PERFECT PERSIA

26 Nights-27 Days
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DEPARTURE Upon Request
BEST TIME Spring and Autumn
STYLE Middle Class
GROUP SIZE Min.2
PRICE This tour is offered at the special price of US$
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$
HIGHLIGHTS Tehran,Qazvin,Masouleh,Ardebil,Tabriz,Kandovan,Tekab,Zanjan,Sanandaj,Hamedan,Kermanshah, Khorramabad,Susa,Shushtar,Ahvaz,Pasargad,Shiraz,Persepolis,Necropolis,Bishapour,Tange Chogan,Sarvestan,Kerman, Meimand,Yazd,Meibod,Naein,Isfahan,Natanz,Abyaneh, Kashan.

 

INCLUDED
9 nights accommodation in 3* hotels Invitation letter for Iran Visa
Professional English speaking guide for whole the trip All the breakfasts
Suitable AC vehicle for whole the trip Bottled water and tea per day
All the airport transfers One domestic Flight
NOT INCLUDED
International flights Any extra hotel needed
Embassy fees Insurances
Lunches and dinners Entrance fees
Personal expenses such as souvenirs,etc.

DAY 1:Arrive Tehran

Day 2:Tehran

Day 3: Qazvin

Day 4: Qazvin

Day 5: Masouleh

Day 6: Ardebil

Day 7: Tabriz

Day 8: Tabriz

Day 9: Zanjan

Day 10: Sanandaj

Day 11: Hamedan

Day 12: Kermanshah

Day 13: Khorramabad

Day 14: Susa

Day 15: Ahvaz

Day 16: Shiraz

Day 17: Shiraz

Day 18: Shiraz

Day 19: Kerman

Day 20: Kerman

Day 21: Yazd

Day 22: Yazd

Day 23: Isfahan

Day 24: Isfahan

Day 25: Isfahan

Day 26: Kashan

Day 27: Tehran, Departure

Note: visiting museums in Tehran would be possible depending on the day of the week.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Tehran.

Tehran, metropolitan city laying on the slopes of the tallest peak Damavand, city of museums , art and beautiful parks.

  • Golestan Palace

The generous Golestan Palace, as a paradise of tiles, mirrors and arts offers you her infinite beauty, attracts you , hypnotize you and immerse you in its profound glamour. Dating back to Qajar period this complex is the best introduction to 18th and 19th century Iran.

  •  Archaeological (national) Museum:

Hosting an immense variety of objects and monuments from ancient and medieval Iran, it is a worth visiting museum in world. It gets you lost in history.

  • Tehran Grand Bazaar

The busiest bazaar in Iran gives you the opportunity to watch thousands of middle class Iranians strolling through the labyrinth of shops, eating local meal, drinking some tea and smoking water pipe.

O/N Tehran


Day 2:Continue visiting Tehran.

  • Jewels Museum:

National jewels treasury let your eyes lit up by visiting most dazzling collection of imperial gemstones and jewelry known in the world.

  • Saad Abad

A green massive refreshing patch of natural forest in the very north of Tehran, Saad Abad embraces palaces built during Pahlavi.

  • Tabiat Bridge

Walk over the biggest pedestrian overpass in Iran, enjoy the view of compact northern Tehran and have a tea or coffee there.

  • Carpet Museum

A loom resembling humble impressive building stands in a corner of a beautiful park and hosts a unique collection of Persian carpet.

 O/N Tehran


Day 3:  Drive to Qazvin visiting Alamout via the way.

  • Alamout

The ruins of a 1000 year old mysterious castle located on the remote mountain built by the head of the extremist sect called Ismaeilids . They are known as the ”assasins” due to the fatal assassination they did.

O/N Qazvin


Day4: morning sightseeing in Qazvin, and in the afternoon drive to Masouleh.

Qazvin, the famous capital of Sasanids. Now famous for calligraphy and Grapes, Baghlava.

  • Chehelsotoon Palace

A safavid pavilion, with beautiful famous Qazvini style, painting and Moqarnas on the walls.

  • Ali Qapu

Safavid time main portal to the royal citadel

  • Hosseinieh Aminiha

Visit this enchanting winding affluent mansion founded by a rich Qazvini merchant and enjoy the dazzling mirrorwork, plaster work and painting masterpieces.

  • Qazvin Bazaar

Visit the Safavid time bazaar and enjoy the ethnic caravanserais and mosques

O/N Masouleh

 


Day 5: Visiting Masouleh, drive to Ardebil.

