Highlights in a Fortnight

7 Cities 14 Days

Cities

Style

  • History
  • Culture

Age Range

  • 20-50

Service Level

  • Mid Range

Overview

This is Iran at its best: the land of jaw-dropping architecture, ancient civilizations, distinctive treats, and a colorful heritage. Our two-week Persia trip begins at Tehran, a capital more populous than New York, and as we go from city to city, the roads give way to historical old towns, gigantic mosques, and the homely atmosphere of the good ol’ days. So join us on this journey full of surprises where you’ll not only see all the highlights of this fascinating land, but will have enough time to fully explore all Iran has to offer.

What’s included?

  • Meals

    14 lunches dinners, 14 breakfasts

  • Transport

    1 private driver-guide to be with you for the whole trip, 2 domestic flights

  • Accommodation

    3 to 4 star top-rated hotels, cozy traditional houses

  • Additional Services

    All entrance fees, Visa authorization letter, Travel insurance, Guided tours of all the cities

  • Not Included

    Internatioal flights, other meals, personal expenses (like shopping), visits and activities not included in the plan

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tehran

    Tasty Nightlife

    Welcome to Tehran! From the Shah to the Jazz, today we’re leaving no stone unturned. Let’s begin this trip at Golestan Palace and shake hands with Iran’s most iconic kings; from the Qajar ones to the Pahlavi Shah. Our next two stops are the National Museum of Iran and the Treasury of National Jewels. Following that, we’ll take selfies with THE Azadi Tower herself. Then we’ll have a tea break in the smallest cafe in the world at Tehran Grand Bazaar. For dinner, we’ll go where the cool kids hang out, at a Rock Cafe or a Jazz Café.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Ferdowsi Grand Hotel
    Transportation:
     Private Driver-guide’s car (to Kashan)

  • Day 2: Kashan

    Eden in Desert

    Rise and shine early morning, because en route to Kashan we’ll take you to see the impossible: the Shrine of Emam Khomeini. Then we'll get the original Kashan Sohan (a saffron toffee) to snack on throughout the trip. Once in Kashan, we’re going to visit the Fin Garden, the shining star of all Persian gardens. We’ll also take you to see the most beautiful and charming historical houses in Iran, and while we’re there, we’ll visit the ancient Yakhchāl (coolers) of Jalali Castle. After a delicious lunch, we’ll head to the gorgeous Agha Bozorg Mosque and its grand theological school.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Manouchehri House

  • Day 3: Abyaneh

    Walk through an Ancient Village

    Rise and shine early morning for you are getting a touch of the village life today. En route to Kashan, we'll visit Abyaneh, a 1500-year-old village, fresh as apples, and red as blood! Apart from the red-colored houses, the villager's traditional floral customeshomemade and organic sweets and food; and the lively green scenary all make this one of the most charming villages in Iran. Continuing forward, you arrive at Kashan in the afternoon, where you’ll have just enough time to visit its old neighborhoods that house Tabatabai House. Alternatively, you could spend a relaxing evening at Fin Garden. 

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Abyaneh Hotel
    Transportation:
     Private Driver-guide’s car (to Isfahan)

  • Day 4: Isfahan

    Half of the World

    Once we reach Isfahan, we’ll go to Naqshe Jahan Square and up a terrace with the same view of the square as the one in the brochure pictures. Then, one by one we’ll visit its iconic landmarks including Shah MosqueSheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. And while we explore the Grand Bazaar, you get to visit a handicraft workshop in person. Tonight, we’ll have a leisurely stroll and a delicious dinner at a cheerful restaurant near Si-o-se-pol or Khaju Bridge.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Khan Neshin Traditional House

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I change or modify this itinerary?
  • Do I get any free time?
  • Can I come with my kids?
  • Is this trip physically demanding?
  • Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

Reviews

Lykke

Lykke

Sweden

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The tour was able to show me parts of Iran that I otherwise wouldn’t find. This was mainly owed to the guides. They were really knowledgeable and made life easy suggesting great restaurants and booking meals, helping with choices for additional activities and catering to our needs. I especially liked that it was private, I tend to curl up in my own shell in big groups with strangers. Weird for a travelers, I know, but that's me! I didn’t however enjoy the accommodation in Tehran. But I asked them to change my hotel for the last night, and it was done in a matter of hours while I was on the city tour.
Adil

Adil

Morocco

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This is an outstanding trip that gives you a chance to see quickly many beautiful Iranian cities. Be ready to walk and explore the many mosques, palaces, museums, cafes, squares, OLD TOWNS and city centers. I give this trip two thumbs up!
Enith

Enith

Peru

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Was not my first choice of tours but I am so glad I did it. A wonderful introduction to Iran that left me wishing to explore more of Iran's beautiful landscapes and architecture, and get even more involved in the culture. Tehran - organised chaos, so many paradoxes; Isfahan - absolutely beautiful, more of a home than a city; Yazd - beautiful history and local culture, an eye opener to a different way of life; Shiraz - it will make you want to learn Persian; Kerman - stunning desert, and very accommodating guide who does all he can to look after everyone. As for our tour guide Ashkan, you could not wish for a better person to guide your group in Iran's hectic the streets, especially crossing intersections, sharing his knowledge, and doing all he could to keep us safe. All the while, being relatable to everyone in our big family. I recommend this tour wholeheartedly.
Cristian

Cristian

Romania

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Iran is a country that never to amaze you around each corner you turn. 1stQuest team ensured we had a knowledgeable tour guide who left us loving everything Iran and wanting to experience so much more.
Heidi

Heidi

Finland

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Highlights tour was just the right length. Provided great experiences and insights. We travelled in a private car which was perfect. The driver/guide got to know us and made the holiday simple and exciting. All hotels better than expected. Travel reasonably easy and light. Left our heavier luggage at the hotel.
Birgit

Birgit

Germany

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As a solo female traveler, I was quite nervous about Iran and middle east in general and decided this private tour would be my best option. It ended up exceeding every expectation I had, and I can safely say that Iran was one of my favorite travel experiences of all times. It was so well rounded and I feel like the itinerary is the perfect taste of the many aspects of Persian culture. My guide also made me feel safe at all times. I feel I have a sister in Iran now! Would highly recommend this tour!

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