9 Days
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Cultural & Heritage
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Visiting the Best Iranian UNESCO world heritage sites on the Iranian Classical Route of Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Yazd and Shiraz

START Tehran
REGION(S) Central Iran
MEALS: 9 Breakfasts
TRANSPORTATION: Private vehicle, Flight
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
NOT INCLUDED Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
International airfare
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Mini bar used in the room
Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
Tips (optional)
Cost of medical immunizations
Bottled water
Phone calls
Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

This travel itinerary is proper for Iran first timers who would like to have a cultural-historical exploration alongside a visit to the main highlight of Iran in a short period of time. On this journey you will visit 7 of Iran’s important UNESCO world heritage sites alongside a few highlighted sites which are on the list of UNESCO tentative site (11 attractions). The travel plan designed for this trip is the famous Iran Classic Travel Route which starts from Tehran Capital to the south and ends in Shiraz city. The tour covers roughly 1400 to 1500 kilometers including urban sightseeing. The tour in general takes 9 days, starting from Tehran to the south, visiting Kashan, Esfahan, Najin, Meybod, Yazd, Persepolis and finally Shiraz . From there you will fly to Tehran to catch you flight back home from IKA international airport. You will be staying in standard hotels and your English speaking guide takes you to explore the most important sites of mentioned cities. For those who are interested in getting in touch with locals we have considered a walking tour through the main spots of each city to see the local night life and an acquaintance with Persian culture and their brand of hospitality.


Day 1: Arrival to Tehran

Upon arrival at IKA airport (Imam Khomeini International Airport) in Tehran, an Adventure Iran representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Tehran downtown

Day 2 is all about what makes this city the capital of Iran. Tehran has a lot of attractions in southern, central and northern part of it. For the day trip, we will focus the tour on the central part of the city which is a combination of different attractions in this busy part of the city. Your hotel that we have considered is in downtown and your sightseeing excursion would begin from your hotel in shape of a walking tour. In the morning, you English speaking guide will take you to Golestan Palace which is the one and only world heritage UNESCO site in the capital. The palace was built during the Qajar Dynasty and it’s constructed in a big garden with long trees and a few different buildings and monuments surrounding it. You will be walking through interesting parts of the city which would be perfect for seeing what it’s like to live in Tehran and taking fascinating pictures as well. After visiting the palace, you will continue your walking tour to Tehran Grand Bazaar. We will spend a couple of hours visiting this historical & important trade center. There is an unwritten rule in Iran that the best food in most cities usually is found in the heart of its grand bazaar so that would make it a good place for having lunch in a Dizi Sara. Dizi is one of the most delicious Iranian dishes which is a traditional Persian food as well. One of the main interesting part of Dizi is that it has a special custom to eat it which makes in one of your first Persian experiences in the trip. After lunch you will continue your walking tour in the afternoon towards Iran National Museum which is the main historical/archeology museum of Iran. Afterwards we will take you to one of the oldest coffee shops in Iran which has a long history even before the Islamic revolution and you will be enjoying a good quality coffee and different types of fresh cake in it. After a short rest, you will walk again through a couple of street which are among the authentic streets of the capital and in late afternoon the plan is to walk to the Artists Park “Park-e Honar Mandan”. It’s a center for Iranian artists who live in the capital to gather around. There is always a painting, photography and modern arts exhibiting at the main building and there is a play always on stage and an indie movie always on the screens. There are coffee shops and restaurants in the park and around it and a special vegetarian restaurant which will be our stop for a vegetarian meal. You will be able to spend some time walking around the park and visiting its attractions depending on your interest. We will spend a couple of hours there. Most of the times there is a painting and photography Show/exhibition in the galleries which is usually pretty interesting.
In the evening we will get back to the hotel. Overnight in Tehran. (B)

Day 3: Kashan city tour - Drive to Esfahan

Today we’ll wake up early to drive south towards Esfahan city which is about 5 hours of driving (440 km). On our way to Esfahan we will have a stop to visit Kashan. Kashan is a one of the most famous ancient cities of Iran which is well-known for its historical houses and being the city of rosewater. You will have half a day city touring staring from the oldest part of the city and you will visit the old parts of the city through narrow alleyways. On your way you will have to stop at Aghabozorg historical mosque to see it and what better time for some photography. You’ll continue your walk towards Boroujerdi House for a visit which is back from Qajar dynasty (1857, about 130 years ago). The next stop would be the old traditional Kashan Bazaar which still has kept its old style. You also visit the caravanserai (Aminoddowleh Timcheh-e) located in it which is the most beautiful part of the Bazaar and it’s our second location of the day for some photography. In the afternoon we will drive from the town towards Fin Garden which is one of the Persian Gardens registered in the world heritage sites of UNESCO. After a short rest we will continue our trip towards Esfahan. You will check in the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Esfahan. (B)

