Our Iran Discovery Tour in 13 Days is designed in a way that it covers Iran’s main cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd as well as Ahvaz and an experience of rural life.
The tour will start and end in Tehran.
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We have designed our Iran Discovery Tour in 13 Days, in a way that it covers Iran’s main cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd as well as Ahvaz and an experience of rural life.
The tour will start and end in Tehran.
Tehran as the capital of Iran is the most crowded city in the country. The city is not that old but you will be amazed by its palaces and museums from the previous rulers of Iran like Pahlavi and Qajar.
Ahvaz is located in the southwest of Iran and has long hot summers and short winters so just forget it if you are going to be here during Summer.
This city is the capital of Khuzestan province, one of the centers of ancient civilization, Elamites. The province has some remaining sites to visit from old times.
Choqa Zanbil (listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage) an impressive five-story temple with mud brick structure dating back to the Elamite empire, built approximately in 1250 BC is one of the few ziggurats located out of Mesopotamia but the best-preserved one.
Shiraz is famous for its splendid Persepolis and its people’s daily life.
Then you will drive towards Bavanat to have an experience of living with a rural family.
We will continue our trip by visiting the desert city of Yazd, the city of wind towers, an unforgettable perspective of mud structure houses.
Isfahan is well-known all over the world, The city of turquoise mosques and full of handmade arts.
And finally, you will drive back to Tehran via the city of Kashan. On your way to Kashan, you will visit the red village of Abyaneh.In Kashan, you will stay at one hotel in a traditional home style.
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
After your Arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by our driver. Breakfast is included with the hotel room depending on your arrival time.
On the first day, you’ll visit Golestan Palace complex as a world heritage site according to UNESCO’s list. By the time you have this tour in Tehran, we usually plan to visit the Main Palace, Negar Khane which is a collection of earliest photographs taken in Iran & Baadgir (building of wind catchers). Then go to Tehran Grand Bazaar, one of the largest historical bazaars in the world. Bazaar is a great showcase of Iranian life. You can easily find out the influence of religion on people’s life & how conservative the people are. Next destination, the Jewelry Museum, is located in the Central Bank of Iran where you can find the most stunning jewelry which belonged to the kingdoms of Iran. After that, you’ll visit the Iran National Museum, the most important museum of Iran in terms of variety archeological research and the Abgineh Museum of Tehran which is the Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran.
full da city tour of Tehran including Saad abad and Niavaran palaces (two palaces in each), Tabiat bridge, then transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ahwaz. After landing in Ahvaz our driver will transfer you to your hotel.
Today you will visit Susa and its archeological site and Daniel tomb then Haft tappeh and Chaqazanbil, shushtar watermills, overnight Ahvaz
In the morning of day 4, you will leave Ahvaz toward Bishpour City from the Sassanid era. Bishapour is a combination of Iranian & Roman architecture which has a Castle, Anahita Temple & a Water Temple in it. On the way to Shiraz, you also visit Tang-e-Chogan with its handcrafted figures from the Sassanid era. At the end of the day, you’ll be accommodated in your pre-arranged hotel.
