Georgia, Armenia and Iran

Duration : 21 days
Itinerary : Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Gudauri, Gori, Bakuriani, Dilijan National Park, Lake Sevan, Yerevan, Goris, Tabriz, Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan, Tehran

    • Day 1: Arrive Tbilisi Check-in to your hotel and the afternoon is yours to explore the city. (D)
    • Day 2: Tbilisi– A full day tour of the capitol city shows the centuries of history and culture of the Georgian people. (B)
      • Tbilisi Old Town Tour
      • Metekhi Temple
      • Narikala Citadel
      • Georgian State History Museum
    • Day 3: Mtskheta / Kazbegi / Gudauri – A visit to Mtskheta, the ancient capitol of Georgia followed walks in the Caucasian Mountains. (B)
      • Mtskheta Ancient Capitol excursion
      • Gergeti trinity Church – Kazbegi
    • Day 4: Gori / Uplistsikhre / Bakuriani – Driving west to the historical town of Gori, birthplace of Stalin followed by a stop at a cave town dating back the 7th century B.C. (B)
      • Gori town and Fortress
      • Joseph Stalin Museum
      • Uplistsikhre cave town
    • Day 5: Borjomi / Tbilisi – Drive via the resort town of Borjomi to Tbilisi for the night.(B)
    • Day 6: Georgia/Armenia border / Dilijan NP – Cross the border and stop at the UNESCO sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries.(B)
      • Haghpat & Sanahin Monasteries (UNESCO Site)
      • Goshavank Monastery
    • Day 7: Lake Sevan / Yerevan – Interesting sites and picturesque scenery sweep past on the way to Yerevan. (B)
      • Selim caravanserai
      • Lake Sevan
      • Mt Ararat views
      • Khor Virap monastery
    • Day 8: Yerevan / Echmiadzin – A visit to the religious center of Armenia shows how the countries deep rooted devotion to Christianity developed.(B)
      • Echmiadzin Excursion
      • Zvartnots Cathedral (UNESCO Site)
    • Day 9: Yerevan / Garni & Geghard – Yerevan is surrounded by historical villages and sites to explore not far from the capitol. (B)
      • Geghard medieval monastery (UNESCO Site)
      • Garni village
      • Garni canyon “Symphony of Stones” visit
    • Day 10: Goris or Kapan – SLeaving the capitol we drive south stopping at sites along the way to the town of Goris or Kapan (depending on driving time). (B)
    • Day 11: Armenia/Iran border – Tabriz – Cross the border and drive to the historical city of Tabriz.(B)
    • Day 12: Tabriz– Steeped in history the northern city of Tabriz is our starting point to explore Iran. (B)
      • Blue Mosque & Bazaar area
      • Chandovan Village of troglodyte homes
    • Days 13-14: Qazvin / Tehran – Conitnue to Tehran with a stop in Qazvin on day 14. The next day is spent exploring the sights of capitol city.(B)
      • Sa’d Abad Museum Complex
      • Jewellery Museum
      • Carpet Museum
    • Day 15: Persepolis & Shiraz – After breakfast we check out and head to the domestic airport for a short flight to Shiraz. We proceed with a tour of Persepolis before returning back to the city for a little bit of sightseeing. (B)
      • Half day tour of Persepolis Complex (UNESCO Site)
      • Rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rajab & Naqsh-e Rostam
      • Tombs of Hafez and Sa`adi
    • Day 16: Shiraz– Known for its splendid gardens, exquisite mosques and famous poets we continue touring the sites of this famous city. (B)
      • Karim Khan Citadel
      • Eram Garden (UNESCO Site)
      • Vakil Mosque & Bazzar
      • Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque
      • Madraseh-ye Khan
      • Jameh-ye Atigh Mosque
      • Imamzadeh-ye Ali Ebn-e Hamze shrine
    • Day 17: Pasargadae / Yazd – A short drive first takes us to the ruins of Pasargadae before continuing on to Yazd which is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world. (B)
      • Pasargadae – Tomb of Cyrus (UNESCO Site)
      • Yazd – Jameh Mosque
      • Amir Chakhmaq Complex
      • Zoroastrian Fire Temple
      • Towers of Silence burial grounds
    • Day 18: Isfahan– After leaving Yazd for the jewel of ancient Persia, Isfahan is one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. After checking into our hotel we can visit its famous bridges at sunset. (B)
      • Zayandeh River Bridges (Si-o-seh & Khaju Bridges)
    • Day 19: Isfahan– Isfahan is a place for savouring the high refinements of Persian culture and getting lost in its old bazaar.(B)
      • Imam Square (UNESCO Site)
      • Ali Qapu Palace & Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
      • Chehel Sotun Palace (UNESCO Site)
      • Vank Cathedral Museum
      • Jameh Mosque
    • Day 20: Kashan / Tehhran – On the way back to Tehran we stop in Kashan for a tour of this historic city that dates back over 6000 years.(B)
      • Fin Garden (UNESCO Site)
      • Sialk Hill (Tappeh-ye Seyalk)
      • Khan-e Borujedi
      • Agha Bozorg Mosque & Madraseh
  • Day 21: Tehran and Depart – After breakfast you are free to depart at anytime. (B)