Fabulous Selection of Iran

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This tour includes visiting Tehran, Golestan Palace, National Museum of Iran, Tabiat Bridge, Niavaran Palace, visiting Isfahan, Na’in, Jame Mosque, historical bridges of Isfahan, Naqsh-e-Jahan, Shaking Minarates, Haj Ali Qoli Bathhouse, Chehel sotoon, visiting Shiraz, Pasargadae, Nasir-ol Molk Mosque, Hafiz & Sa’adi tombs, Vakil Complex, Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab, Eram garden, Saray-e Moshir, Qavam Garden

  • Reviews 1 Review
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    • Activity Level Fairly Easy
      2/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      4
    All about the Fabulous Selection of Iran.

    Brief History of Iran

    Throughout history, the land known as Iran was called the Persian Empire. The first powerful dynasty in Iran was the Achaemenid Dynasty which ruled over a vast land from 550 to 330 BC. The first and most important king of this empire was Cyrus the Great. After the conquest of Alexander While Darius III was the king the reign of this dynasty came to an end and the Greek and the Hellenistic period began. Then the Parthian Dynasty took control of the ancient Persian territory and ruled for nearly 500 years followed by the Sassanid dynasty reign until 661 AD.

    The Arabs conquered Iran and introduced Islam to the people in the 7th century. There were more invasions, first by the Turks and later by the Mongols. In the early 1500s local dynasties took control over the land including the Afsharid, the Zand, the Qajar, and the Pahlavi.

    In the year 1979, the Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown by The Islamic Revolution. Iran’s government has since been used Islamic principles in its Constitution.

    About Tour

    This tour includes visiting Tehran, Golestan Palace, National Museum of Iran, Tabiat Bridge, Niavaran Palace, visiting Isfahan, Na’in, Jame Mosque, historical bridges of Isfahan, Naqsh-e-Jahan, Shaking Minarates, Haj Ali Qoli Bathhouse, Chehel sotoon, visiting Shiraz, Pasargadae, Nasir-ol Molk Mosque, Hafiz & Sa’adi tombs, Vakil Complex, Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab, Eram garden, Saray-e Moshir, Qavam Garden

    1. Day 1 Arrival and City Tour in Tehran

      Day 1, Arrival in Tehran, transferring to the hotel & starting the city tour in Tehran, encompassing Golestan palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Iran National Museum, Pol-e Tabi’at, plus Niavaran Palace, O/N Tehran

    2. Day 2 1st Day in Isfahan

      Day 2, driving to one of the most beautiful cities in the world & renowned as ”half the world”, Isfahan (448.2 km from Tehran), and Na’in and exploring the beautiful mosque of this town; Visiting Jame Mosque, plus the historical bridges of Isfahan in the afternoon, O/N Isfahan

    3. Day 3 2nd Day in Isfahan

      Day 3, Through a full day city tour, we’ll visit different spots in Isfahan, including Naqsh-e-Jahan/Imam square (UNESCO World Heritage Site), as well as Shaking Minarets, Haj Ali Qoli Bathhouse, & Chehel sotun (40 columns) Palace, O/N Isfahan

    4. Day 4 1st Day in Shiraz

      Day 4, Heading to Shiraz (482.5 km), en route visiting Pasargadae(UNESCO World Heritage Site), arriving & starting a half day city tour in Shiraz, The city of poetry, including Pink/ Nasir-ol Molk Mosque, Tomb of Hafez and Saadi (two famous Iranian poets), Vakil Complex, as well as Pars Museum, O/N Shiraz

    5. Day 5 2nd Day in Shiraz

      Day 5, On the second day we go to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab, then returning to Shiraz, and visiting Eram Garden, a nice Persian garden with its famous Cedars, O/N Shiraz

    6. Day 6 3rd Day in Shiraz

      Day 6, The very last day will be allocated to the exploration of Saray-e Moshir, Qavam Garden, & transferring to the airport to board the home bound flight.

    Accommodation

    Tehran: 1 night (read more)

    Isfahan: 2 nights (read more)

    Shiraz: 2 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
    Alex Simmons
    Reviewed On 21/05/2019
    4/5

    Nice views and experienced guideWe spent a very nice day with Reza. Not only he had a very clear English accent, but he also knew a lot about the places we visited. He took us to a very nice bakery in Isfahan, offered us some tea, played games with us, etc. Really nice person and fair prices!

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