Welcome to Iran! After arrival at The Shiraz Intl Airport we will go to the hotel and have some rest.
After breakfast, we will off to visit different touristic places such as The Eram Garden (World Heritage Site) where you will get more familiar with the history of famous Persian Gardens. Now a days, Eram Garden is known as botanical garden under Shiraz University of agriculture, then we will proceed to The Nasir-ol Molk Mosque (The Pink Mosque) the most famous mosque in Shiraz from Qajar dynasty, which is famous for color lights during the sunrise. The mosque called Pink due to the pink color of tiling in its interior design. Then, opposite of the mosque is The Qavam House (Narenjestan-e Qavam) since 1886. The house belonged to Qavam family, who were famous merchant during the Zand dynasty. This place is famous for the architecture and paintings of the building and the unique plantation of its garden. Before lunch we have enough time to visit The Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine. The mausoleum belongs to the grandson of Imam Musa Al-Kazim one of the Shia’s Imams. The structure of the building was built in 19th century. The most interesting part of the shrine is its interior mirror work. After lunch we will head to The Tomb of Saadi or what local people call The Saadieh. Saadi Shirazi was one of the most famous Persian poet and pros writer (1210- 1292), his nickname is “The Master of Speech”. The Guardian has ranked the “Boustan of Saadi” as one of the 100 greatest books in the world. The Karim Khan Citadel (Arg of Karim Khan) is our next stop. 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 after breakfast we will head to Marvdasht town about 60 Km away from Shiraz. Our first stop will be at the footsteps of the Persian kings of Achaemenes Empire from 500 B.C. which is Persepolis (World Heritage Site). Undoubtedly, Persepolis is among the best and the most prominent monuments in Iran. This ceremonial capital of Persia was built by the order of Darius I the Great in 515 B.C. The complex consist of five palaces in different sizes and different usage. In 330 B.C Alexander invaded Persia and set fire this wonderful monument. Near the Persepolis, there is another memorable monument from ancient Persia, The Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rostam). This place is royal cemetery of four kings of Achaemenid; Darius the Great and his son Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I and Darius II. This area is also famous for its magnificent rock reliefs from both Achaemenid and Sassanid dynasty. After lunch we will back to Shiraz. After resting at hotel, we will spend our evening at The Tomb of Hafez (Hafezieh). Like Saadi Shirazi, Haefz was one of the greatest and the most influential poets in the Persian poetry (1315- 1390). The marble tomb of Hafez is located in one of the most beautiful gardens of Shiraz. Every day, hundreds of people gather together in Hafezieh and read his poems and make a spiritual atmosphere there.
Today we will check out after breakfast and continue our tour by moving to the city of Yazd. Yazd has been entitled as the UNESCO World Heritage City. On the way to Yazd we will have an excursion to The Pasargadae (World Heritage Site). In Pasargadae we will visit the ruins of the first palace of Achaemenid Empire and the Apadana Palace. There we will also visit The Tomb of Cyrus the Great (the founder of Achaemenid Empire). After that, we will back on the road in order to reach to the city of Yazd. On the way we will stop next to the Abarkouh Ancient Cypress Tree (4000 years old). The tree is protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. Then, we will proceed to Yazd. After check in, we will off to visit The Zoroastrian Tower of Silence (Dakhmeh). Dakhmeh was the special cemetery for Zoroastrian people in Yazd who believed in decomposition of corpses in nature!
After breakfast, we will start our day by visiting The Fire Temple of Yazd (Atash Kadeh) dated back to 470 AD. Zoroastrians who believe in the sacred fire and keep it in a holy place called Atash Kadeh. Then, we will move to the downtown in order to visit The Amir Chakhmagh Square. There, we could see a magnificent mosque which we have no other building such this in Iran. The mosque belongs to Timurid era from 15th century. Then, a few meters away from the square, we could find another landmark of Yazd which is The Jame Mosque of Yazd (The Congregational Mosque). The mosque belongs to 14th century and it is still in use for prayers. Just beside the mosque there is a path where lead you to one of the oldest districts of the city which is called The Fahadan District. The most spectacular, historical and important neighborhoods of Yazd, which is located in the traditional and historical context of the city. Apart from being very important from an architectural point of view, Fahadan neighborhood also has several historical sites. Walking through the Fahadan neighborhood and visiting its historical buildings takes about two hours to be completed. Our last stop will be at The Dowlat Abad Garden, where we could find the tallest brick wind-tower in the world (34m height). The garden itself has been considered as UNESCO Heritage Garden and dated back to 18th century.
