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Persian Time Machine Iranlife Tour (15 Days)
In order to experience the evolution of civilization you don’t need a time machine. If you choose the Persian Time Machine Iran Life Tour you will visit both primitive and modern civilizations via traveling to Chogha Zanbil, Susa, Shush Tar, Bishaboor, Shiraz, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Yazd, Isfahan, and Mashhad. And as with all Iran Life Tours, your guide will lead you into circumstances where you will have the opportunity to interact in everyday situations with the kind, hospitable people of the areas you visit, making your trip to Iran more unforgettable than you could have expected.
We suggest you to choose this tour in autumn and winter and at the beginning of spring due to the hot weather in Ahvaz.
Day 1: Arrive Tehran, Visit 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 its unique museums which hold immense and unrivaled collections of artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era. Your tour in Tehran begins with a trip to the Archeological Museum, one of the rare places in the world where you will have the special opportunity to visit and experience the “evolution of mankind” through a marvelous display of historical relics.
Next on the agenda is your very much-awaited chance to savor the distinctive flavor of Iranian cuisine. Lunch will be set in an exquisite traditional Iranian restaurant where you will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of delightful Persian dishes and desserts.
Afterwards, you will visit a world of priceless jewels at the Crown Jewels Museum, including one of the greatest diamonds in the world, Darya-e-Noor (Sea of Light).
At the end of the day, you 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. This includes an explanation of the history of these carpets.
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 Tehran, Fly to Ahvaz
Your tour of Tehran begins with an early morning visit to the Sa'ad Abad Complex, an immense area of 1,100,000 square meters housing 18 magnificent historical palaces, two of which you will visit. This complex was built by the Pahlavi dynasty and it will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you.
Next you will become acquainted with the world of Iranian arts with a trip to the Reza Abasi Museum which boasts a diverse collection of art forms.
Afterward, you will have a delicious lunch in a restaurant located in the north of Tehran. Then you will return to your hotel by metro or taxi to pick up your luggage and head to the airport for an hour flight to Ahvaz. En route to the airport you will visit the Ceramic Museum, a construction exhibiting glorious ancient archaeology.
Fly to Ahvaz and stay the night there.
Day 3: Visit Ahvaz
In Ahvaz one can find the remnants and the historical relics of Susa, testaments to the fact that this city was established 7000 years before Christ. This is the region where one of the first governments of the world was formed, resulting in the merger between the two cultures of the Iranian plateau and Mesopotamia.
Here in Ahvaz you will visit the burial site of Daniel, which has attracted a steady flow of pilgrims from all over the Middle East.
Next, you will visit the Apadana palace and the historical castle of Susa, the exquisite beauty of which will surely enchant you.
Then you will make a stop at the magnificent Chogha Zanbil temple where you will discover the historical relics of Haft Tapeh.
Touring today will end at the charming Shooshtar waterfalls and historical bridges.
Stay overnight in Ahvaz.
Day 4: Drive to Shiraz
This morning you will depart Ahvaz for Shiraz. Along the way you can enjoy many interesting sites, including the historical relics of Sarab-e-Bahram, Bishapoor and the Chogan Strait.
Bishapoor is an ancient city situated south of modern Faliyan, on the ancient road between Persis and Elam. The road linked the Sassanid capitals Istakhr (very close to Persepolis) and Ctesiphon. Bishapoor was built near a river, at that site there is a fort with rock-cut reservoirs and a river valley with six Sassanid rock reliefs.
You will also visit the Anahita temple with its strange and interesting structure lasting from the Sassanid time.
Stay overnight in Shiraz.
Day 5: Visit Shiraz
Shiraz, a city that has been at the center of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years, has the reputation as being a progressive city. This city of sophistication that was once the country's capital is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture. Shiraz will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry.
Early in the morning, you will relish in the highlights of Shiraz by visiting sites that were full of life when this city was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. You will 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, and the Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, you will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz.
This city in the province of Fars is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa'adi as well as historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago. Hafez was one of Persia’s greatest poets who has impressed the world with his poetic mastery. A trip to the site where he is buried and honored is likely to stir the hearts and minds of the visitors.
Sa’adi was a poet, philosopher and mystic. About seven centuries ago Sa’adi recorded all his experiences from his travels to different countries and cities in verse and rhyme prose in two books, Boustan and Golestan. These two books inform and inspire the reader. You will have the chance to pay homage to this great poet when you visit his burial site which is set amidst beautiful gardens and pools.
In the evening, you will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh marvel at its beauties. You will take a stroll among the tall and proud cedars of the Jahan Nama Garden. The evening tour ends with visits to the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani Tomb.
At night you will have dinner in a restaurant in the north of Shiraz and stay the night in Shiraz.