  • Masouleh

A green beautiful village in the middle of dense forests where history, culture and nature meet. Immersed in fog in winter.

O/N Ardebil


Day 6: Visiting Ardebil.

Ardabil the city of snow and rain, home to Safavid ”the history making dynasty”

  • Sheikh safiadin sanctuary and shrine

Mausoleum of spiritual leader of safavid dynasty built on 16th century. Most superb in laid mosaic ,moqarnas and stucco can be seen here.

  • Ardabil Bazaar

A busy authentic bazaar built on 16th century.

  • Historical bridges

Several beautiful brick bridges built during Safavid era.

  • Sarein Spa

25 kms south of Ardebil you can reach the spas and enjoy.

O/N Ardebil


Day 7: Drive to Tabriz, some sightseeing.

  • Tabriz Bazaar

With an area of 1 square kilometer it is the biggest roofed bazaar in the world. The bazaar still remembers the good memories of being on Silk Road intersection by exhibiting an exotic array of ethnic rafts on sale.

  • Azerbayjan musum

The second important museum in Iran where you can see some unique pre-Islamic and post-Islamic objects.

O/N Tabriz


Day 8: Visiting Tabriz, excursion to Kandovan.

Being capital over 9 periods has turned Tabriz to the pioneering city of the firsts. The first printing house, first movie theater, first kindergarten and first dumb and deaf school are examples.

  •  El Goli Park and mansion

The beautiful lake fed by the river, with a mansion in the middle was the summer palace of Qajar kings, now a public park.

  • Blue Mosque

Due to its various and delicate inlaid mosaic and calligraphy, it is known as the turquoise of Islamic world.

  • Constitution House

As a typical lush Qajari house, it was a gathering place and a leading headquarter   of the constitutional revolution leaders and activists. Inlaid doors, patio and sash windows decorated with red, green and white glasses.

  • Shahriyar Tomb

The most famous Azari poet who has a beautiful poetry about Tabriz. Tabriz devotes her life to the lover she makes up her eyes with the eye liner made the dust of the lover’s shoes.

  • Kandovan Village

A wonder for 3000 years old human carved dwelling in the rocks. People here make living through agriculture, farming and gardening.

O/N Tabriz


Day 9: Drive to Zanjan, visit Takht-e-Soleyman en route.

Zanjan a city in Northwest of Iran known for its beautiful crafts such as knives, handmade sandals and silver crafts.

Takht-e-soleyman

World heritage recognized Zoroastrian sanctuary built during Sasanid and rebuilt during Ilkhanid, located on a hill created by the outflow of a calcium rich spring pond.

Zanjan Bazaar

A Qajar era Bazaar with the shops doing the very authentic crafts in traditional way.

Zanjan Laundry

An ancient public laundry, now an anthropology museum.

Takht-e-soleyman

World heritage recognized Zoroastrian sanctuary built during Sasanid and rebuilt during Ilkhanid, located on a hill created by the outflow of a calcium rich spring pond.

O/N Zanjan


Day 10:  Visit Gonbad Soltanieh and drive to Sanandaj.

  • Gonabad Soltaniye

Erected in 14th century, one of the largest double shelled brick domes in the world, described as ”Anticipating Taj Mahal”.

 

Sanandaj,an authentic Kurdish city in the west of country between the beautiful Zagros Mountains. It is also known as the 1000 hills city.

  • Sanandaj Bazaar

A 400 hundred year old authentic bazaar which has maintained its activeness.

  • Asef Mansion

A very big mansion which enjoys specific architectural features in terms of plaster work and brick work. It was built on 16th century.

O/N Sanandaj


Day 11: Drive to Hamedan.

Hamedan a historical city on the green foothills of Alvand mountain, the capital of Medes on 700 B.C; is a popular destination for summer holidays.

  • Ganj Nameh

Two 500 B.C. stone caved inscriptions, one carved on the order of Darius and the other one on the order of Xerxes.

  • Avecinna Tomb

Tomb of the Persian scholar who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers and thinkers of the Islamic golden age.

  • Baba Taher Tomb

An 11th century sufi and poets.

O/N Hamedan


Day 12: Some siteseeing in Hamedan, drive to Kermanshah.

  • Ekbatan

The ruins of the capital of Media in 700 B.C.

  • Kermanshah

The largest Kurdish speaking and hospitable city in Iran.

