Persian Treasures of Iran Tour

Embark on a journey into the mystique of the Persian culture on our extensive Iran tour.

Visit historic sites, ancient traditional villages, enjoy spectacular landscapes, browse crafts centers and local bazaars.

MUSEUMS

Tehran is a bustling cities so many interesting museums. We aim to visit as much as possible during the two days we are in Tehran.

The opulent Golestan Palace Museum Complex, the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran. This is the former residence of the 19th – early 20th century Qajar Kings of Iran. One fabulous example is the Marble Throne Room.

The Museum of Ancient Iran (Archaeological Museum) displays an authentic collection of pottery, bronze and valuable pieces from millenniums BC until the Islamic era. The objects on display have been found from different regions of Iran including Susa, Persepolis, and many other ancient sites.

The Museum of the Islamic Era (which has been under renovation for 9 years) has finally opened in late 2015. It contains arts and antiquities from throughout the Islamic period. This museum provides an excellent introduction to Iran.

Enjoy the fabulous National Jewels Museum with its extraordinary collection of gemstones and jewelry.

Attend a guided tour through the lovely Abguineh Glass and Ceramics Museum, View a beautiful collection of glass and pottery from different periods. The exquisite museum is located in the historical part of Tehran.

Embark on a day excursion to the foothills of the Darband Mountains. Visit the former residence of the ex-Royal Family of Iran at Sa’ad-Abad Palace/Museum Complex.

JOURNEY TO ANCIENT TOWNS AND SMALL VILLAGES

Upon leaving Tehran, our Iran tour travels at a nice easy pace with ample time to absorb the ambiance and feel the sense of “being there.”

Visits to major historic sites are dispersed with stops in small villages to observe traditional lifestyles.  These are places where locals gather such as port towns, the spa town Sarein and Ramsar– the old riveria of Iran and the Lut Desert.

Cities visited include Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd and Isfahan. In addition, the Comprehensive Iran tour includes Tabriz and Mashad.

We offer two Iran tour options: the Iran In-depth 29 day tour and the 18 day Iran Highlights tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

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

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    Day 4-6: Shiraz

    Full day Shiraz city tour. Excursion to Perespolis.

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    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.

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    Day 9-10: Kerman - Lut Desert

    Tour of the 14th century Jameh Mosque. Excursion to Lut Desert, a large salt desert.

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    Day 10-11: Yazd

    Visit Iran's Zoroastrian community. Many beautiful old houses to be seen. Visit the Tower of Silence and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, where the fire has been burning for 1500 years.

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    Day 12-14: Yazd - 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.

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    Day 15: 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.

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    Day 16: Kashan - Tehran - Depart

    Visit the historical UNESCO Garden of Fin; Onward to Kashan’s 800-year-old Saraye Ameriha House with an area of 9000 square meters (97,000 sq feet) it has 85 rooms and 7 courtyards. Then visit a fine example of a 19th century merchant residence known as Borujerdi House.

    Continue to Tehran airport hotel.

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    COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
    Day 16: Kashan-Hamadan

    After visit of Kashan, continue to Hamadan.

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    Day 17: Hamadan

    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.

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    Day 18: Hamadan - Kermanshah

    A stop en-route in Kangavar (a small town of great antiquity dating back to 200 BC) to visit the Temple of Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility.

    Continue to Kermanshah where we visit the magnificent Sassanian reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan, depicting royal hunting scenes and the investiture of the Sassanian kings.

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    Day 19: Kermanshah-Takab-Maragheh

    Visit the ancient site of Takht-e-Soleiman, located in a broad and remote mountain valley near Takab.

    No decent hotels here. Continue to Maragheh for overnight.

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    Day 20: Maragheh-Kandovan-Tabriz

    Visit intriguing troglodyte village of Kandovan, up in the heights of Mt. Sahand, a volcanic mountain. In Kandovan, people have carved their houses in the rocks and still live in them as in ancient times. We shall spend a wonderful three hours here exploring this village.

    Continue approx. one hour drive to Tabriz.

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    Day 21: Tabriz

    Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Tabriz. The traditional bazaar of Tabriz is one of the most extensive in Iran.

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    Day 22: 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.

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    Day 23: 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 towns and browse the local handicrafts bazaars. Enjoy the Anzali Lagoon.

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    Day 24: 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.