Day 6: An excursion to Persepolis & Necropolis & Fly to Isfahan & Transfer to hotel
Your excursion for this day takes you to 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 this king of kings at that time created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The historical 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 center for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire, such as for the celebration of Nawruz.
Your next stop will be Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, a ten-minute drive to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. This is also the site of seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
This afternoon you will fly to Isfahan and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: Visit Isfahan
Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. This city has been revived by the works of contemporary artists.
Isfahan prides itself in its fascinating historical garden palaces. Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmourass or Keykavous, and because of its glories, has been entitled “Half the World.”
Your full day tour in Isfahan continues with a visit to the famed Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square second in the world to Beijing's Tiananmen Square. You will tour the architectural marvels of the Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces. This tour also includes a stopover at one of the many well-known Isfahani bazaars, where you can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned.
Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 8: An excursion to Abyaneh and Kashan
Today you will have an excursion to the two marvelous cities of Abyaneh and Kashan.
Abyaneh is located at the foot of Mount Karkas in the vicinity of the desert. You will be able to appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in original Persian style.
In Kashan we will visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses, becoming acquainted with the architecture of the previous century, the Qajar Era. You will also visit other historical sites such as the traditional Soltan Amir Ahmad Hammam, Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madrasah, Fin Complex and Soleimanieh Spring.
Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 9: Visit Isfahan
Today your first stop is Isfahan’s Jame' mosque. This 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.
Next you will visit Vank Church, one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world, which will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Our day will conclude with a visit to Monar Jomban, the burial site of a Sufi with its shaking minarets, and also some historical bridges.
In the evening board a bus for Yazd and stay overnight in Yazd.
Day 10: Visit Yazd
Today you will explore Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world. Yazd 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.
In the morning you will take a stroll through the city and visit the Jame' Mosque, Alexander Prison, 12 Imam Tomb and old parts of the city.
The evening is free for your leisure.
After dinner you can choose to visit Zourkhaneh, a traditional Persian gymnasium where athletes do rhythmic exercise with to a particular music.
Stay overnight in Yazd.
Day 11: Train to Mashhad
Today's tour includes visiting the Dakhmeh Fire Temple of the Zoroastrians and henna pounding workshops. You will also stop at the Amir Chakhmagh complex, where from its minarets you will get a breath-taking view of this old adobe city.
Next you will visit the marvelous Water Museum and Doulat Abad Garden.
Today’s tour can be taken by public taxi or bicycle, depending on the choice of each individual traveler.
In the evening you will depart Yazd to Mashhad by train. For your comfort, the trains that commute between Kerman and Mashhad have cafes and air-conditioned 4-bed compartments equipped with audio-visual apparatuses.
Day 12: Visit Mashhad
Upon arrival to Mashhad you will be transfered to a comfortable hotel to relax before for lunch and an afternoon tour of the city. Mashhad is a city where the Shiite Imam Reza was martyred, and thus is an important site for Shiite Muslim Pilgrims. This huge complex was the first holy shrine in Iran.
Today you will enjoy a full day city tour of Mashhad, including a visit to the Imam Reza Holy Shrine and Nader Shah Museum.
You will also visit Tous, an ancient city in which visit the burial site of Ferdosi. Ferdosi was a great epic poet of the 10th century A.D. and author of Shahnameh (literally "King’s Letter"), the famous epic in which the stories of Rostam and Sohrab are skillfully recorded. This book is as great as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey is in western literature. His mausoleum, built in 1934 in time for the millennium of his birth, dominates the town.
After that you will visit Harounieh, an interesting old structure of unknown function.
Stay overnight in Mashhad.
Day 13: An excursion to Neishabour
Today we will drive to Neishaboor, where you will visit the burial site of Hakim Omar Khayyam-e Neishabouri, a mathematician, astrologer, philosopher and poet of the 11th century. His great achievements have made the city of Neishaboor known universally.
You will also visit the tomb of Attar, a famous mystic poet of Iran, and Kamal-Al-Molk, a great contemporary painter.
Afterward, you will drive back to Mashhad and fly to Tehran in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Tehran.
Day 14: Visit Tehran
Today you will enjoy an extra day to explore the metropolis city of Tehran. You will visit the famous Bazaar of Tehran where you will be able to make any last-minute purchases of mementos.
The afternoon is free for your leisure to do any last minute exploring or shopping.
Day 15: Depart Iran
Depart Iran the land of warmth and hospitality with fond memories.
1. 15-Day Tour with Experienced English-Speaking Guide
2. 16 Nights in 2- and 3-Star Hotels
4. Domestic Flights
5. Breakfasts and Lunches
6. All Entrance Fees
7. Invitation Letter for Iran Visa
8. Transfers by Guide