6 UNESCO SITES
2- 12 PERSONS
IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS
5 BREAKFASTS, 5 DINNERS
PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR
CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER
This seven-day trip is ideal for travelers who are short on time but wish to find a perfect way to discover thousands of years of history and explore iconic landmarks of Ancient Persia. This land locates at the intersection of past, present, and future. Standing in awe of its 7,000-year written civilization makes Iran as one of the most genuinely fascinating cultural destinations on Earth. In addition to ancient culture and warm-hearted Persian hospitality, you can also experience the different aspects of Islamic architecture. Your Persia's Golden Triangle adventure begins with the breathtaking Shiraz and ends in enchanting Isfahan. Indulge yourself in mind-bending highlights of the three major Iranian cities of Shiraz, Yazd, and Isfahan. The tour gives you the chance to visit some of the most iconic sights including the splendor Shah Mosque, Aliqapu Palace, and beautiful bridges in Isfahan, the Towers of Silence at Yazd, the awesome grandeur of Achaemenid Persian Empire (550–330 BC) in Persepolis and Pasargadae, the mausoleum of the poet Hafez and the beautiful Nasir Mosque in Shiraz. A very exotic, diverse, exciting, and unique travel experience.
Highlights at a Glance:
- Many photo-stops along the way
- Comfortable on-tour transportation
- A professionally planned itinerary
- Small-group size, Now capped at 12 pax
- Marvel at the intricacy of Iranian Bazaars
- Explore the stories and secrets of the Persians
- Admire the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan
- Versatile local guide with in-depth insider knowledge
- Discover 6 Iran's most spectacular UNESCO world heritage sites
- Stock up on saffron and other spices at the Grand Bazaar in Isfahan
- Discover the winding alleys and adobe architecture of Yazd's Old Town
- Visit the Temple of Zoroastrian and admire its ancient holy fire in Yazd
- Guided tour of the incredible ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
- Enjoy Persian hospitality at its best with a visit to a family for a homemade dinner
- 22 Unparalleled iconic landmarks & tourist attractions enriching cultural experiences
Today you will make your way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Shiraz, Iran. Embark on an exclusive and unique small group journey through magnificent Persia and discover this country's deep and rich history and its archaeological wonders. Upon Arrival at Shiraz International Airport, meet and greet by your tour guide and be transferred to your pre-booked hotel in the heart of the city. You will have time to refresh before embarking on an enthralling tour of this city brimming with culture and history on the following day.
You will take a beautiful day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shiraz today. In this charming city with exciting sites to visit, you will first visit the Tomb of the Persian Poet Hafez with its flower-filled gardens. Next, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar. Before leaving the Bazaar, sample the local Saffron ice cream and the Shirazi Faloodeh. It is a delicious combination of rice noodles, iced rosewater, and sugar, and then mixed with a touch of lemon juice. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the colorfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its colored glasses and windows. Next up is an exciting visit to the Eram Garden, an architectural marvel from the Qajar era and a precious gem among all the typical Persian Gardens in Shiraz with its sour orange and palm trees. Time permitting; the rest of the afternoon, you will visit Hamzeh Shrine, a revered Shia shrine noted for the glittering mirror work adorning its central dome. After admiring the iconic landmarks of Shiraz and having a delicious dinner in a traditional resturant, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You will leave the charming city of Shiraz behind and drive to Yazd. This memorable day takes you first to three incredible Persian highlights. Your guide will lead you through 2500 years of Persian history, Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), that was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Darius the Great founded this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. You can pass through all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in millennia of history and the tunnel of time. Later you proceed to Naghshe Rostam, the ancient Achaemenid Necropolis and Sassanian Rock Relief. Then, you proceed to Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that was once the first capital city of the Achaemenid Empire, and Cyrus, the Great King of the Achaemenes, built this palatial complex in the sixth century BC. In the late afternoon, you will continue driving to Yazd and checking in to your hotel.
