Join The Ancient Art of The Persian Heroes of Iran

5/5
14 days 13 nights

Duration

Start Point

Tehran

End Point

Tehran

Tour Type

Tour Highlights

Visit all famous ancient gyms and all attractions of most significant cities of Iran.

About this Tour

Zourkhaneh is a place for practicing ancient exercises and Pahlavani wrestling, which dates back to many years ago.

It has a domed structure with usually a tiny entrance, and this small entryway has a moral theory behind it. To enter, you must bend slightly and lower your head to prevent touching the ceiling. In Iranian culture, lowering one’s head signifies modesty and respect before the elders.

After you enter, you will see an octagonal or circular ring in the center, one meter deeper than the other parts called ‘Gaud. ‘Around it, there are separate sections for audiences, musicians, and athletes. The musician is known as Morshed, and he holds a crucial position within the Zourkhaneh. He beats a drum (Zarb) and sets the pace of athletes’ practice by it while reciting mythological poems, stories, and some poems praising Shi’ite imams and the heroes of Shahnameh.

The athletes’ performance usually includes weight training, some aerobic exercises, and gymnastic movements, and usually ends with wrestling. They move in unison and use Mill (wooden clubs), Sang (wooden or metal shields), and Kabbadeh or Kaman (bow-shaped iron weights). All of them have been modeled after war weapons used during ancient days. The most critical target of founding a Zourkhaneh was to prepare a place where warriors would be able to practice and strengthen their bodies and spirit during times when there was no war and the country was at peace.

In addition to their physical and mental strength, warriors must have been trained to promote kindness and humility during battles, and Zourkhaneh was the ideal location for achieving this objective. Respect and courtesy are the most important moral values by which this ancient sport is known for, and it is associated with many principles and norms.

According to the research of the German University of Sport, the German Brook House encyclopedia has recognized Zourkhaneh sport as the oldest bodybuilding sport in the world. On October 10, 2004, the International Zourkhaneh Sports Federation (IZSF) was established to promote Varzesh-e Pahlavani worldwide.

 

Tour Include

➢  accommodation in top quality hotels.

➢ All Airport transfers

➢  Breakfast at hotels

➢ Iranian Travel Insurance

➢ Full-time Experienced and licensed speaking driver guide (8 hours daily)

➢ Licensed driver for Transfer during the whole sightseeing

Tour Exclude

➢ Lunch and dinner

➢ Expenses of personal nature

➢ Tips and portage

➢ Entrance fee

➢ Personal insurance

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day at Tehran International Airport (IKA)
Based on your arrival time, we will plan this day, Overnight Tehran Potential visits you will have in Tehran are Archaeological, Glass and Carpet Museums. you will have a time to spend in Zurkhaneh to train. And your day will finish with some time walking in Azadi Tower.
Day 2: Tehran-Shiraz
Morning time in Tehran and fly to Shiraz in the evening, Overnight Shiraz Potential visits you can see in Shiraz are Eram Garden and Tombs of poets Hafez and Saadi.
Day 3/4/5: Training days in Sepidan and overnight Sepidan
It takes about 90 minutes to drive to Sepidan from Shiraz, Sepidan has a licensed local lodge where you can have your private room, with private bathroom, named Salahi house, is it okay or do you prefer to back to Shiraz for overnights? I will send some photos on WhatsApp so you can have a better idea of the place. Consider that Sepidan is a mountainous city, it has the only ski resorts in the south, so the weather is colder than Shiraz. During the training days, you will work with the masters and after a rest in the afternoon, you can come back and visit the other trainers during the evening, they practice every other day.
Day 6: Shiraz
Visit another sightseeing places in Shiraz( Nasir-ol- Molk Mosque, Narenjestan Palace, Zandiyeh complex, Zurkhaneh). Overnight Shiraz
Day 7: Persepolis
Excursion to Marvdasht to visit Persepolis and Naghsh-e-Rostam Back to Shiraz during the afternoon for Rest of Shiraz visits .Overnight Shiraz
Day 8: Shiraz – Yazd (6 hours)
Drive toward Yazd via Visiting Pasargadae in our way. Overnight Yazd
Day 9: Yazd
City tour of Yazd ( Zurkhaneh, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence,Fire Temple, Jame and Mir-Chakhmaq Mosques) Discover the enchanting allure of Yazd's historic Zurkhaneh on our half-day tour. Immerse yourself in the captivating rhythm of ancient Persian traditions as you witness the powerful rituals of this traditional gymnasium. Led by experienced guides, delve into the rich heritage and spiritual significance of Zurkhaneh, where strength, agility, and cultural heritage intertwine seamlessly. Prepare to be awed by the grace and athleticism of the Zurkhaneh practitioners as they showcase centuries-old practices passed down through generations. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Yazd's cultural tapestry. Overnight Yazd
Day 10: Yazd – Isfahan (4 hours)
We can spend the morning time in Yazd and drive directly to Isfahan or we can add in route visits such as Naein and Meybod in our way to Isfahan, Overnight Isfahan
Day 11 and 12: Isfahan
City tour of Isfahan to visit Sio-se-Pol and Khajou Bridges, Zurkhaneh, Vank Cathedral and Jolfa quarter, Chehel- Sotoun Palace. Other places you see are Ali- Qoli -Agha Bath,Friday Mosque and bazaar
Day 13: Isfahan-Abyaneh-Kashan (3 hours)
Drive toward Kashan via visiting Abyaneh. In Kashan, you will visit Broujerdi and Tabatabaie Houses,
Day 14: Departure Day/ Kashan-IKA (5 hours)
We will plan this day based on the departure time.

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