12 Days Tour

                                                                            12 DAYS TOUR


Day 1: Tehran

  • Arrive at early morning, meet guide & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Carpet Museum housing some of the most beautiful carpets & tapestries in the Islamic world & Sa’adabad Palace, Sa’adabad Gardens of the former Shah, the location of his secondary palace which has now been converted into a museum.

 

Day 2: Tehran

  • Half day tour of Tehran including: Golestan Palace, were the coronations of the former Shah & his father took place, particularly notable are the hall of mirrors and the garden hall archaeological museums,7000 years of Persian history, from the 5th millennium BC to the 19th century AD, Evening fly to Kerman, a desert town. Transfer to Hotel.

 

Day 03: Kerman – Mahan – Rayen – Kerman

  • 35 kms from Kerman toward bam lays Mahan, with its mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali, a 15th century Sufi dervish. Mahan also boasts the pleasant Shaadeh historical garden, or Bagh-e Tarikhi, from the Qajar period. Continue to Rayen to visit Rayen citadel and back Kerman. 

 

Day 04: Kerman – Yazd 

  • Half day city tour of Kerman to visit Jame mosque the classical Iranian model of "blue” & Ganj Ali Khan complex, Ganj Ali Khan bath and ethnological Museum  in the Vakil Bazaar(traditional tea-house). This building houses an interesting exhibition of good waxworks of men in various poses and costumes set in a traditional but no longer operational bath house. Drive to Yazd en route visit Zeinoddine caravanserai.

 

Day 5: Yazd

  • Full day city tour of Yazd including: One of the most attractive towns in Iran, famed for its myriad wind towers that provide natural air conditioning for the inhabitants, and its network of kuchés, or narrow lanes. Yazd is also the centre of Zoroastrianism, the religion of the ancient Ashkanian kings of Persia and practiced to this day. There is a Zoroastrian temple containing a sacred flame said to have been burning non-stop for over 1500 years. Located just outside the town are the Towers of Silence, an ancient Zoroastrian burial site built on two hills. In fact, "burial" is the wrong word, as the dead would be laid out above ground to be devoured by birds of prey. There are two beautiful mosques, the 14th century Masjed-é Jame', or Friday Mosque, with its imposing minarets, splendid dome and mosaics, and the 15th century Amir Chakhmaq Mosque.Other sites include the 11th century Tomb of the 12 Imams (although none is actually buried here) and Alexander's Prison, a circular pit said to have been built by Alexander the Great, Towers of Silence and Dowlat Abad garden.

 

Day 6: Yazd – Shiraz 

  • Drive to Yazd via Abarkouh, because this city was built on the foot of a nearby mountain & thus called "Barkou” which means "on the mountain” Abarkouh has a several thousand years record of urbanity behind it and had been one of the major passes on the famous Silk Road. It was only in the late 15th century with Iranian Roads becoming insecure & Portuguese discovery of India Sea routs that the Silk Road lost its importance and was forsaken it is believed that Abarkouh has been in the early centuries of the Islamic, a seat of learning where Islamic jurisprudence and principles as well as Arabic literature, and Astrology were thought, Shrines of Tavous Alharamin, Pir Hamzeh Sabzpoush, Ezeddin Nasafi & some other sages and men of God are in this region. Ezeddin Nasafi was a famous researcher who authored a number of books and was contemporaneous with Sultan Jalaluddin of Kharazm Dynasty, continue to Passargad, This palace is 600 meters to the northeast of Cyrus the Great tomb. The area of this palace is 2,620 square meters and includes a large hall (with eight columns) in the middle and four terraces in four directions and two rooms in the corners. To the east of the palace is Pasargad, composed of a large hall with eight columns.There is a doorway on the north, east, and western side of this hall. In the northern doorway, there is an impression of a winged human with two wings directed towards the sky and two wings to the bottom. Where as the hands are raised towards the sky in a gesture of prayer.This edifice with 3,427 square meters area is located 15 km. northwest of the palace. The main hall has 30 columns made of white stone. A mass of black and white stones have been used as construction material. One of the characteristics of Pasargad is the canals made of white stone, which were used, for irrigation.There are equally other remains distributed in the province, some registered as national heritage monuments. These include the ruins of the Achaemenid Dynasty (Saravan Village), the Dokhtar Palace (Rastaq Village) dating back to the 3rd century AD, the restored Sassanian Palace (Sarvestan) dating originally back to the time of Bahram Gour (year 420 AD), Ardeshir-e Babakan Palace. Arrive to Shiraz.

