14 Days
Duration
Easy
Difficulty
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Month
Cultural, Train Journeys
Activity
Classic
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • Golestan Palace, Tehran’s UNESCO heritage site

  • Experience of Iran trains in the main railroads

  • Luxury night train of Shiraz to Tehran

  • Eram Garden one of the UNESCO Persian Garden of Iran

  • Visit Persepolis, the Main Iran UNESCO site

  • Sightseeing of Meidan Emam, Esfahan

  • Masjed-e Jame, Esfahan UNESCO mosque

  • Overnight stay in historical boutique hotel caravanserai

  • Visit Yazd world heritage city of UNESCO

  • Kashan historical city

TOUR CODE 150-STN-XPL
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Central Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 3 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 10 Nights, Guesthouse: 1 Night, Caravanserai: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Night Train, Private vehicle
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
Laundry
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 is an Iran Train Journey for first visitors of the country. We include the most popular Iran’s destinations plus all famous UNESCO world heritage sites. We will start our trip by visiting the capital city of Tehran and after exploring the main spots of the downtown, we will head to the south of Iran towards Shiraz by a Luxury night train. Then we will continue our trip by train from there city to city to the north again. In each city we will stay for a couple of nights, according to the travel itinerary. The first stop is Shiraz which was the capital of Persian empire 2500 years ago. We will visit the UNESCO Persian garden of Eram in the city. Then we will drive one hour outside of Shiraz to visit the main important Iran NNESCO heritage site of Persepolis as well as two UNESCO tentative sites of Iran (Naghsh-e Rostam and Naghsh-e Rajab). Then continue with the second train to Esfahan, the jewel of Iran’s cities. We have sightseeing of the city and visiting the two famous Iran’s UNESCO sites in Esfahan. Then we will drive to Kuhpayeh which is a small town nearby desert and we explore a few interesting places in that area. We also have amazing overnight in the historical renovated caravanserai. Then we take the third train towards Yazd, lonely Iran’s UNESCO heritage city. Then head to north again by the forth train towards Kashan and we will follow a special walking tour through the old part of the town in deep as well as visiting Fin Garden registered as a Persian Garden of Iran’s UNESCO.

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Day 1: Arrival Tehran

You will arrive Tehran and Adventure Iran representative pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the downtown of Tehran. Overnight stay at the hotel. (-)
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Day 2: North Tehran tour

After breakfast in the hotel you have a short chat with your guide in the lobby of the hotel regarding to your classic train journey. Then we start our Tehran city tour in the northern part of the city. Iran daylight time is changing in each season and we have a dynamic itinerary which is flexible according to the travel time, the weather situation we will choose a couple of below attractions to visit for today. Tajrish Bazaar is one of the main highlights of north Tehran. There is a big fresh market, spices, old stuff and meat. Also, there is a lot of nice coffee shop in northern Tehran, which is the spots of young and teenager. The Sa’dabad Palace Complex is another choice for today. The Sa’dabad Palace Complex is a 300 hectare complex built by the Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs, located in Shemiran, north Tehran. The complex contains 18 palaces belonged to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi, in a unique and beautiful garden. Cinema museum is also another attraction we can add in our today’s itinerary. This museum at the Ferdows Garden features exhibits on Iranian cinema in a 19th-century building. The Niavaran Palace Complex is another highlight of the area. The complex traces its origin to a garden in the region of Niavaran, which was used as a summer residence by Fath-Ali Shah of the Qajar Dynasty, Naser Ed Din Shah, Ahmad Shah Qajar. Touchal cable car is in northern Tehran in the foothill of Mount Touchal 3960m. The first station has started from 1900 m height and the last station is on 3730 m height which is not far from the peak. There is a good ski piste in the last station and a very nice hotel. You have a great view of Tehran from this place. Darband is another base of Touchal which is the starting point of a trek goes up to the peak and many climbers take this route during Iran’s weekend which is Thursday and Friday. There is a nice short trek with a bunch of restaurant on both sides of the trek and it’s a nice place for seeing local and having dinner. After our Tehran adventure tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel. (B)
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Day 3: Tehran down town tour- Night train to Shiraz

After breakfast in the hotel we will have half a day Tehran walking tour. We will visit a couple of important places in the downtown. We pass through some interesting street to see the life style of people in the capital to reach the lonely Tehran heritage site. You will visit Golestan Palace world heritage UNESCO site, Iran anthropology museum and the Grand Bazaar. In the afternoon we will drive to the train station, which is not far from the center takes half an hour. You will have a luxury night train from Tehran to Shiraz and according to the room list you will have a private cabin on the train. We have dinner in the train restaurant. Overnight in the train. (B, L,D)
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Day 4: Arrive Shiraz – the city tour

The train arrives Shiraz early morning around 7 am. We will transfer you the hotel to check in and freshen up and after having breakfast in the hotel, we will have a full day Shiraz walking tour. First we will visit walk to the Nasirolmolk mosque (pink mosque) which its famous for the light of the sun makes through the colored glass. Then we will walk to Shah Cheragh shrine, which is one of the main shrines of Iran. Afterward, we continue walking tour through the Grand Bazaar. Here is one of the biggest Iranian Bazaar still in the traditional style. This is a good place if you would like to buy souvenirs and spices. We will have lunch in the local restaurant and in the afternoon we will walk to visit the Karimkhan citadel and the Eram Gardens, which is one of the Persian gardens of Iran registered with UNESCO. In the evening we will visit Hafez tomb, one of the Iran’s famous poets, dating back a thousand years. Overnight in a traditional hotel. (B, L)
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Day 5: Persepolis

