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  The Iran in depth in 23 day

Cities to be visited: Tehran / Rasht / Bandar Anzali/ Ardabil /Maku/ Tabriz/ Maragheh/ Hamedan/ Isfahan /Kashan/ Yazd/  Kerman and Shiraz

Extensions & Alternative endings :Extension #1
Extension #2

 

 

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day 1 

Arrival to Tehran Airport early morning , meet an assist at airport by your tour guide. transfer to Hotel

Services: Meet and Assist, assistance by Visa issuance and customs clearance , luggage handling, refreshments, transfers and accommodation included.
day 2

Locations: Tehran
Breakfast/ Dinner
Hotel: Laleh in 5 star package  / Kowsar in 4 star / New Naderi in 3 star / Khayyam in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

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 F/D 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 nor 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.

 

Lunch
PM 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.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 3

Locations: Rasht/ Bandare Anzali:
Breakfast Dinner
Hotel: Sepid kenar hotel 4 starKadusan 3 star
Room: Double
Services:

AM today , we depart north-westwards on a scenic route to the picturesque town of Rasht , perched on a Caspian sea. Underway we keep exploring the small towns and scenic points  .
Lunch
PM  continue along the Sea to the coastal town of Rasht.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 4

Locations: Rasht/ Bandare Anzali:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Sepid kenar hotel 4 starKadusan 3 star
Room: Double
Services:

AM today , we depart southwards on a memorable excursion to the picturesque town of Masuleh , perched on a steep mountainside and surrounded by dense forest.
Lunch
PM  After exploring the town , continue along the Sea to the coastal town of Bandare Anzali.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 5

Locations: Bandare Anzali / Tabriz
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Pars Ilgoli hotel 5 starInternational hotel 4 starDarya hotel 3 starAzerbaijan hotel 2 star.
Room: Double
Services:

AM  Bandare Anzali/ Ardabil/ Tabriz
This morning , we depart off from the Caspian Sea region toward the Azerbaijani areas of north west . A stop at Ardabil will include the Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi Ardabil , one of the finest historical examples of Persian art.
Lunch
PM overnight Tabriz
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 6

Locations: Tabriz
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Pars Ilgoli hotel 5 starInternational hotel 4 starDarya hotel 3 starAzerbaijan hotel 2 star.
Room: Double
Services:

AM Tabriz , center of Azerbaijani culture in Iran , an oasis at the foothills of Mt. Sahand , a silent volcano! Afternoon a visit to the BlueMosque known for its splendid tiles. We explore the Azerbaijan Museum with its ethnographical , archeological and historical sections.
Lunch
PM Following you will visit Arg-e-Tabriz , the 14th Century citadel. Time to stroll the 15th-century covered bazaar
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 7

Locations: Maku/ Tabriz
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Pars Ilgoli hotel 5 starInternational hotel 4 starDarya hotel 3 starAzerbaijan hotel 2 star.
Room: Double
Services:

AM Full day excursion to St. Thaddeus (Black) Church near Maku ,
Lunch
PM overnight Tabriz.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 8

Locations: Tabriz/ Maragheh:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Maraghe Daray hotel 3 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM   Drive to Maragheh to visit the three Seljuk towers ..
Lunch
PM Maragheh .
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 9

Locations: Maragheh/ Sanandaj:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel:  Sanandaj Shadi hotel 4 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Drive to Sanandaj , en-route visit Takht-e-Soleiman to see Sassanian fire temple.
Lunch
PM Sanandaj
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 10

