12-Day Iran Tour: History, Culture & Sand

12-Day Iran Tour Package: Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman & Shiraz

12-Day Iran Tour: History, Culture & Sand

Want to celebrate your love of art, history and culture? This 12-Day Tour of the highlights of the main tourist attracting cities of the land of fancy carpets and elegant architecture is the one you’ve been looking for! Have a genuine experience of the ancient country and let the rich museums, architectural masterpieces and cultural treasures of Tehran, Kashan, Yazd, Shiraz,  and Isfahan make you fall in love with the place. To broaden your horizons to Sufism and deepen your understanding of Iranian architecture, a visit to Kerman and the charming tourist magnets around it is also added to your cultural exploration.

Best Season: All Year Round Except June to Late August

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    Licensed and experienced guide
    Entrance fees
    Domestic Flight Ticket (s)
    Visa application services
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    12-Day Iran Tour: History, Culture & Sand
Day 1: Arrival in Tehran
Welcome to Iran, the country of ancient history and culture! Meet us at Imam Khomeini Airport of Tehran and get transferred to your accommodation.Overnight: Tehran
Day 2: Tehran
Dedicate this day to Iran’s top museums and museum palaces in the capital. Visit the National Museum of Iran, the fancy Golestan Palace (UNESCO Heritage), the beautiful glassware and ceramic in Abgineh Museum of Tehran, and the world-acclaimed Persian carpets in the Carpet Museum of Tehran.Overnight: Tehran
Day 3: Tehran- Kashan
Hit the road from Tehran to find the historical town of Kashan (around 247 km). Find the finest examples of traditional Persian architecture at the highlights of Kashan. Discover the historical houses of aristocratic families Tabatabaei House and Borujerdi House. Also, find the intricate beauty of the historically significant Fin Garden (UNESCO-listed Persian Garden).Overnight: Kashan
Day 4: Kashan- Meybod- Yazd
Get a ride from Kashan to Meybod (around 350 km). Your stop there will bring you to the rare architecture of its historical Pigeon Tower, Shah Abbasi Caravanserai and the Icehouse of Meybod. Then, have a road trip to Yazd (around 55 km).Overnight: YazdOptional: On your way to Yazd, explore the interesting secrets of Qanat system (Persian ancient water system) at the Qanat of Zarch.
Day 5: Yazd
Welcome to the city of wind towers and Zoroastrian relics. The historic city of Yazd treats you to its unique desert architecture and Zoroastrian sites. Begin the day by exploring the beauties of the iconic Amir Chakhmaq Square, getting familiar with Persian heroic rituals (intangible UNESCO heritage) at a Zurkhaneh (ancient Iranian sport club), and discovering the hidden world of Persian waterways in one of Iran’s top water museums: Yazd Water Museum. Also, enjoy the peaceful Fire Temple of Yazd where a sacred flame has been burning for more than 1500 years. Plus, head to the Towers of Silence, and get introduced to Zoroastrians burial rituals. Finally, find the world’s tallest wind tower among the other charming spectacles of Dowlat Abad Garden (UNESCO-listed Persian Garden).Overnight: YazdOptional: You can explore Zoroastrian culture and lifestyle beside a Zoroastrian Family. This ancient Persian belief, which has influenced cultures beyond Iran’s borders, has its majority of followers in Yazd and its surrounding villages.Duration: 2-3 hours
Day 6: Yazd- Kerman
Leave the unique Yazd for another of Iran’s amazing desert cities: Kerman (around 370 km). Visit Kerman’s historic Ganjali Khan Complex and other attractions. Then, find the stunning Shahdad Desert (part of Lut Desert) and discover its rare formations: the Kaluts (yardangs). Also, fall in love with the fascinating starry nights of the desert.Overnight: Beside Desert
Day 7: Kerman- Meymand
Today, explore more of the beauties of Kerman Province. In the nearby town of Mahan, enjoy the architectural beauty of the burial place of a Persian Sufi master and poet: Shah Nimatullah Wali’s Shrine. Also visit the elegant epitome of Paradisal Persian gardens, the UNESCO-listed Shazdeh Garden. Then, have a road trip (around 240 km) to Meymand Village  (listed in UNESCO as the Cultural Landscape of Maymand) and get fascinated by the local lifestyle and the people still living in cave houses carved on a hillside.Overnight: Meymand
