10 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Month
Adventure, Classic
Travel Style

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit Persepolis, A major World Heritage site

  • Eram Garden, amongst the few UNESCO Persian Gardens

  • Explore Yazd, the only registered World heritage city in Iran

  • Visit Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan another UNESCO site

  • Sightseeing of Nagshe-Jahan square (image of the world), Esfahan one of Iran’s first UNESCO sites

  • Hiking through Dena National Park

  • Hike and over night lodging in authentic villages in the heart of Zagros

  • Unforgettable overnight stay in a renovated historical Caravanserai

TOUR CODE 173- STN-MLT
START Shiraz
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Central Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 6 Nights, Local House: 2 Nights, Caravanserai: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Flight, Private vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
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 particular tour offered by Adventure Iran, is one of the most creative and efficient classic tours designed for travelers who have limited time for visiting Iran and would like to include a couple of days hiking added to their classic cultural/historical itinerary. You will start your trip from Shiraz which is in south of Iran, then proceed northwards towards Esfahan where the trip ends. You will visit 6 UNESCO world heritage sites located in Iran’s 3 key historic cities. We have paid particular attention to lodging where in the cities you will be staying in historically significant traditional Persian houses, converted for lodging purposes as well as one unforgettable night stay in the most beautifully renovated caravanserai.
The uniqueness of this travel plan is the opportunity to hike 2 days through the picturesque foothills of Zagros range with spectacular views of the highest peaks. During the hike travelers will have the unusual chance to visit off the tourist trail villages and tribal areas. During this period, they will have sufficient time to socialize with locals and get a glimpse of their way of life. Overnight stay in these villages will be in local houses with home made cooking.
This trip has moderate level of difficulty. We operate this trip from March to November. The best months are April, May, June, October and November.
The trip ends in Esfahan with a transfer to the city’s international airport included.

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Day 1: Arrival to Shiraz

Depending on your arrival time you’ll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore the famous city of Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (-,-,-)
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Day 2: Shiraz- Persepolis excursion

In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past by visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)
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Day 3: Half day Shiraz city tour- Drive to Dena National Park

In the morning we will start a walking tour to visit Karimkhan citadel, Vakil mosque & baths, Nasirolmolk mosque, the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. Afternoon we will spend a while for visiting Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet and Eram garden registered in UNESCO World Heritage sites. late afternoon we will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 216 km away. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, D)
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Day 4: Enter to Dena national park

After breakfast start your long day trekking. Starting point is national park’s gate for 6 days. The altitude of starting point is 2500m from sea level. More or less we will traverse around 15 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Dinner in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: Passing by villages & farms

Second day walk is also around 7.5 km passing forest and mountain foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: Drive to Yazd- Eqlid- AbarKuh- Yazd

After breakfast you will drive to Yazd which it takes about 5 hours and half. En route to Yazd we will have stop in Eqlid and Abarkuh town. Then we drive to Yazd to have a half day sightseeing tour visiting its touristic attractions such as Zoroastrian sites of Dakhmeh (old cemetery & tower of silence), the fire temple, Amir Chakhmagh complex and the main Grand Mosque next to bazaar. (B, L)
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Day 7: Yazd city tour - Meybod & Naeen - Kuhpayeh

After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit the rest of the attractions of Yazd. First we will visit the historical city of Meybod. There is an old historical mud-brick fort called Narin Castle (Narin Qal’eh) back to one thousand years ago. After Meybod we will drive to historical city of Naeen. Then we will visit one the oldest mosque of Iran. Also there is a museum of Anthropology which we spend time for visit. Overnight stay in Kuhpa Caravanserai. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: Varzaneh desert- Drive to Isfahan

After breakfast, we will visit some sites in Varzaneh desert. On the route we will visit Ghurtan Citadel, dated back to 1100 years ago, Deylamian era, registered in National heritage. We will continue to visit Guvchah, Asiab Shotor with a background of 300 years. In the late afternoon we will drive to Isfahan. Overnight stay in hotel. (B, L)
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Day 9: Isfahan city tour

A full day Esfahan city walking tour to visit all of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites on Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Aali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
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Day 10: Departure -drive to airport

According to your return flight, we will drive to Isfahan airport to take the deparute flight. (B)

Shiraz Adventures

Explore Shiraz and Persepolis, Capital of the Ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire

painting Chehel Sotoon Palace Esfahan Iran

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