Iran is celebrated for its cultural riches. Its mosques and mausoleums are famous for their glorious ornateness, and the magnificent ruins of ancient cities, particularly Persepolis, are more reminders of Iran’s cultural brilliance.
Day 1: Tehran
Arrival to Tehran ; transfer to hotel; O/N Tehran.
Day 2: Tehran
Full city tour of Tehran to visit Golestan Place that is both a historic site and museum. It is a complex that consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls and it is worth to spend a few hours to visit its luxuriously decorated rooms, nice and big dining area and ballroom and well landscaped Gardens and fountains. Tehran Bazaar, The Archaeological or national museum of Iran that represents you many different periods of Iran’s rich history, Jewellery & Carpet Museums. O/N Tehran.
Day 3: Tehran – Qazvin
Drive to Qazvin, half day city tour to visit The Jameh Mosque and The Chehel Sotoun or Kolah Farangi that belongs to Safavid Era then Alamout for visitng the Hassan Sabbah’s Alamut castle. Then visit Evan Lake and scenic Gazorkhan village. O/N There.
Day 4: :Qazvin – Hamadan
Drive to Hamadan (230 km) via Soltaniyeh Dome then Ali- Sadr Cave (visiting this beautiful cave is possible in the summer.O/N Hamedan .
Day 5: Hamedan
Full day Sightseeing of Hamedan to visit Stone Lion, Gonbade-e Alavian (a 12th century mausoleum of Seljuk period), Shrine of Esther (Xerexes’ Jewish wife) & Mardocai, Avicenn’s Mausoleum & Ganj Nameh (Treasure Inventory). O/N Hamedan .
Day 6: Hamadan- Bisotun- Kermanshah
Early in the morning drive to Kermanshah (175 km) via Bisotun (to visit the Achaemenian inscriptions and relieves). Visit Taq-e Bostan, a site with some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379–383) and Shapur III (383–388). Like other Sassanid symbols, Taq-e Bostan and its relief patterns accentuate power, religious tendencies, glory, honor, the vastness of the court, game and fighting spirit, festivity, joy, and rejoicing. The Behistun Inscription is a multi-lingual (Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian (a later form of Akkadian) inscription located on Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province. Authored by Darius the Great the inscription begins with a brief autobiography of Darius, including his ancestry and lineage, then he proclaims himself victorious in all battles during the period of upheaval, attributing his success to the “grace of Ahura Mazda”.O/N Kermanshah.
Day 7: Kermanshah – Ahvaz
In the morning drive to Ahwaz, via Islam Abad Gharb and through the Province of Ilam, visiting remains of the Sassanian Bridge at Pol-e-Dokhtar; and, time-permitting, drive to Shushtar( a small town perched on limestone cliffs above the Karun River, whose past can be traced through a remarkable series of interconnecting channels, dams, bridges and water mills) .O/N Shushtar.
Day 8: Ahvaz – Susa
Full-day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil, to visit the ziggurat built by Untash Gal, King of Elam, about 1250 B.C., the massive man-made mound was the focal point of his city of Dur Untashi, and was dedicated to the great god Inshushinak, ‘Lord of Susa’, symbolized by the form of a bull; continue and visit Haft-Tappeh or Seven Mounds (Elamite Necropolis) whose discovery in the 1960’s has filled one of the less well-documented periods in Elamite history; and Susa, the site of one of the oldest civilizations in Western Asia, dating back to 5,000 B.C. and the remains of Achaemenian palaces, plus the nearby Tomb of Biblical Prophet Daniel; O/N Ahvaz.
Day 9: Ahvaz-Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz, en-route visit Bishapur, remains of the Sassanian city built by Shapur 1st (241-273 A.D.), the second Sassanian king. The building complex includes a central chamber, a large courtyard which had been covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, the Goddess of Water and Fertility; on either side of a narrow gorge, there are also six Sassanian rock-reliefs at Tang-e-Chogan, commemorating Shapur’s victories over the Romans and other adversaries; O/N Shiraz.
Day 10: Shiraz
After rest and breakfast we will start the tour in the city of rose and nightingales and its cultural and historical attraction by visitng Zandieh complex (Karim khan’s citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai). Then continue our tour by Jahan Nama garden, Hafez & Saadi tomb, Quran gate and Ali ebne Hamze or Shah-e-cheragh shrine, O/N Shiraz.
