IRAN ANCIENT (8 Days)
Duration: 8 day trip
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Group size: Min 2, Max 8
Included meals: 8 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Accommodation grade: 5-Star Hotels
Transport: A.C. Minibus / Van
Internet: Free Wi-Fi While Traveling
» Explore fabled capitals of ancient empires with our expert trip Leader, well-spoken and experienced in sharing his native land with travelers.
» Stroll in magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Cyrus the Great.
» Mingle with local residents and vendors in colorful markets including the only bazaar in the world recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» Get to know the warm Iranian people as you dine in fine local restaurants we’ve selected for their delicious Persian food and friendly ambience.
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran
(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 the hotel. O/N 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
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
(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 capital and location of the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Further north we cross the central Iran ranges to reach Isfahan. O/N 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
(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
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.