Discover Iran in Depth

Tour Overview
Iran classic tour in 16 days starts in Mashhad, ends in Shiraz. We start with cultural province of Khorasan city of Mashhad and holy shrine of Imam Reza and then Timurid sites of Khargard and Nashtifan windmills. We also have a visit to Tus for visiting the tomb of great Persian poet, Ferdowsi. We take a flight to Tehran. We walk from current capital of Iran, Tehran, which is renowned for its galleries and museums. We keep our way to small city of Kashan and its spectacular tourist sites. Next stop at Safavid city of Isfahan, capital of Iran in 1500s – 1700s, stunning city of Islamic art and architecture. Later, we drive to the oasis city of Yazd, city of pomegranates and Persian aqueducts, where wind-catchers are seen widely. We also visit the only circular caravanserai in Iran, Zein-ol-Din in city of Mehriz. For unforgettable days, we drive to Kerman province and Shahdad desert. Starry sky of Lut desert which is registered by UNESCO, gathering around the fire and drinking herbal teas awaits for us. Last but not least, Shiraz where we have a worthy visit to the largest empire of ancient time and the first Persian Empire, Achaemenid (550-330 B.C).

Day 1 | Mashhad & Toos

Transfer to Hotel
Visit the Most Religious city

Welcome to Mashhad. DanaTrips host is available to assist you at Mashhad International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. First we have a worthy visit to Holy Shrine of Imam Reza. All Muslims and non-Muslims are welcomed to this sacred place. Later, we have a visit to Tomb of Nader Shah founder of Afsharid dynasty. We keep our way to small city of Toos near Mashhad for visiting the Tomb of Ferdowsi. Ferdowsi is one the great Persian poet and he was also author of world’s longest epic, “Shahnameh” or book of kings. Our final visit will be Tomb of Harooniyeh. Overnight stay in Mashhad.

Day 2 | Khargerd & Nashtifan

Visit 1000 Windmills 
Morning drive to small town of Khargerd for visiting Timurid school of Khargerd back to 14-15th centuries. Continue drive to Nashtifan for visiting 1000 years old Nashtifan windmills.These windmills are still used and their structure is completely different for those European one. In the evening we drive to Mashhad. En-route visit to Khaf city. Overnight stay in Mashhad.

Day 3 | Tehran

Tehran City of Contemporary Art
Early morning fligh to Tehran. First we have a visit to symbol of Tehran, Azadi Tower. After a healthy breakfas, Iran National Museum is on the top of the list, where aging more than 70 years. Next site that is UNESCO world heritage site is fabulous Golestan Palace with those colorful tile-work and mirror-work that attracts any tourist. National Jewelry Museum is placed in basement of Central Bank of Iran is the next. Tabiat Bridge the largest pedestrians overpass in the whole country and later we walk to Ferdows Garden. Tonight is time to enjoy a welcome dinner in Iranian style. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Day 4 | Kashan

Kashan City of Iranian Houses
Early morning drive to Kashan. En-route visit to Qom city. We have short stop at this city for visiting Holy Shrine of Fatima Masoumeh. Head for Kashan and its attractions. Kashan is located about 240 km away Tehran and its traditional Iranian houses are famous in whole country. First visit to traditional Iranian House of Tabatabaei and then Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam (traditional bathhouse). After a local lunch, we head for Agha Bozorg Mosque, traces back to Qajar era and its reputation is because of its simplicity. We spend one night in Kashan, at one of those traditional houses that is converted into the hotel. You are free to stroll in Kashan Bazaar and enjoy a cup of tea (chay) at Timch-eh Amin-al Dolleh. Overnight stay in Kashan.

Day 5 | Abyaneh & Isfahan

Red Village of Abyaneh
Morning drive to red village of Abyaneh, located 87 km away Kashan. What makes Abyaneh a wonderful village to visit is the local people. Later we drive to city of Islamic art, Isfahan or as it is called “half of the world”. 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. We enjoy the vibrant city of Isfahan by visiting famous bridges on Zayandeh Rood River where people hang up and meet up. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Day 6 | Isfahan

