For those who wish to observe a collection of archaeological, historical and beautiful architecture along with continental and ethnical diversities, and also enjoy delicious food from all over the country and local music and dances, the Brilliant Persia Tour is undoubtedly perfect. In this tour you will visit Tabriz, Gilan, Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, and Shiraz. This trip will make you a significant Iranologist who will find a collection of valuable and different experiences along with adopting a new approach to the globe and the East.
Day 1&2 :Reception at TIA airport, Tabriz, O/N Tabriz. Arrival & Visit Tabriz.
Azerbaijan is home to one of the most cultured and bravest races in Iran, the Azeri. You will be impressed by the profundity and richness of Azeri culture, language, music, dance and Literature. Lots of sightseeing here catches the eyes of visitors such as the former Shah Goli or the present Eil Goli (the Shah’s pool) which is the Name of a large park in Tabriz. It seems that it was used as a water resource for agricultural purposes. It was used as a summer palace during the Qajar dynasty (when Tabriz was the official residence of prince of Iran). Then we’ll visit the exotic bazaar which is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the Largest covered traditional bazaar in the world. It was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010. Next place to visit is Kabood Mosques remains of a Great Mosque Kabood or Jahan shah Mosque is one of the Works by Abul Mozaffar Jahanshah bin Qara Yousef, a member of Qaraqoyounlu tribe, in Tabriz. It was completed in 870 AH subsequent to supervision of Jahanshah’s wife, Jan Beigum Khatoon. Then we’ll visit, a church which was constructed by ‘Petrossian’ in the Banvan neighborhood of Tabriz in the year 1821 AD.
Day 3 :Drive to Gilan, O/N Gilan.
Visiting Kandovan & moving to Gilan. we have a half day tour to Kandovan. Kandovan is a tourist village near Osku and Tabriz. Its fame is due to its troglodyte dwellings. Some of the houses are at least 700 years old and are still inhabited. Kandovan is also known for its scenic beauty. A popular resort, it offers hotels and restaurants to serve tourists. Its mineral water is also popular with visitors and is believed to be a cure for kidney disease.
Day 4 :Drive to Masuleh, O/N Masuleh.
Visiting Masuleh & Qaleh Rudkhan. Early in the morning we’ll depart for the ancient village of Masuleh. We will visit the historical village of Masuleh. Its architecture is one of the inquests in the world which is registered in UNESCO. Masuleh architecture is unique. The buildings have been Built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masuleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique Layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. However, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn’t make it possible for vehicles to enter. Yellow clay coats the exterior of most buildings in Masuleh. This allows for better visibility in the fog.
Day 5 :Visiting Anzali Lagoon & driving to Tehran,O/N Tehran .
Anzali Lagoon is a coastal Ali Man, or lagoon, in the Caspian Sea near Bandar-e Anzali, in the northern Iranian province of Gilan. It is known as a good place for bird watching.The lagoon's water ranges from fresh near the tributary streams to brackish near the mouth Into the harbor and the sea. Studies indicate that in the 19th and early 20th Centuries that the lagoon had a much higher salinity. The lagoon has decreased in size since the 1930s to less than a quarter of its former extent. However, in the last ten years (As of 2007) water salinity has increased both by the rise of the level of the Caspian Sea which has caused Greater interchange of waters, and due to greater salt transport in incoming "fresh" water due to increased upstream irrigation
Day 6 :Visiting Tehran, O/N Tehran.
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 Archaeological Museum, one of the rare places in the world where we 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 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 the priceless Crown Jewels Museum one of which includes one of the two greatest diamonds in the world, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
Day 7 :Drive to Kashan, O/N Kashan.
Drive 200 km to Kashan via Abyane, Visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses in Kashan and some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide and be acquainted with the previous century’s architecture. On the way to Isfahan, we 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.
Day 8 :Visiting Isfahan, O/N 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 Sutun 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.
Day 9 :Visiting Isfahan, O/N 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 Cathedral which is one of the most beautiful Armenian cathedrals in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Our day will conclude with a visit to Menar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.