TREKKING IN NORTH OF IRAN 12day – 11night Code: GA.14
Day 01: Arrival – Tehran Arrival at Tehran airport, welcome by a Gashttour representative then transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran Day 02: Tehran – Shiraz (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 hotel. O/N Shiraz
Day03: Shiraz – Bishapur excursion – Shiraz (280 Kilometers distance) [Round Trip] Bishapur is an ancient partly excavated Sassanian city. To reach this site we travel through spectacular mountain scenery and beyond Dasht-e Arjan we descend down a huge escarpment marking the edge of the central Iran plateau.Bishapour was built to commemorate the Persian’s defeat of invading Romans. Closeby in Tang-e Chogan bas reliefs depict Sassanian achievements of that time. During the return journey to Shiraz there may be an opportunity to see Qashqai nomads on their annual migration to summer pasture. O/N Shiraz Day 04: Shiraz We will visit the Eram and Naranjestan Gardens, Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.Hafez & Saadi mausoleums, the Vakil mosque complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of the Ali Ibn Hamza Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz
Day 05: Shiraz – Persepolis – Necropolis – Shiraz – Isfahan (490 Kilometers distance) Driving north we depart from Shiraz at the Quran Gate and 40 km further on we reach Persepolis the extensive ceremonial palace complex of the Achemenian dynasty, 550BC. Tombs of four of the Achemenian Kings are visited at nearby Necropolis and thence we continue on to Pasargadae, the earlier Achemenian capital, where we see the tomb of Cyrus the Great.. Return to Shiraz to join our flight to Isfahan. O/N Isfahan Day 6: 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 07: Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran (460 Kilometers distance) Drive to Tehran, en route we will visit the Fin Garden complex in Kashan, a city well known for the production of fine carpets. Continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran Day 08: Tehran – Kelardasht (North of Iran) (170 Kilometers distance) The drive to the north takes us through spectacular Alborz mountain scenery as we pass from the semi-arid south to the rain forests of Kelerdasht in the north. O/N Kelardasht Day 09: Trekking Trekking from camp through the rain forest of the north Alborz foothills. O/N camp
Day 10: Trekking Another day of trekking from camp to visit mountain villages and foothill scenery. O/N camp or village Day 11: Trekking – Tehran A morning of trekking before our return to Tehran. Later, transfer to Tehran. O/N Tehran Day 12: Tehran – Departure Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.