Journey through Iran: 16-Day Vacation Package
Historians believe human life existed in Persia around 6000 BC, and many communities had settled on the eastern side of the mountain range Zagros. This tour will offer you the essence of the ancient Persian Empire; most of the towns and sites you will visit are either thousands of years old or have been registered by UNESCO as a heritage site. On this tour, in addition to the official tourist track, you will also visit some of the usually over sought yet astonishing places.
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight 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, a large roofed old shopping complex. We will then get more familiar with Persian Carpets at the Carpet Museum.
Drive to Masouleh. Masouleh village is one of the most beautiful & unique places you will have seen. It is perched high on a densely forested mountainside about 60 kilometers inland from the Caspian Sea. The roofs of houses on lower tiers are used as courtyards for homes on the levels above them. In some cases, public streets are laid out along interconnected roofs. The organic layout and steep stairs have made motor vehicles impractical, so they are banned in the village. About 800 people currently live in the town. Overnight Masuleh.
In the morning, we will embark on a half-day city tour of Tabriz to visit The blue mosque, Shah-Goli Pavilion, Azerbaijan Museum and its magnificent bazaar. After visiting Tabriz, we will head to Kandovan; on the way, you will be served a traditional Persian meal in a local restaurant. Kandovan will take your breath away with its beautiful houses carved inside rocks and mineral water springs. Overnight Kandovan.
An excursion to Kermanshah to visit Sassanian bas-reliefs at Tagh-e Bostan, the Achaemenian inscriptions and relieves at Bisotun and the Anahita Temple at Kangavar, a half-day city tour of Hamedan in the afternoon to visit Ganjnameh and Avicenna mausoleum. Esther and Mordecai Tomb. Overnight Hamedan.
Drive to Shiraz, en route visiting Pasargad (Pasargadae was the capital of the Persian Empire from the sixth century BC until it was conquered by the Macedonians led by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. Now a town in Iran, Pasargadae was established by the first ruler of the Achaemenid Dynasty, Cyrus the Great.), Naghshe Rostam (aka Necropolis or the city of the dead) and the Persepolis, overnight Shiraz.
City tour of Shiraz, after a leisurely morning, we will start by paying a visit to the Zandiyeh Complex, the residential palace of the Zand dynasty. We continue to Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath remaining from his reign. We will chill out at the traditional tea house of Saray e Moshir to have an entirely Persian experience; a quick visit to Nasiro – Molk Mosque will conclude our morning tour before lunch. In the afternoon, we will head to Eram Garden, tombs of poets Hafez, Saadi, Ali ebene Hamza Shrine and finally, Narenjestan Palace. Overnight Shiraz.
Transfer to Shiraz’s international airport for your departure flight.
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