Welcome to Iran! After arrival at IKA we will go for breakfast at the airport. Then before check in to our hotel (check in time is 1400) we will have the opportunity of visiting the capital of Iran. Tehran is a busy city like any other capitals in the world. We will have time to visit highlights of Tehran. Before check in at hotel, we will go to visit The Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), one of the most famous palaces in Tehran from Qajar era. We will have a visit from the main hall (where 4 kings had their coronation) and the garden. Then we will move to The National Museum of Iran which is famous for the unique items from at least 80,000 years to now. Then we will have lunch and head to our Hotel.
At the evening, it’s time to visit the wonderful Nature Bridge (Tabi’at Bridge) the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran, Iran. The 270- meter bridge connects two public parks Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park.
Check out after breakfast, and head to Tehran domestic airport in order to fly to Shiraz. After arrival in Shiraz we will off to visit different touristic places such as Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Gardens) where we will get more familiar with the history of famous Persian Gardens. Now a day, Eram Garden is known as botanical garden under Shiraz University of agriculture, then we will move to our hotel. In the evening The Karim Khan Citadel or Arg of Karim Khan. The Arg is located in the downtown of Shiraz, it was built in 1766 as a living quarter of Karim Khan the ruler of the Zand dynasty. Then a few meters away, we will visit The Vakil Complex includes The Vakil Mosque, The Vakil Bath and The Bazaar. During the Zand era, Karim Khan was willing to have a complex of mosque, bathhouse and bazaar in a place same as Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan.
Today we will visit The Nasir-ol-mulk Mosque (The Pink Mosque) the most famous mosque in Shiraz from Qajar dynasty, it is famous for color lights during the sunrise. The mosque called Pink due to the color of tiling in its interior design. Then, move to Hafez and Saadi Tombs, two of famous Iranian poets (worldwide reputations) we will enjoy the holy environment there and by chance we will have Hafez Omen there. The last place in Shiraz is Shah Cheragh (King of lights) shrine. The shrine is famous for its tile working and mirroring.
Today after check out from hotel, we will have a full day excursion of Persepolis (World Heritage Site) & Necropolis. Two of the most important and popular historical sites in Iran belonging to Achaemenes era. To better understand the antiquity of Iranian art and science you visit Takht e Jamshid (Persepolis), foremost ancient historical site in Iran located in Shiraz as the heartland of Persian culture. We are going to see the magnificent Persepolis with the monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways that leave you in no doubt how grand this city was and how totally dominant the Achamenid empire that built it. After that, we will continue our way to Yazd. On the way to Yazd, we will have this chance of visiting Iran’s oldest tree which we call it Zoroastrian tree or The Cypress of Abarkouh (4000-year old tree). Then, we continue our way to Yazd.
Today before departure from Yazd, we have time to visit the city. Yazd is the latest registered heritage city in the UNESCO world heritage list. Our day starts by visiting The Yazd Atesh Behram (one of the oldest fire temples in Iran). Atash Behram means Victorious Fire (470 AD). During visiting the temple, we will have the opportunity of visiting the highest-grade fire in Iran. After that, Amir Chakhmagh complex will be our next stop. The complex contains a bathhouse, a mosque, a cold-water well, and a caravansary. Our last stop in Yazd would be at Fahadan district. There is around 2 hours walking tour in Fahadan district and during the tour we will have this chance of visiting Masjid Jamek, Iskandar’s prison, Lari’s house and many more. Then we start our journey to Isfahan.
Today we will spend our full day at Meidan-e Naghsh-e Jahan (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will have this chance of visiting historical monuments on the four sides of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. The Shah Mosque is the most important mosque that has survived from the Safavid era in Iran. The features of this mosque are beautiful and artistic tiling, the architectural and visual relationship of the mosque and its four minarets with the square, and the reflection of sound under the dome of the mosque.
Then, Ali Qapu Palace built at the very end of the 16th century as a residence for Shah Abbas I, this six-storey palace also served as a monumental gateway to the royal palaces that lay in the gardens beyond with its impressive elevated terrace. Then, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque (Royal Mosque), which was belonging to royal family it is one of the architectural masterpieces of Iranian architecture that was built during the Safavid dynasty, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square. Our last stop in Isfahan is Qaysariyeh Bazaar where we could find precious objects there. In addition, there are two hundred two-story rooms around the square, which are generally the place of supply of Isfahan handicrafts.
Today after breakfast, we will go to visit two most famous bridges in Isfahan which we call Khajoo and 33 Pol (bridge) after visiting those two magnificent bridges we will depart Isfahan in order to reach to The Matin Abad Desert Eco-camp, after check in we will have enough time to explore the desert. Riding camels, observing the stars and riding ATV are part of our activities during our stay in The Matin Abad.
Today is our last day in Iran, we will check out the camp right after breakfast, then we will have a short stop at Kashan, Fin Garden (UNESCO world heritage garden) and Boroujerdi’s house are two spectacular destinations in Kashan. Our trip to Iran will end here by visiting Tabatabaei’s house, then transfer to IKA Intl Airport, we will have around 03 hours’ time to reach to the airport.
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