Our European passengers will be delighted to know that, once again, we have teamed up with one of the world’s leading airlines in order to offer very competitive fares for those of you who wish to visit Iran
Special offer – Limited availability
Fly to Iran from Europe for as low as 249 EUR
(return air fare – terms & conditions apply).
With very short stop-overs in Istanbul and cheap flights to Iran and a great tour operator, a traveller couldn’t wish for more.
Experience the wonders of Iran with a taste of Turkish hospitality:
It is of course a promotional fare as Turkish Airlines has just started their new destination in Iran, the ancient city of Kermanshah. All you have to do to take advantage of this great offer is to fly into Kermanshah and fly out of another city in Iran using Turkish Airlines.
This particular offer was awarded to us by Turkish Airlines’ office manager in Kermanshah Mr Kucukcolak and Turkish Airlines’ office manager in Shiraz, Mr Mehemet Allaguz.
Kermanshahan province (previously known as Bakhtaran) has some of the most interesting and famous archaeological sites in this part of Iran, dating from before recorded history through the Achaemenian (559-330 BC), Parthian (190 BC-224 AD) and Sassanian (224-637) dynasties to the Arab period (637-1050). The climate is pleasant for most of the year, the largely mountainous scenery is stunning and the soil is fertile.
An important station on the ancient trading route to Baghdad, Kermanshah is by far the largest and busiest city in this part of Iran while there is little to see in the city itself, Kermanshah is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the mid-western region of the country. At an altitude of 1322m, the city has a beautiful setting, framed by prominently snow-clad mountains.
First built on a site a few kilometers from the present town, Kermanshah probably dates from the 4th century AD. Its vulnerable position has always rendered it liable to incursions it was captured by the Arabs in 649, invaded by the Seljuqs in the 11th century and then sacked by the Mongols in the early 13th century. After several centuries of relative peace and prosperity, Kermanshah's strategic position on the road to Baghdad attracted very heavy Iraqi
missile and bomb attacks during the Iran-Iraq war and the rubble is still plain to see.
Overlooking the main road to Hamadan and a few kilometers east of Bisotun village, are famous bas-reliefs carved out of a dramatic mountain include with religious significance in pre-Islamic times the fact that the rock was also on the ancient royal road between Iran and Iraq made it an ideal location for these tablets.
Tag-e-Bostan Or Parthian bas-reliefs
Opposite a bridge and a pretty pool are two heavily eroded Parthian bas-reliefs. The one on the left shows King Mithradites standing before four supplicants. The one on the right depicts several scenes relating to Gotarzes II one of him on horseback spearing an enemy, another of him at his investiture, and a third is a religious ritual.
Hamadan: It is possible to do a day trip to another city in Western Iran, where you can visit the tomb of Avicenna (a scientist whose gown is now worn by millions of students at their graduation ceremony).
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Our suggested itinerary:
Day 1: Kermanshah
Arrival in Kermanshah at 2:35 A.m; transfer to hotel. Overnight Kermanshah. Half day city tour to visit Tagh-e Bostan, Moaven Al Molk Tekkie and Bisotun and the Anahita Temple at Kangavar, overnight Kermanshah.
In the morning drive to Hamadan to visit Esther & Mordekhay mausoleum. Gombad alavian, Hegmatana hill ruins of seven folds civilization . we will also visit the tomb of Avicenna (a famous scientist whose gown is now worn by millions of students at their graduation ceremony). Overngiht Hamadan.
Day3 : Hamadan –Isfahan
In the morning Drive to Ali sadr cave (weather allowing), continue our way to Isfahan, overnight Isfahan.
We start our full day tour of Isfahan at the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq., once a royal polo court, this site has been 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 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. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and is visited next. We will stroll through the traditional bazaar surrounding the square, before we gather again for the lunch. The bazaar which goes deep to the north is known traditionally as Qeysarieh bazaar. Overnight Isfahan.
Half day city tour of Isfahan to visit Vank Cathedral, Sio-se-Pol and Khajou bridges Drive to Yazd. Overnight Yazd.
Full day city tour in Yazd. Visit the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, and the Fire Temple, in the afternoon; visit the local famous Jameh and Mir-Chakhmaq Mosques, overnight Yazd.
Day7: Yazd- shiraz
Drive to shiraz enroute visiting Pasargadae, where we find the tomb of Cyrus the great, Naghsh-e-Rostam (Necropolis) and the magnificent site of the ancient world, which is a registered UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achaemenian era. The site is composed of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices. Overnight shiraz.
Full day city tour of Shiraz, visiting visit Zandieh complex (Karim khans citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai), after lunch and a short rest at the hotel we will continue our tour by visiting Eram garden, Hafez & Saadi tomb, Quran gate and Shah- e - Cheragh shrine, then transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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