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Zagros Mountain Chain stretching from the northwest to the southwest of Iran encompasses a great diversity of flora cover due to its sedimentary structure and imparting the exuberant sun and precipitation. On the other hand, this chain of mountains hosts the most exotic fauna and bird species. All in all, this region is always ready to absorb its visitors by the eye-catching landscapes, hospitable dwellers and savory smells and taste.
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.
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.
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 experience 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.
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.
At 5 a.m. drive towards Lost Paradise region. Have breakfast and start off trekking in the Lost Paradise valley for 2 hours. The lime alluvium on the tree roots formed by being exposed to a current river within this valley has created a series of amazing step-like pools. Next on the agenda, enter the village of Jider Zar with the hospitable and friendly dwellers. Visit this village which is accessible with no vehicle and then end up trekking for 2 hours to reach the region of Gerdu Kandak, headspring of lucid water. Trek for 1:30 hours southwards to visit the picturesque village of Behesht Makan (Place of Paradise) and stay overnight in "Thousand Springs", a unique private garden full of springs.
Depart from Behesht Makan along Gambil gorge for Mian Tang-e Dareh. The tranquil atmosphere and flow of lucid and pure water among the wild trees will surely put an unforgettable impression on you. Stay overnight on the slopes of Ronj mount amid Gambil gorge far from the urban crowd under the stary sky of mountain sky.
Packing the camping equipment, early in the morning set out trekking towards Barm-e Firouz. This route locating on the slopess of Ronj mount, peaked at 3600 m altitude, is the tail of Gambil gorge and covered by worthy flora species. This region is the natural land of red and yellow crown imperial flowers. Then we will ascend Barm-e Firouz mountain and rest next to the 3200 m altitude Barm-e Firouz lake which is covered by the white glacier. Spending a stunning night visiting the reflection of the stars on the lake's surface will be an everlasting memory.
Totally 8 hours trekking.
Descend Barm-e Firouz Lake towards Margoon waterfall via Morvarid gorge. Trekking in this gorge is always pleasant even in the summer since its temperature never goes upper than 10° centigrade. The ground along this gorge is verdant and fully covered by grass. We will have lunch near a spring in Morvarid gorge after 3 hours trekking. Then, end up trekking for another 3 hours to reach Margoon Waterfall, an incredible one in all the Middle East. Margoon consists of a number of 25 meters-high holes of those water splashes downwards. Stay over night in a camp near Margoon waterfall.
Today's tour includes heading for Tang-e Sorkh village by passing Komehr waterfall and 3 hours trekking within Tang-e Sorkh valley. Have lunch in the company of the friendly villagers and then trek to the village of Gerdu Kandak where we will stay overnight near a river.
Trek a walking path to Yasouj via Khoram Naz valley. Along this intact and pretty path which is not accessible with the vehicles is not even a village. Stay overnight in Yasouj.
This day's plan is returning to Shiraz and board a flight to Esfahan.
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 Tahmourass or Keykavous and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”.
Your 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 you can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Isfahan’s Jameh 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.
Your day will conclude with a visit to Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Today, en route to Tehran you 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 Boroojerdiha houses and some other historical places specially chosen by your tour guide and be acquainted with the previous century’s architecture, the Qajar era. Then we will visit Natanz.
After that you will head to Qom and pay homage to the holy shrine of Fatima. Finally, you will catch a glimpse of Imam Khomeini’s shrine and return to Tehran. Stay overnight in Tehran.
Depart Iran – the land of warmth and hospitality with fond memories.