Iran: the See For Yourself Tour

Iran: the See For Yourself Tour

Day 1-2: Tehran

Arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA),where we will meet our guide and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we will have a tour to visit some highlights of Tehran such as the National Museum, Golestan palace and bazaar.  Before we leave Tehran, we will also visit the Milad Tower, an art gallery, the award-winning Tabiat Pol bridge and adjoining parks. If possible, we will also include a visit to a concert, sporting event or film.

Day 3 : Hamedan

Drive to Hamadan.Stop en route to see the shrine of Imam Khomeini and the Ali-Sadr cave, the world’s largest underground lake. Evening visit to Ganjnameh, popular local destination famous for its waterfall and ancient rock face inscriptions. Overnight in  Hamadan.

Day 4: Drive to Kashan

Before leaving Hamedan, we will visit the tomb of Esther and Mordechai, tomb of Baba Taher and the Avicenna Mausoleum. Stop in Qom, the “Vatican of Iran.” Overnight stay in a traditional guest house in Kashan..

Day 5-7:  Isfahan.

So much to see and do in Isfahan! We’ll visit some of the most important landmarks, such as the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, with its A’li Qapu palaces, Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques and Bazaar),  the Hasht Behesht Palace and Chehel Sotoun Pavilion, the Sioseh Bridge and the Vank Cathedral in Julfa, the traditional Armenian quarter. But we’ll also have time to visit with a Muslim cleric and a Zoroastrian priest, visit a local tea house, and have a picnic on Soteh mountain, a popular hangout for young Isfahanis. One evening, we’ll have dinner with a local family.

Day 8: Varzaneh:
In the morning, we’ll drive to Varzaneh. Varzaneh is an ancient central Iranian desert town in Isfahan province, 1.5 hour away from Isfahan city, still showing evidence of its 5000-year-old civilization.  In the afternoon, we’ll go on a tour of the surrounding desert, which includes a waterfall, birdwatching, an abandoned caravansarai and more. Later, we will have a cooking class and dinner with our hosts at the Negaar Traditional Guest House.
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Day 9-11: Shiraz
On our way to Shiraz, we will stop at Pasargad, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the burial place of King Cyrus, founder of the first Persian Empire. In our three days in Shiraz, we’ll visit many of the most important landmarks, including the Nasir Al_Molk Mosque, the Qvam House, and the Zandiyeh complex that includes the Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bath, Arg Citadel and Vakil traditional Bazaar. If arrangements can be made, we will also go on a day hike with the Shiraz Mountaineering Club,Tabiat Doost, near the village of Ghalat or another location.
Day 12: Persepolis, Naghsh-e-Rostam and the Zeinodin Caravansaray.  After breakfast, we’ll depart Shiraz and drive to Persepolis and the nearby necropolis at Naghsh_e_Rostam. Persepolis, once the capitol of the Achaemenid Empire, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the archaelogical sites. In the afternoon, we’ll continue on towards Yazd, staying overnight at the at the historic Zeinodin Caravansaray.

 

Day 13 : Yazd

Yazd. Visit to a qanat, part of Iran’s ancient underground irrigation system, as well as the Haj Khalifeh Ali Rahbar pastry shop, and some historic attractions.
Day 14. Back to Tehran. Early morning train from Yazd to Tehran. Visit to Darband and Darake, popular outing destinations north of Tehran.  Baame Tehran (the “roof of Tehran”)  at night. Departure from IKA early the next morning.
All itinerary details subject to change.
List Of Hotels:

***The hotels may be substituted by equivalent ones if they are not available and based on your preference.

 

City :Hotel: 
TehranEscan 3*https://www.irantravelingcenter.com/escan-hotel-tehran/

 

HamadanBabaTaher 4*https://www.irantravelingcenter.com/hamadan_baba_taher_hotel_iran/

 

KashanNegin 3*https://www.irantravelingcenter.com/negin-traditional-house-hotel-kashan/

 

IsfahanSunrise 3*
VarzanehNegar 3*
ShirazForough 3*https://www.irantravelingcenter.com/forough-hotel-shiraz/

 

Zeinodin Caravanserai.Caravanseraihttps://www.irantravelingcenter.com/zein-o-din-traditional-carvanserai-yazd/

 

YazdDad 4*https://www.irantravelingcenter.com/dad-hotel-yazd/

 

 Tour Includes :

Tour inclusionsTour exclusions
Arrival transfer from airport to the hotelVisa collection service fee at embassy /airport
Private car with driverPhotography expenses if you want
English-speaking tour guidePortage fee at hotels/ restaurants/ airports
AccommodationTip to the guides and drivers
1 Picnic  + mealPersonal expenses
Train ticket from Yazd to TehranLaundry service at hotels
Train station transfersLunch and dinner
All expenses for driver/guide including accommodation and meals Entrance fees
All taxes and service fees
1 Sim Card

 

Jeremy Iggers
Author: Jeremy Iggers

Jeremy Iggers is a journalist, university instructor and social entrepreneur with interests that include food, philosophy and global-local connections. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and publisher of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He lives in south Minneapolis with his wife Carol and two cats.

About Jeremy Iggers

Jeremy Iggers is a journalist, university instructor and social entrepreneur with interests that include food, philosophy and global-local connections. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and publisher of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He lives in south Minneapolis with his wife Carol and two cats.

Comments

  1. Pearl Bergad says

    Good morning, Jeremy,

    This sounds like a fantastic trip! Bob and I are interested in joining your group. Please keep us posted.

    • Jeremy Iggers says

      Hi Pearl,
      Will do! So far I have 3-4 couples that have expressed interest, but one can’t go until later, another has a very sick old dog, a third has money worries, etc. So it seems unlikely that it can happen in May. But I will keep trying to collect people who want to go…
      Best,
      Jeremy

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