Iran in 12 Days, Pathways to History
This tour includes visiting the capital of Iran-Tehran and three 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 await you on this tour.
We want to inform you that this tour is not bound to specific dates. It’s an introductory Iran tour designed to be flexible and adaptable to your schedule and preferences. Whether you wish to explore the wonders of Iran in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, the opportunity is always available. We aim to make your dream trip come true, allowing you to discover Iran’s diverse cultural heritage, natural beauty, and warm hospitality at your convenience. Whenever you are ready to embark on this incredible journey, we’ll be here, eager to curate an unforgettable experience that aligns perfectly with your desires.
After you arrive at the airport, your guide will greet you; transfer to your hotel.
In the morning, you will see the National Museum of Iran, aged more than 70 years, containing 300,000 museum objects.
Then you will visit Iran Glassware and Ceramics Museum to see the 4th millennium B.C. objects up to the present.
After that, you will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace, which 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.
Tehran to Hamedan
Half-day city tour of Hampden. You can visit two famous Tombs in this city. One of them belongs to a renowned folk poet Baba Tahir. The other one is the tomb of Avicenna (980-1038), a well-known Iranian physician and philosopher.
Morning departure to Dezful via Kangavar and Bisotun.
Anahita Temple of Kangavar is an archeological site in Irans 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 UNESCO World Heritage).
Afternoon transfer to Dezful.
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 continuously from the late 4200 B.C. until the 13th century A.D.
They were 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 artificial creation for water mills.
Early morning departure to Shiraz (Overland), visiting Bishapour city in the afternoon. This day you can see 6 Bas-Reliefs in the valley of Tang-e Chogan, dated back to the 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.
Today you are very welcome in Shiraz, the city of gardens and nightingales.
We will start our Shiraz tour by the Karmikhani complex – Karim Khan Zand, the founder of the 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 famous Iranian Muslim holy place: Shah-Cheragh Shrine, a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz with unique mirror decoration.
In the evening, you can visit Hafez & Saadi’s tomb (Shiraz is famous for these two great Persian poets), Eram and Gahan-Nama Garden and Quran gate (with the view over Shiraz).
Today you will 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 the 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 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 the time of Cyrus the Great and also a place for his tomb (the most famous monument on this site).
Continue your way to Yazd.
Morning tour of Yazd, a city in the middle of the desert. Today you will see Zoroastrian – a religion started in ancient Persia by Zoroaster- culture and life. You will visit the famous Fire Temple of Zoroastrians, and also you will visit 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 most giant adobe wind catcher in the world.
Evening departure to Isfahan
Today’s 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) on the square’s southern side with incredible architecture and tile-work. We then visited the multistory Aliqapu Palace, which stood on the western side of the court, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Then you will visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) on the opposite side of the square. You can take a tour of 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 – today, a beautiful mosque with unique architecture (over 12 hundred years ago).
You can visit Isfahan’s famous bridges at night.
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