From Historical Cities to Desert

TIR105: 15 Days Private Tour of Tehran - Kashan - Isfahan - Naein - Farahazd - Mesr Desert - Garmeh - Kharanagh - Meybod - Yazd - Shiraz - Tehran
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star handpicked hotels & featured lodges
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Tehran
Thanks for choosing our Iran desert tour. After you arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), our local representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you.

Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel or similar
Day 2 Tehran
After breakfast, your guide and the driver will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to visit Tehran. The first stop is Sa'd Abad Palace. The palace is the site to hold coronation and wedding ceremonies during Pahlavi Dynasty and also the residence of the last emperor of Iran. Then head to Tajrish bazaar, Emamzadeh Saleh Mausoleum and Darband in the north of Tehran. Finally the guide will escort you to visit Nature Bridge before sending you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel or similar
Day 3 Tehran
Today we'll first go to visit the oldest architecture in Tehran, Golestan Palace. You cannot miss the ceramic decoration on the outer walls. Then go to explore Tehran Bazaar nearby. Afternoon we are going to visit National Museum of Iran and Treasury of National Jewels Museum. The museum is well-known for its incomparable treasure but only keeps open at 14:00-16:30 from Saturday to next Tuesday. If time does not allow, we will visit Carpet Museum instead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel or similar
Day 4 Tehran - Kashan
Today we'll leave for Kashan. The 244 kilometers (152 mi) journey will take about 2.5 hours. Fin Garden will be the first stop there and then Tabatabaie House and Boroujerdi House. Finally visit Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse. The walls are made of milk, egg white, soybean flour and lime. It is said to be more solid than concrete. We will stay one night in Kashan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Saraye Ameriha Hotel or similar
Day 5 Kashan - Abyaneh Village - Isfahan
Today we are going to Isfahan. On the way stop to visit Abyaneh Village. The ancient village has over 2,000 year's history. The buildings are built of red soil so the whole village shows a red color. From the village to Isfahan, the journey is 170 kilometers (106 mi) long and may take about 2 hours. Zayandeh River goes through Isfahan, so inside the city you will see many bridges. The guide will accompany you to visit the most famous two, Si-o-she Bridge and Khaju Bridge. Stay overnight in Isfahan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel or similar
Day 6 Isfahan
As the capital of Safavid Empire, Isfahan was once one of the most prosperous cities in the world and Iran people call it "Half of the World". The most flourishing place here is Imam Square, which is also our first stop. Except for the square, we'll also visit the Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace around it. Next go to explore Qeisarieh Bazaar to the north of the square. Afternoon we'll visit Chehel Sotun Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel or similar
Day 7 Isfahan
Today we'll continue visiting Isfahan. The first stop is Masjed-e Jame Mosque, the biggest and the oldest mosque in Iran. It contains architectures in four different eras which show the 800 years' evolution of Islamic religious architecture. Then explore Vank Cathedral famous for exquisite wall paintings. Afternoon we'll visit the Music Museum and Hasht Behesht Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel or similar
Day 8 Isfahan - Naein - Farahzad
Today, we will drive to Farahzad to start the Iran desert trip. The 436 kilometers (271 mi) journey to get there will take about 5.5 hours. On the way we'll stop at the small town Naein and visit the Jame Mosque of Naein. Then drive east to Farahzad Village on the edge of the desert. You will visit the local family, taste their daily food and get to know their customs and lifestyle. Upon arrival, check in the lodge for a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Barandaz Lodge or similar
Day 9 Mesr Desert - Garmeh
In the morning the guide will escort you to explore Mesr Desert. You can ride a camel or take 4WD or ATV to enjoy an exciting desert Safari. After, continue to drive for 1.5 hours to another desert village, Garmeh Village. On arrival, visit the local Palm Gardens and wetlands and check in the guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Guest House
Day 10 Garmeh - Meybod - Yazd
Today we'll leave Garmeh for Yazd. After driving for 2.5 hours, we'll first arrive at Kharanagh Ruin. The village with 1,000 years' history fell into disuse, but the mosque and Kharanagh Castle also deserve visit. Next, drive for 1 hour to Meybod to visit Caravanserai, Icehouse and Pigeon Room. After we arrive at Yazd, check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Parsian Safaiyeh Hotel or similar
Day 11 Yazd
First, let's first stroll around the old city area. You will see the mazy alleys and numerous wind-towers. Yazd is the religious center of Zoroastrian. We will also visit the Tower of Silence and Zoroastrian Fire Temple. The sacred fire has been burning for over 1,500 years. Afternoon visit Amir Chakhmaq Square and Friday Mosque which owns the highest minaret of Iran.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Parsian Safaiyeh Hotel or similar
Day 12 Yazd - Shiraz
Today we'll head to Shiraz. The whole journey is 449 kilometers (279 mi) and takes about 4 hours. On the way, we will first stopover at Pasargadae, the past capital of Achaemenid Empire, and visit the Tomb of Cyrus the Great. Then, drive for another hour to Naqh-e-Rustam, a tomb complex of Achaemenid Empire which contains 4 tombs built on the cliff. About 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) from it is the most famous historical site in Iran, Persepolis. Persepolis means the city of Persia. It is the representative architecture of Persia Empire during its prosperous period. Finally drive to Shiraz and check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar
Day 13 Shiraz
In the early morning, we'll first come to Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque, also Pink Mosque. Then continue to visit Narenjestan Garden and Karim Khan Citadel. Finally we'll visit Vakil Bazaar. The bazaar has several hundreds of stores, courtyards and keeps an ancient courier station. When you are tired you can stop to have a rest at the station and taste the black tea of Persia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar
Day 14 Shiraz - Tehran
Today, continue to visit Shiraz. First stop is the Shrine of Ali Ebne Hamzeh, which shows the high skills of Persia traditional glass works. Do not miss the Mirror Hall there. Next visit two Garden Tombs belonging to Poet Sa'di and Poet Hafez. They are the greatest poets in Persia history. After the visit, the driver guide will send you to the flight to Tehran. Upon landing, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel or similar
Day 15 Departure from Tehran
According to your flight time, our representative will pick you up at the hotel on time and send you to Imam Khomeini International Airport. Wish you a smooth journey home.

Meals: Breakfast
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