 

Day 7: Shiraz

  • Full day city tour including: the mausoleums of the two venerated Persian poets, Hafiz & Sa’adi, set in beautiful flower gardens, are unmissable. Another must-see is the Nasirolmolk Mosque with its incredibly beautiful tile work. Bagh-e Eram, or Garden Of Paradise, home to a pretty 19th century Qajar palace which looks enchanting in it flower setting beside a pool. The famous cypress tree of Shiraz may also be seen here. Narenjistan-e qavam or qavam Orangery is an elegant 19th century house with orange trees in its garden. The house offers some fascinating tile work in the shape of a crescent depicting a lion and the sun in the centre with leopards devouring deer on either side.

  

Day 8: Shiraz – Perspolis – Isfahan

  • Drive to Isfahan via magnificent Achaemenian city of Perspolis (57 Km north east of Shiraz). Beyond the gate lie the hall of 100 columns (Xerxes’ throne room), the Apadana Palace(the Great Hall of Audience of Daruis the Great) with its spellbinding display of bas-reliefs, the Tachara(or Winter Palace) of Darius, the unfinished palace of Artaxerxes III, the Palace of Xerxes’ and the Tripylon Palace. Banked against the mountainside are the royal stables, guard rooms & domestic quarters. The rock tombs cut into the mountain are those of Artaxerxes II & Artaxerxes III. A few Kilometers from Perspolis is Nash-e Rostam where four cliff tombs are located those of Darius I, Darius II, Artaxerxes and Xerxes’ I. arrive to Isfahan. 


Day 9: Isfahan

  • Full day city tour including: Chehel Sutun, inside a garden with an area of 67000 square meters, was built as an official court and an official court and a reception hall by Shah Abbas II (1647 AD), Imam Square, this huge open square measures 500 m long and 165 m wide, with an area of more than eighty thousand square meters, twice as large as Moscow’s Red Square. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, a masterpiece of architecture and tile work, is a beautiful religious building wherein the elaborate design serves to heighten the visitors spirituality rather than to distract him from it, this small mosque (began in 1602 and completed in 1919, taking a total of 18 years) on the eastern side of the square, was built by SHAH ABBAS in honor of the great Lebanese Sheikh Lotfollah, who was a sort of Islamic Billy Graham of his time. Visiting the Friday mosque (of the time of Seljuk) as well as the mausoleum of Velayat Haroun with its exceptional portal and the minaret of Ali-Qapou (highest of Isfahan).

 

Day 10: Isfahan

  • Full day city tour of Isfahan: Armenian Cathedral of Vank (Saint Savior), begun in 1606, at the time of arrival of Armenian immigrants to Isfahan, it was completed between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David, with the encouragement of the Safavid rulers, Imam Mosque (Masjid-e Jam’e Abbasi) is one of the finest and the most stunning building in the world, Visit Bazaar.

 

Day 11: Isfahan – Natanz – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran   

  • Drive to Tehran, en route visit Jame mosque in Natanz and Abyaneh village. Continue to Kashan to visit the enchanting Fin Garden with it natural springs, the Agha Bozorg Mosque & School, and the beautiful house of the merchant Boroujerdi. Arrive to Tehran.

 

Day 12: Departure

  • Transfer to the airport for departure flight.


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