IRAN Sample 10 day Private Iran Itinerary

This a great introductory 10 day sample itinerary for private touring in Iran. Please contact us for a quote!
 
Day 1
Arrive Tehran. Private transfer from Tehran IKA Airport to hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing with local guide. Walk to the spectacular National Jewels Treasury close to your hotel (open 2pm-4.30pm Saturday to Tuesday). It’s good to be there at 1.30. Important: Please note that photography, handbags, purses etc  are not permitted so please leave your passports and valuable in the hotel safe. After, visit Abgineh (glassware and ceramics) Museum close by. Rest of day and evening at leisure.  2 nights, bed and breakfast, Tehran
 
Day 2
Full day sightseeing with local guide. Our first visit is by recently built metro to the magnificent Golestan Place with its many halls and treasures. Built by Shah Abbas of the Safavid Dynasty and expanded by Karim Khan during the Qajar period, Golestan Place represents the most authentic and the very best of Persian architecture. From there, you will see the Grand Bazaar then the Iranian National Museum which has a marvellous collection of pottery, ceramics, stone figures, carvings, etc dating back to the 5th millennium BC. After lunch car transfer to see Saad Abat (Melat and Green Palaces), the local Tajrish Bazaar and a nearby holy shrine. From there, according to your preference, the guide will take you to Darband/Farahzad on Tehran’s outskirts for dinner and live music or back to the hotel. This area is very popular with locals and has a sort of hippie atmosphere. If you go, please pay for the guide’s meal too.
 
Day 3
Check out after breakfast. Departure transfer to Tehran Mehrabad Airport for domestic morning flight to Shiraz. Local guide meet and transfer to hotel followed by afternoon sightseeing to Narenjestan, Nasir Mosque, Khan Theological School, Nomad Bazaar and Hafez tomb. Shiraz is the city of nightingales, poetry and roses. It is the centre of Persian culture and home to some of Iran’s best known poets including Hafez and Saadi. Shiraz also has the famous Vakil Bazaar and its gardens. The Shiraz grape originates from hre. 2 nights, bed and breakfast.
 
Day 4
Naqsh-e-Rostam, Naqsg-e-Rajab, Persepolis.
A visit to the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. It is the best preserved of Persia’s ancient cities and finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC. The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas reliefs which adorn many staircases and palaces on the site. At the nearby Necropolis you will find tombs of the three powerful Achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks overlooking an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple.
In the afternoon, some more local sightseeing including Qoran Gate, Saadi Mausoleum, Arg-e Karimkhan with some free time for the bazaar. Evening at leisure.
 
Day 5
This morning we travel to Yazd after visiting remains of the ancient capital of Pasargadae with the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Have lunch on the way and continue on to visit Abarqu to see an Ice House and a reputedly 4000 year old cypress tree. On arrival check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. 2 nights, bed and breakfast, Yazd
 
Day 6
Full day sightseeing of Yazd. Situated in central Iran on the Silk Road, Yazd was visited by Marco Polo in the 13th Century. Originally founded in the Sassasian period (AD 224-637), Yazd's heyday as a commercial and trading city was in the 14th and 15th centuries. Rising out of the desert, the winding alleys and high mud walls of the houses of the town are straight from the pages of a fairy tale. We visit the fascinating Jame Mosque dominating the city with its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked by two magnificent minarets and adorned with a 15th century inscription. We then go on a walk to discover Yazd’s unique desert architecture and its ‘Badgirs’, wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. After lunch, we see more of Yazd’s sights including the Zoroastrian Ateshkadeh Fire Temple which has a flame which has reputedly been burning continuously for 1500 years. In the outlying southern suburbs of the town high up on a hill are the Towers of Silence, where the bodies of believers were once left to de-flesh after death ready for burial later. Time (and willingness to climb) permitting you may be able to walk up the hill to have a closer look. During the day you will also see the Water Museum and the Dolat Abad Gardens. The rest of day and evening are free but we recommend an evening visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master.
 