Locations: Sanandaj/ Hamedan:
Breakfast Dinner
Hotel: Hamedan Azadi hotel 5 starBuali hotel 4 star/Baba Taher 3 star / Arian hotel 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM  Drive to Hamedan undeway visit Sassanian bas-reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan , the Achaemenian inscriptions and relief’s at Bisotoun and the Anahita Temple at Kangavar , we will get to see Bi-Sotoun, where the famous bas relieves are carved out of a dramatic mountain. This region hosts the most interesting and famous archeological sites in Iran. We view many Achaemenian inscriptions including one of about 1200 lines where we get insight into the hard fought battle of Darius, defeating the governors who tried to dismantle the Empire. Leaving the famous Tablets of Darius we visit the Temple of Anahita, the goddess of abundance and the guardian of water in ancient Iran.
Lunch
PM Hamadan, one of the oldest inhabited towns in the world. An full day tour of Hamadan will include a stop at the charming waterfall Ganjnameh before proceeding to the magnificent and dominating Avecinna Memorial and Baba Taher Tombs. Next follows a visit to Ester and Murducai the most important Jewish pilgrimage sight in Iran. Before we lose ourselves in the maze that is the colorful oriental Bazaar of Hamadan, we pay a visit to the famous 14th century Stone Lion.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 11

Locations:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: to be determined
Room: Double
Services:

AM Hamedan/Isfahan: Drive to Isfahan via Kashan to visit the Fin Garden , Agha Bozorg Mosque and Boroujerdi House , overnight Isfahan.
Lunch
PM
Dinner
day 12

Locations: Esfahan
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Abbasid Hotel in 5 star packageAliqapu in 4 starSuite in 3 starJolfa in 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Drive to Isfahan via Kashan, Abyane.
Visits:
On our scenic drive to Isfahan 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 Isfahan
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 13

Locations: Esfahan
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Abbasid Hotel in 5 star packageAliqapu in 4 starSuite in 3 starJolfa in 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM

Isfahan F/D city tour

Background:

 ESFAHAN- 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: “Esfahan nesf-e Jahan” (Esfahan 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.

F/D 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 Esfahan ‘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 Esfahan is complete without visiting the famous old bridges that cross the Zayandeh 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 Esfahan tea.

Birds garden:

Visiting an out door garden next to Zayande rood with a collection of Iran local Birds.

ALI QAPU PALACE:
Literally called “the sublime gate” in Farsi , this seven storey palace , situated on the western sided of Imam Square , was principally the centre 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.

Lunch
PM
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 14

Locations: Isfahan/Yazd:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel: Safaee Hotel 5 starMoshir Mamalek garden 4 starMehr 3 starTehrani 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

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 ZoroastrianTowers of Silence and the Fire Temple (where fire worship is still practiced) and then tour Doulat Abad Garden with 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 15

ocations: Kerman
Breakfast/ Dinner
Hotel: Parsian Azadi hotel 5 star/Arg hotel 4 starAkhavan hotel 3 star/Govashir 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Yard/ Zaynodin Caravanserai/ Kerman: Kerman , a land of mountains and deserts set in a beautiful natural setting. Kerman has a long and turbulent history .
On the way we have a chance to take our  /  in the middle of the dessert in Zaynodin Caravanserai, a
 Lunch
PM Our Afternoon tour of Kerman will include the old part of the city houses the famous Friday Mosque from the 14th Century, Ganj-Ali-Khan Bath Museum and the old bazaar.
Dinner
day 16

Locations: Kerman
Breakfast/ Dinner
Hotel: Parsian Azadi hotel 5 star/Arg hotel 4 starAkhavan hotel 3 star/Govashir 2 star
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM  Bam/Kerman
today we visit Bam , a medieval red-clay city which was inhabited until the early Qajar period. The citadel of Bam is the largest clay structure in the world. See the merchants houses , baths and deserted shops. After lunch , we return to Kerman via Mahan , final home of the Sufi saint and poet Shah Nematollah Vali , a founder of a Dervish order still active in today Iran , who died in 1431. His tomb is a masterpiece of Persian architecture , nestled amidst
peaceful gardens filled with fountains.
Lunch
PM Kerman
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 17

Locations:  Shiraz
Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel: Homa in 5 star packageParseh in 4 star / Parsian in 3 star / Apadana in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM  Kerman/Shiraz
today , we enjoy a spectacular drive , departing Kerman to Shiraz , a
land of mountains and deserts having a beautiful nature setting. We will make ample stops along its gorges , creeks , valleys , salt lakes and fig plantations. En route we visit Sar’vestan s remains of the 5th century Sassanian Palace.
Lunch
PM Shiraz.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 18

Locations:  Shiraz / Persepolis, Necropolis.
Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel: Homa in 5 star packageParseh in 4 star / Parsian in 3 star / Apadana in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM

Visits:

 F/D 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.

