Day 12: Kashan / Tehran
Visit the Fin Garden, the archetypal Persian Garden with water channels, fountains, pleasure pavilion and bathhouse dating from the Safavid period. Visit a distillery which produces rose water from the roses for which the area is known.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Kashan. Drive to Tehran. On arrival transfer to the Espinas Hotel (or similar) where three nights are spent. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 13: Tehran
Full day city tour of Tehran, starting at the Reza Abbasi Museum, which contains masterpieces of illuminated manuscripts from the 14th century and other archaeological treasures. Continue to the Golestan Palace (Rose Garden) originally built in the mid-18th century under the Zand Regime but altered by successive Shahs. Of particular interest is the Marble Throne of Fath Ali Shah, used for the coronation of Reza Shah in 1925.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the National Jewels Museum which houses exquisite jewellery and royal regalia including the Darya-e Nur, the largest pink diamond in the world. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14: Tehran
Visit the Palace of the Nation at the Saadabad Museum Complex which was the summer residence of Reza Shah and his son Mohammed Reza Shah, of the Pahlavi Dynasty, before the revolution. Continue to the Carpet Museum, which has an extensive collection of some of the finest Persian carpets and rugs from the Safavid period to the present.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the National Archaeological Museum which contains world-class objects from important sites around the country, such as the famous Frieze of Darius and fragments of the Tachra staircase taken from Persepolis. Also visit the nearby Islamic Museum which houses arts and antiquities from throughout the Islamic period including calligraphy, carpets, ceramics, woodcarving, sculpture, miniatures, brickwork and textiles. Dinner at a traditional local restaurant.