In this quick 5-day trip you get impressed by the ancient ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial and spiritual capital of the vast Persian Achaemenid Empire, to the most famous relics of 18th and 19th century Shiraz; from the city’s renowned gardens to the evocative tombs of the highest figures in classical Persian literature; from the 6th century BCE world heritage site of Cyrus the Great’s capital of Pasargadae on to the historical city of Isfahan, the monumental capital of 17th century Safavid Persia and home to Iran’s finest works of Islamic art and architecture, best manifested in Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
Tour Itinerary :
Day 1: Full Day City Tour of Shiraz
Today, we have a full day city tour of Shiraz. We begin our tour with Nasir al-Mulk Mosque where we have one of the most photogenic mosques in the world to frame! Then, we visit the heritage from 18th century when Karim Khan Zand chose Shiraz as his capital: Arg-e Karim Khan Zand, a castle and the Zand dynasty seat of government; Vakil Complex including a colorful and somehow romantic mosque, a hamamm now functions as a ethnographic museum, and the lively busy Vakil Bazaar; to have some relaxing moments we go to Eram Garden, registered as world heritage site under the title of Persian Garden. We will also visit the tomb of Hafez, a great Persian poet.
Overnight in Shiraz
Day 2: Drive to Isfahan & Visit Historical Sites
Today we will start driving to Isfahan and en route we’ll learn about Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BCE) at Persepolis, a world heritage site, where we can hear rich stories about the rise, flourish and demise of the first significant world empire. The huge columns, well-preserved bas-reliefs, huge griffins and gigantic tombs carved into cliffs are among the attractions of the Persepolis. After that, we will visit a necropolis close to Persepolis, known as Naqsh-e Rostam. This necropolis houses tombs of four Achaemenid Emperors carved into the cliff. Then we will continue driving to Isfahan, transfer to hotel, and rest.
Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 5: Short Tehran Tour and Fly back Home
Today we have a short visit to Golestan Palace, the most important monument of the city and one of the first buildings constructed in Tehran in 18th century. This palace is Tehran’s only sight registered in in UNESCO World Heritage List. Then you’ll be transferred to Tehran’s airport to catch your flight back home!
My wife and I did a 5-day tour in Iran and loved every minute of it. An amazing country with great history, culture and art, and also the wonderful people. Our guide was attentive, knowledgeable, and a good communicator with a great sense of humor. Safety? We never felt safer in a foreign country.Antoniofrom Spain
I had a terrific trip that is full of great memories. Iran is a land rich in history, culture and tradition where the sights are outstanding and people are very friendly. I intend to visit Iran again and stay a bit longer this time. I need more time to hear the stories of beautiful palaces, gardens, mosques, and tombs and more time for meeting the local people, tasting the food, and walking in historical neighborhoods.Martimfrom Portugal
Thank you Iran-Marcopolo for this unforgettable and pleasant Iran holiday experience. We had an amazing trip. This short “Highlights of Persia” tour and especially those historical and archaeology sights in Shiraz and Isfahan were really interesting. This tour is recommended for those who wish to have a quick visit to all main tourist attractions of Iran. Thank you!Emmafrom Canada
Iran Marcopolo provided a brilliant service. We had a wonderful time with this Highlights of Persia tour. Not we only had fun, but learnt so much about the rich history and culture of Iran. We also met many kind local people. The guide was very knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and helpful, and I learned so much! Would I go back again? Yes, I would. 5 days is not long enough!Lucasfrom Sweden
Questions & Answers :
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Departure Dates :
Depending on the group size, the tour price will change. Tour size can vary from one person to above 20 persons.
You will be accommodated in 4-star hotels. Hotels could be replaced with similar hotel in the same category.
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single suplement will be quoted at the time of booking.
The Iranian currency is Iranian Rials (IRR). However it’s common by the locals to use Toman instead of Rials on daily business. Note that 1 Toman = 10 Rials. You should also note that International payment systems and bank cards are not available in Iran. So make sure to bring enough cash for your whole journey.
Weekdays in Iran
States offices, administration, post office and banks are generally open from 7:30 – 12:00 and reopen after a lunch break until 16:00. Thursdays are working hours until 12:00, which might vary depending on the city or office.
Friday is weekend in Iran.
We offer visa assistance to those who are traveling with us. For some nationalities a visa is required to enter Iran. A visa can be Collected from the Iranian embassy or consulate in your country of residence or at the Iranian airports upon arrival. However, upon arrival visas are not available for the US, British and Canadian Citizens and a visa needs to be Collected prior to Departure. For more information about Visa Click Here.
Your trip will start in Shiraz and finish in Tehran.
You need to pay 30% of your tour total amount as deposit if you’re booking prior to 30 days from departure date. If you’re booking after 30 days, you must pay the full amount. Payment should be made through wire transfer to the bank account given in your quotation sheet.
You must have a valid travel insurance during your stay in Iran. You’ll need to provide your insurance certificate when applying for visa either at Iranian embassy in the country of your residence or at the Iranian airports. You will have the option to purchase travel insurance from Iranian companies upon arrival.
Our departures will become available to you once deposit or total amount is paid depending on your purchase date. Departures will be Available once at least 2 Persons have Secured their Spot. If you plan to travel alone on one of our tours, you need to contact us to check if it’s Available.
If you cancel prior to 30 days from departure, your deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel 29 to 15 days before your departure date, 50% of your payment amount will be refunded. If you cancel 14 days before departure you will get no refund at all.