- Tour Name: Explore Persia
- Duration: 9 Days
- From: On Request
Iran is one of the few remaining destinations where there is still the freedom to travel to distances, timeless and by choice, sleep in remote-wilderness or formal-camp, explore central desert and distant dunes, enjoy total relaxed or high adventure.
1° day: ARRIVAL TO TEHRAN
Departure, arrival, airport (IKA) in Tehran, meet & assist services at airport and transfer to hotel, overnight Tehran. Tehran is a living and growing capital city and as in the recent two centuries, the most important events in the history of the whole country take place here. Tehran with its numerous museums has the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture. Overnight Tehran.
2° day: TEHRAN – TEHRAN
After breakfast we visit National Museum of Iran, including prehistoric, historic and Islamic sections. This museum has a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 5th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (or Abgineh Museum) followed by the Jewelry museum (Regular Hours: Saturday - Tuesday 14pm – 16:30pm). Overnight Tehran.
3° day: TEHRAN – QOM – KASHAN – ISFAHAN
Breakfast and then drive to Isfahan, en rout to Qom, Qom is one of the holiest cities in Iran and the middle East and is entrenched in centuries of history. The famous thing about Qom is the Fatima È Massummeh Shrine which is a highly respected shrine and a very clean place. Stop in Kashan that is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses such as Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Overnight Isfahan.
4,5° day: ISFAHAN - ISFAHAN
Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, its expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century. Isfahan with numerous monuments for which it is world-famous has the greatest attractions for tourists. It is really a museum in the open air. After breakfast full day tour of Isfahan magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Imam & Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace & free time for Bazaar spanning 5 km. A visit to the Armenian quarter to visit Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655. ChehelSotun Palace (forty column) with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop,Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall and visit of Jameh Mosque (UNESCO World Heritage Site) of Isfahan, located in the historic centre of Isfahan, the Masjed-e Jāmé (‘Friday mosque’) can be seen as a stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries, starting in ad 841. It is the oldest preserved edifice of its type in Iran and a prototype for later mosque designs throughout Central Asia Evening panoramic tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se &Khaju bridges. Overnight Isfahan.
6° day: ISFAHAN – YAZD
Breakfast and then drive to Yazd. Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Atashkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city. Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb. This city has always been a great weaving canter, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. This day, group will visit Jame Mosque of Yazd, Fire Temple, Towers of Silence, Mir-Chakhmaq Complex, old district of city and wind towers. Overnight Yazd.
7° day: YAZD – PASARGADE – PERSEPOLIS – NECROPOLIS – SHIRAZ
Breakfast. Drive to shiraz stop for sightseeing in Marvdasht ; Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) UNESCO World Heritage site, Necropolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam), Pasargad. A visit of the Pasargad, The Tomb of Cyrus is the burial place of Cyrus the great of Persia. Then, visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC. The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history. At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples. Overnight shiraz.
8° day: SHIRAZ – SHIRAZ
City tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan or Orange Garden built in 1879 - 1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. On to Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque. The mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez, Eram Garden and Arg of Karim khan are among the other visits. Overnight Shiraz.
9° day: DEPARTURE TO YOUR COUNTRY
Transfer to airport for departure.