HIDDEN TREASURES OF PERSIA
8 Nights & 9 Days, Minimum 2 Participants, 3*, BB
Shiraz (2N), Yazd (1N), Isfahan (3N), Tehran, (2N)
The journey to the heart of these treasures begins from Shiraz. Somewhere near Persepolis, the throne of the Achaemenid Empire and the city of poetry and beautiful and mesmerizing gardens. The city where the tomb of Hafez and Saadi, famous Iranian poets are there, as well as at the Vakil Grand complex including the bazaar and mosque and bath.
The next destination is Yazd. The city is famous for its brick structures and also for and also the coexistence of Muslims and Zoroastrians. In Yazd, in addition to seeing the great Amir Chakhmaq Square and prowling through the alleyways of the old Fahadan district, we will visit the Jameh mosque, which is a manifestation of the life of the Muslims in this city. Next to the silence tower and the fire temple that reminds Zoroastrians presence in this city.
Isfahan, the Safavid capital, and the destination of many travelers from the 16th century, with hidden treasure of tiles and colorful bricks, is the third destination of this trip. In this big city, we will see the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which includes several buildings, including the Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali- Qapu, and Qaysirya Market Hall. We will also go to the ChehelSotoun Gardens, and we will see the Church of Vank, the Armenian cathedral.
After seeing all this beauty, Iran still has a lot of treasures to see. "Iranian House" is one of the unique specimens that can be found in Kashan. There is also a beautiful and magnificent example of the Persian Garden, the Finn Garden.
Visiting the National Museum of Iran in Tehran is a pleasing endeavor for this grand excursion, a summary of Iran's history can be seen there. Also, the visit of the Saadabad Palace, Palace of Pahlavi Kings, the last kingdom of Iran, will be our final destination.
Day 1: Reception at DIA Shiraz Airport & visiting Shiraz, O/N SHIRAZ.
Arrive Shiraz in the early morning, meet and transfer to hotel for check in and rest. After breakfast, embark on an exciting city tour of Shiraz, the city of roses, poets and nightingales visit the beautiful Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. Every morning, this stunning mosque is illuminated with all the colors of the rainbow through its stained class, hence also known as the Pink Mosque. See the Karim Khan Fortress and visit Vakil Complex which comprises Vakil Mosque, traditional bazaar and bath after lunch, visit Hafezieh and Saadieh, the tomb of famous poets Hafez and Saadi visit the Garden of Eram, one of the most beautiful and monumental gardens of Iran visit Narenjestan-e-Qavam which literally means the Qavam's Orange Garden, one of the historical buildings of Shiraz that dates from the Qajar dynasty.
Day 2: Visiting Shiraz and an excursion to Persepolis, O/N SHIRAZ.
Enjoy an excursion to Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage), the highlight of Iran and the most magnificent city of the ancient world. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achemaenian era. The site, 125,000 sq m in area is composed of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications. After lunch, visit Naghsh-e-Rostam, the rock cut tombs of the Achaemenian royals Return to Shiraz city and visit the Quran Gate and view Holy Shrine of Shah Cheragh, the mausoleum of Ahmad Ibn Mosa-Al Kazem, the elder brother of Imam Reza.
Day 3: Drive to Yazd & an excursion to Pasargadae & Abarkooh, O/N Yazd
Approximately 1.5 hours’ drive to Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage) the ancient capital of Cyrus the Great. Visit the Tomb of Cyrus the Great and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices after lunch, drive approximately 2 hours along desert road to Abarkooh to see the legendary 4000 year-old Cypress Tree. Continue approximately 3 hours’ drive along desert road to the city of Yazd.mad Ibn Mosa-Al Kazem, the elder brother of Imam Reza.
Day 4: Visiting Yazd & Nain-Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
Situated in the central high desert plateau of Iran, Yazd has a history dated since 3000 B.C.,. It is recognized by UNESCO for holding one of the oldest architecture in the world. It is also the center of Zoroastrian culture, view Dakhmeh, the Tower of Silence where corpse of dead were placed to slowly disintegrate or picked apart by desert vultures. This burial tradition had been since 3000 years until 40 years ago. Proceed to Yazd city and visit Amir Chakhmagh Complex visit Dolat Abad Garden (it’s Wind Tower, standing at 33.8m is the world’s tallest wind tower) visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and see the oldest burning fire in Iran after lunch, continue approximately 4 hours’ drive to Isfahan, the masterpiece of Iran dinner and overnight in Isfahan.
Day 5: Visiting Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
Enjoy a full day tour of Isfahan begin with another of Iran’s UNESCO World Heritage site – Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Literally means “pattern of the world”, the square was once a royal polo court and was the official city center during the 17th century Safavid era. At 512m long and 163m wide, it is the world’s second largest square after Tiananmen in Beijing. Visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque) and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) visit the multi-story Ali Qapou Palace (where the Safavid Kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies) walk through the Traditional Coppersmith and Goldsmith Bazaar. After lunch, visit Chehel Sotoun or "Forty Columns" Palace Leave the square and drive to the banks of Zayanderud River, the soul of the city walk on the historical bridges - Si O Se pole Bridge (33 arches) and Khaju Bridge, two of the most famous ones dinner and overnight in Isfahan.
Day 6: visiting Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
Another great day to explore Isfahan Proceed to Jolfa, the Armenian and Christian quarter of Isfahan visit Vank Cathedral (also called Holy Savior Cathedral or The Church of the Saintly Sisters), one of the earliest church in Iran . After lunch, visit the Friday Mosque and Hasht Behesht Palace or “Eight Paradise” Palace. In the afternoon, free time to shop in the local Bazaar.) and Khaju Bridge, two of the most famous ones dinner and overnight in Isfahan.
Day 7: Drive to Kashan, O/N Tehran.
Depart for city of Kashan (approximately 2 hours’ drive) visit Fin Garden, a beautiful sample of Iranian historical gardens stroll into this beautiful traditional city and visit historical Brojerdi House, which are genuine samples of Iranian traditional desert architecture. After lunch, continue approximately 3 hours’ drive to the capital city Tehran.
Day 8: Visiting Tehran, O/N Tehran.
Visit the lavish Golestan Palace Museum (UNESCO World Heritage), a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with western influences. (Open 9.00am- 5pm).Visit the National Museum to see Iran’s valuable archaeological collections (Closed on Mondays and national holidays. After lunch, visit the National Jewelry Treasury which is housed within the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, see the most dazzling collection of gemstones and jewelry of the royals that are known in the world. (Open during Saturday to Tuesday, 14.00 – 16.30. Closed on Wednesday and weekends and public and bank holidays), Visit Milad Tower where you can have a panoramic view of the city.
Day 9: Isfahan
After breakfast, drive along scenic Royal Way (the longest road in Middle East) to Sa’ad Abad Palace, in the northern part of Tehran. The palace was built during the Pahlavi dynasty and occupies a vast area of over 110 hectare. It is currently converted to many museums. We will visit the Green Palace and the White Palace. (Closed on Monday and religion holidays) After lunch, visit Tajrish Square with some free time to shop in the Local Bazaar till time for departure after dinner transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.ys), Visit Milad Tower where you can have a panoramic view of the city.
Visits and entries as indicated in the program.