• Duration

    15 day trip

  • Start

    Tehran, Iran

  • Finish

    Tehran, Iran

  • Group size

    Min 6, Max 12


  • Included meals

    15 Breakfast, 0 Lunch, 1 Dinner

  • Accommodation grade

    3 star hotels

  • Transport

    Mini Bus

  • Physical rating

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  • Trip notes

    Printable trip note (Coming soon)

Ancient Persia in Depth

Discover Iran in a 15-day tour

Price per pax

1698.00 Euro

Enquire about this tour

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS & ITINERARY

In recent years Iran has been featured regularly in world news: the nuclear deal, sanctions against Iran, the presidential election in June 2013 when Mr. Rouhani was elected as President was beamed to every corner of the world through official news channels, and on social networking sites. And now, after all negative news The World Travel Market 2015 Industry report said Iran was set to become a tourism hot spot and tourists rushing to discover the riches the country has to offer.

Tour Highlights

  • Journey to Tehran. The city of colorful lights, intriguing sounds and never-ending motion
  • Meeting the Iranian people and being welcomed to their country
  • Wandering through the bazaar in Kashan
  • Spend the day in Isfahan exploring Imam square and it's mosques
  • Visiting beautiful Na'inand Meybod, and amazing Mesr desert
  • Visiting Yazd, the city of Zoroastrian religious
  • Discover Persepolis, home of Darius the Great
  • Nasir Al Molk, the pink mosque in Shiraz and many more…

Special Entertainments (Free & Optional)

  • » Half a day FREE experiencing the Nomadic life and staying alongside an Iranian nomad family that is likely to be one of the most memorable parts of your journey. Read more…
  • » Half day FREE Persian hospitality tour to spend time with an Iranian family, learn and help to cook homemade foods and eat like Iranian people. Read more…
  • » One-day FREE tour of Iran’s Northern railway and crossing the Alborz mountains on SURFIRAN's private train (Departure every Thursday 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM). Read more…
  • Watch a Zurkhaneh performance.  Zurkhaneh is a form of traditional martial arts in Iran, where men practise callisthenics and other body-building exercises in a ring. In 2010 Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals inscribed on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Read More…

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1: TEHRAN

After arriving in Tehran from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) our professional tour guide will meet and greet you then you will be transferred to hotel for rest.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 2: TEHRAN

This morning we take you a World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power in the late 1700’s, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools. Many of the elements you’ll admire today date to the 19th century when local Qajari architects and artisans were looking to integrate traditional Persian style with elements of Western and Russian origin. The palace buildings are among the oldest in modern Tehran and they are still regarded as a crowning achievement of the Qajar era.

Time permitting, we can walk around Tehran Bazaar, few steps far from Golestan Palace. Continue along the Bazaar route, we go to the Timche Akbarian. Timche Akbarian dates back to almost 260 years from the Qajar era when its main purpose was for exchange and gold. Later it was developed into the first bank of Iran ran mainly by Jews who were the prominent residents of Oudlajan neighbourhood.

As of today, there’s no bank or money exchange but the place has been delicately restored into a Dizi Sara and a tea house where tea comes in thin waist cups and along with sugar canes.

Dizi doubtlessly is one of the most delicious and traditional Iranian food. Eating it has a special custom. Dizi is a Mesopotamian stew usually made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric and dried lime. Everything is mixed and cooked together.

In the afternoon, you’ll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of ancient Iran and Islamic Era.

Tonight’s dinner in a vegetarian restaurant of the Iranian Artists Forum offers a chance to experience young artists life in the capital of Iran. We meet some of the Iranian art students spend time with them.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: TEHRAN – KASHAN

Leaving Tehran behind, we’ll travel south to Kashan to visit Bagh-e Fin Garden. This very early Persian garden reflects ancient landscaping principles that trace their roots to the time of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE.

Today, it’s a delightful setting where you can meet young Iranian families who are out to enjoy their day. You’ll also visit the historic Borujerdi House here in Kashan. With fine decorative motifs handcrafted of stucco, impressive domes, wall paintings and inlaid mirror mosaics, this former merchant’s home is regarded as a masterpiece of traditional Persian architecture. It also boasts 130-foot tall wind towers to catch lofty breezes that can cool the entire house.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4: KASHAN - ABYANEH – ISFAHAN

Leaving Kashan behind, your first stop this morning will be in Abyaneh village. Abyaneh Village is known as the Red Village because of its red soil and houses. The houses of Abyaneh bear an ancient architectural style, featured by the use of clay as the construction material and latticed windows and wooden doors.

Your overland journey continues to Isfahan. As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities – architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese coming to its court – the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf-jahan (Isfahan is Half the World). You’ll join our expert guide to begin your exploration of the city, starting with some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River.

