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The Enchanting Persia in 12 day

The Enchanting Persia in 12 Days

Day 1
Arrival in Tehran, meet and Assist at Airport, Transfer to the best hotel accompanied with one of the best English speaking guide.

Day 2
AM: First day of the tour. After the breakfast your guide would start the day with give a concise introduction about your travel itinerary. You are welcomed to share your question over any aspect of your travel and stay with her. Your tour would start at 8:30. however if you felt like to start your tour in evening because of any possible jet lag you are welcomed to inform your guide of your plan.
Daily sightseeing of Tehran as follow:
Background:
Tehran: Established as the capital of Persia just over 200 years ago, this huge, modern and heavily populated city, does not have the romance or the ancient sites which attract visitors to many other parts of Iran, but it is the place to find the country’s best museums, restaurants and shopping.
Visits:
Our tour of Tehran begins with visiting the impressive Archeological, Glass & Ceramic Museum, continues in the Tehran – morning tour of Carpet, Archaeological & Ethnological Museums followed by a visit to the shrine of Imam Khomeini. (BD) In order to glean an overview of Iran’s rich history and culture, visits to three of Tehran’s museums are highly worthwhile.
Archaeological Museum:
It is here where we are introduced to Iran’s long and fascinating history. The museum exhibits artifacts representing all periods in Persian antiquity, many discovered in sights visited during your tour.
Ethnological Museum:
Here colorful displays help us to understand the ethnic diversity, which exists within Iranian society, by illustrating the customs and traditional dress of many of the country’s 100 tribal groups.
Carpet Museum:
Persian rugs are considered to be among the finest in the world and the art of carpet weaving is believed to be as old as Persian history itself.
This museum contains a wonderful array of pieces dating back as early as the 15th century , ranging from stately court carpets to nomadic rugs distinguished by their lively , wild , naive designs.
Lunch
PM: Ayatollah Khomeini’s Shrine:
One of the most controversial figures in modern political history, His Holiness Imam Khomeini, as he is known in Iran, was laid to rest here in 1989. Iranians travel from all over the country to pay their respects to the revered leader of the Revolution and founder of the present Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dinner; our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 3
AM: Tehran; A full day visit to the old Shah’s residence, Sa’ad Abad Palace, Reza Abbasi and National Jewelry museums. Evening Transfer to the airport and board flight to Shiraz.
Sa’ad Abad Palace:
Set in lush and peaceful surroundings in the southern foothills of the Alborz Mountains, the Sa’ad Abad Palace complex was originally the summer residence of the former Shah of Iran until the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Today it remains an illustration of the grandeur and opulence in which the Shah and his family lived. Now, many of these palace buildings house fascinating exhibits including some of Iran’s greatest treasures and finest works of art
Reza Abbasi Museum:
Our next museum would be the Reza Abbasid’s. a unique collection of artifacts dating back to the 14th century and the museum exhibits stunning examples of Islamic calligraphy and exquisite jewelry from several dynasties.
Lunch
PM: National Jewelry Museum:
Host to the most elegant and valuable treasury jewelry and art works.
Evening flight to Shiraz.
Dinner, our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 4
AM: Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran.
Background:
Shiraz: a city which envelopes so many images of ancient Persia – exotic gardens , lavish mansions, rich red wine, silky woolen rugs, philosophy and poetry.
Shiraz has also always been a renowned center of learning, boasting many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Known as Iran’s “Poetic Capital”, it was also home to two of Persia’s most famous poets of the 13th and 14th centuries, Sadi & Hafez, whose mausoleums are here in Shiraz.
Visits:
Our day is spent exploring Shiraz where we start with a visit to the picturesque Eram Garden, famous for its cypress trees. Next we visit the tombs of Persia’s best known poets: Saadi and Hafiz. While there, why not enjoy a cup of chai at the wonderful atmospheric teahouse where one sit on a floor of cushions and mingle with the locals. Our next stop takes us to the “modern” Nasiro-Molk mosque and the pretty Afif-Abad Garden followed by a visit to the Church of Saint Simmon the Zealot with the famed stained glass windows and then off to see the ornately mirrored Shrine of Shah-Cheragh. This wonderful day culminates with a trip to a labyrinthine bazaar.
