Day 1-2: Tehran
Early morning arrival and immediate check-in. Visit several museums, art galleries, bazaars.
Visit the glittering shrine of Shahzdeh Hussain (a Shi’ite Saint) and the extensive Friday Mosque of Qazvin; tour Hamadan; stop at Kangavar-a small town of great antiquity. In Kermanshah, visit the magnificent Sassanian reliefs.
Day 5-7: Maraghe-Kandovan-Tabriz
Visit the ancient site of Takht-e-Soleiman (throne of Soleman), located in a remote mountain valley near Takab. Visit the beautiful Seljuk tomb-towers (12th century) of Maraghe. Stop at the intriguing troglodyte village of Kandovan. Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Tabriz. The traditional bazaar of Tabriz is one of the most extensive in Iran.
Day 8-10: Sarein–Bandar-e-Anzali-Ramsar
There are no mosques/tombs/sites, which we think you may have seen quite a lot of, making this a refreshing change and chance to observe daily life in a small town and browse the local handicrafts bazaars. Sarein is where local Iranians come to enjoy the natural hot springs. The traditional village of Massuleh is one of the oldest and longest inhabited villages in Iran. Ramsar, the ‘old’ Riviera of Iran.
Day 11-13: Gorgan-Mashad
Visit ancient villages and port towns, markets and interact with local people. Immersive visit of Mashad, Iran’s holiest city.
On Day 14 (day 3 of Highlights tour) the Highlights tour group will fly from Tehran to Shiraz and join members of the comprehensive tour for remainder of the itinerary.
Day 14-16: Shiraz
Full day Shiraz city tour. Excursion to Perespolis.
Day 17-18 Kerman
Spectacular mountains and fruit orchards on the drive today. En-route visits. Excursion to two traditional villages. City touring including the magnificent citadel, mosques, mausoleums and museums.
Day 19-20 Yazd
Visit Iran's Zoroastrian community. Many beautiful old houses to be seen.
Day 21-23 Isfahan
En-route visit a small desert town as well as a small village to see traditional workshops. Comprehensive toue of Isfahan. Amble time to soak up the ambiance of Iran's most beautiful city.
Day 24 Abyaneh
An interesting small village hidden in the mountains, Abyaneth is the last town to surrender to Islam. The residents still maintain their ancient cultural identity.
Day 25 Tehran
Visit the historical Garden of Fin and Borujerdi House en-route to Tehran.
Day 26 Depart