15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS tour to IRAN
TEHRAN - SHIRAZ - YAZD - ISFAHAN - KASHAN - TEHRAN (15-29 April, 2017)
Few countries can boast such an illustrious past or such an astounding diversity of landscapes and cultures as Iran, the centre of some of the ancient world’s greatest empires. This comprehensive 15-day tour, through some of the most beautiful scenery in Iran, will include many of Persia’s greatest monuments dating from 5000 BCE to the present day.
FLIGHT FROM TORONTO
13APR YYZFRA 2140 1110 14APR
14APR FRAIKA 1740 0105 15APR
DAY 1- APR 15) ARRIVE TEHRAN
Arrive in Tehran IKA Airport @ 01.05 AM. You will be met and transferred to your Hotel.
In the afternoon you visit the Golestan Palace/Museum Complex, the former residence of the 19th early 20th century Qajar Kings of Iran, with several museums including the Marble Throne Room. You also visit , the fabulous State’s Jewels Museum. The Imperial crown jewels of Iran is the most dazzling collection of gemstones and jewelry known in the world.
Day 2- APR 16) TEHRAN
Today will be devoted to visiting some of Tehran’s Museums, demonstrating the rich cultural heritage of the country. The visits will include Iran’s National Museum (Archaeological & Islamic Museum), displaying an authenticated collection of pre-historic and ancient artifacts with pottery dating back to 6-7 millennium B.C., the Abgineh (Glass & Ceramics) Museum, a valuable collection of pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics, beautifully displayed and located in an elegant early 20th-century mansion. In the afternoon we visit the Carpet Museum, with an extensive collection of old and new Persian carpets and rugs from the major carpet-weaving centres of Iran and
Sa’d Abad Palace complex , a royal summer home during the Pahlavi period (visit Green and White Palaces)
Dinner at Darband, a village in the mountains of northern Tehran.
Day 3- APR 17) TEHRAN
Today, enjoy visiting Tochal Complex consists of many recreational and sports facilities located in Velenjak, North of Tehran. Jump to Tochal Telecabin (gondola lift) - Tochal Telecabin is probably the world's longest gondola lift lines with a length of 7500 m. The project started in 1974 and has been open to the public since 1978. It starts at the Velenjak valley in north of Tehran at an altitude of 1900 m. and ends at the last station at an altitude of 3740 m., near the main ridge of Mount Tochal.
Day 4- APR 18) TEHRAN - SHIRAZ
Transfer to the airport. Morning flight to Shiraz. Transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the tomb of Iran’s greatest lyric poets, Hafez and Sa'adi.
In the evening visit the Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh (not open to non-Moslems and can only be seen from outside).
Day 5- APR 19) SHIRAZ
Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit some of the famous gardens of this city of “roses and nightingales”, including the Eram Garden, the pink tiled 19th-century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, the Arg-e-Karim Khan (18th-century citadel), the Qajar-period Narenjestan Garden/House, Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz (Bazaar is closed on Fridays).
Day 6- APR 20) SHIRAZ - PERSEPOLIS - NAGHSHE ROSTAM - NAGHSHE RAJAB - SHIRAZ
Full-day excursion to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World. It is the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire. We will also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs (also Achaemenid); plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs (including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian). Next we stop at Naghsh-e-Rajab to see the several important Sassanian rock-reliefs. Return to Shiraz.
Day 7- APR 21) SHIRAZ - PASSARGAD - ABARKOOH - YAZD (450 km = 5 hours)
Drive to Isfahan. Stop at Passargadea, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tomb and remains of palaces of Cyrus the Great (the Founder of the Persian Empire), all located in the magnificent Dasht-e-Morghab. Then visit Abarkouh attractions (old cypress & ice house). Proceed to Zeinoddin Caravanserai , situated in the desolate Dasht-e Lut desert, Zein-o-din is a classic small caravanserai built during the 16th century under the orders of Shah Abbas, who was constructed such hostels to promote business. We have a short refreshment break there, then drive towards Yazd.
Day 8- APR 22) YAZD
Full day sightseeing in Yazd, the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community. Visit one of the two Zoroastrian abandoned Towers of Silence (Dakhme), and the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for about 1500 years. Among Yazd’s Islamic sites is the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.), with the highest portal and minarets in Iran. There are also many beautiful old houses in Yazd, among them the Dowlat Abad Garden.
