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IRAN - A Taste of Persia

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October 2015, Iran
Travel brings strange circumstances. For past two nights we have listened to an excellent didgeridoo performance by our Iranian guesthouse host who just happens to look like Charles Manson! Now in Yazd & getting kinda fond of camel meat! Cheers David


You will be met upon arrival at the airport in Tehran and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon your private guide will take you on an orientation tour of the city so you will be able to get a good feel for the size of Tehran and its position at the foot of the Alborz Mountains. Overnight Tehran.

Start the day with a visit to the National Museum where you will be introduced to the prehistory of Iran. Then to the Reza Abbassi Museum to view one of the world’s finest collections of Persian miniature paintings. After lunch visit the former residence of the Pahlavi family, the last royal family of Iran. Set in extensive gardens, Sa’ad-Abad is a complex of 18 palaces and residences set in a landscaped 300 acre park in the cool reaches of North Tehran. Overnight Tehran.

Today you will spend the morning with your guide at the Golestan Palace. This walled complex is one of the oldest in Tehran, originally built during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722). In the afternoon visit the cavernous underground vault at the Bank of Iran’s main office to view the jaw-dropping array of jewelled masterpieces of Iran’s former Shahs. Then to the magnificent Carpet Museum to see an incredible collection documenting carpets from all regions of the country. Overnight Tehran.

Morning drive south into Iran’s desert interior, skirting the harsh, inhospitable Dasht-e Kavir desert that covers much of the central and southeast part of the country. Your destination today is Kashan, an oasis town where carpet, silk and textile weaving are the traditional crafts. It was from Kashan that the Three Wise Men reputedly started their epic journey to Bethlehem, underlying the historical importance of this ancient trade town. After lunch visit the exquisite Bagh-e-Fin (Fin Garden), Iran’s oldest surviving garden dating from the 16th century. Overnight Kashan.

Sightseeing today will include some of the finest traditional houses in Iran, including Khan-e Abbasian, and Khan-e Boroujerdi. Then to the Sultan Mir Ahmed Hammam, a beautiful bathhouse built 450 years ago, followed by the Kashan bazaar, one of the most atmospheric in the country. Overnight Kashan.

Continue south to the town of Meybod to view the extraordinary Yakhchal (ice chamber). Then to Yazd. This is the centre for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community, followers of a faith dating back to at least 4000 years. The architecture of the Old City in Yazd is unique and has been specially adapted to the harsh desert conditions. Overnight Yazd.

Today your sightseeing in Yazd includes the functioning Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Ateshkadeh), Towers of Silence, the Water Museum where you will learn how the ancient Yazdis devised the qanat, an amazing system for maximum utilisation of their water, the Masjid-e Jameh (Friday Mosque), the Old City, and Bagh-e-Doulat Abad Garden. Evening visit to the zurkhaneh (House of Strength), a traditional gymnasium dating back to the pre-Islamic period. Overnight Yazd.

A long drive today. Picnic lunch enroute before stopping at Pasargadae, the site of Cyrus the Great’s capital after his victory over the Medes in 550 BC. Continue on to Shiraz, the city most associated with the sophistication, culture and poetry of ancient Persia. Overnight Shiraz.

The day will be spent visiting major monuments in Shiraz, commencing with the 19th century holy shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh, the Masjid-e Nasir-al-Molk, named for its highly decorated tiles and beautiful stained glass windows, and the 19th century Narenjestan-e Qavam, a very beautiful house and garden. After lunch visit the Arg-e Karim Khan, the imposing citadel dominating the city centre (exterior only), the lovely Bagh-e Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise), followed by the tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi. Overnight Shiraz.

This morning you will visit the most impressive archaeological site in Iran: the remains of Darius the Great’s ancient city of Persepolis (Place of the Persians), followed by the necropolis at Nagsh-e Rustam, believed to be tombs of the Achaemenian rulers Darius I, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius II. Then to Isfahan for overnight.

It was once said that “he who has not been to Isfahan has not seen half the world.” While perhaps something of an overstatement today, Isfahan still encourages superlatives. After breakfast walk with your guide to the immense and magnificent 17th century Imam Square to visit the Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, the Imam Mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace. After lunch sightseeing will include the Jameh Mosque, Vank Cathedral and a stroll over to the Zayandeh River to look at the historic bridges that give this part of the Isfahan a relaxing and colourful atmosphere! Overnight Isfahan.

Day at leisure for exploring more of Isfahan and shopping for that special souvenir in the extensive Qeisarieh Bazaar! Overnight Isfahan.

Drive to Tehran for overnight.

Transfer to international airport. Tour ends

LAND COST: USD$2800 per person twin share.  Includes all accommodation, breakfast included daily, all sightseeing with private English speaking local guide, all entrance fees and all transport by private vehicle.

International airfare and visa not included. The price is stated in US$ (currency Iran uses for all its transactions). The Au$ price will be done at the exchanges in place at the time of deposit and final payments. If you wish to make a quick check as to how this converts to your local currency you can use the conversion website highlighted within our knowledge base page..

This tour involves:

•a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and traditional guest houses
•extensive travel on desert roads and on winding mountain roads
• regular early-morning starts and some long days
• rudimentary toilet facilities in some places
• Female participants must wear a head-scarf, long-sleeve thigh length shirt with trousers, at all times when they are in public.

Flights: we can assist you with flights be it just a flight to Iran and return, or with Iran being a stop as part of a more complicated airfare. If you wish to browse some simple flight options you can access our web based flight system, or contact us directly.

Travelling in Iran should be considered as an adventure holiday so you must be prepared to rough it now and again. There has certainly been some improvement in conditions/services over the years that we have been travelling to Iran, but some of the facilities you will encounter may not be to the standard which you would find on a more conventional holiday or at home. We travel through some areas which relatively speaking has seen few tourists and the infrastructure is not fully developed. So if you have a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, a positive attitude and a keen desire to experience a very unique and special culture, then Iran is for you!

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