Assemble at airport for flight to Tehran, Iran.
Visit Golestan Palace (UNESCO site). The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. Be amazed at the National Jewelry Treasury with its collection of Imperial Crown Jewels including elaborate crowns, tiaras and precious gems.
Transfer to airport for flight to Shiraz, capital of Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. On arrival, visit colorful Nasir-Al-Molk Mosque.
In the afternoon visit Eram Garden, Naranjestan Garden and the Wakil-Complex (bazaar and mosque), tomb of the great poet Saadi.
Excursion to the majestic palace of Persepolis (World Heritage). Then visit Naqsh-e-Rostam and Naqsh-e-Rajab rock carvings.
Return to Shiraz and visit of the Mausoleum of Ali Ebne Hamzeh with its lovely reflecting mirrors and tomb of the poet Hafez.
Drive to Yazd, en route visit the glorious tomb of Cyrus the Great – the founder of Achamedian Empire in Passargade (World Heritage). Later stop in the city of Abarquo to visit its 4000-year-old-still-green Cypress Tree (the oldest in the world). Continue the drive and have one final stop in the Zoroastrian village of Cham before the arrival into the desert city of Yazd.
Yazd is one of the oldest cities, it is like a living museum. We will visit narrow alleys in the old quarter of the town called Fahdan and the old covered bazaar, Jame and Mir Chakhmaq mosques and the Dolat Abad Garden (UNESCO Site) with its world famous traditional Ventilation Tower. Visit a Zoroastrian Fire temple where a sacred fire has been kept burning for hundreds of years. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism which was the Persian religion until Arabs brought Islam to Iran. We visit the Towers of Silence on city’s outskirts. This was a burial place for the Zoroastrians. According to Zoroastrians beliefs, a dead body cannot be burnt or buried for fear of polluting of the Earth. Dead bodies were exposed where they were cleaned by vultures. This practice is also known as “Sky Burial”.
Drive to Isfahan via Meybod and Naien. We will visit an “Ice House” and the “Narian Loam Citadel” in Meybod. Lunch in a local restaurant en route. Naien is well known for carpets. We will visit the Friday Mosque of Naien.
Full day tour visiting the old bridges of Khajou and Sio-se-Pol, the palaces of Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotoun (UNESCO Site), the Armenian Vank Cathederal as well as its museum. Later visit the majestic Jame Mosque (UNESCO Site).
Full day sightseeing including the splendid Naqsh-e-Jahan (Imam) Square (World Heritage) with its stunning Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques as well as Ali Qapu Palace and the covered Bazaar.
Drive to Kashan, enroute we stop at the village of Abyaneh. It is one of the oldest villages in Iran, the women typically wear white long scarf and traditional costume. You will arrive in Kashan in the evening. The Persian word Kashi, which translates into the English word tile.
Morning tour of Kashan will include visit to Fin-Garden, one of the famous gardens of Iran, the old house of Broujerdiha, the old house of Tabatabaeiha and the Bath House Sultan Amir Ahmad.
In the afternoon drive to Hamadan.
Drive to the Alisadr Cave (75km north of Hamadan). En route having a short stop in the village “Laleijan” which is the the centre of pottery and ceramic productions.
In the afternoon drive to Tehran, capital of Iran.
After breakfast, drive to Darband, north of Tehran. Enjoy an approximately 2-hour soft hike around the area. Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants in Darband before driving back to Tehran in the afternoon.
Visit the Tabiat Bridge. The bridge won the world’s top Five Design Award in 2013.
Visit Archaeological Museum and Bazaar.
Evening transfer to Tehran airport for flight home.
Home Sweet Home!
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