Taste of Iranian Music 14day – 13 nights Code: GT.10

You will visit the most magnificent of the ancient treasuries of Iran in this tour. You will travel into the past when you experience the historical sites at Bishapour, Persepolis and Pasargadae.  Come with us and feel the Persian traditions in the old cities of Yazd, Natanz and Kashan. We welcome your arrival.

 

Day 01: Arrival -Tehran

Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to Hotel and rest. O/N Tehran.

Day 02: Tehran- Shiraz (1:15 Hours distance by plane)

After breakfast, we will visit Saad Abad Palace Complex in which the complex first built and inhabited by Qajar monarchs in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty lived there in the 1920s. Then, visit the Archaeological & Islamic Art Museums. The pre-Islam archaeological museum covers Persia’s history from the fifth millennium BC to 648 AD while the Islamic art museum provides a display of Islamic works of art. Then, toward Golestan palace complex, which is UNESCO Heritage and dating from the 18th century AD and visit Sepah Salar Mosque. Finally in the evening, transfers to the airport and fly to Shiraz. Meet and transfer to hotel. O/N Shiraz.

Day 03: Shiraz- Bishapour –Shiraz (280 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]

Early morning departure to visit Bishapour, an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city built as a commemoration of Persia’s victory over the invading Romans. According to an inscription, the city found in 266 by Shapur I (241-272), who was the second Sassanid king and inflicted a triple defeat on the Romans, having killed Gordian III, captured Valerian and forced Philip the Arab to surrender. In addition, we will visit six Bas-reliefs on the rock walls of Tang- e Chogan depicts the Persians victory over the invading Romans. During our return to Shiraz there may be an opportunity to see Qashqai nomads in their annual migration. O/N Shiraz

Day 04: Shiraz –Music

We will visit the Eram Garden in which built during the middle of thirteenth century.  Besides, we visit Naranjestan Gardens with outstanding tile working, mirroring, etc., which was built between 1879 and 1886 by Qavam Family and visit Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque. Then, toward Hafez  & Saadi  mausoleums who were 2 famous Persian poets in the world. Afterward, we will visit Vakil mosque complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of the Aliebnehamze Holy ShrineO/N Shiraz.

Amazing Iranian Night Music

This evening we have the chance to experience true Persian culture. The entertainment includes a performance of classical music played on traditional instruments while we enjoy a delicious local cuisine dinner. Is highest taste of Iran culture with a sermonic session of Iranian classic music in local house with delicious Iran cuisine? Iranian classic music draws back to thousands year ago. In the Persian classical music dates back thousands of years and during the times of the Elamites (2500 to 700 BC) and the Achemenians (500BC) the accompaniment of music during religious and ceremonial parades was paramount. Later during Sassanian times (200-650AD) great musicians including Bamshad, Nakisa,Azad and Barbad made significant contributions.

During this memorable evening the programme includes ancient music composed by Farabi and Shirazi and played on the instruments Saz, Setar and Zarb and a selection of Persian poetry of Mowlavi and Hafez.

 

Day 05: Shiraz – Persepolis -Necropolis- Shiraz- Isfahan (485 Kilometers distance)

We depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate, 45 km north of Shiraz we stop at Persepolis the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians (550BC) which is UNESCO heritage. At Necropolis, we see four tombs of Achaemenian kings high in the cliffs of limestone. Then, we continue through mountain scenery to visit Pasargadae another UNESCO Heritage, the earliest Achaemenian capital where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is well preserved. Further, on our route crosses the central Iran ranges Continue to Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.

Day 06: Isfahan

In the morning, we will visit Naghshe Johan square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan in which listed as UNESCO Heritage. The square periphery is marked by outstanding Safavid buildings which include the Ali Qapu palace, the Imam Mosque, the Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) mosque and to the north the expansive bazaar where we can see artisans crafting metal work, Persian miniatures, printing intricate designs on cloth and other activities. In the afternoon, we will visit Si-o-Se Pol (thirty-three arches) and Khajoo bridges spanning the Zayanderud River. Then, we will visit Music Museum. O/N Isfahan.

Day 07: Isfahan

We will visit the Vank Cathedral and adjoining museum in the Armenian quarter of Isfahan  and later see the Friday Mosque, shaking minarettes Mosque and the Safavisd reception palace of Chehel Setoon ( forty columns) where huge frescos depict memorable events of Safavid times. O/N Isfahan.

Day 08: Isfahan-  Kashan –Abyane (310 Kilometers distance)

After breakfast we drive  northwards to  Kashan where we visit the Fin  garden complex, the Agha Bozorg theological school and bazaar. Kashan is famed for its fine carpets and many restored traditional merchant’s houses. We continue to the ancient village of Abyaneh. This is unique in its ochre colored mud brick constructions and the colorful dress of its inhabitants. O/N Abyaneh.

Day 09: Abyane – Yazd (430 Kilometers distance)

Today we drive to Yazd reputed to be one of the world’s oldest cities and often referred to as being like a living museum.  We will visit narrow alleys of mud brick and plaster, see the tall wind towers, which provide unique and effective cooling systems in this desert climate. The Friday mosque in which, dates from the 14th century and boasts of having the tallest minarets in all Persia. Silk weaving workshops maybe seen where exquisite brocades are still made on traditional looms. O/N Yazd.

Day 10: Yazd – Kerman (365 Kilometers distance)

Today we shall explore this ancient city and visit a Zoroastrian temple where a sacred fire has been kept burning for hundreds of years and is now a Zoroastrian pilgrimage center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism the religion of ancient Persia and which was followed until Arabs brought Islam to Iran. On the outskirts of the city we visit the Towers of Silence , burial locations of the Zoroastrians . In the afternoon drive to Kerman. O/N Kerman.

Day 11: Kerman – Bam – Mahan-Kerman (385 Kilometres distance) [Round Trip]

We will visit remains of Bam citadel in which was the largest adobe building in the world and it is, listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site “Bam and its Cultural Landscape”. Then, will visit the magnificent Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah e Vali, great Sufi, and the lovely Shahzadeh (Prince) Garden in Mahan. Then, return to Kerman. O/N Kerman.

Day 12: Kerman

Kerman is famous for fine Persian carpets. There we will visit the 17th century Ganjali khan complex which includes one of the most interesting and ancient bazaars in Iran. These a restored traditional bathhouse has a display of wax figures depicting the functions of the bathhouse and a traditional teahouse. In the afternoon, fly to Tehran. O/N Tehran.

Day 13: Kerman – Tehran (990 Kilometers distance)

In the morning, we drive to Tehran’s northern suburbs on the foothills of the Alborz Mountains. We visit the Niaveran palace complex where palaces of   former Qajar and Pahlavi rulers are now museums. In the afternoon, visit to the Tehran famous mall centers and Jamshidieh park where we can mix and speak with the local people. O/N Tehran

Day 14: Tehran- Departure

Transfer to Tehran Intl airport for your return flight.