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Capitals of the Persian Empire Tour

Capitals of the Persian Empire Tour

trip length: 13 days

Tehran (2) Hamadan (1) Kermanshah (1) Ahvaz (2) Shiraz (2) Isfahan (3) Tehran (1)

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Days 1 & 2 Tehran, 3 drive to Hamadan , 4 drive to Kermanshah, 5 drive to Ahvaz, 6 excursion to Susa, 7 drive to Shiraz via Bishapur, 8 excursion to Pasargadae & Persepolis, 9 Shiraz, fly to Isfahan, 10 & 11 Isfahan, 12 drive to Tehran via Natanz & Kashan, 13 depart for home.

Day 01. TEHRAN

Arrive in Tehran. Morning to rest in the hotel. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological section of the National Museum, and the Glass and Ceramics Museum. Overnight: Tehran (1/2).

Day 02. TEHRAN

Full day city tour of Tehran to include the Carpet Museum, Golestan Palace, lunch at a local restaurant, and the Crown Jewels Museum. Overnight: Tehran (2/2).

Day 03. TEHRAN - HAMADAN (340 km)

Morning drive to Hamadan. Afternoon city tour to include Ecbatana, Alaviyan Tomb Tower, Tomb of Esther and Mordecai, Tomb of Avicenna, Ganjnameh, dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hamadan (1/1).

Day 04. HAMADAN - KERMANSHAH (190 km)

Drive to Kermanshah, stop en route at Kangavar to see the Temple of Anahita, drive on to Bisotun, lunch at a local restaurant, Tagh-i Bostan. Overnight: Kermanshah (1/1).

Day 05. KERMANSHAH - AHVAZ (490 km)

Drive to Ahvaz over and across the Zagros Mountains down to the lowlands of Khuzestan plain, en route stop at Pol Dokhtar to see the 3rd century Sassanian bridge. Overnight: Ahvaz (1/2).

Day 06. Excursion to SUSA (356 km)

Full day excursion to Haft Teppe, Susa, lunch at a local restaurant, Ziggurat of Choqa Zanbil, Shushtar. Overnight: Ahvaz (2/2).

Day 07. AHVAZ - BISHAPUR - SHIRAZ (660 km)

Drive to Shiraz, en route visit to Sarab-i Bahram, picnic lunch, Kurangoon, Bishapur and Tang-i Chogan. Overnight: Shiraz (1/3).

Day 08. Excursion to PERSEPOLIS and PASARGADAE (280 km)

Full day excursion to Persepolis, Naqsh-i Rostam, Naqsh-i Rajab, lunch at a local restaurant, Pasargadae, and Vakil Bazaar. Overnight: Shiraz (2/2).

Day 09. SHIRAZ – ISFAHAN (480 km)

Full day city tour to explore the main highlights of the city of Shiraz to include the Eram Gardens, Citadel of Karim Khan Zand, Pars Museum, Vakil Mosque, lunch at a local restaurant, Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque, Naranjestan Museum, and tombs of Hafez and Sa’di. Evening flight to Isfahan. Overnight: Isfahan (1/3).


Full day city tour to explore the monumental capital of Safavid Persia, opportunity to visit most of the main attractions of Isfahan including palace pavilions of Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sutun, Shahrestan Bridge, Khaju Bridge, Sio-Se Pol, lunch at a local restaurant, the monuments surrounding the vast Naqsh-i Jahan Square including Ali Qapu Pavilion, Shaikh Lutfollah Mosque, Abbasi Mosque, and the monumental entrance to Qayssarieh Bazaar. Overnight: Isfahan (2/3).


Half day city tour of Isfahan to see the great 12th-century Jami‘ Mosque of Isfahan, on to Armenian Quarter to visit Vank Cathedral, lunch at a local restaurant, and enjoy the balance of the day at Naqsh-i Jahan Square for shopping and dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight: Isfahan (3/3).


Drive to Tehran via Natanz to see its monumental portal to a Sufi shrine complex of the 13th century, 14th-century Jami‘ Mosque of Natanz. In Kashan visit Tabatabai’s House and Borujerdi’s House, drive past Teppe Sialk, lunch at a local restaurant, and Fin Gardens. Drive on to Tehran with a tea break en route and a photo stop at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum. Overnight: Tehran (1/1).

Day 13. TEHRAN

Return flight home.

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