Iran’s Persian Oasis

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $5,705
  • Length: 11 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Middle East, Iran
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Tour Description

Compelling ancient ruins, grand mosques, abundant pomegranate groves, exquisite gardens and beautiful desert and mountain landscapes vie for your attention in this stunning world apart. You’ll have the rare opportunity to reconcile the western world’s perceptions about Iran with your own unforgettable experience in this magnificent cultural wonderland of splendid cities, glorious shrines and stunning museums. Being off the beaten track, your view of the most important sites is relaxed and crowd-free. Whether you are wandering through the incredible labyrinth of arches and caravansaries of the great bazaars, strolling through villages untouched by time, or contemplating the meaning of life while meditating on the poetry and beauty of the gardens and shrines-you’ll be experiencing some rare unforgettable moments that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

  • Experience Tehran, the bustling Iranian capital of Iran, and the city’s Grand Bazaar, fine museums and many beautiful churches, mosques and synagogues with a private car and guide
  • Visit the Crown Jewels Museum in Tehran with its impressive display of beautifully crafted precious metal and bejeweled artifacts
  • Visit the ancient cities of Yazad and Shiraz and several nearby Iranian villages, with beautiful gardens, 12th century architecture and over 4,000 years of historical artifacts
  • Discover Passargad, the capital of Cyrus the Great’s sprawling Persian Empire that once embraced all previous civilized states from Asia to the western Mediterranean
  • Experience legendary Isfahan with your private guide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for extraordinary architecture and its labyrinth shopping bazaar

Itinerary

DAY 1

Tehran, Iran

You will be met on arrival and taken to your hotel. This afternoon, tour the ancient capital city, nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Alborz Mountains. The largest city in the Middle East, Tehran overflows with religious history - historic mosques, churches, synagogues and ancient Zoroastrian fire temples. Tour the National Museum of Iran, the Abhineh Museum (housed in a 19th century Qajar mansion), and the Sa-ad Abad Palace.(L, D)

Laleh Hotel, Tehran

DAY 2

Tehran Yazd

This morning visit Tehran’s Grand Bazaar - a city within a city. Later this afternoon fly to Yazd, a true oasis in the middle of the desert, and one of Persia’s oldest cities. Yazd with more than 3,000 years of history and culture seems untouched by modernity.(B, L, D)

Moshir Garden Hotel, Yazd

DAY 3

Yazd

Though the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism was marginalized by the Islamic conquests of the 7th century, it is still strong today in Yazd. During today’s sightseeing, you can see the Zoroastrian influence throughout the city. Tour the Jame Mosque, a colorful example of 12th century Persian architecture and a mosque still in use today.(B, L, D)

Moshir Garden Hotel, Yazd

DAY 4

Shiraz

On your drive this morning visit the small mountainous Zoroastrian village of Cham, continue to the city of Abarquo, to see the incredible 4,000-year-old Cypress tree. Next stop is Passargad, the first capital of the Iranian tribes and the Achaemenian empire, to visit the huge limestone Tomb of Cyrus the Great. Late afternoon arrive in Shiraz, the city of poets, roses and nightingales.(B, L, D)

Homa Hotel, Shiraz

DAY 5

Shiraz

Enjoy a full day exploring Shiraz, the cradle of the royal Persian civilization. Visit the 18th-century Eram Gardens, home to the Sarv-e Naaz Cypress tree, the inspiration for many Persian folk songs. Explore the Narenjistan Gardens and Narenjistan Museum, and the Tomb of Hafez, a 14th-century poet known for his lyrical poems or ghazals. Also, visit the Tomb of Saadi, a medieval poet, and the Nassirolmolk Mosque, known as the “Pink Mosque” because of its unique red and pink tiles.(B, L, D)

Homa Hotel, Shiraz

DAY 6

Persepolis Isfahan

Today visit Persepolis, the pride of the Achaemenian kings until it was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. Impressive for its size, the complex also offers astounding examples of intricate sculpture and graceful limestone architecture. Stop to see Naqsh-e-Rostam, an archaeological site dating back to 1000 BC. Back in Shiraz visit the peaceful Afif Abad Garden before your evening flight on to Isfahan. (B, L, D)

Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan

DAY 7

Isfahan

Located in the lush plain of the Zayandeh River, beautiful Isfahan was the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Dynasty. Visit the ornate bridges of Shahrestan, Kajou and Sio-se-pol, and stroll the Armenian Quarter with its notable churches, including the Cathedral of Vank and the Chehel-Sotun Palace. Next see the ancient Friday mosque, the Chehel Sotoun (forty pillars) Palace and the Pigeon Tower and Hasht-Behesht Pavilion/Park.(B, L, D)

Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan

DAY 8

Isfahan

Enjoy another day exploring Iran’s third largest city. Walk through Naghsh‐e Jahan Square, one of the biggest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by many notable buildings from the Safavid era, we explore the Ali Qapu Palace, built by decree of Shah Abbas the Great in the 1600s. From the balcony you can see the incredible blue domes of the Shah and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, famous for their magnificent tile work. Finish the day with a visit to the extensive Queisarieh Bazaar, with its vaulted mile long street linking the old and new city.(B, L, D)

Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan

DAY 9

Isfahan Tehran

Return to Tehran today, stopping en route to visit Naein, once world-famous for its production of exquisite carpets, now revered for its 19th-century stucco decoration, including intricate geographic, floral and calligraphy work. Next visit the ancient mountain village of Abyaneh, and then Kashan’s Sialk Hillocks, one of the primary centers of pre-historic civilization. In Kashan visit the Fin Garden and Fin Bath, the houses of Tabatabaeiha and Broujerdiha, with their beautiful courtyards and elegant stained glass windows, and the Agha Bozorgh Mosque. (B, L, D)

Laleh Hotel, Tehran

DAY 10

Tehran

Your full day city tour includes the Carpet Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum with its vast collection of international sculptures. See the Raza Abbasi Museum and visit the Crown Jewels Museum, with its display of elaborate crowns, thrones, jewel laden swords and shields.(B, L, D)

Laleh Hotel, Tehran

DAY 11

Depart for Home

Today you are taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $5,705.00 per person double occupancy.

From $760.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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