Dual Delights: A 2-Week Iran-Armenia Exploration
Visiting the world’s first Christian country, along with one the most ancient civilizations, appeals to many travelers, not to mention the historical & cultural ties between Iran and Armenia. Traveling in Iran and Armenia, you will get to know their cultures and traditions, see historical monuments and learn how they have influenced each other throughout the millennia. In this tour, we have combined the better of the two worlds. From the poets of Shiraz and the mosques of Isfahan to the Cathedrals and museums of Armenia, they are all included in this itinerary.
Arrival to Shiraz, meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to hotel. 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; we will then continue to the Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath 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. Overnight Shiraz.
Early morning drive to Yazd in the heart of Iran. On the way, 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 the Achemaenian era. We continue our trip by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) and Pasargadae (the capital of Cyrus the Great & his resting place). Overnight in Yazd.
Drive to Isfahan via Naiin to visit its beautiful Jameh Mosque and traditional weaving factory. Arrive in Isfahan in the afternoon, meet & greet transfer to the hotel. In the evening, Siosepol (33-arch) and Khaju bridges are the most famous bridges in Isfahan. 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.
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 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 multi-story Aliqapu Palace, which stood on the western side of the court, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and is visited next. We will stroll through the traditional bazaar surrounding the court before we gather again for lunch. The bazaar which goes deep to the north is known traditionally as Qeysarieh bazaar. Late evening flight to Tehran. 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, in the afternoon, we will have time at the magnificent national museum of Iran before transferring to Tehran’s international airport late in the evening for your departure flight to Yerevan.
Meet your guide at Yerevan Airport and transfer to your hotel. Visit Erebouni Fortress & Citadel. Continue your tour to Hanghtanak (Victory) Park, where you can see the monument of Mother Armenia; overnight in Yerevan.
Visit the northwest of the country. Travel through the Ararat Valley, one of the oldest cultivated valleys on earth, to the northwest highlands, with alpine terrain and wind-swept vistas. In the spring, the wildflowers blanket the mountainsides with carpets of red poppies, yellow cornflowers and blue snowdrops. Visit Giumri, the second city of Armenia and home of the most extensive collection of 19th-century architecture in the Caucasus, Armenia’s “Belle Époque” quarter. The visit includes Family Care’s Hotel Villa Kars and the city’s continuing struggle to overcome the 1988 earthquake, which killed 24,000 inhabitants. Return to Yerevan in the afternoon. Overnight Yerevan.
After breakfast, take a trip to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia- and visit the 9th-century Seven Monastery. The tour will continue to the mountainous and forest region of Dilijan and then to the magnificent complex of Hagharttsin Monastery, which dates back to the 11th Century, overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast, take an excursion trip to Khor Virap, where you can have a great view of The Biblical Mountain Ararat- one of the most popular destinations in Khor Virap. Continue your tour to The Noravank Monastery- a 13th-century Armenian Apostolic Church; overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the Yerevan Airport for your departure flight.
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