allaroundpersia
allaroundpersia
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7 day-Tehran, Isfahan tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 -Arrival at Tehran

Early morning arrival at Tehran, meet the guide, transfer to the hotel, rest, meet again your guide in the lobby, and start a visit to the Archeological (National) Museum (6th millennium B.C. , pre-historic, Median, Achamenid, Selucid, Parthian, Sassanid up to Islamic era items), lunch, on to witness the valuable Persian Rugs in Carpet Museum encompassing a huge collections of ancient Persian carpets, nomadic and city carpets, back to the hotel, O/N

 

Day 2-Tehran

City tour including a glance at Iran’s bustling capital of twelve million population,  drive to the centre of Tehran to visit 19th century Golestan  Palace complex  the residence of Qajar kings and the Coronation and marriage palace of Pahlavi dynasty, with its painting galleries and mirrored palaces, which after Islamic revolution in 1979 the palaces were changed into various museums. lunch in a local popular hotel-restaurant with nice salad bar, after that we continue with Royal  Jewelry museum (possibly the best in the world, open on Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tuesdays),  back to the hotel, O/N

 

Day  3-Tehran-Isfahan by air

 After our breakfast we’ll begin a morning tour of the City including: Sa’ad Abad palaces complex, we’ll visit Kakhe Sabz (green palace), and Mellat (white) palace here, lunch in Darband mountain trails,  then visiting Imamzadeh Saleh and Tajrish local bazaar nearby,  transfer to Mehrabad Airport to Fly to Isfahan, Meet and greet by our representative in Isfahan, transfer to the hotel,O/N

 

Day  4-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 17th century 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.. 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 5-Isfahan 

Full day City tour including: 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 (Shah) 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.  After a short rest, we’ll reassemble to go to another traditional restaurant. 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 (Shah) 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.  After a short rest, we’ll reassemble to go to another traditional restaurant.

 

Day  6-Isfahan

Isfahan city tour We’ll begin another fascinating day with Old Jame’ mosque of Isfahan which shows at least one thousand years of Islamic Architecture and you can see the history of building mosques there, Jewish quarter, on to visit the Qajar period Hammam Haj Aliqoli Aqa which has been converted into an ethnographical museum, and then to visit a miniature painting artist and a table-cloth block printing workshop in  17th century Old bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysariyeh) built by Shah Abbas is the next, after this we will go to the interesting pigeon tower in Hezar Jarib area, O/N

 

Day  7-Isfahan-Natanz-Abyaneh-Kashan-Qom_IKIA

Drive towards Tehran to visit Natanz, Abyaneh and Kashan en-route. 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 UNESCO site 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, leaving Abyaneh towards Kashan, lunch, City tour of Kashan including:  Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), a prime example of Persian style gardens of the 17th century with a huge spring and two 17th and 19th century 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 the traditional 19th-century house Tabatabiha,  19th century Aqa Bozorg mosque with its desert style architechture,  then at the end you will witness the late 6th millennium B.C. Teppe Sialk one of the first human settlements in the world, with the first remaining Zigurat in it, on to Tehran via Qom the main Shia cleric center in Iran and one of the main hubs for Islamic studies, lunch, hitting the road again to be transferred to Imam Khomeini International Airport in the vicinity of Tehran to fly back home. Have a nice journey.