Explore the Mesmerizing Historical Capitals of Persia
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Explore the Mesmerizing Historical Capitals of Persia
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Duration

13 Days

Start

Tehran

Finish

Tehran

Included meals

12 Breakfast

Group Size

Min 2 ,Max 10

Historical Capitals of Persia

Join us on a transformative 10-day odyssey across the diverse landscapes of Iran, including the Historical Capitals of Persia. Start in the energetic corridors of Tehran, absorbing its blend of modernity and tradition. As you traverse the country, delve into the distinct cultures and histories of each region. Revel in the enduring elegance of Shiraz, where ancient tales come alive. It is not just a tour; it is a deep dive into the very soul of Iranian heritage.

Your Detailed Route

hotel

Howeyzeh 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 1: Tehran

Arrive in Tehran and transfer to your hotel. Hotels are pre-booked from the previous night.

After taking some rest, we will meet at around 9:00 a.m. to explore the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Tehran (the largest city and the capital of Iran).

Today, we will pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Golestan Palace– the former Royal Qajar Complex, continue to the Iran National Museum and a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the focal point of commerce in Tehran.

The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit to the Tabiat Bridge (Nature Bridge) and also the Azadi Tower, a symbol of Tehran which is a wonderful white structure that shines like a jewel on the west side of Tehran.

At night there will be a beautiful natural environment at Darband Mountains.

Overnight: Tehran

Tehran Iconic Landmark
Tehran UNESCO Qajar Palace
Tehran Tabiat Bridge
hotel

BuAli 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 2: Tehran- Hamedan

In the morning, we will leave Tehran for Hamedan, one of the most historical cities in Iran and one of the oldest in the world.

In the afternoon, the time will be dedicated to visiting Alavian Domb, a four-sided structure with astonishing architecture. This will be followed by a visit to the Tomb of Avicenna, which is regarded as the symbol of Hamedan. This attraction is definitely worthwhile as Avicenna is regarded as one of the significant thinkers, writers, astronomers, and philosophers of the Islamic golden age.

At night, we will visit the Ganjnameh relief with two ancient inscriptions in three languages, Old Persian, Babylonian, and Neo-Elamite. A visit to Ganjnameh is not just about historical sights; the entertainment activities of Ganjnameh make it a must-see attraction. (317km)

Overnight: Hamedan>

Tomb of Ibn Sina the Iranian Physician and Philosopher
12th century Seljuk Mausoleum in Hamadan
Tourists Taking Photo by Acaemenid Inscription in Hamedan
hotel

Jamshid 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 3: Hamedan-Kermanshah

In the morning, we will visit the stunning Hegmataneh archeological site before leaving Hamedan for Kermanshah.

En route, we will visit the Anahita Temple in Kangavar, the second biggest stone structure in Iran which was constructed to honor the goddess of water, Anahita.

On arrival in Kermanshah, we will check into the. (182km)

Overnight: Kermanshah>

Iran's Largest Ancient Mound
Tourists in Iranian Traditional Hotel Caravanserai in Kermanshah
Iran's Largest Stone Structure after Persepolis
hotel

Azadi 3*

meals

Breakfast

Day 4: Kermanshah- Khorramabad

We depart for Khorramabad on the Zagros Mountains, which is known as the city of waterfalls. We will also visit Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, a gigantic historical structure dating back to the Sassanid era during the rule of Shapur I. (191km)

Overnight: Khorramabad

Tourists Visiting Falak-ol-Aflak Citadel in Lorestan
Iran's Largest Mountain Range
Historical Falakolaflak Citadel in Khorramabad
hotel

Traditional Sarabi

meals

Breakfast

Day 5: Khorramabad- Shushtar

This morning starts with a road trip to explore some beautiful attractions in the Khuzestan province.

Tchogha Zanbil, a magnificent UNESCO-registered World Heritage Site, will be visited en route. This is a stunning masterpiece from over 3,000 years ago belonging to the Elamite civilization.

