12 Days Persian Caravan - Visinng Iran on a Private Train
Day 1: Welcome to Tehran
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Flights often arrive very late at night or early in the morning in Tehran. Keep in mind the evening welcome meeting when booking your travel.
Arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran, where you are met and transferred to our hotel located in city center of Tehran. Feel free to explore Tehran tonight, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. You’ll meet your fellow travelers at the welcome dinner.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Tehran
Day 2: Tehran City Tour
After breakfast, we’ll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Islamic Era. Then we go to visit a World Heritage Site, the Golestan Palace (Ethnographical Museum, Shams-ol-Emareh edifice, Marmare Throne and Mirror Hall) that was built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power in the late 1700’s, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools.
We will then go back to the hotel to get prepared to start the train tour. At Evening we go to Tehran Nature Bridge where young couples spend time together. Dinner is in a local restaurant in the center of Tehran, which offers a chance to experience vibrant Iranian life in the capital of Iran. You’re likely to meet smiling young Iranians who are delighted to engage with you.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Tehran
Day 3: Tehran-Kashan-Isfahan
Today we arrive in Kashan, a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for the Fin Garden and extensive bazaar and hamams.
The Fin Garden which is one of the nine Persian Gardens added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is our first stop, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion.
From here we will visit the Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabai, These 19th-century houses were funded by wealthy merchants, and feature lovely courtyards, lush gardens and fine intricate relief design carved into stone and stucco work.
From here we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hamams and mosques; one Hamam has been converted to a traditional tea house where we will stop for those who need a break from shopping. Then we will be at the train station at 5:30 PM and move to Isfahan.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
Day 4: Glorious, Historic Isfahan
As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities – architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese coming to its court – the heart of a vast Persian Empire. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf-jahan (Isfahan is Half the World).
Today, we’ll join our expert guide to begin our exploration of the city, starting with some of the centuries old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. The 4th-century Shahrestan Bridge, for example, evokes the greatest aqueducts of ancient Rome and is the oldest bridge in Iran. Other famous bridges on the Zayandeh River are Sio-ce-pol and Khaju. There are gates below the bridge to let the water run- off from Zayandeh River in the spring, and there are beautiful stone-brick archways above each gate. These archways provide a great acoustic place for every man who wants to sing. We can always find a man or a group of men singing under the bridge. The songs are usually about betrayal or unrequited love.
Continue our exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historic city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a number of important periods in Islamic architecture. Next up is Chehel Sotun. Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas I for entertainment and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, we’ll discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mosaics; the Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking!
This afternoon, our exploration continues in Imam Square (A world heritage site). This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, we’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the Ali Qapu Palace, we’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. We’ll end our day exploring the Isfahan Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
Day 5: Isfahan-Bam
After an early breakfast. We have a free day to explore Isfahan, so take time to wander along the cities many tree-lined boulevards and spacious gardens. Then we will be in the train station at 6:00 PM and move to Bam.
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Day 6: Bam-Kerman
The modern Iranian city of Bam surrounds the Bam citadel. The ancient citadel of Arg-é Bam (A world heritage site) has a history dating back around 2,000 years ago, to the Parthian Empire, but most buildings were built during the Safavid dynasty.
Today excursion to the Arg-e Bam, with all the architectural features of a desert citadel, now on the map as a result of the tragic earthquake in Bam which destroyed the town and its magnificent citadel (still under reconstruction and restorations), then we will move to Mahan to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader, and the Shahzadeh Garden (late 19th century Qajar-period garden/house) watch is listed as a World Heritage site. In the afternoon we will move to Kerman and after a short rest in the hotel we will be free to walk around the city.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Kerman
Day 7: Kerman-Shahdad-Yazd
Kerman is one of the oldest cities of Iran. The city is home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Located in a Safavid-era complex, complete with school, caravanserai, and a mosque, the Bathhouse Museum is worth a visit. Now converted into an anthropology museum, its interior is meticulously and beautifully decorated, with different rooms for changing and offering different temperatures, all with intricate domed ceilings.
Then we will drive to Shahdad. It is located at the edge of the vast Lut desert (A world heritage site). The desert offers a scenery of the sandy structures, and we can walk right through them. After that we will back to Kerman and will be at the train station to move to Yazd.
