Iraq and Iran Adventure

Duration : 16 days
Itinerary : Baghdad, Karbala, Kufa, Najaf, Nasiriyya, Basra, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan, Tehran

    • Day 1: Arrive Baghdad – Included transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel and the afternoon is yours to explore the city. (D)
    • Day 2: Babylon / Karbala – A morning visit to the legendary city of Babylon followed by a tour of Karbala. (B,L,D)
      • Babylon Complex Tour
      • Al Hur Aliryahi
      • Karbala city tour
    • Day 3: Kufa / Najaf – Explore the city of Kufa, once the capitol of Islam during the era of Imam Ali followed by the spiritual city of Najaf. (B,L,D)
      • Imam Ali Holy Shrine
      • Maitham Al Tamar Mosque
      • Hani Ibn Irwa Mosque
      • Al Imara Palace
      • Al Sahla Mosque
      • Holy locations in Najaf
    • Day 4: Nasiriyya / Uruk – An excursion to the historical remains of Uruk known in legends as Gilgamesh. (B,L,D)
      • Uruk Ancient City excursion
    • Day 5: Nassiriyya / Ur – An excursion to ancient city of Ur, the biblical home of the patriarch Abraham. (B,L,D)
      • Ur Ancient City excursion
    • Day 6: Tigris and Marshes / Basra – A day long excursion to the Tigris and canoe ride into the Marshes where legend claims this place to be the Earthly paradise. (B,L,D)
      • Tigris and Marshes Excursion and canoe ride
    • Days 7-8: Ahvaz– Our base in Ahvaz give us the chance to explore the ancient cities and sites of western Iran. (2B)
      • Full day excursion to Shush (Susa) (UNESCO Site)
      • Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat (UNESCO Site)
      • Haft Tappen
    • Day 9: Shiraz – A long drive via Bishapur and Tangeh Chogan bring us to the famous city of Shiraz. (B)
    • Day 10: Persepolis & Shiraz – We will spend the day discovering the spectacular site of Persepolis and surrounding rock tombs. (B)
      • Half day tour of Persepolis Complex (UNESCO Site)
      • Rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rajab & Naqsh-e Rostam
    • Day 11: Shiraz– Known for its splendid gardens, exquisite mosques and famous poets we explore the sites of this famous city. (B)
      • Karim Khan Citadel
      • Tombs of Hafez and Sa`adi
      • Eram Garden (UNESCO Site)
      • Vakil Mosque & Bazzar
      • Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque
      • Jameh-ye Atigh Mosque
    • Day 12: 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)
      • Zein-o-Din Caravanserai
      • Yazd – Jameh Mosque
      • Amir Chakhmaq Complex
      • Zoroastrian Fire Temple
      • Towers of Silence burial grounds
    • Day 13: Na’in / 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)
      • Na’in – Jameh Mosque
      • Zayandeh River Bridges (Si-o-seh & Khaju Bridges)
    • Day 14: 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
    • Day 15: Kashan / Tehran – 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
      • Khan-e Borujedi
  • Day 16: Tehran and Depart – After breakfast you are free to depart at anytime. (B)