Package No. 0129

Iran at glance                                                                                    8 Days

Tehran Shiraz Isfahan Tehran
- 80min. 2N 490km. 3N 425km. 2N


Itinerary in Detail

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. 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 continue our tour by visiting the beautiful garden of Eram, the tombs of famous poets, Hafez and Saadi and finally Quran Gate. O/N SHIRAZ

Day 3. This morning we leave Shiraz for Isfahan and will visit en-route 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 trip by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian royal necropolis and Pasargadae  where we find the tomb of Cyrus the great and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices. We will also stop by the camps of some nomadic communities to observe their customs and intersting life-style. We stay the night at our hotel in Isfahan. O/N ISFAHAN

Day 4. After breakfast, we start our half-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. Afternoon is free for rest and personal programs O/N ISFAHAN

Day 5 : We start another half-day tour by visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then visit Vank Cathedral and the Armenian quarter of the city. We wil 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 6. We will drive to Tehran today (total 425 km.) , enroute in Kashaan we visit a beautiful sample of Iranian historical gardens, Fin Garden. We also visit genuine samples of Iranian traditional desert architecture at a number of historical houses in the city, now open to visitors. We  have some more time for strolling in this traditionally well preserved city. In addition to its beautiful traditional environment there is a beautiful bazaar and a number of interesting mosques to visit. We will have a short stop in the religious city of Qom which is considered as one of the most important theological academic centers and hosts the holy shrine of Hazrat-e-Masoumeh, one of the holy Shi'ite ladies. We have to drive 130 more km. for getting to Tehran. O/N TEHRAN

 Day 7. 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. This evening you can attend a Persian night at a  traditional restaurant where you can have our 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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