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Arrival to Tehran during the month of Ordibehesht, at the airport our agent holding the show cart will welcome you. Based on the group arrival time we will explore the Azadi Tower (Tower of Freedom) formerly known as the Shahyad Tower which is a monument located at Azadi Square, in Tehran City, Iran. It is one of the symbols of the capital.
Overnight in Tehran
After breakfast at hotel, we will go to Iran National Museum to visit Iran’s rich history. It is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of ancient Iran and Islamic Era.
Golestan Complex is the second attraction we visit. The royal Qajar palaces in this complex such as Shamsolemareh are beautiful.
Then we will go to Imperial crown jewels of Persia, National Jewelry Museum, holding diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other treasuries, such as Daryaye Noor, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. Finally, we’ll explore Tehran Grand Bazaar. Fly to Shiraz in the evening.
Overnight in Shiraz
After Breakfast early in the morning, we will go to Nasir al Molk mosque. It was built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir-al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around.
Next step is the beautiful orange-scented Narenjestan Garden, laid out in the 19th century during the Qajar Dynasty.
We will also visit Karim Khan Citadel, built during the Zand Dynasty. Then we’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai. After that, we will visit Hafiz temple and read his Divan.
Late in the evening we will visit Ali ibn Hamze Shrine or Shah Cheragh holy shrine.
In Persian language Cheragh means Light, Shah Cheragh shrine is full of lights and mirror arts in this shrine makes the light twice beautiful and glowing. Overnight in Shiraz
After breakfast, we will drive toward Yazd. We can have a quick look at Quran Gate while exiting shiraz, on the way we will stop twice to visit Persepolis, the beautiful ceremonial capital of Achaemenid dynasty, a complex of palaces, and Necropolis or Naqsh-e rostam. Keep going to Yazd. Today is the first day of Ramadan in Iran, so you can also visit people going to have Eftar after the sunset.
Overnight in a traditional house in Yazd
After breakfast we start our tour at the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, you’ll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall proportioned, its façade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.
Then visit the Friday Mosque, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country. At Zendan-e Eskandar, you’ll find an ancient domed structure with a deep, circular brick-lined pit that resembles a dungeon. Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are the beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden with a graceful wind tower – the tallest in Iran.
Overnight in a traditional house in Yazd
Leaving Yazd behind, your first stop this morning will be in Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick. But set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also offers a number of fascinating sites to visit including its caravanserai. Built in typical Safavid style, this ancient desert inn features verandahs, shaded passageways, and nearly 100 rooms – some of which are now used as artisan workshops. At the local icehouse, you’ll learn about the thick-clay construction and subterranean chamber that allowed local residents to have ice and food storage before refrigeration – even during the intense desert heat of summer! Continue to Isfahan. Based on time we will visit some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River.
Overnight in Isfahan
“Isfahan is nesf-jahan” means Isfahan is Half the World.
Today you’ll join our expert guide to begin your exploration of the city, starting with Chehel Sotun Palace, in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool. your exploration continues in Imam Square. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the Ali Qapu Palace, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts.
Masjed-e Jame is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture and one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country. We’ll visit there based on time.
Having breakfast and then drive to Kashan, have a stop in our way to visit Abyaneh. Abyaneh Village is known as the Red Village because of its red soil and houses. The houses of Abyaneh bear an ancient architectural style, featured by the use of clay as the construction material and latticed windows and wooden doors. Your overland journey continues to Kashan. There we will start our city tour with Boroujerdi or Tabatabaei traditional houses, which have a very romantic story behind that your guide will tell you about it. After that we will visit Agha Bozorg School and Mosque, we can go for a visit of traditional bazaar of Kashan based on time.
Today we will say goodbye to the Land of Persia.
Visiting Fin Garden and Soltan Amir Ahmad Bath which are combined together in a two-floored structure, representing an especial architecture.
Based on your departure time, before driving to Tehran we will visit the shrine of Hazrate Massume in Qom in our way to airport.
We hope you’ve had a memorable travel in Iran and wish to be your host in Iran for the second time…
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