Iran Traveling Center

Iran and Central Asia Tour

Iran and Central Asia Tour

 Iran Tour packages & Excursions   :: Regional tours ::  Central Asia & Iran in 25 day

 


 Tehran/ Isfahan?Shiraz/Mashhad/Eshghabad/Merv/Tasktand

/Khiva/Bukhara/Smarkand/Bishkek /Almaty/Tehran

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day 1 

Arrive Tehran (Iran)
On arrival, we are welcomed to Tehran, the pearl of Persia. After checking into our hotel, we enjoy a leisurely evening and rest up, before our formal itinerary of exploring this country rich in history and culture begins.
Laleh Hotel, Tehran (2 nights)

 
day 2


Locations: Tehran
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Laleh Hotel, Tehran
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Full day tour starts off with a visit to the Carpet Museum, housing an excellent collection of Iranian hand woven carpets, followed by the Museum of Reza Abbasi. This museum, named after the most famous miniaturist in the Safavid era, was opened in 1977. It exhibits artifacts dating back to prehistoric, ancient and Islamic periods and is particularly rich in Islamic calligraphy.
Lunch  
PM  Next is a visit to the Crown Jewels Museum after which we visit the Archaeological Museum with its fine collection including a stone capital of a winged lion from Susa and a 6th century BC audience hall relief of Darius the Great from the Treasury at Persepolis. The museum has items dating back from the Sumerian Period (4500 BC) to contemporary times. (B, D)
Dinner  
day 3


Locations: Tehran / Shiraz (Flight)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Homa Hotel, Shiraz (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Morning visit the Glass and Ceramic Museum, Golestan Palace, the Ethonological Museum and Sa’dabad Palace.

Lunch
PM Late afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight to Shiraz, traditionally known as the city of Roses and Nightingales.
Dinner
day 4


Locations: Shiraz
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel:  Homa Hotel, Shiraz
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Shiraz is the beautiful capital of the Province of Fars. Our visit today will include the Eram Garden, the tombs of Saadi and Hafiz – two of the most well known Persian poets,
Lunch
PM Nasirol-Molk Mosque, Afif-Abad Garden, Narenjistan Museum and the traditional Vakil bazaar. (B, D)
Dinner
day 5


Locations: Shiraz / Esfahan (Flight)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Abbasi Hotel, Esfahan (3 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Morning excursion to Persepolis, literally meaning the capital of Persia, which lies 60 kms / 37 miles north of Shiraz. Persepolis is the last and ultimate expression of the ancient Middle East. Construction began by Darius the Great (521 – 468 B.C.) as the focus of the mighty Achemenian Empire nearly 2500 years ago. Our next stop is Naqsh-e-Rustam – tomb of the famous Rustam.
Lunch
PM Late evening transfer to the airport for our flight to Esfahan, another highlight city. Legend has it that Esfahan was founded in the time of Tahmourass or Keykavous. During the Safavid Era (16th and 17th Century A.D.), Esfahan was an extraordinary city of Gardens and Palaces.
Dinner
day 6


Locations: Esfahan
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Abbasi Hotel, Esfahan
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Full day tour of this magnificent city includes Hasht Behesht Palace (built in 1680 AD during the rule of Suleiman II), t
Lunch
PM he Armenian Vank Church, Friday Mosque and the famous bridges of Esfahan. (B, D)
Dinner
day 7


Locations: Esfahan
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Abbasi Hotel, Esfahan
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today visit includes Imam Square (Naqsh-e- Jahan) with its Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon Palace (40 pillars) which was built by Shah Abbas as a hall of audience.
Lunch
PM Later we visit the most famous hustling and bustling bazaar in Iran. (B, D)
Dinner
day 8


Locations:  Esfahan / Tehran / Mashhad (Flight)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Homa Hotel, Mashhad (1 night) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to the holy city of Mashhad via Tehran.

Lunch
PM All roads in Mashhad lead to the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza and this evening our tour starts with a visit to the courtyard of the shrine (open only to Muslims), followed by the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Dinner
day 9


Locations: Mashhad / Ashgabat (TURKMENISTAN – Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Nisa Hotel, Ashgabat (3 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Our fascinating tour of Iran comes to an end today as we cross another frontier, this time to Turkmenistan.