The 14th-century Shahrestan Bridge, for example, evokes the greatest aqueducts of ancient Rome and is the oldest bridge in Iran. Another famous bridges on the Zayandeh River are Sio-ce-pol and Khaju. There are sluice gates below the bridge to let the water runoff from Zayandeh River in the spring, and there are beautiful stony archways above each gate. These archways provide a great acoustic place for every man who wants to sing. You can always find a man or a group of men singing under the bridge. The songs are usually about betrayal or unrequited love. You have the chance to chat with these men and listen to their songs.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: ISFAHAN

Continue your exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historic city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a number of important periods in Islamic architecture.

Next up is Chehel Sotun. Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, you’ll discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mosaics; the Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking!

This afternoon, your exploration continues in Imam Square. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognised by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the Ali Qapu Palace, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewellery and delicately inlaid board games.

In the city’s Armenian quarter, you’ll delve more deeply into the region’s complex history as you visit several churches including the 17th-century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: ISFAHAN

You are free to spending the day at the city center, Bazaar and shopping.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7: ISFAHAN- NAEIN - FARAHZAD

Leaving Isfahan behind, your first stop this morning will be in Na’in, an ancient community with origins dating back to the 8th century.

We’ll continue the way to Farahzad village where is beautifully located on the edge of the sand desert and makes your stay especial since most other places in that region have some distance from the real desert. In that place, you’ll have the chance to visit the historic villages and stay with local people enjoying their homemade food, become familiar with their customs and ways of life.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: MESR DESERT – GARMEH

Today we will visit Mesr desert and drive to Garmeh. (Due to climate conditions only available on cold seld seasons)


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: GARMEH – KHARANAGH - MEYBOD – YAZD

Leaving Garmeh behind, we will have a short stop to visit Kharanagh old town and Single-minaret mosque and Kharanaq castle. Winding alleys are the wonders of this castle which were used to surprise bandits.

Your overland journey continues to the small town of Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick. But set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also offers a number of fascinating sites to visit including its caravanserai. Built in typical Safavid style, this ancient desert inn features verandahs, shaded passageways, and nearly 100 rooms – some of which are now used as artisan workshops. At the local icehouse, you’ll learn about the thick-clay construction and subterranean chamber that allowed local residents to have ice and food storage before refrigeration – even during the intense desert heat of summer! Continue to Yazd and check in to our hotel.

Tonight’s dinner in a local restaurant offers a chance to experience daily Iranian life in a town that’s smaller than Tehran or Isfahan. The ambience is a bit more laid back and the residents may seem a bit more reserved. But, you’ll find them warm, friendly and eager to meet tourists.


Overnight: Local guest house
Single Room Not Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: YAZD

At an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet with the rugged granite peak of Shir-Kuh in the distance, Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community, which is where you’ll begin the day’s sightseeing.

At the Tower of Silence, you’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion: Until the mid-1900’s, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds.

Zoroastrian tradition considers a deceased body to be “unclean” and this process of excarnation prevents contact with either fire or earth – both of which are considered to be sacred. At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, you’ll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. It’s an important pilgrimage site for the faithful and here our expert guide will offer additional insight into one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.

In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. Then visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.

At Zendan-e Eskandar, you’ll find an ancient domed structure with a deep, circular brick-lined pit that resembles a dungeon. According to legend, the complex was built by Alexander the Great to hold prisoners during his conquest of Persia. Others believe it was constructed by the Persians to hold Alexander himself.

Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden. Standing by the garden’s long reflecting pool, you’ll be shaded by ancient cypress trees. Ahead of you is an 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with a beautiful stained glass window and a graceful wind tower – the tallest in Iran. All around are flowering fruit trees and other ornamental plants and trees.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11: YAZD - SHIRAZ

Leaving Yazd behind, your first stop this morning will be in the Pasargadae (A registered site in UNESCO world heritage). Your overland journey continues to the Persepolis (A registered site in UNESCO world heritage), and Naghsh-e Rostam (Necropolis).

Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. It was the capital of the first great multicultural empire in Western Asia. Spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Hindus River, it is considered to be the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples. This was reflected in Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures.

The archaeological excavations of Persepolis rank with Ephesus and Pompeii as among the world’s most impressive sites of antiquity. Among scholars of the ancient Persian world, it’s regarded as a masterpiece of Achaemenid architecture, urban planning, construction and art.

Naqsh-e Rustam is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian kings dating back to the first millennium BC.  It stands as a lasting memory of a once powerful empire that ruled over a significant portion of the ancient world.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: SHIRAZ

After breakfast, will start your full day tour of Shiraz. It is the best time to communicate and exchange information with each other about everything in addition to visiting many sites.

At first, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque). It built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir-al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colourful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around.

Then you will also visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during the Zand Dynasty.

After that, you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai.

End your day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the beautiful orange-scented Narenjestan Garden, laid out in the 19th century during the Qajar Dynasty.

If time permitted, You’ll visit the lovely garden tomb of Sa’adi and tomb of Hafez, two of our most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature. Hafez is one of the great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Sa’adi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of an alternative tourist. About seven previous centuries he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in verse and Rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you Lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage to tombs of these great poets.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: SHIRAZ

You are free to spending the day at the city center, Bazaar and shopping.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: SHIRAZ – TEHRAN

You’ll be escorted to the Shiraz Airport this morning for your departure flight to Tehran.

