Iran. History and islands in the Persian gulf

Price
$1439
+ flight to Tehran and back home
Duration
15 days

What you get

Iran
Main cities and islands
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader-traveler
Breakfasts
In all hotels
Accommodation
14 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

Iran. History and islands in the Persian gulf

Everyone knows that Iran is the world's oldest civilization. But have you ever heard about the beautiful islands with a rich underwater world, colorful cliffs and picturesque beaches. Our group trip to Iran combines it all!

  • Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and King Darius the Great in the ancient capitals of Persepolis and Pasargadae 
  • Look at Tehran from the sixth tallest tower in the world Milad
  • Climb the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and peer into the sacred fire of the world's most ancient religion 
  • Meet the first rays of the sun among the colorful mosaics of the famous Pink Mosque 
  • Explore the underwater world of the islands of the Persian Gulf, get lost in the multi-colored caves and walk through unreal canyons

Trip code
IRHI
Iran,Tehran,Kashan

Departures

2020
Price
Book
14 September, Mon 28 September, Mon
$ 1439

Day 1

Tehran The Museum of National Treasures Golestan palace Grand bazaar

We arrive in Tehran, the capital of Iran, and check into a hotel. It is here that we begin our small group trip to Iran. After breakfast we go out for a walk in the city. We start from a place that amazes even avid travelers - the Museum of National Treasures. It is located in the underground of the Central Bank of Iran. Imagine all the treasures and jewels that the Persian kings collected over centuries - in one place! It is a dazzling spectacle! Let us only mention the precious globe, which is covered with 51,366 gems with a total weight of almost 4 kilograms! And how about rare huge diamonds, golden thrones, weapons and other splendor?

We head to the last palace of the Persian kings - Golestan. They began to build it back in the 16th century, but the main premises were completed in the 19th century. We will see the marble throne room, the diamond room, the mirror room, a collection of luxurious clothes, unusual dishes and plunge into the life of the monarchs of Persia. 

After lunch, we walk around the Grand Bazaar - the country's main bazaar and the historical center of Tehran. The main thing here is not to get lost and look under your feet, still having time to look around.

Day 2

Azadi Square Milad tower

In the morning we go to watch modern symbols of Iran. Let's start with the Freedom Tower in Azadi Square. This unusual monument was built by order of the last Shah of Iran - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in honor of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Ironically, it was here that the history of this empire ended, when in 1979 hundreds of thousands of Iranians came to the square to overthrow the power of the Shah. 

We rise to the observation deck of Milad tower - the sixth tallest tower in the world. We will look at the city from a height and try to recognize areas that we have already visited. 

After lunch we leave for the old capital of the country - the city of Isfahan (about 6 hours on the way). We arrive late in the evening and check into a hotel.

Day 3

Isfahan Imam square Ali Qapu Palace Isfahan bridges

In the 17th century, one of the most famous Persian rulers, Shah Abbas the Great, moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan. The city that we will see is the favorite creation of this Shah. We are heading to the very heart - to Imam Square, which is surrounded by several ancient mosques and is one of the largest squares in the world! 

We go in the main mosque to check the acoustic effects under the main dome. Move to the Ali Qapu Palace to feel how the ruler of the empire lived only a few centuries before us. From this huge balcony it is very convenient to watch parades and processions in the square. We descend to the park and the palace Chehel Sotoun. The name translates as "forty columns." Twenty of them are real, and the remaining twenty are reflected in the water. This small summer palace is famous for its frescoes, which depict the most famous battles and achievements of the Persian kings. 

In the evening we go to see the famous Isfahan bridges. Walk on the famous Khaju Bridge - a 137 meter bridge of the XVII century. With a bit of luck, we will see the improvised concert at this bridge in the evening. Yes, the locals love to sing together and do it very well!

Day 4

Armenian quarter Vank cathedral Mount Sofeh

We leave for the Armenian quarter. The same Shah Abbas the Great invited Armenian masters — architects, potters, and weavers — to his capital. He gave them a separate quarter for life, and even allowed him to build an Orthodox Vank cathedral here in the 18th century. Outwardly, it looks very simple, even ascetic. And inside amazes with an abundance of unique frescoes! 

Heading south from Isfahan, to Mount Sofeh. This is a favorite spot for residents and visitors alike. We will take the cable car to the top to admire the views and watch the city light up with millions of lights in the evening.

Day 5 - 6

Shiraz Mausoleum of Hafez Pink mosque Persepolis and Pasargadae

We continue our guided tour to Iran and leave to Shiraz - the cultural capital of Iran (approximately 6 hours on the way). This is another ancient Persian city, which is more than 4 thousand years old! We check into a hotel and head to the real pilgrimage site of the Iranians - the mausoleum of the famous Persian poet Hafez. He became famous for his poems about love and wine, and he loved to teasr rulers with critical rhymes. Hafez is so revered in the country that any Iranian will tell you - at home, each of them must have a Quran and a collection of poems by Hafez.

