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18-Day Itinerary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 01 - Arrival at Tehran
 

Early morning arrival in Tehran, meet the guide, transfer to the hotel, rest, meet again your guide in the lobby…, then start the city tour including a glance at Iran’s bustling capital of twelve million population, the Carpet Museum containing the collection of precious Persian carpets, the Archeological (National) Museum (6th millennium B.C. , pre-historic, Median, Achamenid, Selucid, Parthian, Sassanid up to Islamic era items), and  Jewelry museum (possibly the best in the world, open: Sat. to Tue.), Lunch in a local restaurant, back to the hotel.

 

Day 02 - Tehran

After our buffet breakfast we’ll begin a morning tour of Sa’ad Abad Palace Complex, the former residence and working office of the Pahlavi kings (Shahs) which after Islamic revolution in 1979, the palaces were changed into various museums. Walking through the hills of this huge complex of palaces you’ll feel the difference in temperature between here and the main city. Later, we’ll take the freeway to Reza Abbasi Museum, where you’ll find the best gold and silver collections of Achamenid and Sassanid artifacts. Calligraphy and miniatures are also featured in this museum. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel to rest and pack for tomorrow’s departure.

 

Day 03 - Tehran-Mashhad
 

Morning flight to Mashhad, to visit the museums and courtyards of the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the 8th Imam of shia sect the most important mausoleum in Iran (16'000'000 visitors annually), then visiting the tomb of Khjeh Rabi', one of the companions of prophet Mohammad, Lunch, afternoon stroll in Bazaar Reza, the local pilgrims oriental market

 

Day 04 - Mashhad
 

Morning drive on Silk Road towards northeast to visit the ruins of the best example of Seljuq caravanserai, Robat Sharaf, the only remaining royal caravanserai since 12th century with its magnificent brick & stucco-works in the middle of nowhere, you will feel the depth of history, Lunch, back to Mashhad to visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi the 10th century Persian epic poet who revived the Persian language, on to Mill Ahangan, a seljuq tomb-tower, the founder of Baktashis of Turkey was from this region.

 

Day 05 - Mashhad-Neyshapur-Bastam
 

Morning drive to Sang Bast the tomb of Amir Arsalan Jazeb, the only Qaznavid monument in present Iran (10th century), on to visit the tomb of Attar Neyshapuri the poet, source of inspiration for Rumi who is buried in Qonya, and the main head of Sufis for many of the mystic and sufi denuminations in Islamic world, then to see Imamzadeh Mahruq's 17th and 19th centuries artworks in Neyshapur, lunch, on to visit one of a complex of caravanserais comprising different periods art and architecture in Miandasht, and 11th century Mehmandout tower, arriving at Bastam near Shahrud, you can enjoy the 11-14th centuries Bayazid Bastami complex, a sufi shrine, including Jame' mosque and Kashaneh tower, and later the tomb of Kharaqani, another sufi in the area.

 

Day 06 - Bastam-Damqan-Khur
 

After breakfast drive to Damqan, the second capital of the Parthians in 3rd century B.C. the ancient Hecatompilos (one hundred gates), the region being rich of archeological sites like Teppe Hissar from 3rd millennium B.C. is considered as a paradise for the archeologists and architects, and also a home-land for the most delicious pistachios in Iran, our tour in Damqan includes: the Seljuq 11th century Chehel Dokhtaran tower complex, Tarikhaneh, one of the earliest mosques from 10th century which has originally been a fire-temple, then we visit 11th century Pireh Alamdar tomb tower, and Seljuq Jame' mosque's minaret. After lunch we hit the road again to be drowned within the huge desert of Iran (Dashte Kavir), passing by the mole hills formations and the magnificent dried out natural salt patterns.
 