Day 11: Shiraz
Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit Eram Garden, Jame Atiq Mosque & Nasir Almolk Mosque, Narenjestan Palace, Zinat-al-Molk House. In the afternoon we will spend some time to visit a fantastic view of Shiraz from 23th floor of Chamran hotel and an experience of modern social life in shopping mall. O/N Shiraz.
Day 12: Shiraz-Pasargada-Yazd
Drive to visit a breathtaking attraction in 50 km north of Shiraz .i.e. Persepolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam and Naghsh-e-rajab); a must –see site for not only history buffs but also everyone who like to know more about the history of Persian Empire. we will continue our way to visit the Capital of ancient Persia and the Tomb of Cyrus the great that without doubt is one of the most respected Persian Emperor both in national and international view (It is located in 87 km of Shiraz), After spending some time , then drive to Yazd with a short stop in Abarqu and visitng Cupressus sempervirens that also called the Zoroastrian Sarv,O/N Yazd.
Day 13: Yazd
We will start our tour in the city of Wind towers” Badgirs”, and the center of Zoroastrian culture and Persian architecture. This city like a very old phoenix in the desert is the home of to an ancient type of evaporative cooler that are a prime examples of yakhchals, has one of the largest networks of qanats in the world and is also one of the largest cities built approximately entirely out of adobe. Yazd has a lot to mention and we can talk nonstop about it but it’s better to visit yourself, so, we start city tour of yazd by visiting tower of silence, fire temple, Amir chakhmagh complex then Laariha house and Dowlat abad garden. O/N Yazd.
Day 14: Yazd-Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan with a short stop in Naiin to visit one of the earliest mosques built in Iran that dates back to the 8th century A.D .i.e. Jame Mosque. You will never forget its wonderful brick work. Pirnia traditional house .if we had time we can visit Rigareh Water mill and Aba Bafi man made caves in Muhammadieh precinct, then Meybod to visit Pigeon Tower, Caravanserai and Yakhchals Narein Castle then if the time allows Narein Castle and Town of history . O/N Isfahan.
Day 15: Isfahan
Full day city tour of Isfahan to visit the magnificent Jame Atiq Mosque. It is 14th registered world heritage sites of Iran in UNESCO and one of the oldest mosques of Iran that dates back to 8 century. Ali Gholi Agha Complex and if you like to visit a place that represent you one of the most remarkable examples of eccentricity in Persian architecture continue our tour by visitng Pigeon Towers, this towers belongs to Safavid’s time . In the afternoon we will visit the third most important Safavid palace .i.e. The Hasht-Behesht palace and vank cathedral, O/N Isfahan.
Day 16: Isfahan
In the morning full day city tour of Isfahan to visit a wide range of Islamic Architectural styles ranging from the 11th century (to the 19th and start a memorable city tour by visitng palace of forty columns or Chehel sotun belongs to Safavid era and has very beautiful mural paintings and a pretty Persian garden , the world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square (Imam & Lotfollah mosque, Ali Qapu Palace) . this square has been surrounded by two beautiful mosques and old bazaar of Isfahan and can entertain you for couple of hours ; then walk along the Zyanderood river and Isfahan famous ancient bridges (si-o-se pol & Khadju). O/N Isfahan.
Day 17: Isfahan-Abyaneh-Kashan
Drive to Abyaneh a village near kashan that is registered with UNESCO as a heritage site. The red mud-brick buildings, people in traditional clothes (women with white long scarf and under-knee skirt and men who wear a long garment and a pair of loose canvas pants) and special unique architecture has made this village unique; after spending a couple of hours there we will move toward the edge of the central deserts of Iran and town of Kashan to visit Fin Garden, Tabatabaiha & Broojerdiha house, O/N Kashan.
Day 18: Kashan-Tehran
City out of kashan to visit Tappeh-ye Seyalk afterward drive to Tehran .visiting the 6th tallest tower in the world. O/N Tehran.
Full city tour of Tehran to visit Golestan Place that is both a historic site and museum. It is a complex that consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls and it is worth to spend a few hours to visit its luxuriously decorated rooms, nice and big dining area and ballroom and well landscaped Gardens and fountains. Tehran Bazaar, The Archaeological or national museum of Iran that represents you many different periods of Iran’s rich history, Jewellery and Carpet Museums.
Transfer to Airport for departure flight.