In the evening we walk in the center to see a small fortress and watch how locals play dominoes and drink traditionally strong tea. Early in the morning we go to the famous Pink Mosque to see unusual mosaics, and admire the colored rays of the rising sun through the stained glass windows. 

Finally, we got to Persepolis! This "City of Persians", the ceremonial capital of the times of the Achaemenid state of the 6th century BC. It was built by the legendary Persian king Darius the Great, and destroyed by Alexander the Great, who conquered Persia on his way to India. Impressive! What to say about the ruins of Pasargadae, which are nearby? This city was the capital of Persia even before Persepolis! 

In the evening we go to the mirrors mausoleum of the 14th century Shah-Cheragh. This is the perfect place to learn more about Islam, and watch the prayers and unusual rituals of pilgrims from all over the country. Late in the evening we leave for the island of Qeshm (8-10 hours on the way).

Day 7 - 9

Qeshm Island Larak island Snorkeling Stars Valley

We check into a hotel on the island and visit the ruins of a Portuguese fortress and a local shrimp farm. Next we head to the island of Larak. It is almost empty - there are only a few small villages with just a few hundred people. The beaches here are very beautiful, and the coral reefs are just fantastic. We will go snorkeling to admire the colorful fish and other marine life. 

After lunch we return to the island of Qeshm and meet the sunset in the sandy canyons of the mysterious Star Valley. Amazing - what forms can winds make out of rocks and sand!

Day 10

Hengam island Dolphins, turtles and sharks

Early in the morning we will visit the island of Hengam 2 km away from Queshm. Here we will watch the dolphins, turtles and perhaps even see sharks. The coast of the island is dotted with ruins of old Portuguese fortresses and ship docks. 

We will also visit local bazaar, where you can buy unusual souvenirs and try sambosi - a traditional southern Iranian snack with vegetables and seafood.

Day 11

Hormuz island

Our guided tour to Iran takes us to the island of Hormuz, known as the rainbow island. Here you can count more than 70 colors and shades of hills and mountains, see salt rocks, and caves with salt crystals. 

The beaches of the island are sparkling with colors from scarlet red to golden and brilliantly black, and the sand shines with brightly blue plankton. We will visit all the most colorful spots of the island.

Day 12 - 13

Yazd Historical center Towers of Silence Zoroastrian temple

From the island of Hormuz to Bandar Abbas we will get by boat, and then take a bus to Yazd (8 hours on the way), where we will check into a a hotel in the old town. In the morning we leave the hotel and immediately find outselves in the middle of the old Persian fairy tale. The entire historical center of the city has not changed for the last hundreds of years! The narrow winding streets of clay, secret entrances, the narrow towers that rise above many houses. These are the famous local badgirs - windcatching towers. We will learn how ancient Persians used them to cool their houses thousands of years before air conditioners and electricity.

We head to the Towers of Silence - the places of Zoroastrian burials. Yes, Yazd is still considered the Iranian center of the most ancient religion in the world - Zoroastrianism, or fire worshiping. The famous "celestial burial" on these Towers was still organized in the 1960s! .. Next - a modern Zoroastrian temple, and then we return to Islam and explore the 16th century main mosque.

Day 14 - 15

Kashan

Bus to Kashan (5 hours) where we check into a hotel, have dinner and enjoy a view of the old town from the top of the hamam. 

We go to the village of Abyane in the mountains (about 2 hours on the way). Abyane is an ancient village listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. We stroll through the narrow streets, between the houses of red bricks and admire ancient architecture. 

Late in the evening we take a bus to the airport in Tehran (3 hours) and flight back home. Our group trip to Iran has come to an end. Thank you for discovering this wonderful country with us!

Tour leader

Nadiya Chernysh
tour-leader
Orest Bilous
co-founder, CEO

Подходит ли вам это путешествие?

This trip is of light physical grade. It includes rides in buses, trains and rented transport, as well as two overnight trips in comfortable night buses and trains. We will also take walks in cities and towns, and move around in public transportation in the cities. We will also take boats and ferries. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels and guesthouses.

Стоимость путешествия включает:

  1. All transportation including buses, trains, public transport, taxis and other;
  2. Accommodation during the entire trip;
  3. Breakfasts in all hotels ;
  4. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Tehran and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatory);
  3. Food ($15-25 per person per day);
  4. Entry tickets to museums, parks and other places of the interest ($250);
  5. Visa ( $75-95.).

Visa

Citizens of most countries can get Iranian visa in the embassy of their country of residence before the trip.

Visa is valid for one month and costs $75-95.

We provide free visa consulting for clients. 

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