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8 Days Culture Tour – Ancient Civilizations

Iran
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Duration

8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English

Overview

Start

Tehran

Duration

8 Days

Finish

Tehran

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Overview

This Tour Package is private. We know you enjoy your privacy. That’s why all our tours are private, flexible, and planned based on your schedule. All tour packages can be 100% customized at no additional cost. Just let us know what you would like to add.

Discover what made this region the cradle of civilization. Explore the prehistoric cities of Qom & Kashan, along with the pre-Islamic cities of Varzaneh, Maybod, Kharanaq, Yazd & Naein. Dive into naturally pristine wonders, former glories, and ancient ruins.

Tour Highlights

Travel Style

Culture
History

Physical Rating

Local Touch

Age Group

+5

Meals

Breakfast only

Transportation

Sedan

Accommodation Grade

Hotel
Traditional Boutique Hotel

Equipment

Proper shoes
Personal medicines
Small bag

Included

- Visa Authorization Code
- Travel Insurance
- Airport Pick-up, Drop-off
- All Accommodations
- Private Land Transport
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fees for Mentioned Monuments
- Breakfast
- 24/7 Support

Excluded

- Visa Fee
- International Flights
- Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
- Guide & Driver Tips
- Additional Expenses (i.e. Laundry)
- Personal Expenses
- Additional Costs Due to Unforeseen Events

  • Tehran
  • Kashan
  • Naein
  • Meybod
  • Yazd
  • Varzaneh
  • Isfahan

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To begin the booking process, please complete the online reservation form on this page. You will receive a booking confirmation by email & we will contact you regarding the payment instruction (bank transfer preferred).

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Itinerary

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Tehran
Tehran

The seat of Iranian power for the last 3 centuries, Tehran is rich in history & influence. Head off to the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace, in Central Tehran. The 18th c. complex was the main resident of the Qajar Dynasty, a masterpiece of hand-painted tiles, set within a lush garden. After a quick stroll through Shahr Park, arrive at the National Museum of Iran, which holds artefacts from ancient and medieval Iranian antiquities, from the Achaemenids to the Sassanids.

Qom & Kashan
Qom & Kashan

In the morning, visit the Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom, one of the holiest sites in Iran. In Kashan, start with the Agha Bozorg Mosque, the former center of Kashani life, then it’s off to the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse for a lesson in classic bathing and water usage within the desert. Visit the Abbasian House & Tabatabaei House, two examples of opulent homes made to maximize scarce resources and cool extreme temperatures. After a quick stop in Fin Garden, spend the night in Kashan. 

Naein
Naein

On the way to Naein, visit the well-maintained Naein Qanats. Over 3,000 years ago, Persians learned how to construct Qanats (underground aqueducts) to bring water from the mountains to the plains. Up until the 1960s, this ancient system provided more than 70 percent of the water used in Iran. Crawl through the historic underground channels of Rigareh Water Mill, then visit the  Jame Mosque of Naein, one of the oldest mosques in Iran. Spend the night in Naein.

Maybod & Kharanaq
Maybod & Kharanaq

Explore the pre-Islmanic city of Maybod and visit the Sassanid-era Narin Castle. Then it’s off to the Maybod Pigeon Tower, an important invention in message sending and fertilization. Visit the Maybod Yakhchal, a millenia-old icehouse within the desert, and the Abbasi Carvensary. Stop by the abandoned mud-brick village of Kharanaq, a well-preserved example of how Persian cities looked thousands of years ago, then hike up the mountaintop Chak Chak Fire Temple. Spend the night in Yazd.

Yazd
Yazd

Start the day off with the Yazd Jameh Mosque, built in the 13th c. over a Sassanid fire temple. Then, hit the narrow, mud-brick streets to visit the Amir Chakhmagh Complex, which contains a caravanserai, a bathhouse, and many confectioneries. Learn how underground water channels kept the city hydrated with a visit to the Yazd Water Museum. Stop in at the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and see the holy fire that has burned since 470 AD. Finish by seeing the Tower of Silence to witness the location of sky burials.

Varzaneh
Varzaneh

Drive to the desert city of Varzaneh before noon, where you’ll experience the towering dunes of the Varzaneh Desert and the vast Varzaneh Salt Lake. Visit the Water Temple of Hassanabad to see how ancient people maintained their sacred resources. After watching the sunset over the sands, make your way to a local, traditional guesthouse in Varzaneh, where you’ll spend the night. Spend your time making friends and exchanging stories with locals and fellow travelers.  

Isfahan
Isfahan

Start with the 16th c. Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The square was, and still is, the center of trade and activity in Isfahan. Explore the Qeysariye Bazaar, a local hub filled with handicrafts, spices & carpets. Visit the Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque’s mesmerizing dome, the Shah Mosque’s enchanting courtyard, & the six-story Ali Qapu Palace’s view. At night, visit Khaju Bridge & Si-o-Se Pol Bridge along the Zayandeh Rud river. Finish the night with a Persian Cooking Class making dinner with a local host family. 

Isfahan
Isfahan

In the early morning, visit the 8th c. Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, a former Zoroastrian fire temple that was continually built upon over the centuries. Make your way from Isfahan's Historic District, through ancient bazaar-pathways, to the more modern Naqsh-e Jahan Square you saw yesterday. Handicrafts here haven't changed for over 400 years, so take the time to buy some last-minute souvenirs. Finish off with the bright frescos of Vank Cathedral in the Armenian quarter of New Jolfa. Drive towards Tehran for IKIA.