Check out after breakfast, and off to Isfahan. After leaving Yazd, on the way to Isfahan we will have an excursion to the beautiful city of Meybod. In Meybod we will visit The Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, one of the most beautiful caravanserais of Safavid era. Chaparkhaneh (ancient post office), water reservoir and Ice-house next to it, make this outstanding structure as one of the most completed caravanserais in Iran. In front of the caravanserai, there is an Ice-house (glacier) which is a type of glacier with a dome and is the largest in terms of dimensions among this type of glaciers. Before departing this beautiful historical city, we will visit The Narin Ghal-e (castle), the oldest castle in the world belongs to around 3000 B.C. The whole structure is made of clay and mud and its architecture is laminated. Check in after arrival to Isfahan, after few hours rest, we will spend our evening on the famous Chahar Bagh-e Abbasi Street, One of the most beautiful and historical streets in Iran (since 1590). From this beautiful street to The Khajoo Bridge is less than 5 minutes on foot. This magnificent bridge was built over the Zayandeh River during Shah Abbas II. Khajoo Bridge is more famous than other bridges of Isfahan for its architecture and tiled decorations, and it was considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Our day starts by visiting The Vank Church. This church is located in Jolfa district which is one of the historical neighborhoods of the Armenians of Isfahan and the church was built during the reign of Shah Abbas II. Vank means monastery in Armenian. After that, we will proceed to Isfahan Grand Mosque (UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Atiq Grand Mosque and Isfahan Friday Mosque, is one of the historical monuments of Isfahan, which dates back to the second century AH. The most important changes in the mosque took place during the Seljuk period; the architects of this period distanced themselves from the pattern of the “Arab Mosque”, and created a new style which became known as the “Iranian Mosque”. Now it is time to visit The Hasht Behesht Palace, a historical palace in the city of Isfahan, which was built during the Safavid period and in 1080 AH. The palace building is built on two floors in the middle of a large garden. The architectural style of this building is Isfahani style. Now, before we end our day in a beautiful square in Isfahan, we will visit the famous Chehel Sotoun Palace (40-column palace) which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran. Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions.
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.
Check out after breakfast. Today we proceed to Kashan. In Kashan, we start our tours by visiting The Tabatabaei’s House. One the most famous houses in Kashan dated back to 1834. This architecturally magnificent house belonged to one of the most influential businessmen of Qajar era. Then we will continue with The Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse (Qasemi Hammam) which goes back to the 16th century. Definitely this traditional bathhouse is the most beautiful bathhouse in Iran. Then we have time to visit the landmark of Kashan, which is The Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Garden). This most well-known garden is famous for showing the unique structure of ancient Persian gardens. There is a mansion in this garden which dates back to Shah Abbas of Safavid dynasty. Our last destination in Kashan will be Sialk Archeological Hill. This 7500-year hill keeps a large part of Iranian history in its heart. Several objects have been revealed from the archeological excavations which belong to at least 3000 B.C.
Today we will check out early in the morning in order to move to Tehran. In Tehran we will start our site seeing by visiting The National Museum of Iran (since 1937). This museum has two sections, the pre-Islamic and Islamic era. In the pre-Islamic section we could find objects from the Lower Paleolithic period (1,000,000 years ago) to the beginning of Islamic period. Then we will have this opportunity to visit another UNESCO Heritage Site of Iran from 16th century, The Golestan Palace. This royal Qajar complex consist of several halls and museums such as Salam hall, mirror hall, marble throne and more. The coronations of Mozaffar-al din Shah and Ahmad Shah of Qajar dynasty and Reza Shah and Mohammad Reza Shah of Pahlavi were held in this beautiful Palace. After lunch we will spend our evening in The Grand Bazaar of Tehran. The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is among the longest in the world by more than 10Km in length. This old bazaar (more than 400 years old) consists of several shops, guesthouse, and Shah Mosque. O/N Tehran
Our last day in Iran, we will have free time until departure time. Then, proceed to IKA in order to fly back to our home country.
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