IRAN Glory 23day – 22night Code: GA.07

It is our most complete tour. You will enjoy a great variety of scenery from the green cities of the north to the Black Church, Anahita temple, Chogha Zanbil, Persepolis and Isfahan’s Imam square. In a word you will feel and enjoy Iran’s grandeur. Your arrival is welcome to us.

Day 1: Tehran
Arrival at Tehran airport welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to hotel and rest. O/N Tehran

Day2: Tehran – Qazvin (155 Kilometers distance)
After breakfast drive toward Qazvin. Near Qazvin, in Alamut Valley climb Alamut and visit the ruins of Hasan Sabah castle, a sacred mountain fortress which was occupied from the end of the 11th to the middle of the 13th century by a community of extremists named Assassins. Then continue to Qazvin, O/N Qazvin

 

Day 3: Qazvin – Lahijan – Rasht (180 Kilometers distance)
Qazvin, a 1000-year-old city, was once the capital of Iran .After breakfast we will visit Friday Mosque with the largest ‘Mihrab’ of any mosque in Iran, the Shrine of Shahzadeh Hossein, a Muslim saint, Heydarieh Theological School, darb-é Kushk (the city old entrance gate) ,Ali Qapu and Chehel Sotoun of Qazvin now converted to a museum. Then drive to Rasht; en route we will visit traditional Caspian houses, Chahar Oleya (4 Guardians) mosque and the mausoleum of Sheikh Zahed in Lahijan. O/N Rasht

Day 4: Rasht – Masuleh – Astara (175 Kilometers distance)
In the morning we drive to the mountain village of Masuleh with its yellow-clay clad external façade of the houses. This 1000-year-old village resembles an anthropological and architectural museum. We then continue to Astara a port border city on the west Caspian coast.En route we pass tea plantations and traditional houses of local residents. O/N Astara

Day 5: Astara – Heyran Pass – Ardabil – Shurabil Lake – Sarein (305 Kilometers distance)
After breakfast drive to Ardebil. The route winds its way up along a river passing through steep gorges named Heyran pass. In Ardabil we will visit Sheikh Safi al-Din (the great Sufi) mausoleum topped by the dome of Allah Allah (about 56 feet high) .The Ardabil bazaar is a traditional bazaar with its small shops, aisles, public bath and a mosque in the centre. Continue to Shourabil Lake and then drive to Sarein. O/N Sarein

Day 6: Sarein – Lahrood – Meshkin Shahr – Ahar- Tabriz (205 Kilometers distance)
Sarein is a Spa region with numerous hot mineral springs of various temperatures known for their therapeutic values. Drive to Tabriz. En route we will pass through Lahrood, Meshkin Shahr and Ahar (well known for its carpets). In Tabriz we will visit the 13th century blue mosque (Masjede Kaboud) and El Goli, a pleasant hillside garden around an artificial lake. O/N Tabriz

Day 7: Tabriz-Maku – Tabriz (510 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
Drive to Maku valley at the very northwest point of Iran. There we will view the Baqcheh Jooq Palace and the 1000-year-old Ghare Kelisa (black Church) site of the grave of Saint Thaddeus. Return to Tabriz. O/N Tabriz

Day 8: Tabriz – Kandovan – Tabriz (110 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
In the morning drive to Kandovan Village, a living example of human adaptation to exceptionally unusual natural surroundings with its dwellings excavated from volcanic ash deposits.. Historians have recently quoted specific geographical references as evidence that links the surrounding area of Kandovan with the Garden of Eden. O/N Tabriz

Day 9: Tabriz – Maragheh – Takab (305 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Takab, en route we will visit the Blue and Red domes of Maragheh and Ghaffariyeh . One of UNESCO’s world heritage sites is Takht-e Soleymān a Sassasanian ceremonial center built around a small lake in the centre of a huge volcanic caldera. The buildings date from the 3rd century AD. O/N Takab