Your day in Shiraz will begin with the Pink mosque. The mosque brings you to the world of color and lights with its maddening tile and glass work. Five-minute walking from the mosque brings you to Narenjestan-e-Ghavam, a garden which the ruler of Shiraz used to inhabit, in the Qajar era. Few steps over Narenjestan you’ll arrive at Madrese e Khan (School of Khan). The place had 100 rooms for students and 4 gardens at the time that it was working. After visiting the school you’ll walk toward for about 10 minutes to visit Vakil Bazaar & Saraye Moshir where you can see and buy antique jewelry, Traditional Fars’s carpet called Gilim, Termeh (kind of fabric) & some traditional foods. Next, to the Vakil Bazaar, there is a Mosque & a Hammam (bath) also built by Karim Khan Zand. We can say the Vakil Hammam is the best maintained & kept traditional bath in Iran. Karim Khan citadel will be your last place to visit before lunch. Karimkhan Citadel was the ruling place of Karim Khan Zand in the Zandiyeh era. The Citadel has 14 meters’ height brick walls and 4000 m2 of the area. Also the architecture of the interior can be interesting for you. Your afternoon will begin with Eram Garden, the most significant garden in Shiraz. Eram Garden has an alley of Sarv e Naz (cypress tree) which is more than 100 years old. The garden is also recorded as a world heritage site beside 8 other Iranian Gardens by UNESCO. Then you will visit Hafez tomb. Hafez was a poet who mostly wrote of his love stories and is also called the poet of hopes. Saadi tomb will be your next place to visit. Saadi is the most famous poet in the world only by his poem on the entrée of UNESCO. He is also known for his wisdom in Iran. Your 6th day will end with Ali Ibn e Hamzeh shrine. Ali Ebne Hamzeh, Shah Cheragh & Imam Reza were fighting for true Islam together and were killed by the ruler of the time. The shrine itself is a beautiful, calm place that is worth visiting.
Persepolis is the first place you visit on this day which contains 3 main parts: military section, treasury & reception house. Persepolis has been recorded as a world heritage site by UNESCO. After that, we head to Naqsh e Rostam where the Zoroastrians god house their habitats there. In the evening you’ll have dinner with an Iranian family.
On day 7th, in the morning you will start a journey to Zein o din caravanserai from Shiraz. En route you will visit Pasargadae،the most glorious tomb and also oldest one in Iran. Pasargadae has been recorded as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Then you’ll head to AbarKuh where you visit Aghazadeh Mansion. The wind catchers in this building are regarded as the best of Iran’s wind catchers. Then you visit Abarkuh’s Yakhchal (the refrigerator) which was built before the invention of the electricity. The building is an adobe building that Can avoid the heat to enter because of its shape. At the end of the day, you will be accommodated in Zeinodin caravanserai, a caravanserai from the Safavid era on the silk road.
A short trip takes you to Yazd City, the city of adobe wind catchers. You will first visit the tower of silence where Zoroastrians used to bury their corpses. There is an interesting method of burying to not pollute the soil since the soil is one of the four holy elements for Zoroastrians. Next place that you will see is Atash Behram Fire Temple from Sassanid era which is well kept and still using Yazd’s Zoroastrians. Dowlatabad Garden is one of the sisters of Eram Garden in Shiraz since they have been recorded as world heritage site with 7 other gardens in Iran. Dowlatabad Garden has a significant building in the middle of the garden because of its wind catcher shape. Another site that has been recorded by UNESCO in Yazd is the whole historic city of Yazd. All of the areas are full of historic adobe houses that have wind catcher’s alleys with ceiling and stone paving. You will walk for several minutes on the site. Then you visit Jame mosque of Yazd. The thin and tall entrance of the mosque is the most significant part of it which also has great tile work. The construction of the mosque took almost 100 years. After that, you ’ll go to Amir Chakhmagh sq which has a mosque, a caravanserai & a Tekyeh. You will end your day with Saheb Zaman Zurkhaneh (Iranian historical gym) & water museum. Zurkhaneh sports comes from the Achaemenid era when soldiers worked out to get ready for the war. You will rest in your hotel room at the end of the day.
By the start of the day you’ll drive to Isfahan via Meybod visiting the pigeon tower and Narin Qal’eh. Narin Qal’eh is an adobe citadel similar to Arg e Bam. Then with a short stop in Nai’n, you visit Jame Mosque and Pirnia traditional house which is an Ethnology museum. Depending on the time, we can visit Rigareh Watermill and Aba Bafi workshop and Muhammadieh castle. On your arrival time, you will be hosted by a Hotel in Isfahan.