Lunch
PM: Free time in Shiraz can be spent exploring at your own pace. Wander the maze of narrow streets and alleyways of the old city filled with traditional handicraft workshops and local markets. For the avid sightseers the splendid mansion of Ghavam Orangery, the sumptuous Garden of Paradise, and the impressive intricately decorated Karim Khan Citadel are each worthy of a visit.
Dinner; our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 5
AM: Excursion to visit of Persepolis, and Nagh – she rostam (Necropolis), Evening free at leisure and shopping.
Persepolis:
No trip to Iran would be complete without a visit to Persepolis. The site is recognized as the best preserved remains of the great Persian Empire which , at its zenith , stretched from the Indus Valley to the Aegean Sea , encompassing Thrace , Armenia , Asia Minor , Assyria , and Lower Egypt.
Persepolis, meaning “Capital of Persia” in Greek, was founded by King Darius the Great who reigned between 521 and 486 BC, as the Ceremonial Capital of his Empire. Later, the city was further developed by Darius’ successors over a period of more than 150 years.
today, you can see the remains of Persepolis’ grandeur which made this one of the finest cities of the ancient world – the Monumental Gateway, Palaces, Audience Halls, and the Treasury; and beliefs depicting the New Year ceremonies in which Heads of State from all over the Empire would travel to Persepolis to pay taxes in the form of lavish gifts for the Great King.
Naqshe Rustam (Necropolis):
Literally “Picture of Rustam”, local supposition associated these four beautifully carved tombs cut high into the cliffs near Persepolis with the famous Persian mythical hero, Rustam.
In actual fact they are the tombs of the great Achaemenian kings of the 4th & 5th centuries BC: Darius the Great, Xerxes, Darius II and Artaxerxes.
Lunch
PM: Pasargadae:
In the vast desert plain between Shiraz and Isfahan, lie the remains of the first capital of the Achaemenian (Persian) Empire. Pasargadae was established by King Cyrus the Great in the early 6th century BC as the empire’s seat of government and central military base
Dinner Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 6
AM: Firuz Abab – Shiraz – An excursion to Firuz Abad. Visit Nomadic Tribes and the ruins of Gur. The afternoon is free. We spend the night in Shiraz. (BD)
Excursion to Firuzabab:
A journey south of Shiraz brings us to Firuz abad and the southern Zagross Mountains. This is the domain of the nomadic QashQai tribe, which migrates from lowland pastures in winter to the high mountains in the summer. They survive on animal husbandry and farming, but can also be seen in local village markets trading their traditional handicrafts.
The QashQai are distinguished by their proud, dignified demeanor, and vibrantly colored clothing and unveiled faces of their women.
Lunch
PM: GUR
Three km from the present day town of Firuz Abad , south of Shiraz , are the ruins of Gur. The town was built by the Sassanian Ardeshir I in the 3rd century AD on the site of his victory over his rival Artabanus V. The city of triumph was unusually constructed in a circular share with the four main city gates precisely positioned at the cardinal points of the compass. Evening free at leisure for shopping.
In the evening flight or drive to Isfahan.
Dinner; our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 7
AM: Isfahan city tour.
Background:
Isfahan: Persian’s most enchanting city! The magnificent capital of Safavid King Shah Abbas I (1587-1629) on the banks of the Zayandeh Rud River , was often described by the words: “Isfahan nesf-e Jahan” (Isfahan is half the world) and has long attracted travelers from all over the world. It is here where one can really appreciate the true grace and beauty of Persian heritage.
City tour of sightseeing in this amazing city with afternoon dedicated to shopping and free at leisure walking tours: visit Imam Historical Square & Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques. Isfahan Carpet Bazaar and Isfahan River with its exquisite ancient bridges and teahouses.
Imam Square:
Built in 1612 as a royal polo ground, and situated in the heart of the Safavid Capital ,Imam Square is one of the largest and finest public spaces in the world.
Historically a hive of activity – filled with entertainers, story tellers, preachers and silk route caravans, it has entranced travelers throughout the generations.
The Bazaar:
The atmospheric bazaar captures the ambiance of ancient Persia. It’s easy to spend many hours strolling here. The pungent scent of exotic spices, clang of coppersmiths at work, cries of merchants selling gold, carpets and handicrafts, all fill the series of long alleys radiating from Imam Square – fantastic!
