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Persian Insight

Persian Insight

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  • Enjoy the houses and gardens of poetic Shiraz
  • Discover the Islamic majesty of Emam Square
  • Take an evening stroll along Isfahan’s famous bridges
  • Explore the ancient cities of Persepolis and Pasgardae
  • Take a wander through the traditional village of Abayaneh

This fascinating journey takes you across a historical landscape that stretches back to the beginnings of the Persian Empire, from its ancient capitals near Shiraz and the beautiful 16th century Safavid capital of Isfahan, to the modern day setting of Tehran, the center of a new Persian empire.

A truly enthralling adventure into the heart of a great civilization, you will explore the ancient cities of Persepolis and Pasgardae, before moving on to discover the Islamic beauty of Isfahan, who’s enviable collection of mosques, palaces and bridges have rightly earned it World Heritage status. You will also explore something of the traditional character of the country, with visits to the picturesque village of Abayaneh and the merchants houses of Kashan, before finishing in Tehran, a city steeped in the traditions of the old and new Persia.

  • Departure
    Your Hotel
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    Air conditioned transport throughout the tour
    Breakfast
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfer
    Gallery Ticket
    Lunch

Tour Plan

1

Shiraz

Arrive in Shiraz early this morning and transfer to your hotel for a chance to rest and freshen up. Later you will enjoy a tour of the city, taking in the immense Citadel of Karim Khan, which dominates the centre of the city, the bustling Vakil Bazaar and Mosque and the Narenjestan, a traditional Iranian mansion house that wonderfully preserves the elegance and refinement of 19th century Shiraz. Then head to the beautiful gardens of Bagh-e-Eram and the Tomb of Hafez, dedicated to the memory of one of Shiraz's most celebrated poets.

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Shiraz

The once great capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great in 518 BC. Destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, these magnificent ruins extend today across the Marv Dasht plain, at the foot of Kuh-i-Rahmat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its pillars and carvings still pre-sent a truly breathtaking setting. Next, visit the spectacular Sassanid necropolis at Naqsh-e-Rustam. Dating back to 1000 BC, these ancient Achaemenid tombs include some stunning reliefs, carved into the cliff faces high above the valley floor.

 
3

Shiraz - Pasargadae - Isfahan

Departing Shiraz this morning you head next to the ancient city of Pasargadae, home to the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. The earliest known example of Achaemenid architecture, the city was built in the 6th century BC and remains a stunning testimony to the early Persian civilization. After the visit, you then continue on to the beautiful city of Isfahan.

 
4

Isfahan

A walking tour of Isfahan's huge Emam Square today provides an opportunity to explore one of the largest city squares on the planet. Surrounded on three sides by the exquisite Imam and Shaikh Loftallah Mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace, this beautiful World Heritage Site covers an area of nearly 90,000 square meters. Later you will have a chance to wander through the city's huge covered market, before taking a stroll this evening across some of the bridges that span the waters of the Zayandehrud River.  
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Isfahan

Another day to enjoy some of the cultural and architectural treasures of Isfahan begins with a visit to the Jameh Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the country. You'll also visit the "Chehel Sotoon" Palace (the Palace of 40 Columns) before continuing through the city's Armenian quarter to view the beautiful 17th century Vank Cathedral. This evening there will be an opportunity to visit the Zoorkhaneh (the House of Strength), where you have the option to watch a traditional Iranian gymnasium in action.  
6

Isfahan - Abyaneh- Kashan- Tehran

Driving on to the Iranian capital today, the road takes you by way of the delightful settlement of Abyaneh, one of the most picturesque villages in the country. You'll also visit the oasis city of Kashan, situated along the edge of the central desert, where you will stop to explore the beautiful Fin Gardens and the historic Agha Bozorg Mosque. A final visit to the fascinating Bouroujerdi ha Residence, with its velvet weaving workshop, wind towers and ornate courtyard, then provides a remarkable insight into the lives of Iran's wealthy merchant class, before continuing on to Tehran.  
7

Tehran

A full day's sightseeing tour of the Iranian capital includes a visit to its Archaeological Museum and a chance to explore the sumptuous Golestan Palace, the oldest of Tehran's historic monuments. A World Heritage Site, this stunning complex of palaces and manicured gardens encompasses more than two centuries of Qajar rule. You will also get a chance to see Iran's imperial crown jewels housed in the vaults of Iran's Central Bank.
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Tehran - Departure

Transfer to the airport today for the return flight to your country.  

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