Iran, formerly known as Persia, is the land of endless fascinating history and culture, welcoming people, high mountains and vast deserts. We provide a unique introduction to the history, landscape and people of Iran in a 14 days Iran cultural tour. Visit Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kerman and Yazd.
Day 1: Arrive Tehran. O/N Tehran
Transfer from airport to hotel. Tehran as the showcase and capital city of Iran is a megalopolis. This city is home to many invaluable museums to some we will pay a visit. Drive to the north of Tehran where the Iranian upper-class lives.
- Sa’dabad Complex: was impressively built by Pahlavi dynasty.
- Tajrish Bazaar: Experience the local life in cozy Tajrish Bazaar.
- Darband: Go hiking along the mountain trail through Darband and visit the most beautiful scenery in Tehran from that top. Enjoy tea, Qalian water pipe and the delicious Persian traditional cuisine, Dizi.
Day 2: Tehran, Shiraz. O/N Shiraz
Continue visiting Tehran with more museums. Then an hour flight from Tehran takes you Shiraz, the city of roses and nightingales.
- Archeological (national) Museum: thanks to the immense volume, diversity and quality of its monuments, it ranks as one of the few most significant museums of the world.
- Imperial Crown Jewels Museum: is home to a vast number of unsurpassed precious gems.
- Golestan Palace: a masterpiece of the Qajar era which is a successful combination of Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The most characteristic features and ornaments date from the 19th century.
Day 3: Shiraz. O/N Shiraz
Shiraz is the center of Persian culture and sophistication, gardens and poetry.
- Karim Khan palace, Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir: the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during Zand Dynasty.
- Nasir al-molk mosque: being built during the Qajar era, this mosque has extensively colored glass in its facade, and other traditional elements in its design.
- Hafez tomb: pay homage to the mystic poet who impressed everyone with his mastery.
- Sa’di tomb: a philosopher poet who was a tourist and the author of Golestan and Boostan.
- Qoran gate: the city’s main entrance. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration about 1000 years ago, but this was replaced 60 years ago by new gate, which is considered one of the finest architectural designs in Iran and has won numerous awards.
- Khajooy-e-Kermani tomb: from Qoran gate a stone stairways goes up to a picturesque and panoramic views of Shiraz where the tomb of Khajooy-e Kermani, a famous poet is located.
- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh shrine: with marvelous beauties.
- Some Persian Gardens such as Jahan Nama and Delgosha: gardens are the manifestation of Shiraz.
Day 4: Persepolis & Necropolis. O/N Shiraz
You have been long waiting for today visit to the great gem of ancient Persia, Persepolis. Evening is free.
Day 5: Kerman. O/N Kerman
- Persepolis: the capital of Achaemenid Empire was founded by Darius, the Great in 518 B.C. was not only a governmental palace but also a center for festivals.
- Necropolis: the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings with seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid era.
Drive to Kerman.
- Sarvestan Palace: dating back to the 5th century AD, the palace was built either as a gubernatorial residence or a Zoroastrianfire temple.
- Gardens and Qanats (aqueduct): qanat technology is developed by the Persian in the early first millennium BC. The people of Kerman are experts in building those.
Day 6: Mahan, Rayen. O/N Kerman
Highlights of Mahan, Bam and Rayen are included in today’s excursion.
- Shah Ne’emat Ollah-e-Vali tomb: the great Sufi leader.
- Shazdeh Garden: a fine example of historical Persian garden.
- Rayen Castle: a replica of Bam Citadel.
Day 7: Kerman, Zeinoddin Caravanserai. O/N Zeiniddin Caravanserai
Visit some other monuments of Kerman, then drive to Zeinoddin Caravanserai. Zeinoddin a UNESCO award winner Caravanserai dating back to the Safavid era is located in the heart of desert 65 km to Yazd. Spending a night there, conjures up the old style of Persian accommodation.
- Ganjali Khan Complex: a building complex dating back to Safavid era, composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a water reservoir, a mosque and a bazaar.
- Meymand Village: this troglodyte village has been continuously inhabited for 2,000 to 3,000 years making it one of Iran’s four oldest surviving villages.
- Zeinoddin: a UNESCO award winner Caravanserai dating back to the Safavid era is located in the heart of desert 65 km to Yazd. Spending a night there, conjures up the old style of Persian accommodation.
Day 8: Yazd, Mehriz. O/N Yazd
Yazd, the oldest adobe city is juxtaposed to the central deserts of Iran. This ancient city which is decorated by stunning mosques is a combination of different religions. On the way, we will have a short visit to another desert city, Mehriz and the old Saryazd.
- Old caravanserai of Saryazd
- Jame Mosque: is crowned by the highest minarets in Iran. The portal facade is decorated in dazzling blue tiles from top to bottom.
- Amir Chakhmagh Complex
- Fire Temple: a Zoroastrian holy place for ritual purity.
- Dakhmeh (Tower of Silence): a circular structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure the dead to hunting birds.
- Wind Tower: the architecture Yazd is famous for. Those are used to create natural ventilation in buildings.
- Water museum: where interesting information about the Canat water distribution system is offered.
- Persian Garden of Doulat Abad: with a building with a beautiful large badgir.
Day 9: Kharanaq, Meybod & Chak Chak. O/N Yazd
Day trip to visit some interesting monuments near Yazd.
- Chak Chak: In Zoroastrian belief, Chak Chak is where the second daughter of Yazdegerd III of the Sassanid Empire fled to in 640 CE. She prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from the invading Arab army. So, the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her. Notable features of Chak Chak include the ever-dripping spring located at the mountain.
- Meybod: going back to pre-Islamic are, this historical city is part of the UNESCO Tentative List for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
- Kharanagh: the deserted mud-brick village.
Day 10: Isfahan. O/N Isfahan
Continue the tour by driving on a 300 km road to Isfahan immersing in the desert sceneries.
- Nain: the city of cisterns.
- Historical bridges of Isfahan: Zayanderood flows through the heart of Isfahan, the bridges over it are of nice architecture.
Day 11: Isfahan. O/N Isfahan
Isfahan entitled “Half the World” is the legendary city of traditional Islamic archeology and turquoise domes.
- Royal Square: the second huge square of the world after Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
- Sheikh Lotfollah and Jameh Abbasi Mosques: are brilliant masterpieces of Islamic-Persian architecture.
- Aliqapu, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces: renowned garden palaces that Isfahan is famous for.
- Isfahan bazaar: purchase traditional arts & crafts.
Day 12: Isfahan. O/N Isfahan
Continue exploring the cultural Isfahan.
- Isfahan Jameh mosque: a gallery of the progress of Islamic architecture.
- Vank Church: a typical example of the Christian churches of Armenia.
Day 13: Abyaneh, Kashan. O/N Kashan
Today we will drive to Kashan, a city dating back to 6000 years ago.
Day 14: IKA to depart Iran
- Abyaneh Village: a UNESCO-recognized village who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style.
- Kashan historical houses: such as Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha, dating back to the previous century, the Qajar era.
- A Persian Garden, Fin: one of the most beautiful historical gardens of the world.
- Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam: the Turkish bath which is in disuse now.
- Agha Bozorg Mosque: a historical mosque built in the late 18th century.
Hit the 195 km road to IKA airport to depart Iran.