IRAN PEOPLE (12 DAYS – 11 NIGHTS )
Duration: 12 days trip – 11 nights
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Flight: Tehran – Shiraz
Included meals: 12 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
» On this tour visited places that trace back to the Sassanid era and you will acquaintance with the temples and rituals of this dynasty.
» 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.
» This tour enables you to see the traditional way of life of the unique inhabitants of the ochre mud brick houses at Abyaneh village.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» This tour visits impressive sites at Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd. Your trip will leave you with memories of an enchanting ancient land.
Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative. Then transfer to hotel and rest. O/N Tehran.
(01:15 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 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. Finally, in the evening transfers to the airport and flies to Shiraz. Meet and transfer to the hotel. O/N Shiraz.
(240 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip]
In the Morning, we leave Shiraz to visit a Sassanid Castle near Firuzabad, also known as the Atash – Kadeh, which is a castle 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 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. Finally, return to Shiraz. O/N 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.
(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 where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is well preserved. Further, our route crosses central Iran and ranges to Yazd. O/N 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.
(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.
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.
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 Setoun Palace where the huge murals are masterpieces from Safavid times. O/N Isfahan.
(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.
(330 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 and Borujerdiha and Tabatabaei Houses, and the unique Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madrasah. Then, continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran.
Transfer to Tehran International Airport for your departure flight from Iran.