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Land Of Art & Architecture

10 Days

Land Of Art & Architecture

$910 per person

This is a classic tour for travelers who really desire to visit cultural Iran and enjoy both ancient and modern Persia. We walk from current capital of Iran with around 230 years old, Tehran, to the to the Safavid city of Isfahan, stunning capital of Shah Abbas the Great during 16 A.D. We keep our way to oasis city of Yazd, city of pomegranates and qanat (aqueduct). Last but not least, Shiraz where we encounter the largest empire of ancient time, Achaemenid (550-330 B.C).

 

Departure Date:
4 Jan 2020 | 8+ spaces left | Min. 3

 

  • Departure
    Open
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, light jacket in warm seasons
  • Included
    Land Of Art & Architecture
    Bottled Water
    Visa Ref No.
    Transportation
    Entry Fees
    Accommodation
    Tour Guide
    Breakfast
  • Not Included
    Domestic Flight
    Airport transportation
    Optional Tours
    Travel Insurance
    International Tickets
    Other Meals
    Admission Not Mentioned
1
Day 1: Welcome to Iran

Welcome to Tehran, vivid and lovely city of Iran. Dana host is available to assist you at IKA airport and transfer you to the hotel.

2
Day 2: Tehran, ancient part
  • Iran National Museum
  • Golestan Palace
  • Abghineh Museum

After a healthy breakfast, morning sightseeing includes famous museums of Tehran in historic part. Iran National Museum is on the top of the list.

Next site is fabulous Golestan Palace with those colorful tile-work and mirror-work that attracts any tourist.

We have a stop for lunch at bazaar and its area, Iranian local dishes will help you to recover your energy.

Continue with Abghineh Museum which is known as Qavam house,This two-storey building was built by Hans Hollein, Austrian architect in late Qajar period.

Tonight is time to enjoy a welcome Iranian style dinner.

Overnight stay at Tehran.

3
Day 3: Tehran's highlight
  • Saad Abad Complex
  • National Jewelry Museum
  • Carpet Museum
  • Tabiat Bridge

Today, try to unravel the Pahlavi mystery by visiting Saad Abad Complex with over 14 buildings. Later we will back to ancient region of Ferdowsi St. to visit treasury of national jewels, National Jewelry Museum.

Final visit will be Carpet Museum where Persian carpets which are well-known in the world in terms of beauty, texture, quality of design, various form of flat weaving, longevity and natural colors.

The rest of the day is free we can also visit contemporary newborn Tabiat Bridge the largest pedestrians overpass in the whole country.

Overnight stay at Tehran.

4
Day 4: Isfahan, city of Islamic art
  • Imam Mosque
  • Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Qeysarieh Bazaar

Early morning drive to Isfahan. Today, we begin with Imam Mosque in UNESCO registered site of Naghsh-e Jahan square.

Later we visit Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and its music room. The rest of day you are free to roam along historic Qeysareieh Bazaar.

Late in the evening we visit Safavid (17th A.D) Khaju Bridge and Si-o-Se Pol there you can stroll by the Zayandeh Rud River.

Overnight stay at Isfahan.

5
Day 5: Half of the world
  • Vank Cathderal
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
  • Chehel Sotoun Palace

Today we see and feel the Armenian character of Isfahan where we visit Vank Cathedral and spend some time on Jolfa district.  Later we visit Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

After lunch, we continue our day by visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace the UNESCO site which is registered 2011.

This evening we enjoy Pahlavani and Zoorkhanei Ritual, inscribed in 2010 on intangible list of UNESCO.

Overnight stay at Isfahan.

6
Day 6: Mud-brick city of Yazd
  • Jameh Mosque of Yazd
  • Fahadan ancient district
  • Bahram fire Temple
  • Water Museum
  • Amir Chakhmagh Complex

Early in the morning, we drive into the oasis city of Yazd. Our walking tour through the wonderfully preserved city of Yazd starts with a visit to Jameh Mosque of Yazd, then we keep on to Fahadan ancient district, en-route visit will be Alexander Prison, the oldest building in the city.

