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 Persia Tour is undoubtedly perfect. In this tour you will visit Tehran, 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 IIKA, visiting Tehran, O/N Tehran.
On your pre-dawn arrival at IIKA airport, you will be met 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 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). 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. 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 3: Drive to Kashan, O/N Isfahan.
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 4: 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 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.
Day 5: Visit 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 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 Menar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
Day 6: Drive to Yazd, O/N 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, O/N Yazd.
Today’s tour includes visiting Dakhmeh (tower of silence, where Zoroastrians leave the dead to be eaten by vultures). We will see Zoroastrian fire temple 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.
Day 8: Drive to Shiraz, via Pasargadae and an excursion to Persepolis
and necropolis O/N Shiraz.
Drive to Shiraz, 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 Achaemenid 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 symbolizes. 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 center for the Receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid Kings and their empire such as Nouwroz. Next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes to the north, proudly Stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial Palace of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.
Day 9: Visiting Shiraz, departure from Shiraz..
Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the center 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-Al-molk 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 Mysterious city of Shiraz the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of Shiraz will remain in our mind. At night departure Iran from Shiraz.