 

 

Day 07 - Khur (an excursion to Mesr)

Morning drive to a salt lak (Daryache Namak) with its magnificent dried out natural patterns en-route, then on to desert village of Mesr (literally Egypt) to experience the desert village life and local desert cuisine, camel-riding (no driving license required!!!),  and having a walk in the desert rural area to observe the desert agriculture, sand dunes, and the silence., and more.... back to the hotel, dinner, and enjoying the festooned sky with billions of stars


Day 08 - Khur-Na'in-Yazd
 

Drive through the huge desert passing by soaring sand dunes,  lunch in Na’in, visiting an early Islamic period Friday Mosque with its magnificent plaster molding Mehrab and an ancient underground prayer hall which has been referred to as an ex-Mithra temple, and a 17th century traditional house with its miniature wall frescoes, enclosing a desert area ethnological museum at the town of Na’in, an ancient Hebrew settlement (538 B.C.) in the center of Iran, on  to visit the the medieval camel wool weaving underground workshops in Mohammadiy-e, the nearby village,  on to Isfahan to visit a 17th century caravanserai and a 5000 years old Qanat (underground water system in ancient Iran) in Bala-bad, arrive at Isfahan.

 

Day 09 - Yazd
 

Yazd is considered as having very studious and religious people and is also a center of Zoroastrian culture in Iran. Our first visit here is in Dakhmeh, the “Tower of Silence”—a circular, raised structure used to expose their dead, much like the traditional Tibetan “sky burial.”  Then we’ll visit the Zoroastrian fire-temple. Still in use today, it holds a fire that has been kept alight continuously since 470 A.D.!  On to explore the 15th-century Mirchakhmaq square and the façade of the old Bazaar of Yazd, followed by a visit to the 14th century Jame’ mosque. Yazd mosques are very well known for their high and lofty minarets and you can find the tallest one on the Jame’ mosque, on to visit the 14th century Seyyed Roknoddin holy shrine.  From here, we’ll stroll through the spiral back alleys of the old quarters of the city, visiting the prison of Alexander, the 12-Imam mosque, and Lariha traditional House. Built in 1286, Lariha House was built as a house for a fabric merchant. Lunch in an 18th-century public bath-house, recently converted into a traditional Persian restaurant. The 18th-century Dowlat Abad garden and its lofty wind tower (badgir) is another wonder of Yazd that we’ll visit today. Wind towers, also referred to as wind trappers or ventilation towers, are an inseparable part of the architecture of central and southern Iran, and have provided natural air conditioning in this hot climate for thousands of years. The wind tower in this garden stands almost 110 feet tall, and is considered an architectural masterpiece. We’ll experience first-hand how one can be deeply in harmony with nature. While in Yazd, one should not ignore Baqlava, Qottab, Halva and .....

 

Day 10 - Yazd-Shiraz
 

Drive to Shiraz, crossing Shirkuh (mount of lion), visiting a 4000 years old tree and an ice-house in Abarqu, Lunch, on to visit Pasargadae town and battle-field, the first Persian Achamenid capital in 6th century B.C.

 

Day 11 - Shiraz,(Excusion to Persepolis and Naqshe Rostam)

Today may very well be the highlight of our trip, with an excursion to the 6th century B.C. Persepolis, the ancient ceremonial capital of Achaemenids, 30 miles from the city, and on to the royal necropolis in Naqsh-e Rostam, just a few miles northwest of Persepolis. Persepolis was home of the King of Kings for over 200 years. It is consisted of the remains of several monumental buildings including the Gate of All Nations, Palace of 100 Columns, Palace of Darius, Xerxes’ Palace, Central Palace, and Apadana Palace. Lunch in a local restaurant (nest of peacock restaurant) and relax before returning to Shiraz. Back in Shiraz have a free time in the 18th-century colorful, traditional, and crowded Vakil Bazaar, where you’ll find textiles, spices, copper handicrafts, and antiques. We’ll end in Saray-e Moshir, an urban caravanserai at the south entrance of the bazaar that now functions as an exhibition space for Iranian handicrafts.

 

Day 12 - Shiraz
 

City tour, including 19th century Eram garden, 17th century Khan theological school, colorful nomdic bazaar of Haji, 19th century Nasir ol Molk mosque famous as pink mosque, lunch in a local traditional restaurant called Shater Abbas, on to visit Narenjestan Qavam the residence of the 19th century governor of Shiraz, and Tomb of poet Hafez.

 

Day 13 - Shiraz-Yasuj-Isfahan
 

Crossing the Zagros mountain ranges, Sceneries and passing by villages, to be lucky enough one may also see some zagross-dwelling ethnic groups, Lunch picnic or in a local restaurant, arrive in Isfahan via Shahreza.