After breakfast in the hotel we will have one excursion tour to the countryside by car to visit the main UNESCO site of Iran. We will drive 60 km to reach a Persepolis takes 1 hour. Persepolis is one of the main and first UNESCO World Heritage sites of Iran and registered since 1979. It’s a big area with different part and we will walk to Persepolis to visit the highlights of the ancient Persian Empire. Then we will leave Persepolis towards Naghsh-e Rostam and Naghsh-e Rajab. These two sites are listed in the tentative list of UNESCO. Then after a short visit, and photography, we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)
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Day 6: Shiraz – Train to Esfahan

Today, you will free time in Shiraz for shopping in Grand Bazaar and buy some souvenir in the town. You have to back to the hotel to check out at noon. We will go to a traditional restaurant for lunch and in the afternoon we will transfer you to the train station to catch the second train of your trip to Esfahan city. You have a great view of Zagros mountains and remote villages on the train. The train type is also another Luxury train and you will have a compartment in the train. You will arrive Esfahan by the evening and from there our vehicle picks up us to transfer you to the traditional hotel in Esfahan in the downtown. (B, L)
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Day 7: Esfahan City Tour

After breakfast we have a full day Esfahan walking city tour. You will walk to the downtown by walking through a couple of nice streets and alley takes around one hour. You will visit all of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites on the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Ali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and have a rest around an hour in the midway. Around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square there are many shops selling Esfahan’s beautiful handicrafts so it would be a great opportunity for those who wish to buy some of them. Will walk back to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
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Day 8: Esfahan

After breakfast in the hotel, we have a city tour by car. First we will visit the Masjed-e Jameh (Friday mosque) which is one of Esfahan UNESCO sites and located in the historic centre of Esfahan. It can be seen as a stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries. Afterward drive to the Arminian Vank Cathedral, which is the Church of the Saintly Sisters back to 400 years ago. Then we will continue our city sightseeing towards two of Iran’s historic bridges Siose Pol (33 Bridge), Pole Khajoo (Khajoo Bridge). Overnight stay in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
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Day 9: Kuhpayeh and Varzaneh desert

After breakfast, we will drive one hour to east to Kuhpayeh which is a small town on the edge of Dasht-e Kavir desert. There is an historical caravanserai in the town back to 400 years ago and renovated as a luxury boutique hotel. We will be staying there for tonight and we will check in to the hotel and take one daypack for today sightseeing. On this day we will visit a couple of off the beaten path of Iran in which is not on the guidebook or route of travelers. You will visit Ghurtan Citadel, dated back to 1100 years ago, Deylamian era, registered in National heritage. It contains 14 monitoring tower, 3 mosques, 1 local bath, 2 castles and a bazaar. We will continue to visit Guvchah, an industrial irrigating system which it uses one or two cows to water the agricultural lands. Asiab Shotor with a background of 300 years is a mechanical system to grind the wheat, which is a must to see. Then we will drive to the Varzaneh desert and dry Salt Lake. In the late afternoon, we will drive to back to Kuhpayeh. Overnight you will stay in caravanserai of Kuhpa (B, L, D)
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Day 10: Rest day - Train to Yazd

You will be free in the caravanserai which is the best place to enjoy the sun and rest. You will have breakfast and lunch in the restaurant of the caravanserai. In the afternoon you will check out and we will transfer you to the train station of the town to take the third train to Yazd historical UNESCO city. Travel time is depending the train type takes between 4.5 to 5.5 hours. We will arrive Yazd in the evening and you will transfer to the town. Overnight stay in a traditional hotel in Yazd. (B, L)
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Day 11: Yazd city tour

After breakfast in the hotel we will have a full day Yazd city tour. Yazd is a UNESCO world heritage city with huge number of historical houses and Persian architecture. We have a full day walking tour to in the old part of the town visiting its touristic attractions such as the main Grand Mosque, Amir Chakhmagh complex and the Bazaar. Next comes Rokn-o-din Shrine and the old prison named after Alexander Prison. Depend of the month of the year its might to have visited Zoorkhane. It’s kind of sport with a ritual collection of gymnastic and calisthenic movements performed by ten to twenty men, each wielding instruments symbolizing ancient weapons. Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals are Iran intangible world heritage site. Then we will drive to Zoroastrian sites of Dakhmeh (old cemetery & tower of silence) in the town. Overnight stay in a traditional hotel in Yazd. (B, L)
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Day 12: Train to Kashan

You will have breakfast in the hotel and you will have half a day free till afternoon. Yazd is the different city with all Iran cities and you can spend one week to discover a lot of hidden spots. You can enjoy of the walking through the historical alley of the heritage town and take a lot of unusual photos. Check out at noon and having lunch in the one of traditional restaurant in Yazd. In the afternoon transfer to the train station and we will catch the forth train to Kashan city. In the evening we vehicle picks up us and transfer you your traditional hotel in Kashan. (B)
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Day 13: Kashan city tour

After breakfast we will visit the city of Kashan. We will start our walking tour through the old part of the town through narrow alley and old house with Persian architecture. We will also visit the Grand Bazaar and Timcheh Amin Aldoleh which is one of the plazas and it’s the most magnificent of the Kashan Bazar. We also visit Aghabozorg grand mosques in the center of the town. We will visit a couple of historic houses of Borujerdiha and Tabatabaae. Afterward, we will drive to visit one of the Persian Garden of Iran (Fin Garden) which is registered in the UNESCO Persian Garden. Overnight in the hotel. (B, L)
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Day 14: Departure

According to your return fly ticket, we will transfer you to the IKA airport, take two hours (200 km) and you will fly back home.

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