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  • Explore Shiraz, once among the most prosperous cities in the world
  • Spend a day in Isfahan. See the tombs of Saadi and Hafez
  • Visit Yazd, the centre of Zoroastrianism in Persia
  • Travel to Pasargadae, the final resting place of Cyrus the Great
Book this guided, 9-day trip and get the chance to visit some of the most important cultural and historic sites in Iran on a luxurious, 5-star train. Starting from Tehran, Iran's capital city, this trip will take you to Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan and Persepolis, all ancient cities with the last one being the capital of Persia more than 2,000 years ago.

Go out on unique excursions and tours in these cities and see some of their most important sights. Be it the Tower of Silence and Dowlat Abad Garden in Yazd, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae and the final resting place of Saadi and Hafez, two of our most outstanding Persian poets, in Isfahan, this tour will bring you face to face with some of the most important monuments of Persia.

Get the chance to learn more about the rich culture and ancient history of Persia during this trip. Travel in comfort while enjoying the best service provided by us. For more about this trip, please go through the itinerary below.
customer reviews about Surfiran
5.0 - Excellent Based on 9 reviews
Mark's review for another Surfiran tour
5 - Excellent
“I took 9-Day Iranian Culture and Heritage Small Group Tour from April 27th through May 5th 2018 with Surfiran tour company. I spend 2 extra days in Tehran before the tour. Complimentary scenic day tour on private train to Alborz mountains north of Tehran is included in every tour with Surfiran. I also visited Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and small cities in between. I was amazed by magnificent architectural and cultural heritage of Iran, and its beautiful nature and kind people. As US citizen I felt very comfortable in Iran all the time during my tour. Iranian people which I met treated me extremely warm and friendly. I stayed in good quality hotels in the center of visited cities, breakfasts were plentiful and tasty. On recommendation of my guide Hossein I tried different cuisine in authentic Persian restaurants. Hossein provided exceptional information about culture and history, always tried to show something unique and interesting. I am planning to return to Iran at a later time to visit other parts of the country.”
Robert's review for another Surfiran tour
5 - Excellent
“Iran was at the top of my bucket list for year—and, in large part due to my tour with Surfiran, it didn't disappoint. From the cosmopolitan streets of Tehran, to the grand plaza of Isfahan and from the "pink mosque" of Shiraz to the rolling dunes of the Mesr Desert, Iran will exceed all your wildest expectations. I chose to add an excursion to the city of Tabriz and the mystical town of Kandovan on to the end of my trip, and it was a worthwhile addition indeed.”
Masoumeh's review for another Surfiran tour
5 - Excellent
“There was eye catching scenery as well as interesting information about trains and railway of iran”
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Our representative will meet you upon arriving at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) and transfer you to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day. Sleep away your jet lag or explore the city on your own.

You have a group meeting tonight where, after introductions with your fellow travellers, your tour guide will provide you with the details of the tour.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Travel to the Tehran Train Station and board the train. Starting from the capital city, the train will take you to Garmasar, Bonakuh, Simindasht, Zarrindasht, Firouzkuh, Gadok, Shur Ab and Veresk to reach Savadkuh, your final destination for today.

Among the unique attractions of this route are the Alborz Mountain Range and the vast, sandy plains of the Kavir Desert (Dasht-e Kavir). There are stops along the route at some train stations and interesting points such as the Veresk Bridge.

Enjoy travelling on the railway line that stretches over extraordinary bridges, loops and tunnels and mounts over 2,000m to reach Veresk before moving back to Tehran. You will arrive at the starting station at around 10:30 pm.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Go out on a sightseeing tour of Tehran. Visit the lavish Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power in the late 1700's. Take a walk around the Tehran Bazaar, a few steps away from the palace. See Timche Akbarian, a 260-year-old building whose main purpose was to exchange money. It was later converted into the first bank of Iran.

Head for the National Museum of Iran in the afternoon and see fabulous artefacts, some of which date back to 5000 BC. Tonight, you will be off to the train station again, to catch the luxury train to Yazd. Stay overnight in the train.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Yazd is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns of Iran, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture the desert breeze to cool homes during the hot summer months. Apart from that, the city is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community.

