Iran Spring Tour

  • April 7th - 14th, 2020
  • 1195
  • 8 Days

This tour takes us to all of the major sites in Tehran as well as the ancient Persian cities of Shiraz and Isfahan. On top of the rich history of the region, this tour also offers lots of opportunities to interact with locals. On the trip itself we will be doing lots of hidden extras and will show you every side of this unique and majestic country.

The tour begins and ends in Tehran, but has been arranged with enough flexibility if you need to arrive or leave one day early. We offer visa support for people of all nationalities (except for Israel) And lastly if this was not enough, we are offering a fabulous Baghdad & Babylon Tour straight after!

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  • Tour highlights

Tuesday 7th April – Tehran

  • Morning arrival in Tehran.
  • Free afternoon to walk around Tehran & get to know your group.
  • Visit the National Jewelry museum – the contents of which actually back up the Iranian currency.
  • Visit the old Tehran bazaar to soak up the night time atmosphere and people watch.
  • Overnight in the Parastoo Hotel.

Wednesday 8th April – Tehran

  • Drive through Tehran past anti-US propaganda and the old US embassy. Site of the infamous hostage crisis.
  • Visit Saad Abad & Niavaran palace, the last Palaces of the last Shah of Iran.  Lunch at Darband hills, above Tehran.
  • One hour free time.
  • Shopping in the Tajrish Bazaar of Tehran and visit a nearby mosque.
  • Traditional Iranian kebabs at a famous restaurant near Ferdosi square.
  • Continue the evening with a walk around the city trying shisha, fresh juices, and mingling with locals.
  • Overnight in the Parastoo hotel.

Thursday 9th April  – Tehran/ Shiraz

  • Early check out for our morning flight to Shiraz.
  • Visit the citadel in the center of the city.
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar for some shopping and photos. There's an opportunity to buy old anti-American stamps from a local shop owner and collector.
  • Lunch in the middle of bazaar for traditional Persian dishes.
  • Free walk around the bazaar or relax with tea and shisha.  Great chance to mingle with local students here.
  • Dinner of falafel and sambusas.
  • Overnight at Parsian hotel.

Friday 10th April – Shiraz/Persepolis

  • Up bright and early to visit the Nasir al-Mulik mosque when the morning light shines through spectacularly.
  • Late morning drive to Persepolis.
  • Lunch at a traditional restaurant on the way to the Necropolis tombs.
  • Visit the botanic gardens of Shiraz.
  • Stop for traditional Shiraz ice cream at a famous shop.
  • Visit the Hafez park and tomb. Resting place of the great Iranian poet. Great opportunity to mingle with locals and take photos.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight in Parsian hotel.

Saturday 11th April– Shiraz/Esfahan

  • Drive to the city of Esfahan with stop at Cirus’s tomb and an old fortress for tea.
  • Lunch on the way.
  • Stop at the famous old Khaju bridge.
  • Arrival and short rest at the hotel.
  • Walk to dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Visit one of the city's oldest carpet shops. Receive an explanation on a variety of Persian carpets. The presentation involves a show of how carpets are made.
  • Evening visit to the 300 year old Abbasi Hotel for traditional Iranian tea.
  • Overnight at the Esfahan tourist Hotel.

Sunday 12th April – Esfahan

  • Visit the beautiful Safavid Palace.
  • Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and Ali-qapoo palace.
  • Lunch in a traditional restaurant in the square.
  • Visit to the Shah Mosque.
  • Free time to explore the square and shop for gifts at the surrounding bazaar.
  • Chance to change money for small crisp rial denominations. 
  • Optional visit to Iran/Iraq war museum.
  • Visit Zurkhane gym to watch an ancient Persian sport workout.
  • Overnight at the Tourist Hotel.

Monday 13th April– Esfahan/Tehran

  • Morning flight to Tehran.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
  • Visit the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery.
  • Stop at the Shah’s Monument - AKA Revolution Monument.
  • Farewell meal at the Armenian Club.  Armenians are the main ethnic Christian minority in Iran.
  • Opportunity to have a drink of Armenian wine and vodka, the only legally allowed place to have alcohol in Iran.
  • Overnight in the Parastoo hotel.

Tuesday 14th April – Tehran

Morning

  • Hotels

    Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra charge)

  • Entrance fees

    All entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)

  • Guides

    Both an expert local guide and western tour leader.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned bus and driver.

  • Visa Support

    We will supply you an invitation letter which will allow you to get the Iranian visa.

  • Domestic flight

    Flight from Tehran to Shiraz.

  • International Fights

    Flights to and from Tehran.

  • (Breakfast) Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is included at most hotels but not all. All other meals are extra charge.

  • Visa Fee

    The price varies depending on the embassy applied at.

  • Tips

    Tip are expected for your Iraqi local guides and driver.

  • Tehran

    Plenty of time in the capital to check out the sights and sounds.

  • Shiraz

    Nasir Al Mulik mosque, grand bazaar, botanical gardens and Hafez park.

  • Isfahan

    Central square and its mosques plus the iconic Khaju bridge.

  • Persepolis

    See the ancient city.

Iran Autumn Tour

1195
  • April 7th - 14th
  • Start & finish in Tehran
  • 8 Days
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