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Glories of PersiaTour (16 Days)
In this itinerary (Glories of Persia), you will visit a collection of beauties; the glory of ancient historic monuments, climate diversity, hospitable people and the variety of race, culture, language, music, clothing, dance and food in the center, east, north and northeast of Iran. On this tour, besides visiting a hundred ancient monuments, mosques, churches and temples, you will visit several registered historic monuments such as Persepolis, Necropolis, Pasargadae, Dowlatabad garden, Imam Square in Isfahan, and Gonbadkavoos tower. You will also visit three monuments of natural heritage in Iran registered in UNESCO such as the desrt and yardangs in Kerman, Qanat or Kariz in the deserts of Yazd and Shahroud; an old system of water supply from a deep well with a series of vertical access shafts, National Park and the world wetland of Miankaleh. In a distance less than a hundred kilometers, you’ll move from desert dunes to mountain forests covered with clouds, and you’ll see a hundred species of birds and the way to yield caviar in the beautiful Ashooradeh Island and Miankaleh. You may have the chance to watch horse racing among Turkmen.
Day 1: Arrive in Tehran, visit Tehran, fly to Shiraz
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.
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.
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 Shiraz.
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: Visit 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 3: An excursion to Persepolis and 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. P.M. is free at your leisure
Day 4: Drive to Kerman
Today we will depart Shiraz for Kerman; en route, visit Salt Lake (Maharloo) and Bakhtegan Lake which are important habitats for the scarce birds. Then pay visit to jame' Mosque in Neiriz and Bahram-e- Goor protected area (if you interested to visit Bahram-e- Goor protected area we should make pre-arrangements and permission.) and if possible visit the decadent race of Iranian Zebra.
The next site will be Lake Bakhtegan which is a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, about 160 km east of Shiraz and 15 km west of the town of Neyriz. Bakhtegan, with a surface area of 350,000 hectares (1.4 million acres), is Iran's second-largest lake. It is fed by the Kor River. Several dams on the Kor River have significantly reduced waterflow into the lake, increasing its salinity and endangering the lake's populations of flamingos and other migratory birds. Kerman is an old city located in the desert, due to this fact Kermani people are experts of constructing gardens and Qanats (aqueduct). Stay overnight in Kerman.
Day 5: Visit Mahan, Bam, Rayen
Today we will depart for Bam and along the way have a short stop in Mahan. Mahan is well-known for the tomb of Shah Ne'emat Ollah-e-Vali, the great Sufi leader, as well as Shazdeh Garden (Prince Garden). Shazdeh Garden (Prince’s Garden) is a historical Persian garden located near (6km away from) Mahan which is one of the samples of building garden in the heart of desert. The garden is 5.5 hectares with a rectangular shape and a wall around it. It consists of an entrance structure and gate at the lower end and a two-floor residential structure at the upper end. The distance between these two is ornamented with water fountains that are engined by the natural incline of the land. The garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate.
After that, visit the remains and also the reconstructed parts of the earthquake-stricken Arg-e-Bam (Bam citadel) which still attracts the attention of the enthusiasts. And also other most visited sites during previous years. En route, pay a visit to Rayen castle which is a good replica for Bam citadel. The Rayen castel is a beautiful and wonderful castel which will surely attract you. Stay overnight in Kerman.
Day 6: In the morning visit Kerman, in the evening Zeinoddin
Morning is free at your leisure for visiting Kerman. we will visit the Ganjali Khan complex and Kerman Bazaar. And at evening heading for Zeinoddin Caravanserai, a traditional hotel located in the heart of desert which is restored in the best way possible and got 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006.
In this caravanserai we will be served with the traditional method of Iranian hotels under the starry sky of desert. Stay overnight in Zeinoddin Caravanserai.
Day 7: Drive to Yazd, visit Yazd
Mehriz is located 30 kilometers south of the city of Yazd. Mehriz consists of one central district and five village centers. According to historians, the name belongs to "Mehrnegar" the beloved daughter of Anoushirvan, the Sassanid King. Mehriz was known, during the late Sassanid era (4th century AD), as a natural pleasant area. One of The most important places to visit in Mehriz is Saryazd.
Saryazd has a castle belonging to Sassanid era which is used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place out there is caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. It is noteworthy that Saryaz has one of the best pomegranates of Iran. After that we will transfer to Yazd.
Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world which is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts of Iran, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot. This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor.
Today’s tour includes visiting Dakhmeh (tower of silence, where Zoroastrians leave the dead corpse to be eaten by vultures).
Day 8: In the morning visit Yazd, in the evening drive to Isfahan, visit Nain
Today we will visit The Zoroastrian fire temples are the next steps which come under three categories in terms of importance: Dadgah fire that is lit at residence and has no consecration ceremony. It is lit by the Zoroastrian priests, but ordinary people could light it too. We will get a breath-taking perspective of the oldest adobe city.
