Off the Beaten Track into Ancient Persia

Tour details

Origin City: Kish

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We delve into Iran’s exquisite culture, history, and natural offerings; spend time in important cities like Shiraz and Isfahan, as well as villages tucked into stunning deserts and mountains; capture the immense diversity of this fabled land and get to know open-hearted Iranian people. 

Day 1

Arrival in 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 in the afternoon and enjoy some local food for dinner.

Day 5

  Qeshm – Jiroft 

Today, you are ferried from Qeshm to Bandar Abbas then drive to Jiroft. On the way to Jiroft, you take the opportunity to visit southern Konar Sandal archeological Hills which demonstrates one of the oldest civilizations of the world dating back to about 5000 years ago.

Day 7

Kerman

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, the burial place of 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 9

Yazd

Today, you spend whole day sightseeing in Yazd, the city of windcatchers. The first site to explore is Towers of Silence in which you get familiar with the ancient funeral ceremonies. Afterwards, head for Zoroastrian Fire Temple where the holy fire has been burning for about 1500 years. Then you proceed to Jameh Mosque of Yazd, featuring two tall minarets that are observable from outside the city. At the end, you stroll in the Historical District, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Day 11

Mesr

Start your day by strolling through desert and continue to ride a camel and safari. 

Day 13

Isfahan

Start your sightseeing in Isfahan, one of the treasures of art and architecture in the world. First, explore Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, one of the five biggest historical Friday Mosques in the world. Then proceed to Si-o-se Pol Bridge, constructed in the reign of Shah Abbas ІІ, and Khaju Bridge; known for its unique architecture, decorations and tiling. Then head for 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 the Safavid era.

Day 15

Departure from Isfahan

You are transferred to Isfahan Airport for your flight home. 

Day 2

Tehran 

Start your trip by exploring Tehran including National Museum of Iran in which a collection of ceramics, pottery, stone figures and carvings taken from excavation in Persepolis is held, 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 where you get to 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, especially “Dariay-e Noor Diamond” (literally means see of light). 

Day 4

Qeshm

Start your excursion by visiting Star Valley. This valley, having been created in Berkeh Khalaf Village through time and erosion, is widely known as one of the most stunning geological manifestations of Qeshm Island. The next attraction to explore is Chah kuh Valley which astonishes every visitor with its corridors and shapes on the wall. It is time to stroll through Hara Forests and enjoy a refreshing 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 take the opportunity to enjoy the amazing scenery of sunset. 

Day 6

Jiroft – Kerman

Start your day with a drive to Kerman. On the way, make a stop to visit UNESCO-listed Bam Citadel, the biggest adobe construction of the world. Then proceed to adobe-structured Rayen Citadel, dating back to the Sassanid era.

Day 8

Kerman – Yazd

In the morning, you go sightseeing in Kerman. First, visit Jameh Mosque of Kerman on top of which a squat clock has been placed instead of a minaret, and Ganjali Khan Historical Bathhouse in which you can find paintings belonging to Safavid era and a portal decorated with marble. Then explore Grand Bazaar of Kerman, one of the oldest and most memorable trading centers in Iran. At the end, you depart Kerman for Yazd. 

Day 10

Yazd – Mesr

Departing Yazd for Mesr, you pass scenic mountains and a lush green valley. On the way, visit 4500-year Kharanagh Village (literally means the birthplace of the sun) and Bayazeh Village in which you can explore ancient monuments and Palm groves. 

Day 12

Mesr – Isfahan

Depart Mesr for Isfahan. On the way, make a stop to enjoy the Landscape of Chupanan Village and stroll among sand dunes. Afterwards, head for the historical part of Anarak Village where you can find beautiful wind catchers. At the end, visit Jameh Mosque of Nain, built about 1000 years ago with an inspiration from Prophet Mosque in Medina.

Day 14

Isfahan

Continue your sightseeing in Isfahan by visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace (Forty Columns), a brilliant example for Persian garden listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, Head towards Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world, and the monuments around including Imam Mosque, featuring amusing tiling; Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque; the bride of Islamic architecture, which is 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 in the Safavid era. In the afternoon, take some leisure time on your own.