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allaroundpersia
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14-day Iran 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 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-Kerman by air (2 hr 40 min flt)

After our buffet breakfast we’ll begin a morning tour of the Carpet Museum containing the collection of precious Persian carpets, the biggest in the world, and  

Contemporary Arts Museum, and then a private Art Gallery, Lunch, transfer to the airport to fly to Kerman, O/N

 

Day 03 -  Kerman

An excursion to pre-Islamic Sassanian period Rayen citadel, then, on the way back you will visit Mahan town and the 15th century Shah Ne'mat ollah Vali Sufi shrine including its famous meditation room to start to get more knowledge about the art and artistic mentality of the Sufis, see the people praying and drowned in a spiritual contemplation,  and on to visit the 19th century Baghe Shazdeh (prince garden) with its water cascades flowing from an underground water system (Qanat), nearby. Lunch, afternoon visit of the 14th century Jame' mosque, the 17th century Ghanj Ali Khan Bath-house and the paintings and tile-works of Vakil tea house within the bustling bazaar with its originality in Kerman. Tonight you will have several courses of Mama-cooked dishes in a family run restaurant, don’t miss it!! (Caution: There’s a danger of biting your finger!!!)

  

Day 04 -  Kerman-Yazd (4 hr drive)

Drive to Yazd passing by the second biggest copper mine in the world and its facilities before arriving at Meymand ancient cave-dwelling village still alive near the city of Shahre Babak, on to have a glimpse at the unique 17th century round caravanserai, the miracle of desert en-route called Zeynoddin 60 Kms from Yazd, O/N in the 19th century old mansion converted to Moshirol Mamalek garden hotel with its wonderful tile & brick-works along with murmuring, running water in the courtyard, a Persian garden paradise .

 

Day 05 -  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 look at the precious Water Museum to discover how the people could survive in such a dry, barren land. On to pay a visit to the 14th century Jamemosque. 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 ..... for dinner you may test the Yazdi  gastronomy.

 

Day 06 -  Yazd-Shiraz (Pasargad en-route) (6 hr 20 min drive)

Drive to Shiraz crossing Shirkuh (mount of lion) passing the altitude of 2516 MSL, visiting a 4000 years old tree and an ice-house in Abarqu, Lunch, on to visit the 6th  century B.C. Pasargadae town and battle-field, the first Persian Achamenid capital.

 

Day 07 -  Shiraz (excursion to Persepolis) (1 hr drive, each direction)

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) run by an ex-nomad 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 which was used as the Art Festival center in Pahlavi period, now functions as an exhibition space for Iranian handicrafts and antiques.

 

Day 08-  Shiraz

City tour, including 19th century Eram garden, 17th century Khan theological school still operational, 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, if be lucky enough!.. to listen to the local and traditional music.

 

Day 09-  Shiraz-Yasuj-Isfahan (5 hrs drive)

Crossing the Zagros mountain ranges, Sceneries and passing by villages, one may also see some Zagross-dwelling ethnic groups. Zagros mountain passes and gorges have been one of the main territories the Aryans migrated to the south and started to settle and build their residence in the fertile valleys of the area, Lunch picnic or in a local restaurant in Semirom, arrive in Isfahan via Shahreza.

 

Day 10 - 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. Dinner in the famous Shahrzad restaurant in order to test the central Iran cuisine!

 

Day 11- 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. After a short rest, we’ll reassemble to go to another traditional restaurant.

 

Day 12- Isfahan-Kashan-Tehran (2 hr drive to Kashan, 2 ½ hr drive to 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, on to Tehran, O/N

 

Day 13- 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 exciting Grand Bazaar of Tehran, Lunch at a local restaurant, rest, dinner…

 

Day 14- Departure

After breakfast we drive to the International Airport to depart home.

Good Luck and Happy Journey