An Amazing time travel to various historical periods of Persia from the most ancient to the most recent through visiting Golestan Palace in Tehran to Persepolis and Pasargadae in Shiraz to Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan. The trip is most suited for those with limited time; here we can visit the best tourist destinations in Iran.
Day by day itinerary
After arrival in TEHRAN and taking some rest in the hotel we visit the most valuable Museum in Iran, the Archeological Section of National Museum containing artifacts and objects from prehistory to Islamic era. Then, we pay a visit to Abgine Museum (Glass & Ceramics Museum), a time travel experience with plates and dishes from different periods of Iran history and culture.
|Day 2||Tehran||Golestan Palace||
The second day in Tehran starts with visiting its only world heritage site, Golestan Palace, the most important monument of the city and one of the first buildings constructed in Tehran in 18th century. Then, we visit the fascinating museums of Crown Jewels and the Carpet. Priceless jewels and unique carpets present you the luxury and delicacy of Persian royal households and artistic genius of its people, respectively. Flight to Shiraz in the evening.
|Day 3||Shiraz||Nasir al-Mulk Mosque||
Today we visit the highlights of SHIRAZ ranging from colorful mosques to the pleasant gardens and imaginative mausoleums. The pink mosque of Nasir al-Mulk; Arg-e Karim Khan, an 18th century Citadel; Pars Museum, the burial place of Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty; Vakil Complex including its famous bazaar, mosque and bath; Eram Garden, an exemplary Persian Garden and a world heritage site; and the tombs of Sa’di and Hafez, two greatest Persian poets.
Wish to learn about Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BCE)? Persepolis is the best place where you can listen to stories about the rise, flourish and demise of the first significant world empire. The huge columns, well-preserved bas-reliefs, huge griffins and gigantic tombs make Persepolis extraordinary. Some miles from Persepolis there is a necropolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, housing tombs of four Achaemenid emperors all carved into a high cliff. Adjacent to Naqsh-e Rostam, there are bas-reliefs of Naqsh-e Rajab, dating back to Sassanids (224-651 CE). Pasargadae, a world heritage site, is the next stop. This pilgrimage ground is the burial place of “Cyrus the Great”, founder of the first Persian Empire.
In ISFAHAN, The greatest Safavid era matrimony, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, awaits us to be visited. Before that we visit Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotoun palaces. The Safavid King, Shah Soleyman, built Hasht Behesht for his 8 most favored wives; the Chehel Sotun Palace was a place of reception; Naqsh-e Jahan Square is one of the largest and most attractive squares in the world. The two most awe-inspiring mosques in the Islamic world, Abbasi Mosque and Sheikh Lotfolla Mosque, along with Ali Qapu Palace Pavilion on three sides have given the square its allure. These attractions are connected via a row of two-story traditional shops where we can acquire the best handicrafts in Iran.
In the 16th century, Isfahan was flourished due to the will of “Shah Abbas the Great” and the trading skill of Armenian settlers. An outstanding heritage of Isfahan Armenian community is 17th century Vank Cathedral with its beautiful frescos and a treasure of historical objects and religious artifacts in its museum. The next stop is a true time travel! You can behold the evolution of art, architecture and imagination in mosques: Jame Mosque of Isfahan, a world heritage site, dating back to 9th century. For the evening, we have historical bridges of Si-o Se Pol and Khaju to visit.
Our round trip ends with Tehran. But, before reaching Tehran we have two destinations to see: ABYANEH, an old village with lots of thing to experience including its people, their customs and homes. Kashan, the second stop, is a green ancient town in the middle of desert. Here, we see the old houses of Tabatabai and Borujerdi, Sialk Tepe, and the beautiful Fin Garden (a world heritage site). Close to Tehran we have a short stop in Imam Khomeini Mausoleum where the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran is buried. After drinking tea and taking some photo we drive to Tehran. Fly back home.
Hotels list and pricing
|Hotel name||Services||2 bed room price||1 bed room price||Child's room price with bed (5 to 10 years old)||Child's room price without bed (2 to 5 years old)||Descriptions|
|BB||€ 975||€ 990||€ 775||€ 500||---|
Isfahan (or Es·fa·han (ĕs’fə-hän’, Persian: اصفهان) is a city in central Iran, south of Tehran and is the capital of Esfahan Province. The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half The World”. Due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An ancient town and capital of Persia from 1598 to 1722, it was long noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Today, textile and steel mills take their place. Its architecture, tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it one of the highlights of Iran.
It is easy to get around Isfahan by bus. A single journey costs IRR10000 (November 2016); you can pay the driver directly, or buy multi-journey contactless cards at certain bus stop booths. Note that there are separate men (front) and women (rear) sections on each bus.
From Kaveh Bus Terminal, take Bus 91 which runs down Chahar Bagh-e Pa’in St towards the city centre, past Takhti Junction and Imam Hossein Sq.
There is a tourist information on the main boulevard a bit west of the palace. They speak English and can give helpful tips and have English maps.
For non-Iranian visitors, taxis are probably the most convenient mean of transport. There is not a lot of room for haggling as prices are more or less fixed. Ask locals who take taxis about what the price should be and agree with the driver before you get into the car.
If an unmarked car stops while you are hailing a taxi, don’t be alarmed. Many taxis in Shiraz are unmarked and also as a means to supplement their income, is not uncommon to find private car owners touting themselves as taxis.
However it is always good to find a taxi through a reputable “telephone taxi” agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or run errands. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.
The city also has a reasonable bus service.