Iran Tour – March 2022
At A Glance
Our Iran tour will allow you to dispel all preconceptions from international headlines as you immerse yourself in this fascinating culture, from smoking shisha with the locals to wandering back streets with our expert local guides. This year we are mixing things up and showing you some even more off the beaten spots than usual, as well as all the must-see sights.
Take a culinary journey by sampling traditional food and local teas. Enjoy a hearty welcome as you take a trip through a spellbinding history, from the Persian Empire to the Islamic Revolution to the precarious present. Iran is a country of astounding beauty, that you will take pride in visiting.
Explore lavish gem-filled palaces, peruse bustling bazaars and gaze in awe at the stunning beauty of mosques; Iran truly is the country where East meets West, where tradition meets modernity. Iran is a country comprised of numerous ethnic groups derived from its historic Greek, Arab, Turkic and Mongol occupiers. Immerse yourself in its unique history whilst you enjoy famous Iranian hospitality.
IRAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Visit Persepolis, the famous UNESCO heritage site dating back more than 2,500 years
- Get the full authentic Iranian travel experience, seeing the mosques, bazaars and carpet shops of Esfehan, sampling Iranian tea and shisha
- See the remarkable Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran and the revolutionary monuments located around the city
Dates & Pricing
MArch 22nd – 29th 2022
At a glance
Tehran > Shiraz > Persepolis > Esfahan > Tehran
- Visa (invitation letter)
- 7 Nights Accommodation in mentioned hotel on TWIN sharing basis B/B
- A/C comfortable coach with professional driver throughout trip
- Iranian and Western English Speaking Guides for your Iran tour
- Entrance fees for all mentioned monuments
- Portage at hotels and airport
- Tehran/Shiraz domestic flights
- Fee for issuing Visa (at Iran embassy)
- International air tickets
- Tip of the guide and driver
- Any personal expenses & services not included in the above itinerary
- Meals (around 7 Euro per day)
Tuesday 22nd March– Tehran
- Morning or afternoon arrival by flight. Those coming from our Kuwait tour arrive at 14:30 where we are picked up and taken to our hotel.
- Meet up with the group at 5pm in the hotel lobby
- Visit to the heart of Old Tehran to soak up the night time atmosphere, drink some local tea and people watch.
- Traditional Iranian dinner of kebabs at famous restaurant Ayaran restaurant, near Ferdosi square.
- Overnight in New Naderi Hotel or similar
Wednesday 23rd March – Tehran
- Head out on our day tour of the main sights of Tehran with first stop being a visit the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
- Head on to the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery, expect to see a lot of locals around paying their respects
- Stop at the Shah’s Monument AKA Revolution Monument for photos
- Drive through Tehran past anti-US propaganda and the US embassy (possibility of actually seeing inside the embassy, something which was considered impossible only a couple of years ago!).
- Lunch of local Iranian dishes
- Explore the Erbat Museum with its heavy doses of brutality and propaganda, not for the fiant-hearted!
- Shopping in the Tajrish Bazaar of Tehran and visit a nearby mosque.
- Dinner at the Armenian Club. Armenians are the main ethnic Christian minority in Iran.
- Overnight in New Naderi Hotel or similar
Thursday 24th April – Tehran-Esfahan
- Drive to Esfahan (4-5 hours) with plenty of stops for breaks and photos
- Lunch in a restaurant in one of the smaller cities on the way.
- Go to the famous old Khaju bridge.
- Walk across bridge and mingle with locals.
- Visit one of the oldest carpet shops. Explanation on a variety of Persian carpets and opportunity for a purchase. The presentation involves a show how carpets are made and explanation of 30 different styles of carpets.
- Dinner in a local restaurant of the local speciality of chelo kebab
- Evening visit to the 300-year-old Abbasi Hotel for traditional Iranian tea.
- Overnight at the centrally located Esfahan tourist Hotel.
Friday 25th March – Esfahan
- After breakfast we head straight to the beautiful Ali Qapu Royal Palace dating from the early 17th century
- Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and Ali-qapoo palace.
- Explore the Naqsh-e Jahan Sqaure, the second largest public square in the world after Tian’anmen Square in Beijing!
- Lunch in a traditional restaurant at the square.
- Visit the Imam Mosque, famed for its traditional architecture, previously called the Shah Mosque before the revolution
- Chance to change money for small crisp rial denominations. There is an official change place with good rates but they also have a stack of small denominations that they hold. (They remembered us from last time and changed some money for the group).
- Visit Zurkhane gym to watch an ancient Persian sport workout, a strength building exercises done with traditional drum and bell music.
- Dinner in a local restaurant
- Overnight at the Tourist Hotel.
Saturday 26th March– Esfahan-Yazd
- Check out of hotel for the drive to Yazd (4 hours)
- We have lunch on arrival before diving straight into the amazing city of Yazd – 5000 years old and a centre of Zoroastrian culture
- Visit the must-see Amir Chakhmaq complex and nearby mosque
- Explore the old city and the Jame Mosque and head to Rafieian’s Old House, over 250 years old and a great example of traditional architecture in the region
- Dinner of the local kebab in one of the old-fashioned Persian restaurants in the city
- Overnight in Yazd
Sunday 27th March – Yazd-Shiraz
- After breakfast we head to the beautiful Dolat Abad Garden and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple as well as the famous Yazd Tower of Silence
- Lunch in Yazd before we hit the road for the drive to Shiraz (5 hours)
- On arrival we visit the citadel in the centre of the city and mingle with locals.
- Free walk around or relax with tea and shisha at a tea house.
- Dinner in Saray E Mehr restaurant in the middle of bazaar for traditional Di Zi dish
- Overnight in Parsian hotel.
Monday 28th March – Persepolis-Shiraz
- Up bright and early to visit the colour stained mosque when the morning light shines through spectacularly.
- Drive to Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Persian Empire during the Achemaenian era and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, burned to the ground by Alexander the Great but the ruins are one of the top sights in the whole of Iran
- Lunch at traditional restaurant called “Paradise” on the way to Necropolis tombs.
- Persepolis covers a vast area and we will explore the palaces, forts and treasury
- Drive back to Shiraz where we will visit the botanic gardens of Shiraz.
- Stop for traditional Shiraz ice cream at a famous local shop.
- Visit a famous Hafeizieh Iranian poet’s park and tomb. Great opportunity to mingle with locals and take photos.
- Dinner at hotel or out to a fast food joint for burgers, falafel, and sambusas
- Overnight in Parsian hotel.
Tuesday 29th March – Shiraz
- End of tour with GVT able to arrange your onward travel back to Tehran (if required) or airport transfer to Shiraz International Airport where you can catch a flight to Doha, Dubai or Istanbul to connect back home.