  • Anahita Temple

A Hellenistic Persian edifice that belongs to the goddess of abundance and water,Anahita.

  • Bisotun

Ancient bas-relief and inscription dating back to Darius the great, explaining Darius’ battles with rebels.

  • Tagh-e-Bostan

A row of bas-relief carved on the rock depicting Sasanid kings battles and coronations.

O/N Kermanshah


Day 13: Drive to Khorramabad.

Khoram Abad,a mountainous city in the heart of Zagros mountain range with a beautiful river crossing it. Khoram Abad is known as the green city and has many antique secrets to reveal.

  • Falak ol Aflak Castle

A 1800 years old stone castle in the middle of the city which is a very rich anthropological museum.

O/N Khoram Abad


Day 14:  Drive to Susa, visit Susa.

 

Susa,an ancient city of Elamite, Achamenian and Parthian  Empires of Iran.

  • Tomb of Daniel

Traditional burial place of the biblical prophet Daniel.

  • Apadana Palace

A palace complex in Susa, capital of Achamenid Empire.

O/N Susa


Day 15: visit Chogha Zanbil and Shushtar, Drive to Ahvaz.

  • Chogha Zanbil and Haft Tapeh

The ancient Elamite Ziggurat to honor the great God Inshushinak.

 

Shushtar,an ancient city in southwest of Iran known as the pioneer city in water engineering in 200 A.D.

  • Shushtar Water Falls

A UNESCO historical hydraulic system dating back to Sasanid era.

O/N Ahvaz


Day 16: Drive to Shiraz, visit Bishapour and Tang-e-Chogan on the way.

  • Bishapoor

Ruins of a very important city build on 226 AD, by the famous Sasanid King Shapur I, showing a combined Persian-Rman architecture and art. Anahita Temple is in the city.

  • Tang-e-Chogan

A valley with 6 Sasanid relief on the side rocks showing King’s triumph and coronation.

O/N Shiraz


Day 17: Shiraz City Tour.

Known as the cradle of civilization, Shiraz has the best reputation among Iranians. Beautiful gardens, poetry, culture, laid back people living there every moment happy detach you from any stress.

  • Ali-ebne-Hamze Shrine

The heaven for believers seeking tranquility with the fairy tale tile work.

  • Zandieh Complex:

Vakil bazaar, Karimkhan Citadel, Vakil mosque and Vakil Bath: simply sophisticated monuments built by the good reputed king Karimkhan in his capital in 1700.

  • Nasir Almolk

A Qajar time cozy mosque with its dazzling seven color tiles showing off the unusual pink. The morning light makes astonishing reflection on carpets, passing through the colorful glasses.

  • Hafez Tomb

Known as the singing nightingale of Persian poetry, Hafez pushes you into a wonderful state of trance by his unique Ghazzals.

  • Eram

The peaceful garden giving you the impression of how famous Persian gardens looked like thousands years ago.

O/N Shiraz


Day 18: An excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis.

  • Persepolis

A massive sophisticated stone structure, built by Drius in518 B.C. as the ceremonial capital of Persian Empire.

  • Necropolis:

Impressive hand cut burial caves of Persian legendary kings.

O/N Shiraz


Day 19: Drive to Kerman, Visit the ruins of a 1800 years old Sasanid Castle.

Kerman, an antique city in the southeast Iran, famous for hospitality, carpet, and date sweets.

  • Ganjali Khan complex

A very authentic complex built on 1600, comprising a square, a school, a caravanserai, a bath house, a mosque and a bazaar.

O/N Kerman


Day 20: Visit Mahan, afterwards drive about 100 km to Rayen.

Mahan

  • Shah ne’matollah Vali tomb

A great Sufi appreciated by Hafez.

  • Shazdeh Garden

The biggest historical garden in Iran, a green refreshing patch on the slope of a snow caped mountain surrounding by deserts. It has beautiful fountains.

  • Rayen Castle

A good smaller scale replica of Bam Citadel in the beautiful serene city of Rayan.

O/N Kerman


Day21: Drive to Yazd, en route visit Meimand a 9000 years old village cut into the rock.

Before arriving Yazd visit 450 years old Caravanserai in the middle of desert, have a tea there.

  • Zeinoddin Caravanserai

A very atmospheric caravanserai in the heart of the desert, built on 16th century has a beautiful roof top where you can watch the strong desert sky.

