Package No. 0229

Highlights of Iran                                                                                            8 Days

Tehran Shiraz Isfahan Tehran
- 80 min. 2N 50 min. 2N 70 min. 3N

 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1. Arriving in Tehran Airport, you are welcomed and assisted by our representative and will be transferred to your hotel. The morning is at your leisure to relax. We get more familiar with the Iranian history by visiting the valuable archeological collections at the National Museum in the afternoon. In the evening we fly to Shiraz. We will have the opportunity to visit Shah Cheragh (Lord of Light) mausoleum in the evening with its shining unbelievable mirror work. O/N SHIRAZ

Day 2. On an excursion today we 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 Achemaenian era. The site, 125,000 sq.m. in area is composed of 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 continue our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian royal necropolis before returning to Shiraz.  O/N SHIRAZ

Day 3. After breakfast we start our city tour of Shiraz. We will start by Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty choose Shiraz as his capital and declared himself as “Vakil”, the lawyer of the nation, rather than king. We continue Vakil complex comprising of Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath remaining from his reign. We also visit the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. After Lunch we have free time for personal programs. We are then transferred to the airport for flying to Isfahan, this evening. Upon arrival in Isfahan, we will be transferred to the hotel. O/N ISFAHAN

Day 4. After breakfast, 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 has been the official center of the city, when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multi story Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, 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 square, before we gather again for the lunch. The bazaar which goes deep to the north is known traditionally as Qeysarieh bazaar. After Lunch we continue our tour by visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then head to the banks of Zayanderud river, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, 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 paddle on a boat from one to the other. We can return back to the hotel or enjoy this pleasant environment for more time. O/N ISFAHAN

Day 5. Today is  free on our own to explore the charming city by ourselves. Do not forget souvenir shopping at the traditional bazaar and walking along tranquil riverside parks. Isfahan is well known for its handicrafts and also a kind of sweet called “Gaz”. In the evening, we are transferred to the airport for flying to Tehran in the evening. Upon arrival in Tehran, we are transferred to the hotel. O/N TERHAN

Day 6. We go on a full-day tour of the capital, Tehran. First, we will  have a walking tour through old Tehran and will visit the old Gate of Tehran, Golestan Palaces, Imam (former Royal) Mosque and the Grand Bazaar which is a large roofed old shopping complex. After Lunch we will visit the unique jewelry collection at the National Treasury. We will then get more familiar with Persian Carpets at the Carpet Museum and will have a visit to Saadabad Palace. Before returning back to the hotel, we will stop in Darband, an oasis of rest in Tehran, for drinking a cup of tea and a deep breather of fresh air. O/N TERHAN

 

Day 7. Today morning is free for rest, personal planned sightseeing, taking optional tours, shopping or joining tour extensions. This evening you can attend a Persian night at a  traditional restaurant where you can have your Iranian dinner while enjoying Persian live local music. O/N TERHAN

 Day 8. Airport transfer is available 3 hours before your flight’s departure.

 

 

 

 

 

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