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Day 8: Ancient Yazd
Today we start our day in Yazd. Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community, which is where we’ll begin the day’s sightseeing.
At the Tower of Silence, we’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion: Until the mid-1900’s, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds. Zoroastrian tradition considers a deceased body to be “unclean” and this process of excarnation prevents contact with either fire or earth – both of which are considered to be sacred. At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, we’ll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. It’s an important pilgrimage site for the faithful and here our expert guide will offer additional insight into one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.
In Amir Chakhmaq Square, we’ll see a very impressive Hussainia – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its façade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. Then we will visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where we can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Yazd
Day 9: Yazd-Meybod-Saadat Shahr
Today we take you to outside of Yazd, which includes the Meybod citadel, ice house and the impressive Kharanaq mud brick village. At first we will visit Meybod the oldest mud brick structure in Iran and explore the Narin Castel.
The impressive town of Kharanaq is believed to be 1,000 years old and we can explore the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, peering into the houses of wealthy merchants and human (bathhouses). Explore the valley and nearby mountains and get great pictures of the aqueducts that formed part of the underground water system. At night we will be at the train station to move to Sadat Shahr.
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Day 10: Saadat Shahr-Perspolis-Shiraz
Today we will visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and though not as striking as Persepolis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over the site and the surrounding area. Then visit legendary city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great and founded in 512 BC.
There was no more impressive construction in the ancient world. Darius built the terrace, the Apadana, the Tachara, the monumental staircases and his son, Xerxes, added the harem and the Hall of 100 Columns. Alexander the Great entered Persepolis in January 330 BC and then committed an uncharacteristic act of wanton destruction that still mystifies historians today, burning the mighty city to the ground.
Though a shadow of its former self, the soaring pillars, terraces and sculptures of Persepolis still remain, but probably most impressive are the bas reliefs which line the site, telling the story of ancient governors and kings that came to Persepolis to pay tribute to the Persian Emperors. From here we will drive a couple of miles to Naqsh- e-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried.
Carved into the side of a cliff, the site is extraordinary in its magnitude and sheer ambition and does not disappoint even after the impressive Persepolis. Continue to Shiraz and check in to our hotel.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Shiraz
Day 11: Shiraz-Tehran
After breakfast, will start our full day tour of Shiraz. At first, we will visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during the Zand Dynasty, we will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar.
It built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir-al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine.
The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires.
It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around. Shiraz is famous for its gardens and we’ll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and towering cypress (one of which is said to be 3,000 years old).
We will end our day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the lovely garden tomb of Hafez, one of Persian literature most famous poets. Hafez is one of great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery.. Later we’ll be escorted to the train station and will move to Tehran. There will be a special event for guests in the evening.
O/N on board the train
Day 12: Tehran (Departure)
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time to take your flights home.
O/N at 5* Hotel, Tehran
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- Airport Return Transport
- Expert Tour Guide
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire. Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C. The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794–1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower.
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The treasures of Iran tour reveals and uncover the fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran. We explore one of the most surprising and fascinating land you have ever visited.
We begin our journey to Tehran. The city of colorful lights, intriguing sounds and never-ending motion. You’re gonna love it! Tehran has grown into one of the world’s busiest metropolis, with people and traffic coming and going as far as the eye can see. There is so much happening that you can be assured that visiting Tehran will never be regretted. You will visit National Museum of Iran and Golestan Palace in Tehran. A day after, we take you to the airport in Tehran for your included flight to Shiraz. This day you will see tombs of Hafiz and Sa’adi which are two of Iranian most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature.
Your Shiraz tour would start by visiting Eram Garden, Karimkhan Citadel, Vakil Bazaar, Saray Moshir, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Narenjestan Garden and end by visiting Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh. Next day we move to Isfahan to see Khaju and Shahrestan bridges, Chehel Sotun Palace, Naghsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square including Ali-Qapu palace, Vank Cathedral and Masjed-e Jame. But on our way to Isfahan, you will see the capital of Persian Empire, the Persepolis. Then Naghsh-e Rostam (Necropolis) and Pasargadae.
Then we drive to Kashan. In Kashan visit Fin Garden, Boroujerdis and Tabatabaei Traditional Houses. But on our way to Kashan, you will see Abyaneh village. In evening, we departure from Kashan towards Tehran. Finally you will be escorted to the IKA airport for your departure flight.
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