Tehran Kashan Yazd Kerman Shiraz Persepolis Isfahan Tehran
The Persian culture, history and hospitality are what attract travelers from all over the world. Iran had been hidden from the world for the past decade, but now Iran is opening its doors to those who want to visit Iran, the cradle of civilization. On this 15 day adventure we will take you on a journey back in time to a mixture of ancient sites and samples of Islamic arts and architecture together with the rich culture of Iranian hospitality.
Highlights: old Tehran, old Gate of Tehran, National Archeological Museum, Golestan Palace, unique jewelry collection, Sa'adabad Palace, Fin Garden, Abiyaneh, Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Theater, Dolatabad Garden, wind trappers, Zeineddin Caravanserai, arim Khani Complex, Bishapur, Naghsh-e-Rostam, Naghsh-e-Jahan Square,Vank Catherdal
Day 1: Tehran
you arrive at Tehran airport; you will be welcomed by our representative and then you will be accompanied to your hotel. O/N TEHRAN
Day 2: Tehran
we go on a full-day tour of Tehran, the capital of Iran. First we go on a walk through the old Tehran and we visit the old Gate of Tehran. Then we visit the National Archeological Museum, Golestan Palace, Imam Khomeini (Iran's former leader) Mosque and the grand indoor bazaar.
After lunch we visit the unique jewelry collection at the National Museum, the carpet museum and Sa'adabad Palace. On the way back to the hotel we stop at Darband, a good place to rest, drink tea and breathe fresh air. In the evening we have dinner at a Persian traditional restaurant where you can enjoy the Persian live local music. O/N TEHRAN
Day 3: Kashan
we drive to Kashan. En-route we visit the Salt Lake and the religious city of Qom. Qom is considered as one of the important theological academic centers and the holy shrine of Hazrate-e-Masoumeh, one of the holy Shiites ladies, is located in Qom. Arriving in Kashan, we visit one of many beautiful Iranian historical gardens named Fin Garden. We also visit a number of historical houses in Kashan in order to observe the Iranian traditional desert architecture. These houses are now open to visitors. For the rest of the time we have in Kashan, we explore a beautiful bazaar and visit a number of interesting mosques. O/N KASHAN
Day 4: Yazd
we have a 375 km drive through a picturesque desert road to get to Yazd; the city described as a noble city by Marco Polo. We pass by Abiyaneh village on our way to Yazd. Abiyaneh is a well preserved exhibition of rural life in Iran. O/N YAZD.
Day 5: Yazd
we have a city tour of Yazd. We visit the Friday Mosque, Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Theater, Dolatabad Garden, wind trappers, the oldest burning fire in Iran located at the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and the towers of silence. O/N YAZD
Day 6: Kerman
a 350 km drive to Kerman. We stop in Zeineddin Caravanserai, restored in a nice hotel. In Kerman we have an afternoon tour of the city; visiting the Friday Mosque, Ganjali Khan Public bath house and traditional teahouses and the traditional bazaar of Kerman. O/N KERMAN
Day 7: Kerman
A day trip to Mahan is planned to visit the shrine & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, a famous Sufi Dervish. Afterward, we visit the Shazdeh (prince) Garden. Then we drive to Rayan to visit its beautiful castle which has become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourist groups after the 2004 earthquake in Bam. O/N KERMAN
Day 8: Shiraz
we have a 570 km drive to Shiraz. We pass by some beautiful lakes by the road on our way to Shiraz. Before arriving at Shiraz we visit the Sassanid Sarvestan Palace.
Day 9: Shiraz
our city tour of Shiraz starts after breakfast. First we visit the Karim Khani Complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand was the initiator of Zand dynasty and he chose Shiraz as the capital of his empire. Unlike all other kings, he didn't want to be known as the king of Iran, he declared himself as "vakil", the lawyer of the nation. We go on and visit the other parts of the complex; Vakil Mosque, bazaar and the public bath house remaining from his reign.
Before lunch we visit the colorful Nasir al-Molk Mosque and after lunch we visit the beautiful Eram garden, the tombs of famous Persian poets Hafez and Sa'di and the Quran Gate. O/N SHIRAZ
Day 10: Shiraz
we visit the remains of the ancient city of Bishapur and Tang-e-Chogan, Sassanid bas-reliefs. Then we visit the remains of the Ardeshir's Palace near Firouzabad, also known as Fars Fire Temple. On the way back to Shiraz we stop at the foot of the hill to explore an ancient castle on top of the hill called Qale- Dokhtar (Maiden's Castle). We spend some time in the nomad tents to see their interesting customs and life style. O/N SHIRAZ
Day 11: Isfahan
we leave for Isfahan on this day. On the journey we stop by the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis. Persepolis is now registered as UNESCO world heritage site. This ancient city was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenian era. Persepolis has the area of 125000 square meters and consists of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and edifices. There are also the tombs of Cyrus the great and the remains of Archaemenian palaces and monuments to see. Then we visit Naghsh-e-Rostam, the archaemenian royal necropolis and Pasargad. We arrive at Isfahan at night and we stay the night at a hotel. O/N ISFAHAN
Day 12: Isfahan
after breakfast we have a half-day tour of Isfahan. We start by the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. This square was once a royal polo court and the official center of the city. During the Safavid era, in the 17th century, the city was declared the capital of the nation. Then we visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located in the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. Afterward, we visit the multi-storey Aliqapu Palace, placed on the western side of the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. It was from this multi-storey palace that the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. After that we visit the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Ladies Mosque) located on the northern side of the square.
Before lunch we walk through the traditional bazaar surrounding the square. The bazaar is traditionally known as the Qeysarieh Bazaar. The afternoon is free for rest and personal programs. O/N ISFAHAN
Day 13: Isfahan
we have another half-day tour, visiting the Friday Mosque, Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns), Vank Catherdal and the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan. Then we head to the banks of Zayanderud River, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges built over this river during the Safavid era (17th century). The most famous bridges built over this river are Siosepol (33-arch) and Khaju. We visit these two bridges and have tea at a teahouse situated beneath the bridges. You can walk along the river banks or go from one side of the river to the other side by boats or you can go back to the hotel and rest.
Day 14: Tehran
you can rest at the hotel, go shopping or attend your personal activities in the morning. The flight back to Tehran is in the afternoon.
Day 15: Tehran
transfer to the airport is available 4 hours before your flight departure.