IRAN Ancient 8 day – 7 night Code: GT.01

This is a short but interesting tour for those whose time is limited. You will visit Shiraz and Isfahan, the most impressive of Iran ’s ancient cities. We are happy to welcome you to our land of contrasts.

Day 01: Arrival-Tehran
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran

Day 02: TehranShiraz (1:15 Hours distance by plane)
After breakfast, we shall visit the Sa’dabad Complex palace. Then, visit Archaeological & Islamic Art Museums. The pre-Islam archaeological museum covers Persia’s history from the 5th millennium BC to 648 AD while the Islamic art museum provides a display of Islamic works of art. Then to Golestan palace complex dating from the 18th century AD and later the Jewelry museum to view what is probably the world’s finest collection of precious stones collected over many centuries. Finally in the evening, transfers to the airport and fly to Shiraz. Meet and transfer to hotel. O/N Shiraz

Shiraz

Day 03: Shiraz– Bishapur –Shiraz (280 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
Early morning departure to visit Bishapur, an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city built as a commemoration of Persia’s victory over the invading Romans. . Bas reliefs on the rock walls of Tang- e Chogan depict 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
We will visit the Eram and Naranjestan Gardens, Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Hafez and Saadi mausoleums, Vakil mosque complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of the Ali Ibn Hamza Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz

Day 05: ShirazPersepolis – Necropolis – PasargadaeIsfahan (490 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Isfahan, we depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate then, after 40km we reach Persepolis the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians 550BC.At Necropolis we see four tombs of Achaemenian kings high in the limestone escarpments. Then through mountain scenery we continue to Pasargadae the earliest Achaemenian capitol and location of the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Further north we cross the central Iran ranges to reach Isfahan. O/N Isfahan

Day 06: Isfahan
In the morning we will visit Naqsh-e Jahan square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan. 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 Khaju Bridge spanning the Zāyandé-Rūd River. O/N Isfahan

Day 07: IsfahanTehran (465 Kilometers distance)
We visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank cathedral, Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and the Chehel Sotoun (forty columns) palace with its impressive frescos. In the afternoon drive to Tehran. O/N Tehran

Day 08: Tehran – Departure
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.

Isfahan