Land of Islamic Art
The classic tour of Iran starts in Tehran, city of galleries, museums and cozy cafes. In Tehran we have a chance to visit residence of two last dynasties, Qajar and Pahlavi, who ruled over Iran before the revolution 1979. We depart for Kashan and its wonderful traditional Iranian houses in Isfahan province. We keep our way to desert area of Matin Abad and staying at one of the best sustainable eco-houses in the world. After a full day activity in desert, we leave for Isfahan city, masterpiece of Shah Abbas the Great in 16th century. Last not least, Shiraz where we encounter the largest empire of ancient of all the time.
15 Apr. 2019 | Fully booked
6 Sep. 2019 | 15+ spaces left
- Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, sandals shoes, hat and light jacket.
- IncludedLand of Islamic ArtAirport transportationBottled WaterVisa Ref No.TransportationEntry FeesAccommodationTour GuideBreakfast
- Not IncludedDomestic FlightOptional ToursTravel InsuranceInternational TicketsOther MealsAdmission Not Mentioned
Day 1: Welcome to Iran
Welcome to Tehran, capital and lovely city of Iran. DanaTrips host is available to assist you at IKA airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2: Tehran city tour
- Azadi Tower
- Iran National Museum
- Golestan Palace
- Abghineh Museum
After a healthy breakfast, morning sightseeing includes Azadi tower and then famous museums of Tehran in historic part of city. Iran National Museum is on the top of the list.
Next site is fabulous Golestan Palace with those colorful tile-work and mirror-work that attracts any tourist.
We have a stop for lunch at bazaar and its area, Iranian local dishes will help you to recover your energy. Continue with Abghineh Museum which is known as Qavam house,This two-storey building was built by Hans Hollein, Austrian architect in late Qajar period.
We take a walk into Darband area for enjoying the nightlife of Tehran and a welcome Iranian style dinner.
Overnight stay at Tehran.
Day 3: Tehran full day excursion
- Saad Abad Complex
- National Jewelry Museum
- Carpet Museum
- Tabiat Bridge
Today, try to unravel the Pahlavi mystery by visiting Saad Abad Complex with over 14 buildings. Later we will back to ancient region of Ferdowsi St. to visit treasury of national jewels, National Jewelry Museum.
Final visit will be Carpet Museum where Persian carpets which are well-known in the world in terms of beauty, texture, quality of design, various form of flat weaving, longevity and natural colors.
The rest of the day is free we can also visit contemporary newborn Tabiat Bridge the largest pedestrians overpass in the whole country.
Overnight stay at Tehran.
Day 4: Kashan city tour
- Tabatabaei Iranian House
- Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
- Agha Bozorg Mosque-School
- Fin Persian Garden
Morning drive to Kashan city in Isfahan province. En-route visit will be Fatima Massumeh holy shrine. We keep our way to Kashan.
First visit will be Tabatabaei house, then Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse. We have lunch at a traditional place, where you'll enjoy both the cuisine and beauty of the building.
Later we visit Agha Bozorg mosque-school, one of the remaining buildings from Qajar era. Our final visit in the city of traditional houses is Fin Persian garden and its wonderful area. We back to the road, driving to Matin Abad desert. Overnight stay at Matin Abad eco-camp.
Day 5: Matin Abad Desert
- Desrt area
Today we enjoy desert activities. First in the morning after a healthy and organic breakfast, we take a safari in desert in the middle of Iran. Later you can enjoy camel riding and by cycling around the eco-camp. Overnight stay at Matin Abad eco-camp.
Day 6: Isfahan city tour
- Ardestan Jameh Mosque
- Vank Cathedral
- Isfahan Jameh Mosque
- Zoorkhanei Ritual
Early morning drive to Isfahan. En-route visit will be Ardestan Jameh Mosque, the only two-storey mosque in whole country.
Our first visit in Isfahan is Vank Cathedral, Armenian church of 16th century in Armenian district of Jolfa. We discover the area. Later after lunch we have a worthy visit to Isfahan Jameh Mosque.
