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Archeological Tour of Persia in 17 days

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Duration

17 Days, 16 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

Iran, the ancient land of Persia, is the heaven for Archeologists and Archeology lovers. By booking this 17-day Archeology tour, you get to explore the ancient vestiges of Persian Empires. Step into the Sialk Archeological Mounds, known as one of the oldest human settlement. Discover the magnificent rock reliefs and Archeological sites that belong to the ancient empires of Medes, Parthians, and Sassanid by exploring Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Tang-e Chogan valley, and many more. In this tour, you will also visit the historic highlights of mosques, Palaces, museums, and traditional Bazaars along with Persia’s magnificent Ancient ruins. For more information about the attractions mentioned in this itinerary, you can check out our blog posts.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the historic monuments of Medes Settlement in Hegmataneh Archeological Mounds
  • Explore the Hellenistic-Persian Anahita Temple, attributed to the Goddess of fertility and love
  • Visit the UNESCO recognized and Masterpiece of Iran’s ancient engineering, Shushtar Hydraulic System
  • Tour the magnificent ancient ruins of Persepolis, Necropolis, Pasargadae, and the Ancient Palace of Artaxerxes

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 Wisteria Grand 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 history and archeology of Iran. Then, we will be visiting the splendid Golestan Palace. Next, we will explore and walk through the nearby Bazaar which is the oldest Bazaar of Tehran known as the Grand Bazaar. If there was enough time, we will also be visiting the Carpet Museum that showcases over 150 types of Persian carpets each with special history behind them. We will take you back to Wisteria Grand Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Tehran)

Day 3: Tehran- Hamadan

On the third day, we will head to Hamadan which is one of the oldest cities in western Iran. Once we have arrived in Hamadan, we will be exploring Hegmataneh Archeological Mounds. According to some researches, the antiquity of this vast area dates back to one of the first Iranian settlements known as Medes. The historical monuments and foundlings of this area will familiarize you with the history of pre-Islam civilization of Iranian. We will be spending the night at Buali Hotel.(overnight in Hamadan)

Day 4: Hamadan

On the fourth day, we will be visiting the archeological highlights of Hamadan. We will be first visiting the 10th century Alavian Dome that is adorned with stucco reliefs and brickwork. Next, we will be visiting the Avicenna Mausoleum where the father of early modern medicine, Ibn Sina is laid to rest. Then, we will make a stop at the Ganjnameh Archeological Site. Two ancient inscriptions that are engraved on the mountain can be seen in this site. These two reliefs were commissioned by the Achaemenid kings, Darius I and Xerxes. Also, if we had enough time, we will be visiting Baba Taher Mausoleum, the tomb of 11th century Persian Dervish poet. We will head back to Buali Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Hamadan)

Day 5: Hamadan – Kangavar - Bistun

On this day, we will head to Kangavar to visit the famous archeological site of Anahita Temple. This temple has been attributed to the Goddess of fertility and love, Anahita. The Temple represent the elements of Hellenistic and Persian architecture. Next, we will drive to Bistun Archeological Site which holds ancient inscriptions and High Reliefs, drawn in three languages on a mountain. We then will be visiting Taq-e Bostan Archeological Site. The rock reliefs on the mountain illustrate third century AD’s Persian Kings and their glory. We will be spending the night at Jamshid Hotel in Kermanshah.(overnight in Kermanshah)

Day 6: Bistun – Kermanshah - Shushtar

On the sixth day, we will head to Shushtar to visit Shushtar Hydraulic System. This UNESCO recognized site is an engineering masterpiece of 5 century BC. The collection of bridges, dams, waterfalls, and canals represent the genius use of water in ancient Persian times. We will be spending the night at Tabib Traditional Hotel in Shushtar. (overnight in Shushtar)

Day 7: Shushtar – Susa - Ahvaz

On this day, we will head to Susa to explore the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat. This UNESCO recognized sacred structure is considered as the best preserved ancient construction in the world. Next, we will be visiting Haft Tappeh Archeological Site. We will then explore The Ancient City of Susa which is inscribed on the UNESCO list. The remains of this city dates back to more than 6000 years ago as one of the oldest human Settlements in the world. We will be spending the night at Pars Hotel in Ahvaz.

Day 8: Ahvaz - Kazerun

Today, we will drive to the Ancient city of Bishapur in Kazerun. This ancient city holds rock reliefs, castles, temples, and the ruins of structures representing a mix of Roman and Persian Architecture. Tang-e Chogan valley is located just beyond this ancient city. Six main reliefs and stone carvings can be found in this valley which belong to the Ancient Sassanid Era’s kings. We will be spending the night at Bishapour Hotel.

Day 9: Kazerun – Firuzabad - Shiraz

On the ninth day, we will be leaving Kazerun to Firuzabad. We will be visiting the Ancient Palace of Artaxerxes. Artaxerxes is known as the founder of Sassanid dynasty in the 3rd Century. This palace was built near a river and it represents the base of Sassanid Architecture. We will drive to Shiraz to spend the night at Zandiyeh Hotel.

Day 10: 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. We will explore the historical center of the city by visiting Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. Then, we will visit Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine which is 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 Zandiyeh Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 11: Shiraz – Persepolis - Shiraz

On this day, 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. We will also be visiting the archeological site of Naqsh-e Rajab Rock-Cut Bas-Reliefs. We will drive back to Shiraz to spend the night at Zandiyeh Hotel. (overnight in Shiraz)

Day 12: Shiraz – Pasargadae - Yazd

Today, we will leave Shiraz to Yazd. On our way, we will visit the UNESCO recognized site of Pasargadae to discover the tomb of Cyrus the Great and the ruins of his Palaces. This site is a great testimony of the universal value of the Achaemenid civilization in Persia. We will be spending the night at Dad Hotel. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 13: Yazd

On this 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 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 Dad Hotel to spend the night in Yazd. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 14: Yazd - Na’in - Esfahan

On the fourteenth day of our trip, we will drive to the famous city of Esfahan. On our way to Esfahan we will be visiting the 1,000 year-old Jameh Mosque of Na’in. We will then head to Esfahan. Once we have arrived there, we will make a stop at the Vank Cathedral, located in Armenian center of the city. We will then head to Abbasi Hotel to spend the night in Esfahan.(overnight in Esfahan)

Day 15: Esfahan

On this day, we will visit Jame Mosque of Esfahan. This mosque is one of the finest collection of architectural elements belonging to several eras. Then, we will visit the magnificent Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO World Heritage site 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 which had been skillfully designed to mesmerize its visitors. Next, we will visit the imperial and unique Ali Qapu palace. Before getting back to Abbasi Hotel, if we had enough time, we will be visiting the UNESCO recognized Chehel Sotun Palace. (overnight in Esfahan)

Day 16: Esfahan – Natanz - Kashan

We will start the morning by 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 then head to Natanz to visit the Jame Mosque of Natanz. We will also be visiting the Sheikh Abdossamad Natanzi Mystic Lodge. We will drive to Kashan to spend the night in Mahinestan Raheb Hotel.(overnight in Kashan)

Day 17: Kashan - IKIA

On the last day of exploring the Archeological wonders of Iran, we will head to Sialk Archeological Mounds. Known as one of the oldest human settlements, there have been many archeological researches about these 7000 year-old Mounds. Next, 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. If we have enough time, we will visit the Aqa Bozorg Religious School and Mosque. This 18th century Islamic complex is famous for its fine symmetrical plan and architecture. 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 4 or 5 hotels
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the whole trip
  • 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.
For more detailed information read about visa extension in Blog.
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. 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.
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