Explore the amazing sites of Iran in this exciting 12 day tour!
|Location||Isfahan, Kerman, Mahan, Na’in, Shiraz, Tehran, Yazd|
Day 1: Arrival
On your first day, you will arrive in Tehran and be transferred to a hotel.
You will visit some of Tehran’s major museums, including Iran’s National Museum. The displays include authentic ancient artifacts with pottery dating back to 6-7 millennium B.C. We will also travel to the Abguineh Museum, which contains historic pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics located in a 20th century mansion. You will also visit the Carpet Museum, where you can see an extensive collection of old and new persian carpets and rugs from carpet-weaving centers throughout Iran.
In the early evening, you will be taken to the airport for a flight to Kerman.
Day three will include:
- An excursion to Rayen Village to visit the Arg/Citadel of Rayen. This miniature version of the Arg-e-Bam was destroyed as the result of a tragic earthquake in Bam.
- A stop at Mahan to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader.
- A visit to the Shahzadeh Garden, which is a 19th century Qajar period house
- Return to Kerman to see the Ganj-Ali-Khan Complex (a 17th century Safavid period bathhouse and bazaar)
- Friday Mosque and bazaar
We will drive to Shiraz through Neiriz. On the way, we will visit the remains of the Sasanian Palace at Sarvestan. This building is believed to be a hunting lodge or a small palace built by Bahram V.
Day five will include:
- A half-day excursion to Persepolis, which is one of the most important locations of the Ancient World. The ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings has remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes. The bas-reliefs depict kings and courtiers as well as gift-bearing representatives of nations of the Persian Empire.
- Visit to Naghsh-e-Rostam, where you will see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary),
- Royal Tombs
- Visiting seven wonderful Sasanian rock-reliefs including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian
- Visit the tomb of Hafez, one of Iran’s greatest poets
- The 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, known for its pink tiles
- The Arg-e-Karim Khan, an 18th century citadel
- The Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz
We will explore Shiraz further and drive to Yazd, visiting Pasargadae on the way. Pasargadae is a tomb that houses the remains of the palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire.
Day seven will include:
- Sightseeing in Yazd, which is the center for the small Zoroastrian community in Iran
- Visit one of the two Zoroastrian abandoned Towers of Silence (Dakhma). These towers date back to the 18th century.
- Exploring the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple. The fire of the Zoroastrian Fire Temple has been burning for around 1,500 years.
- The Friday Mosque, which has the highest portal and minarets in Iran.
- Visit Islamic monuments in the old Fahadan area such as the Selijuk Shrine, Ziaieyeh Theological School, and the Dowlat-Abad Garden which contains an 18th century hexagonal house.
We will drive to Isfahan through Na’in, which is a small desert town between Yazd and Isfahan. You will visit the 10th century Friday Mosque and the 17th century Pirnia House/Ethnographic Museum.
Day nine will include:
- A full day tour of the wonderful city of Isfahan, which is capital of the Safavids.
- Visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol, the Armenian Quarter that contains several churches including the Cathedral of Vank.
- Visit the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, which is one of the grandest squares in the world. It contains several sites such as the Ali-Qapu Palace and the Sheikh Lotfollah which is known for its spectacular architecture and tilework.
- A visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar, containing hundreds of shops where you can purchase arts and crafts
Day 10 will include:
- A full day of sightseeing in Isfahan to visit the Friday Mosque, with the popular Uljaitu Mihrab of the II-Khanid period. The Friday Mosque is one of the world’s greatest mosques.
- Visit the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century.
- The Hasht Behesht pavilion, built in 1670 by Shah Solayman. It is known as the Pavilion of Eight Paradises, and is set among tree-lined alleys with a beautiful reflecting pool and water rills.
Day 11 will include:
- A morning drive to Tehran, stopping at the town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex.
- Visit to Kashan to see the historical garden of Fin which was initially planted during the Safavid period and was kept alive with water from the Sulaimanieh Spring.
- Visit the Taba-Tabai House, a 19th century merchant residence covered with a stucco dome and inlaid mirror work.
- Drive by the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini on the way to Tehran.
Day 12: Departure
You will be taken to the IKA Airport for a departure flight.