Cities, Sand and Sun

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This tour includes visiting, Zandieh Complex, Persian gardens, the tombs of Iranian famous poets Hafez & Sa’adi, Ali’ebn-e Hamzeh Shrine, the beautiful Nasir’ol Molk Mosque, Persepolis, the tomb of Cyrus the Great,Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab of Shiraz, Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, Hengam Island, Ganjalikhan Complex, am, Shazde Garden of Kerman, Zeyn-ol-din Caravanserai , Meybod, Chak Chak, and the beautiful architecture of Yazd, Naqsh-e Jahan square, Persian Bazaar, Chehel Sotoun, Jame Mosque, Vank Cathedral, Maria Church, Chehel Sotoun ,& Shaking Minarates of Isfahan, Abyaneh, Tabatabai, & Fin garden Kashan.

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    All about the Cities, Sand and Sun.

    Deserts of Iran

    Iran is located in a high-altitude plateau surrounded by wide ranges of mountains. There are two well-known deserts in this region Dasht-e-Kavir, and Kavir-e-Lut. They are both among the aridest and hottest areas in the world.

    It is always water that determines life conditions and it is water that helps plants to grow and let people stay in an area within the desert. It is natural that water could not be found easily in these deserts.

    Life goes on at these areas and water could be found in springs or through the ancient way of making underground aqueducts called Qanat. Sometimes, semi-deep wells are dug to reach water. So, desert occupants make the most out of the little water they get. Locals use highly adaptive animals like camels to travel through the desert.

    Through this tour, you can experience living in the arid areas of Iran and see the amazing monuments and observe the culture of the people of this ancient land.

    About Tour

    This tour includes visiting, Zandieh Complex, Persian gardens, the tombs of Iranian famous poets Hafez and Sa’adi, Ali’ebn-e Hamzeh Shrine, the beautiful Nasir’ol Molk Mosque, Persepolis, the tomb of Cyrus the Great,Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab of Shiraz, Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, Hengam Island, Ganjalikhan Complex, am, Shazde Garden of Kerman, Zeyn-ol-din Caravanserai , Meybod, Chak Chak, and the beautiful architecture of Yazd, Naqsh-e Jahan square, Persian Bazaar, Chehel Sotoun, Jame Mosque, Vank Cathedral, Maria Church, Chehel Sotoun , and Shaking Minarates of Isfahan, Abyaneh, Tabatabai, and Fin garden Kashan.

    1. Day 1 Arrival and City Tour in Shiraz

      Day 1, Arrival in Shiraz airport, Morning tour through Zandieh Complex (citadel, Pars Museum, bazaar, & mosque), afternoon city tour of Shiraz Gardens(Eram, Delgosha & Jahan Nama), the tombs of Iranian famous poets Hafez & Saadi, Ali’ebn-e Hamzeh Shrine and plus Nasir’ol Molk Mosque, O/N Shiraz

    2. Day 2 2nd Day in Shiraz

      Day 2, Excursion to visit: Persepolis, Pasargadae (Tomb & Palaces of Cyrus the great)(UNESCO World Heritage Site), Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab Necropolis, fly at night to Bandar Abbas (takes around 1 hour), O/N Bandar Abbas

    3. Day 3 Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island

      Day 3, Ferry ride to Qeshm Island, full day visit of this fabulous spot, consisting of: National Geo Park, & Valley of Stars, O/N Bandar Abbas

    4. Day 4 Hengam Island

      Day 4, Full day tour to Hengam Island & enjoying its fantastic nature, plus visiting Hara Forests, with its pretty Gazelles, Crocodiles, & Dolphins, O/N Qashm

    5. Day 5 Bandar Abbas and Kerman

      Day 5, Taking a ferry back to Bandar Abbas, & exploring Bandar Abbas Museum, advancing toward Kerman (489.8 km), & en route visiting the Hindu Temple, O/N Kerman

       

    6. Day 6 City Tour of Kerman

      Day 6, Half-day city tour of Kerman, exploring Ganjalikhan Complex (square, bazaar, bathhouse & water reservoir); Contemporary Art Museum of Kerman; Excursion to Mahan, Rayen & Bam; discovering Arg-e Bam, Shazde Garden, and Shah Ne’amat-o Llah Vali Shrine, O/N Kerman

