Iran is a crucial part to understanding the Middle East. It’s one of the most secluded nations in the World, but fear not, despite the media’s bias, Iranians are arguably the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. By definition, this country will shatter all your stereotypes, so get ready for a high dose of History, great food, and fun with the best travel family out there!
Day 1: Tehran
- Arrival at IKA Airport at 6:00 a.m on the Turkish Airlines flight. Transfer downtown to explore some of Tehran’s wonders, such as Golestan Palace, also known as Palace of Flowers is the vestige of Iranian civilization and UNESCO WHS. The complex consists of 17 palaces, museums and halls in different locations for special purposes. For lunch we’ll go try local delicacies at the Tehran Grand Bazaar, sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
- Afternoon exploring some of the main highlights of the capital: Milad and Azadi Towers, the main train station and the former US Embassy.
- Overnight in Tehran.
Day 2: Shiraz.
- We’ll take an early morning flight to Shiraz and begin our exploration of the city by visiting Nasir-Olmolk Mosque. Mostly known as the “Pink Mosque”, the mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colours dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. Naranjestan-e-ghavam complex ,a significant representation of Iranian architecture during ‘Qajar” period, is your next stop. Karimkhan Citadel, a huge reconstruction of the original building, the magnificent Vakil Mosque, the only major mosques surviving from the late Zand period and Vakil Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world housing over 100 shops, are today’s sightseeing. The highlight of today is likely to be a short walk under the blossoms of sour orange trees concluding with tasting a delicious Shirazi desert named Faloode in the beautiful old district of Zandiye.
- Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 3: Persepolis
- Early morning you’ll be taken to the jewel of the country. Drive from Shiraz for an hour to get to Persepolis as a magnificent pre-Islamic Persian ruins from Achaemenid dynasty registered as a UNESCO WHS. Later drive to Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rustam) that is also a registered world heritage and hosts Achaemenid, Sassanian, Elamite and Qajar tombs, bass relieves and inscriptions.
- After our visit, we’ll drive north to Yazd for a drastic change of scenery.
- Overnight in Yazd.
Day 4: Yazd.
- Today’s sightseeing in Yazd includes visits to Amir Chakhmaq Square and the Old Jame Mosque, one of the five most important mosques in Iran. By their mystery and charm, the alleys and streets were actually designed to wonder anyone who walks through them. Stroll the beautiful district and taste authentic Iranian confection in one of the best confectioneries of Iran, Haj Khalife. Tower of Silence and Fire Temple as the masterpieces of Zoroastrianism are waiting for you. Finally, to round off our busy day in Yazd, we’ll head out this evening to Zoorkhane – an exciting, building resembles ancient temples or cellars in which sports are done in a roofed area.
- Overnight in Yazd.
Day 5: Isfahan
- On the way to Isfahan, we’ll visit the city of Naien and its partially reconstructed ruins of Castle, Jame Mosque and Carpet Weaving Workshops.
- In the evening, we’ll have some free time to enjoy Isfahan at our own pace, wander the Bazar, buy souvenirs etc…
- Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 6: Isfahan
- Visit the stunning Naqsh-e Jahan Square, have a peaceful and tranquil moment at Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques and explore the Ali Qapoo palace – to name a few highlights. This evening your adventure continues as you further explore the stunning Isfahan with visits to Vank Cathedral, or the Church of the Saintly Sisters, which is placed in one of the oldest parts of Isfahan called Jolfa. Jolfa is an entertainment district and its semi-archaic architecture has stayed untouched until now.
- Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 7: Abiyane and Tehran
- The next stop on your adventure is Abiyane village, a picturesque reddish village. You will be
taken through reddish brown houses and mountainous scenery which is widely regarded as one
of the most scenic places in Iran.
- Overnight in Tehran.
Day 8: Goodbye & Fly out
- After breakfast, the saddest moment of any Expedition: saying goodbye!
HotelsShared rooms in very comfortable 4-star hotels, including some traditional boutique stays.
TransportPrivate vehicle and driver.
Entrance FeesAll entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.
MealsAll meals are included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Visa Authorization CodeWe'll apply for your Visa approval. With the Authorization code we'll give you you'll be able to get it at your nearest Iranian Embassy or at IKA Airport.
Domestic FlightFlight connection from Tehran to Shiraz for logistical efficiency and make the most of our time.
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The Iran expeditions was one the most amazing experiences I ever had (till the next expeditions). Iran is an amazing country with amazing culture and people. The itinerary was great and highly recommended to everyone to join this expedition.
I developed the desire to visit Iran from a very young age and now that I’ve finally done it, I couldn’t think of a better crew to experience it with that with Wander. The local guides chosen to accompany us were extremely accommodating, hospitable, and knowledgeable, about Iranian culture, Persian history, and ways to make the experience memorable, educational, and culturally immersive. Not to mention the visa process being handled professionally in a way that will accommodate even US, UK, and Canadian passport holders.
And the expedition truly lives up to the term of “travel families”. A much more memorable experience than you will ever have joining a tour group. I went on this expedition expecting to make friends, instead I came away with a family. One that I can’t wait to see agin soon!
What a great expedition! Iran is so underrated and this is a great itinerary if you want a general overview of the country. Be prepared to come out of your expedition with a true travel family and potential future travel buddies. 100% recommend it, just go for it!