After lunch, we will drive 300 km from Yazd to Isfahan which is in the vicinity of Dasht-e-Kavir and the attractive city of Nain. Nain is known as the city of cisterns and possesses around 80 cisterns. We will get a chance to visit one of the oldest and most important mosques of Persian Islamic architecture. Stay overnight in Isfahan. If possible different bridges of thirty three bridges will be seen.
Day 9: Visit 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 10: Visit Isfahan, fly to Mashhad
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.
Day 11: Visit Neishabour and Tous
we will drive to Neishaboor, where the tomb of Hakim Omar Khayyam-e Neishabouri who was the mathematician, astrologer, philosopher and poet of the 11th century AD is located. He is a magnanimous who made that city universal. Also we will visit the tomb of Attar, a famous mystic poet of Iran. Pay a visit to the tomb of Kamal-Al-Molk, the great painter of the contemporary period.
Tous is an ancient city in the province of Khorasan. On his way to solve the unrest in Khorasan in 808, the Abbasid Caliph Harun Al-Rashid fell ill and died in Tous. The city was almost entirely destroyed by Genghis Khan's Mongol conquest during 1220-1259. Perhaps the most famous resident was the poet Ferdowsi, author of the Persian epic Shahnameh. His mausoleum, built in 1934 in time for the millennium of his birth, dominates the town. Stay overnight in Mashhad.
Day 12: Move to Shahroud by train, visit Bastam and Kharanagh, transfer to Chahjam desert, stay overnight
Move to Shahroud by Pardis train at 6:00 a.m. (if train tickets aren’t available, you will transfer by private cars paying the price difference). Upon your arrival in Shahroud, you will transfer to the hotel and have lunch (we highly recommend that you stay overnight in the Chahjam desert). In the evening, you will visit the tombs of the great theosophists Abolhasan Kharghani and Bayazid Bastami in the beautiful villages of kharghan and Bastam, and you will get to know the literature, culture, and Sufism in Iran. Then you move towards Chahjam desert (about 80 KMs), walk through the desert at night, see the beautiful trees and bushes in the desert, have dinner in a beautiful oasis and drink tea under the starry sky of the desert, and get to know Qanat in the desert; an old system of water supply from a deep well.
Day 13: Move to Gorgan, visit Abr forest & Abr ocean(if possible) and Gonbad kavoos, stay overnight in Gorgan
Move to Abr village, transfer to Abr forest at the foot of Chogholgir mountain range. It’s a valley covered with dense forests in a short distance to the desert filled with the clouds risen from the moisture of the Caspian Sea. Descending the heights towards Shirinabad village, you are above the clouds. Taking this route, hiking or biking, you’ll pass through an ocean of clouds, and you’ll be below clouds at the foot of the valley. (We’ll take the route of Alang road, if Shirinabad Abr route is not in a good condition). Afterwards we will transfer to Gonbadkavoos, where lies the highest brick tower in the world (Kavoos tower), take photos wearing Iranian turkmen’s clothing, transfer to Gorgan, stay overnight and have dinner in Naharkhoran.
Day 14: Visit Gorgan and Bandar-e Torkaman;a port on the Caspian Sea, move to Ashooradeh Island by boat, have lunch in the island, walk through the island, then go boating to enjoy the beauties of Ashooradeh and Miankaleh
Move to Bandar-e Torkaman; a port on the Caspian Sea, visiting the best horse-breeding centers and horse riding pistes, and the culture and traditions of the Turkmen. Then move to Ashooradeh Island by boat, have dinner in the island, walk through the island, visiting workshops yieldind caviar. Afterwards you’ll move to Miankaleh by boat visiting the birds in the region. Finally, you will transfer to Gorgan and stay overnight.
Day 15: Fly to Tehran in the morning, visit Tehran
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.
Day 16: Transfer to the airport at midnight and depart from Iran
Depart Iran, the land of warmth and hospitality, with fond memories.
- Invitation letter for Iran visa
- 16 nights stay in middle class hotels
- 15 days transportation all across Iran
- Experienced English speaking guide for 16 days
- Breakfast and lunch
- Domestic flights
- All the entrance fees
- Special offers
- Transfer by guide
Our web tour prices are for each person in DBL room. The SNG supplement is 20% of the total tour.
The differences of 3 versions of our tours are as below:
We do not have Iranlife tour anymore.
- Economy tour only includes 2* hotels with breakfast and English speaking driver (basic English) and invitation letter of Iran visa and domestic flight if available in the tour.
Nothing more is included in our economy tours.
- American, British and Canadian cannot choose this economy version because in this version there is no guide and these nationalities need to have guide to book the tour and apply for visa.
- In Standard tours hotels are 3*/4*.
- in Luxury tours hotels are the best options in each city (mostly 4*/5* except in cities that has no 4*/5*).