Arrive at any time and welcome to Iran’s modern capital, sitting at the base of the snowcapped Alborz Mountains.
Discover Tehran’s most stunning sites with your expert CEO, visiting the Sad Abad Complex, Golestan Palace, the National Museum, and Grand Bazaar. In the late afternoon, board a train to the UNESCO city of Yazd.
The desert city of Yazd is known as the centre of Zoroastrian, one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. Learn about the fascinating customs here and take in the unique architecture on a city tour. Visit the Towers of Silence, a burial ground atop a desert plateau, and the Fire Temple with a flame that has been burning for more than 1,500 years. Then wander through the Old City and explore the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, admiring Jameh Mosque, Bagh-e Dowlat Abad, and Alexander’s Prison.
This morning, admire the symmetrical beauty of Dowlat Abad Garden, then walk through Old City for a rooftop view overlooking the wind towers, domes, and adobe roofs. Visit Saryazd fortress and enjoy lunch and a cool drink before the short drive to Mehriz where you’ll learn the importance of Iranian aqueducts systems. Continue to Zein-o-din Caravenserai, a heritage inn dating back to the 16th century situated on the ancient Silk Road, arriving at sunset. Tonight experience the way of life for old Silk Road traders.
Travel to the region of Kerman, one of Iran’s oldest cities founded in the early third century. This city has historically played an important role on the Trans-Asian trade routes and is home to the mudbrick villages of Rayen and Mhn, both steeped in history. Spend the evening at leisure, and get ready for a full day of Kerman exploration tomorrow.
Spend the day visiting mesmerizing Persian highlights of the area. Admire the historic Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine with a beautiful blue dome and relax in the peaceful Shahzadeh Garden. Later, visit the intricate and picturesque Bathhouse Museum and wander through the labyrinth paths of the adobe Rayen Castle.
Travel to Iran’s cultural capitalShirazonce the home to two of Persia’s most famous poets in the 13th and 14th centuries, Hafez and Saadi, whose mausoleums are found here. Arrive for sunset at Maharloo Lake, a seasonal salt lake that sometimes resembles the colour of blood. Afterward, visit the shimmering King of Light Mausoleum.
Enjoy a morning walking tour visiting Hafez’s Tomb, the Persian paradise of Eram Garden, and the famous Pink Mosque with beautiful stained glass that reflects all colours of the rainbow. Spend the afternoon exploring laid-back Shiraz and the bustling bazaar.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace and tomb of Darius at Naqsh-e-Rostam, and admire its amazingly well-preserved carvings. Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.
Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Isfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. On a city tour, visit Imam Square and mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Try out your bartering skills at the bazaar and learn the history of Isfahan’s bridges. Stop in a miniatures shop and learn about this intricate art form before sampling some delicious gaz, a candy famous in Isfahan.
Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city. Take a morning tour of New Julfa – the Armenian quarter of Isfahan located along the south bank of the Zayande. Visit Vank Cathedral and the Music Museum, showcasing over 300 traditional Iranian musical instruments in its sleek gallery, and opt for a 40 minute concert.
Take a scenic drive through Natanz to the mountain village of Abyaneh, known for having retained its ancient charm of traditions, language, and dress. Arrive in time for the spectacular reddish hues of the sunset and embark on a village walk, wandering the quiet lanes and sampling dried fruit. Then relax in the hotel overlooking the green fields below.
En route to Tehran, stop in the garden city of Kashan to visit the Khan-e Borujerdi house and Agha Bozorg Mosque. Arrive back in Tehran and wander through the massive mausoleum of Imam Khomeini. This evening, make the most of your last night of this life-changing adventure.
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