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Is travel insurance included?
Yes. We include Iranian travel insurance with up to 10k in medical coverage in every tour package over 7 days.
Are Entrance fees included?
Yes. All entrance fees to all listed attractions are included. If you wish to see additional attractions, you will have to pay separate entrance fees for each one.
Will we have a guide with us?
Yes. Your tour will be led by a local guide from each region or city you visit.
Are meals included?
Only breakfast. Our package tours are half-board, meaning you are responsible for your lunch and dinner.
Do hotel rooms have private bathrooms?
Yes. Iranian hotels are quite similar to western hotels.
Is this tour private?
Yes. All package tours are tailor-made for you and your group.
How much is the deposit?
40% for each traveler. Our prices are based on your group size and preferences in accommodation, transportation and sites.
What costs will I have on this tour?
Your international flight to and from Iran, visa fees, meals (breakfast included), and personal expenses.
How do I get my visa?
Once we process your visa, you can pick it up before you come, at one of Iran’s global embassies or consulates, or upon your arrival, at the Iranian airport.
Can I stay longer once my tour is finished?
Yes. We can help you extend your visa for up to 90 days. We can also help plan the rest of your trip and book your accommodations, transportation, and reservations.
Can I change parts of my trip?
Yes. We can adjust your package tour based on your interests and preferences. Some details, such as bookings and reservations, can require 1-7 days prior notice.
Can we share a room if we are not married?
Yes. If you and your partner are non-Iranian, you will not be asked about your marital status. If you are traveling with an Iranian partner of the opposite sex, hotels may give you a hard time when it comes to shared rooms.
Will we have free time while traveling?
Yes. Your package will be equally divided between the scheduled time and free time. You can also adjust your tour package based on your interests and preferences.
I am vegetarian/vegan. Will I find decent meal options?
Yes. Iranian cuisine includes multiple vegetarian and vegan dishes. Ask your local guide to show you the best dishes, snacks, and food options.
Can I ask my questions in a video call before I book my tour?
Yes. We are available to call 24/7. Schedule your video with us and we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Can I get a discount on this tour?
Yes. We offer first-time-traveler and seasonal discounts. Let us know when you plan on booking your tour and we will tell you all our active discounts for that time.
I’m an American. Can I book this tour?
Yes. Be prepared for 2-3 months of visa processing, but once you are in Iran, you will be treated like every other traveler.
I’m British. Can I book this tour?
Yes. Be prepared for 2-3 months of visa processing, but once you are in Iran, you will be treated like every other traveler.
I’m Canadian. Can I book this tour?
Yes. Be prepared for 2-3 months of visa processing, but once you are in Iran, you will be treated like every other traveler.
How long does it take to get my visa?
For most travelers, it takes about 2-3 business days to get your visa authorization code. For Americans, Brits, and Canadians, it may take 2-3 months to get your visa authorization code. Once you have your code, you need to pick up your actual visa. If you’re picking up your visa before you arrive, you have 30 days to get your visa at the embassy or consulate, and then 90 days after that to visit Iran. If you’re picking up your visa at the airport, you have 90 days from the time you get your authorization code to enter Iran.
Can I access the internet in Iran?
Your SIM card will not work in Iran, but hotels, restaurants, and cafes often have internet access. If you want to have internet on-the-go, we can get you an Iranian SIM card and modem for the time you are here.
How can I pay for this tour?
Bank transfer to our bank account in Germany.
Does our transport have A/C?
Yes. If you have any preferences, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
Are the guides licensed?
Yes. All of our local guides are licensed professionals.
Is the tour in English?
Yes, but they can also be led in other languages based on your request.

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Sandy Moses

15/10/2019

A very intresting tour

Mojtaba's expertise was clear to all. He explained all the historical sites to us. The tour covered a lot of interesting areas and we knew what's coming up next. I highly recommend this tour.
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Renato67

10/05/2019

best 8 days of my life

We heard so much about how wonderful Iran was that we always wanted to visit. We are independent travelers and thought that it would be too difficult to organize other than going in a group. How wrong were we!!! Rasool at TAPPersia kept us updated on everything we wanted to do in Iran and offered us other suggestions. stopping by for a night in the desert, gazing at the star with a well-known guide telling us tales of the are and stars.👍
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Grant B

04/05/2019

"Excellent trip"

The tour ran smoothly, with no hiccups and interruptions. Our guide managed to visit the sites that interests the whole group. The hotels were all traditional ( as we requested) and the ride was comfortable with Ac.
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Amanda Sims

25/01/2019

Great tour

We booked this tour as we got to the Imam airport. We are both in our late 20s and crazy about History. We both had such a fantastic time with Ali and we were lucky to take incredible pictures of the beautiful Meyod and Naein. Such a friendly and informative guide was Ali. So happy that we decided to do this tour!
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Rachel Patel

12/06/2018

lots of Ancient cities in 10 days

I had a really good time on that tour! our tour guide Ali was great, she was always in a positive mood and explained a lot about the are from the very beginning of this tour! I really enjoyed the food and the stories our driver told on the way. We stopped at a lot of places, so many things to see! lots of great look-outs, high and mud-brick buildings. Thank you very much tappersia!
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Tanya

12/02/2018

never disappointed!

I had a wonderful time in Iran traveling 8 days with Parinaz. It took me a while to get used to the condition of wearing hijab all the time, but our guide helped us with the scarf adjustment, and surprisingly it looked beautiful in our photos.
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