Isfahan City of Blue Art
Today, first we visit Chehel Sotoun Palace the n we head out for an energetic day of sightseeing, begin with Naghsh-e Jahan square registered by UNESCO in 1979. First visit to shinning mosque of Shah (Imam) located in south of square, then we move to splendid mosque of Sheykh Lotfollah in western side of square.  Later visit to Ali Qapu Palace. You are free to roam along historic Qeysareieh Bazaar. Finally we take a worthy visit to Music Museum in Armenian district of the city where you will also enjoy the beauty of Vank cathedral in night. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Day 7 | Isfahan

Isfahan Half of the World
Today we visit Isfahan Jameh Mosque, a unique monument in Iran. Before leaving for Yazd, we have a visit to Vank Cathedral which is built by Armenian Christians in 1600s and they still live. Evening drive to Yazd. En-route visit to Meybod for visiting old castle and Kabutar Khaneh (pigeon tower) of the city. We also take a visit to pottery & ceramic work-shop. We arrive in Yazd at night so we have a chance to visit Amir Chakhmagh Tekyeh. During night, we hang up in Art House of Yazd to feel the history of the city. Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 8 | Yazd & Mehriz

Yazd City of Zoroaster 
Our walking in Yazd starts Jameh Mosque of Yazd, then we walk into Fahadan, en-route visit will be Alexander Prison. We dedicate our time on visiting Bahram Fire Temple or Atashkadeh-e Yazd and its eternal fire. Then we visit Water Museum, former house of Yazdi merchant. Visiting Towers of Silence is the final site. Late drive to Mehriz for spending wonderful night at the only circular caravanserai in Iran. Overnight stay in Mehriz.

Day 9 | Kerman

Kerman City of Pistachio
Morning drive to Kerman. Our city tour starts with Ganj Ali Khan complex which is historical building such as bathhouse, museum, bazaar, mosque and school.  Later we visit Jameh Mosque of Kerman. We also have a chance to visit the only Zoroastrian Museum in whole country, the Zoroastrian Museum of Kerman. Overnight stay in Kerman.

Day 10 | Mahan & Bam

Bam City of the Oldest Citadel 
Morning drive to Mahan for visiting Persian Garden of Shazdeh and Shah Nematollah Vali Mausoleum. Later drive to Bam city for visiting the brick citadel of Bam and its surrounding area which all inscribed by UNESCO in 2004. Keep driving to Shahdad area and Kalout desert part of Lut Desert which is also registered by UNESCO in 2016. Overnight stay in Shahdad.

Day 11 | Shahdad

Lut Desert House of the Hottest Ponit 
You are free to enjoy the beauty and calmness of desert. There are lot to do in Shahdad, where you can enjoy starry sky, calmness of desert, delicious local food, camel riding and staying at traditional house. Staying at traditional properties at desert areas in Iran let you have an experience completely different from any other accommodation in entire Iran and you have a chance to taste local dishes which are served and prepared by collaboration of local society. Late evening drive to Kerman. Overnight stay in Kerman.

Day 12 | Meymand & Pasargadae

Pasargadae Tomb of Achaemenid Founder
After a healthy breakfast, we drive toward Pasargadae, tomb of Cyrus the Great in Fars province. Today we spend most of the time in road. We have scheduled stops for refreshments, meals and breaks. En-route visit will rocky village of Meymand, registered as UNESCO site. In the road we can all together enjoy Persian songs, the voice of Mohammad Reza Shajarian and we have also a selection of Italian music. We have also a chance to visit a pistachio farm. We keep our way to our final destination, Marvdasht. Overnight stay in Marvdasht.

Day 13 | Persepolis & Shiraz

Persepolis the Capital of Persian Empire
Today we take a wonderful sightseeing to Achaemenid Capital. Persepolis ceremonial complex is the amazing palace which is built by order of Darius the Great, (Darius I). During your visit in Persepolis, we visit winter palace of Darius I, The Tachara alongside Hadish, the palace of Xerxes I, the council hall and others. After Persepolis, we shall drive to the nearby tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam, believed to be those of the Achaemenid rulers Darius I (522 – 485 BC), Xerxes (486 – 465 BC), Artaxerxes (465 – 424 BC), and Darius II (423-404 BC). Keep driving to Shiraz. We visit holy shrine of Shah Cheragh. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 14 | Shiraz

Shiraz City of Kind People 
Today we are in Shiraz. Early morning visit to colorful Nasir-al Mulk Mosque or as it called Pink Mosque. Then we walk to Narenjestan Qavam House, traditional Qajari house converted into museum. Later Karim Khan Citadel is visited. Vakil bazaar and its other belongings constructions such as Vakil bathhouse and Vakil mosque is the next stop. Persian Garden of Eram is our next stop. Last but not least is Hafez Tomb, Persian poet of 14th. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 15 | Maharloo & Sarvestan

