Iran's Classic Route: From Tehran to Qeshm
In a word, this tour is a crash course in Iran's culture and history. Not only that, but you will also have the chance for canyoning in Darab and see the amazing jewles of the Persian Gulf.
While traveling to Iran prepare yourself to face with amazingly hospitable people, delicious food, old history, deep culture and many strange things that you cannot believe! The architecture is amazing with breathtaking mosques, cleverly designed wind towers (badgirs) and impressive structures such as the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. The country's history is astonishingly rich, having embraced and been dominated by countless civilizations. Persepolis is just one of the many reminders of this rich history – words cannot describe just how impressive this site is.
Day1: Arrival and Transfer to Kashan
Transfer from Tehran to Kashan; half day city tour in Kashan.
We will go to Fin Garden the classical example of the Persian Garden. We will have lunch at the traditional restaurant of the garden.
Kashan is a city which is well known for its restored merchant houses. So we continue our day with Abbasian and Tabatabaies traditional houses.
Day2: Kashan City Tour/ Transfer to Maranjab
We will continue the city tour and then head for the desert.
Half day Kashan city tour, visiting Aqa Bozorg Mosque; in the afternoon we will drive to desert where we will experience walking on sand dunes and silence in desert.
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Day3: Desert Excursion/ Transfer to Isfahan
Half day at desert (camel riding), drive to Isfahan.
It’s time experince the transport means of times past. Camel riding is an amazing and unforgettable part of the desert experience. Then we will continue our route to Isfahan. In Isfahan, we will visit Khajoo Bridge and Sio-Se Pol and drink tea in one of the tea houses under the bridge to spend a night out as the Isfahanis do.
Day4: Isfahan City Tour
Full day city tour in Isfahan, Visit of Imam Sq.
This day is reserved for a visit to Imam Square (also known as the Royal Square), the huge open square in center of Isfahan with four monuments at each sides, including Imam Mosque decorated inside and out with intricate turquoise tiles; then the smaller Sheikh Lotfollah mosque which exhibits some of the best mosaics from 17th century; Aali Ghapoo Palace dubbed the first skyscraper in Iran. Walking through one of the largest squares in the world and visiting history, culture, architecture and handicrafts as well is an experience you cannot miss.
Note: Imam Mosque in Isfahan is closed on Fridays and religious ceremonies.
Day5: Transfer to Yazd
Drive from Isfahan to Yazd, en-route visit of Naeen Jame Mosque, a carpet workshop in Naeen and Meybod Nareen Castle
Starting our day driving to Yazd, one of the oldest cities in the world, we will have a stopover at Naeen to visit Naeen Jame Mosque and a carpet workshop in Naeen; afterwards, we will visit the Meybod Nareen Castel.
Day6: Yazd City Tour
City tour in Yazd, Visit of Fahadan Complex, the Fire Temple, Tower of Silence, Dowlatabad Garden and Amir Chakhmaq Mosque
According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world; it is like a living museum. We will go to visit the old historical part of the city the Fahadan Complex in the morning; you can go to the roof of Fahadan hotel and see the panoramic view of Yazd. Then we will visit the famous Jame Mosque. Afterwards, we will visit the oldest fire in the world at Bahram-e-Yazd Fire Temple where a sacred fire has been kept burning for hundreds of years and is now a Zoroastrian pilgrim center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism; Zoroastrianism was the Persian religion before Arabs introduced Islam to Iran. Then we will go to “Towers of Silence” on the outskirts of the city; it was a burial place for Zoroastrian. Amir Chakhmagh historical zone is our evening plan to visit. Then we will go to visit Zoorkhaneh (a place for traditional Persian sport).
Day7: Transfer to Shiraz
Drive from Yazd to Shiraz, visit of Pasargadae and Cypress tree en-route
This day of our journey will start with driving to Shiraz; en-route we will visit Pasargadae, tomb of Cyrus the Great -- the first Achaemenide king-- and then a 4000-plus-year-old Cypress tree in Abarkuh.