Day 8: Meymand- Shiraz
Have a road trip from Meymand to Shiraz (around 500 km). On your way, stop by Maharloo Pink Lake.Overnight: Shiraz
Day 9: Shiraz
Today is the day of the adorable aura and the lovely attractions of Shiraz. Begin the day with the colorful dance of colors in the photogenic Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (also known as the Pink Mosque). Then move on to check out the elegance of the historical house of aristocrats, Qavam House. After that, the impressive relics of Zand Dynasty will expect you at the historical Vakil Complex (including the Bath and the Bazaar). Also, take a pleasant walk in the historic Eram Garden (UNESCO-listed Persian Garden). Finally, end the day with enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the Tomb of Hafez.Overnight: ShirazOptional 1: You can enjoy the rare experience of a Night Gathering with a Shirazi Family. Being guests to one of the world’s most hospitable nations, enjoying homemade meals cooked with love, and discovering Persian customs in the warmth of an Iranian family is just unforgettable!Duration: 2-4 hoursOptional 2: Pick up the secrets of Persian cuisine with a Culinary Experience. Dig into the delicious layers of Persian culture by exploring Persian cooking and enjoy the taste and aroma of unique dishes.Duration: 3-5 hours
Day 10: Shiraz- Isfahan
Have a short trip from Shiraz to Isfahan (around 400 km). On your way, discover Iran’s most treasured relics from Achaemenid era, the 2500-year-old Persepolis Palace Complex (UNESCO), Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, and Cyrus the Great’s burial place at the remains of his Pasargadae (UNESCO). At lunchtime, enjoy unique local dishes at a traditional ecolodge. Then continue toward Isfahan, the hub of Iran’s masterpieces of Islamic architecture.Overnight: Isfahan
Day 11: Isfahan
The well-known highlights of Isfahan, the hub of Islamic architecture, expect you with their admired beauty. Visit the UNESCO-listed Naqshe-e Jahan Square (including Sheikh Lotfollah MosqueShah MosqueAli Qapu palaceQeysarie Gate and the Grand Bazaar). Also, check out the elegant architecture of Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO heritage). Nearby, discover Persian music and instruments and enjoy a live performance of Iranian music at the Music Museum of Isfahan. Finally, enjoy a walk across the romantic destination of the city: Si-o-se-Pol Bridge.Overnight: IsfahanOptional: Treat yourself to a unique and relaxing experience at one of Iran’s Traditional Hammams (bathhouses)! As a relic of an Islamic city of the good old days, a Persian Hammam with its special massage and rituals is both a relieving experience and a treat to your eyes with its tasteful architecture.
Day 12: Isfahan- Tehran
End your trip to Iran with a road trip back to Tehran (around 440 km) to catch a flight back home.


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  • Optional Tours

Visiting the historical attractions of Iran is truly rewarding. On the other hand peppering your tours with the depth of culture, customs and people will sure boost your experience. That’s why we’ve included Optional Experience-based tours in our packages. You will have to pay an additional surcharge for these tours.

  • Small Group Tours
Sticking to our first priority of offering you high-quality tours, we only run small group tours of 3 to 10 people.
  • Covid19 Policy
We operate tours with half of its standard capacity in order to keep you safe during the corona pandemic.
  • Accommodation

We only offer high quality hotels rated as 3-star and 4-star.  Star rating standards may be slightly different from international standards. The accommodations we provide are double or twin rooms. Couples will be provided with a private double room and single travelers must pay extra to have a single room.

Note: To care about your health during the Covid19 pandemic, we offer private rooms.
  • Dates 

If the tour reaches a minimum of 3 travelers, the tour is guaranteed to run. If the minimum is not reached, you can choose to pay extra to experience the tour as planned, change the date of your tour, pick another tour, or get a full refund.

  • Booking

To book a place on this tour, please fill out the reservation form on this page. We’ll then contact you to complete your booking process. You’ll get all the details in your booking confirmation email. If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact us.