Romance of Persia Luxury Tour (16 Days)
West of Iran has been the birth of the most beautiful love stories such as Shirin and Farhad. Great historical works of art including national traditional music, group dancing, delicious food and pastry are among things you will enjoy there.
Romance of Persia can be the highlight of your life as you will visit beautiful cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, Zeinoddin, Yazd, Isfahan, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Oranamat, Takab, and Ghazvin. This tour will be an unforgettable trip full of valuable memories . We suggest this tour for spring, summer and at the beginning of autumn, due to the cold and snowy weather of west and northwest Iran.
Day 1: Arriving Tehran and 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 Shiraz
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 Shiraz. On the way to transfer to hotel we will pay a visit to Shah e Cheragh. This is one of the most beautiful shrines in Iran which its beautiful dome, wonderful lighting and Mirror-work impressed you. Stay overnight in Shiraz.
Day 3: 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, and the Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz.
This gorgeous city 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 the 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 tourism. 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 at the tombs of these great poets.
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties. We will take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally we will visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will remain in our mind.
At night we will have dinner in a restaurant in the north of Shiraz.
Day 4: an excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis
Our visit 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 showplace and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowroz.
Next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes 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 periods.
Day 5: Drive 484 km to Zeinoddin, via Pasargadae & Abar Kouh
On the way we will have a few short stops in Pasargadae to visit the most important and majestic monuments there. The tomb of Cyrus the Great, great Achaemanian Emperor, (500 years BC) is the oldest historical tomb. The wonderful architecture of his tomb, the fertile land and the brave personality of Cyrus the Great will impress visitors. This was the worshipping place for the followers of several religions and still it is so. Nearby is a relief of a mysterious winged man and there are many theories as to what it symbolises.
Abar Kouh, a ancient city, is the place to see historical sites and wonderful desert architecture. Old trees are evidence that appropriate weather and good conditions lead to long life.
The 4500 year old cypress tree in Abar Kouh is a marvellous attraction . cypress tree leaves a trace of eternity in the heart and on the mind of all travellers.
Afterward we will visit Zeinoddin, a Safavid Caravanserai in the heart of the desert which is restored beautifully and received 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006.
Day 6: Drive to Yazd, visiting Yazd and Sar Yazd
Mehriz is located 30 kilometers south 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 place to visit in Mehriz is Sar yazd.
Sar Yazd has a castle belonging to the Sassanid era which was used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place is a caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. It is noteworthy that Sar yazd produces one of the best pomegranates in Iran. After that we will transfer to Yazd.
Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts , 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.
Day 7: Morning visiting in Yazd, then driving to Isfahan
Today’s tour includes visiting Dakhmeh (tower of silence, where Zoroastrians leave the dead to be eaten by vultures). we will see Zoroastrian fire templ which come under three categories in terms of importance:
we will also visit the marvelous Water museum, Jame' mosque and Doulat Abad Garden.
Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant. Afterwards we will depart for Isfahan. on the way, we will visit 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 some of the thirty three bridges will be seen.
Day 8: Visiting 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 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 9: visiting Isfahan
Isfahan’s Jame' mosque displays several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture in which the progress of 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 10: Drive to Hamedan via Khansar & Golpaygan & Mahalat
Today we will drive to Hamedan. The Isfahan-Hamedan road is one of the most beautiful roads in Iran because it passes near Mount Zagros. On this way you will visit the marvelous attraction of the mountains besides paying a visit to Khansar which is the city of honey , Golpaygan which is the city of dairy in Iran and Mahalat which is the city of flowers in Iran.
Day 11: Visiting Hamedan and Ali Sadr Cave
Hamedan province is situated in middle western Iran. It has long and severe winters from September to May with a great deal of snow; however, in summer its pleasant climate offers visitors a welcome break from the soaring temperatures elsewhere. The province is famous for its raisins (1500 hectares of vineyards) and in the Persian rug trade it ranks second only to Kerman.
The next beautiful sightseeing in Hamedan is the tomb of Esther and Mordechai . Located in the city center, the structure is been constructed of brick and stone. This is the tomb of Esther the Queen of Shoosh (the wife of Xerxes of Iran). Mordecai (Mord Khay) was her uncle. The structure was originally constructed about 11 centuries ago, in order to pay homage to these two personalities. This vicinity is a place of pilgrimage for the Jewish sect, and is also held in respect by Moslems.
