There are few places on earth that can rival the astounding history of Iran and modernity of Dubai, yet their thrills are surely not only found in books about the past and today.
Having a long history, Shiraz is a dynamic and spirited city, boasting culture and customs that are just as rich today as they were hundreds of years ago. Add in vast natural beauty and delicious cuisine, and it’s no wonder that it has become such a popular destination in recent years.
How come combining Shiraz & Dubai in one holiday tour? There are more than four daily flights from Dubai to Shiraz and vice versa, and the traveler can collect Iran visa upon arrival at Shiraz airport. Thus, this has begun an interest for most Dubai visitors to choose a short tour to Shiraz. The combination visit to modern art and architecture in Dubai, followed by a short visit to the exceptional magnificence of the ancient city of Persepolis and the prettiness of Shiraz would lead to a unique experience.
STARTS : Dubai
ENDS : Shiraz
AGE RANGE : 3-99
MAX GROUP SIZE : 12
TRAVEL STYLE : cultural, Historical
ACCOMMODATION : Middle class or luxury hotels on request
Upon arrival in Dubai, our tour guide will meet you and you will be transferred to the hotel. Dubai is a modern city in United Arab Emirates that will be so different to you at first glance.
Attention: The priority of visiting the sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays.
Sightseeing: Jumeira, Desert Safari.
As the first day we will sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour. The Tour begins in Jumeira, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai, also home to the famous Jumeira Mosque. Our second stop goes for Desert Safari Tour. A trip to the desert offers a taste of the true heartland of Arabia. This safari tour takes us right into the heart of the desert where we experience the excitement of a roller-coaster ride into the magnificent red sand dunes while remaining mobile on the shifting sands. A brief stop for a breathtaking view of the endless desert will give us an opportunity to watch the sun set over this tranquil solitude. Stay overnight in Dubai.
Sightseeing: Sheikh Saeed House, Al Bastakiya, Al Fahidi Fort, the most famous landmark of Dubai – the Gold souk.
Today’s tour starts with Sheikh Saeed House (former residence of ruling family). The Tour then continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. All guests board the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the spice souk. Before savoring the sights and sounds of the fish, fruit and vegetable market, there is time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai – the Gold souk. Stay overnight in Dubai.
Sightseeing: Persepolis, Necropolis, Eram Garden, Tomb of Hafez and Sa'adi, Jahan Nama Garden, Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh, Tomb of Khajoy-e-Kermani.
In the morning, we first pay a visit 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 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 center for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowruz.
The second place we stop by is Necropolis. Opposite Mount 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.
Then we return to the hotel and get some rest. In the evening,we will visit the Eram Garden, a complete sample of Persian garden registered by UNESCO as a world heritage.
This gorgeous city is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa'adi, and historical sites from different eras dating back to 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. Saadi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of tourism. He travelled to different countries and cities about seven centuries ago. 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 the tombs of these great poets.
Next, We will take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars.we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties.
Then we will visit the tomb of Khajoy-e-Kermani from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will remain in our mind.
Stay overnight in Shiraz.
Sightseeing : Karim Khan Palace, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, Saraye Moshir, Nasir Almolk Mosque.
Shiraz has a reputation for being an enlightened city that has been at the cultural heartland of Iran for more than 2,000 years. It had once been 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 Saraye 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 in Shiraz.
Then we return to the hotel and get some rest. In the evening, we will start Persian culinary tour .On this tour you may choose different kinds of stews, pottage and also special traditional foods of Shiraz; we go to a professional cook, learn the recipe and watch the professional process of making them.
Finally Stay overnight in Shiraz.