Rays of Splendor Tour - 8 Days

This tour offers visiting the cities of Iran Golden Triangle - Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd - plus Tehran the Capital. This tour also includes 6 UNESCO World Heritages and visiting two desert towns of Iran: Naein and Meybod.

Tehran  Travel by Plane  Isfahan Travel by Car  Yazd via Naein and Meybod  Travel by Car  Shiraz 

Highlights

6 UNESCO World Heritages of:
Persepolis,Pasargadae,Golestan Palace,Masjed Jam-e Isfahan,Meidan-e Imam Isfahan,Persian Garden (Chehel-sotun, Eram and Dolat-Abad Garden)
and also: Hafez and Sadie Tombs, Shah-Cheragh Shrine, National Museum of Iran, Yazd fire Temple, Narin castle, Majed Jameh Nain and many other places.

Day 1 - Tehran
After your arrival at the airport, your guide will greet you; transfer to your hotel.
O/N Tehran

Day 2 - Isfahan
In the morning you will go to see National Museum of Iran, aging more than 70 years, containing 300,000 museum objects.
After that you will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace that 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.
Evening flight to Isfahan


Day 3 - Isfahan
Today 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), located in the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multistory Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Then you will visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) that is located on the opposite side of the square. You can take a tour in 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 - in this day, a beautiful mosque with unique architecture (over 12 hundred years ago).
At night you will take a walk in the bank of Zayandeh - Rood River and see its famous bridges such as Pol-e Khaju and Siose-Pol.
O/N Isfahan

Day 4 - Yazd
Drive from Isfahan to Yazd via Naein and Meybod.
In Naein you will visit one of the oldest mosques in Iran which is still in use. In Meybod you will have the visit of Narin Qal-e, a castle which is nearly 2000 years old.
O/N Yazd

Day 5 - Yazd
Whole day visit of Yazd, a city in the middle of desert.
You will start with the most famous Zoroastrian Fire Temple in the city. Then you will have the visit of Masjed Jam-e in Yazd with its beautiful minarets. You will be transferred to the famous Amir Chakhmaq Square. Water Museum is located in this site; a traditional house to see how people of desert used to find and transfer water.
You can take a walk in the old urban area of Yazd and see its unique traditional architecture.
Dolat-Abad Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden is waiting for you in this day. This garden has the biggest adobe wind catcher in the world.
O/N Yazd

Day 6 - Shiraz
Driving from Yazd to Shiraz via Pasargadae and Persepolis.
Today you are going to visit the most famous attractions of Ancient Persia in Iran: Persepolis and Pasargadae, two UNESCO world heritages.
First you will visit the great Pasargadae. Pasargadae is the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in time of Cyrus the Great and also his tomb (the most famous monument in this site).
We continue our tour by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead). Then you will go to see Persepolis.
The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. The entrance of this ancient city is The Gate of All Nations, so you are welcomed to this city with every nationality that 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 that you can see in Persepolis.

O/N Shiraz


Day 7 - Shiraz
Today you are very welcomed in Shiraz, the city of gardens and nightingales.
We will start our Shiraz tour by Karmikhani complex - Karim Khan Zand, the founder of 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 very famous Iranian Muslims holy place: Shah-Cheragh Shrine, a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz with unique mirror decoration.
In the evening you can visit Hafez & Saadi tomb (Shiraz is really famous for these two great Persian poets), Eram and Gahan-Nama Garden and Quran gate (with the view over Shiraz).
O/N Shiraz


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