Must-See Treasures of Persia

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Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

This tour incorporates many of the celebrated landmarks of central Iran. From the ancient ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial and spiritual capital of the vast Persian Achaemenid Empire, to the most famous relics of 18th and 19th century Shiraz; from the city’s renowned gardens to the evocative tombs of the highest figures in classical Persian literature; from the 6th century BCE world heritage site of Cyrus the Great’s capital of Pasargadae on to the historical city of Yazd with its magnificent 14th century mosque, the amazing desert architecture with cleverly-designed badgirs (wind towers), and impressive structures such as the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence; and culminating in an enchanting experience of Isfahan, the monumental capital of 17th century Safavid Persia and home to Iran’s finest works of Islamic art and architecture, best manifested in Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Highlights

  • Learning about Zoroastrianism with fire temples and towers of Silence
  • Experiencing Iran’s History in National Ancient Iran Museum
  • Getting Familiar with Iranian Gardens with “Prince Garden”
  • Visiting UNESCO Heritage Site of Persepolis
  • Experiencing the best example Islamic architecture in Isfahan

Included/Excluded

  • Visa Application Process
  • Full Board (22 Meals)
  • All transportation including transfer from/to hotel, Best quality land vehicle
  • Professional escorted Tour Guide of your choice language and trained driver
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, permits, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • Mid-day refreshment including drinking water throughout
  • Accommodation in 4* Hotel in Double Occupancy Room
  • International flight
  • Visa fee payable when collecting your visa from an Iranian embassy or consulate or upon arrival
  • Tip for guide and/or driver
  • Entrance fees for sights not included in the itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tehran

We arrive at Imam Khomeini Airport in TEHRAN and we will immediately be transferred to hotel to take some rest!

Day 2 - Full Day City Tour of  Tehran

Today We Visit Golestan Palace, The Archaeological Section of the National Museum and Crown Jewel Museum.

Day 3 - Flight to Kerman and Visiting Mahan & Rayen

Early Morning Flight to Kerman and we will have Excursion to Bam and we visit Rayen Citadel.

then we Drive to Mahan visiting Shazdeh “Prince ” Garden. Back to Kerman.

Day 4 - Visiting Kerman’s Kalouts

Today we will have Excursion to Shahdad Kalouts then back to Kerman and we visit Ganjali Khan Complex.

Day 5 - Drive to Yazd

Drive to Yazd and en route we visit “Zeinoddin Carvansarai” then continue driving Yazd.

Day 6 - Full Day City Tour of Yazd

Today, we explore the Old City of Yazd and the attractions in and around it. We enter the old city (Fahadan Neighborhood) where in addition to enjoying its amazing ambiance and architecture we visit Amir Chaqmaq complex, Dowlatabad Garden, world heritage site, and Zoroastrian sites including Yazd Fire Temple and Towers of Silence are the other places we visit.

Day 7 - en route to Shiraz Visiting Pasargadae

We leave Yazd in the morning to get to the Shiraz. On our way we stop in Pasargadae, a pilgrimage center for most Iranians! Here, Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemenid Empire, the one who brought so much glory and pride for Persians is buried. The only significant thing left from the city of Pasargadae, the first capital of Achaemenids, is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. We also visit the Abarkouh Mosque en route.

Day 8 - Full Day City Tour of Shiraz

Today, we have a full day city tour of Shiraz. We begin our tour with Nasir al-Mulk Mosque where we have one of the most photogenic mosques in the world to frame! Then, we visit the heritage from 18th century when Karim Khan Zand chose Shiraz as his capital: Arg-e Karim Khan Zand, a castle and the Zand dynasty seat of government; Vakil Complex including a colorful and somehow romantic mosque, a hamamm now functions as a ethnographic museum, and the lively busy Vakil Bazaar; to have some relaxing moments we go to Eram Garden, registered as world heritage site under the title of Persian Garden. Peace and life are two words best describing the garden.

Day 9 - Drive to Isfahan and Excursion to Persepolis

If we wish to learn about Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BCE), the best place to go is Persepolis, a world heritage site, where we can hear rich stories about the rise, flourish and demise of the first significant world empire. The huge columns, well-preserved bas-reliefs, huge griffins and gigantic tombs carved into cliffs are among the attractions of the Persepolis. Close to Persepolis there is a necropolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, which houses tombs of four Achaemenid Emperors carved into the cliff. In addition to the tombs, there are some bas-reliefs illustrating Sassanid kings and their glories, Naqsh-e Rajab (224-651CE).

Day 10 - Full Day City Tour of Isfahan

Compared to Shiraz and especially Yazd, Isfahan has more experience with tourists! Its heritage is unrivaled in Iran and even Islamic world. The old and architecturally stunning bridges of Si-o Se Pol and Khaju allow us to have an image of the 17th century Safavid era. This image will become whole after visiting Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the monumental buildings of Abbasi Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace Pavilion on its sides. These monuments are connected to each other through a two-story covered bazaar named “Qeysariyeh Bazaar” which we visit soon after.

Day 11 - Full Day City Tour of Isfahan

Visiting Vank Cathedral, Jam-e Mosque and Si-o-Se Pol and Khajoo Bridges.
Transfer to Hotel and Rest.

Day 12 - Drive to Tehran, En Route Visiting Qom and Kashan

Today We Drive to Tehran and we have two Stops in Qom and Kashan. In Qom we Visit “Fatima Masumeh Shrine” and in Kashan we Visit beautiful Iranian Garden with a unique Architecture Called “Fin Garden”. Then we Visit “Aqa Bozorg Madrasa” which is a school for Religious Clerics.
Transfer to Hotel and Rest.

Day 13 - Transfer to Airport and Flight back Home!

Transfer to Airport and Fly Back Home.

Durations

13 days

Languages

English

Tour's Location

Iran
From: €1,480

Owner

Hamed

Member Since 2021

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