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)
Geographic diversity, along with cultural diversity, has led to the formation of treasures in Iran that cannot be found anywhere else. If you ask travelers who have seen Iran, they will advise you to not leave this country without seeing the three cities of Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz. Three cities that have many hidden treasures in the chest.
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: 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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