Unesco World Heritage Designated Tour

The brief itinerary

Iran is a land of amazing diversity offering a holiday with a difference. Discover a range of cultural, historical and active experiences

 Day 1: Arrive in Tehran

 Day2: Tehran

Day 3: Tehran –Zanjan

Day 4: Ardebil

Day 5: Tabriz-Esfanjan-Kandovan-Tabriz

Day 6: Tabriz-Takab

Day 7: Takab- Kermanshah

 Day 8: Kermanshah

Day 9: Shoosh

Day 10: Isfahan

Day 11: Isfahan

Day 12: Isfahan-Yazd

Day 13: Yazd

Day 14: Shiraz & Excursion to Pasargadae

Day 15: Shiraz

Day 16: Shiraz

Day 17: Shiraz-Tehran

Day 18: Departure

The detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tehran [Tehran]

Welcome to the land of civilization and the start of your vacation! Arrive at IKA (Tehran) airport, greet and get assist from our representative who greets you with flowers, transfer to hotel, overnight Tehran.

Day2: Tehran [Tehran]

Early this morning, with a full day here, get a real feel for Tehran and it`s museums including Carpet Museum ,Archeological, Glassware and ceramic and the most stunning one with the name of National jewels museum.
Later in the day, Chalk up a local experience by rolling toward the north of Tehran to a mountainous area called Darband, via Valiasr street (longest street in Tehran),trek and have an early dinner at the mountainous restaurant, O/N Tehran.
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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).

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.

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).

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 .

Day 3: Tehran –Zanjan [Tehran] [Zanjan ]

Roll on to Zanjan, delve into Soltanieh Dome, UNESCO World Heritage-designated, stroll thought the amazing structure and discover the hidden treasure, O/N Zanjan.
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Soltanieh Dome: was constructed in the years 704-712 AH. The dome is an octagonal structure made of mud brick and decorated with ornamental tiles using the unique architectural techniques of the Mongol Il-Khanid era. Irans Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) restored the brick buildings exterior with azure tiles made in traditional kilns over a four-year period.

Day 4: Ardebil [Ardabil ]

Roll on to Ardebill via the charming roads, with the chance to visit Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili Mosque, UNESCO World Heritage-designated, slow down the pace to discover the charms of the well-preserved mosque and enjoy the atmosphere. A short trip brings us to Tabriz for tomorrow’s sightseeing, O/N Tabriz.

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Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili: mausoleum is one of the most beautiful historical and Islamic structures and is regarded as one of the most important ancient structures of the country. The structure was built up in 735 Lunar Hejira by Sheikh Sadreddin Mousa, son of Sheikh Safi and was respected especially during the Safavid dynasty by the kings. The complex is composed of a group of stunning architectural structures

Day 5: Tabriz-Esfanjan-Kandovan-Tabriz [East Azerbaijan]

Prepare for the upcoming adventure when you will start your Excursion to Kandovan Village with the chance to visit the beauty of the strange especial architecture .Later visit El Goli Park in Tabriz, O/N in Tabriz.
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Kandovan Village :(also spelled Candovan) is a tourist village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near Osku and Tabriz .Its fame is due to its troglodyte dwellings. Some of the houses are at least 700 years old and are still inhabited. Kandovan is also known for its scenic beauty. A popular resort, it offers hotels and restaurants to serve tourists. Its mineral water is also popular with visitors and is believed to be a cure for kidney disease.

El Goli Park: it was used as a water resource for agricultural purposes. It was used as a summer palace during the Qajar dynasty (when Tabriz was the official residence of Prince of Iran). It contains a palace that is surrounded by a great square water pool almost 12 meters deep. During 2nd Pahlavi.

Day 6:Tabrik-Takab [East Azerbaijan]

This day, your included city tour showcases the Azerbaijan museum followed by Kaboud (blue) mosque, and then you drive to Takab, O/N Takab.
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Azerbaijan Museum has the largest collection belonging to different periods of Iran’s history.
Kaboud (Blue) Mosque: A famous historic mosque which was constructed in 1465 upon the order of Jahan Shah.

Day 7: Takab-kermanshah [West Azerbaijan] [Kermanshah ]

Our first stop this morning will be Takht e Soleiman to visit this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-designated,then we`ll Drive to Kermanshah, O/N Kermanshah.
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Takht-e Soleiman: The originally fortified site, which is located on a crater rim, was recognized as a World Heritage Site in July 2003. The citadel includes the remains of a Zoroastrian fire temple built during the Sassanid period and partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period.

Day 8: Kermanashah [Kermanshah ]

We enjoy a full day city tour of Kermanshah, to visit the stunning Taghe Bostan & Bistoun, UNESCO World Heritage-designated, roll on to Shoosh for your next morning`s tour.
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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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Choghazanbil Ziggurat: an ancient Elamite complex built about 1250 BC, and one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia which became the first Iranian site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Archaeological excavations undertaken between 1951 and 1962 revealed the site again, and the ziggurat is considered to be the best preserved example in the world.