Day 9- APR 23) YAZD - NAIN - MEYBOD - ISFAHAN (320 km = 3.5 hours)
After Breakfast, drive towards Isfahan. En route, stop over first at Meybod to visit (Narin Citadel, A mailing house (ChaparKhaneh), ice house, Safavid caravanserai. Then proceed to Na’in, another charming desert town, to visit the 10th century Friday Mosque, and the 17th century Pirnia House / Ethnographic Museum.
Day 10- APR 24) ISFAHAN
Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan, Khajou, and Sio-se-pol, the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank. In the afternoon visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, including the Ali-Qapu Palace with its balcony overlooking the Maidan. Also visit two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Shah – with magnificent architecture and tilework, finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar.
Day 11- APR 25) ISFAHAN
More sightseeing in Isfahan to visit the magnificent Friday Mosque, with the famous Uljaitu Mihrab (Prayer Niche) of the Il-Khanid period. The Friday Mosque is considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian religious architecture. Also visit the Harun-e-Velayat Shrine and the Ali Minaret. From here drive to the Chehel Sotun Palace, its wooden columns reflected in the surface of the pool give its name ‘The Palace of Forty Columns’. In the afternoon we have free time to return to the main Maidan for further visit to shops and bazaar.
Day 12- APR 26) ISFAHAN
Enjoy a free day for shopping and discover more of the beautiful city of Isfahan
Day 13- APR 27) ISFAHAN - NATANZ - ABIYANEH - KASHAN (260 km = 3.5 hours)
Today we drive to Kashan via Abyaneh, a beautiful village with red mod brick houses which dates back to pre-Islamic era and the town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex. Overnight in Kashan.
Day 14- APR 28) KASHAN - TEHRAN (210 km = 3 hours)
Today we visit the historical garden of Fin, which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. A museum on the site displays artifacts from nearby Tepe Sialk. You will also visit a fine example of a 19th century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabaee House with its beautiful stucco dome and inlaid mirror work, and Boroojerdi House. Drive to Tehran, and transfer to your airport hotel.
Day 15- APR 29) TEHRAN - TORONTO
Transfer to the airport to fly back to Toronto .
FLIGHT FROM TEHRAN
29APR IKAFRA 0310 0600 29APR
29APR FRAYYZ 0920 1140 29APR
This tour is in English language
The itinerary is subject to change with/without prior notice
Registration deadline: February 20, 2017
PRICES (Land Services only):
- CA$4990 per person in double occupancy
- CA$1390 single supplement
- Based on a group of minimum 10 participants
- Registration deadline: February 20, 2017
- 14 nights’ accommodation at 4 star hotels
- Meals: full board at the best restaurants in each city
- One domestic flight (Tehran - Shiraz)
- All transfers &transportation by an A/C vehicle
- Professional English speaking tour guide during the whole trip
- All sightseeing tours mentioned in the program
- All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the program
- Iran’s Entry Visa procedure + Visa fee
- Porterage fees at the airport and hotel
- All taxes and service charges
- International Flights
- Tip to guide and driver
|Questions and Answers (Q&A)|
How big are the groups?
Each group is limited to 10-20 participants. Small groups allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.
How do we travel during the tour?
All land transportation is included in the land price of the trip. We have our own vehicles for road travel — we use a van or coach. We travel on 1 domestic flight.
What about the weather?
Due to the extremes of topography Iran, areas vary widely in temperature during the year. The best time to visit Iran is between Sept and April. The average high temperature in Tehran in October is 75°F (24°C) and lows of 64°F (12°C). The average high temperature in Tehran in April is 69°F (21°C) and lows of 48°F (9°C).
We do not travel in Iran Jun-Aug due to high humidity and temperatures. There may be spring showers in Western Iran in April. Southern Iran is generally hotter and drier.
When is payment due?
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due as soon as you decide to go and will reserve your place on the tour. The balance of the land payment is due 100 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and these are outlined in the “Terms & Conditions” section of our brochure.
Is medical insurance required?
Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended.
What if I would like more information?
If you have any further questions about the adventure, please call our office for more details. A Trip Specialist will be happy to answer your questions.
TRAVELERS INFORMATION FOR IRAN
Iran is a country with a dress code. The rules are quite simple: for men, no short pants. For women, your head, hair and neck must be covered. You must also wear something loose to cover your body to mid-calf.
Please contact NOUSHIN (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 416-730-8687 if you have any questions, or require additional information.