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Alborz Mountains to Ancient Persia

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Duration

13 Days, 12 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

For an adventurous trip around Iran, you can spend 13 days visiting the exclusive attractions of the country along with the historical and natural points of interests. In Alborz Mountains to Ancient Persia tour, You can explore the Alborz mountain ranges’ Ovan lake and Alamut Castle. You can visit the medieval Rudkhan Castle and enjoy a relaxing time at Sarein’s Natural springs. Also, You can embark on the history of Iran while visiting traditional Bazaars of Tehran and Tabriz, and splendid palaces of Golestan and Chehel Sotun. While exploring the historic cities and villages of Iran, you can visit several UNESCO Persian Gardens and sites.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the rocky village of Kandovan and the stepped village of Masuleh
  • Discover the ancient clay Narin Castle and Meybod Caravanserai
  • Explore the uncanny Tower of Silence, the ancient Zoroastrian cemetery
  • Visit the third largest square in the world known as Naqsh-E Jahan Square

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran

The Tour begins when your plane lands at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran. Our representative will be there to greet you and take you to Bahar Hotel to rest for the night.

Day 2: Tehran

We will be spending this day visiting some of the best attractions of the Capital of Iran, Tehran. We will begin the day by visiting the National Museum of Tehran. This museum is the greatest museum of the history and the archeology of Iran. Then, we will be visiting the splendid Golestan Palace. This 18th and 19th century masterpiece of Qajar Era is inscribed on UNESCO list. Next, we will explore and walk through the nearby Bazaar which is the oldest Bazaar of Tehran known as the Grand Bazaar. On this day, we also will be visiting the National Jewelry Museum which holds a rare collection of world famous stone gems and royal jewels that were gathered through centuries. We will check out the Nature Bridge which is the largest pedestrian overpass in Tehran and a contemporary masterpiece of architecture. We will take you back to Bahar Hotel to spend the night. (overnight in Tehran)

Day 3: Tehran- Alamut

On the third day, we will head to Alamut, located near Qazvin province as a part of the Alborz mountain range. Continuing our trip, we will head to Ovan Lake which is a refreshing alpine lake in the heart of Alamut region. Next, we will be visiting Alamut Castle where we can have an extraordinary view over the Alamut valley. While visiting this mysterious fortress, we can hear about legends and stories behind it. We will be spending the night in one of the Locals’ House in Alamut.(overnight in Alamut)

Day 4: Alamut- Rudkhan- Masuleh

On this day, we will make our way to Rudkhan to visit the Rudkhan Castle. This medieval rock and stone castle is built on two peaks of a mountain and deep into the forest. After visiting the impressive fortress of Rudkhan, we will head to the famous Masuleh Stepped Village. This village is built on a steep hill in a way that the rooftop of each house is the yard of another house. After enjoying the beautiful sceneries of this village, we will head to Aram Hotel or one of the Locals’ house to spend the night in Masuleh. (overnight in Masuleh)

Day 5: Masuleh- Ardabil- Sarein

On the fifth day, we will head to Ardabil to visit the UNESCO recognized Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi Ardabili. The architecture of this mausoleum represents the mystic and spiritual features that are attributed to Sufis. We will then visit the nearby Ethnography Museum. Next, we will drive to Sarein, the city famous for its natural spa regions. We will be enjoying Sarein’s Natural springs while we are there. We will spend the night in Royal Park Hotel.(overnight in Sarein)

Day 6: Sarein- Tabriz

On this day, we will make our way to Tabriz to visit the highlights of this city. We will be visiting the Alishah Citadel. This Citadel holds unique features that represent the early Islamic architecture. We will also be visiting the Blue Mosque of Tabriz. Next, we will walk through the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex which was inscribed on UNESCO list as an important trade center on Silk Road. We will then visit the nearby Constitution House of Tabriz. We will tour the famous Shah Goli Park. In the heart of this great historic park there is a lake with a small palace in the middle of it. We will head to Gostaresh Hotel to spend the night in Tabriz.(overnight in Tabriz)

