Classic Itinerary, 8 Days (7 Nights)

The brief itinerary

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The Brief Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Tehran

DAY 2: Tehran

DAY 3: Fly to Shiraz

DAY 4: Shiraz, Drive to Yazd

DAY 5: Yazd, Drive to Isfahan

DAY 6: Isfahan

Day 7: Drive to Tehran via Kashan

Day 8: Depart Tehran

The detailed itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Tehran [Tehran]

Arrive at IkA Airport (Tehran), where you’ll greet and get assist from our representative and be transferred to your hotel and Check-in. The remainder of the day is free to relax, Overnight Tehran.

Day 2: Tehran [Fārs ]

Experience Tehran`s museums such as Archeological Museum, Carpet Museum, National Jewels Museum and Glassware and ceramic museum, then transfer to the domestic airport to fly to Shiraz ,Overnight Shiraz.

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Archeological Museum: A must see in Tehran. Collection includes: pottery, ceramics, stone figures and carvings from 5th & 4th millennium BC. Four tablets inscribed in cuneiform, Darius I inscription, carved staircase, tiles from Apadana Palace, and salt man are some of the highlights.

Carpet Museum, (founded in 1976, exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over Iran, dating from 18th century to present. The museum was designed by the last Queen of Iran, Farah Diba Pahlavi).

National Jewels Museum, (The treasury of Iranian national-royal-jewels accommodates the world`s most precious jewelry collection. The treasury has an interesting history, going back centuries. The decorations of the building include brickworks of the exterior .

Glassware and ceramic museum, (The premises that have been turned into museum where glass and clay works are on display were built about 90 years ago and is a combination of the traditional Iranian style and the European architecture of the 19th century.
The collection of glass and clay works that are on display at the museum is among the rare collection in Iran it comprise clay pots dating back the 4th millennium B.C. up to the present time as well as glass works from 1rst millennium B.C. up to the contemporary era .European glass works belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries are also part of the collection).

Availability of the sights:

Archeological Museum: Everyday from 9 am to 5 pm , except Mondays (Currently is open every day from 9am to 9 pm because of Cyrus the Great Cylinder )
Carpet Museum: From 9am to 5 pm except Mondays
National Jewels Museum: From 14 pm to 16:30 pm, from Saturday to Tuesday
Glassware and ceramic museum: From 9 am to 5 pm except Mondays

Day 3: Shiraz [Fārs ]

On your panoramic city sightseeing visit Bazaar-e-Vakil, Karim Khan Arg Complex:, later we`ll head toward Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Eram Garden and Narenjestan. Then Mausoleum of poet Hafez & Saadi, At last, your tour guide will also show you the enchanting Holly Shrine of Shah-e-Cheraq, Overnight Shiraz.

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Karim Khan Arg Complex: It was built as part of a complex during the Zand dynasty and is named after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. In shape it resembles a medieval fortress.

Mausoleum of poet Hafez: An 8th-century Persian lyric poet. His collected works (Divan) are to be found in the homes of most Iranians, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to this day and have influenced post-Fourteenth Century Persian writing more than anything else has.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe a famous German poet says: Suddenly I came face to face with the celestial perfume of the East and invigorating breeze of Eternity that was being blown from the plains and the wastelands of Persia, and I came to know an extraordinary man whose personality completely fascinated me. He calls him “Saint Hafez” and “celestial Friend”. Goethe was acquainted with Iranian Literature and time.

Mausoleum of poet Saadi: 7th century one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is recognized not only for the quality of his writing, but also for the depth of his social thoughts.

Bazaar-e-Vakil: the main bazaar of Shiraz from establish on 11th century(completed on 18th century), located in the historical center of the city which has beautiful courtyards, caravanserais, bath houses, and old shops which are deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques.

Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque: A traditional mosque in Shiraz, left from the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 Which extensively uses colored glass in its façade which creates an great amount of beauty.

Eram Graden: A famous and beautiful garden, which has been praised for its beautiful flowers, refreshing air, tall cypresses (a stately, beautiful cypress tree there known as sarv-e naz has long been a major tourist attraction), fragrant myrtles, flowing way of the constructional work.

Narenjestan museum: a magnificent building located in a Eraml citrus garden which dates back to the Qajar period.

Holly Shrine of Shah-e-Cheraq: A funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz.

Day 4: Shiraz [Yazd] [Yazd]

We roll on to Yazd (409 km), en route stop by to visit Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage-designated and get up close to the famous structure, then slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover Pasargadae’s hidden treasures. Continue your day, when your tour takes you past the mighty ancient site of Persepolis the UNESCO World Heritage designated, walk through the lively old structure, with its well-preserved style. Afterwards explore charming Naghsh-e-Rostam, and Naghsh-e-Rajab.
Take off into the city (Yazd) and absorb the atmosphere, check out the one of the attractions of the beautiful city named Amir Chakhmagh, Overnight Yazd.

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Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage-designated: The tomb of Cyprus the great, also known as Cyrus II or Cyrus of Persia, the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty (559–529 BC). He was a righteous human being because at the time of victory, he was generous toward defeated people. Being a freeman, he won the heart of his people, permitting them to worship their gods. He was extraordinarily peerless in all over the world. Comparing Cyrus’ manner with Semi’s rulers, one feels great pleasure for the Persian liberality and generosity and truly regards the Persian as the instructor of human race).