Day 14 - Isfahan

 

Isfahan (also spelled Esfahan) is a wonderful and colorful city filled with Islamic art and architecture. Twice as the capital city of Iran, most recently in the 16th and 17th centuries under Shah Abbas the Great, the Persians called it Nesf-e-Jahan (half the world), meaning that to see it was to see half the world. Our tour begins with the Vank Cathedral, also known as The Church of the Saintly Sisters, which belongs to the Armenian Christians who came to this area in the early 17th century by the order of Shah Abbas the Great. In addition to the cathedral, it houses a museum, a historic printing press, and a large library which includes the first book printed in Iran, as well as an array of Armenian textiles. From here we’ll drive to the Sio-Se-Pol and Khajou bridges and then to Chehel-Sotoun Palace, which we’ll view large frescoes depicting court life, counterbalanced by miniature paintings of the 17th-century Safavid dynasty. Later we’ll visit the Jame’ mosque where you can study and enjoy the thousand-year history of the art and architecture of the Islamic world in Iran. At the end of the day we’ll have some time to watch the beauty of a Persian carpet show in a fantastic carpet shop.

Day 15 - Isfahan

 

We’ll begin another fascinating day with a walk in the harem garden of the 17th-century Hasht Behesht (Eight Paradises) Palace, where the family of the king used to live. You’ll be enchanted by the peaceful sound of water fountains and birds throughout the garden. A short walk leads us to Naqshe-Jahan (Royal) Square, the second largest square in the world. The square was an entertainment site and the main polo ground for the Safavid kings, the first place in the world where polo was played at night. You can imagine the neighing of the horses, struggling and pushed to the limit and the roaring applause of the crowds. The eternal eyewitness to these games and parades is Ali-Qapu Palace, with a large platform from which the court boasted the power of their king. Crossing the square, we’ll visit Sheikh Lotfollah, the first ladies’ mosque in the Islamic world. It was a place where women of the court used to come via the underground tunnel to say their prayers in privacy. Inside the dome, we’ll find a magnificent mixture of calligraphy and tiles, with a peaceful ambience created by the soft lighting system. As we depart the ladies’ mosque, you can window-shop your way through the covered bazaar on your way to the Imam Mosque (in Meidan Emam). Shah Abbas built this mosque, his own glorious Jame’ of Abbasi. It is a main gathering place, especially on Fridays, containing an ocean of blue tile work that embodies a spirit of peace and tranquility, with a pool in the center of the courtyard. We’ll relax and meditate for a while, followed by taking a cup of tea at a traditional Sufi teahouse.

 

Day 16 - Isfahan-Natanz-Abyaneh-Kashan-Tehran
 

We’ll take a very scenic drive today through the central mountains of Iran, the Karkas (Vulture) mountains. En route, we’ll have a look at the façade of a Khanegah (monastery or Dervish-house), collections of tile-work and calligraphies, and observe a skillful artist in a ceramic workshop in Natanz, on to the remote and traditional village of Abyaneh, a village that has maintained its identity over the course of centuries. Closed to the world, the people of Abyaneh have kept their ancient traditions, costumes, and dialect intact for hundreds of years. They converted into Islam 400 years after Islam’s arrival in Persia, but their present costumes date back to the 17th century Safavid era. Then we’ll drive towards Tehran via Kashan, where we’ll visit Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), a prime example of Persian style gardens of the 17th century with a huge spring and two pavilions. A short drive will take us to the 19th-century tiled mausoleum of Emamzadeh Ebrahim, where we’ll see exceptional tile and mirror work, unique to Persian art. After this, in the old quarter of town, we’ll visit a traditional 19th-century house.  After lunch in a local restaurant we’ll hit the road and pass by Qom, the main Shia cleric center in Iran and one of the main hubs for Islamic studies,
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Day 17 - Tehran

After our buffet breakfast we’ll begin a morning tour of Golestan Palace Complex, the former residence and working office and ceremonial center of the Qajar (19th century) and Pahlavi kings (Shahs) with its painting galleries and mirrored palaces, which after Islamic revolution in 1979 the palaces were changed into various museums. Then after visiting the Glassware and Ceramic museum, we'll pay a visit to the Contemporary Arts museum to take a glance at the modern arts prevailed in present modern Iran. Lunch at a local restaurant, rest, dinner.

 

Day 18 - Departure
 

After breakfast we drive to the International Airport to depart home.
Good Luck and Happy Journey