Day 7: Tabriz- Kandovan- Tabriz- Flight to Shiraz

On the seventh day of our trip, we will head to Kandovan to explore Kandovan Village. This village represents not only the Nomadic life style of Iran, but also an uncanny formation of its houses. Most of Its homes are naturally formed caves. They were formed from volcanic ash of Mount Sahand. After visiting this ancient village, we will head back to Tabriz to catch a direct flight to Shiraz. We will be spending the night at Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel in Shiraz.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 8: Shiraz

We will be spending this day visiting the highlights of Shiraz. First, we will be visiting one of the most glamorous mosques in the world called Nasirolmolk Mosque or the Pink Mosque. This mosque is world famous for its stained-glass windows. Next, we will visit the Narenjestan Garden. Then, we will enjoy the beauty of another famous garden of Shiraz called Eram Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, we will explore the historical center of the city by visiting Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. We will then visit Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine, a unique Shia’s holy shrine. We will be visiting the heavenly Mausoleum of Hafez where one of the most famous and respected Persian poets is laid to rest. We will take you back to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night. (overnight in Shiraz)

Day 9: Shiraz- Persepolis- Yazd

On this day, we will leave Shiraz to Yazd. Before arriving at Yazd, we will make our way to Persepolis which is located within 53 Km of Shiraz. This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered as the gem of Achaemenid Persian Empire. We will then discover the majestic Necropolis which is located within 5 kilometers of Persepolis. The tombs of Persian Kings of Achaemenid are impressively carved out of a rock wall, high above the ground. After visiting Persepolis and Necropolis, we will drive to Yazd to visit to spend the night in Khan Dohed Hotel. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 10: Yazd

On the tenth day, we will first visit an ancient Zoroastrian cemetery and the uncanny Tower of Silence. Next, we will visit a Fire Temple. This Fire Temple holds the everlasting fire that has been burning for more than 1500 years. Next, we will be visiting Jameh Mosque of Yazd which is known as the congregational ancient mosque of this city. Then, we will walk around Fahadan Quarter, the ancient part of the city, through its unique and old-styled alleys and mud brick houses. Continuing our trip, we will be visiting the Zoroastrians history and culture museum called Markar Museum. Then, we will visit the significant and ancient Amir Chakhmag Complex which is known as the symbol of the city. We will then visit Dolat Abad Garden which is one of the 9 Persian Gardens inscribed on UNESCO list. In the heart of the garden is located the Tallest Windward in the World. We will head back to Khan Dohed Hotel to spend the night in Yazd. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 11: Yazd- Meybod- Na’in- Esfahan

On this day, we will make our way to Meybod to explore this ancient clay city and its marvels. Narin Castle will be the first attraction that we will be visiting once we arrive in Meybod. This castle is known to be one of the oldest clay structures in the world. Then, we will visit a Pigeon Tower. This round and old clay tower functions as a pigeon house. Meybod Caravanserai will be the last attraction that we will be visiting in this city. We will continue our trip by visiting Na’in. Once there, we will visit the 1,000 year-old Jameh Mosque of Na’in. We will then head to Esfahan to spend the night in Piroozy Hotel. (overnight in Esfahan)

Day 12: Esfahan

We will start this day visiting the Chehel Sotun Palace which is a UNESCO Heritage Site that is surrounded by a great and beautiful Persian garden. The walls of the palace are adorned with mirrors, different designs and historical paintings. Next, we will walk to the nearby Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO site, as the gem of the city of Isfahan, is the third largest square in the world. We can gaze at the splendor of the Square’s architecture, learn about its history and enjoy its tranquil ambiance. While we are there, we will also visit Shah Mosque which is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the finest examples of blue-tiled mosques. Also, we will discover the adjacent mosque called Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Then, we will walk through the world famous Bazaar of Isfahan through Qeysarieh Gate. We will also visit the Vank Cathedral located in Armenian center of the city. During sunset, we will be visiting two famous historical Bridges of Esfahan which are the Khaju Bridge as the only tiled bridge of Esfahan and the lively Siosepol Bridge. We will head back to Piroozy Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Esfahan)

