Zoroastrian Persia | 15 days 

Tehran ➛ Isfahan ➛ Shiraz ➛ Yazd ➛ Tehran

This tour is designed for Zoroastrians or those with a specific interest in the Zoroastrian faith. As well as visiting the major highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis you will then spend four days in and around Yazd : the Zoroastrian centre of Iran. Chak Chak, the main place of pilgrimage for Zoroastrians from all over the world, hosts the 10-day festival in June and this may be an ideal time of year to plan your visit.

Day 1
London Tehran
Depart from London.
Day 2
Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. Morning rest. Afternoon drive to a tower of silence (dakhme) situated on a mountain named after Bibi Shar-Banu, south of Tehran. Bibi Shar-Banu was the daughter of Yazdgird III, the last of the Sassanian Kings and defender of the Zoroastrian faith.
Day 3
Tehran
Early morning departure to Takht-e-Soleiman (Throne of Solomon) via Takab. This was a city belonging to the Parthian and Sassanian eras only discovered earlier this century. Built around a volcanic lake, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Within the temple complex, a substantial fire altar, rumoured to be that of the goddess Anahita, can be found. Myth and legend surround this great site.
Day 4
Tehran Kashan Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan via Kashan &  Abyaneh : a picturesque village dating back to the Sassanian period, it is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Kashan is an oasis town famous for its beautiful Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque & House of Borujerdi.
Day 5
Isfahan
In Isfahan visit Ateshkadeh, the ancient Zoroastrian fire temple dating back 4500 years and the Shaking Minarets nearby. On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarter of Isfahan to visit the impressive Vank Cathedral.
Day 6
Isfahan
Sightseeing in Isfahan including the stunning Royal Square, Royal & Sheikh Lotf-Allah Mosques & Ali Qapu Palace.
Day 7
Isfahan Shiraz
Free morning to shop, etc. Evening flight for Shiraz.
Day 8
Shiraz
Excursion to Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam. Persepolis was the spring capital of the Achaemenian court. The Great Achaemenian Kings, who built these magnificent palaces, celebrated the festival of Norouz (first day of spring) here each year. On to Naghsh-e-Rostam, tombs of three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples in Iran. After lunch, visit the ancient city of Istakhr, the Sassanian capital of the Fars province. It is claimed that the Avesta was originally written in gold on prepared ox-hides and stored at Istakhr, and that it was destroyed by Alexander.
Day 9
Shiraz
Excursion to Firuzabad near Shiraz, winter quarters of the Qashqaii nomads. Visit the Bishapur Fire Temple and the Palace of Artaxeres.
Day 10
Shiraz Yazd
Morning city tour of Shiraz including Bagh-e-Eram (Garden of Paradise), Narenjestan Palace & the Shah Cheraq (King of the Light) shrine. After lunch, drive to Yazd, centre of the Zoroastrian population in Iran.
Day 11
Yazd
Morning visit to Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire). Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. Visit Dakhme-ye-Zartoshti, Towers of Silence and the important Zoroastrian fire temple and take time to walk around this ancient city with its desert architecture and wind towers.
Day 12
Yazd
Free day in Yazd.
Day 13
Yazd
Excursion to Chak Chak, the main place of pilgrimage for Zoroastrians from all over the world. 50 km north of Yazd, this village holds an annual festival which lasts 10 days in June. On to visit the Zoroastrian villages of pir-Hirisht, Cham and Taft.
Day 14
Yazd Tehran
Drive to Tehran via Naiin , with a chance to stop at a private house where Persian Carpets are being made. Lunch at the caravanserai in Naiin.
Day 15
Tehran London
Depart from Tehran to London early morning.

TOUR DATES:

There are no set dates for this tour, which we can arrange on a tailor made basis to suit your individual requirements.

Cost indications for a tailor-made trip based on 2, 4, 6  or 8 persons 

15 day tour price  per person, based on:

  • 2  persons   £4900
  • 4 persons    £3600
  • 6 persons    £3100
  • 8 persons    £2800
  • Single room supplement £650
  • Visa stamp fees for UK passports £170

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • English speaking national guide throughout the trip and all  his expenses
  • Driver with air conditioned private vehicle  throughout the trip
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in best available (three/four/five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flights to Iran
  • Internal flights
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • All personal extras such as laundry, tips and porterage
  • All optional excursions, tours and visits
  • Travel insurance

Cost Indication on British  Airways for return Economy flight £650 per person including airport taxes.

 

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