The Splendors of Iran
28 Days / 26 Nights
This tour will let you taste more in depth the flavor of Iranian culture, while traveling beyond the history of modern Iran through the land of ancient Persia, the center of many civilizations which with their achievements have contributed to our modern world; the land of Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Omar Khayyam and other renowned historical, literary figures. As you explore the fabled cities of Ahwaz, Esfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, Tehran, the ancient world famous sites of Ziggurat and Persepolis, you will see the rich cultural and historical heritage portrayed in their well preserved archeological gems.
Besides, the beautiful scenery of the country crowned with mountains will fascinate you, Iranian people's heartwarming friendliness and welcome will follow you everywhere, and the bazaars filled with the aroma of exotic spices will entice you throughout the adventure. Despite numerous invasions from the Greeks, Arabs, and Mongols, Iran and its people firmly retain their own identity and character: sophisticated, diverse, and cultured; embracing it is worth lifetime experience.
2020 Tour Dates
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April 4 - May 1
September 12 - October 9
The Splendors of Iran Travel Itinerary
Depart the USA on overnight flight to overseas.
Day 2 ~ Mashhad
In flight, stopping in Europe to change plane for flight to Mashhad.
Day 3 ~ Mashhad
After arrival at Mashhad Airport and passing through customs and passport control, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in and some rest. In the afternoon we will start our tour taking a short drive to Nishapur. Originally established during Seljuk time and at one time a thriving literary, artistic and academic center, the city is now the most famous as the birthplace and resting place of the poet, Omar Khayyam. Close by is the tomb of Attar, another renowned Persian poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Nishapur, who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism.
Before leaving the city we'll stop at Nishapur Caravanserai, which dates back to Safavid time. Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) is credited with building a network of caravanserais across Iran, to promote the Silk Road trade and economy. During his reign he had 999 caravanserais built. In the evening we'll return back to Mashhad. Overnight in Mashhad/Homa II or similar
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Accommodation for 25 nights at selected 4* and 5* star hotels as indicated in the itinerary
One night at 1st class train ride in two passenger sleeping carriages (Mashhad-Tehran)
25 Dinners (no drinks except water)
Two small bottles of water per day per guest
All arrival and departure transfers
Daily private sightseeing by comfortable air-conditioned car for 1/2 guests and van or minibus for 3 to 12 guests depending on the number of the guests, including professional driver and his expenses
English speaking tour guide and his/her expanses
Entrance fees to sites indicated in bold on the itinerary
Visa authorization number
Complete information package with itineraries, travel and visa information, and luggage tags