IRAN People  12 day – 11 Night  Code: GA.02

This tour enables you to experience the life and customs of the colorful tribal nomads of the Zagros Mountains. We will take you among them. Also this tour enables you to see the traditional way of life of the unique inhabitants of the ochre mud brick houses at Abyaneh village. We have also included visits to impressive sites at Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd. Your trip will leave you with memories of an enchanting ancient land.

 

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 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

Day 03: Shiraz – Black Tents – Shiraz (240 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
In the Morning we leave Shiraz to see a Sassanid palace near Firuzabad. Later we shall have the chance to mingle with the Qashqai nomads. These colorful and hospitable people preserve their traditions in their encampments of black woven goat hair tents. In the evening return to Shiraz. 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: Shiraz – Persepolis – Necropolis- Pasargadae -Yazd (460 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Yazd, we depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate 40 km north of Shiraz we stop at Persepolis the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians , 550BC.At Necropolis we see four tombs of Achaemenian kings high in the cliffs of limestone. Then we continue through mountain scenery to Pasargadae the earliest Achaemenian capital where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is well preserved. Further on our route crosses the central Iran ranges to Yazd. O/N Yazd

Day 06: Yazd
Yazd is a very ancient city. Marco Polo wrote of the fine attributes of that city. It is like a living museum. We will visit narrow alleys, a bathhouse converted to a first class restaurant, see the high wind towers which form efficient cooling systems in this desert climate. The Friday mosque dates from the 14th century and at a silk weaving workshop we see exquisite brocades still being made on traditional looms. O/N Yazd

Day 07: Yazd – Meybod – Naein – Isfahan (330 Kilometers distance)
In the morning we will 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 pilgrim center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism which was the Persian religion before Arabs brought Islam to Persia. We also visit the Towers of Silence on the outskirts of the city. This was the burial place for the Zoroastrians. In the afternoon we drive to Isfahan, en route we will visit Narin Castle and old caravanserai in Meybod where we can purchase pottery items. Further on at Naein we will visit a carpet weaving workshop. O/N Isfahan

Day 08: 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 09: Isfahan
We will visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa where the Vank cathedral and its adjacent museum are of interest. Later we visit the Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Sotoun Palace where the huge murals are masterpieces from Safavid times. O/N Isfahan

Day 10: Isfahan – Abyaneh (175 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Abyaneh, an ancient fascinating village with its colorfully dressed inhabitants and ochre mud brick houses, where little has changed for several centuries. En route we will visit the Natanz Friday Mosque. O/N Abyaneh

Day 11: Abyaneh – Kashan- Tehran (330 Kilometers distance)
Continue to Tehran. En route we will visit the Fin garden complex in Kashan a city well known for its old merchant houses several of which are being restored. O/N Tehran

Day 12: Tehran – Departure
Transfer to Tehran International Airport for your departure from Iran.