BLACK TENTS (15 DAYS – 14 NIGHTS)
Duration: 15 days trip – 14 nights
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Flight: Tehran – Kerman
Included meals: 15 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
» In this Itinerary, there is a day for experiencing Nomadic life and acquaintance with Tradition and their lifestyle.
» You will visit the most magnificent and ancient treasuries of Iran on this tour.
» You will travel into the past and experience historical sites at Firouz Abad that trace back to Sassanid era.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» Come with us and experience the traditions in the old cities of Yazd, Natanz and Kashan.
» You will visit Abyaneh an old village with the colorful dress of its inhabitants.
Day 1: Tehran - Arrival
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative. Then transfer to hotel and rest. O/N Tehran
Day 2: Tehran - Kerman
(01:35 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 an 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. Then, transfer to the airport and fly to Kerman. O/N Kerman
Day 3: Kerman - Bam - Mahan - Kerman
(385 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
We will visit the remains of Bam citadel which was the largest adobe building in the world and 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, the great Sufi, and the lovely Shahzadeh (Prince) Garden in Mahan. Later, return to Kerman. O/N Kerman
Day 4: Kerman - Sarvestan - Shiraz
In the morning, drive toward Sarvestan to visit the Sasanid places. The Sarvestan Palace was built by the Sasanian king Bahram Gur in the 5th century AD and was either a gubernatorial residence or a Zoroastrian fire temple. Then, we are going to Shiraz. O/N Shiraz
Day 5: Shiraz - Black Tents (Firouz Abad)
(120 Kilometers distance)
In the Morning, we leave Shiraz to see a Sassanid Castle near Firuzabad, also known as the Atash-Kadeh, which is a castle located on the slopes of the mountain on which Dezh Dokhtar is situated. This was built, in AD 224 by King Ardashir I of the Sassanian Empire. Later, we will see the nomads Ghashghaie, They’re the most generous people who protect their traditions as old. At night, we will stay in a facilitated camp beside their black tents.
Day 6: Black Tent - Shiraz
(120 Kilometers distance)
This is a day for experiencing Nomadic life. Get up early in the morning with the voice of shepherds taking the cattle for grazing. Enjoy a traditional nomadic breakfast and know their simple way of life. In the afternoon, drive back to Shiraz. O/N Shiraz
Day 7: Shiraz
We will visit the Eram Garden which was built during the middle of the thirteenth century. Besides, we 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 astonishing mirror decoration of the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz
Day 8: Shiraz - Persepolis - Necropolis - Pasargadae - Yazd
(460 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Yazd, 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 the tomb of Cyrus the Great is well preserved. Further, our route crosses central Iran and ranges to Yazd. O/N Yazd
Day 9: 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, and see the high wind towers which form efficient cooling systems in this desert climate. Then, visit the Dowlat Abad gardens built in the 18th century for a former ruler. Later, visit the Syed Jafer shrine, which is decorated with tens of thousands of mirror tiles illuminating the whole mosque. In addition, The Friday Mosque dates from the 14th century, and at a silk weaving workshop, we see exquisite brocades still being made on traditional looms and at last Athletic House (Zour Khaneh). O/N Yazd
Day 10: 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 an old caravanserai in Meybod where we can purchase pottery items. Further, at Naein we will visit a carpet-weaving workshop. O/N Isfahan
Day 11: 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
Day 12: Isfahan
We will visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa, the Vank cathedral, the Friday Mosque, the Shaking Minarets, and the palace of Chehel Sotoun. Magnificent murals in the palace interior are a special attraction. O/N Isfahan
Day 13: Isfahan - Abyaneh
(175 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Abyaneh, an ancient fascinating village with its colorfully dressed inhabitants and ochre mud brick houses, characterized by a peculiar reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran where little has changed for several centuries. En route, we will visit the Natanz Friday Mosque. O/N Abyaneh
Day 14: Abyaneh - Kashan - Tehran
(325 Kilometers distance)
Continue to Tehran. En route, we will visit the Kashan, renowned over the centuries for its ceramics, tiles, pottery, textiles, carpet, and silk. We will see the Fin Garden, Borujerdiha and Tabatabaei Houses, and the unique Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madrasah. Then, continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran
Day 15: Tehran - Departure
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.