Premium Iran & Turkey

07/18/2021 through 10/04/2023
07/18/2021 through 11/02/2023
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Premium Iran & Turkey

Explore Iran and Turkey on a 27-day Premium adventure, encompassing the best of these historically and culturally rich countries. Go behind the headlines and uncover the true Iran, a welcoming country of open-hearted people. From breath-taking mosques to stepped hillside villages, Ancient Persepolis and Zoroastrian towers, the beauty of the Iranian landscape is a reflection of its inhabitants. Journey to Turkey, a land of infinite variety that mixes the cosmopolitan delights of Istanbul with ancient cities and natural wonders. Visit a dazzling architectural world, from the Blue Mosque and Ephesus, to the bizarre rock-landscape of Cappadocia.

Activities

  • Tehran – Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tehran – City Tour
  • Tehran – National Museum of Iran
  • Tehran – Golestan Palace
  • Tehran – Old Bazaar
  • Kashan -Tabatabaei Historical House
  • Kashan – Bazaar
  • Kashan – Fin Gardens (entrance fee and guide)
  • Kashan – Home-cooked Dinner
  • Yazd – Traditional sweet shop visit and tasting
  • Yazd – Zoroastrian Fire Altar and Towers of Silence
  • Yazd – Amir Chakhmaq Complex
  • Yazd – City Tour
  • Yazd – Home-cooked Dinner
  • Abarkooh – Cypress of Abarkooh
  • Abarkooh – Ice Houses
  • Shiraz – Saadi and Hafez Tombs
  • Shiraz – Eram Garden
  • Shiraz – City Tour
  • Shiraz – Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
  • Shiraz – Vakil Bazaar
  • Shiraz – Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh
  • Persepolis – Entrance and guided tour
  • Persepolis – Naqsh-e Rustam Necropolis
  • Pasargad – Pasargadae (entrance fee and guide)
  • Esfahan – Si-o-Seh Pol Bridge
  • Esfahan – Qeysarie Bazaar
  • Esfahan – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
  • Esfahan – Naqsh-e Jahan Square
  • Esfahan – Ali Qapu Palace
  • Esfahan – City Tour
  • Esfahan – Vank Cathedral
  • Tehran – Tabiat Nature Bridge
  • Qom – Shrine of Fatima Masumeh
  • Istanbul – City Tour
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Welcome Dinner
  • Gallipoli – Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
  • Troy – Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Cooking class
  • Selcuk – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Sirince – Fruit wine tasting
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy – Village visit
  • Kas – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kas – Sailing trip with seafood lunch
  • Sagalassos – Archaeological site visit
  • Antalya – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antalya – Antalya Museum
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cappadocia – Sunset drinks
  • Cappadocia – Valley walk
  • Cappadocia – Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Carpet weaving co-op
  • Cappadocia – Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia – Ozkonak Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Kizilcukur Valley
  • Cappadocia – Home-cooked dinner

Highlights

  • Your local leaders are on hand each day to bridge connections with the locals, give you an insight into each country’s rich history and take you to the best bazaars and cafes, making your adventures in these intriguing countries a breeze.
  • Stroll the ancient streets of Ephesus, uncover the secrets of Sagalassos, explore the former city of Persepolis, visit the legendary ruins of Troy and discover Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and the Million.
  • Experience the joys of Persian and Turkish cuisine with welcome dinners of local specialties, dinners in the homes of local families in Taft and Cappadocia, a visit to a traditional sweet shop in Yazd and a freshly prepared lunch on board a boat cruise in Kas.
  • Step into a fairy tale at Cappadocia’s enchanting Splendid Cave Hotel, where you’ll enjoy elegantly decorated rooms carved from stone and priceless views of the ethereal landscape.
  • Enjoy a cruise around the hidden coves and islets of Turkey’s southern coast, guided by a local couple who have been navigating the waters for years.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tehran
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Day 2 Tehran
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Day 3 Kashan
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Day 4 Yazd
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Day 5 Yazd
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Day 6 Shiraz
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Day 7 Shiraz
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Day 8 Shiraz
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Day 9 Esfahan
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Day 10 Esfahan
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Day 11 Esfahan
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Day 12 Tehran
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Day 13 Istanbul
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Day 14 Canakkale
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Day 15 Selcuk
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Day 16 Selcuk
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Day 17 Pamukkale
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Day 18 Kas
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Day 19 Kas
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Day 20 Antalya
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Day 21 Antalya
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Day 22 Konya
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Day 23 Cappadocia
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Day 24 Cappadocia
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Day 25 Cappadocia
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Day 26 Istanbul
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Day 27 Istanbul
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