Later we visit Zoroastrian site of Bahram Fire Temple or Atashkadeh-e Yazd and its eternal fire and we also visit Water Museum.

The rest of day is free to explore the winding alleys and try some of ethnic candies and dessert.Do not miss to visit Amir Chakhmagh complex or Tekyeh Amir Chakhmagh which is stunning at night.

Overnight stay at Yazd.

7
Day 7: City of pomegranates
  • Dowlat Abad Persian Garden
  • Zein-o-Din Caravanserai
  • Sar-Yazd Fortress
  • Sar-Yazd Abanbar
  • Sar-Yazd Qanat

First in the morning we visit Persian Garden of Dowlat Abad, registered by other 8 gardens as complete sample of Persian gardens by UNESCO in 2011.

Today we visit small village of Sar-Yazd. We also visit the only circular caravanserai of Iran, Zein-o-Din Caravanserai, back to late 16th A.D.

Overnight stay at Yazd.

8
Day 8: Back to Achaemenid era
  • Aghazadeh House
  • Pasargadae
  • Persepolis
  • Achaemenid Necropolises

Today we will take a wonderful sightseeing to Achaemenid Capitals, but before that we have a stop at Aghazadeh house.

We keep our way to Pasargadaethe palace of Cyrus the Great and the old capital of Achaemenid dynasty, the first Persian kingdom (550-330 B.C).

We'll spend rest of the day on visiting Persepolis ceremonial complex. After Persepolis, we shall drive to the nearby tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam.

Overnight stay at Shiraz.

9
Day 9: City of blossoms & poems
  • Eram Garden
  • Nasir-al Mulk Mosque
  • Karim Khan Citadel
  • Vakil Complex
  • Hafez Tomb

Today we visit Persian Garden of Eram, then we explore colorful Nasir-al Mulk Mosque or as it called Pink Mosque. Karim Khan Citadel is our next site which is visited.

After a local lunch, we jump to Vakil bazaar and its other belongings constructions such as bathhouse and mosque. We also spend some time at Hafez Tomb, great Persian Poet.

Overnight stay at Shiraz.

10
Day 10: Back to home

Late in the night, your guide accompany you to the SYZ airport that can be easily reach. End of services.

TOUR LOCATION

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Comments:

  • Andrea Pichlmeier
    September 11, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Each city had its highlights, perhaps Isfahan for its beauty but also Yazd for its desert charm, I wish to visit Persepolis and other sites from the Achaemenid era. I enjoyed friendliness of people, sitting on the Naghshe-Jahan Sq and climbing the Towers of Silence.

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RATE FOR EUROPEAN MARKET

850 EURO

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels in Iran are rated from 1 to 5-star locally, according to your type of itinerary and routes, you may stay at eco-houses, traditional houses or caravanserai that are converted into standard hotels. You may encounter public shower or bath and W.C in traditional accommodation, mostly in the small villages of course not in major cities that in every room there is an en-suite bathroom. Also in this kind of accommodation, travelers may stay together in one room, mostly not more than 3 in a room because the number of rooms are limited. The main purpose of accommodate in these hotels is to get familiar with traditional lifestyle of Iranian.

  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Tehran
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Isfahan
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Yazd
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Shiraz
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Golestan Palace
  • Jewelry Museum
  • Naghsh-e Jahan Sq.
  • Yazd Jameh Mosque
  • Persepolis Ceremonial palace
  • Pasargadae Tomb
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this tour:
  • Golestan Palace - 2013
  • Imam Mosque - 1979
  • Ali Qapu Palace - 1979
  • Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque - 1979
  • Qeysarieh Bazaar - 1979
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan - 2012
  • Yazd city - 2017
  • Persepolis - 1979
  • Pasargadae - 2004
The following CITIES are visited on this tour:
  • Tehran, current Iran capital
  • Isfahan, city of Islamic art
  • Yazd, city of wind catchers & underground aqueducts (qanat)
  • Shiraz, ancient capital of Achaemenid
MEALS Full breakfast daily, lunch or dinner, including a welcome dinner in Tehran.