Lunch
PM Ashghabad
Dinner
day 10


Locations: Ashgabat
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Nisa Hotel, Ashgabat
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we enjoy a complete sightseeing tour of the capital city of Turkmenistan. We visit the Talkuchka Sunday Bazaar, also known as the Turkmen’s Carpet Bazaar; the famous archaeological site of Nisa, which served as the winter capital of the Parthian rulers and the National Museum of History and Ethnography.
Lunch
PM Our last stop is the Carpet Museum, one of the best in Central Asia. The carpets and designs come from the Tekke, Yamud, Sarik and Chodor famous tribes. (B, D)
Dinner
day 11


Locations: Ashgabat / Merv
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Nisa Hotel, Ashgabat
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we explore Merv, the oldest and most completely preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains of this wide oasis span four thousand years of human history and a number of monuments are visible, particularly from the last two millennia. Merv is often mentioned as Margiana by classical writers and was part of the Achaemenian Empire in 6th Century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. In the Islamic era it was known as the ‘Mother of the cities’, when it flourished as an important town on the Great Silk Road until its destruction by the Mongols. (B, D)
Lunch
PM Merv
Dinner
day 12


Locations: Ashgabat / Tashauz / Khiva (UZBEKISTAN – Flight and drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Asia, Khiva (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Tashauz. Meet & drive to Urgench via Kunya-Urgench, the former capital of Khorezmia, that flourished under the Achaemenid rule in 6th century BC and was subsequently wrested away from the last of the Persian rulers, the Sasanids, by the invading armies of the Arabs. Later powerful Turkic tribes who were converted to Islam took reins of the Kingdom and under whose rule the city flourished when great scholars of the Muslim attended the court of Khorezmshahs. A powerful and merciless invasion of the Mongolid hordes put an end to the ruling dynasty.

Lunch
PM Khiva
Dinner
 
day 13


Locations: Khiva
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Asia, Khiva
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we explore the World Heritage Site at Khiva, a city where time has stood still in the age of the Arabian Nights. Our visit starts with the main site of Itchan Kala followed by Kalta Minor, the Kunya Ark, the Rakhimkhon Madrassah, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, the Friday Mosque and the Tashauli Palace and Harem.
Lunch
PM to  complete this extraordinary day, we climb the Khodja Minaret to take in the amazing fairy tale panorama. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 14


Locations: Khiva / Bukhara (Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Zargaron, Bukhara (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Our drive to Bukhara is through the arid setting of the Kyzyl Kum Desert. Along the way we stop for some refreshments and observe how humans have survived over the centuries in this unforgiving landscape.
Lunch
PM Bukhara
Dinner
 
day 15


Locations: Bukhara
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Asia, Khiva (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
One of the grandest of Uzbek centers, Bukhara is an open museum with many mosques,
madrassahs and a grand minaret. We spend the day visiting some of the finest examples of Islamic Architecture in the world, where exquisite tile and mosaic work complements the beautiful brickwork; it is no wonder this city is a World Heritage Site. Our visit includes the Lab-e-Khauz Complex with the Nadirkhon Devanbegi Madrassah, the Mogak Attari Mosque and the Poi Kalon Minaret. We also visit the Madrassahs of Aziz Khan and the Ulugbek Ark Fortress, the residence cum army headquarters of the Bukharan Emirs that houses an interesting collection of objects from those day and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, which features some of the best 10th century brickwork, with a marked Persian influence.

Lunch
PM We conclude the day with a visit to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the Summer Residence of the former Emirs of Bukhara. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 16


Locations: Bukhara / Gijduvan / Samarkand (Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Afrosiab Malika, Samarkand (3 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
This morning we start off with a visit to a local family run ceramic factory in Gijduvan then continue onto Samarkand.
Lunch
PM Samarkand
Dinner
 
day 17


Locations: Samarkand
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Afrosiab Malika, Samarkand (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we enjoy a day excursion to visit the World Heritage Site of Shakhrisabz, hometown of Tamerlane. This historic centre contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to centuries of vibrant history, particularly to the period of its climax in the 15th century under the empire of Tamerlane.
Lunch
PM  we try to visit the famous Urgut Market. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 18


Locations: Samarkand
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Afrosiab Malika, Samarkand
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
The historic town of Samarkand, recently declared a World Heritage Site, was and is a crossroads and melting pot of the world’s cultures. Founded in the 7th century BC as ancient Afrosiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. Our tour takes us to the major monuments and includes the Registan Mosque and the adjoining madrassas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir Ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg’s Observatory.
Lunch
PM  Our afternoon tour also includes the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient Afrosiab, and the Historical Museum of Uzbek Culture and Art, which houses the wooden coffin of Tamerlane and a large copy of the Koran. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 19


