THE SUN & THE LION
12 Nights & 13 Days , Minimum 2 Participants, 3*, BB
Tehran (2N), Kashan (1N), Isfahan (3N), Mesr Desert (2N), Yazd (2N), Shiraz (2N)
The glitter of the sun has always been extended upon this land. The radiant sun on the desert gives life a new meaning. This is why the Iranians respect the Sun and in some dynasties sign on Iranian flag was a Lion along with the Sun, which was the national symbol of Iran.
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.
On this thirteen day tour, we will travel to cities that in most of the year have sunny sky. Our journey begins with an excursion to the north of Tehran, Shemiran area. We will visit the Tajrish Bazaar and the "Saadabad" palace museum. At the end of the day, we will see the sunset from the Nature Bridge.
On the morning of the second day, we continue our trip, visiting the World Heritage site the Golestan Palace, and then the National Museum of Iran to get to know the history of the ups and downs of Iran. In the afternoon, we will go to the national jewelry museum to see the kings Crown and famous Daria-i Noor diamond.
From Tehran we drive to central desert cities. In Kashan, we have a look on some magnificent mansions in Iran, including Tabatabaee house and Borujerdi house, and in the "Fin Garden" We will roam. "Abyaneh" the red village, is our next destination. It is tradition for ladies of Abyaneh to wear white scarf. So as soon as you sow ladies with white scarves welcoming you be sure that you are in Abyaneh. We leave Abyaneh to the capital of Safavid Empire, Isfahan. If you stay in the center of the Naqshe Jahan Square you can see Imam Mosque in front of you and the traditional Bazar on your side. Just walk around to see the great mansion of Ali Qapu and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque. Walking out of the square you can go to The Chehelsotoun Mansion and garden. Next day we visit the Jame mosque and in the afternoon the Vank Cathedral. Night is a good time to walk on the bank of the "Zayandeh rood" and the historical bridges the Khajo and Si-o Se-pol. But it is only by walking on warm sands of desert that we fully understand the warmth of the sun shine. In the Mesr Desert you will achieve this knowledge. Then we move to Yazd to see the Muslims heritage alongside with Zoroastrians heritage. Visiting the Persepolis take us to another time, to the Achaemenid era. Shiraz. The land of Iranian Literatures, Saadi and Hafez is our last destination but this trip will not end until we see the Pink Mosque. To witness the playfulness of sun lights on the colorful windows of the Nasir al Molk mosque.
Day 1: Tehran
On your pre-dawn arrival at IKA, 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 you will start your 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 now. Your tour begins with visiting Tajrish Grand Bazaar, Visiting the Sa’dabad Palace. At night you will enjoy a panorama view of the Capital from the Tabiat Bridge. Overnight in Tehran..
Day 2: Tehran
You have a full day tour of Tehran starts by visiting the Golestan Palace (UWHS), a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with western influences. Visiting the National Museum to see Iran’s valuable archaeological collections. After lunch, you will have a visit to the National Jewelry Museum which is housed within the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to see the most dazzling collection of gemstones and jewelry of the royals that are known in the world. At the end of the day you will visit the Milad Tower. Overnight in Tehran.n.
Day 3: Kashan
Driving 200 km to Kashan to visit the Tabatabai and Borujerdi houses, The Fin Garden and some other historical places chosen by your tour guide. Overnight in Kashan.
Day 4: Isfahan
Leaving for Isfahan in the morning. You will have a short stop at the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Karkas Mountain, 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 glory has been titled the “Half the World”. Your full day tour includes visiting the famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UWHS); the second huge square in the world after the Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Visiting Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sotoun and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also one of the most outstanding bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the arts & handicrafts for which Isfahan is so well-renowned. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 6: Isfahan
Starting your day by visiting Isfahan’s Jame Mosque which displays several centuries of Islamic historical evolution. Then you 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, you will continue by visiting some historical bridges such Si-o-se Pol & Khaju. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 7: 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 & Farahzadi Villages
The Mesr Village is one of the amazing natural highlights of Persia especially for those who would like to enjoy experiencing the rough yet beautiful nature of the desert. Mesr is located 30 km North of Khour-o Biabanak County in Isfahan province. It has a dry and hot climate because of its location in the Southern part of Iran’s central desert. You will stay two nights in the Jandaq Village for experiencing a rural life in desert.
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 your first day in this city you will walk in Fahadan Street; the old part of the city and will enjoy visiting the Traditional Bazaar and Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 10: Yazd
You will start your tour by visiting the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the Tower of Silence, where Zoroastrians have been leaving the dead bodies to be eaten by vultures. You will also visit the marvelous Water Museum, the Jame Mosque and the Dowlatabad Garden. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 11: Shiraz.
On the way to Shiraz you 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, you will complete your trip with Persepolis, the ceremonial Capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid era (UWHS). You will also visit the Naqsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab. Arrival and stay overnight in Shiraz.
Day 12&13: Shiraz
Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture. this city of sophistication will never fail To conjure up images of roses, nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in visiting 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, you 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, the 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 Bustan and Golestan. On the last day of your trip you will be transferred to SYZ Airport to fly back to home.
Visits and entries as indicated in the program.
English speaking guide during the entire tour.
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