11 Days of Wandering: A Tour Around Iran
Going around Iran from Tehran in the North to the west of Iran in Ahwaz (oil capital) and continue your route from Shiraz and southern roads to the south-east then go to the center of Iran and continue your travel in the heart of Iran and go back again to Tehran airport, you will experience a tour in the points of the compass of Ancient Persia only in 11 days.
10 UNESCO World Heritages and many other inspiring places await you on this tour. This package includes ancient Persian sites, which were built by men and women 5000 years ago in Susa, and also natural-historical sites such as the cave-houses of Meymand, the Hydraulic System of Shustar and Persian gardens with their eastern mansions inside and taking a walk in two great capitals of Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC): Persepolis and Pasargadae.
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. It is not only the country’s largest museum of History and Archaeology. Still, it ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums in the world regarding its vast monuments’ grand volume, diversity and quality.
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.
Night flight to Ahwaz.
Early morning departure to Shiraz (Overland), visiting Bishapour city in the afternoon. On 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 the famous Anahita Temple – Anahita is the goddess of water in ancient Persia.
Transfer to your hotel in Shiraz.
Today you are welcomed 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—the earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. Alexander burned this place as the Persian Empire’s ceremonial capital during the Achemaenian Dynasty. The entrance of this ancient city is The Gate of All Nations, so you are welcomed to this city with every nationality you have. 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 his tomb (the most famous monument on this site).
Evening drive to Shahr-e Babak, at night you will arrive at another UNESCO world heritage: Meymand and its cultural landscape.
You can have the experience of spending the night in one of its cave houses.
Half-day tour of Meymand. The villagers are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. They change their living place in winter and return to their unusual cave houses carved out of soft rock.
Drive to 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 a famous Fire Temple of Zoroastrian upon your arrival to Yazd.
Then you will visit a traditional house -now the Water Museum -to see how desert people used to find and transfer water. After visiting this unique museum, you will see the famous Amir-Chakhmagh Square.
In the morning, 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.
Then you continue your visit to Esfahan (overland). This city is famous for its bridges, minarets, mosques and palaces. In the evening you will visit the Jolfa district and see the Vank cathedral. This cathedral was built in 1606. The mixture of Iranian architecture and decoration with the Italian painting style creates a unique cathedral.
At night you can see Isfahan’s famous Bridges, Siosepol and Khaju.
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).
Morning drive to Kahsan via Abyaneh.
Morning tour of Abyaneh. This village is one of the significant villages of Iran- with its unique red soil and colorful dresses of its women.
Then you will drive to Kashan, which is located near Abyaneh. This city is famous for its traditional houses. After a visit to some of these houses, you will see Tepe Sialk (The Sialk Louvre and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran also verifies the oldest settlements in Sialk, dating back to 5500–6000 BC.)
They have a different experience of staying in one of the traditional hotels of this city that is in combination with modern facilities.
Transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport for your departure.
Day 7: Kerman
After visiting Meymand, we will go to Kerman and start a full-day tour in Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden).
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