After arriving at Mehrabad International Airport our tour guide transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Milad Tower which is a multi-purpose tower in Tehran, Iran. It is the sixth tallest tower and the 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world.


Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15: TEHRAN (DEPARTURE)

Our tour guide will transfer you to Imam Khomeini International Airport according to your' flight time.


Included Meals: Breakfast

DATES & PRICES

Start DateEnd DatePrice (P/P)SGL Room (OPT)AvailabilityRequest
29 June 2017 13 July 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
23 July 2017 06 August 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
06 August 2017 20 August 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
20 August 2017 03 September 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
03 September 2017 17 September 2017 1535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
15 September 2017 29 September 2017 1698.00 Euro2098.00 Euro10 seats left
01 October 2017 15 October 20171698.00 Euro2098.00 Euro10 seats left
23 October 2017 06 November 20171698.00 Euro2098.00 Euro10 seats left
22 November 2017 06 December 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
08 December 2017 22 December 20171535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
04 January 201818 January 20181535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
18 January 201801 February 20181535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
01 February 201815 February 20181535.00 Euro1945.00 Euro10 seats left
15 February 201801 March 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
01 March 201815 March 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
29 March 201812 April 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
12 April 201826 April 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
26 April 201810 May 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
10 May 201824 May 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left
24 May 201807 June 20181989.00 Euro2388.00 Euro10 seats left

Price Information

Prices listed are on a per person basis, sharing accommodation (unless otherwise stated).Prices do not include international flights.

Most tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same sex. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Imam Khomeini (IKA) Airport
  • Domestic flight from Shiraz to Tehran
  • All nights accommodation in standard grade hotels
  • Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coach
  • Services of an Iranian tour lecturer throughout the tour
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 0 lunches, and 1 dinner.

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • International air fares, taxes and surcharges
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
  • Visa costs
  • Tips to local guides and drivers
  • Entrance Fee

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+98 901 981 7359

TAILOR-MADE TOUR

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. An arrival transfer is included on this trip
  2. This trip starts at 9:00 in the morning on day 2
  3. On day 14 there is an included internal flight from Shiraz to Tehran.
  4. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 17 kg per person plus hand luggage.
  5. Please note deposits for this trip are refundable and transferable (We only deduct the bank transfer fee) as per our terms and conditions.
  6. A single supplement is available on this trip.

Accommodation

We use good quality hotels rated at the Iranian Local House and 3 star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards . Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will have a private double room. Single travellers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex. If there are no other single travellers available to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will add the single supplement to the tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.

Transport

In your trip we use private AC Van, Middle Bus or Bus throughout this tour, subject to the final size of the group.

Transfers

The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

Dates & Prices

We run regular small-group departures on this tour. All departures are guaranteed to run if a minimum of 6 travellers is reached. If we do not reach this minimum number (which happens very rarely), we will offer you the option to either pay a small supplement to do the tour exactly as planned, to change your date, to transfer to another tour, or we will provide you with a full refund. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and in our brochure. Please check the website for the most up-to-date prices and any special offers.

Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by making a bank transfer. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Passports and Visas

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller. For more information about how to get an Iranian visa please visit this page.

Joining Info

These tour joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.

  • Joining Point: Watch this space as we announce the point soon.
  • Address: Tehran
  • Time and place: 09:00 am on day 2

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Reviews

Just came back from Iran and I can say that I'm really enthusiast from people and visited places. A very big thank to SURFIRAN because of their help, organization and professional way to manage everything that we need. I do suggest to visit Iran and contact SURFIRAN. they can really help you and make your life easier!

Jacopo and Roberto
Jacopo and RobertoVisited February 2017Read more

Everything was arranged very efficiently. Nothing went wrong. Our guide, Mostafa Farhadi, was remarkable. Not only was he a brilliant driver, but his knowledge of the culture, history and contemporary life of Iran was amazing. He also had superb contacts in all the places we visited.

Stephen
StephenVisited November 2016Read more

We organized a 3 weeks tour in Iran through SURFIRAN. SURFIRAN is a very Professional travel agency who understands their customers needs and expectations. Our stay in Iran was just fabulous, the program built by SURFIRAN was great, we have seen many and many very interesting sites and locations.

Christiane Robichon
Christiane RobichonVisited May 2016TripAdvisor

Most we enjoyed the landscape and wildlife we saw, it was just amazing and not comparable with nature we found in Germany and Europe, one of my greatest experiences! Second we enjoyed the kindness of you guys (Mehdi, Negin and her family, and the two houses we stayed) it was like meeting family and friends :)

Christian, Robin and Tim
Christian, Robin and TimVisited October 2016TripAdvisor

We visited Iran on October 2016 with SURFIRAN travel and tours company. Organization of round trip, hotel accommodation and flights were perfect. Our guide Mostafa was absolutely excellent, helpful, friendly and his information about Iran were very informative. Thanks a lot ! Will come back soon.

Johannes
Johannes Visited October 2016TripAdvisor

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