Iran: Wonders of Persia
February 27 – March 12, 2017
February 26 – March 9, 2018

Overview:

Join an overland adventure to discover Iran: Wonders of Persia. Explore the ruins of Persepolis, conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and only recently rediscovered under desert sands in the early 1930s. Visit Yazd, regarded by UNESCO as one of the oldest towns on Earth and the center for the Zoroastrian faith. Discover countless shrines, gardens, tea houses, and bazaars in Shiraz, once famed for its vineyards of Shiraz (or Syrah) grapes. View the breathtaking mosque of Masjed-é Imám, formerly the Shah Mosque, covered by blue tiles and surrounded by minarets. Tour Tehran, Iran’s cosmopolitan capital, where highlights include the Sa’ad Abad Palace complex as well as the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Jewels Museum.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA
Day 3: Tehran, Iran
Day 4: Tehran / Yazd
Day 5: Yazd
Day 6: Yazd / Pasargada / Shiraz
Day 7: Shiraz
Day 8: Shiraz / Persepolis
Day 9: Shiraz / Esfahan
Day 10-11: Esfahan
Day 12: Esfahan / Abyaneh / Kashan / Tehran
Day 13: Tehran
Day 14: Tehran / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Iran: Wonders of Persia
February 27 – March 12, 2017
February 26 – March 9, 2018

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Depart USA
Board your independent overnight flight.

Day 3: Tehran, Iran
Arrive after midnight; transfer to Espinas International Hotel. After breakfast and an introductory briefing, explore Tehran, Iran’s bustling capital of twelve million people. Included in your tour is a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Carpet Museum, filled with beautiful examples of Persia’s ancient and iconic art form.

Day 4: Tehran / Yazd
After breakfast enjoy a tour of the Sa’ad Abad Palace complex, once the residence and working office of Pahlavi kings (Shahs). Following the Islamic revolution, the palaces were made into ten museums where stunning Iranian and non-Iranian artwork is on display. Then depart overland for Yazd, stopping for lunch and dinner en route. Arrive in the late evening and check in to the Moshir Al Mamalek Garden Hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Yazd
Regarded by UNESCO as one of the oldest towns on Earth, Yazd was officially recognized for its unique wind-tower architecture, a natural cooling option in this dry, hot climate. It is also the center for the Zoroastrian faith, a religion which may predate Judaism. In this faith, fire represents life. Visit the Zoroastrian fire temple to view a fire that has been burning continuously for over 1,500 years, then visit the “Towers of Silence,” where in past centuries Zoroastrians left their dead. Pass by the 15th-century Mirchakhmaq Square and visit the 14th-century Masjid-e-Jamé Mosque. Crowned by the highest minarets in Iran, the mosque’s façade is decorated with dazzling blue tile work. Afterward set out for the old section of the city to what is known as the “Prison of Alexander,” actually a 15th-century domed school where legend has it that Alexander the Great imprisoned Iranian elite; and visit an 18th-centuryLari-ha traditional house. Enjoy lunch in an 18th-century public bathhouse converted into a traditional restaurant and teahouse. In the afternoon visit the Dowlat Abad Garden and its lofty ventilation tower.

Day 6: Yazd / Pasargada / Shiraz
After breakfast, depart Yazd for your drive to Shiraz and visit the desert town of Abarqu on the way. Here enjoy a picnic lunch under a 4,500-year-old cypress tree. Next, visit Pasargada, the resting place of Cyrus the Great and one of Iran’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also the site of Paradises, the ancient Persian royal city-gardens. Arrive in Shiraz this evening with dinner and overnight at Grand Bozorg Hotel.

Day 7: Shiraz
Enjoy a full day here to explore this truly fascinating city, once famed for its vineyards of Shiraz (or Syrah) grapes, and known as the “City of Poets.” Highlights of your visit include the Tomb and Garden of Hafez, a celebrated Persian poet; the Narenjestan (orangery) Garden; Jame’ Atiq Mosque, one of the oldest in Iran; Khan Theological School; the nomadic bazaar; and the charming Eram Garden where the delightful 19th-century Ghajar Palace lies alongside a beautiful pool. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 8: Shiraz / Persepolis
Rediscovered under desert sands in the early 1930s, Persepolis is one of Persia’s greatest treasures. Included in your visit to this Achaemenian showpiece will be Xerxes’ Gateway, the immense Adadna Palace, and the Palace of 100 Columns. You will also visit Naghash-é Rostam, housing four tombs believed to be those of Darius I, Artaxerxes, Xerxes I, and Darius II. Return to Shiraz for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Shiraz / Esfahan
After an early breakfast, embark on a scenic drive north to the stunning city of Esfahan, one of the pearls of the Islamic world. Today’s impressive journey takes you through the lovely Zagross Mountains and includes the possibility of seeing nomadic tribes. Arrive in Esfahan late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Abbasi Hotel.

Day 10-11: Esfahan
Built by the Safavids between the 16th and 18th centuries, Esfahan’s great courtyard, adjacent mosques, and towering blue minarets show a lavish delicacy and patience of both design and execution unrivaled by Asian and European craftsmen. Here, explore the imposing Masjed-é Imám, Imám Square, the Chehel Sotun Museum and Park, Vank Cathedral, Hasht Behesht (Eight Paradises) Palace, Naqshe-Jahan (the Royal Square), Ali-Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah (Ladies) Imám Mosques, and the bazaar. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 12: Esfahan / Abyaneh / Kashan / Tehran
From Esfahan, drive along a winding rural road through the Karkas (vulture) Mountains to visit Abyaneh, a remote village known for its reddish-hued architecture and people who have maintained their traditional dress and customs. On the way to Tehran, stop in Kashan where we view Bagh-e Fin, a superb example of a Persian garden, and the 19th-century tiled mausoleum of Emamzadeh Ebrahim. After lunch in Kashan continue to Tehran and check in to Espinas International Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Tehran
Today visit the Golestan Palace and the National Jewels Museum—possibly the best in the world. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and relax as you prepare for early morning flights.

Day 14: Tehran / USA
Early morning transfer to the airport for independent flights homeward.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Iran: Wonders of Persia
February 27 – March 12, 2017
February 26 – March 9, 2018

Rates:

February 27, 2017
Double: $10,580 per person
Single: $12,660 per person

February 26, 2018
Double: $11,980 per person
Single: $13,980 per person
Single Share: $11,980 per person

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All gratuities; all accommodations and group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; medical expense coverage; and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

– All air transportation excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

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February 27, 2017