The next place is the Ganj Nameh Inscription. These inscriptions are relics from the period of Darius and Xerxes of the Achaemenian era. They are located 5 km. west of Hamadan at the end of the Abbas Abad Valley, and have been engraved on a mountain.
Avicenna was Muslim Persian physician and philosopher, and wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine, Our next step will be the tomb of Avicenna .
Hegmatane Archeological dates from the 6th century BC. Kiyakesar Madi and 'Nabopolasar Baboli' were responsible for building this structure in 614 BC.
If it is possible, we will next visit Gonbad-e Alavian (or Masjid-e Alavian) which is a four-sided interesting 12th century mausoleum belonging to the late Seljuk period. On the exterior, it resembles the Gonbad-e Sorkh of Maragheh.
Our next site to visit is the tomb of Baba Taher, which is located in a park, surrounded by flowers and winding paths. Baba Taher is known as one of the most revered and respected early poets in Iranian literature. He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan (The Naked), which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. His poetry has touched many souls.
The last stop will be Ali Sadr Cave it is the world's largest water cave which attracts millions of visitors every year. It is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan. Since the cave is situated between the large cities of Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom it is a popular destination for Iranians. Tours of the cave are available by pedal boats.
Day 12: Excursion to Kermanshah
Today involves driving 200 km westward to Kermanshah from Hamedan. Kermanshah has a moderate and mountainous climate. In an old town called Kangavar we will visit the Anahita Temple-the mother goddess of abundance and guardian of water in ancient Persia. we continue the old caravan route to Bistoon which dates back to the Middle Paleolithic. The Achaemenian inscriptions offer 1,200 lines about the battles of Darius the Great who fought against the governors trying to dismantle the Empire originally founded by Cyrus. This was the site where the decisive battle took place, leaving the famous Tablets of Darius. Nearby in the village of Sahneh we can visit the tomb of Ostad Khalil Alinejad the best player of Tanboor in the world.
In Kermanshah we will visit the Sassanian rock carvings of Tagh-e-Bostan. These bas-reliefs, cut from the stone cliff, depict royal scenes of battles and hunts reflecting the glorious history of the Sassanid Kings. Drive back to Hamadan and stay overnight .
Day 13: Drive to Oranamat via Sanandaj
Sanandaj is the capital of Kurdistan province. The economy of Sanandaj is based upon the production of carpets, processing hides and skins, milling rice, refining sugar, woodworking, cotton weaving, metalware and cutlery.
In Sanandaj you may visit old bazaars and the Hajar Khatoon Mosque which is architecturally a unique and ancient Muslim mosque . Hajar Khatoon Mosque was built more than hundred years ago by Haj Sheikh Shokrollah.
Afterwards we drive to Oranamat Takht village. The Oramanat Takht village is one of the attractive rural areas of Kurdestan which besides its panoramic views has valuable tourism capacities because of the annual performance of an ancient and wonderful ceremony of Peer Shahriar. The Sirvan River flows in the deep valleys of this region and enters Iraq. Here the lands are covered with walnut, pomegranate, fig and mulberry trees.
The tombs of Peer Shahriar Urami, writer of the book Acquaintance of Peer Shahriar are pilgrimage site Peer Shahriar was a Zoroastrian celestial before the advent of Islam. The inhabitants of the Oramanat Takht are Sunni moslems from the Shafei sect. we also possibly visit the Oihang and Abdollahi mosques and the tomb of 'Loskeh Hijij' which is highly respected by the people of this region and other people of Kurdestan. Stay overnight in Oramanat Takht village.
Day 14: Drive to Zanjan, via Takab.
We’ll drive 300 km to Takab. The famous historical complex Takht-e-Soleiman is situated to the north- east of the city. Takht-e-Soleiman was one of Takab's oldest Zoroastrian fire temples during the Sassanid Dynasty.
Afterwards we reach Zanjan. Zanjan is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as knives, traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh. Malileh is a handcraft made with silver wires. Zanjani artists make many things like various decorative dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. In ancient times, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives. Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers. This is perhaps Zanjan's most popular handcraft.
Day 15: Drive to Tehran, via Soltanieh and Alamoot
Today we move toward Tehran. We will drive 110 to Zanjan and visit the majestic of Soltanieh Dome (Gonbad Soltanieh). The next adventure will be Alamoot. Near Ghazvin is the historical castle of Alamoot, which is the unique memorial to the God of Alamoot (Hasan Sabbah). The fortress was destroyed on December 15, 1256 by Hulagu Khan as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia. Afterwards we will drive to Tehran and stay overnight .
Day 16: depart 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