Tour type: Classic +North
Tour Duration: 11 days
March to August
Arrive in Tehran. Visit Iranian National Museum which has a marvelous collection of pottery, ceramics, stone figures, carvings, etc dating back to the 5th millennium BC. From there, you will see the Grand Bazaar. In the afternoon visit the magnificent Golestan Place with its many halls and treasures. Built by Shah Abbas of the Safavid Dynasty and expanded by Karim Khan during the Qajar period, Golestan Place represents the most authentic and the very best of Persian architecture. Rest of day at leisure. Have dinner in Ghahve khane a traditional restaurant.
Morning flight to Shiraz. Local guide meet and transfer to hotel. Shiraz is the city of nightingales, poetry and roses. It is the center of Persian culture and home to some of Iran’s best known poets including Hafez and Sadi. Shiraz also has the famous Vakil Bazaar and its gardens. Sightseeing to Narenjestan, Nasir Mosque, Khan Theological School, Nomad Bazaar and Hafez tomb.
Drive to Perspolis, A visit to the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. It is the best preserved of Persia’s ancient cities and finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC. The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas reliefs which adorn many staircases and palaces on the site. At the nearby Necropolis you will find tombs of the three powerful Achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks overlooking an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple. In the afternoon, some more local sightseeing including Nasir mosque,Qoran Gate, Sadi Mausoleum, Arg-e Karimkhan with some free time for the bazaar. Evening at leisure.
After breakfast Driving for the mountainous ‘Bavanat’ town and the Touristic village ‘Bazm’, visiting Nomad’s life,”Siyah Chador” (black tents) and fertile pasture lands nearby, Spending time with Khamse Nomads, enjoying Traditional dinner and stay in ‘Abbas Barzegar’ complex/house/museum in the village.
This morning we travel to Yazd, Situated in central Iran on the Silk Road, Yazd was visited by Marco Polo in the 13th Century. Originally founded in the Sassasian period (AD 224-637), Yazd’s heyday as a commercial and trading city was in the 14th and 15th centuries. Rising out of the desert, the winding alleys and high mud walls of the houses of the town are straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Visit the fascinating Jame Mosque dominating the city with its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked by two magnificent minarets and adorned with a 15th century inscription. We then go on a walk to discover Yazd’s unique desert architecture and its ‘Badgirs’, wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. Evening at leisure.
This morning we see more sights of Yazd, Center of Zoroastrian culture in Iran, Explore the fascinations Old Quarters of Yazd, we’ll Visit Zoroastrian fire Temple with an Open fire dating back to 1430 Years ago and also visit Alexander Prison and old houses in Fahadan complex. In the afternoon we drive to na’in and then Isfahan. We spend the night visiting Isfahan historic bridges over the River Zayandeh, which are the city’s great attractions. There are several of them but the best known ones are the Khaju Bridge built in the mid-17th century by Shah Abbas and the 300m, 33-arch Si-o-She Bridge, which also serves as a dam. Strolling along the river near the two ancient bridges is a pleasant way to spend an evening in Esfahan. The bridges which are close to the city center.
Full day sightseeing with local guide in Esfahan. As well as being a historical city, Esfahan is a clean, green and dynamic. First visit is to the Naqsh-e-Jahan (nowadays referred to as Imam Square) and is the jewel in Isfahan’s crown. Containing some of the finest Islamic architecture in the world, it was started in 1602 and formed the centerpiece of Shah Abbas’s new capital. The scale is vast and the space is the second largest square in the world behind Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Imam Mosque at the Eastern end of the square is noted for the beauty of its blue-tiled mosaics and fine Safavid architecture. Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque is also the most beautiful of Iran’s mosques. Another masterpiece of 16th century Persian architecture is the six-storey Ali Qapu Palace, built as a residence for the great Shah.
Drive Isfahan to Kashan, visit Fin Garden Originally built in the late 16th century, which is the oldest extant garden in Iran and is spread over 2.3 hectares. Visit the house of Boroujerdi, belonging to a trading family who migrated to Kashan and was built over a hundred years ago. Visit Niasar, The green and beautiful resort village and The Niasar cave which is thoroughly man-made. Then go to Abyaneh, One of the best preserved villages in Iran which has houses and buildings dating back hundreds of years. See traditional architecture of the region and breathtaking views of the nearby mountains. Stay there at night.
Drive to the township of Tonekabon which exists along the Caspian Sea in the north of Iran, sightseeing during the day,Visit Maarkouh Castle, experience fun in pottery workshop. Stay at Khoone Geli which is a Local house with a garden, the verandas, and the mountains looming in the background.
Driving to Ramsar. Enjoy Ramsar green city, Cable cabin. Visit the historical town of Masouleh, having an attractive nature and a wonderful architecture with an antiquity of more than 1000 years.
Drive to Ghale roodkhan, this area is a brick and stone medieval castle located 25 km southwest of Foman city north of Iran in Gilan province. Then drive to Tehran.