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Persian Treasures of Iran

HIGHLIGHTS 
• Isfahan, the most beautiful city in Iran.
• The spectacular Heyran Pass.
• The Caspian Sea port town Bandar-e-Anzali.
• Shiraz, the city of “roses and nightingales”

Journey into the mystic of the Persian culture on our extensive tour of Iran. We will visit historic sites, ancient traditional villages, enjoy spectacular landscapes, browse crafts centers and local bazaars. Our tour of Iran travels at a nice easy pace with ample time to absorb the ambiance and feel the sense of "being there."  We do not rush from one monument to the next but break up the visits to major historic sites with stops in small villages and places where locals gather such as port towns, the spa town Sarein and Ramsar, the old riveria of Iran.

We offer two tour options: the Comprehensive 27 day tour and the 16 day Highlights tour.

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Friendly women enjoying a picnic outside Shiraz

Day 1-3: Tehran
Arrive Tehran. Visit National Museum, National Jewels Museum, the opulent Golestan Palace/Museum Complex, Grand Tehran Bazaar, Reza Abbasi Museum, Sa'ad-Abad Palace/Museum Complex.

Day 4-6: Shiraz
Full day Shiraz city tour. Excursion to Perespolis.

Day 7-8: 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 9-10: Yazd
Visit Iran's Zoroastrian community.  Many beautiful old houses to be seen.

Day 11-13: 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 14 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 15 Tehran
Visit the historical Garden of Fin and Borujerdi House en-route to Tehran.

Day 16 Highlights Tour Departs

COMPREHENSIVE TOUR

Day 16:Qazvin-Hamadan
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.

Day 17: Hamadan-Kermanshah
In Hamadan visit the Tomb of Esther & Mordecai, a major Jewish pilgrimage center, the 12th century Alavyan Tomb Tower, the Tomb of Avicenna and Ganjnameh. Drive to Kermanshah, visit the magnificent Sassanian reliefs.

Day 18: Kermanshah-Takab
en-route stop in Bisotun to see the important Relief/Inscription of Darius the Great, which is 4000 feet high. In Takab visit the ancient site of Takht-e-Soleiman. Visit the ancient site of Takht-e-Soleiman (throne of Soleman), located in a remote mountain valley near Takab.

Day 19: Takab-Maraghe
visit the beautiful Seljuk tomb-towers (12th century) of Maraghe including the tower of Gonbad-e-Sorkh, with its fantastic brickwork. We also visit the site of the observatory of Maragheh (1259-1272), and Mulla Rostam Mosque and its beautiful prayer hall.

Day 20: Maraghe-Kandovan-Tabriz
Stop at the intriguing troglodyte village of Kandovan where people live in homes carved from the rocks for centuries. Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Tabriz. The traditional bazaar of Tabriz is one of the most extensive in Iran.

Day 21: Tabriz-Ardebil-Sarein
Drive to Ardebil to visit the Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi-eddin Ardebili, a widely revered Sufi leader of the 14th century. Afternoon is independent. Overnight in the spa town of Sarein, where local Iranians come to enjoy the natural hot springs.

Day 22: Sarein- Bandar-e-Anzali
Drive to Anzali via the spectacular Heyran Pass and Astara. Bandar-e-Anzali is a small port town, with some character, and is the major port on the Caspian.

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. Enjoy the Anzali Lagoon.

Day 23: Bandar-e-Anzali-Ramsar
Enjoy a short excursion to the traditional village of Massuleh, one of the oldest and longest inhabited villages in Iran. Afterwards, rive along the Caspian Coastal Road and small towns and villages to Ramsar, the 'old' Riviera of Iran, for overnight.

Day 24: Ramsar-Gorgan
Drive via Chalus and Sari, with short stops to visit local markets and interact with local people; also visit the port town of Bandar-e-Turkmen to visit local bazaar.

Day 25-26: Gorgan-Mashad
Drive via Gonbad-e-Qabus, to visit the highest brick structure in the world and one of the oldest tomb-towers in Iran- the Tomb-Tower of Qabus-ibn-e-Voshmgir, dating to the 10th century. Continue to the ancient town of Neishapur to visit the tombs of Iran's celebrated mystic poets Omar Khayyam and Attari. Full day immersive visit of Mashad, Iran's holiest city.

Day 27: Depart Mashad

Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
16 days /15 nights Highlights
Begin and End in Tehran.

27 days /26 nights In-Depth
Begin in in Tehran and End in Mashad.

2019 DATES
Highlights Tour:
April 5-20
September 22-October 7

Iran Comprehensive Tour:
April 5-May 1
September 22-October 18

LAND COST
From $3710 Highlights
From $5840 In-Depth
ACCOMMODATIONS
Highlights:12 nights 5-star
3 nights in 4-star
1 night 3-star*
Comprehensive:12 nights 5-star
11 nights 4-star
3 nights 3-star*
 * Best available
GROUP SIZE
4-12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts and lunches

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