Iran Heritage Tours (23 Day Tour)




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Iran Heritage Tours (23 Day Tour)

Tehran, Zanjan, Hamadan, Kermanshah, Dezful, Ahwaz, Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan and Kashan

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Facts & highlights:

You are going to experience different attractions of Iran, with different climates, temperatures, cultures, people and customs. Highlights of this itinerary: * Caravanserai * Desert * Traditional bath* Ancient Religious Schools called Madras * Ancient Mosques * Traditional Irrigation System called Qanat * Paresis(Zoroastrians) fire temple and chapels * Gardens * Church and etc .

Day 1   Welcome, Transfer and Tour

Guide will welcome you, transfer to the hotel. Taking some rest then go through the city and explore it.
Overnight Tehran

Day 2   Two centuries as a capital

City tour of Teheran. We begin our day at the Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO site) to visit a few of the many grand buildings, including the Ivan-e Takht-e Marmar (Marble Throne Veranda), the Sun Edifice and Badgir Palace. We visit the National Museum of Iran for an overview of the history of the country. After lunch, we have the afternoon to visit the Jewelry Museum, followed by a visit to Nature Bridge in Water and Fire Park.
Overnight Tehran

Day 3    Drive to Zanjan

Early in the morning drive toward west of Iran to visit one of the UNESCO sites which used to be a famous fire temple in Sassanian period, 3rd century. It is called Takht-e-Soleyman (Solomon`s throne). A picnic lunch and then drive to the city.
Overnight Zanjan

Day 4    To summer capital

Drive toward Hamadan through Qeydar road. En-route you visit the first two-enveloped dome of the world, a UNESCO site. It is called Soltanyeh dome, 14th century. Then drive to Hamadan, previously was known as Ecbatana which means the city of gathering. In the city we visit Ganjnameh, a granite inscription in three languages. We visit the tombs of Esther and Mordecai, Iran’s most important Jewish pilgrimage site. Avicenna (Bu Ali Sina) Museum and Mausoleum are visited, too.
Overnight Hamadan

Day 5   To West


Today, the excavation site of ancient Ecbatana, along with its small museum and church will also be visited. Then, we drive to Kermanshah. En route we stop at Bisotun (UNESCO Site) in order to visit the Achaemanian rock relief. The principal monument is the stone relief and inscription ordered by Darius the Great, when he rose to the throne of the Persian Empire in 521 BC. He learnt it from Anu Banini. The carving depicts Darius’ conquest over his enemies. There are 1,200 lines of inscription telling the story of the battles Darius waged, and won. We also visit the Takieh Mo’aven ol-Molk (Hosseiniehs Shiite shrines) to observe visiting pilgrims. After lunch, we continue on to Taq-e-Bostan. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site where we enjoy its stunning carved rock reliefs. It talks of three Ivan (porch) construction-styles.
Overnight Kermanshah

Day 6   Pass Zagross mountain Chain

Today we drive to Khoramabad. The city’s main attraction is its fortified citadel, known as Falak- ol-aflak, built in the Sassanid era (AD 226-651). This impressive landmark served as a fortified castle, a governor’s residence, a prison and today is a museum. En route we visit nomads, stay with them and find the style of their life. Then we continue our way to pass Zagros mountain chain to reach on south west of Iran.
Overnight Dezful

Day 7   Toward Winter capital


Our today starts by early departure to Susa stopping to visit the Tomb of Daniel, of the lion’s den fame, a place of pilgrimage for both the Muslim and Jewish faiths and the Palace of Darius. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran, which dates back to 521 BC. We continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Choqha Zanbil, where the largest ziggurat (pyramid) in Mesopotamia, consisting of five towers built inside of each other. The pyramid was built 3,300 years ago and contains the ruins of the sacred city of the Elamites. The world’s first alphabet inscription and evidence of water channels that brought water from 45 kms away. We will visit the impressive water channels of Shushtar, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we continue toward Ahwaz to stay in a hotel closed to the Karoun River.
Overnight Ahvaz

Day 8   A Long Day Drive!

