Iran Tour

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Iran Tour


All our Deluxe rooms have big windows to help you take a broad view of the cityscape and nature. We offer bigger bed and every bathroom has bathtub and shower, which brings relaxation to you after a long day.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and

  • colorful bazaars
  • mountain villages
  • magnificent gardens
  • desert landscapes
  • medieval old towns
  • rock hewn caves

Tour Plan

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Day 1 Tehran

Our activities today will include a visit to the Treasury of National Jewels, the beautifully tiled Zadeh Saleh Shrine and adjacent Tahriz Bazaar, the former US Embassy now a museum called "the Den of Espionage" and the iconic Azadi Tower.

Day 2 Tehran

Our Tehran city tour will include the UNESCO Golestan Palace and the National Museum of Iran. The Golestan Palace was built under the Qajar Dynasty in the late 17th century. The magnificent palace and gardens are considered the crowning achievement of the Qajar era. Our guide will take us to a local restaurant for lunch and dinner where we will be able to experience the daily Iranian lifestyle in the capital city. After dinner we will go to the Tehran Natural Bridge where young Iranians spend time together. O/N Tehran


Today we drive a bit westward to Hamadan. Our sightseeing stops include the ruins of the Hegmatane Palace (6th cent BC), the unique Alavian Mosque (Seljuk period-12th Cent), The Avicenna tomb (he was a Persian physician and Philosopher), the Tomb of Baba Taher set in a beautiful park ( Taher was a most respected Dervish poet ), and finally the Ganjnameh inscriptions, from the Darius the Great period (5th Cent BC). they are engraved into the mountainside. Overnight Hamadan


Before heading a little further west we visit the most important tombs of Esther and Mordecai, a most important pilgrimage site for the Jewish faith, but revered by Muslims also.. Esther was the Queen of Shoosh (the wife of Xerxes of Iran and Mordecai was her uncle.) These tombs were constructed 11 centuries ago. On our drive to Kermanshah we stop at the Temple of Anahita and last but not least, the magnificent relief carvings of Bisotun (UNESCO). Overnight Kermanshah


Today we start with the Archaeological site of Tagh-Boston.(UNESCO TENTATIVE SITE). This extensive impressive site consists of Bas-relief carvings from the Sassanid Dynasty. They are centered around the glories and victories of the Sassanid Kings, Another great hi-lite of the day is the great Kermanshah Bazaar where we rub elbows with the local Kermanshah townfolk After having our fill of local color we drive to Shushtar. Overnight Shushtar


Shushtar is popular for waterfalls and mills, the old water reserve system of Persia. You will see the UNESCO registered Historical Hydraulic System and a traditional house.. Another great hi-lite of the day is our visit to the magnificent 3200 year old Chigha Zanbil Temple, which belongs to the Elam period. It is one of the very few extant Ziggurats, and it is considered to be the BEST preserved example in the world !! In 1979 it became Iran's 1st UNESCO site. In Short a Ziggurat is a Babylonian temple tower. Afterwards we'll visit the Tomb of Daniel and take a short drive to Ahvaz. Overnight Ahvaz


Our Tehran city tour will include the UNESCO Golestan Palace and the National Museum of Iran. The Golestan Palace was built under the Qajar Dynasty in the late 17th century. The magnificent palace and gardens are considered the crowning achievement of the Qajar era. Our guide will take us to a local restaurant for lunch and dinner where we will be able to experience the daily Iranian lifestyle in the capital city. After dinner we will go to the Tehran Natural Bridge where young Iranians spend time together. O/N Tehran


Today we have a full day in Shiraz. We start at the beautiful Nasir-al-Mulk (Pink Mosque) it took 12 years to complete, finally done in 1888. it is a magnificent structure inside and out with it's stunning colors. Nearby is the Vakil bazaar, where we have another opportunity to mix with the locals. Rounding out our colorful day is a tour of the Karim Khan citadel from the Zand Dynasty (18th cent.) and the Narenjestan Gardens (19th century). Overnight Shiraz