Visit to the Historical Palace
Morning drive to Sarvestan for visiting Sassanid palace in Sarvestan town. Then we have stop at Maharloo Lake or as it is called the Pink Lake for enjoying a wonderful view. Later we drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 16 | Shiraz

Transfer to the Airport 
Late in the morning, your guide accompanies you to the SYZ airport that can be easily reach. For those not ready to return home yet, Shiraz is a great jumping off point to Qeshm, Boushehr, Ahwaz and many other exciting destinations.

INCLUSION
16-night accommodation based on double /twin room
Domestic flight from Mashhad to Tehran (one way)
All breakfast
All meals, indicated in the itinerary
Professional, informative & friendly English/Italian speaking tour guide
Local guide in specific sites
Safari with 4X4 cars
Transportation by air-conditioned coach/car
Airport-hotel transfers
Entrance fees to site as mentioned
Iran visa reference number
Bottled water during site excursions

EXCLUSION
Admission outside the program
Other Meals are not mentioned
International Tickets
Travel Insurance
Tips to guide, at hotels, restaurants outside the hotels
Optional sightseeing tours

GROUP SIZE
PRICES 2020

Up to 2 PAX: 2100 EURO
Up to 5 PAX: 1790 EURO
Up to 10 PAX: 1690 EURO
Up to 15 PAX: 1490 EURO

Single Supplement: 490 EURO

PRICES 2021
Up to 2 PAX: 2300 EURO
Up to 5 PAX: 1990 EURO
Up to 10 PAX: 1890 EURO
Up to 15 PAX: 1690 EURO

Single Supplement: 490 EURO

DATE
SEP. 19, 2020 – OCT. 04, 2020 | Available  
NOV. 07, 2020 – NOV. 22, 2020 | Available  
NOV. 28, 2020 – DEC. 13, 2020 | Available
APR. 08, 2021 – APR. 23, 2021 | Available
OCT. 09, 2021 – OCT. 24, 2021 | Available
NOV. 14, 2021 – NOV. 29, 2021 | Available 

If you want to take this tour at any other date, just let us know.

TOUR STYLE
Cultural & Historical + Desert Activities

GROUP SIZE
Small group (up to 15 pax)
Min. 2 PAX
Individual: upon request

CITIES
Mashhad, Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman & Shiraz

ACCOMMODATION
Mashhad (3-night): 5-star Darvishi Hotel
Tehran (1-night): 5-star Espinas Palace Hotel
Kashan (1-night): 3-star Manouchehri Hotel
Isfahan (2-night): 3-star Keryas Hotel
Yazd (1-night): 4-star Moshir-al-Mamalek Hotel
Mehriz (1-night): Zein-o-Din Caravanserai
Kerman (2-night): 5-star Pars Hotel
Shahdad (1-night): Lut Star Eco-camp
Marvdasht (1-night): 3-star Apadana Hotel
Shiraz (3-night): 3-star Elephant house

Hotels are subject to change. In this instance a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

HIGHLIGHTS
Holy shrine of Imam Reza
Golestan Palace
Jewelry Museum
Agha Bozorg Mosque
Naghsh-e Jahan Sq.
Yazd Jameh Mosque
Bam Citadel
Persepolis Ceremonial palace

UNESCO SITES
Golestan Palace – 2013
Naghsh-e Jahan Square – 1979
Imam Mosque – 1979
Ali Qapu Palace – 1979
Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque – 1979
Qeysarieh Bazaar – 1979
Isfahan Jameh Mosque – 2012
Historic City of Yazd – 2017
Shazdeh Persian Garden – 2011
Lut Desert – 2016
Bam Citadel – 2004
Maymand Village- 2015
Persepolis – 1979
Pasargadae – 2004
Persian Garden of Eram – 2011
Sassanid Archeological Landscape (Sarvestan)- 2018

NEED TO CONSIDER
Discover Iran in Depth is more than a tour, you will experience Iranian culture and enjoy activities like locals.
All selected traditional hotel are among the best one in Iran.
In most of the small cities there are no 3-4/5-star hotels but wonderful traditional hotels are available.
All UNESCO sites are considered as highlights of this tour.