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Explore the enchanting ancient land of Iran. Visit Shiraz, the Iranian cultural heart, the city of poets & philosophers with its lavish Persian gardens. Continue to mythical Persepolis and to the ancient city of Yazd, sitting at the edge of the desert. Admire the splendid architectural heritage of Isfahan the Blue city. On your journey, have a close encounter with local culture. Experience the life & customs of the colourful tribal nomads of the Zagros Mountains and discover the traditional way of life of the unique inhabitants of the ochre mud-brick-houses at Abyaneh village.

Glorious Iran
 
Length of tour: 12 days / 11 nights
Departs: Daily
Departure City: Tehran
Return City: Tehran
Holiday type: Private Holiday
 
     

ITINERARY
 
   
Day 1
Tehran
             

Welcome to Iran. On arrival in Tehran, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

   
Day 2 Tehran - Shiraz
 

Today's highlights include the Golestan Palace complex – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saad Abad Palace Complex – the former residence of Qajar monarchs, and visits to the Archaeological & Islamic Art Museums. Evening transfer to the airport and fly to Shiraz. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

   
Day 3 Black Tents (Firouz Abad) - Shiraz
 

This morning explore the ancient remains of two mountain-side Sassanid Castles – Atash-Kadeh and DezhDokhtar. Later, encounter with the colours & traditions of the Qashqai nomads, and experience true Persian hospitality under tents woven out of black goat hair. Overnight in Shiraz.  (B)

   
Day 4 Shiraz
 

Spend the day exploring Shiraz. Visit the XIII century Eram Garden and the later Naranjestan Gardens featuring outstanding tile & mirror art. Visit the richly decorated Vakil and Nasir-ol-Molk Mosques as well as the Mausoleums of Hafez & Saadi, two famous Persian poets. (B)

   
Day 5 Shiraz - Persepolis - Pasargadae - Yadz

Today visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the ruins of Persepolis, the once luxurious Achaemenid capital, founded between the VI and V centuries BC by Darius The Great. Visit the impressive Necropolis built inside limestone cliffs and preserving the tombs of the four Achaemenian kings. Continue through mountain scenery to Pasargadae, the earliest Achaemenian capital and the resting place of Cyrus the Great. Overnight in Yazd. (B)

   
Day 6 Yadz
 

Today discover the treasures of Yazd, one of the oldest cities in the world. Wander through the narrow alleys. Visit the Doulataad gardens, Athletic House (ZourKhaneh), the 14th century Friday Mosque and a bathhouse converted to a first class restaurant where the high wind towers are used as an efficient cooling system in this arid climate. Continue to the Syed Jafer Mosque and marvel at the tens of thousands of mirror tiles illuminating the whole shrine. Later, visit a silk weaving workshop and witness how exquisite brocades are made on traditional looms. (B)

   
Day 7 Yazd - Meibod - Naein - Isfahan

This morning visit a Zoroastrian temple where a sacred fire has been burning for hundreds of years. Yazd is the epicentre of Zoroastrianism, the ancient Persian religion before the advent of the Arab civilisation & Islam. Continue to the outskirts of the city to visit the Towers of Silence, used by the Zoroastrians as a burial place. Later, visit Naein Castle, an old caravanserai in Meibod known for beautiful pottery-making, and a carpet-weaving workshop. Overnight in Isfahan.(B)

   
Day 8 Isfahan
 

This morning visit Naghshe Johan square, a huge open square in the centre of Isfahan, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is delimited by outstanding Safavid buildings including Ali Qapu palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) mosque. At the north, the square borders with the expansive bazaar with its diverse stalls including artisan metal crafts, Persian miniatures, clothing and more. This afternoon, explore the Si-o-Se Pol (thirty-three arches) and Khajoo bridges spanning the Zayanderud River. Later, visit the Music Museum. (B)

   
Day 9 Isfahan
 

Today's highlights include the Armenian quarter of Jolfa with the richly decorated Vank Cathedral. Later, visit the Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Setoun Palace, featuring huge mural masterpieces from Safavid times. (B)

   

Day 10

Isfahan - Abyaneh

 

Embark on a morning drive to the ancient fascinating village of Abyaneh. Meet the colourfully dressed locals and discover their charming mud brick houses. Bathing in this peculiar reddish hue, Abyaneh is one of the oldest villages in Iran where time seems to have stopped. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

   

Day 11

Abyaneh - Kashan - Tehran

 

Today explore Kashan, renowned over the centuries for its ceramic, tile, pottery, textiles, carpet and silk production. Visit Fin Garden, Borujerdiyeh and Tabatabaeiha Houses, the unique Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madrasah. Continue to Tehran. (B)

   
Day 12
Tehran
 

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

   
INCLUSIONS







• Arrival & departure private transfers
• Air-conditioned private transportation
• Domestic flight Tehran – Shiraz
• Accommodation in your choice of hotel category
• Daily breakfast
• Professional local English-speaking guide
• Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Porterage at hotels

   

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