After a pleasant breakfast, you will start the sightseeing tour to explore the ancient desert city of Yazd, which is well known for its unique desert architecture, regarded by UNESCO as one of the old towns on Earth, perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the surrounding desert. The Zoroastrian religion also survives in here where you visit the Temple of Eternal Fire. Next, you set out for the old Towers of Silence on the edge of the city, where in the past centuries, the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were placed and exposed to scavenger birds, which as per their beliefs, is the most sacred method of dealing with the dead. Next up is Amir Chakhmaq Complex, where you will admire an awe-inspiring and prominent landmark comprising of a large square, a caravanserai, a mosque, a water reservoir, several wind catchers and a portal for Shia religious gatherings and ceremonies. Yazd is also renowned for its sweets and pastries. All Iranian and foreign visitors to this desert city must visit the local Haj Khalifa Confectionery next to the Amir Chakhmaq Square. Here, you try the famous Iranian Baklava Pastries, Ghotab (Doughnut hole-shaped cookies), Lozenârgil (coconut diamonds), and Pashmak (cotton candy). After visiting the highlights in Yazd, you drive to Isfahan; En route, you will stop off at the fascinating ancient city of Naein. This city also offers several fascinating sites to visit, including its Ancient Friday Mosque> and the Old Town. Then continue your trip to Isfahan, where you will stay for two nights.
This beautiful day is devoted to the exploration of the most glorious cities of Iran, Isfahan. Following breakfast, your guide will lead you for a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of historical sites. Immerse in Isfahan sophisticated charms and discover the UNESCO heritage-listed Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the world's second-largest one with four amazing landmarks at four sides, Imam Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Isfahan Grand Bazaar where you can visit some workshops of artists who paint miniature on camel bone or weave magnificent Persian carpets. In the late afternoon, after a short break for tea and some sweets in one of the most beautiful Traditional Teahouses, you will take a relaxing walk through the Isfahan Grand Bazaar and explore elaborate Persian handicrafts, artworks, and lovely souvenirs of the city.
After a delicious breakfast, you meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby and go on a half-day guided city tour of the magnificent Isfahan that is located in the lush plain of the Zayande Rud River. Today you start your exploration of the city with visiting the intricately decorated Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), intended to be the fabulous palace of its time and an architectural masterpiece in the form of a pavilion that Shah Abbas II built for court receptions in the late 17th century. Later you can head out to wander around the Zayandeh River to visit the two 17th-century Bridges called Si-o-Se Pol and Khaju that are the popular meeting points for the locals. The rest of the day is yours to explore the hidden spots of this charming city independently; you may enjoy walking through the beautiful Chahar Bagh Street, the lively hub in the city, or revisiting some more favorite sites in Isfahan. Later you will be picked up from your hotel by your local guide and be taken to a family's home where you will be greeted with traditional Persian drinks. Having a traditional homemade dinner with a Persian family is a perfect way to explore the secrets of Persian culinary habits and to get close to the real lifestyle of the locals in Isfahan. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy talking to the family members and share your ideas about life in Persia. After this delightful evening well spent, you will return to your accommodation.
Today marks the end of your tour to Persia. You will be transferred to Isfahan international airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.
We are one of the few Iranian tour operators to include as many inclusions as possible into our tour packages. There are no hidden charges on your tour. The list of inclusions is very abundant and covers entrance fees, meals, transport, accommodation, and tour guiding, to name a few! Our quest is to limit the group size to a maximum of 12 guests! This will surely give us great flexibility in our itineraries, and we can adjust our tours depending on the group interests.
- All relevant transfer and transportation in a modern air-conditioned coach
- Accommodation in 3 * or 4 * hotels with private facilities (5 Nights)
- Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Half board throughout (5 breakfasts, 5 dinners)
- Iranian English-speaking tour guide
- Visa support- reference code
- Any other personal expenses such as soft drink, laundry and so on
- Visa stamping fee collected by the Iranian embassy
- Gratuity for local guide and driver
- International air ticket
- Travel insurance