Iran Land of Elamite

Tour Overview
Iran cultural and historical tour in 14 days starts in Tehran, ends in Tehran airport. For visiting both big and small cities in 14 days we start with current capital of Iran, Tehran, which is renowned for galleries and museums. Later we drive to Khorram Abad  and after that Shush for visiting former capital of Achaemenid dynasty. Shushtar and Chogha Zanbil are next cities to visit. Then we drive to ancient city of Bishapur from Sassanid era. Shiraz, Pasargadae and Persepolis are other places are visited in this tour. We head to Yazd and its surrounding places. For enjoying Islamic art and architecture we drive to Isfahan but before that we have a visit to Varzaneh desert. Our next and final destinations are Kashan and Qom. For first time visitors to Iran this tour is a combination of cultural, adventure and desert activities.

Day 1 | Tehran

Transfer to Hotel
Welcome to Tehran. DanaTrips host is available to assist you at IKA airport and transfer you to the hotel. As we enter the city we have a chance to visit Azadi Tower, symbol of Tehran since 1971. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Day 2 | Tehran

Tehran City of Museums
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 3 | Tehran

Tehran City of Contemporary Art
Today, we visit Saad Abad Complex in northern part of Tehran is known as contemporary complex and then we have a visit to Niavaran Palace the lat residence of the last king of Iran. Later we back to ancient district of Tehran to visit Carpet Museum. Tonight we enjoy having dinner in a traditional tea house. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Day 4 | Khorram Abad

Khorram Abad City of Lur People 
Morning drive to Khorram Abad for visiting Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress. Later visit to Keeyow lake and Gerdab Sangi (stony whirlpool). Overnight stay in Khorram Abad.

Day 5 | Shush & Chogha Zanbil

Shush Capital of Achaemenid
Early morning drive to UNESCO city of Sush. Visit Haft Tappeh museum, Apadana Palace, Shush castle, Daniel holy tomb and finally Ghogha Zanbil Ziggurat. Continue driving to Shushtar. Overnight stay in Shushtar.

Day 6 | Shushtar

Shushtar City of Magical Hydraulic System
After a healthy breakfast a full day visit to the city of Shushtar. Visit Shushtar hydraulic system, Salasel Castle and Jameh Mosque. Long drive to Kazerun. Overnight stay in Kazerun city.

Day 7 | Bishapur

Bishapur Ancient Sassanid City
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. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 8 | 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 9 | Persepolis, Pasargadae & Abarkuh

Stroll into Achaemenid Capital
Morning drive to Marvdasht for visiting Persepolis Ceremonial Palace, after we shall drive to the nearby tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam, believed to be those of the Achaemenid rulers. which is built by order of Darius the Great, (Darius I) and later to Pasargadae palace of Cyrus the Great, the Persian king who ruled over world with justice. Keep driving to Abarkuh for visiting the only two-storey windcatcher in whole country in Aghazadeh house. Overnight stay in Abarkuh.

Day 10 | Taft & Yazd

Yazd City of Windcatchers 
Morning drive to Taft for spending quality time with a Zoroastrians family. Then we drive to Yazd for visiting praiseworthy Jameh Mosque of Yazd, then we explore the winding alleys in old district of Fahadan. 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 our next Zoroastrian site. For enjoying the city splendid night life and beauty of wind-catchers during night first we visit Amir Chakhmagh then we hang up in Art House of Yazd. Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 11 | Aqda, Naein & Kouhpayeh

Worthy Visit to Old Cities 
Morning drive to small cities of Maybod and . We have a chance to visit ceramic and pottery workshop. Keep driving to Naein for visiting anthropology Museum or Pirnia house and Naein Jameh Mosque. Keep driving to Kouhpayeh and its old caravanserai. Overnight stay in Kouhpayeh.

Day 12 | Varzaneh & Isfahan

Varzaneh Beauty of Desert and Local People 
Morning drive to Varzaneh desert for enjoying half day excursion in desert and surrounding area. We have a chance to take a look at Jameh mosque and Gav Chah-e Haj Ebrahim after strolling in the town we drive to Isfahan. This evening we enjoy Pahlavani and Zoorkhanei Ritual and 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 13 | Isfahan

Isfahan Half of the World
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 14 | Kashan

Kashan City of Traditional Houses
Transfer to Airport
Early morning drive to Kashan for visiting Fin Persian Garden, Iranian House of Tabatabaei and then Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam (traditional bathhouse). We keep driving to international airport of Tehran. Your guide accompanies you to the IKA airport that can be easily reach. For those not ready to return home yet, Tehran is a great jumping off point to Kerman, Boushehr, Tabriz and many other exciting destinations.

INCLUSION
14-night accommodation based on double /twin room
All breakfast
All meals, indicated in the itinerary
Professional, informative & friendly English/Italian speaking tour guide
Local guide in specific tourist sites
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: 1890 EURO
Up to 5 PAX: 1490 EURO
Up to 10 PAX: 1390 EURO
Up to 15 PAX: 1290 EURO

Single Supplement: 410 EURO

PRICES 2021
Up to 2 PAX: 2100 EURO
Up to 5 PAX: 1690 EURO
Up to 10 PAX: 1590 EURO
Up to 15 PAX: 1490 EURO

Single Supplement: 490 EURO

DATE
SEP. 24, 2020 – OCT. 07, 2020 | Available  
NOV. 14, 2020 – NOV. 27, 2020 | Available  
DEC. 05, 2020 – DEC. 18, 2020 | Available
DEC. 26, 2020 – JAN. 08, 2021 | Available
JAN. 23, 2021 – FEB. 05, 2021 | Available
MAR. 06, 2021 – MAR. 19, 2021 | Available
APR. 03, 2021 – APR. 16, 2021 | Available
SEP. 11, 2021 – SEP. 24, 2021 | Available
NOV. 06, 2021 – NOV. 19, 2021 | Available
DEC. 04, 2021 – DEC. 17, 2021 | Available

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

TOUR STYLE
Cultural & Historical

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

CITIES
Tehran, Khorram Abad, Shush, Shushtar, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan & Kashan

ACCOMMODATION
Tehran (3-night): 5-star Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel
Khorram Abad (1-night): 4-star Rangin Kaman Hotel
Shushtar (1-night): Sarabi Historical Hotel
Kazerun (1-night):2-star Bishapur Hotel
Shiraz (2-night): Mahmonir Traditional House
Abarkuh (1-night): Aghazadeh Traditional House
Yazd (1-night): 4-star Moshir-ol-Mamalek Hotel
Kouhpa (1-night): Kouhpa Carevanserai
Isfahan (2-night): 3-star Keryas Hotel
Tehran (1-night/half-day): 4-star Novotel Hotel

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

HIGHLIGHTS
Jewelry Museum
Yazd old city
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
Persepolis Ceremonial palace
Naghsh-e Jahan Sq.

UNESCO SITES
Golestan Palace – 2013
Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat – 1979
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System – 2009
Shush – 2015
Sassanid Archeological Landscape (Bishapur)- 2018
Eram Persian Garden – 2011
Persepolis – 1979
Pasargadae – 2004
Historic City of Yazd – 2017
Naghsh-e Jahan Square – 1979
Imam Mosque – 1979
Ali Qapu Palace – 1979
Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque – 1979
Qeysarieh Bazaar – 1979
Fin Persian Garden – 2011

NEED TO CONSIDER
Iran Land of Elamite 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.