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Paradise in Persia Tour (18 Days)
Most beautiful beaches, most lovely ski resorts, starry sky of desert, oldest forests of the world, highest mountain of Iran, Damavand, are among the glorious beauties of Paradise of Persia.
Paradise of Persia is designed according to the mild weather of Iran and diversity of weather and traditions of Iran. Furthermore this trip brings all of diverse features of nature in a 17-day tour.
This tour will be managed in different seasons according to the DPI.
Day 1: arriving Tehran, visiting Tehran
Upon your pre-dawn arrival in Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our logo show card (transfer information) who will direct and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before our morning tour of Tehran commences. Tehran, a modern megalopolis, prides itself in having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era.
Our tour begins with a trip to the Archeological Museum, one of the rare places in the world where we will have the special opportunity to visit and experience the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics.
Next on the agenda is our very much-awaited chance to savor the distinctive flavor of Iranian cuisine. Lunch will be set in an exquisite traditional Iranian restaurant where we will sample a wide range of delightful Persian dishes and desserts.
Afterwards, we will visit a world of jewels in a priceless Crown Jewels Museum one of which is one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
At the end of the day, we will get a chance to see a variety of Persian hand-woven carpets and rugs in the Carpet Museum which houses more than 100 spectacular pieces from all over Iran. On top of that, we will also be given an insight into the history of these carpets. Stay overnight in Tehran.
Attention: The priority in sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays of some museums.
Day 2: visiting Tehran, fly to Kish
A morning visit to Sa'ad Abad Complex with an immense area of 1,100,000 square meters and 18 magnificent historical palaces (2 of which we will visit). This palace was built by Pahlavi dynasty and it will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on us. And our Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic Museum where we will be able to witness its construction with glorious ancient archaeology. Then we leave the hotel for a tasty Iranian lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afterwards we will transfer to the airport for the flight to Kish. Stay overnight in Kish.
Day 3: visiting Kish
Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. About 1 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in the Middle East.
Today's city tour in Kish including:
The Ancient Town of Harireh
This is our morning tour in Kish Island.
Most probably the ancient town of Harireh is the same town mentioned by the renowned Persian poet Sa'adi in his book Golestan.
According to the writings of Iranian and Arab historians, the town of Harireh had been located in the center of the northern part of the island, where the ruins of the city can be seen today.
Visiting this ancient town is an opportunity to get acquainted with the island's history while having a nice time at the Green Tree Recreational Complex, situated near the ancient city.
Ancient water cellars
This is our today’s evening tour.
The inhabitants of Kish, in the past, used a kind of traditional storage system to gather rainwater. These storages were dug in the ground and built with a domed roof. With the emergence of water desalination facilities, these storages lost their significance. But their remnants are still an interesting site for tourists to visit. Afterwards you are free at leisure for swimming and have fun in the island.
Day 4: visiting Kish
Morning is free at leisure for swimming and visiting the island.
Evening tour includes:
Underground Town of Cariz
The Kish qanat is more than 2,500 years old, and currently it has been converted into an underground town at a depth of 16 meters below the surface, with an area of more than 10,000 sq m.
In the reconstruction of this qanat named Cariz, spaces have been allocated to handicraft stalls, restaurants and traditional teahouses, amphitheaters, conference centers, and art galleries. Efforts have been made to preserve the traditional and historic fabric of the site. Stay overnight in Kish.
Day 5: fly to Shiraz, visiting Shiraz
Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the centre of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years, and was at one time the country's capital.
Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan palace, the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz.
This gorgeous city in the province of Fars is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa'adi and historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago can be found. Hafez is one of great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Sa’adi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of a alternative tourist. About seven previous centuries he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in verse and Rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you Lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage to tombs of these great poets.
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties. Take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will perpetuate in our mind.
At night have dinner in a restaurant with specific atmosphere in the north of Shiraz.
Day 6: an excursion to Persepolis & Necropolis
Our excursion for Today is Persepolis. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowroz.
The next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes driving to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
Day 7: driving to Polad Kaf Stretch
Drive to Sepidan. En route visiting Shesh Pir lake. Picturesque landscapes, green valleys, ravishing waterfalls, snow-shrouded mountains, tranquil rivers, mild summer and cold snowy winter and hospitable citizens are the major features which make Sepidan the final destination. Sepidan, which is divided into Beiza and Markazi districts, has 294 villages and is located 90 km northwest of the capital city Shiraz.