Shoosh Castel :is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Susa (Shoush) in the Khuzestan Province of Iran. It was constructed by French archaeologist Jean-Marie Jacques de Morgan in the late 1890s, as a secure base for archaeological exploration and excavation. The Castle is similar to medieval monuments in France. The structure was built by local craftsmen with bricks taken from two other archaeological sites, the Achaemenid Darius/Dariush castle and the Elamite Choqazanbil ziggurat. It is built atop a hill (tell) which may contain other relics of past times. It is an example of the pre-scientific era of archaeology, when explorers mutilated or destroyed sites in the process of examining them.

Apadana Palace: In the year 521 BC “Daryush “, king of Hakahmaneshian, chose shush as his winter capital.There he built a beautiful palace called “Apadana “. It’s pillars, which are 15 meters high, although damaged during ages, still exist gloriously .

Daniel`s tomb:A domed shrine on the banks of the Karkheh river in Susa, Khuzestan, is, according to tradition, the tomb of the prophet Daniel.

Day 10: Isfahan [Isfahan]

Drive toward Isfahan, the city of civilization, beauty and also the major top province of Iran.
At night get local and visit the world -wide famous bridges of Isfahan over “Zayandeh-Rood” river called sio se pol (33 bridges), where you can drink your afternoon cup of tea in an old traditional tea-house, O/N Isfahan.
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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 11:Isfahan [Isfahan]

This morning, hit the wonderful sights in an enjoyable full day city sightseeing to explore and visit Chehel Souton, Hasht Behesht, and Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, UNESCO World Heritage-designated including Ali Qapu palace, Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque and bazaar. Wander around and enjoy yourself shopping Persian handicraft and absorbing the beautiful atmosphere of the city, O/N 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 kings residence. A two story palace, with several rooms and cubicles. Its beautiful exterior is decorated with bricks and tiles. The palaces surroundings have been changed into a public park.
Naghshe Jahan square: an important historical site and one of UNESCOs 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 Years 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 12: Isfahan-Yazd [Isfahan] [Yazd]

Our first stop this morning will be Vank cathedral in Armenia Quarter and also the oldest Jaameh Mosque in Isfahan. Leave the city of greatness and drive to Yazd, O/N in Yazd.
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Vank Cathedral: of the first churches to be established in the citys 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.

Day 13: Yazd [Yazd]

Start your panoramic tour in the oldest brick city in the word and Make your way to visit the famous Fire Temple & Tower of Silence. Later in the day visit Dolat Abad Garden, water museum and Alexander prison. At last you`ll be free to walk around some marked old and interesting parts of the cities to record memorable times, O/N Yazd.
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Alexander prison: A 15th-century domed school is known as Alexanders 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.
Dolat Abad Garden: a garden plus a traditional Persian architectural device in the middle used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings. It is not known who first invented the wind catcher.
Water Museum: The official inauguration of the water museum coincided with the first international symposium on qanat. The unique instruments exposed to exhibition at this place are detailing water transactions, various deeds of endowment, traditional water distribution policy and different ancient utensils concerning keeping and transmission of water. These instruments have gradually been collected by authorities since 1992. The place had once been a market. The house dates back to 100 years ago and there were two qanat streams running under it one of which is still active.

Day 14: Shiraz & Pasargadae [Fārs ]

Early in the morning, Roll on to Shiraz,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.
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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.

Day 15:Shiraz [Fārs ]

This morning you`ll be taken on an excursion to visit the mighty ancient site of Persepolis the UNESCO World Heritage designated, walk through the lively old structure, with its well-preserved and breathe taking style. Afterwards explore charming Naghsh-e-Rostam, and Naghsh-e-Rajab. Then While entering Shiraz, visiting Qoran Gate and Tomb of Khajo (13 Century poet), we continue our day to visit the Tomb of Hafez & the Tomb of Saadi with their especial beauties, O/N in Shiraz.
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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.
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.

Day 16: Shiraz [Fārs ]

Start our full day city tour in the historical city of Shiraz in order to visit and Narenjestan palace in Eram garden (Paradise Garden), the beautiful charming Nasir-ol-Molk mosque which its special absorbing architecture.Then exploring the Zand complex; later at night have view of the breath-taking holly shrine by the name of Shah-e- Cheragh (king of light), O/N Shiraz.
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Eram Graden & Narenjestan palace: 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 Palace is a magnificent building located in a Eram garden which dates back to the Qajar period.

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.

Zand complex: An old bath house, mosque and bazaar dated back to 17th century.

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

Day 17: Shiraz-Tehran [Fārs ] [Tehran]

We board our flight to Tehran. Transfer to hotel, check in, rest. We go to visit Tajrish Bazar and Saad Abad Palace. Cap off the tour with a memorable farewell dinner at a mountainous area called Darband, rolling via Valiasr street (longest street of Tehran), O/N Tehran.
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Saad Abad Palace: a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran. After the Iranian Revolution, the complex became a museum. However, the current presidential palace is located adjacent to the Saad Abad compound.

Day 18: Departure [Tehran]

Time to bid farewell to Iran as our memorable tour comes to an end.
A morning flight allows for hometown connections.

Note: The first & last day of programs, depends on your flight time so, the necessary changes will be made accordingly.

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