HIGHLIGHTS OF IRAN
After many years of isolation, modernising and opening influences are at work in Iran and travellers from the USA are officially welcome again. While political dialogue is still rather cold the warm nature and hospitality of the ordinary people is what makes a visit special in addition to the awe inspiring historic sights in the country. Geographic location makes for an ideal combination of a tour of Iran and the neighbouring newly independent Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with their own impressive civilizations. Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion of what can be offered. You are in charge, and if you want more, or less, time in any place we will be happy to prepare a customised itinerary to your specifications.
DAY 01: Depart USA by international flight.
DAY 02: Arrive Tehran. After clearing customs and immigration you will be met and transferred to the GRAND hotel or similar.
DAY 03: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Mashad. In the afternoon there will be an introductory tour of this city. Overnight in the Khatan hotel.
DAY 04: Time for more sightseeing activities this morning before flying to Shiraz. Here you will be met and taken to the hotel Apadana.
DAY 05: Full day tour to the ruins of ancient Persepolis and the Achaemenian tombs At Naqsh-e-Rustam as well as Shiraz city itself where sightseeing includes the tomb of the poet Hafez, the Friday mosque and the shrine of Shah Cheragh.
DAY 06: Today you will be driven from Shiraz to fabled Ishfahan visiting Pasargadae where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is located on the way. Overnight in Piouzi hotel.
DAY 07: Full day sightseeing in Ishfahan including the Maydan-e-Shah (Royal Square) with it's beautiful 17th Century mosques and the Ali Quapu Palace.
DAY 08: Sightseeing continues with a visit to the impressive Friday Mosque dating from the 11th to 18th century as well as the Khaju and 33 Arches bridges where you can have a cup of tea in the tea house located under the bridge. In the afternoon you will have some free time for shopping and hunting for bargains in the ancient bazaar!
DAY 09: Today you will travel from Ishfahan to Tehran with stops along the way at Kashan and the holy city of Qom.
DAY 10: Tehran. Sightseeing includes the National History museum and the 'crown jewels' with a visit to the carpet museum, time permitting.
DAY 11: Transfer to the airport for departure flight or continue with one of the optional extensions below or travel onwards to the newly independent Central Asian countries. (please enquire for more details).
TOUR COST: $2870 per person, based on twin sharing. Plus international airfare at current applicable rate.
TOUR INCLUDES: Hotels with taxes and breakfast daily, domestic air tickets as detailed in itinerary, sightseeing with English speaking guides, entrance fees to museums and sites, security person in some areas if deemed appropriate by the local supplier, Libya visa support invitation, transfers on arrival and departure in each city.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfare, airport or other departure taxes, visa fees, meals not mentioned as being included, drinks with meals, tips/gratuities to drivers & guides, items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc. or any other items not specifically mentioned as being included.