DUBAI & IRAN COMBINED TOUR
10 Nights & 11 Days, Minimum 6 Participants
Dubai (3N), Tehran (1N), Isfahan (2N), Yazd (2N), Shiraz (2N)
Day 1: FLIGHT TO DUBAI
Arrival in Dubai and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the flight arrival time, accommodation in reserved rooms (usually rooms are assigned after 2 pm). Free dinner and overnight.
Day 2: DUBAI - BURJ KHALIFA - DHOW CRUISE
Let's go to the discovery of this unique and spectacular metropolis. Our itinerary begins with a wonderful view of Dubai Creek, crossing the historic district, with its enchanting fortified houses built by merchants. We will then move to the ancient fort of Al Fahidi, where the Dubai Museum preserves precious archives and memories of the city's past, in addition to the chronicle of the phases of its development. Not far away we embark on an Abra, the traditional wooden boat, to cross the Creek and go to visit the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk. We will then have the opportunity to stop for a photo near the Jumeirah mosque. After lunch in the restaurant we continue with the visits in the modern part of the city going up the tallest building in the world, 'Burj Khalifa', we begin the vertical ascent with the high-speed elevator, rising to 10 meters per second. When the doors open, the floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer a 360-degree view of the city, from the desert to the ocean. We continue to Dubai Marina and later Palm Jumeirah, an island created by man who has become a powerful symbol of the emirate. We will stop for a photo at the extra-luxurious Atlantis The Palm hotel and near the famous Burj Al Arab, designed to look like a 321-meter-high sail, which dominates the Dubai Jumeirah skyline. In the evening a new point of view awaits us on Dubai: we climb on a traditional wooden Dhow vessel, decorated in a mix of Arabian flavor and modern lighting. Sailing in the peaceful Dubai Marina, we admire the spectacle of the illuminated skyline. The sparkling reflections, the sumptuous buffet dinner and the most incredible view of the city will make this an unforgettable experience.
Day 3: DUBAI - BARBECUE DINNER IN THE DESERT
We have the morning free to visit the city independently. We can dedicate ourselves to shopping in one of the incredible shopping centers, such as the "Dubai Mall" which, with its over 1,200 stores and a range of attractions worldwide, is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. We can even ski on an authentic equipped runway in Mall of the Emirates. Lunch is free and Dubai boasts one of the most varied gastronomic offerings in the world, for all tastes and prices. In the afternoon we go to the discovery of another fascinating aspect of the United Arab Emirates: the Desert. We leave for a safari in 4x4 vehicles towards the golden sand dunes. Arrived on the desert we stop on the highest dune to admire the sunset, then continue the adventure on the dunes until you get to our authentic Bedouin campsite right in the heart of the desert. Before dinner we have time to relax, walk on camels, get our hands decorated with henna, try on local clothes and enjoy the local Hubbly Bubbly (water pipe). Drinks, water, tea or coffee will be offered. As night falls, a delicious buffet dinner is served under the stars, while the atmosphere is made even more magical by the enchantment of Arabian music and the dancing of a charming belly dancer.
Day 4: TOUR OF TEHRAN
Today early morning, based on the flight time we transfer to the airport to leave for Tehran. Tehran is a modern megalopolis, prides itself in having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era. We will visit, National jewelry museum and Golestan palace during our full day. In the afternoon, we will have shopping walk in the traditional bazar of Tehran. Overnight in Tehran
Day 5: DRIVE TO ISFAHAN, VISITING ISFAHAN, O/N ISFAHAN
Today early morning we will drive to Isfahan. Isfahan the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. This city is revived by the works of contemporary artists. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces. Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”. Our full day tour includes the famed Imam square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square Second in the world to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutun and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also visit one of the most famous Bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the Arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned. Finally, in case of having time we will walk through Khajou and Sio-se-pol bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 6: VISITING ISFAHAN, O/N ISFAHAN
Isfahan’s Jame’ mosque displays several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture in which the progress of architecture from the outset of Islam till recent times is evident. Then we will visit Vank Cathedral which is one of the most beautiful Armenian cathedrals in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Our day will conclude with a visit to Menar Jonban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
Day 7: DRIVE TO YAZD, O/N YAZD
Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkuh and two majestic deserts, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot. This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor.
Day 8: VISITING YAZD, O/N YAZD
Today’s tour includes visiting Dakhmeh (tower of silence, where Zoroastrians leave the dead to be eaten by vultures). We will see Zoroastrian fire temple which come under three categories In terms of importance: we will also visit the marvelous Water Museum, Jame’ mosque and Doulat Abad Garden.
Day 9: DRIVE TO SHIRAZ, VIA PASARGADAE AND AN EXCURSION TO PERSEPOLIS AND NECROPOLIS, O/N SHIRAZ
On the way we will have a few short stops in Pasargadae to visit the most important and majestic monuments there. The tomb of Cyrus the Great, great Achaemenid Emperor, (500 years BC) is the oldest historical tomb. The wonderful architecture of his tomb, the fertile land and the brave personality of Cyrus the Great will impress visitors. This was the worshipping place for the followers of several religions and still it is so. Nearby is a relief of a mysterious winged man and there are many theories as to what it symbolizes. Then, we will visit Persepolis, founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian Models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government, but also primarily as a showplace and a spectacular center for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nouwroz. Next is Necropolis, opposite the mountain of Rahmat, the minutes to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.
Day 10: VISITING SHIRAZ, O/N SHIRAZ
Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the center of Persian culture for More than 2,000 years, and was at one time the country’s capital. Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zandi Dynasty. Be inspired by The glorious Karim Khan Palace, the splendid Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with Its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, and the Nasir Al molk Mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz. This gorgeous city is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi and historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago can be found. Hafez is one of the great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Sa’adi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of tourism. About seven previous centuries he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in verse and rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage at the tombs of these great poets.
Day 11: VISITING SHIRAZ, FLIGHT FROM SHIRAZ TO TEHRAN
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties. We will Take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally we will visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will remain in our mind. At night we will be transferred from Shiraz to Tehran and then to take flight back to your country.
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Hotels based on Double standard room.
Treatment as per program.
Transfers, visits and entries as indicated in the program.
English speaking guide during the entire tour.
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