Iran Tour for Australians | Travel to Iran from Australia
Tehran > Hamedan > Kermanshah > Kashan > Esfehan > Shiraz > Yazd > Kerman > Tehran
Join this group of Aussies for the second time touring Iran. Enjoy history and culture, living with locals, and taste their food the way they do it. Partnered up with our lovely colleagues at Gypsian Boutique Tours in Australia.
Day 1: Tehran(Arrival Day)
Our group tour commences this evening in the bustling city of Tehran. After our welcome meeting, there is the opportunity to sample Iran’s famous fare. A great start to a fantastic tour of Iran!
After some hours of rest in the hotel, we start our day at the National Museum of Iran where we get a crash course in Iran’s rich history – this will lay the groundwork for the rest of our trip! We’ll also visit the newly refurbished Museum of the Islamic Period where we’ll see arts and antiquities from the Islamic period, including calligraphy and textiles. After lunch, get ready to witness one of Tehran’s biggest drawcards – the National Jewellery Museum. Located in the National Bank vault, this collection of crowns, tiaras, and precious gems was amassed by the Iranian Royal family from the 16th century onwards and is, quite simply jaw-dropping.
Day 2: Tehran
Our focus this morning is on the sprawling Golestan Palace compound located in the heart and historic center of Tehran. This is one of the oldest compounds in Tehran and was originally built during the Safavid Dynasty. Not far from the palace is the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. Described as a city within a city the bazaar here is known to have been an area of trade for more than a thousand years (although the oldest walls and buildings still here are only around 400 years of age). All this walking means we’ll need to refuel, so we’ll follow the Tehranis to a popular local spot for some lunch. Iran is known for its carpets, so no visit to Tehran would be complete without a visit to the Carpet Museum to see some of the countries finest examples. This evening we’ll stroll the Tabiat Bridge and find dinner overlooking two of the cities finest parks.
Day 3: Tehran-Hamadan
Early leaving Tehran behind this morning, we make our way to the ancient city of Ecbatana (modern-day Hamadan) Visiting the sights in Hamedan like Hegmatane, MourdKhai Temple, based on time and clients' flexibility Ganjname can be added to the plan.
Overnight, you stay in the hotel in Hamedan.
Day 4: Hamedan-Kermanshah-Hamedan
We start our day with a visit to the UNESCO Heritage site of Taq-e Boston. These bas-relief carvings are some of the best surviving from the Sassanid era and feature royal hunting scenes, backed by elephants. Later we’ll visit the site of Bisotun, featuring more bas-relief carvings, dating from 521BC.
(for this day, the sights are Taq-e-Bostan, Bisetoun, and Kangavar again based on time and clients' flexibility, if needed one can be omitted for their comfortability) It is almost 3 hours between these 2 cities so we have to manage the time. Overnight in Hamedan.
Day 5: Hamedan – Kashan
Kashan is such a beautiful, laid-back city that we thought it the perfect place to spend an extra night and explore the surrounding area.sMove to Kashan to visit Abyaneh village & Broojerdiha and Tabatabaie Houses, Fin Garden, and Aghabozorg Mosque in Kashan. Overnight in Kashan
Day 6: Kashan-Isfahan
Esfahan! This is, without a doubt, the most visually stunning city in Iran.
There’s was a 16th-century rhyme that went “Esfahan nesf-e Jahan”, which means Esfahan is half the world. While perhaps not so geographically accurate, it is certainly true that the former capital of the Persian Empire is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We’ll begin our exploration with the Masjed-e Jahmeh, a perfect example of 800 years of different Islamic architectural styles. Next, we’ll visit the only surviving palace of the royal precinct, Chehel Sotun, before making our way to Naqshe-e Jahan Square, the second-largest square in the world and one that has changed little since its construction in 1602. After lunch we’ll take a peek inside the Bazaar-e Bozorg (Grand Bazaar), exploring its labyrinthine alleyways shopping for handicrafts. Later this evening, once the sun has set, we’ll make like the local Esfahanis and stroll across the bridge of 33 arches, Pol Si-e-She.
Day 7: Isfahan
We’ll start our day with a visit to Jolfa, the city's Armenian Quarter, and its’ magnificent Vank Cathedral. Later we’ll make our way back to Imam Square where we can relax in a traditional teahouse, before visiting what can be considered the pinnacle of Persian Islamic architecture – the Masjed-e Sheike Lotfollah and the Masjed-e Shah. These two mosques can help but make a lasting impression.
Day 8: Esfahan - Shiraz
Shiraz. The capital during the Zand Dynasty (1747 – 79), Shiraz was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and is still considered to be the center of Persian culture. It’s said that Iranian homes have two books, the Quran and a collection of poems by the poet Hafez. A city of poets, Shiraz is known as a city of learning and poetry, and of course, it is perhaps most famous for the wine it is no longer able to produce.
On the way, you will have a stop to visit Persepolis. We must say that Persepolis is one of the most jaw-dropping sites we’ve encountered on our travels. This city embodies the pinnacle of Darius the Great’s Achaemenid Empire, but it also represents its ultimate demise at the hands of Alexander the Great. The extensive ruins here are marvelously well preserved and you’re unlikely to encounter such extensive and well-preserved bas-relief carvings anywhere else in the region.
Day 10: Shiraz
One of Shiraz’s most well-known sites (and definitely its most photographed!), is the Masjed-e Nasir al-Molk, more commonly known as the Pink Mosque. We’ll visit in the morning as the sun streams through the stained glass windows, filling the space with a kaleidoscope of rainbow light. Later we’ll visit the tombs of the poets Hafez and Saadi and you’ll see the poetic sway they hold on Iranian’s hearts with the many people who make a pilgrimage to their graves. After lunch we’ll return to the city's historical center, visiting the Masjed-e Vakil, the well-preserved hammam Vakil (bathhouse), and then we enter the wide vaulted brick avenues of the Bazaar-e Vakil.
This evening we have a special treat – dinner with some good friends in Iran who will prepare for you the best home-cooked Iranian cuisine you’ll taste all trip!
Day 11: Shiraz-Yazd
This morning we say goodbye to the city of Poets and head to Yazd. On the way, you will have an opportunity to visit Pasargadae. You will be in Yazd after a 3:30 drive. In the evening, you will have a light tour there. This evening we’ll join the locals in a stroll around the evocative
Overnight you stay in this lovely city in a traditional hotel.
Long considered an important stop on the trade routes, Yazd is a charmingly fascinating desert city. According to UNESCO, the old town of Yazd is one of the oldest in the world and today you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander the maze of historic lanes.
Today, we’ll visit the Towers of Silence, a once-sacred site where the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were offered to the earth. Yazd is also the home to Ateshkadeh, a Zoroastrian Fire Temple where the flame has reportedly been burning since 470AD.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Here in the desert, it can be difficult to believe that there is any water to be found, but this afternoon we’ll visit the Yazd Water Museum to find out how qanats (water channels) were dug to supply water for drinking and irrigation.
This day you are in Yazd and overnight there. The Jame Mosque is another lovely sight we enjoy our time. Overnight. Yazd.
Day 13: Yazd-Kerman
Drive to Kerman. En-route visit Arg-e Rayen in Rayen, then visit Shah Nematolah-Vali shrine and prince garden in Mahan. Overnight Kerman.
Day 14: Kerman-Tehran
Full-Day City Tour of Kerman to visit Ganj Ali Khan complex (bathhouse, caravanserai, and bazaar), Jabalie dome, Moayedi Icehouse. Then, you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Tehran.Overnight in Tehran
Day 15: Depart day
This morning we will bid farewell to new friends as our cultural tour of Iran concludes after breakfast.