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Persian Moments in Iran

14 Days / 13 Nights

  • Dubai
  • Yazd
  • Isfahan
  • Tehran
  • Tabriz
  • Shriaz


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Explore Ancient Ruins | Stroll Through Historic Persian Gardens | Visit Pasargadae and Persepolis, two of the world’s greatest sites of antiquity | Mingle with Locals at Iranian Bazaars | Indulge in Fine Persian Cuisine | 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Iran, like Cuba, is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the world. Known for its friendly, hospitable people and its stunning array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the country’s ancient empires come alive with a trip leader who shares their native land with U.S. visitors.

On your 14-day journey, you will visit Persian gardens that date back to Cyrus the Great, mingle with local residents and vendors in a bazaar that is one of the only ones recognized by UNESCO, discover cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity, dine in fine local restaurants and visit 11 of the 19 UNESCO sites in the country.

Dubai Skyline Middle East
Day 1

Welcome to Dubai! On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the conveniently located 5-star Le Meridien Hotel. 

Tehran architecture tabriz iran mosque
Tehran / Tabriz
Day 2

This morning, we'll take you to the airport in Dubai for your included flight to Tehran. On arrival, our VIP Services whisk you to a comfortable lounge where you can relax while entry formalities are handled; your luggage will also be retrieved and brought to you. Upon clearing immigration and customs, you’ll fly to Tabriz where you’ll be escorted to the El-Goli Pars Hotel, set on a hill with commanding views of this ancient city. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Blue Mosque Iran Tiles Mosiac
Tabriz / Kandovan
Day 3

Begin your day at the famed Blue Mosque, where brilliant azure tiles and delicate calligraphy attest to the artistry of Iran’s ancient dynasties. Dating back from the days when it was an important stop on the fabled Silk Road, the Grand Bazaar is the oldest Middle Eastern bazaar, and is the only one on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. Explore its ancient vaulted passages and meet friendly merchants of jewelry, carpets and spices. Then visit the cave dwellings of Kandovan, where you’ll get to know the residents and learn about a unique way of life that goes back 700 years.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jame Atigh Mosque, oldest Islamic structure dating from 894
Jolfa / Tehran
Day 4

Today, you'll stand before the simple yet lovely facade of the 1,000-year-old St. Stepanos Monastery in Jolfa and learn about the lively cultural exchange that flourished between Armenian and Persian societies since the origins of Christianity. Fly to Tehran for a 2-night stay at the Hotel Espinas, the best in the city. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Handicraft made in Esfahan, Isfahan Grand Bazaar, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, esfahan, Iran
Day 5

Visit the Sa’ad Abad Palace – the residence from which the last Shah of Iran fled after the Revolution. Our exclusive tour includes a visit to an intimate gallery devoted to the 20th-century art collection of the last empress. At the Treasury of National Jewels, you’ll be dazzled by one of the world’s richest collections of gems and bejeweled royal artifacts. End your day at Golestan Palace, adorned with lavish halls, beautiful gardens and tranquil pools.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Iranian women shopping bazaar fruit market
Tehran / Isfahan
Day 6

Visit the Carpet Museum of Iran and travel to Kashan to stroll through Bagh-e Fin , an early Persian garden laid out more than 400 years ago. It’s a delightful place to mingle with young Iranian families and locals. Then visit an old merchant’s home with splendid mosaics and 130-foot tall wind towers that can catch lofty breezes to cool the house. In Natanz, you’ll see the 13th-century tomb of Sheikh Abd al-Samad. Continue to Isfahan for a 3-night stay at the Abbasi Hotel, the finest in Isfahan.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meidan Emam Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran
Day 7

Begin your day in the ancient capital of the Safavid Empire at the imposing 700 year-old Shahrestan Bridge. Then stand in Meidan Emam Square; it’s one of the largest public plazas in the world and graced by several of Iran’s most venerated landmarks. Marvel at the fine tilework and soaring minarets of the Shah Mosque and visit the Ali Qapu Palace, where you can stand on the vast balcony built for Safavid kings to enjoy polo matches and other events in the square below. End your day mingling with residents at the lively Qeisarieh Bazaar.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Friday Mosque Iran Architecture Ancient 15th Century
Day 8

Today you will visit the Friday Mosque, which is distinguished by decorative elements and stylistic innovations that trace 1,000 years of glorious Islamic architecture and art. Admire the graceful Ali Minaret, and behold the magnificent dome of the 15th-century Harun-e Velayat Shrine. At Chehel Sotun, you’ll tour another magnificent Persian Garden. Built for court receptions, its pavilion features a portico with 20 amazingly slender wooden columns. End your day with the friendly city residents who are shopping and relaxing in Meidan Emam Square. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dried fruit Iran market bazaar
Isfahan / Yazd
Day 9

