Cultural Highlight Tour: 8 days, 7 nights
Day 1: Flight to Shiraz
Day 2: Shiraz
Day 3: Shiraz-Persepolis- Zeinodin Caravanserai.
Day 4: Caravanserai-Yazd.
Day 5: Yazd-Isfahan.
Day 6: Isfahan, Night flight to Tehran
Day 7: Tehran
Day 8: Departure from Tehran
Flight to the city of Shiraz.
Overnight: On Board
Morning arrival to Shiraz, after visiting the guide at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for taking a rest. In the morning we start the tour of Shiraz city. We will visit lovely Nasir al Molk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, and take some photos in the dreamy and colorful atmosphere of it. We will walk in Narenjestan Palace (a traditional and historical house and garden in Shiraz decorated with fountains, date palms, …), and finish our morning tour at holy shrine of Ali Ibne Hamzeh. In the afternoon we will continue with Vakil mosque and the bazaar of Shiraz, we will visit the gorgeous Eram garden (world heritage site and a good example of Persian gardens) where we can enjoy tall cypress trees, fragrant flowers and aromatic sour oranges. We will stop at Mausoleum of Hafez and get familiar with the most famous Persian poet. We will finish our tour at Quran Gate (the ancient gated entrance to Shiraz from north.)
We will drive to Persepolis to be inspired by the legendry capital of Persian Achaemenids and the center of the great Persian Empire, and Naghse Rostam known as Necropolis with stunning carving on stones of mount and ancient Persian rock reliefs. Afterward we go towards Zeinodin caravanserai (the award winning hotel in 2009 as one of the 101 special hotels in the world) to experience how the Caravans slept in a caravanserai and survived from the rage of a desert.
Overnight: Zeinodin Caravanserai.
In the morning we drive to Yazd (60 km). Yazd is a city with a big construction of adobe and an amazing architecture of clay and towers of ventilation for cooling the houses in hot days of the desserts. In the morning we will begin the Yazd city tour, first we see the towers of silence, where the Zoroastrian used to leave their dead bodies for the vultures to eat the flesh, and then we explore the fire temple of Zoroastrians, where the sacred fire is kept flaring for more than 1500 years, Amirchmaq square from Timurid era and Water Museum (all the details of how Persians used to manage the water in the dessert can be seen). In the afternoon we visit Jame mosque of Yazd, one of the 5 magnificent mosques in Iran, then we have a walking tour in the biggest mud brick old city in the world. You can walk through the history and as you stroll in the maze of mud brick alleys you can visit Alexander Prison, Lariha House and etc. Finally, we finish with Dolat Abad Garden (world heritage registered garden by UNESO), another sample of Persian gardens where you can take a rest next to the pool and enjoy watching one of the longest wind catchers at one side and a beautiful garden at the other side.
this morning we drive toward Isfahan (330 km). Isfahan is the maximum exponent of the magnificent antique Persia. In the entire city corners the exquisite taste of handicrafts and artists of the 17th century, is still perceived. It is the big effort of the emperor Abbas I the great, for converting Isfahan to the most beautiful city of Asia in his time. This day we visit Naghsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square, the second biggest square in the world which has been registered by UNESCO. In the square we visit Shah Abbas mosque (Imam Mosque), a masterpiece of Persian Architecture, Lotfolah mosque, exclusive mosque for women in Safavid dynasty, and Ali Qapu palace. At the end of the day, we have time for the best shopping of Isfahan and probe into Persian amazing handicrafts.
we continue our visit of Isfahan. We visit Chehel Sotoun palace (a world heritage site by UNESCO which name is driven from 40 columns of the palace), Vank Armenian church and the picturesque and alternative quarter of Jolfa where you can find a peaceful coexistence of two different religions; there are still about twelve thousands Armenian living in Iran and a number of them are in Isfahan. In the afternoon we head to Zayanderud river and we cross over it to enjoy the beauty of the antique bridges like Sio Se Pol and Khajoo. Late evening transfer to the airport and flight to Tehran.
Overnight at Tehran
This day we visit Tehran, the most populated city. Tehran is known for its great rich culture and various museums containing part of the history of Persia, and some of them are considered as the best of the world. It depends on the day of the week that we are in Tehran, we can visit the national museum of Jewelry (it is closed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays): also we visit the carpet museums, without a doubt in comparison it is the best carpet museum, and Golestan palace (world heritage site by UNESCO) (it is closed on Sundays and Thursdays). For the night we enjoy a panoramic view of the capital. and you are transformed to the airport. End of the trip.
Transfer to airport and departure