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Persian Gulf & Ancient Persia Adventure

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Duration

13 Days, 12 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

You can book Persian Gulf & Ancient Persia Adventure tour for an amazing adventure around Iran and the ancient Persia. This tour starts off with a sailing adventure in Persian Gulf. You can sail through the stunning islands of Hormoz, Qeshm, and Hengam while watching the Dolphins of Persian Gulf jump up and down in the scenery of frigates and oil tanker ships. While visiting the historic masterpieces of several cities and historic villages in Iran, you can enjoy the heavenly nature of Iran such as the waterfalls of Margoon. Also, you will enjoy a Safari on the sand hills of Mesr Desert in Central Iran. You will have an exciting trip while touring the most unique attractions of the land of Persia. For more information about the attractions mentioned in this itinerary, you can check out our blogs’ posts.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the mysterious Star Valley and Chahkuh Canyon in Qeshm Island
  • Watch the ancient Iranian sport performance in a Sport House called Zurkhaneh
  • Tour the beautiful and historic village of Kharanaq and its Maze-like Castle
  • Visit some of the most amazing UNESCO recognized sites in Iran
  • Discover the third largest square in the world known as Naqsh-E Jahan Square in Esfahan

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 history and archeology of Iran. Then, we will be visiting the UNESCO recognized and 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. 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 - Flight to Qeshm Island

On this day, we will catch a direct flight to Qeshm Island. This Island is one of the largest islands in the Persian Gulf. Qeshm Island is covered by significant Valleys, Beaches and Canyons. We will begin our Qeshm adventure by visiting the mysterious Star Valley. This Geographical site was inscribed on UNESCO World Natural Heritage list. Next, we will explore Chahkuh Canyon and its wonderfully formed rock structures. We will then sail to the peaceful Hengam Island that is covered with shiny sands. Instead of Hengam Island, we can visit the Harra Forest that is a mangrove forest. We will spend the night at Arta Hotel.(overnight in Qeshm Island)

Day 4: Qeshm Island - Hormoz Island

On the fourth day, we will sail to Hormoz Island. This island is famous for its colorful and stunning red sand beaches. We will have a full-day Hormoz Island Excursion. We will be exploring the Valley of the Statues where several natural structures are sculpted in strange shapes. We will also be visiting a 15th century red Rock Fortress called the Portuguese Castle. We will sail back to Qeshm to spend the night at Arta Hotel.(overnight in Qeshm Island)

Day 5: Qeshm - Flight to Shiraz

On this day, we will catch a direct flight to Shiraz. We will be spending this day visiting the highlights of Shiraz. 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 to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night in Shiraz.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 6: Shiraz - Sepidan - Shiraz

On the sixth day, 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. The colorful shimmers of light, through the windows of the mosque, create the perfect background for taking stunning photos. Then, we will enjoy the beauty of a famous garden of Shiraz called Eram Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will drive to Sepidan to enjoy the heavenly Margoon Waterfall before we head back to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night in Shiraz. (overnight in Shiraz)

Day 7: Shiraz – Persepolis - Yazd

On this day, we will leave Shiraz to the city of 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 continue our exploration to 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 head to Yazd to spend the night at Khan Dohed Hotel.(overnight in Yazd)

Day 8: Yazd

On the eighth 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 an ancient Iranian Sport House which is called Zurkhaneh. Then, we will visit the significant and ancient Amir Chakhmag Complex which is known as the symbol of the city. We will visit Dolat Abad Garden which is one of the 9 Persian Gardens inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. In the heart of the garden is located the Tallest Windward in the World. We will head back to Khan Dohed Hotel to rest and spend the night. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 9: Yazd – Kharanaq - Garmeh

On this day, we will drive to the historic Kharanaq Village to explore the Mud-Brick and ancient ruins of Kharanaq Caravanserai. Then, we will be visiting the mysterious Kharanaq Old Castle. The construction of this mud and clay castle dates back to 1800 years ago. This maze-like two- and three-story castle is among the largest castles in Yazd. We will then head to Garmeh Village to spend the night at Ateshooni Guesthouse.(overnight in Garmeh Village)

Day 10: Garmeh - Mesr Desert - Farahzad

On the tenth day, we will explore the beautiful Garmeh Old Village which is located in the central desert of Iran. This village is covered by palm groves and trees. We will continue our adventure with a Safari Excursion in Mesr Desert. The world famous Mesr Desert is surrounded by stunning sceneries and sand hills. We will then head to Farahzad to spend the night at Barandaz Eco-lodge.(overnight in Farahzad)

Day 11: Farahzad - Na’in - Esfahan

On this day, we will drive to Esfahan. On our way to Esfahan, we will pass through the city of Na’in for a short sightseeing at the 1,000 year-old Jameh Mosque of Na’in. We will then continue our trip to Esfahan. We will be spending the night at Piroozy Hotel. (overnight in Esfahan)

Day 12: Esfahan

On this day, we will visit 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 magnificent Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO site is the third largest square in the world. 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. Next, we will visit the Vank Cathedral located in Armenian center of the city. We will continue our day by visiting Music Museum to learn about several Iranian traditional music instruments. 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 the Historic Abyaneh Village. Abyaneh village as one of the must-see villages of Iran is famously called the red village for its vermilion colored houses.
We will leave Abyaneh for Kashan. We then will be visiting the UNESCO recognized Fin Garden which is known as one of the most beautiful Persian Gardens by its visitors. Then, we will discover one of the most visited Persian historical houses known as Tabatabayi House.
To cap off this tour, 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 (Tehran-Qeshm)
  • Domestic flight (Qeshm-Shiraz)
  • Meals (Breakfast & 12 Lunches)
  • 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
  • Visa Stamp fee
  • International flights
  • 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 Posts.
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.
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