|Day||City||Places to Be Visited||Hotel||Description|
|01||Shiraz||Arrive in Shiraz by.... at.... transfer to the hotel||4*||Overnight Shiraz|
|02||Shiraz||Excursion to Persepolis and Naqsh-e- Rostam||4*||Overnight Shiraz|
|03||Shiraz||Drive to Yazd via Abarkuh and Pasargadae||4*||Overnight Yazd|
|04||Yazd||In Yazd||4*||Overnight Yazd|
|05||Yazd||Drive to Isfahan||4*||Overnight Isfahan|
|06||Isfahan||In Isfahan||4*||Overnight Isfahan|
|07||Isfahan||In Isfahan||4*||Overnight Isfahan|
|08||Isfahan||Drive to Tehran via Kashan||4*||Overnight Tehran|
|09||Tehran||In Tehran||4*||Overnight Tehran|
|10||Tehran||Drive to Rasht via Qazvin||4*||Overnight Rasht|
|11||Rasht||Drive to Ardebil||4*||Overnight Ardebil|
|12||Ardebil||Drive to Tabriz||4*||Overnight Tabriz|
|13||Tabriz||Excursion to Jolfa||4*||Overnight Tabriz|
|14||Tabriz||Depart from Tabriz by .....at...... , Have a nice trip|
|Treasure of Ancient Persia|
Arrive in Shiraz international airport at…. By….. .
You will be met and greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Shiraz.
In the afternoon enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Shiraz. Shiraz is famous for its fragrant gardens, which were introduced at the time of the first Persian Empire and later became the model for gardens throughout the Moslem world. Wander through the delightful Eram Gardens and listen to a poetry reading in the gardens at the tomb of Hafez, the Persian Mystic poet. In the evening, the tomb of Hafez attracts locals to wander around and sit and recite poetry in the gardens.
In the late morning, you'll be met by your guide to enjoy a full day sightseeing tour. After visiting the beautiful pink Nasir al Molk Mosque, you have an excursion to Ancient Persepolis (World Heritage Site (and Naqsh-e-Rostam.
Persepolis (the World Heritage Site( , capital of the first Persian Empire of the 6th century BC. King Darius the Great began construction around 515 BC with his successors adding new buildings until 330BC when Alexander the Great invaded Iran and razed it to the ground. The magnificent ruins bear witness to the greatness of the Persian Empire in its heyday.
Continue to the necropolis of Naqsh-e-Rostam, the cave tombs of Darius amongst others are hewn in to the cliff face.
In the afternoon, Wander around the large courtyard and shining shrine of Shah Cheragh.
Drive to Abarkooh via Pasargad
Today you are driven to the city of town of Abarkooh via the (World Heritage Site (of Pasargad.
Pasargadae (the World Heritage Site( : Built by Cyrus the Great in 546 BC, Pasargadae was the first capital of the Archaemenid Empire and maintained this status until Darius the Great began assembling the new seat of the government at Persepolis in 518 BC. See the six tiered tomb of Cyrus standing on a windswept plain and the remains of three Achaemenid palaces.
Abarkooh town: located in in Yazd Province, is one of the oldest cities of Iran; it is en route to Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd, Iran’s golden tourism triangle. Abarkooh is home to abundant heritage indicating the boom, value, and charm of the city. According to Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Abarkooh is among top 14 tourist destinations in Iran thanks to its natural monuments and cultural assets.
The city boasts more than 400 monuments, 128 of which are registered as national monuments. The most outstanding one is Abarkooh 5000 year-old cypress, one of the oldest trees in the world. As the story goes, Abarkooh was a confederation of 12 ancient villages populated after Noah Storm. The villages are Aban, Azar, Dey, Bahman, Esfand, Farvardin, Ordibehesht, Tir, Khordad, Mordad, Shahrivar, Mehr, all of which still in existence.
Aghazadeh historical complex:
Aghazadeh Historical House is one of the priceless houses in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Yazd. This 200-year old house from the Qajar era is located in Abarkooh, Yazd. After going under a demanding renovation process, the house finally got prepared to welcome Iranian and non-Iranian guests. Colorful glasses in the windows, delicate molding on the edges, and tall arches, all signify the traditional Persian architecture.
Desert town of Yazd (the World Heritage Site)
Despite its harsh surroundings, Yazd has made the most of its position between Isfahan and Kerman, on the main route to Central Asia. Because of its long history and adaptation to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city and it is also well known in Iran for the high Quality handicrafts, especially silk weaving, and its sweets shops.
