12 Days Iran Historical Tour
This tour includes visiting the capital of Iran-Tehran, and also 3 famous ancient cities of this country: Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd. 10 UNESCO World Heritages of Persia from 6 thousand years ago and many other highlights of Iran are waiting for you in this tour.
Tehran Hamedan Kermanshah Dezful Ahwaz via Susa Shiraz Yazd Isfahan Kashan
Highlights: Persepolis,Pasargadae,Meidan Imam,Masjed Jam-e,Persian Garden (Chehel-Sotun, Eram and Dolat-Abad) and also : Hafez and Sadie Tombs, Iranian Bazaar, Zoroastrian Fire Temple and many other attractions.
Day 1 - Tehran
After your arrival at the airport, your guide will greet you; transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 - Tehran
In the morning you will go to see National Museum of Iran, aging more than 70 years, containing 300,000 museum objects.
Then you will have the visit of Iran Glassware and ceramic Museum, in order to see objects of 4th millennium B.C. up to the present time.
After that you will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace that has many places to offer: The Marble Throne, Karim Khani Nook, Pond House, Picture House/Gallery, Brilliant Hall, Museum of Gifts, Containers Hall, Ivory Hall, Mirror Hall, Salam Hall, Edifice of the Sun (Shams ol Emareh) and many other places.
Day 3 - Hamedan
Tehran to Hamedan
Half day city tour of Hameden. You can visit two famous Tombs of this city. One of them belongs to a famous folk poet Baba Tahir. The other one is the tomb of Avicenna (980-1038), a well known Iranian physician and philosopher .
Day 4 - Dezful
Morning departure to Dezful via kangavar and Bisotun.
Anahita Temple of Kangavar is one of the archeological sites in Iran which is attributed to Anahita, the ancient Goddess of Water.
The bas-relief of Darius and 1200 lines of inscriptions telling the story of one of his battles in 521-520 BC are waiting for you in Bisotun (a UNSCO World Heritage).
Afternoon transfer to Dezful.
Day 5 - Ahwaz
Today you will go to Ahwaz via 3 UNESCO World Heritages of Susa, Tchogha Zanbil and Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System.
In Susa you can visit different urban settlements in a continuous succession from the late 4200 B.C. until the 13th century A.D.
Founded c. 1250 B.C. Tchogha Zanbil is a holy ancient Ziggurat.
Traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C., Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System is a genius man-made creation for water mills.
Day 6 - Shiraz
Early morning departure to Shiraz (Overland), visiting Bishapour city in the afternoon. This day you can visit 6 Bas-Reliefs in the valley of Tang-e Chogan, dated back to Sassanian Dynasty (from 224 AD to 651 AD) and also the ancient city of Bishapur (founded in 266 by Sassanian King Shapur I (241-272)), and another Anahita Temple.
Transfer to your hotel in Shiraz.
Day 7 - Shiraz
Today you are very welcomed in Shiraz, the city of gardens and nightingales.
We will start our Shiraz tour by Karmikhani complex - Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty who chose Shiraz as his capital. Visiting Zandieh Complex: Karim khan’s citadel, Pars museum, Vakil bath (traditional Iranian bath), Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai.
You can visit a very famous Iranian Muslims holy place: Shah-Cheragh Shrine, a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz with unique mirror decoration.
In the evening you can visit Hafez & Saadi tomb (Shiraz is really famous for these two great Persian poets), Eram and Gahan-Nama Garden and Quran gate (with the view over Shiraz).
Day 8 - Yazd
Today you are going to visit the most famous attractions of Ancient Persia in Iran: Persepolis and Pasargadae, two UNESCO world heritages.
First you will visit the great Persepolis. This ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achemaenian Dynasty dates back to 515 BCE. The Apadana Palace, The Throne Hall and tombs of Kings are among various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications that you can see in Persepolis.
We continue our tour by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead). Then you will go to see Pasargadae.
Pasargadae is the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in time of Cyrus the Great and also a place for his tomb (the most famous monument in this site).
Continue your way to Yazd.
Day 9 - Isfahan
Morning tour of Yazd, a city in the middle of desert. Today you will see Zoroastrian - a religion started in ancient Persia by Zoroaster- culture and life. You will visit a famous Fire Temple of Zoroastrian and also you will have a visit of Masjed Jam-e Yazd with its remarkable minarets and architecture. Then you will go to Dolat-Abaad Garden, a UNESCO world heritage in the category of Persian Gardens. This garden has the biggest adobe wind catcher in the world.
Evening departure to Isfahan
Day 10 - Isfahan
Today tour of Isfahan starts with the UNESCO world heritage: Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. Once a royal polo court, this site was the official center of the city, when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located in the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multistory Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Then you will visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) that is located on the opposite side of the square. You can take a tour in a traditional Iranian Bazaar.
Then you will continue your tour to see Chehel-Sotun Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden).
You can also visit Masjed-e Jame Esfahan - a UNESCO world heritage - in this day, a beautiful mosque with unique architecture (over 12 hundred years ago).
You can visit Isfahan famous bridges at night.
Day 11 - Kashan
Morning departure to Kashan a city that is famous for its traditional houses. Visiting some of its famous houses you will spend the last night in Iran in one of them.
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