Come, indulge on an impressive historical journey with us to witness the greatness of the Persian empire, its post Islamic architecture and Iran’s modern urban life. Whether this is your first trip to Iran or you’ve already fallen in love with Iran in your previous trips, this tour has a lot to offer. Travelling to Yazd and Kerman, our tours offer the perfect blend of mystery, beauty, history, culture and star filled skies. From the narrow streets in the ancient Persian towns to the amazing sand dunes of the mosques and hidden oases.
Tehran Hamedan Kermanshah Ahwaz Shiraz Kerman Yazd Isfahan
Day 1: Tehran
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight Tehran
Day 2: Tehran
A full-day tour of the capital, Tehran. Starting with a walking tour through old Tehran and visiting the old Gate of Tehran, Golestan Palaces, Imam (former Royal) Mosque and the Grand Bazaar which is a large roofed old shopping complex. We will then get more familiar with Persian Carpets at the Carpet Museum. Overnight Tehran.
Day 3: Hamedan
Drive to Hamedan, afternoon sightseeing in Hamedan , overnight Hamedan.
Day 4: Hamadan - Kermanshah
Half day city tour of Hamadan, afternoon drive to Kerman-shah , en-route you will visit the Anahita Temple at Kangavar , the Achaemenian inscriptions and beliefs at Bisotoun , and Sassanian rock-reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan , overnight Kermanshah.
Day 5: Ahwaz
Drive to the city of Ahwaz also known as the oil capital of Iran. Enroute we will be visiting the ancient sites of Susa and Daniel the prophet. Overnight in Ahvaz.
Day 6: Shiraz
Early morning departure for Shiraz (Overland), visit the ancient city of Bishabour enroute, transfer to your hotel in Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 7: Shiraz
We will start our Shiraz tour by Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty who chose Shiraz as his capital, we continue to Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath that are remaining from his reign. We also visit the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. In the afternoon we will visit Eram Garden, Naranjestan Palace and the tombs of world famous poets Hafez and Saadi.
Day 8: Persepolise - Shiraz
On an excursion day, you will be visiting the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, which is now registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achemaenian era. The site, 125,000 sq.m. in area is composed of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications, where we find the tomb of Cyrus the great and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices. We continue our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) before returning to Shiraz.
Day 9: Kerman
Early morning departure for the city of Kerman (overland), enroute visiting the biggest fig garden in the world at Estahban and Sassanid palace at Sarvestan, overnight Kerman.
Day 10: Kerman
Having travelled overland the day before, later in the morning we will start a full day excursion in Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Gardens and will drive to Rayn to visit its beautiful castle which have become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourists after the 2004 Earthquake. Overnight in Kerman.
Day 11: Yazd
Drive to Yazd in the morning, half day city tour of Yazd to visit Towers of Silence, Fire Temple, , Zoorkhaneh (Power House) and Amir Chakhmakh Square. overnight Yazd.
Day 12: Yazd - Isfahan
Half day city tour of Yazd, visiting Dowlat-Abad Gardens, Friday Mosque and bazaar. Overland trip to the magnificent city of Isfahan in the afternoon. Upon arrival we will head to the banks of Zayanderud river, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Siosepol (33-arch) and khaju bridges are the most famous ones. We enjoy visiting these two interesting bridges, drinking tea at the tea house below the bridge, walking along the river bank or paddle on a boat from one to the other. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 13: Isfahan
In the morning 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. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 14: Isfahan - Tehran
Starting another wonderful day in Isfahan, in the morning you will be visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then visit Vank Cathedral and the Armenian quarter of the city. Evening flight to the capital Tehran. (Depending on your departure flight, you will either be transferred to the airport or stay another night in Tehran and catch your flight the following day).
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