Then, we continue our way and arrive in Susa city, an archaeological treasure at the foot of Zagros. Here, we will visit the tomb of Danial the prophet, as well as Acropol castle which was constructed by French archaeologists.

Our excursion will end at the Shushtar Hydraulic System (UNESCO), which stands as proof of the intelligence and engineering power of its constructors.

Tonight, we are guests at this ancient fortress in the south of Iran. (411km)

Overnight: Shushtar

Ancient Engineering Masterpiece in Khuzestan
Tomb of Danial the Prophet in the South of Iran
Iran UNESCO Site in Khuzestan
hotel

Royal 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 6: Shushtar- Bishapur- Shiraz

We drive to Shiraz, en route visiting Bishapur, an ancient city of the Persian land, and the glamorous reliefs of Tange Chogan.

At night, we will stay in Shiraz, the city of flowers and poets. (606km)

Overnight: Shiraz

Sassanid Bas-reliefs near Shiraz
Shiraz Gate
Tange Chogan Reliefs- Iran Cultural Tour
hotel

Royal 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 7: Shiraz

Early in the morning, we will experience the beautiful sight of sunlight passing through the colorful windows at the mesmerizing Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, a stunning opportunity to get lost in gorgeous colors.

Distinguished citadel of Shiraz, Arg e Karim Khan, the 18th-century royal castle of Karim Khan Zand, the famous king of the Zand dynasty, and the Vakil Complex (bath, mosque, and bazaar) will be our next visits to explore their history and architecture.

The Persian gardens in Shiraz are filled with stunning and unusual scents. Eram Garden, surrounded by numerous trees and flowers, is filled with heavenly aromas to stimulate the senses. If time allows, we will visit another traditional and historical house, the Qavam House or Narenjestan Gardens, the charming monument of the Qajar period.

The day will end with tasting faludeh Shirazi which has a world reputation.

Overnight: Shiraz

Karim Khan Mosque in Shiraz
hotel

Traditional Laleh

meals

Breakfast

Day 8: Shiraz-Persepolis-Yazd

Drive to Yazd, and en route visit the breathtaking site of Persepolis (UNESCO), by an excursion to some 50 km northeast of Shiraz. Persepolis, a glorious relic of the Achaemenid dynasty is considered the highlight of any travel to Iran.

After that, we will continue to the fantastic archeological site, Naqsh-e Rostam, and later on, drive to visit Pasargadae, the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire, including the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Yazd and visit the Tower of Silence.

Overnight: Yazd

Naqshe Rostam Bas-relief
Zoroastrian Dakhma in Yazd
hotel

Safir 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 9: Yazd-Meybod-Isfahan

We depart Yazd to Isfahan, with a stop in Meybod to explore the Castle and Caravanserai in Meybod. In the early evening, we will arrive in Isfahan and walk beside the Zayandeh Rud River, where we will visit also the famous Bridges (Si-o-se Pol & Khaju).

Tonight, we will eat dinner at one of the most famous traditional restaurants in Isfahan.

Overnight: Isfahan

Meybod Old Yakhchal- Yazd Attractions
Traditional Iranian Caravanserai near Yazd
Traditional Bridge in Isfahan
hotel

Safir 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 10: Isfahan

Our tour today is a full-day visit of wonderful sites, including the eye-catching Naqsh-e Jahan Square. We will explore the two world’s most magnificent mosques, the Imam and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques, the former being the largest and most splendid monument of the Safavid dynasty, and the latter the stunning religious structure shining at the eastern side of Naghshe Jahan Square. On the western side of the square, another impressive building, Ali Qapu Palace, stands out. This building served as the official residence of the Persian emperor Safavid reign. We will also have time to visit Chehel Sotoun Palace with its 20 columns and their reflections on the water of the pool.

