IRAN ANCIENT (8 DAY – 7 NIGHT)
Duration: 8 days trip – 7 nights
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Flight: Tehran – Shiraz
Included meals: 8 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 0 Dinner
Accommodation grade: 3, 4, and 5-Star Hotels
Transport: Private Car, Van, A.C. Minibus, and Bus
Internet: Free Wi-Fi in Vehicle and at the hotel
» This is a short and interesting tour for those whose time is limited.
» You will visit Shiraz and Isfahan, the most impressive of Iran’s ancient cities.
» We visit Bishapour, an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city and maybe have an opportunity to see Qashqai nomads in their annual migration.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» We are happy to welcome you to our land of contrasts.
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative. Then transfer to hotel and rest. O/N Tehran
(1:15 Hours Distance by plane)
After breakfast, we will visit Saad Abad Palace Complex which was the complex first built and inhabited by Qajar monarchs in the 19th century. After the expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty lived there in the 1920s. Then, visit the Archaeological and 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 the Golestan palace complex, which is a UNESCO heritage and dates from the 18th century AD. Finally, in the evening, transfers to the airport and flies to Shiraz. Meet and transfer to the hotel. O/N 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 was 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 Persian’s 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
We will visit the Eram Garden which is built during the middle of the thirteenth century. Besides, we will visit Naranjestan Gardens with its outstanding tile working, mirroring, etc., which was built between 1879 and 1886 by Qavam Family, and visit Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque. Then, toward Hafez and Saadi mausoleums who were two famous Persian poets in the world. Afterward, we will visit the Vakil mosque complex and the most amazing mirror decoration of the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz
(485 Kilometers distance)
We depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate, 45 km north of Shiraz 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, our route crosses the central Iran ranges and continues to Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
In the morning, we will visit Naghshe Johan square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan which is listed as a 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
(465 Kilometers distance)
We visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa, the Vank cathedral, the Friday Mosque, the Shaking Minarets, and the Chehel Sotoun (forty columns) palace with impressive frescos. In the afternoon, drive to Tehran. O/N Tehran
If you wish to extend the itinerary, it would be possible to visit Kashan and Abyaneh while driving to Tehran.
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.