Day8: Shiraz City Tour
City tour in Shiraz, visit of Nasirolmolk Mosque, Qavam Garden and the Zand Complex
Shiraz is a city of sophistication that has been celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for more than 2000 years; the city is well known for poems and tall cypress trees. In the morning we will have a visit of the astonishing colorful mosque, Nasirolmolk which will surely make our day. Walking through one of the oldest streets in Shiraz, we will go to Naranjestan Garden. Then we will go to visit Vakil mosque and the Bazaar, walking around and taste the special Shirazi dessert, Paloode! In the afternoon, we will go to visit Saadi and Hafiz tomb, two famous Persian poets.
Day9: Persepolis and Necropolis
Drive to Persepolis, visit Persepolis, drive back to Shiraz
It is time to travel through history. We will drive about one hour to the highlight of our journey, Persepolis. It was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenide at the height of their reign. Then we'll got the nearby Necropolis (tombs of Achaemenide kings); we will drive back and pass through the Quran gate to enter Shiraz. At night we will have a walk through the city center and watch the nightlife of Iranians.
Note: No backpacks and tripods are allowed in Persepolis.
Day10: Transfer to Darab
Drive to Darab (ca. 5-hours)
Introduction to the principals of descending and using rope.
Transfer by 4WD, hiking about 2 hours to arrive at Raqaz Canyon; Jumping from waterfalls to basins, Descending from waterfalls by rope, Transfer back to Darab
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Day12: Transfer to Hormoz Island
Drive to Bandar Abbas (6 hours drive), ferry boat transfer to Hormoz Island
Upon arrival, we will visit museum and gallery of Ahmad Nadalian.
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Day13: Hormoz Island Tour
Visit of Hormoz Island
We will visit the Portuguese Castle and the geological attractions of Hormoz with beautiful red soil and the Sculptures Valley.
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Day14: Transfer to Qeshm
Transfer to Qeshm
Ferry boat transfer to Qeshm. There we will visit Mangrove forests (Hara marine forests), the Stars Valley and the historical Laft Port.
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Day15: Qeshm and Hengam Isles' Excursion
Qeshm Island excursion
We'll have an excursion in Qeshm and visit Borka Khalaf (Berkeh-ye Khalaf) village, then a boat will ferry us to Hengam Island where we will enjoy watching Silver Beachs, colored aquatics and dolphins.
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Day16: Air Transfer to Tehran
Flight to Tehran
Transfer to airport; flight from Qeshm to Tehran's Mehrabad Airport.
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Day17: Tehran City Tour
City tour in Tehran, visit of the National Museum and National Jewelry Museum
Today is a day to go through history from 5th millennium BC to 648 AD. The pre-Islamic archaeological museum covers Persia’s relics of different priods of time. We can walk to get into an old traditional café to have lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the National Jewelry Museum.
Note: National Jewelry Museum is open on Sat-Tues, 14-16.
Check out and Departure Flight
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All daily meals & snacks according to the progamme.
Domestic transportation with air-conditioned vehicles.
Pickup vehicle (Nissan/ Jeep truck) for transferring on the dirt mountain road.
One night in caravansary
Two nights in local houses
Fourteen nights in hotels
1 English-speaking guide during the journey
3 Technical guides for canyoning
1 local guide for desert (2days)
- Visa process (obtainment of a reference number)
- Camel for each person (1day)
- All entrance fees for sightseeing as program.
- 1 Domestic flight from Qeshm-Tehran
- VAT and all other taxes
- Visa fees
- International flights and airport taxes
- Extra itinerary accommodations or accommodation in hotels other than program
- Personal expenses or beverages
- Personal climbing gear such as sleeping bag, mattress, etc.
- Individual transfer(s)
- Tips for guides and drivers
- All expenses not explicitly stated in the program.
- Any cancellation at 90 days prior to arrival date: NO charge (except in case flight tickets or hotel reservations have been issued to guarantee seats or rooms in hotels)
- Any cancellation between 89 days to 30 days prior to arrival date: 15% charge
- Any cancellation between 29 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 30% charge
- Any cancellation between 19 days to 10 days prior to arrival date: 50% charge
- Any cancellation less than 10 days: 100% charge