Overnight: Isfahan

Amazing Mosque in Isfahan
Amazing Square in Iran
Mural in Chehel Sotun Palace-Isfahan Tours
hotel

Howeyzeh 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 11: Isfahan-Kashan-Tehran

Today, we will take a road trip to Tehran. En route, we will stop at Kashan to visit the historical UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Persian Fin Garden beside the spectacular traditional Borujerdi House. (460km)

Overnight: Tehran

UNESCO Persian Garden in Kashan
Iran Highest Tower
hotel

Howeyzeh 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 12: Tehran

The last day of our stay commences with exploring north of Tehran, including Saadabad Palace, an amazing complex embracing buildings built by Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs, in addition to Niavaran Palace with its fantastic nature and historical story. Then, we will have time to wander through the intoxicating atmosphere of the Tajrish Bazaar.

Overnight: Tehran

Tehran Museum Palace
Arash Kamangir Statue in Tehran Saadabad Palace
Persian Traditional Bazaar
hotel

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meals

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Day 13: Tehran

Transfer to the Airport in the early morning and return Flight.

Included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Licensed Tourguide
  • A.C. Minibus / Van
  • Entrance Fees for Mentioned Monuments
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Domestic Airport Transfers in Iran
  • Visa support & reference code for Visa

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Visa fee at Iranian Embassy
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Hamid Your Iran-Travel Specialist

Hamid, our co-founder, once called Germany home. However, his heart drew him back to Iran, where he channeled his bilingual advantage into leading immersive tours. Over seventeen years, he has evolved into an ambassador for Iran’s breathtaking culture and landscapes, representing the country at renowned global exhibitions like ITB Berlin.

As a co-founder, Hamid passionately bridges the gap between Western curiosity and Iran’s rich tapestry. Trust in his expertise to guide you through an authentic Iranian odyssey.

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FAQ

  • What is the best time to visit Iran?

    The best time to visit Iran is normally from April to May and from September to early November. However, Iran, as a vast country is a destination for all four seasons. For instance, in July and August, the west and northwest of Iran are the best choices due to cooler weather, mixed with classic routes, such as Tabriz, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Hamedan. The months of November, December, January, and February are the best time for traveling to south Iran and visiting the islands of Qeshm, Kish, Chabahar, and Bushehr.

  • What is the main currency in Iran?

    The national currency in Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). However, due to the dramatic decrease in Iran’s currency value, Iranians informally use Toman to make daily transactions easier. Each Toman equals 10 Rials and you just need to omit one zero to find out the value in Toman.

  • Is it safe to travel to Iran?

    Iran is generally safe for foreign travelers and Iranians are well-known for their warm hospitality. But if you are still in doubt, let a licensed Iranian tour operator or travel agency organize a hassle-free tour for you.

  • Can American, British, and Canadian citizens get a visa for Iran?

    Yes, they absolutely can! They are just required to travel with a licensed local guide across the country and arrange their visas in advance.

  • Should I wear a hijab in Iran as a woman?

    Foreign women should wear hijab in Iran according to the country’s laws. But just a loose hijab covering their hair, neck, arms, and legs is enough. Chador and burqa are not mandatory. Chador is just mandatory in some religious sites, including some mosques or shrines, and is offered to the visitors at the entrance.

  • Is my credit card accepted in Iran?

    Credit cards and debit cards do not work in Iran, unfortunately, due to the sanctions. So, you can either bring enough cash with you during your trip to Iran or exchange money at the airport or exchange offices across the cities. Iranian debit cards are also available.

  • Is there internet access in Iran?

    Yes, you can access Wi-Fi in most public places, such as hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. However, due to filtering on some social media and websites, you should use a VPN to unblock them. You can also use data internet by buying a local SIM card in the airport or mobile shops.

  • Can I drink alcohol in Iran?

    Alcoholic drinks are forbidden according to the country’s laws.

  • Can I find vegetarian restaurants in Iran?

    You can find a great variety of vegetarian meals in the Persian culinary, as well as vegetarian restaurants in larger cities. If you are going to travel to Iran on a tour, you’d better inform the tour operator or the travel agency in advance.

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