12-Day Tour of Iran: The Persian Odyssey
Dig a little deeper into Persian history and culture on this 12-Day Tour of Iran. The ancient treasures, the Islamic masterpieces, the genius desert architecture, the cultural riches, and the unbelievably hospitable people come together to make your trip to Iran hard to forget. You’ll visit Tehran of precious museums, Isfahan of Islamic artistry, Shiraz of gorgeous beauties, Yazd of sustainable ingenuity, and Kashan of elaborate mansions.
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Day 01: Arrival in Tehran
Day 02: Tehran
Day 03: Tehran- Isfahan
Day 04: Isfahan
Today, the well-known highlights of Isfahan expect you with their admired beauty. Visit the UNESCO-listed Naqshe-e Jahan Square (including Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu palace, Qeysarie 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 the beauties of the nights and get familiar with the local lifestyle by a walk around the historic bridge of the city: Si-O-Se-Pol.
Day 05: Isfahan- Shiraz
Day 06: Shiraz
Optional: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 hours
Day 07: Shiraz
Optional 1: you can pick up the secrets of Persian cuisine with a Culinary Experience. Dig into the delicious layers of Persian culture by exploring Persian cuisine and enjoy the taste and aroma of unique dishes.
Duration:3-5 hoursOptional 2: Or, enjoy a Tour of the City, get to know the contemporary local culture and stop by local hotspots.
Day 08: Shiraz- Yazd
Day 09: Yazd
Optional In the evening, enjoy a unique dinner beside a Zoroastrian Family and explore Zoroastrian culture and lifestyle. This ancient Persian belief, which has influenced cultures beyond Iran’s borders, has its majority of followers in Yazd and its surrounding villages.
Day 10: Yazd- Meybod- Kashan
- Have a road trip from Yazd to Kashan. On your way to Kashan, stop by the historical charms of Meybod (around 270 km). Your stop there will bring you to the rare architecture of its historical Pigeon Tower! Also visit Shah Abbasi Caravanserai and the historical Icehouse of Meybod. Then, continue toward Kashan (around 56 km).
Overnight:KashanOptional: Near Yazd, you can explore the interesting secrets of Qanat system (Persian ancient water system) at a UNESCO-listed Qanat.Duration: 1-2 Hours
Day 11: Kashan- Tehran