THE SUN & THE LION



12 Nights & 13 Days, BB

Minimum 2 Participants, 3* TEHRAN (2N), KASHAN (1N), ISFAHAN (3N), MESR DESERT (2N), YAZD (2N), SHIRAZ (2N)

Sun Shining has always been with the inhabitants of the land of Iran. The sun is falling on the desert and the lives of its people are also aligned. This is why the Iranians respect the Sun and in some dynasties sign on Iranian flag was a Lion along with the Sun, it is considered the national symbol of Iran.
So on this thirteen day trip, we will travel to cities that most of the year the sun shines on their sky. The first part of our journey begins from northern Tehran, the Shemiran area. We will see Tajrish Bazaar and the "Saadabad" palace museum also we will enjoy the sunshine on the nature bridge.
On the morning of the second day, the trip begins with a visit to the Golestan Palace World Heritage site, and then we are going to the National Museum of Iran to a history of the ups and downs of Iran from the beginning. In the afternoon, we will go to the Treasury of the Iranian Royal Jewels to see the Crown of the Kings next to the famous Diamond of the Sea of Light.

Day 1: Arrival at IKA, Tehran

On your pre-dawn arrival at IKA airport, you will be met by our representative carrying our logo-show-card (transfer information) who will direct and transfer you to your hotel. After a short rest we will start our tour in Tehran; a modern megalopolis which prides itself in having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era: Tajrish Grand Bazaar, the Sa’dabad Palace. At night we will enjoy a panorama view of the Capital from the Tabiat Bridge. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 2: Tehran

We have a full day tour of Tehran starting by visiting the Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier persian crafts and architecture with western influences, the National Museum to see Iran’s valuable archaeological collections. After lunch, we will have a visit of the National Jewelry Museum 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. At the end of the day we will visit Milad Tower. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3: Kashan

Drive 200 km to Kashan to visit the Tabatabaei and Borujerdi houses, Fin Garden and some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide. Overnight in Kashan.

Day 4: Abyaneh, Isfahan

Leaving for Isfahan in the morning. We will have a short stop at the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of desert. Appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in the original persian style. Arrival and overnight in Isfahan.

Day 5: Isfahan

Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”. Our full day tour includes the famed Nqsh-e Jahan Square; the second huge square in the world after the Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sotun and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also one of the most famous bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well-renowned. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 6: Isfahan

Start our day by visiting Isfahan’s Jame Mosque which displays several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. Then we will visit Vank Cathedral which is one of the most beautiful armenian churches in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. At night, we will continue by visiting some historical bridges such Si-o-se Pol & Khaju. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 7: Mesr Desert, Jandaq

Departure in the morning to the Mesr Desert. We will stay overnight in the Jandaq Village for experiencing a rural life in desert.

Day 8: Mesr Village, Farahzadi Village

The Mesr Village is one of the amazing natural highlights of Persia especially for those who would like to enjoy experiencing the rough but beautiful nature of the desert. Mesr is located 30 km North of Khour town in Isfahan province. It has a dry and hot climate because of its location in the Southern part of Iran’s central desert. Overnight in Farahzadi Village.

Day 9: Yazd

Driving to Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world which is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkuh and two majestic deserts, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Lut. On our first day in this city we will be walking in Fahadan street; the old part of the city and enjoy visiting the Traditional Bazaar and Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 10: Yazd

We will start by visiting the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the Tower of Silence, where Zoroastrians leaved the deads to be eaten by vultures. we will also visit the marvelous Water Museum, the Jame Mosque and the Dolatabad Garden. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 11: Pasargadae, Persepolis, Shiraz.

On the way to Shiraz we will have a few short stops in Pasargadae to visit the most important and Majestic monuments such as the tomb of Cyrus the Great, Achaemenid Emperor. After having lunch in Pasargadae, we complete our trip with Persepolis, the ceremonial Capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid era and now the UNESCO World Heritage. We will also visiti the Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab. Arrival and stay overnight in Shiraz.

Day 12&13: Shiraz, Departure

Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail To conjure up images of roses aShiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail To conjure up images of roses, nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish In the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Palace, the splendid Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, the Nasir-ol-molk Mosque and Saray-e-moshir with Its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz. This gorgeous city is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’di, who is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of tourism; he travelled, about seven previous centuries, to different countries and cities and then he collected all his experiences in verse and rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. At out last day we will transfer SYZ Airport to fly back to home.

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