TREKKING IN NORTH OF IRAN (12 DAYS)
Duration: 8 day trip
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Group size: Min 2, Max 8
Included meals: 8 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Accommodation grade: 5-Star Hotels
Transport: A.C. Minibus / Van
Internet: Free Wi-Fi While Traveling
» Explore fabled capitals of ancient empires with our expert trip Leader, well-spoken and experienced in sharing his native land with travelers.
» Stroll in magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Cyrus the Great.
» Mingle with local residents and vendors in colorful markets including the only bazaar in the world recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» Get to know the warm Iranian people as you dine in fine local restaurants we’ve selected for their delicious Persian food and friendly ambience.
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran
(1:15 Hours distance by plane)
After breakfast, we shall visit the Sa’dabad Complex palace. Then, visit Archaeological & Islamic Art Museums. The pre-Islam archaeological museum covers Persia’s history from the 5th millennium BC to 648 AD while the Islamic art museum provides a display of Islamic works of art. Then to Golestan palace complex dating from the 18th century AD and later the Jewelry museum to view what is probably the world’s finest collection of precious stones collected over many centuries. Finally in the evening, transfers to the airport and fly to Shiraz. Meet and transfer to hotel. O/N Shiraz
(280 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
Bishapur is an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city. To reach this site we travel through spectacular mountain scenery and beyond Dasht-e Arjan we descend down a huge escarpment marking the edge of the central Iran plateau.Bishapour was built to commemorate the Persian’s defeat of invading Romans. Closeby in Tang-e Chogan bas reliefs depict Sassanian achievements of that time. During the return journey to Shiraz there may be an opportunity to see Qashqai nomads on their annual migration to summer pasture. O/N Shiraz
(490 Kilometers distance)
Driving north we depart from Shiraz at the Quran Gate and 40 km further on we reach Persepolis the extensive ceremonial palace complex of the Achemenian dynasty, 550BC. Tombs of four of the Achemenian Kings are visited at nearby Necropolis and thence we continue on to Pasargadae, the earlier Achemenian capital, where we see the tomb of Cyrus the Great.. Return to Shiraz to join our flight to Isfahan. O/N Isfahan
In the morning we will visit Naqsh-e Jahan square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan. The square periphery is marked by outstanding Safavid buildings which include the Ali Qapu palace, the Imam Mosque, the Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) mosque and to the north the expansive bazaar where we can see artisans crafting metal work, Persian miniatures, printing intricate designs on cloth and other activities. In the afternoon, we will visit Si-o-Se Pol (thirty three arches) and Khaju Bridge spanning the Zāyandé-Rūd River. O/N Isfahan
(460 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Tehran, en route we will visit the Fin Garden complex in Kashan, a city well known for the production of fine carpets. Continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran
(170 Kilometers distance)
The drive to the north takes us through spectacular Alborz mountain scenery as we pass from the semi-arid south to the rain forests of Kelardasht in the north. O/N Kelardasht
Trekking from camp through the rain forest of the north Alborz foothills. O/N camp
Another day of trekking from camp to visit mountain villages and foothill scenery. O/N camp or village
A morning of trekking before our return to Tehran. Later, transfer to Tehran. O/N Tehran
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.