Day 7
This morning we depart early and travel to Meybot for the restored postal station, ice house and caravanserai.and Na’in to visit the Ethnological Museum and historic Jame Mosque. Esfahan is
the gem in Iran’s tourism crown. Its splendour began with the reign of the Safavid Shah Abbas I (1587-1629), who made the city his capital and built the huge bazaar, strategically located on the Silk Road. Under Abbas, Esfahan enjoyed great prosperity and flourished as a centre of art, architecture and commerce based on carpet textile and silk production. It had a well-deserved reputation as one of the greatest and most beautiful cities in the whole of Asia. So much so that it was known as Nesw-e Jahan, meaning ‘Half the World’.
On arrival we check into our magnificent Abbasi Hotel, in itself a must-see-sight. 2 nights, bed/breakfast, Abbasi Hotel Esfahan - Pardis Garden Room upgrade highly recommended.
 
Day 8
Full day sightseeing with local guide in Esfahan. As well as being a historical city,
Esfahan is a clean, green and dynamic. First visit is to the Naqsh-e-Jahan (nowadays referred to as Imam Square) and is the jewel in Isfahan’s crown. Containing some of the finest Islamic architecture in the world, it was started in 1602 and formed the centrepiece of Shah Abbas’s new capital. The scale is vast and the space is the second largest square in the world behind Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
Imam Mosque at the Eastern end of the square is noted for the beauty of its blue-tiled mosaics and fine Safavid architecture. The huge but delicately designed entrance portal is 27m in height with superbly executed geometric and floral patterns in mainly blue and yellow. Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque on the eastern side of the square was dedicated by Shah Abbas to his father-in-law, Sheikh Lotfullah, a noted Islamic scholar from Lebanon. The tiled dome changes color through the day from pale cream to a pink hue at sunset. The mosque was built as a place of worship for the women of the Shah's harem and is considered the most beautiful of Iran's mosques.
Another masterpiece of 16th century Persian architecture is the six-storey Ali Qapu Palace, built as a residence for the great Shah. The palace’s terrace offers fine views of the square and although some of the interior mosaics and plaster work were destroyed in the Qajar period and later in the 1979 revolution, much of the fine craftsmanship remains. The historic bridges    over the River Zayandeh are the city's other great attractions. There are several of them but the best known ones are the Khaju Bridge built in the mid-17th century by Shah Abbas and the 300m, 33-arch Si-o-She Bridge, which also serves as a dam. Strolling along the river near the two ancient bridges is a pleasant way to spend an evening in Esfahan. The bridges which are close to the city centre and to our hotel are illuminated at night.
 
Day 9
Depart Esfahan by road for Abanyeh which dates back to the Safavid period (1502-1722) and is one of Iran’s most fascinating villages. Serenely situated at the foot of Mt Karkas (3899m), Abyaneh is cool in the summer but cold in winter. It faces east for maximum sun and houses have been built in a huddle to increase security against frequent raids by marauders. Time to explore sights such as the Jame Mosque.  1 night, bed and breakfast
 
Day 10
Continue to the charming town of Kashan Renowned for its ceramic tiles, textiles, carpets and silk, Kashan is an attractive oasis city. It was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I who beautified it and asked to be buried there. Its attractions include the beautiful Fin Garden (17th century), Safavid royal palaces and Brujerdi House, built as a private residence in the early 19th century but later turned into a museum. Sialk Hill near Kashan is one of the richest archaeological sites in central Iran. After lunch and sightseeing, we travel via the religious city of Qom and visit the Hazrat-e-Masoomeh holy shrine before arriving at Tehran IKA Airport for departure flight.
 
ALTERNATIVE DAYS 9 AND 10
Day 9
Spend another day in Esfahan to visit  Vank Cathedral, the Armenian quarter, Shaking Minarets, Fire Temple and Jame Mosque. In the evening fly back to Tehran. 1 night BB
 
Day 10
Local touring including Reza Abbasi Museum and Carpet Museum.
Late afternoon airport departure transfer.
 
 
INCLUDES: Visa Reference Number, 8 nights at hotels on BB basis, all domestic and international airport transfers, local guide/driver in Tehran, local guide/driver Shiraz Airport to Tehran Airport, domestic flights.
EXCLUDES: Iranian visa, other meals, tips and personal expenses.

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