Locations: Samarkand / Penjikent / Tashkent – (Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Dedeman, Tashkent (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we attempt to cross into TAJIKISTAN. This may prove to be difficult as the border crossing is subject to rules that keep on changing, one of the notorious features of daily life in Central Asia. Our objective is to the see the site of the ancient city of Sogdiana at Penjikent.
Lunch
PM Should the border crossing not be possible then we will continue on to Tashkent.
Dinner
 
day 20


Locations: Tashkent
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Dedeman, Tashkent
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Our visit of Tashkent entails the old part of the city, the Kafelsashi Mausoleum, the Barak Khana, the Tila Shaikh Mosque and Archives, followed by the Chorsu Bazar, Kukeldesh Madrassah, the Friendship Square and the Navoi Theatre.
Lunch
PM In the afternoon we will have time to visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts. The evening is free, with an opportunity to see a local opera or ballet. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 21


Locations: Tashkent / Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN / Issyk-Kul (Flight / Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: New Issyk-Kul Hotel, Issyk-Kul (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
We arrive at Bishkek after a short flight from Tashkent. Our tour of the Krgyz capital starts with the History Museum famous for its collection of Bolshevik Revolution artifacts. This is followed by a visit to Frunze’s House, named after the Soviet General Michael Frunze who won Central Asia for the Blosheviks in the Civil War.

Lunch
PM Next stop is the Burana Tower Archaeological Museum, which is situated on the site of a caravan town dating to the 10th Century AD. We arrive Issyk-Kul in the evening.
Dinner
 
day 22


Locations: Issyk-Kul
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: New Issyk-Kul Hotel, Issyk-Kul
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
The scene surrounding Issyk-Kul Lake is enchanting in its surreal beauty. It is surrounded by high mountains, with 134 rivers flowing into the lake and traditional yurts dotting the landscape, this truly is a picturesque landscape. Our tour includes a visit to the Preshevalsky Museum, dedicated to the memory of Nikolai Michailovich Preshevalsky, an enthusiastic explorer accredited for his excellent works on flora and fauna of the Issyk-Kul region. He was also known for breeding a tiny horse in the steppes of Tibet, which later came to be known as the Preshevalsky Horse.
Lunch
PM This afternoon we have time for leisure to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Issikul Lake. There are lots of water sports as well as spa activities one can take advantage of. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 23


Locations: Issikul / Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN (Drive)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Otrar, Almaty (2 nights) (B, D)
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM Driving through the heart of the Zailiysky Steppes, with their wide greens filled with beautiful poppy fields we head off to another stan. This time it is Kazakhstan, one of the largest countries in the world.

Lunch
PM Almaty
Dinner
 
day 24


Locations: Almaty
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: Hotel Otrar, Almaty
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
today we enjoy a full day tour of Almaty, including a visit to the Zhenkov’s Cathedral, an extraordinary Russian Orthodox Church built of wood after which we take a walk through beautiful Panfilov Park. Later we visit the Central State Museum, which exhibits more than 40 different musical instruments. Even today in remote villages, music is part of a Kazakh’s way of life.
Lunch
PM  The evening is free for us to enjoy and shop for Central Asian souvenirs. (B, D)
Dinner
 
day 25


Locations: Depart Almaty
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 
Hotel: 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.:


AM
Our tour comes to an end today and we bid farewell to this fascinating region. (B)
Lunch
PM
Dinner
 

 

   

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This option is prefect for those who want to be in a group tour package. Each small group contains no more than 16 and no less than 2  participants, except those who rather to travel in a solo private guided tour. Your chosen date will be confirmed only if there will be at least 2 or more people interested in the same date. You will be notified about the status of your tour at least 30 day in advance. All  charges will be refundable to you in regard to this tour unless the minimum number of participants for this tour is reached and you are totally sure you wanted to join your tour. But still if at any point prior to 3 week until your tour date , you decided to cancel , we will refund you in full.

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Traveling alone? Tight budget? Want to explore the country on your own way, love to improvise !. Enjoy the same quality of full guided tour service and save a lot !
We will get your visa,  help you to design your tailor-made itinerary, assist you  to chose your accommodations everywhere , doing research and give you tips, discuss the need for guided tours in any city, hock you up with right guides or good drivers ,wherever you need.For all that, what we get is the visa service fee and a consultant fees. This in turn  however would eventually save you lots of intrinsic  hassles that such a travel would have for anyone, especially in Iran and of course  hundreds of dollars, which otherwise would be paid for things, which really don’t  needed to incurred at all. So let us know if you are interested.

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Nowaday there are many tourists that tell they would rather simply to just get their visa through us and then manage their travel arrangements independently, while traveling. We recognize and always have welcomed this notion. On our turn we would also do our best to serve this group of tourist as efficiently as possible. so if you happened to be merely interested in getting your visa to Iran through us , please don?t hesitate .We will try to get a tourist visa , valid for up to 30 day travel in Iran for the nominal cost of 60$ per person.

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