Today is a day of great ancient history, starting out with the legendary City of Persepolis (UNESCO), the former capital of Darius the Great. Persepolis was founded in the 5th Cent BC and it is truly stunning.. The reliefs look as if they were carved yesterday. Alexander the Great entered the city in 330 BC, and destroyed much of the city, but still, what remains is unforgettable. From here we take a short drive to Naqsh-e-Rustam. This is the necropolis where Darius and his successors were buried. The tombs are carved into the side of a cliff, reminding us of Petra in Jordan. This site is truly extraordinary. Next on tap is Pasargadae (UNESCO) which is the site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great, and the former capital of Achaemenid Empire. Overnight Shiraz


We have a morning flight to Kerman, where more adventure awaits us. Our morning in Kerman city we visit the beautiful Kerman Jame Mosque and the Ganjali Khan complex which consists of school, mosque, bazaar, and an old style bath house. After lunch we will have a truly unique experience as we drive to Shahdad at the edge of the Lut desert (UNESCO NATURAL SITE), where we will wander about the "Kaluts" , which are the wonderful sandy shaped earthen structures formed by wind and water erosion.. These formations are unique to the world. Overnight Kerman


Today is another day that will never be forgotten. We vist the Citadel of Rayen and then the Citadel of Bam (UNESCO). Bam is the largest mud brick fortress/city in the world. It is truly an amazing site. These sites date back over 1000 years. These 2 sites will easily fill our day. Overnight BAM


We have a relatively long drive today, our final destination being Yazd. But we have several stops along the way, which will break up the drive nicely. Our 1st stop is the town of Mahan where we visit the Shahzadeh gardens, which will show us the contrast between the green and the harsh desert backround. We will meet Sufis, who have come a long way to pay homage to their master, Shah Nematollah Vali in his shrine. Further on the way to Yazd we will visit the Zein-Al-Din Caravanserai in Mehriz. It is a masterpiece of the Safavid era, restored to its original glory. It is also UNESCO recognized. Overnight Yazd

Day 13 YAZD

Yazd is one of the most continually inhabited cities in Iran and UNESCO considers it one of the most historical cities of the world !!! It is also the center of Iran's Zorastrian community, and this is where we will begin our day at the Towers of Silence. Here we will learn about the traditions of this pre-Islamic religion. Also at the still active Zorastrian Fire Temple, you'll see the flame that has been burning for the past 1500 years. We will also visit Amir Chakhmag Square where we will see the very impressive Hussainiya, a congregation hall for Shi'a ceremonies. Its facade is one of the city's most photographed landmarks. Overnight Yazd

Day 14 YAZD

Being that Yazd is one of the most historical cities in the world, we spend another full day here to truly absorb its atmosphere. We will visit historic beautiful old homes and also the Dowlat Abad garden, standing by a long reflecting pool, shaded by ancient cypress trees. We have time to wander the maze like streets of the extraordinary ancient city. Overnight YAZD


It's one wonderful day after another as our next "port of call" is Isfahan, where 2 more UNESCO sites await us. But on the way we 1st stop at Meybod (UNESCO TENTATIVE SITE). Meybod was set along an ancient trade route, where we will see several fascinating sites including another ancient Caravanserai. The ancient inn has some 100 rooms, some of which are used as artisan workshops. We stop at a local icehouse and learn the ancient traditions of food storage, many centuries before refridgeration was invented. We also stop in the small town of Na'in, an ancient community which dates back to the 8th century. In a private residence of the Safavid era, we'll learn about the region's cultural traditions. We arrive in Isfahan and check into our hotel for the next 3 nights. Overnight Isfahan


As the capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world's greatest cities. It was a wealthy city beyond imagination and it was politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese coming to its court.. Its grandeur inspired the proverb "Isfahan nesf-jahan" - "Isfahan is half the world." We 1st visit the UNESCO Masjed-e-Jame, from the 9th century, a masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of the city. Next is Imam Square (UNESCO) from the 17th century and it is one of the largest public squares of the world. Here in the square we'll visit the 17th century Shah Mosque. The hits just keep on coming as we visit the Ali Qapa Palace and the fascinating Qeisarich bazaar. Overnight Isfahan


