Explore Iran's Eco-Tourism: 9-Day Itinerary.
We have designed this tour with a touch of eco-tourism for our guests who want to experience country life and Iran’s main tourist attractions. On this tour, you will visit Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd. Bavanat eco-tourism center is the icing on the cake where you will be hosted/catered for/shown around by a family rather than the usual hotel chains. Every member of the host family will act as your travel agent.
Arrive, meet and greet at the Airport, and transfer to the hotel.
Depending on your arrival flight, the following morning, we will begin a full-day tour of the capital, Tehran. We are 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, a large roofed old shopping complex. We will then become more familiar with Persian carpets at the Carpet Museum. Evening flight to Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz
We will start our Shiraz tour by the Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of the Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand, the founder of the Zand dynasty, chose Shiraz as his capital and declared himself as “Vakil,” the lawyer of the nation, rather than a king. We continue to the Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar, and public baths remaining from his reign. We also visited the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. In the afternoon, we will visit Eram Garden, Naranjestan Palace and the tombs of world-famous poets Hafez and Saadi, as well as Koran Gate, Khajoo tomb and Shah e Cheragh Shrine.
On an excursion day, you will visit 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 the Achemaenian era. The site, 125,000 sq.m. in area, comprises 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 continued our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam. Later today, we will drive to the village of Bavanat, the hub of Iran’s eco-tourism, where you can stroll in the beautiful nature of the Zagros mountain range. Overnight Bavanat.
Sightseeing in Bavanat village and visiting its beautiful walnut forests, Imamzadeh and Qanats, the traditional system of Iranians for distributing water. (Visiting nomads depends on your travel date, i.e., you can have a memorable experience of nomads living in April and September). Overnight Bavanat.
Drive to Yazd in the morning. En route, you will visit ancient refrigerators and Abar-Kuh Cypress, the second oldest tree in the world; it is 4000 years old. Upon arrival: half-day city tour of Yazd to visit Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple, Zoorkhaneh (Powerhouse) Amir-Chakhmaq square, overnight Yazd.
A half-day city tour of Yazd, visiting Dowlat-Abad Gardens and bazaar—an overland trip to the magnificent city of Isfahan in the afternoon. Upon arrival, We will head to the banks of Zayanderud River, the town’s soul. Several historical bridges over this river were 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 paddling on a boat from one to the other. Overnight 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 was the official center of the city when it was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque) on the square’s southern side, which has incredible architecture and tile work. Evening flight to Tehran. Overnight Tehran.
Transfer to Tehran’s international Airport for your departure flight.
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