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Vibrant Elamite Land

13 Days

Vibrant Elamite Land

$990 per person

Our classic Iran tour starts in Tehran with visiting museums and palaces. Next we fly to Ahvaz for visiting both Elamite cities of Shush and Shushtar where we encounter the biggest Ziggurat of all time. Keep on our way to Shiraz and its archaeological landscape such as Bishapur and Pasargadae. Our next destination is UNESCO city of Yazd. Last but not least is city of Isfahan and its splendid tourists sites.

 

Departure Date:
13 Feb 2020 |8+ spaces left

  • Departure
    Open
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Vibrant Elamite Land
    Domestic Flight
    Airport transportation
    Bottled Water
    Visa Ref No.
    Transportation
    Entry Fees
    Tour Guide
    Breakfast
  • Not Included
    Optional Tours
    Travel Insurance
    International Tickets
    Other Meals
    Admission Not Mentioned
    Accommodation
1
Day 1: Welcome to Iran

Welcome to Tehran, vivid and lovely city of Iran. Dana host is available to assist you at IKA airport and transfer you to the hotel.

2
Day 2: Tehran city tour
  • Iran National Museum
  • Golestan Palace
  • Abghineh Museum

After a healthy breakfast, morning sightseeing includes famous museums of Tehran in historic part. 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.

Tonight is time to enjoy a welcome Iranian style dinner.

Overnight stay at Tehran.

3
Day 3: Tehran's highlight
  • 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.

4
Day 4: Exploring Shush city
  • Apadana palace
  • Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat
  • Shush museum

Early morning flight to Ahvaz. Upon our arrival we start our journey to Shush city. In Elamite city of Shush, we have a visit to Apadana palace, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat and Shush museum. Continue our way to Shustar.

Overnight stay at Shushtar.

5
Day 5: Shushtar city tour
  • Shushtar hydraulic system
  • Shushtar mosque
  • Shadorvan bridge

Breakfast at the property. Morning visit to Shushtar hydraulic system, Shushtar Jameh mosque and Shadorvan Bridge. Later stop in ancient city of Bishapur, so we keep our way to Bishapur.

Overnight stay at Kazerun.

6
Day 6: Bishapur city tour
  • Anahita temple
  • Bishapur city
  • Tang Chogan relief
  • Quran gate

Morning visit to ancient city of Bishapur includes Anahita Temple, Mosaic iwan, mosque and bathhouse. Later Tang Chogan consists of 6 inscriptions. Continue to Shiraz. Evening visit to Quran gate.

Overnight stay at Shiraz.

7
Day 7: Shiraz city tour
  • Eram Garden
  • Nasir-al Mulk Mosque
  • Karim Khan Citadel
  • Vakil Complex
  • Hafez Tomb

Today we visit Persian Garden of Eram, then we explore colorful Nasir-al Mulk Mosque or as it called Pink Mosque. Karim Khan Citadel is our next site which is visited.

After a local lunch, we jump to Vakil bazaar and its other belongings constructions such as bathhouse and mosque. We also spend some time at Hafez Tomb, great Persian Poet.

Overnight stay at Shiraz.

8
Day 8: Back to Achaemenid era
  • Pasargadae
  • Persepolis
  • Achaemenid Necropolises
  • Aghazadeh traditional house

Today we take a wonderful sightseeing to Achaemenid Capitals. We keep our way to Pasargadaethe palace of Cyrus the Great and the old capital of Achaemenid dynasty, the first Persian kingdom (550-330 B.C).

We spend rest of the day on visiting Persepolis ceremonial complex. After Persepolis, we shall drive to the nearby tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam. Keep on our way to Yazd. En-route visit Abarkooh city for visiting Aghazadeh House and Abarkooh cypress.

Overnight stay at Taft.

9
Day 9: Yazd city tour
  • Zoroastrian towers of silence
  • Water museum
  • Bahram fire temple
  • Yazd Jameh mosque
  • Amir Chaghmakh complex

Morning visit to Taft and its area. Continue to Yazd for visiting Zoroastrian Towers of silence, water museum, Bahram fire temple, Jameh mosque and Amir Chaghmakh complex.

Overnight stay at Yazd.

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Day 10:
  • Stroll into Aghda area
  • Stroll into Naein city
Early morning drive to Yazd. En-route visit small cities of Aghda and Naein both for their historic sites. Overnight stay at Isfahan.
11
Day 11: Isfahan city tour
  • Imam Mosque
  • Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Qeysarieh Bazaar

Early morning drive to Isfahan. Today, we begin with Imam Mosque in UNESCO registered site of Naghsh-e Jahan square.

Later we visit Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and its music room. The rest of day you are free to roam along historic Qeysareieh 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.

12
Day 12: Isfahan's highlight
  • Vank Cathderal
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
  • Chehel Sotoun Palace

Today we see and feel the Armenian character of Isfahan where we visit Vank Cathedral and spend some time on Jolfa district.  Later we visit Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

After lunch, we continue our day by visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace the UNESCO site which is registered 2011.

This evening we enjoy Pahlavani and Zoorkhanei Ritual, inscribed in 2010 on intangible list of UNESCO.

Overnight stay at Isfahan.

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Day 13: Back to home

Early morning drive to Tehran. Transfer to international Tehran airport, IKA.

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RATE FOR EUROPEAN MARKET

920 EURO

ACCOMMODATION

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 4-star hotel in Tehran
  • 1 night accommodation in an eco-lodge in Shushtar
  • 1 night accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kazerun
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Shiraz
  • 1 night accommodation in an eco-lodge in Taft
  • 1 night accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Yazd
  • 3 nights accommodation in an eco-lodge or 4-star hotel in Isfahan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Golestan Palace
  • Jewelry Museum
  • Local bazaar of Khuzestan province
  • Vakil bazzar
  • Naghsh-e Jahan Sq.
  • Yazd Jameh Mosque
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this tour:
  • Golestan Palace - 2013
  • Shush city - 2015
  • Shushtar hydraulic systam - 2009
  • Bishapur city - 2018
  •  Eram Persian garden - 2011
  • Persepolis - 1979
  • Pasargadae - 2004
  • Yazd city - 2017
  • Imam Mosque - 1979
  • Ali Qapu Palace - 1979
  • Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque - 1979
  • Qeysarieh Bazaar - 1979
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan - 2012
The following CITIES are visited on this tour:
  • Tehran, current Iran capital
  • Shush, current ancient capital of Elamite
  • Shiraz, ancient capital of Achaemenid
  • Yazd, city of wind catchers & qanat
  • Isfahan, city of Islamic art
MEALS

Full breakfast daily, lunch or dinner, including a welcome dinner in Tehran.