O/N Yazd


Day 22: Yazd City Tour.

Yazd is the oldest and the biggest world heritage adobe city on the edge of the Iranian central desert. It is known as the city of wind catchers.

  • The old city

The biggest maze of adobe alleys and houses where the life lingers in every corner.

  • Yazd Jame’ Mosque

This 800 years old mosque has got many things to be proud of, the tallest minarets, the completely inlayed portal, the impressive doom and the qanat access stair ways are some examples.

  • Fire Temple

A Zoroastrian ritual place which has inherited a holy flare burning for 1400 years nonstop.

  • Dolat Abad Garden

An ambitious reproduction of paradise in the heart of desert. The mansion has got the tallest Badgir.

  • Dakhme(Towers of Silence)

A very tranquil Zoroastrian  burial site which includes circular platform for exposing the dead to the elements and vultures.

  • Amir Chakhmagh Complex

The most outstanding monument in Yazd. The front portal which holds the rulers high seat and facing the gathering square is the prime part of the complex.

  • Zoorkhaneh

The Iranian ancient traditional sport club where the athletes go to get excited by the beautiful  drum and workout.

O/N Yazd


Day 23: Drive to Isfahan.

 

Meibod,a Pre-Islamic major desert city near Yazd, home to many important poets, sufis, clergymen and politicians.

  • Narin Castle

Located on the top of Galeen hill, Narin Castle is one of the important relics dating back to 5000 B.C.

  • Ice House

Sophisticated adobe bee hive structure, enjoying very efficient ventilation used as an ice storage.

  • Abbasi Caravanserai

A Safavid time caravanserai that hosts shops and workshops selling and making local handicrafts.

  • Pigeon Tower

A 19th century adobe circular tower where the pigeons were fed and nested for collecting their dung to be used as fertilizer.     

 

Naein,famous city best known for camel fabric, silk and wool carpet and desert architecture.

O/N Isfahan


Day 24: Isfahan City Tour.

With its unrivaled historical monuments, art galleries, handicrafts and beautiful parks Isfahan never fails to attract visitors.

  • Naqsh-e-Jahan square

A characteristic enchanting square that reflects the high end Iranian architecture and art on 16th century.

  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

The unusual family mosque of Shah Abbas that has got the famous peacock tail design doom.

  • Jame’ Abbasi Mosque

The best representative of Islamic architecture due to its impressive tall portal minarets the doom and the seven color tiles. The doom is a masterpiece of acoustic.

  • AliQapu, Chehel Sotun

Two representatives of the legendary palaces and gardens of Isfahan.

  • Isfahan Bazaar

Unrivaled center for Iranian traditional crafts and arts.

O/N Isfahan


Day 25: Visit Isfahan.

  •  Hasht Behesht

A representative of the legendary palaces and gardens of Isfahan.

  • Jame’ Mosque of Isfahan

A gray massive mosque that shows the evolution of Persian Islamic architecture over the past 1200 years. The classic byzantine spirit in the body of a mosque.

  • Vank Church

An Islamized orthodox Armenian church in Isfahan.

  • Historical bridges of Isfahan

Si’o Se Pol and Khaju  are the two famous old bridges of Isfahan that pass over the live giving river.

O/N Isfahan


Day 26: Drive to Kashan, visiting Natanz and Abyaneh via the way.

  • Natanz

A serene and historical little town on the slopes of beautiful Karkas mountain range with a temperate weather, known for producing best pears.

  • Abyaneh

A UNESCO recognized village in the vicinity of desert, characterized by a peculiar reddish hue with dwellers who speak, live and dress in the Persian style of Sasanid era.

  • Kashan Bazaar

A labirynthin authentize bazaar where locals do their shopping. Smell its antiquity.

O/N Kashan


Day 27:Visit Kashan , Drive to Tehran, Depart Iran.

Kashan, a 7000 years old adobe settlement on the Silk Road still standing out in architecture and crafts. Miracle lingers in every corner here.

  • Kashan Historical Mansions

Dating back to Qajar era these houses represent the taste and mastery of desert people in architecture. A desert dream coming true.

  • Fin Garden

Most famous Iranian garden showing the mastery of Iranians over the gardening and water engineering.

  • Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam

A luxury bath built on 1600 with beautiful tiles. Roof top gives a good view of the neighborhood.

  • Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madressa

A dual functioning beautiful religious architecture, where you see scholars living and studying. Visit in sunset.

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