifacts from the 2nd millennium BC to the 20th century AD. Explore this museum and continue to the Niavaran Palace before breaking for a free evening to explore or relax. Gather together again this evening for our farewell dinner.

O/N Tehran

At the end of the tour, the group will be transferred to the IKA airport for the departure flight.

Frequently asked questions

You have 2 options to book the tour: click on the book Now button and reserve your tour or send us an inquiry and we get back to you for more information. Also, if you have any questions before making your decision, contact us on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888, Online Chat or Email ([email protected])

Except for the visa-free countries (the Republic of Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Georgia, Armenia, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia and China.) other nationalities need to apply for Iran visa before their trip to Iran. If you are buying a tour package from us, do not worry about it at all. We take care of your visa and it's included in your tour package.
The process is like: you send us your documents, we apply for your visa and you collect it upon arrival at the airport or any other collecting point you choose (it can be Iran embassy or consulate anywhere in the world).
For more information about Iran visa visit our blog article for Iran Visa Ultimate Guide.

It’s not compulsory, but since you need to have access to the Internet, having a SIM card will be necessary. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has a SIM card for travelers.

Yes, having travel insurance is required at passport control when you are entering Iran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has travel insurance for travelers. For more information please read about Iran Travel Insurance.

Where to change somehow depends on the amount of money you’d like to exchange. If it’s a small amount you can change at the airport or your hotel after getting to Iran. But for larger amounts, we suggest exchanging at an exchange store in the city, while you are visiting the downtown with your guide. Your guide will also assist you in choosing the best place for doing the exchange.

Yes, To Iran Tour offers airport transfers. The distance from IKA to Tehran downtown is about 50 km and having an airport transfer will be a great solution when you just arrive in Tehran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has airport transfers for travelers.

International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran, so you must bring cash and conduct frequent exchanges. However, there is a solution to this problem: the “Iran tourist Card”. You can use this prepaid debit card for tourists instead of cash. Upon request, please let our support team know so that they can prepare it for you.

According to To Iran Tour’s terms and conditions, cancellations must be made by the customer in writing to To Iran Tour before the tour departure is confirmed. Applied cancellation fees are mentioned in the cancellation box of each tour. It differs between packages and day tours as in high and low season. You can contact To Iran Tour on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

All non-Iranian nationals older than 12 years, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a valid vaccine certificate on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English, showing full vaccination of 2 doses. However, there are no obligations regarding the date of the vaccination. Or they should present a negative PCR test.

Based on the group size or the road quality and the tour type, minibuses, vans or VIP buses will be used for the tour which are all private vehicles. All the vehicles are AC equipped and have the standard of EURO5 or EURO4.

Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality. Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. The basic price includes shared beds in double and twin rooms in hotels. Single rooms cost an extra fee.

Considering the locality and having an authentic experience, some traditional hotels or ecolodges do not have beds. But they all have sleeping equipment with comfortable mattresses and blankets.

Important Notes

Use private Minibus / Van / car depending on your group size

Meals are not included in the package, but if you are a vegetarian or allergic to any food, let us know in advance to take the necessary measures in our arrangements with your guide.

High season (Mar-May & Sep-Oct):

You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 45 days before the start date of your tour.
45-30 days prior to arrival: 5%
29-15 days prior to arrival: 15%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 25%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 50%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No show

Low season (Nov-Feb & Jun-Aug):

You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 30 days before the start date of your tour.
29-15 days prior to arrival: 5%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 15%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 25%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: 75%

The basic price includes shared beds in double and twin rooms in hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.

- The priority in sightseeing may change. 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 change depending on the weather conditions.

- Zurkhaneh is optional (the traditional gymnasium, where amateurs practice their strength and flexibility to the accompaniment of devotional music).

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Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 2 - 15 Pax 2 15 20%

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ToIranTour - Soltaniyeh Dome - Zanjan - 16 Days Iran UNESCO Sites Tour
Aika
03/28/2022

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Reza was an excellent tour guide; he paid close attention to all of our requests and inquiries and made sure we had a wonderful time in Iran. The only thing we would have changed is where we stayed; instead of choosing conventional accommodations, we would have chosen to remain in more traditional ones. However, we believed we received excellent value for our money and had an amazing time altogether.

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