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    Day 25: Ramsar-Sari

    Visit Shah’s (king) Mar Mar Palace and the beautiful old Hotel of Ramsar and then drive to Sari, a short stop on the way, in Motel Ghoo (Swan-Salman Shahr) to walk alongside the Caspian Sea Coasts and have a tea break.

    Continue to Sari, passing via the cities and small towns of Mazandaran Province, located alongside the Caspian Sea like Tonkabon , Chalus. Arrival in Sari, after lunch visit Congregational Mosque and the traditional bazaar.

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    Day 26: Sari-Gorgan

    Drive to Gorgan 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 and its’ local bazaar.

    A stop on the way to visit Gohar Tape Archeological Site Museum, then drive to Abbas Abad Garden Complex with its’ beautiful mansion, built in the middle of Abbas Abad lagoon, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Then head to the port town of Bandar-e- Turkmen, visit its’ local markets and interact with local people. Time-permitting we might take boat to visit Ashour Adeh Island too.

    Arrival in Gorgan, city sightseeing including the historical part of the city, the traditional Nalbandan Bazaar and congregational mosque.

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    Day 27: Gorgan - Mashad

    Today is long and very full! We start with a drive to Gonbad-e-Qabus, to visit the highest brick structure in the world, UNESCO-listed heritage and one of the oldest tomb-towers in Iran- the Tomb-Tower of Qabus-ibn-e-Voshmgir, dating to the 10th century.

    Then a 6 hr drive to Neyshabur. We tour highlights including tomb of Khayyam and Attar (two famous Iranian poets and scientist) and also Kamal-Ol-Molk (Iranian famous painter). We visit Neyshabur Bazar to get more familiar with Turquoise artifacts. Time- permitting, your tour guide will take you to some other places like Shah Abasi Caravanserai and the wooden village. Continue onward 1 hr 50 min to Mashhad.

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    Day 28: Mashad

    Full day tour of Mashad, Iran’s holiest city, and the centre of Iran’s largest province, Khorassan. Mashad owes its importance as a pilgrimage center to the Shrine Complex of Imam Reza, the Eight Shi’ite leader who was martyred in the 8th century.

    Visit the outer courtyards of the Shrine of Imam Reza and the Gohar Shad Mosque (non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the building of the shrine and mosque), and the museums, also the Mausoleum of Khajeh Rabi’ (a disciple of the Prophet of Islam), dating to the Safavid period.

    Then an excursion to Toos, to visit Ferdowsi Tomb, the author of the Persian national epic Shahnameh, and Mohamad Reza Shajarian, the famous Iranian traditional singer’s Tomb.

    On the way we might check out Haruniyeh, the oldest remainder of Toos.

    Then drive to Shandiz Town to have lunch in a famous local restaurant. In Mashhad, time- permitting we might visit Kouh Sangi (stone mount) and the great museum of Khorasan.

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    Day 29: Depart

    Transfer to airport.

  • Trip Length

    17 days /16 nights Highlights
    Begin and End in Tehran.
    28 days /27 nights In-Depth
    Begin in Tehran and End in Mashad.

  • Dates

    Iran Highlights Tour: May 4-21 & September 28-October 15, 2022
    Iran In-Depth: May 4-June 1 & September 28-October 26, 2022
    Iran Highlights Tour: April 26-May 13 & September 27-October 14, 2023
    Iran In-Depth: April 26-May 24 & September 27-October 25, 2023

  • Land Cost

    2022 From $5240 Highlights; Single Room Supplement $550
    2022 From $7350 In-Depth; Single Room Supplement $965
    2023 $TBA

  • Accommodations

    Highlights: 11 nights 5-star
    6 nights in 4-star
    1 nights 3-star
    Modern Eco Camp Tent
    Comprehensive:18 nights 5-star
    8 nights 4-star
    1 night 3-star
    Modern Eco Camp Tent

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts and lunch

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading
    Iran's Cuisine and Travel Review
    Jerusalem Post - Iran Travel Review 2016
    Iran: Pasargadae. World Archaeology Oct/Nov 2019

Tehran

Qazvin

Hamadan

Kermanshah

Maraghe

Kandovan

Tabriz

Sarein

Gorgan

Mashad

Shiraz

Kerman

Yazd

Isfahan

Abyaneh

Tehran

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