Go out on a sightseeing tour of this ancient city. Visit the Tower of Silence, where you’ll learn more about the crematory practices of this ancient, pre-Islamic religion, which involves the dead being left to be devoured by birds.

Take a trip to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and see the flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. Head for Amir Chakhmaq Square, where you will get to see an impressive hussainiya– a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.

The next place to visit is the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon some of the tallest minarets in the country.

Your last destination for today is Dowlat Abad Garden. Stand by the garden’s long, reflecting pool and see its 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with a beautiful stained glass window and a graceful wind tower– the tallest in Iran. All around the pavilion are ornamental plants and trees.
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Your first road journey of the trip will take you to the small town of Meybod. Set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also offers a number of fascinating sites to visit, including its caravanserai. Built in a typical Safavid style, this ancient desert inn features verandahs, shaded passageways, and nearly 100 rooms– some of which are now used as artisan workshops.

See Meybod's famous icehouse. Learn more about how its thick clay construction and subterranean chambers allowed local residents to store ice and food before refrigeration came along – even in the intense desert heat of summers!

Leaving Meybod behind, you will then travel to Kharanagh, an ancient town with a single-minaret mosque and a castle whose winding alleys were used to surprise bandits and enemies.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the final resting place of Cyrus the Great. Spend some time exploring the site before driving to Naqsh-e-Rustam, the necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried. Carved into the side of a cliff, the site is extraordinary in its magnitude and sheer ambition.

Your next destination is the legendary city of Persepolis, the former capital of Darius the Great which was founded in 512 BC. There was no construction in the ancient world as impressive as Persepolis except, perhaps, the temple complex of Karnak in Egypt. Darius built the terrace, apadana (audience hall), tachana (palace), and the monumental staircases, while his son, Xerxes, added a harem and the Hall of 100 Columns.

Drive to Shiraz once you are done exploring Persepolis and check into your hotel upon arrival in the city.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Visit the Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque after breakfast. The interiors of this mosque reveal a magnificent masterpiece of design and colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with sunrise when colors start dancing on its walls like whirling dervishes, reflecting on its ground, walls, arches and the towering spires.

Head for the Vakil Bazaar next. Built by Mirza Hassan Ali Nasir-al Mulk (one of the lords during the Qajar Dynasty), the bazaar took 12 years to complete and is home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards and even an ancient caravanserai. Continue your Shiraz tour with a visit to the beautiful, orange-scented Narenjestan Garden next.

See Karim Khan Citadel before visiting the shrine of Ali Ebne Hamzeh. Built in the 19th century over the tomb of Emir Ali, a nephew of Shah Cheragh who died in Shiraz while en route to Khorasan to help Imam Reza, this shrine is the latest of several earlier incarnations destroyed by earthquakes.

End your day with a visit to the lovely garden tombs of Saadi and Hafez, two of Persia's most outstanding poets. Travel to the train station to catch the train to Isfahan.
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As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities– architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagination, and politically connected with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese.

Start your exploration of this magnificent city with a visit to Masjed-e Jame, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is regarded as an architectural masterpiece. Visit Imam Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world, next and see the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its intricate tile work and soaring cupola and minarets.

Also see the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, popularly known as 'the Ladies Mosque', and Ali Qapu Palace before visiting the Qeisarieh Bazaar. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, this bazaar is a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewellery and delicately inlaid board games.

Up next is Chehel Sotun Palace. Set in a landscaped, forested park in the front of a tranquil pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Your Isfahan city tour comes to an end with a visit to the centuries-old bridge that spans the Zayandeh River. Stay overnight in the city.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Head for Tehran today. Our representative will transfer you to Imam Khomeini International Airport according to your flight schedule.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Imam Khomeini (IKA) Airport. Private Life Train (the only 5-star Iranian train) tickets to destinations as per the itinerary. Road trips by tourist bus
  • Off-train excursions carried out by experienced, English-speaking tour guides
  • Accommodation on board the train & 5-star hotels as per the itinerary
  • Full board meals except on the last day
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • On-board doctor and medical facilities in the train
what's excluded
  • International airfares, taxes, and surcharges
  • Items that are personal in nature such as laundry or phone calls
  • Visa authorization number fees and visa charges
  • Tips to local guides and drivers
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