Day 13: Esfahan- Abyaneh- Kashan- IKIA

On the last day of this tour, we will hit the road to Kashan. On our way to Kashan, we will visit Abyaneh Village which is located within 80 km of Kashan. Abyaneh village as one of the must-see villages of Iran is famously called the red village for its vermilion colored houses. Consequently, we will leave Abyaneh for Kashan. Once we are In Kashan, we will be visiting the UNESCO recognized Fin Garden which is known as one of the most appreciated Persian Gardens by its visitors. Then, we will discover one of the most visited Persian historical houses known as Tabatabayi House. We will enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of a Persian Bathhouse called Sultan Ahmad Bathhouse to discover the elements and features of a Persian Bathhouse. We will leave Kashan to Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran where our tour will come to an end.

Included/Excluded

  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation in standard 3 or 4 hotels
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the whole trip
  • Domestic flight (Tabriz-Shiraz)
  • Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Expert English speaking local guide
  • All the mentioned entrance fees
  • Visa authorization code & support
  • Travel Insurance within Iran
  • Daily refreshments
  • Local SIM Card with 2 Gig data
  • A booklet with information on the attractions
  • International flights
  • Visa Stamp fee
  • Tips for the Guide and the Driver
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary

Tour's Location

FAQs

1. Can I stay longer in Iran that I have planned?
Yes you can extend your 30-day Iran Visa validity if you wish to stay longer in Iran. If you have obtained your Visa through an embassy, you can extend your Visa twice and each time for 30 days. But in case you have got your Visa on arrival at the airport you can only extend it for 14 days. Keep in mind that the final decision regarding this matter is up to the Foreign Affairs officers.
2. When is the best time to book a tour?
We advise you to book the tours a few months in advance since there is no guarantee that the hotels mentioned in the tour packages will be available in your requested time, especially, if you are planning to travel during peak seasons which are from mid-March to May and from late September to Late November.
3. How long does it take to process an Iran Visa?
Typically, visa authorization codes are issued within 1-3 working days. You can then collect your Visa in 10 days at the Embassy. We advise you to start the process 3 to 4 weeks prior to the date of your departure. Also, if you are a UK, USA, or Canadian citizen you should start Iran Visa process 2-3 months earlier than usual.
4. Is it possible to book a different hotel than indicated in the tour itinerary?
Yes, we can change hotel reservation based on your requests. The hotels recommended in the itineraries are located at the center of the city and have been our tourists’ top favorites. It is better to book the hotels a few months in advance since there is no guarantee that the hotels will be available in your requested time.
5. Does Travelopersia offer tours in languages other than English?
Our recommended guides are fully fluent in English and the local language. On top of this, we can provide you with Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, or Arabic guides on your request.
6. What kind of transportation does Travelopersia offer on their tours?
During your trip, you will be provided with a private transport according to the number of people on each tour. If your group tour is consisted of more than three people, you will be provided with a Van and for larger groups with a bus. All the offered vehicles are air-conditioned and comfortable.
7. What if I wish to extend my stay at a hotel before or after the tour?
Yes, we can help you book additional nights at a specific hotel before the tour begins and after your trip. Let us know so we can recommend you the best possible option.
8. Is there a prepayment for reserving the tours and Itineraries?
We require a 10% prepayment for each tour and itinerary reservation. The rest of the payment can be made upon your arrival.
9. What is the required dress code?
The dress code of Iran requires locals and tourists to wear clothes that appropriately cover their body, legs, and arms. In case of women, they are obliged to cover their hair and wear preferably knee length dresses or Mantos over a pair of pants. For foot wear, you can wear anything that you feel comfortable in.
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