Early in the morning drive toward Shiraz. We visit the Bishapour city that used to be the fortified temple of Anahita ruins and the Palace of Shapur. The ruins include an underground pool (now dried up). Nearby, There are some interesting bas-reliefs depicting victory over the Romans and Arabs carved along the river in a beautiful mountain setting. We continue our way toward Shiraz through passing the pass of Zagros, a scenery mountainous road.
Overnight Shiraz

Day 9    To the south east

We drive to Firouz-Abad where we explore the Great palace of Ardashir Papakan, which dates back to 260 AD. It means the architecture is Parthian or from the Arsacid period. Then, we visit the Old Tower of Gur City, and after that we visit Sassanid relief which is located alongside the road.
Overnight Shiraz

Day 10   City tour

Shiraz is known as the center of Persian culture, the city of poets and gardens. Our first today visit is Nasirol-Molk Mosque to see the beautiful stained glass and blue tiles. Then we go to Karim Khan Citadel. It used to be his house and office during 18th century. He founded Zand dynasty and called himself “the advocate of people”, our visit is followed at Vakil Bazaar and Regent’s Mosque that features 4 to 12 columns, totally 48 ones. Afternoon, we visit the mausoleums of Saadi& Hafez (two famous Iranian Poets), and enjoy the lovely gardens at each location, and talk to local people and other Iranians who have traveled to Shiraz.
Overnight Shiraz

Day 11    Persepolis

57 kilometer far from Shiraz, the ceremonial capital and cut-rock-thumbs of Achamenid dynasty are visited. Persepolis has been compared to the Valley of the Kings by Angkor Wat and the Roman Coliseum in terms of archeological significance. Highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include the Gate of Nations, the Hall of a Hundred Columns, the Great Stairway, the Apadana Palace, the Palace of Xerxes, the royal treasury. Today is for Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam, whose four rock tombs, are said to be the final resting place of Achaemenian Sovereigns such as Xerxes, Darius the Great, Artaxerxes I and Darius II. We also stop at Naqsh-e Rajab to see the magnificent Sassanian bas-reliefs carved into the rock face.
Overnight Persepolis

Day 12    Cyrus, the great

Early in the morning we drive to explore Pasargadae, the first city-garden of the world and another UNESCO world heritage site. It dates back to 550 BC. Tomb of Cyrus, the great and stone tower, the remains of the private palace of Cyrus the great, audience hall and the famous statue are visited here. This statue is a man, Cyrus, with wings and Atef; the Egyptian famous crown. Then we drive toward Meymand to visit another UNESCO site in Iran.
Overnight Kerman

Day 13   Fortifications and Gardens

This full day begins in the ancient mud city of Bam, which dates back over 2,000 years. Bam citadel or Arge-Bam was really badly damaged in 2003 earthquake. Restoration efforts are continued here by the helps of UNESCO. Although there is still much work to be done, Bam is clearly an impressive world heritage site. Our visit is continued in the mud brick city of Rayan which is similar to the Arge- Bam but is extremely well preserved, despite numerous natural disasters. Our today lunch is in fabulous Shahzadeh garden with grand fountains, pools, flowers and trees. We visit the mausoleum of the Sufi dervish, and finally ( if we had time) we make a stop at Jabalieh or Rock Dome which dates back to the 2nd century AD, functioning as a Zoroastrian Fire-temple and also is called the museum of stone.
Overnight Kerman

Day 14  Toward Yazd

Our today visit is begun by bath in Kerman then we drive to Zeinodin caravanserai, after having a picnic lunch there we drive to Saryazd castle. We enter to Yazd from its south to visit towers of silence. Afternoon, sacred flammable fire in Zoroastrian fire temple is visited.
Overnight Yazd