Persepolis: One of the most majestic ancient monuments. Its ancient name was Parsa to ancient Persians, its modern name is Takht-e Jamshid, (Persian: Throne of Jamshid), to Iranians it was the capital of the Achaemenid kings of Iran (Persia). Persepolis is located about 50 kms northeast of Shiraz in the province of Fars in southwestern Iran. It was set on fire by Alexander upon his defeat of Darius III)

Naghsh-e-Rostam , Where you will see 4 tombs in the mountain of Darius I, Artaxerxes I, Xerxes I, and Darius II Eight stone carvings from Sassanians dynasty below the Achaemenians tombs showing conquests of kings; believed was created to celebrate the victory of Sassanians king, over the Romanian invader.

Naghsh-e-Rajab, a beautiful stone carved from Sassanians dynasty (224-651 A.D.), at your leisure in the morning.

Amir Chakhmagh: A stunning 19th century tiled edifice, which is one of the most recognizable and unusual buildings in Iran, was built to serve as grand-stand for the traditional passion play, TA’ZIEH, recording the martyrdom of the Shiite third Imam, and also provided an imposing entrance to one of Yazd bazaar.

Day 5: Yazd-Isfahan [Yazd] [Isfahan]

This morning, we`ll continue to visit other charming attractions of Yazd such as – Jaameh Mosque, Alexander prison, Fire Temple, tower of silence – before driving to Isfahan. At Isfahan, We get local and enjoy the taste of tea besides watching the Sio se pol-33 bridges among the natives, Overnight Isfahan.

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Jaameh Mosque: A grand, congregational mosque 12th century mosque which is still in use today and was largely rebuilt between 1324 and 1365, and is one of the outstanding 14th century buildings of Iran

Alexander prison: A 15th-century domed school is known as Alexander’s Prison because of a reference to this apparently dastardly place in a Hafez poem. The deep well in the middle of its courtyard was in fact built by Alexander the Great and used as a dungeon.

Fire Temple: one the most important fire temples in the world. Zoroastrians from all over the world come here to see the sacred fire that has been burning without interruption for 1500 years.

Tower of silence: A circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead. The towers were built atop hills or low mountains in desert locations distant from population centers.

Sio se pol-33 bridges: one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. It consists of two rows of 33 arches. There is a larger base plank at the start of the bridge where the Zayandeh River flows under it, supporting a tea house.

Day 6: Isfahan [Isfahan]

The beautiful city of Isfahan is enchanting and atmospheric, so prepare for your upcoming adventure. Enjoy a full day city tour including Chehel sotun (40 pillars), Hasht Behesht, Naghshe Jahan Square (Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque, Bazaar), Overnight Isfahan.
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Chehel sotun (40 pillars): An enchanting pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions, The name, meaning “Forty Columns” in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

Hasht Behest (8 paradises): dates back to the time of Shah Suleiman and is located in the middle of the Hasht Behesht Garden. The palace was the king’s residence. A two story palace, with several rooms and cubicles. It’s beautiful exterior is decorated with bricks and tiles. The palace’s surroundings have been changed into a public park.

Naghshe Jahan: an important historical site and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and the second biggest square in the world. It is 160 meters wide by 508 meters long, an area of 89,600 m2. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era.

Ali Qapu Palace: A grand palace in Isfahan was built by decree of Shah Abbas the Great in the early seventeenth century. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. Shah Abbas, here for the first time celebrated the Now – ruz /New Year’s Day)

Imam Mosque: UNESCO World Heritage Site (Built during the Safavids period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as the masterpiece of Persian Architecture and one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran and all over the world. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-color mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.

Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque: One of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-e- Jahan Square, It was built by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. The building functioned as a prayer hall and lecture hall

Day 7: Isfahan/Kashan/Tehran [Isfahan] [Tehran]

In the morning half day of Isfahan city tour to visit: Vank Cathedral, Jamee mosque, then on our return to Tehran we stop to visit Kashan with the chance to see Fin garden, Borojerdiha and Tabatabayi house (two historical sites made on 13th century), Overnight Tehran.

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Vank Cathedral: of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-1605
Jamee Mosque: A grand, congregational mosque. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century.
Fin garden: Historical Persian garden. It contains Kashan’s Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor, was murdered by an assassin sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852.

Day 8: Depart Tehran [Tehran]

Time to bid farewell to Tehran and our new found friends as our memorable tours come to an end.

A morning flight allows for hometown connections.

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Bistoun Rock Reliefs: UNESCO WORLD WIDE HERITAGE, A multi-lingual inscription located on Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, near the city of Kermanshah in western Iran, authored by Darius the Great.
Tagh-e-Bostan: a series of large rock relief from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia, the Iranian dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD. It is located in the heart of the Zagros Mountains, where it has endured almost 1,700 years of wind and rain. The carvings are some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanid

Day 9: Shoosh [Khūzestān ]

Day to explore Choghazanbil Ziggurat`s great style and well preserved structure, the UNESCO World Heritage-designated, stroll through the amazing structure to see the hidden treasure with the atmospherics area which takes you to the past you`ll then visit Choghazanbil`s museum. Later, have views of Shoosh Castel and Apadana Palace and museum. At last visit prophets Daniel`s tomb. The remainder o the day is yours to enjoy and discover, Overnight Shoosh.

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