THE SUN & THE LION
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 Sun & the Lion Tour is undoubtedly perfect. In this tour you will visit Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Mesr Desert (central desert), 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 :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.
Day 2 :Visiting Tehran O/N, Tehran.
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 word, 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
Day3 :Driving to Kashan, 0/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.
Day4 :Driving to Isfahan via Abyaneh, O/N Isfahan.
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.
Day5 :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.
Day6 :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 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 Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
Day7 :Driving to central desert of Iran, O/N Jandagh.
Jandaq Village, Naein: For a glimpse of rural life in desert like environs a short trip to Jandaq is ideal. An ancient castle located here is an interesting place to visit and explore.
Day8 :Driving to Mesr Village, O/N Farahzadi village.
The hot villages in the central desert are one of the favorite types of ecotourism in Iran, visited by many Iranians and foreign eco tourists every year. Khour, Mesr and Garme are the widely known areas located in the southern part of the desert which deserve more attention .Perhaps Mesr village is one of the amazing natural highlights of Persia especially for those who enjoy experiencing the rough, but beautiful nature of the desert. Mesr (which means Egypt in English) is located 30 km North of Khour town in Isfahan province. The village is accessible from two almost non-asphalted roads. One is to the east of Khour town which is about 35 km long. The other road is from Jandagh town which is about 45 km long. It has a dry and hot climate because of its location in the Southern part of Iran’s central desert. The village is somewhat deserted. There aren’t many facilities but there is a telecommunication center for making calls and a generator producing electricity for the village. What’s more, despite the roughness and being far away from the other spotlight of tourism in Iran, it gets quite many visitors during the year, half of which are foreigners. Thus, they are very much familiar with tourists and are prepared to welcome them and provide some services to somewhat facilitate your trip.