The town has one of the largest networks of qanats (deep underground channels) and to deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings in Yazd have large underground areas and magnificent "badgirs" or wind towers that Provide natural air-conditioning. On your guided tour you will explore the old city made of sun-dried bricks with its labyrinthine alleyways. You will visit the magnificent Friday Mosque, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple or "Ateshkadeh" - where a sacred flame has burned nonstop since around 470 AD -, the Towers of Silence - traditional Zoroastrian burial grounds where the dead were left to be picked off by vultures-, the Mir Chakhmagh Mosque and (the World Heritage Site of) Doulat Garden.
* We offer you to have Iranian dinner in a local house with playing Taar.
Optional + Surcharge!
Drive to Isfahan via Meybod and Naein
This morning leave Isfahan and head for Meybod, a ceramics center and home to the pre-Islam Narenj Castle. Continue on to Na'in, a town famous for its carpet making, here you can visit Nain city including: the Jame Mosque which dates back to the 8th century and Pirnia traditional House. Arrive in Isfahan in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel.
The city of Isfahan is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, considered to be the most beautiful in Iran. Its golden age was under Shah Abbas I, who came to power in 1587 and made Isfahan the great city it is. Imam Square, the huge central square of Isfahan, surrounded on three sides by two exquisite mosques and the palace.
Wander through the vast Imam Mosque (the World Heritage Site of) and the small yet beautifully and intricately decorated Shaikh Lutfallah Mosque before climbing the steps through the various rooms of the Ali Qapu Palace (Shah Abbas's residence) to the balcony overlooking the square. The vast covered bazaar is a delight to wander through for souvenirs and spices after your sightseeing, or perhaps sit in the gardens to enjoy the activity of the square. You will also visit the Chehel Sotoon or Forty Columns Palace, a beautiful, cool, summer palace. The forty columns of the façade are in fact only twenty, doubled in the reflection of the pool in front You can then wonder down the tree lined street of Charhar Bagh Avenue to the Hotel Abassi and its lovely courtyard for something to eat or drink. The Abbasi is located nearby Si-o-se-pol bridge. The Safavid bridge has 33 arches in total and is the longest of the bridges spanning the Zayanderud river.
Continue your guided sightseeing of Isfahan's magnificent buildings: the Jameh or Friday Mosque with many different architectural elements, the Chehel Sotoon or Forty Columns Palace, a beautiful, cool, summer palace. The forty columns of the façade are in fact only twenty, doubled in the reflection of the pool in front.
Then on to the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan Jolfa and visit Vank Cathedral. The cathedral combines beautiful elements of Armenian architecture with Persian design. The history of St. Gregory the Illuminator who brought Christianity to Armenia is shown in a frieze running round the cathedral.
In the afternoon, you have free time to explore the vast covered bazaar is a delight to wander through for souvenirs and spices after your sightseeing, or perhaps sit in the gardens to enjoy the activity of the square.
Drive toward Tehran via Kashan
Continue your guided tour to Kashan, first visit bazaar and mosque. Explore this marvelous city located on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert. During the Seljuk period (AD 1051–1220) Kashan became famous for its textiles, pottery and tiles, reaching high levels of accomplishment in each of these cottage industries. Today the town is more widely known as a major center for the production of rose water, which is sold at outlets around the main tourist attractions and at dedicated stores in the bazaar. The major highlights you'll visit the beautiful Fin Garden (the World Heritage Site of), built for Shah Abbas I in the early 17th century, which contain the remains of his two storey palace, the gardens despite being beautiful have a dark history with the Hamman located within being the site of the murder of prime minister Amir Kabir in the 19th century. The stunning bazaar, one of Iran's best which also contains the beautiful Safavid era Mir Amad bathhouse. Also of interest is the House of Borujerdi, originally a private nobleman's house of the 19th century and now a museum.
Teheran City Sightseeing
After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am sharp to start sightseeing. Tehran has a lot to visit but we try to see most highlighted sites and If you would like to stay longer, please do ask us about options for spending more time in Tehran. The first site will be National museum, then walk through Grand bazaar region and visit Golestan palace and local shops.
After lunch in a good restaurant, head for the Glass museum is located at 30 Tir Street (formerly known as Ghavam Al Saltaneh Street), in Tehran, Iran. It was private residence of longtime Prime Minister Ahmad Qavam from 1921 until 1951. The complex was also Embassy of Egypt for seven years.
In the evening your guide will take you to Darband to the north of the city, where Tehran is go for an evening out. Following the local people make your way up the mountain following the rushing stream. The mountainside is full of little restaurants and tea houses overlooking a rushing stream and you will have welcome dinner and enjoy a cup of tea under the cool air of the plane trees.
Transfer to Rasht the city of Silver Rain, clay roofs and unforgettable cuisine
After breakfast we drive toRasht via the city of Qazvin to the Alborz mountains.