Day 4: Esfahan walking tour

Todays plan is to have an active walking day in the most popular touristic destinations of Esfahan city. You will have your breakfast in your hotel and your walking tour will start from your hotel which is in the downtown of Esfahan. You will cross Sio seh Pol Bridge (33 pol) to reach Chahar Bagh Abbasi Street which is the most beautiful street in Esfahan. There are a lot of interesting attractions in both side of the street and it would be the best place to meet the locals and taking some pictures. You will continue the boulevard towards Hasht Behesht palace (Eight Heaven) and visit this lovely building with unique wall paintings inside. The next stop would be Chehel Sotoun palace (Forty Pillar) which is located inside of a royal garden. After visiting the palace, you will have lunch in a local restaurant with traditional meals which are very tasty. After having lunch and a short rest, you will continue your walk towards Naghsh-e Jahan (Shah Square) which is one of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites of Iran. This square covers a big area with many important attractions of Esfahan surrounding it. You will visit Ali Ghapoo palace (Ali Qapu), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Shaah mosque (Imam Mosque), Qeysarriyeh Gate and the Grand Bazaar of Esfahan. Basically, you will be spending all day visiting the highlights of Esfahan. There is a nice café (Gheysari cafe) on the roof of a museum which is a nice place to have a rest in this intensive day tour with the view of the whole square. After visiting all the attractions around the square, you will have some time for buying souvenirs from handicraft shops of Naghshe Jahan and have some free time for yourself as well. Then you will walk back to your hotel. Esfahan has beautiful nights with people running around in the city and you will enjoy your walk via special spots that locals visit and experiencing their life style. Overnight stay at hotel in Esfahan. (B)

Day 5: Na’in, Meybod, Chak Chak and Kharanaq- Detour to Yazd

You will wake up early morning and after breakfast we will transfer you to Jame mosque of Esfahan (Masjed-e Jame) which is the second UNESCO world heritage site. Afterward you will continue your main route to Yazd which takes about 4 hours (330 km). We will have a couple of stops on our way to visit a few attractions in Dasht-e Kavir desert. The first stop would be Na’in historical city and we will visit one of the oldest mosques in Iran and the local museum of anthropology. Na’in is also famous for its carpets and there are a lot of locals with this job as their main source of income which they do at their homes. Then we continue our drive towards Meybod which is another historical city and it’s famous for pottery, tiles and special dishes made with clay with a chance to buy them from the original handicraft artists of the desert. Also along the souvenirs of Meybod, you will visit the famous mud-brick Narin Castle, dating back to about 1,000 years ago. Depending on the daylight you might also visit a Chaparkhaneh (historical post office building), a caravanserai and an ice house. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in town and have a short rest. Afterwards, we will drive to Yazd which we will reach later in the afternoon. You will check in your hotel which is in the old part of the city and you will be free for the evening. Overnight stay in a traditional hotel in Yazd. (B)

Day 6: Yazd city tour (ancient UNESCO city)

After breakfast you will have a full day of sightseeing in Yazd, visiting most touristic attractions. Yazd is a UNESCO world heritage city registered on the list on 2017. It was the center of Zoroastrians community in Iran many years ago. It’s a desert city and famous for the architecture style of their houses and with the older part of the city still having the same architecture, you can enjoy these beautiful pieces of art exclusively. The narrow alleys of the old neighborhoods would be perfect for having another active walking tour. Yazd is also very famous for their cookies and sweets which has a special taste different from any other Iranian sweet. It would be a good place to buy the most famous ones which are Qottab, Baklava and Loz. Your walking tour start from your hotel again which is in the historical part of the city and you will walk through alleys to have time to sightsee and take photos. You will visit the Zoroastrian site of a Fire temple, Amir Chakhmagh complex and the main Grand Mosque next to the bazaar. Next comes Rokn-o-din Shrine and the old prison named after Alexander, the Alexander Prison. After our walking tour we will drive to Dakhmeh (Towers of Silence & old cemetery) situated 15 kilometers southeast of Yazd city. We’ll have to ascent the hill to visit this Zoroastrians site and having a good view of the area around is a bonus. You will have dinner in a traditional restaurant and you can try their local dishes there. We stay one more night in the traditional hotel in Yazd. (B)

