Hamadan

   (Ancient Ecbatana)

                       

  Kandovan

         Tabriz

After a boat ride on a Lagoon,we stay at a resort on the Caspian Sea. Visit  World Heritage villages:                        Iran has 22 World Heritage sites,  we visit  most, depending on itinerary .

                                                                      .

Rising majesticaly out of the desert, is the  Achaemenian  capital,built by Darius in 518 B.C, Persopolis  is one of the archecticual phenomenons of the world. Bas-Reliefs  of visiting envoys  from the  Persian  Empire is a living musuem. We visit  both the simple tomb of Cyrus, in Pasagarde ,and  Nasqah Rostam tombs of later rulers,  carved into the mountain side.

 Kandovan  where villagers escaped the Mongols by carving homes into the mountain side. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we stay at Laleh Rocky Hotel, also built into the mountains..but with 1st class amenities! Marble bathrooms (some with  a Jacuzzi) Great views from your room.

Tehran

                                                                



                     

A bustling city ,set in the valley of the Zargos Mountains, modern skyscapers live next to  houses hidden behind stone walls.Modern malls are as popular as the meandering bazaar. Women pull their iphones from the folds of chadors,  or more likely out of their Gucci purse!. Our visits include Museums..  Golestan Palace, National Archelogical,Glassware, Carpet Collection,Contemporary Art,Crown Jewels. to name a few.Take a subway to the Bazaar.Visit the  City's North Sa'adabad Palace of the former Shah    New!  Cooking class option....( We shop for herbs & cook  our lunch)

                                                                                







Hamadan Highlights include .. The Masoulem of Esther & Mordecai who appealed to King Darius to allow the  Jews to return to Bethlehem  and re-build their Temples. Tower of Avicenna, (the famed philosopher & scientist)  Ali-Sadr ....the largest water cave in the world.

 1st view of Mt.Damavand,on approach.

The capital of Persia, under the cultured Safavid dynasties, the city is known for the eloquence of its architecture, enhanced by  the creativity of ceramists.The famed  Blue Mosque, elaborate Palaces, linked by the arches of the  longest covered Bazaar in the world, surround the Grand Square. After touring and  shopping, enjoy a traditional Tea House, Rest in the Square with Persian rose water ice, mingle with the people.  (Be ready for Selfie requests from our new friends)  Stroll the graceful arcade bridges.

Persian influence is seen in gardens  from the Alhambra to the Taj Mahal. Stroll one of the most famed ....The Fin Garden.The  bazaar is considered one of the most unique in this land of bazaars. Hisorians believe the 3 Wise Men traveled from Kashan to witness the birth of Jesus. (We can buy Frankincense! )

Ali Sadr Cave.

                                      

Our Mission is to enable  as many people as possible  to experience Iran for themselves.  We are unique in planning tours  in consideration of  our guest's  time frame, interests & budget. Let's discuss your options .  As  an Iran Only specialist  we are able to offer the most affordable Tours to Iran,  with no compromise on 1st class service throughout your trip. (We invite you to compare). Included are Certified graduate guides, accommodations , breakfast & dinner, mini-van, domestic flights, all transfers, visa processing , in-depth pre-departure orientations  which  cover all facets of your trip...plus we are always available to talk with you.

18 Day Epic Cultural Tour  (#E1)  April  8-25 (E#2 ) Sept. 21 - Oct.8
Tehran>Hamadan>Kashan>Esfahan>Yazd>Shiraz>Tabriz> Kandovan>Sarien>Anzali>Masouleh>Qazvin>Tehran
Eco/ Adventure Tour 13 Days (#A1 ) May 18-30  (#A2)  Oct. 28-Nov.13  
Teheran>Esfahan>Yazd>Shiraz> Ghesm Island
Highlights Tour-12 Days & 5 Day option..(H#1) March 23-April 8  (#H2) Oct. 12-28
Tehran>Shiraz.Yazd>Esfahan>Abayneh>Kashan>Tehran/Option Tabriz>Kandovan>Anzali>Masouleh>Tehran

                                             Shiraz                     City of Roses & Poets

We love going  Off-The -Beaten track             Eco-Tourism  sites such as... Ghesm Island  and desert Carvanserai.

        The Jewel City of          Esfahan

Masouleum of Esther & Mordecai


Yazd

 Center of Pre-Islamic  Zoroastrianism

Fin Garden



                              

                                               

A seat  of Persian learning, where literature & astrology  were taught.  Among our visits are  the   tombs  of Hafiz & Saidi , set in lovely gardens,  Bagh-e-Eram (Garden of Paradise) which surrounds  a Qajar Palace, the splendid  Nasr-el-Molk Mosque, the  bazaar which features special local handicafts.

The capital of East Azerbaijhan province. Situated between Russia and Europe, Tabriz was an early trading center on the Silk Route. It abounds with histotical places of interest, including an area believed to be the site of the legendary Garden of Eden.It's vaulted  bazaar is an Unesco World heritage site.

                     Tours to Iran

                Cultural Insights through Travel

Bazaar

          Kashan

A  center of civilization,dating back     7000 years.


Bandar Anzali.                                              Abayneh                                                    Masouleh

Hike the Temple of Silence (eco - burial grounds), roam the ancient old  town.Learn how Persians adapted to  desert conditions by creating  dome ice houses and badgirs..high wind towers which direct air inside the building. Marco Polo visited this prime city on the Silk Route, in 1272. . (Best bazaar for silk scarves!)

                       Contact us at :  tours@irantravelplans.com or call  212 288-3289  9-9 EST                                                         We're  happy to share ideas about Iran..whether you travel with us or not.                   

Amber W. NYC .. I've dreamed of visiting Iran since I was a child, and was fortunate to have traveled  with Norma Lee Mahdavi, whose knowledge of the country and people, as well as her sincere concern for everyone on the trip,made this dream come true beyond my expectations. I will go back!

 

      Persopolis