Morghak Waterfall, Shesh Pir Lake, Tong Forestlands, the Shekarak mountainous region as well as Tizab River, always in full spate and home to various fresh water fish are some natural landscapes inSepidan which entice travelers during summer. Bewitched by Sepidan's 120-hectareski resort and other winter sports, many families travel to the area on weekends in the year's coldest season. Afterwards we will Drive to Polad kaf ski resort, enjoying our day of ski in one of the best resorts of Iran. Pooladkaf ski resort, the second international ski resort in Iran, is located in the South of Iran, 85 km from Shiraz, and 15 Km from Sepidan. It was established in 2002. The ski resort elevation is 2850 meters from the sea level, the peak; however, is 3400m. There is a gondola lift with the length of 2100 m and also surface lifts. one restaurant with traditional foods and fast food beside the resort and also one coffee shop at the top station of the gondola.At Pooladkaf, you can also enjoy driving snowmobiles and ATVs, as well as riding segways, bikes, horses and pedaloes. Ski season in Pooladkaf usually starts from December and lasts until late March and sometimes early April. Due to considerable precipitation of this region (about 1000 mm in less than 6 months), in some years there is 3 meters of snow at the bottom of the resort. The last but not least interesting point about this resort is the strong sunshine even in January. Stay overnight in Sepidan.
Day 8: driving to Yasuj & visiting Yasuj
Yasuj is an industrial city in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran, and is the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. Yasuj has both a sugar processing plant and a coal-burning powerplant that generates electricity for the area.
Yasuj is unique in nature in south of Iran. There are beautiful oak jungles encircling the city. These places have excellent landscapes such as Yasuj waterfall. Stay overnight in Yasuj or or one of the villages near Yasouj.
Day 9: driving to Shahrekord, visiting Shahrekord
Drive to Shahr-e Kurd to have a full day city tour in it. This city holds lots of natural landscapes and in the reason of locating near the Zagros mountains from which lots of rivers emanate is a suitable place for the Bakhtiari and Ghashghaei nomads. It is traditionally a producer of bricks, mosaics, milled rice, and woven cloth, among others.we will see a scenic nature and a gorgeous waterfall there. Stay overnight in Shahr-e Kurd.
Day 10: visiting Shahrekord, Khansar & Golpayegan
Morning is free to visit Shahr-e-Kurd. At evening we will depart for Golpaygan. En route we will have the opportunity of visiting Khansar which is well-known for its excellent honey. In Golpaygan we will stay at the Arg-e-Googad hotel which was once a historical palace and it's a unique chance for us to marvel at its ancient architecture. Khansar and Golpaygan are best known for their honey and dairy.
Day 11: driving to Isfahan, visiting Isfahan
Move toward Isfahan. Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. This city is revived by the works of contemporary artists. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces. Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures or Keykavous and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”. Our full day tour includes the famed Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square second in the world to Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also visit one of the most famous bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 12: visiting Isfahan
Isfahan’s Jame' mosque holds in itself the passage of several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture in which the progress of the architecture from the outset of Islam till recent times is evident. Then we will visit Vank Church which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Our day will conclude with a visit to Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
Day 13: driving to Kashan via Abyaneh
On the way to Kashan, we will visit the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of desert. Appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style.
Next, hop on to Kashan and visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses and some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide and be acquainted with the previous century’s architecture, the Qajar era. Stay overnight in Kashan.
Day 14: driving to desert, stay ON in desert
Today we will move from Kashan to Maranjab Caravanserai. Dasht-e Kavir, also known as Kavir-e Namak or Great Salt Desert is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau. It is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers (198 mi) wide with a total surface area of about 77,600 square kilometers, making it the world's 23rd largest desert. The area of this desert stretches from the Alborz mountain range in the north-west to the Dasht-e Lut ("Emptiness Desert") in the south-east and is partitioned between the Iranian provinces of Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd. It is named after the salt marshes located there. we will stay overnight in desert and enjoy visiting the beauties of stary sky of desert.
Day 15: visiting desert, driving to Klardasht
Today we will visit Kavir Buzurg (Great Kavir), which lies in center of desert and it is about 320 km long and 160 km wide. In the west, a salt lake called Darya-ye Namak (180 km²) can be found. It contains some large salt plates in a mosaic-like shape. It is part of a protected ecological zone, the Kavir National Park. One of the most desolate places of Dasht-e Kavir is the Rig-e Jenn. Afterwards we will drive to Klardasht which is a large valley in the Alborz Mountains. Its attractions mainly consist of its natural beauty and cooler climate.
Day 16: Visiting Klardasht and the caspian Sea
Today we will enjoy the beauties of the nature of Klardasht and the Caspian sea.
Day 17: driving to Tehran via Amol and visiting Damavand Hillside
Today we will move toward Amol which is less than 20 km south of the Caspian Sea and less than 10 km north of the Alborz Mountains. On this way we will also visit the beautiful hillside of Damavand.
Day 18: depart Iran
Depart Iran the land of warmth and hospitality with fond memories.
- Invitation Letter for Iran visa
- 19 nights stay in middle class hotels
- 18 days transportation all across Iran
- Experienced English speaking guide for 18 days
- Breakfast and lunch
- Domestic flights
- All the entrance fees
- Special offers
- Transfer by guide