16 Days Persia Unveiled Tours Package from Simoon Travel £2725/- (Posted on Jul 16 2011)

16 Days Persia Unveiled Tours Package from Simoon Travel £2725/-

16 Days / 15 Nights £2725/-

Our Persia Unveiled tours are 16-day cultural tours of Iran. You will be accompanied throughout the tour by a Simoon Travel leader and local Iranian tour guides.

Tour highlights

  • visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Persepolis and Pasagarde
  • marvelling at the exquisite detailed mosaics of the mosques in Esfahan
  • viewing the badgirs of Yazd
  • discovering magnificent Qom, long-time centre of Shia learning and study
  • star-gazing from a traditional caravanserai in the Iranian desert
Tehran City

Tehran City

Day 1 – 2
Depart UK for Iran (Tehran International Airport): After your early morning arrival in Tehran, you will have the morning of your first day on tour to relax before meeting for lunch and a leisurely afternoon tour of Tehran city. The Tehran city tour will include a visit to the Iranian National Museum, which provides for a fascinating introduction of Iran’s rich history, as well as a visit to the dazzling display at the Iranian National Jewel Museum.

Day 3
Tehran: Day two of your Iran tour takes us to other important sites in the city including the Golestan Palace, created during the excesses of the Qajar period, and the fascinating ceramic and carpet museums, the latter  is in the beautiful Laleh Park.

Day 4
Tehran – Kashan: This morning, we depart for Kashan, where you will have the opportunity to visit a number of wonderful former private residences, including the stunning Khane-ye Borujerdiha, built for the daughter of a wealthy local merchant in the mid-19th century.

Day 5
Kashan – Esfahan: Today, the tour continues south to Esfahan. Nothing can prepare you for your arrival in Imam Square in Esfahan. Located just over 300 kilometers from Tehran, Esfahan is situated near the Zagros mountains, in the plain of the Zayandeh River and so enjoys a pleasant climate. Relax in a tea house and watch the sun set over this extraordinary place.

Day 6
Esfahan Mosques: Enjoy the first of two full days in this legendary city. Highlights include Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Chehel Sotoon and Aliqapu palace, and the cavernous Esfahan bazaar, where you can wonder at the carpets and miniature paintings that Esfahan is famous for.

Day 7
Esfahan: Day seven of the tour sees us heading down to the river to soak up the atmosphere and see the city’s famous bridges. Then, we head to the Armenian quarter and visit the stunning Vank church and associated museum.

Day 8
Yazd: This morning, we depart for Yazd, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. Visit a Zoroastrian fire temple before climbing the minarets of Amir Chakhmargh complex for a breathtaking view of the city.

Day 9
Yazd and the Zoroastrians: Today, you will head slightly out of Yazd to see the Dakhmeh, or Towers of Silence, where Zoroastrians used to lay their dead. Back in the city, visit Jameh mosque and wander through Doulat Abad garden to see wind towers (badgirs) up close.

Day 10
Desert caravanserai and mountain hot springs: Relax in the calming atmosphere of a beautiful Safavid-era caravanserai. With mountains nearby, there is the opportunity to visit some local hot springs. As the sun sets, head up onto the roof to enjoy the grandeur of the star filled sky.

Day 11
Pasargadae – Shiraz: This morning depart for Shiraz and visit Pasargadae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great – en route.

Day 12
Shiraz: Day twelve of the tour sees us enjoying a full day in Shiraz, the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty. Highlights include the imposing Karim Khan palace, beautiful Regent’s Mosque and relaxed Vakil Bazaar.

Day 13
Shiraz – Persepolis – Shiraz: Today, we enjoy a full day’s excursion to soak up the magnificence of Persepolis, the gem of ancient Persia, founded in 518 BC by Darius I. Later, we head to nearby Necropolis to see the tombs of old Persian kings, carved into the cliffside.

Day 14
Shahr e Kord: Drive north towards Tehran heading towards Yasuj and through the spectacular Zagros mountain range.

Day 15
Qom: Your tour ends in Qom. Qom is one of Shia Islam’s holiest cities and is steeped in literally hundreds of years of learning and study, providing for a fascinating final day of your Iran tour.

Yazd Iran

Yazd Iran

Day 16
Depart Iran (Tehran International Airport):  An early start to drive to Tehran International Airport for the end of your tour of Iran, and the flight home.

Tour guides
We closely consult with our team in Iran, so that we use the most knowledgeable guides possible. Training to become a qualified guide takes two years, so the quality is generally very high. With good English, they are there to inform but they will also answer your questions, give advice on where to go during any free time and help in translating the many conversations that you will inevitably strike up!

Tour accommodation
In terms of style, our Iranian accommodation varies quite a lot. We prefer to use everything from beautifully refurbished caravanserais to larger city hotels in order to strike an overall balance between one which is an experience in itself and something that is practical and well located.

The food on our tours is delicious, fresh and plentiful.

Included on your tour
Direct international flight with British Midlands, transfers and accommodation, an experienced English speaking guide and onsite guides, breakfast and lunches, entrance to all sites..

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Posted by on Jul 16 2011. Filed under Iran, Middle East, Tehran.

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16 Days Persia Unveiled Tours Package from Simoon Travel £2725/-

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