Discovery of the pearls of the Persian Gulf

Tour details

Origin City: Kish

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This great trip around Iran is enriched with the fantastic islands located in the Persian Gulf. You will miss neither the collection of classic and archaeological sites, nor the magnificent desert landscapes, nor the pearls in the south which makes this trip more valuable.
Explore peaceful deserts, mysterious caves and historical cities all in the same trip!

Day 1

Arrival Tehran

You will be met on arrival at IKA Airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3

Tehran – Qeshm

Depart Tehran for Qeshm by a domestic flight. Today, you can take some leisure time in the afternoon and enjoy some local food for dinner.

Day 5

Qeshm

Start your day with a boat riding to Hengam Island. This island, which has a unique wildlife, gives you the opportunity to visit dolphins and various fish species. If you travel in the spring, you can also see turtles laying their eggs in Shib Deraz Village. At the end, you will visit Stars Valley created because of soil, stone and sand erosion caused by the wind, rain and shower.
Optional: Camel riding and strolling in Naz villages in case the weather is decent.

Day 7

Bam – Kerman 191 KM

In the morning, visit Bam Citadel, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and admire the biggest adobe construction of the world. Then depart Bam for Kerman. On the way, make a stop in Rayen Citadel, the second largest adobe construction in the world built in Sassanid era. Then you go sightseeing in Kerman. First, you explore Jameh Mosque of Kerman, a 4-iwan mosque dating back to 700 years ago. Then visit Ganjali Khan Historical Bathhouse in which you can find paintings belonging to Safavid era and a portal decorated with marble. At the end, you go for a stroll in Grand Bazaar of Kerman.

Day 9

Kerman – Yazd 368 KM

In the morning, depart Kerman for Yazd and call in at Zein-o-din Caravanserai, the only circular Iranian construction built on the order of Shah Abbas 400 years ago. In Yazd, you take the opportunity to get familiar with the burial ceremony of ancient Persia in Towers of Silence. Then you head for Zoroastrian Fire Temple, a holy site for Zoroastrians in which you can find the holy fire maintained about 1500 years by clergies.

Day 11

Isfahan

Start your sightseeing in Isfahan, known as one of the treasures of art and architecture. First, you visit “Jameh Mosque of Isfahan”, one of the five oldest Friday Mosques in the world. Then head for “Si-o-se Pol and Khajou Bridges”, which have spanned the Zayandeh Rud River. Continue to “the Vank Cathedral”, constructed with an inspiration from Saint Stepanos Monastery and influenced by Iranian and Italian art, and its Museum. At the end, visit “Grand Bazaar of Isfahan”, one of the greatest and luxurious trading centers in Safavid era.

Day 13

Isfahan – Shiraz 481 KM

Depart Isfahan for Shiraz. On the way, visit ”Persepolis”, the ancient capital of Persia with its wonderfully well-preserved remains. Then Proceed to ”Naqsh-e Rustam”, which contains four graves of the first Achaemenid Emperors, Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II, carved into the cliff.

Day 15

Departure Shiraz

You will be transferred to SYZ Airport for your flight home.

Day 2

Tehran

Start your trip by exploring Tehran including National Museum of Iran, an institution of two archeological and Islamic complex, and Golestan Palace. This palace which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a brilliant example of an important period in the history of Persia where the society starts a new era of modernism. Afterward, visit Iranian Artists‘ House in which you can meet Iranian artists and enjoy art galleries; finally, visit National Jewelry Museum of Iran where the most dazzling collection of gemstones and jewelry is held.
Alternative to National Jewelry Museum of Iran: Carpet Museum of Iran

Day 4

Qeshm

Continue your sightseeing in Qeshm. First, you visit Chahkuh Valley, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a part of Global Geopark. Then explore Namakdan Cave, literally means saltshaker. This adorable cave features permanent salt icicles and a flow of salt water. Afterwards, you go for a delicious lunch in a local house. Your next exploration is among Hara Forests, which offers you refreshing activities such as boat riding. At the end, you explore Laft Port in which splendid wind catchers and a ship traditional factory comes to your attention. In addition, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of sunset.

Day 6

Qeshm – Bam 406 KM

In the morning, you cross on the ferry to Bandar Abbas Port and drive to Bam from there. On the way, stop in Jiroft and visit Konar Sandal archeological Hills and its museum, which demonstrates one of the oldest civilizations of the world dating back to about 5000 years ago.

Day 8

Kerman 231 KM

Today, you go on an excursion to Mahan. In Mahan, you visit “Shahzadeh Garden”, a green oasis at the heart of the desert, and “Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine” an Iranian poet and Sufi (mystic). Then go for an exquisite stroll in Shahdad Desert located in Lut Desert. It is noteworthy that Lut Desert, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the hottest place in the world.

Day 10

Yazd – Isfahan 316 KM

Continue your sightseeing in Yazd, known as bride of the desert. In the morning, visit Jameh Mosque of Yazd, which dates back to the 9th century and demonstrates Iranian art to the world. Then stroll in the Historical District, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then depart for Isfahan. On the way, stop in Nain to visit an aba-weaving workshop in which you can visit the process of weaving the clothes of mullahs out of camel wool.

Day 12

Isfahan

Continue your sightseeing in Isfahan by visiting ”Chehel Sotoun Palace” (Forty Columns), a brilliant example for Persian garden listed in UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Next, Head for ”Naqsh-e Jahan Square”, the second largest square in the world, and the monuments around including ”Imam Mosque”, a stunning monument at the head of the square; ”Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque”, also known as the mosque of women; and ”Ali Qapu Palace” in which the important meetings of the king with ambassadors and other politicians were carried out.

Day 14

Shiraz

In Shiraz, you explore “Nasir-ol-molk Mosque”; also known as the Pink Mosque. Afterwards, you visit “Narenjestan e Ghavam Garden” and enjoy the beautiful orangery gardens. Next, you proceed your sightseeing to “Hafiz Tomb” where you appreciate a great poet who was also admired by Goethe. Finally, end the day by visiting “Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine” and “Vakil Bazaar”; a traditional covered bazaar located at the center of Shiraz enjoying natural air conditioning, arches and stunning architecture.