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Treasure of Persia Iranlife Tour (12 Days)
The Treasures of Persia Tour has been one of our most frequented tours during last decade, chosen by all tastes and backgrounds of travelers. This journey is designed to lead you to carefully chosen sites which display some of what modern day Persia is most proud of. On this tour you will visit Shiraz, Yazd, Zeinoddin, Isfahan, Abyane, Kashan and Tehran.
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.
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.
Stay overnight in Tehran.
(Today we will try to travel by the Tehran metro, giving you a chance to interact with locals as they travel here and there to carry on their everyday activities.)
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 Shiraz
Your morning begins with a 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.
Your Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic Museum, a construction exhibiting glorious ancient archaeology.
After packing up at the hotel, you will head for a tasty Iranian lunch in a traditional restaurant. Then you will transfer to the airport for a flight to Shiraz.
On the way to your hotel in Shiraz, you will pay a visit to Shah-e-Cheragh. This is one of the most beautiful shrines in Iran, the beautiful dome, wonderful lighting and impressive mirror-work of which will capture your attention.
Stay overnight in Shiraz.
Day 3: 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 4: An excursion to Persepolis & Necropolis
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.
Day 5: Move to Yazd by bus
At 8 o'clock in the morning you will travel 400 km on a first class public bus to Yazd. After this 6-7 hours trip, you will be transferred to your hotel. Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world, 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 evening you will take a stroll through the city and visit Jame' Mosque, Alexander Prison, Twelve-Imam Tomb and the old parts of the city.
Stay overnight in Yazd.
Day 6: Visit Yazd
Today’s tour in Yazd includes visits to Dakhmeh, the “Tower of Silence” where Zoroastrians leave their dead to be eaten by vultures), a fire temple of the Zoroastrians, henna pounding workshops, and the Amir Chakhmagh complex. From the minarets of this complex, you will get a breath-taking perspective of the oldest adobe city. You can take this day tour by public taxi or bike, whichever you choose.
Toward the end of the day, you will visit the marvelous Water Museum and Doulat Abad Garden.
After dinner you will visit Zourkhaneh (House of Strength), a traditional Persian gymnasium in which the athletes do rhythmic and regular exercise to particular style of music.
Stay overnight in Yazd.
Day 7: Visit Chack Ckack, Meybod & Kharanagh
Today we will drive to visit the village of Chack Chack, a sacred Zoroastrian mountain shrine which serves as a pilgrimage point for Zoroastrians.
Your next stop is in Meybod, a major desert city in Yazd Province. Meybod is an ancient city going back to pre-Islamic era, and, hence, is home to many ancient monuments. We will visit Narin Ghal’e, one of the oldest castles in Iran which dates back to the Sassanid era, and Chaparkhaneh and Abbasi Caravansari, some other historical buildings of this city.
Afterwards we will move to the village of Kharanagh and visit Caravan Sarai and the Shaking Minaret.
Finally, you will return to Yazd and stay overnight there.
Day 8: Drive 300 km to Isfahan
On this day, we will drive 300 km from Yazd to Isfahan . Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 9: 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 10: Visit Isfahan
Today you will visit Isfahan’s Jame' mosque, a famous mosque which 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 architecture from the outset of Islam until recent times is evident.
Afterwards, you will visit Vank Church, one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world, which will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian.
Your 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 for your leisure.
Day 11: Travel by bus to kashan, An excursion to Abyaneh
Today you will take a bus to Kashan where you will visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses. You will also see other historical sites specially chosen by your tour guide which will help acquaint you with a style of architecture of the previous century, the Qajar era.
Next you will travel by taxi to visit the UNESCO-recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas in the vicinity of the desert. There you will appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in original Persian style.
Stay overnight in Kashan.
Day 12: Transfer to IKA (195 km), Possibly Visit Qom on the Way, Depart Iran
Today you will drive to IKA to depart Iran, the land of warmth and hospitality, with fond memories. If your departure time permits, on the way to the airport you will stop for a visit to Qom.
1. 12-Day Tour with Experienced English-Speaking Guide
2. 13 nights in 2- and 3 Star Hotels
4. Domestic Flights
5. Breakfasts and Lunches
6. All Entrance Fees
7. Invitation Letter for Iranian Visa
8. Transfers by Guide
9. Special Offers