THE SUN & THE LION
Day 9 : Driving 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. 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.
Day 10 : Visiting Yazd, O/N in Yazd.
Yazd Atash Bahram which is in Farsi Atash Kadeh (Fire Temple) is the eternal fire temple in Yazd. The name Atash Bahram (Victorious Fire) more accurately defines the grade of consecrated fire in the temple, than it does the temple. However, the name has come now to mean the temple that houses the highest grade of fire used in Zoroastrian. The Yazd Atash Bahram is said to be Iran's only temple housing Atash Bahram. The plaque of the Yazd city temple calls the temple an Atash Kadeh (Fire Temple) a more general name for a temple containing a consecrated fire (temples without consecrated fires are called Dar-e Mehrs or Darbe Mehrs). Zoroastrians of Yazd Held a Gahambar for protection of Dakhme area. While ago, Zoroastrians of Yazd had the Gahambar ceremony, where on one side, there were the mountains of Dakhme(Crypt) and on the other side, there was the water reservoir being constructed by water supply organization, the reservoir that is trespassing the Dakhme area and is being built in the field which had been endowed to Zoroastrians.
Day 11 : Drive to Shiraz via Pasargadae & excursion to Persepolis,
On the way we will have a few short stops in Pasargadae to visit the most important and Majestic monuments there. The tomb of Cyrusthe 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. Next 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 Place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.
Day 12&13 : Visiting Shiraz & departure from shiraz.
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. 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. 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 the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the Mysterious city of Shiraz will remain in our mind. At night departure Iran from Shiraz.