This evening we enjoy Pahlavani and Zoorkhanei Ritual, inscribed in 2010 on intangible list of UNESCO. It describes a ritual collection of gymnastic and callisthenic movements performed by men. The Morshed (Master) who leads the Pahlavani ritual performs epic and gnostic poems and beats out time on a Zarb or goblet drum. Overnight stay at Isfahan.
Day 7: Isfahan, half of the world
- Chehelsotun Palace
- Imam Mosque
- Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque
- Ali Qapu Palace
- Qeysarieh Bazaar
Morning visit to the heart of Isfahan, Naghsh-e Jahan square. Before we have a visit to Chehelsotun palace the ceremonial palace of Safavid dynasty. Today, we begin with Imam Mosque in UNESCO registered site of Naghsh-e Jahan square. This mosque was built in 16th cantury by order of Shah Abbas the great.
Later we visit Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and its music room. Ali Qapu was known as the administrative office of Savafid dynasty (15-17 A.D) The rest of day you are free to roam along historic Qeysareieh Royal Bazaar.
Late in the evening we visit Safavid (17th A.D) Khaju Bridge and Si-o-Se Pol there you can stroll by the Zayandeh Rud River. Overnight stay at Isfahan.
Day 8: Back to Achaemenid Era
- Achaemenid Necropolises
Today we will take a wonderful sightseeing to Achaemenid Capitals. We keep our way to Pasargadae, the palace of Cyrus the Great and the old capital of Achaemenid dynasty, the first Persian kingdom (550-330 B.C).
We'll spend rest of the day on visiting Persepolis ceremonial complex. First we shall drive to the nearby tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam where there are graves and inscriptions from early Ilamite to Islam era. Persepolis or Takht-e Jamshid palace, the ceremonial palace of Achaemenid built by order of Darius the Great in 518 B.C. Keep on our way to Shiraz. As we enter the city we visit Quran gate. Overnight stay at Shiraz.
Day 9: Shiraz city tour
- Nasir-al Mulk Mosque
- Narenjestan Qavam House
- Karim Khan Citadel
- Vakil Complex
- Eram Garden
- Hafez Tomb
Today we visit colorful Nasir-al Mulk Mosque or as it called Pink Mosque then we explore wonderful Narenjestan Qavam house dates back to 18th century built in early QAjar. Karim Khan Citadel where founder of Zand dynasty, Karim Khan, lived there in 18th century is on our today list.
After a local lunch, we jump into Vakil bazaar and its other belongings constructions such as bathhouse and mosque. For the evening we have visit to Eram Persian Garden and we also spend some time at Hafez Tomb, great Persian Poet. Overnight stay at Shiraz.
Day 10: Back to Home
790 EURO P.P
Hotels in Iran are rated from 1 to 5-star locally, according to your type of itinerary and routes, you may stay at eco-houses, traditional houses or caravanserai that are converted into standard hotels. You may encounter public shower or bath and W.C in traditional accommodation, mostly in the small villages of course not in major cities that in every room there is an en-suite bathroom. Also in this kind of accommodation, travelers may stay together in one room, mostly not more than 3 in a room because the number of rooms are limited. The main purpose of accommodate in these hotels is to get familiar with traditional lifestyle of Iranian.
- 3 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Tehran
- 2 nights accommodation in tent in Matin Abad desert
- 2 nights accommodation in a traditional hotel in Isfahan
- 2 nights accommodation in a traditional hotel in Shiraz
- Jewelry Museum
- Desert area
- Naghsh-e Jahan Sq.
- Vakil complex
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this tour:
- Golestan Palace - 2013
- Imam Mosque - 1979
- Ali Qapu Palace - 1979
- Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque - 1979
- Qeysarieh Bazaar - 1979
- Jameh Mosque of Isfahan - 2012
- Eram Persiam Garden - 2011
- Persepolis - 1979
- Pasargadae - 2004
The following CITIES are visited on this tour:
- Tehran, current Iran capital
- Kashan, city of traditional houses
- Isfahan, city of Islamic art
- Shiraz, ancient capital of Achaemenid
Full breakfast daily, lunch or dinner, including a welcome dinner in Tehran.