Imam Mosque & Sheiklotfollah Mosque:
Built between 1612 and 1638 these majestic structures lavishly adorned with exquisite tile work in hues of blue, turquoise and green, represent the culmination of over 1, 000 years of Islamic art and architecture.
The former was built as Isfahan’s central place of worship and Islamic learning. The latter, named in honor of the great Lebanese Sheik Lotfollah, was the private place of prayer and meditation for Shah Abbas.
No trip to Isfahan is complete without visiting the famous old bridges that cross theZayandeh River. We take some time here to stroll along the river banks, mingle with the friendly residents and join the local folks for the famous Isfahan tea.
Lunch
PM: Birds garden:
Visiting an outdoor garden next to Zayande rood with a collection of Iran local Birds.
Ali Qapu Palace:
Literally called “the sublime gate” in Farsi, this seven store palace, situated on the western sided of Imam Square, was principally the center of government during the Safavid Period.
The interior is wonderfully decorated with fine carvings, murals and mosaics and the main balcony gave the Shah and his family a commanding view of the polo matches held in the square and daily life in the city.
Forty Column Palace:
There are only twenty elegant columns at the front of Shah Abbas’ royal reception hall actually, but their reflection in the pool gives the inspiration for the name.
Inside the visitor is treated to a superb display of frescoes and paintings, which cover the walls and depict scenes from the 16 & 17th centuries.
Dinner, our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 8
AM: Isfahan – A Full day of sightseeing in this amazing city with afternoon dedicated to shopping and free at leisure walking tours.
Hasht Behest Garden:
Afternoon Free at leisure walking tour in Behesht garden.
Armenian Quarter:
While Iran is, for all intents and purposes, and Islamic nation, there are various other religious minorities free to practice their faith.
Vank Cathedral:
In Isfahan’s Armenian Quarter is a testament to the fact that Muslims and Christians have lived together peacefully here for centuries.
While the exterior of the cathedral observes traditional Christian designs , the interior decorations are a curious combination of time honored Christian images and ancient Persian art.
Lunch
PM: free at leisure
Dinner; our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 9
AM: Yazd, Drive to Yazd via Naeen.
Underway visiting Naeen Silk Carpet producing places, ancient sites underway and then H/D city tour in Yazd . A visit to the magnificent Masjid-e Jame and Amir-Chakhmaq Mosques. The following day we continue to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and theFire Temple (where fire worship is still practiced) and then tour Doulat Abad Gardenwith its traditional ventilation shaft (wind tower)
Lunch
PM: optional:
**Camel riding tour in Desert and Overnight in Camping:**
Dinner Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 10
AM: Yazd, full day city tour.
Back ground:
Yazd – Visit the Fire Temple, Towers of Silence and the Wind Towers. In the afternoon there is time to explore the old city at your leisure. (BD)
Yazd: The ancient desert city of Yazd is unique for its intriguing architecture, which has been perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the desert. The famous WINDTOWERS of Yazd, a feature of most buildings in the old city, are designed to trap even the smallest of draughts and direct it into the dwellings below for cooling. Yazd is also Iran’s center of Zoroastrianism – one of the world’s oldest religions, and the state religion in Persia until the advent of Islam. Often mistakenly referred to as “fire worshippers”, Zoroastrians use fire as a symbol for their omnipotent God.
Lunch
PM: Artashkadeh, the Fire Temple of the Zoroastrian community is where the sacred flame has been burning for over 1, 500 years.
A 15 km drive to the outskirts of Yazd brings us to the TOWERS OF SILENCE. This fascinating site was once a Zoroastrian burial ground where the dead bodies of the believers were left to be devoured by vultures before burying the remaining bones.
Dinner, our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 11
AM
Drive to Tehran via Kashan, Abyane and Qom
Visits:
On our scenic drive to Tehran we stop at Kashan and Abyane villages, two attractive oasis town villages, and take in its attractive sights. We visit Tabatabaie Houses and Khan-e Boroujerdi, built as a private residence, now a charming museum with a lovely courtyard. We then take in the famous Fin Garden and witness its breathtaking pools, orchards and natural springs. Next we visit Agha Bozorg Mosque famous for its lovely portals and minarets.
Lunch
PM: After lunch, we drive through Qom visiting the exquisite Shrine of Fatima in Qom and later we view the Tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in evening.
Dinner; our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 12
AM: Transfer to Airport. Early departure back home
Lunch
End of tour.

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