Day 7: Persepolis & Pasargadae- Drive to Shiraz

We have to leave Yazd early in the morning as we have a long drive to Shiraz as well as the visit to the important and most famous UNESCO site of Iran. You will have breakfast in the hotel and we’ll start the drive towards the south in the direction of Shiraz which takes about 5-6 hours (450 km). The first stop is Pasargadae site, which is 315 km from Yazd (4 hours) and it was registered in 2004 in the list of Iran’s world heritage sites. Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by “Cyrus II the Great” dating back to 559–530 BCE. We will have a short rest and lunch around Marvdasht town. Afterward we will continue our drive towards Persepolis which takes about an hour (80 km). Persepolis is one of the first Iranian UNESCO world heritage sites which was registered on 1979. We will spend a few hours visiting this huge complex completely. There are two other important sites (Naqsh-e Rajab and Naqsh-e Rostam) which are on the list of the tentative UNESCO sites. Depending on your travel time and the daylight we might have time to visit them. We then drive to Shiraz from there taking an hour to reach it (60km). Overnight stay in hotel in Shiraz. (B)

Day 8: Shiraz city tour

Shiraz is a city famous for many many things. It’s the city of lovers and the city of poets (the two famous Iranian poets (Hafez & Sa’aadi) are from Shiraz). It’s the city of flavors and gardens and the people of Shiraz are also famous for their hospitality even among Iranians. We start with a walking tour of the historical city centre of Shiraz and visit Karim Khan Zand citadel, Nasir al-Molk famous colourful mosque (also known as the Pink Mosque) and afterward we will continue our walk towards the grand Bazaar, Vakil mosque and Vakil bath (Hamam-e Vakil). Shiraz has an authentic Bazaar which is famous for its original perfumes. You will have lunch in Bazaar (a traditional Shirazi meal), and in the afternoon we will visit the Shah Cheragh and the Mausoleum of the Kings of Lights which is a holy monument in Shiraz with many visits from the locals daily. It’s also a nice place for photography as well. Our walking tour finishes at this place and we will have to drive to Eram Garden which is another important garden in Iran and is registered in the Persian Garden of UNESCO world heritage site which was registered on 2011. After snapping some pictures and walking around the garden, in the evening we will drive to the mausoleum of Hafez, Iran’s beloved poet. Hafezie is a holy destination for many Iranian and they respect this place very much and it’s mostly crowded in the year. Then we will drive to a special restaurant to have the last dinner with your guides and from there drive to your hotel in the centre of the city. Overnight stay at hotel in Shiraz. (B)

Day 9: Fly to Tehran- Departure

This day is the last day of the tour and we will arrange a domestic flight to return to Tehran’s domestic airport of Mehr Abad. From there our driver takes you to IKA airport to catch your return flight back home. (B)
  1. As the tour has no physical activities, you can travel all year round but the best travel time recommended by us is after April 5th till the end of May and from end of September till the end of November.
  2. We don’t recommend traveling from 20th of March to 5th of April as it’s the long holiday of Persian New Year in Iran.
  3. If you can extend your trip to more than 9 days and are interested in the same taste of Iranian culture and history, Please check tour code 192: Iran Classic Route in 12 days or 193: Ancient Persia and Modern Iran in two weeks (14 Days)
  4. You can also arrange you return flight from Shiraz on the evening of the 8th day to make your trip shorter and more compatible with your needs.

Best of Iran’s UNESCO sites
Sheikh lotfollah mosque Esfahan Iran
Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Imam Mosque Isfahan
Naghsh-e Jahan Squire Isfahan
Chehel sotoun palace Esfahan
Abbasi hotel Esfahan
Amir Chakhmagh mosque Yazd Iran
Zoorkhaneh Yazd UNESCO city
Jame mosque Yazd
Karim Khan Citadel, Shiraz IRAN
Shah Cheragh Shrine Shiraz Iran
historical monument Shiraz Iran
Iran UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Golestan palace -Tehran UNESCO site
Kashan historical hosue
Aghabozorg mosque kashan
Aghabozorg mosque kashan

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