Day 10: Takab – Hamadan (255 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Hamadan , en route we will visit the 700-year old mud brick Soltaniyeh dome, the great mausoleum of a Mongol Sultan, the third highest dome in the world ( after the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and St Paul’s in London). O/N Hamadan

Day 11: Hamadan – Kangavar – Bisotun – Kermanshah (195 Kilometers distance)
We will visit the tomb of biblical Ester and Mordkhay now a Jewish shrine. The Alaviyan dome, Hegmataneh hill and the Achamenian rock inscriptions at Ganjnameh. Then drive to Kermanshah, en route we will visit the Anahita temple in Kangavar, built in honor of the Godess of water. Continue on to Bisotun which may be likened to be a living museum of the Iranian civilization high on a limestone escarpment cuneiform inscription (tablet of Darius I), where we also visit the stone statue of Hercules in the mountain. O/N Kermanshah

Day 12: Kermanshah – Andimeshk (340 Kilometers distance)
According to historical documents Kermanshah has been an important center. There we will visit Taq-e Bostan and a group of rock sculpture shows scenes of battles and hunts. Drive southward to Andimeshk. O/N Andimeshk

Day 13: Andimeshk – Shush – Chogha Zanbil – Shushtar – Ahvaz (165 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Ahvaz, en route we will visit Tomb of Prophet Daniel, Acropolis , Darius Palace (Apadana) and a museum in Shush. Continue to Chogha Zanbil,, one of the oldest Ziggurats in the world, then we will visit the Friday mosque at Shushtar. Then, return to Ahvaz. O/N Ahvaz

Day 14: Ahvaz – Bishapur – Shiraz (540 Kilometers distance)
Early morning we go to visit Bishapour, an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city built in commemoration of the Persian victory over invading Romans. At .Tang-e Chogan we visit several Sassanian bas reliefs depicting highlights of their time. During our return to Shiraz there may be an opportunity to see Qashqai nomads on their annual migration. O /N Shiraz

Day 15: Shiraz – Firuzabad – Shiraz (220 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
Drive to Firuzabad , en route we will see the black tents of migrating Qashqai nomads. It may be possible to join them to drink tea in their tents. Continue on to Firuzabad and visit the huge circular Sassanian city of ancient Gur. Little remains of this once spectacular city save a prominent tower marking the centre of the complex. Near the entrance to Tang-e Ab to the north we visit an impressive Sassanian structure thought to be Ardashir’s palace. Return to Shiraz. O/N Shiraz

Day 16: 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 17: Shiraz – Persepolis – Necropolis – Pasargadae – Isfahan (490 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Isfahan. En route we will visit Persepolis the ceremonial palace of the Achemenians (550 BC). This huge complex is a highlight of any tour in Iran. Across a valley to the west of Persepolis we visit Necropolis, site of four tombs of Achemenian kings. Further on we visit the earlier Achemenian capital of Pasargadae where the tomb of Cyrus the Great forms an impressive monument on the plain of Dasht-e Morgab. Continue on to Isfahan. O/N Isfahan

Day 18: 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 19: Isfahan
We will visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa and its Vank cathedral and adjacent museum. Later we shall visit the Friday mosque with its superlative brick and tile work then continue on to the shrine of the shaking minarets and finally visit Chehel Sotoun a Safavid reception palace renowned for its huge wall frescos depicting Persian history. O/N Isfahan

Day 20: Isfahan – Natanz – Abyaneh (175 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Abyaneh, a fascinating ancient mountain village with its colorfully dressed inhabitants and ochre brick houses. En route we will visit the Natanz Friday Mosque. O/N Abyaneh

Day 21: Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran (325 Kilometers distance)
We drive to Kashan where we visit the Fin Garden complex. This city is well known for its fine carpets and restored merchants’ houses. Continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran

Day 22: Tehran
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. O/N Tehran

Day 23: Tehran – Departure
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.