Leaving Isfahan behind, you’ll make a stop in Na’in where a home of the Safavid era now offers enlightening exhibits on the people and culture of the region. In Meybod, explore an ancient caravanserai with verandahs, shaded passages, and nearly 100 rooms – some of which are now used as artisan workshops. Continue to Yazd and check in to your hotel.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yazd Ancient Architecture Iran
Day 10

With a its striking silhouette of wind towers and minarets, Yazd is the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community. At the Tower of Silence, learn about the “burial” traditions of this pre-Islamic religion. At the Fire Temple, a flame that has been burning for 1,500 years continues to draw pilgrims who follow one of the world’s oldest monotheistic faiths. Then see the landmarks of Amir Chakhmaq Square and visit Zendan-e Eskandar, an ancient domed structure with a brick-lined pit. According to legend, it was built by Alexander the Great as a prison during his conquest of Persia; some say Alexander himself was held captive here. End your touring at Dowlat Abad Garden with its unique 18th-century hexagonal pavilion and graceful wind tower, the tallest in Iran. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The ruin of ancient city of Pasargadae in Iran
Pasargadae / Shiraz
Day 11

Explore Pasargadae, founded in the 6th century BCE as the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire – the first Persian Empire and the largest the ancient world had ever seen. Surrounded by the ruins of the palace and city he founded, stands the amazingly intact tomb of Cyrus the Great. These remains bear witness to the soaring cultural heights of the ancient Persian world. Continue to the Zandiyeh Hotel in Shiraz – The City of Roses and Nightingales.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

View on Persepolis from the Tomb of Artaxerxes III Iran
Persepolis / Shiraz
Day 12

Persepolis ranks with Ephesus and Pompeii as among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity. Tour the excavation site as our expert native guide brings this ancient city to life. You’ll hear dramatic stories, like its legendary sacking by Alexander the Great after an epic night of drinking! Then visit the ancient necropolis at Naqsh-e Rustan. Although there is still scholarly debate, these royal tombs with their spectacular reliefs are believed to be those of Darius I and his descendants. You also tour the tranquil garden tomb of Hafez, a revered poet who wrote for the Persian court in the 14th century.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Persian garden of Eram with its beautiful pavilion, traditional Iranian fountain system and Palm trees in city of Shiraz
Day 13

Your day begins in Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, lovely flowers and towering cypress. Visit an imposing citadel of the Zand Dynasty and then spend time at the Madrassa Khan where you can engage in lively discussion with theological students and teachers. Enjoy time in the bustling and beautiful Vakil Bazaar and finish this delightful day in the lovely, orange- scented Narenjestan Garden.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Agha Bozorg mosque, Kashan, Iran
Day 14

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Dubai.

Meals | Breakfast

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

Le Meridien Hotel Dubai

Set amidst 38 acres of landscaped gardens, this modern, low-rise city hotel is two kilometers from Dubai International Airport and the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Le Meridien Dubai houses 18 restaurants and bars, a spa and wellness center, four outdoor heated swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, and a fitness center with aerobics studio. Air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated in neutral tones with dark wood furniture; all include free WiFi Internet access, LCD TVs, tea/coffee makers, minibars, bathrobes, and marble bathrooms with mosaic tiling.

El Goli Pars Hotel Tabriz

Set on a hill with commanding views, this is the finest hotel in this ancient and vibrant city.

Espinas Hotel Tehran

Our comfortable hotel is the perfect base for exploring the historic highlights of the capital.

Abbasi Hotel Isfahan

Lovely Persian-style gardens and reflecting pools capture the ancient heritage of this city.

Dad Hotel Yazd

You’ll enjoy comfort and modern amenities in our classic hotel with its traditional courtyard and Persian-inspired style.

Zandiyeh Hotel Shiraz

Behind an ornate facade, inspired by the architecture of this ancient city, you’ll find a modern and comfortable boutique hotel.

  • Exclusively escorted sightseeing

  • Expert native guide

  • VIP arrival services through immigration and customs in Iran

  • 1 night at the 5-star Le Meridien in Dubai

  • 12 nights in the finest hotels in Iran, handpicked by experts

  • All 38 meals, including 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners

  • Small group size, never more than 16 guests

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and flight from Dubai to Iran

  • Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and all service gratuities for meals and porterage

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

*Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Persian Moments in Iran
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
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Aug 31 – Sep 13, 2018$7,999   
Oct 5 – Oct 18, 2018$7,999   
Mar 1 – Mar 14, 2019$7,899   
Apr 12 – Apr 25, 2019$7,999   
Sep 13 – Sep 26, 2019$7,999  SpecialSAVE $500-ENTER:SUM500
Oct 4 – Oct 17, 2019$7,999   

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing, add $1300.

SAVE $1000 per couple + $500 solo on this tour when you pay-in-full at the time of booking.


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