Your beautiful day in Isfahan will begin with Naqshe-E-Jahan square, where the Shah Abbass Palace is located on the northern side of the square. There is a wonderful story about the mosques around the square. One of the Sheikh Bahai students claimed that he is a better architect than his master, so he started construction of Shah mosque on the eastern side of the square, 8 years after his master built Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque on the eastern side of the square. Finally it turned out that the master building was much greater than his student since the tile working of the entrée in Shah Mosque collapsed even when it had the higher entrée. However, the entree has been restored as well later. Chehel Sotoun Palace is your second site to visit. The most special thing about this site is the design of its pool which can reflect the picture of 20 columns of the palace. So we see forty columns which are the meaning of the name of a palace “Chehel Sotoun”. On the Southern wing of Jame mosque, you’ll find yourself in Isfahan Grand Bazaar which is also called as Qeysarriyeh Bazaar. This bazaar was one of the main stops in Iran’s silk road. The tenth day of the tour will end by two stunning bridges on Zayandeh Rud River, Khajoo & Si o Se Pol. Both bridges are made of brick & have two decks. Sio Se pol has 33 Arches that were built under the ruling of Allah Verdi Khan who Built Khan school in Shiraz Which you visited before.
As day 11 starts you will find yourself in a completely different part of the city, the New Jolfa distract. It’s the Armenian quarter of Isfahan that is famous for cozy coffee shops & restaurants and Vank church. The Vank cathedral is a fascinating place with amazing paintings about Biblical stories all over the walls and ceiling. After that you go to the Aligholi Agha bath, a traditional bath that was built in 1713 for public use with colorful walls. Then you will visit Jame mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Iran that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. Hasht Behesht Palace will be your next stop. Quiet garden with stunning architecture and a pool with fountains is the best place to relax and recharge. In the end, you will have plenty of time to explore Naghsh-E Jahan Square.
You will drive to the red village of Abyaneh today. This village is one of the oldest village in Iran where local people still live like their ancestors. The name of the red village comes from the buildings of the village which is built from clay bricks. You ’ll continue your way to Kashan by visiting Fin Garden. This garden counted as the historical site due to the murder of Amir-Kabir (the minister of Iran in Qajar era) in this place. Close to the Fin Garden, there is a hand built hill called Tepe Sialk which was a Ziggurat. The Amino Doleh Timche which is a small caravanserai uses for some religious ceremonies every year. You will rest at the hotel at the end of the day.
In the morning you will see historical houses such as Tabatabaei, Borujerdi, and Abbassi houses. These are beautiful buildings which present Iranian culture and their artistic architecture perfectly by fabulous details in their walls, colorful windows, and remarkable decoration. Then you will visit Sultan Amir Ahmed public bathhouse which was built in the 16th century and its beautiful roof can enjoy the unique view of the city. The last place that you will see in Kashan is Agha Bozorg mosque, the most magnificent Islamic building complex that was built in 19th century in Kashan. After that, you leave Kashan to Nushabad City to visit the 1500 years old underground city of Ouyi. It’s the greatest ancient architecture in World that located in the middle of the desert and was built during the Sasanid era. We ’ll transfer you to IKA Airport for your departure flight at the end of the day.
Iran is a safe country and it has a great level of medical range but anyway, caution is necessary for any country while you are traveling.
Our Agency accepts both Euro and dollars (USD).
For your other costs in Iran, you need to bring Euros and dollars in cash then you can easily change them at the exchange offices.
The currency in Iran is Rial and all of the bills are according to it. All money should be exchanged with Rial, but you will also hear about Toman so don’t get confused. For example, 100,000 Rials equals 10,000 Tomans or 10000 Rials equals 1000 Tomans.
Please be informed that credit cards don’t work in Iran and all expenses here should be paid in cash in the local market.
A few souvenir shops accept credit cards.
There are dress codes in Iran that you need to follow but don’t worry, the rules of the wear in Iran aren’t so strict for tourists and foreigners.
Women can wear tunic, jeans, loose pants, long ankle skirt and scarf (Hijab in Iran is compulsory) and Men can wear everything except short pants that end above or at the knee.
In case you wish to cancel your tour and do not wish to reschedule the tour due to any reason the cancellation policy will be as follow
30 days prior to departure: 25% of total charge
Between 30 to 7 days prior to departure: 50% of total charges
Less than 7 days prior to departure or no show: 100% of total charges.