    7. Day 7 1st Day in Yazd

      Day 7, Morning drive towards Yazd (368.7 km), en route visiting: Zeyn-ol-din Caravanserai, arrival in Yazd & exploring Jame Mosque, Alexander Prison, Bogh’e Davazdah Imam, Zour Khaneh, O/N Yazd

    8. Day 8 2nd Day in Yazd

      Day 8, Morning city tour including Tower of Silence, Atashkadeh (Zoroastrian fire temple), Water Museum, Amir Chakhmagh Square & Dowlat Abad Garden, O/N Yazd

    9. Day 9 Meybod, Chak Chak, and Kharanaq

      Day 9, Excursion on the outskirts of Yazd, visiting Meybod, Chak Chak, and Kharanaq, O/N Yazd

    10. Day 10 1st Day in Isfahan

      Day 10, Driving toward Isfahan (322.9 km), en route visiting of Na’in, arrival in Isfahan around noon, afternoon Walk by the river and visiting historical bridges, O/N Isfahan

    11. Day 11 2nd Day in Isfahan

      Day 11, Full day city tour, encompassing visiting Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Persian Bazaar, Chehel Sotun, & Jame Mosque, O/N Isfahan

    12. Day 12 3rd Day in Isfahan

      Day 12, Vank Cathedral and Maria Church, Visiting Chehel Sotun Palace, & Shaking Minarates, O/N Isfahan

    13. Day 13 Kashan, Abyaneh and Departure

      Day 13, Driving to Kashan (215.2 km), to explore Abyaneh en route, Tabatabai House, & Fin Garden, then transferring to IKA Airport to board the homebound flight.

    Accommodation

    Shiraz: 1 night (read more)

    Bandar Abbas: 2 nights

    Qeshm: 1 night

    Kerman: 2 nights

    Yazd: 3 nights

    Isfahan: 3 nights (read more)

    Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.

    Guns and ammunition, alcoholic drinks, narcotics, , all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil; aerial photo cameras, transmitter-receiver apparatus, pornography, most films, cassettes, CDs and videos and any kind of fashion magazine. Of course, hunters who are travelling to Iran for hunting can get necessary permits for carrying their guns and ammunition via their travel agents beforehand.

    Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.

    If your group wants to take some adventure on the trip linked to the activities or destinations in which we operate, please do not hesitate to communicate with us and we will try to create exactly what you desire. We are keen to help you in this way, as we have done in the past, this has pushed us forward towards making permanent tours based on your interests.

    It is easy and simple. Just follow the four-step instruction:

    • Step One: choose your destination

    If you are ready to begin your trip to Iran, we are ready to help. It is really important to do some research and decide where do you want to go and what you want to do according to your age and interest. Our travel specialists are ready to provide you with the information you need to make your decision. A variety of catalogs of trips to different cities with destinations and purposes are also available on our website.

    • Step Two: Send us a request

    Tour packages are presented in four main categories: Cultural tours, Eco tours, Adventure tours, and Event tours. These packages have various destinations, duration and purpose to serve different interests. Just take an overall look at the travel packages and choose your tour. Remember that the prices can be modified according to the chosen standards of hotels and transportation. If you didn’t find the package that interest you, contact and inform us about cities that you are interested in and the sites you want to visit (see tailor-made tours). We can make your dream trip come true.

    • Step Three: book your tour

    After choosing your ideal package and specifying the number of travelers who come with you just set a date for it so that we can inform you of the required price of the package. Then a contract will be sent to you. Please print the contract, read it carefully, sign it and send us an image of the signed contract and images of the passports and of the tour participants via e-mail. Payment procedure will be announced at the time of booking.

    • Step Four: get a visa

    We have made this process easy for you. An information form will be sent to you by the agency. Return the filled form with an image of your passport attached to it. Leave the rest to us. You can get your visa in 10 working days. Your visa fee is 35 USD.

    For more information take a look at our Visa page

    Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.

    Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.

    Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.

    Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.

    Overall Rating
    4/5
    Martin p
    Reviewed On 15/02/2020
    4/5

    We met Reza at the airport. Best thing that could happen to us on our trip through the country. It felt like this man knew everyone and everything in his country. For every place he has a great suggestion and for every problem a solution. Besides that he is a great storyteller an funny as hell.

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