Today we will visit Chehel Sotun, magnificent pavillions built by Shah Abbas set in a landscaped and forested park. We will also visit the Armenian quarter and the 17th century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior with its unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements. Not to be missed are the famous bridges on the Zayandeh River. We will also have time to return to Imam square for continued exploring and possible shopping. Overnight Isfahan


On our drive to Kashan we first stop at the classic mountain village of Abyaneh.(UNESCO TENTATIVE SITE) It will be another unique experience in Iran. In this ancient village, all the houses are in old world syle built from red clay. We'll enjoy wandering the narrow lanes and mingling with the local people. A little further north we arrive at our destination, Kashan city. It's another "wow" a little known gem of Iran. It has some of the most beautifully tiled shrines in Iran (notably that of Imamzadeh Hilal Ibn Ali) as well as the UNESCO Fin garden. We'll also visit the bazaar area, filled with Hamams (traditonal bath houses) and colorful mosques. It will be another day we will never forget. Overnight Kashan


A short drive north from Kashan, we arrive at Qom, one of the 2 holiest cities in Iran. It is actually the 8th largest city in Iran, but our interest is in the magnificent Mosques and Shrines in the city center. Their architectural splendor is a sight to behold. It is the site of the shrine of Fatema Mae'sume, sister of Ali Ibn Musa Rida. If we don't remember the names, we can just admire the architectural beauty. The richly decorated facades and golden domes make it one of the area's most striking landmarks. Qom is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world. The city and the shrines are considered the most sacred to the Shi'a. Regardless of one's faith, one can't help but to be moved by the piety of the pilgrims. We finally drive the last 60 miles back to Tehran.


We have a morning flight to the city of Mashad, which along with Qom, is the other holy city of Iran. Purportedly Mashad is the final resting place of Islam's eighth Imam, after he was poisoned in 817. The mosques, mausoleums, and shrines are simply breathtaking. The Imam Reza Shrine (UNESCO TENTATIVE SITE) is a massive complex and pilgrims flock here from all over the world to pay their respects. We will take a guided tour of the compound for a better understanding of its rich History. Overnight Mashad


We finish our sightseeing of Mashad with a visit to the Mausoleum of Omar Khayyam and the Tomb of Fredowsi. Afterwards we fly back to Tehran. Overnight Tehran


Our guide will transfer us back to Tehran's airport for our flight home or elsewhere.

Day 23 Ashgabad

We have a city tour of modern Ashgabad. It is an astonishingly beautiful city with its many beautiful squares, statues, fountains, and monuments, which include the Government complex, Victory Square, Independence Square, the Neutrality Arch, the New Mosque, and the great History Museum.

Day 24 Ancient Merv

An Early AM flight to Mary, from where we drive to Merv(UNESCO World Heritage). We tour the vast remains of the ancient Qalas (fortress cities) which date from the 6th century BC. In its heyday, Merv stood alongside Damascus, Cairo, and Baghdad as one of the great cities of the Islamic world. It was called Marv-i-shahjahan....translation..."Merv-Queen of the World" and was a key stop on the Silk Road. In short, in 1218 Genghis Khan demanded taxes and grain along with the city's most beautiful women. His envoys were rebuffed and killed. In retribution, Tolui, the most brutal son of Genghis, returned and slaughtered the entire population of 300,000. After our tour we take our short return flight to Ashgabad.

Day 25 Ancient Nisa-Ashgabad

After breakfast we take the short drive to Nisa (UNESCO World Heritage) where we tour the Ancient Parthian kingdom remains. Nisa became the Parthian capital in the 3rd Century BC. It was surrounded by a thriving commercial city. One ruling dynasty replaced another until the 13th century, when once again, the Mongols arrived and razed the city to the ground. On the way back to Ashgabad we visit the magnificent golden Domed Kipchak Mosque, built by the late president Niyazov, who styled himself as the "Father of the Turkmen". It is an architectural masterpiece indeed. In the afternoon we have some free time to wander in the downtown area and the central market

Day 26 Ashgabad-Departure

Transfer to airport for return flight to the USA or elsewhere

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