Day 15   Old City Walking Tour

Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world, is considered an oasis, visited by Marco Polo in 1250 A.D. It is going to be registered as UNESCO site. It is the 2nd most historic city in the world. It was built by Yazd Gerd, a Sassanid king. It is the city of wind wards. We begin our sightseeing today by a walking tour in the old district, visiting Jameh Mosque, Zyiaeieh religious school knows as Alexander’s Prison, Amir Chakhmaq complex, and water reservoir.
Overnight Yazd

Day 16    Desert

Leave Yazd and head for the parched desert. Destination is the small town of Khor located in the Mesr desert. Walking, camel riding and relaxing in the desert and this cozy hotel will be delicious.
Overnight Khor

Day 17   Toward Plateau

We drive toward Yazd road to visit Meybod, an ancient city established during Medes time. Narein Castle, the mud castle, dove cot, ice house and pottery workshops are our visits here. Then we drive toward Nain to visit its Jameh mosque. Then we continue our drive toward Isfahan.
Overnight Isfahan

Day 18    The capital of Safavids

The capital of Shah Abass Safavi and the place of the army of Cyrus, the great is now the masterpiece of Persian culture. Isfahan or formerly called Jey and Sepahan is known as a city of beautiful gardens, fine arts and bridges. Our first visit is Jame mosque of Isfahan. This mosque is called the encyclopedia of Islamic architecture. After that we visit shaking minarets and Armenian neighborhood. Vank church is another visit and in the afternoon, two bridges are visited/
Overnight Isfahan

Day 19    Safavid Kings

Today visit is began with the Chehel-Sotun palace, a UNESCO world heritage site. Next explore is Naqshe-Jahan or Shah or Imam Square, a UNESCO site, which contains shah/royal mosque, Ali Qapu edifice and Sheikh Lotfollah chapel. Most of Iran’s handicrafts come from Isfahan. In the afternoon several workshops/stores and bazaar are visited to know about miniatures and print blocking on fabric.
Overnight Isfahan

Day 20    Leave the Plateau

We leave Isfahan for visiting Natanz mosque. Our visit is followed by the red village of Abyaneh. The wooden underground fire temple which now is a mosque is visited. In the underground part is the oldest wooden niche of Muslims. Then we drive for the city of Kassians now called Kashan.
Overnight Kashan

Day 21   Kashan

Our first visits are the Sialk hills, a 7000 year old pyramid, then a UNESCO site, Fin garden. It is one of Persian gardens. Then two historical pit houses called Boroujerdi and Tabatabai are visited. Relaxation in a Persian house.
Overnight Kashan

Day 22   Toward Qom


Drive to Qom to make a pilgrimage to one of the holiest sites in Iran. Qom is second religious city in Iran. The shrine of Fatema Maesume is in Qom. She is the sister of Imam Reza, (789 - 816 AD), the 8th Shia Imam. After visit we continue our way to IKIA.
Overnight Tehran

Day 23   Take the flight back.

   

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Departure Dates & Price (+6)

(DBL) 6490 $
(SNGL) 6490$ +700 $


Sep 10 - Oct 04   (2017)
Oct  08 - Oct 31   (2017)
Feb  24 - Mar 18  (2018)
Apr  07 - Apr 29   (2018)
Apr  14 - May 06  (2018)

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Travel Style: Classic
Services: Full Board
Physical Rating: 2 - Light
Trip Style: Small Group, Max 16

Tour includes:

1- Airport transfer
2- A/C Coach
3- Professional Tour Guide
4- Accomodation and Breakfast
5- Lunch and Dinner (F/B)
6- Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee and Sweets
7- IRAN Visa Reference Number (LOI)
8- All Entrances Tour

Tour Excluded :

1 - Tour Guide and Driver Tips
2 - Int`l flight - Travel Insurance
3 - Personal expenses like laundry, shopping, hotel mini-bar

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