NAQSH-E-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.

PASSARGADE
In the vast desert plain between Shiraz and Esfahan , lie the remains of the first capital of the Achaemenian (Persian) Empire. Passargade was established by King Cyrus the Great in the early 6th century BC as the empire’s seat of government and central military base

Lunch
PM
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 19

Locations:  Shiraz
Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel: Homa in 5 star packageParseh in 4 star / Parsian in 3 star / Apadana in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM  Shiraz: Full day excursion to Bishapur , to see the Sassanian palace , bas-reliefs and Anahita Temple , overnight Shiraz.
Lunch
PM
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 20

Locations:  Firooz abad
Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel: Homa in 5 star packageParseh in 4 star / Parsian in 3 star / Apadana in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Half day excursion to the Ancient Sassanid ear sites at Firooz abad . we will see the Girls castle, and Xeroxes palace.
lunch
PM we also will see the fire temples of the Zoroastrians dating back to 2500 years ago.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 21

Locations:  Shiraz
Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel: Homa in 5 star packageParseh in 4 star / Parsian in 3 star / Apadana in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM  Shiraz
today we visit Fars Museum , an octagonal pavilion built by Karim Khan and housing historic artifacts relating to the province of Fars. Continue to visit the Eram Garden , the tombs of Saadi and Hafez- two of the most famous Persian poets- , then the Mosque of Nasiro-el-Molk and Afif-Abad Garden.
Lunch
PM After lunch we continue to see the church of St. Simon the Zealot and the shrine of the 9th century martyr Shah-Cheragh , one of the most important Shiite shrines in Iran , and finally , the traditional bazaar.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 22

Locations: Tehran
Breakfast/ Dinner
Hotel: Laleh in 5 star package  / Kowsar in 4 star / New Naderi in 3 star / Khayyam in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Our Last-day tour of the capital starts off with the visit to the  Carpet and ethnology museums. afternoon we will have a walking tour in Jamshideh park in the north of tehran.Jewels MuseumAfter lunch we visit the Crown Jewels Museum to marvel at the Peacock Throne of the Shah & his other brilliant treasures (Subject to opening rules).

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
Dinner  Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
day 23

Locations: Tehran
Breakfast/ Dinner
Hotel: Laleh in 5 star package  / Kowsar in 4 star / New Naderi in 3 star / Khayyam in 2 star 
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

AM Transfer to Airport / departure flight . end of the tour
Lunch
PM
Dinner
Extensions & Alternative endings:
Extension #1

Locations: Mashad
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

day 23: Tehran / Mashhad (Flight)
This morning we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Mashhad. Afternoon tour of Mashhad.
Overnight: Homa Hotel, Mashhad (2 nights) (B, D)

day 24: Mashhad
day excursion to Neishapour, visit will also include the tomb of Amar Khayyam. (B, D)

day 25: Mashhad / Tehran (Flight)
Morning we visit the famous pilgrim’s bazaar. Afternoon transfer back to the airport for a flight to Tehran.
Overnight: Laleh Hotel, Tehran (1 night) (B, D)

day 26: Depart Tehran
Morning transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (B)

Extension #2

Locations: Kish
Room: Double
Services: Full day guided city tour, meals , refreshments, entrance fees , transfers and accommodation included.

day 23: Tehran / Kish Island (Flight)
This morning we are transferred to the airport for a flight to the Kish Island. Afternoon tour of the city.
Overnight: Shayan Hotel, Kish Island (3 nights) (B, D)

day 24: Kish Island
day free to enjoy this spectacular island. (B, D)

day 25: Kish Island
day free. (B, D)

day 26: Kish Island / Tehran (Flight)
Morning transfer back to the airport for a flight to Tehran.
Overnight: Laleh Hotel, Tehran (1 night) (B, D)

day 27: Depart Tehran
Morning transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (B)

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