In Qazvin, We start the day with a visit to the Tehran Gate which is all that remains of the ancient walled city of Qazvin. We continue on to the Shazdeh Hossein holy shrine and the impressive Jame Mosque and Aminiha house, From here we journey towards the Caspian Sea passing by paddy fields, tea plantations, orangeries, and the local markets where the people still wear traditional dress.
Hosseinie amines such perfect examples of beautiful traditional houses. Today it houses the remains of four courtyards and spaces on the ground floor and two underground. The house was owned by Haj Mohammad Reza Amini from a reputable dealer and ھ in 1275. BC religious site dedicated to being part of it. The most beautiful part of Tuesday's home, which is located parallel to each other and are connected by beautiful sash is made. South Hall with no reins sash and colored glass art masterpieces, ceiling paintings, mirror work, hand wrapping around the bowl decorated with stucco and wood. In the basement halls, underground, and is Sharbatkhaneh.
More about Rasht:
Rasht, Iran, has been playing a major role in Iranian history. It was Iran’s gateway to Russia and Europe and thus very influenced by western architecture. Iran’s first public library was built here and I’ve also heard it was the first city in Iran where girls were allowed to go to school.
The people of Rasht had a prominent influence on the radicalization of the Persian constitutional Revolution. They speak Gilaki, or Persian with a Gilaki accent and are considered one of the least religious Iranian ethnic groups.
Rasht gives you a great perception of how Iranian northern cities are like. Don’t expect some crazy attractions here. Rasht is all about wandering around its old streets and enjoying the atmosphere in the evening. Unlike many smaller Iranian cities, Rasht has great nightlife and you’ll see tons of people hanging out in the big squares by night time.
What makes this one so exceptional is its European vibe. But for us and many other Iranians Rasht is all about delicious food and nightlife.
Rasht, the capital city of Gilan Province, has made it into UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its gastronomy (the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food). Iran’s Gilan province boasts of a teeming culinary scene. Almost everything here smells of garlic, tastes sour and has an extra dose of pomegranate molasses. While finding decent local food in off-road destinations in northern Iran is a challenge, here in Rasht good restaurants are plenty and easy to find.
Rasht- Asalem- Khalkhal-Ardabil-Sarein
Following the shores of the Caspian Sea our journey takes us into Iranian Azerbaijan. We will pass Asalem and Khalkhal road which is one of the most beautiful road and gorge of Iran and has a very nice and beautiful nature. A stopover in Ardebil, once governed by the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, where we will visit the UNESCO site of the Sheikh Safi Mausoleum.
The Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh (the World Heritage Site):
Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh is the tomb of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili. Built between the 16th and 18th century, the UNESCO-listed tomb has become a space for spiritual retreat. Its architecture and layout reflects Islamic culture, meaning that it has served a variety of functionalities - including a school, mosque, and hospital. It incorporates a route to reach the shrine of sheikh, which is divided in to 7 segments. These segments represent the seven stages of Sufi mysticism, or an experience of the divine. The shrine has become a focus for pilgrims from around the world.
Drive towards Sarein where we will spend the night. We will arrive to Sareyn where we will overnight. It is a small hot springs resort which attracts Iranians during the summer for the healing properties of the mineral waters here. You will have a view of Mt Sabalan (4811 m) that sits on the plains above the village.
Ardabil - Tabriz
There is time this morning to enjoy a visit to the hot springs before leaving Sarein for Tabriz. On arrival we explore the highlights of the city including the Citadel, the Blue Mosque, the Azarbaijan Museum and the Bazaar.
Afternoon is at leisure to wander the fascinating bazaar which covers 7 square kms with 24 separate caravanserais and 22 timches (domed halls) .
Tabriz Bazaar (the World Heritage Site):
Tabriz Bazaar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that seels traditional spice blends, gold, Household goods and, most famously, carpets. The bazaar is unusual because of its stunning 15th-century brick vaulting and incredible size of 7 square kilometers. Also of interest are the timchehs, or domed halls, all 22 of which are elaborately decorated.
Excursion to Jolfa
In the morning, visit St. Stephanus Church.
St. Stephanus Church (the World Heritage Site):
St. Stephanus Church is found in the green valley of Darreh Sham, some 15km west of the city of Jolfa. Set in the midst of this stunning scenery, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful Armenian churches in the area, dating to the 10-12 centuries AD. The church takes its name from St. Stephanus, one of the first Christian martyrs. The original structure has survived in its entirety thanks to a thick wall of stone and seven impressive watch towers that helped prevent attacks. The façade of the church shows images of Mary and Jesus, and beautiful stone carvings of angels and apostles. After visit of Jolfa, begin driving back to Tabriz.
Leave Iran for…… by…… at …….
Have a nice Trip!