Ancient Persia In Depth
- Explore one of the greatest cities of antiquity, Persepolis. The relief carvings and towering columns will leave you in no doubt that this was once the center of the known world.
- Once a major stop on the Silk Road, visit Yazd and discover the role religion plays in the city, from the impressive Jameh Mosque to the Zoroastrian towers and temples.
- Enjoy a special dinner with a Zoroastrian family in garden of pomegranate and tamarind
- Soak up the sights and atmosphere of the jewel in the crown of Persia, the beautiful town of Esfahan. Feel the past glory at the Imam Square and its surrounding palaces and mosques.
Departure TimeApproximately 8.30AM
Return TimeApproximately 7.30PM
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and light
IncludedAir conditioned transport throughout the tourAirport TransferBreakfastPersonal Guide
Not Included5 Star AccommodationGallery TicketLunch
Arrival in Tehran. Our tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport to greet and welcome you. Then, you will be will be transferred to the hotel.
You might have time to visit Milad Tower,also known as the Tehran Tower, which is the tallest structure of Iran, and the 6th tallest telecommunications tower and also the 24th-tallest freestanding structure in the world. You also can enjoy nights of Tajrish square or Darband . Overnight in Tehran.
It is a full day city tour of old Tehran. We first visit the only world heritage site in Tehran, Golestan Palace where historic events such as the ratification of 1906 Constitution was occurred.
• Golestan palace The former royal Qajar complex in Iran's Tehran. • National museum It is an institution formed of two complexes; the Museum of Ancient Iran which was opened in 1937, and the Museum of the Islamic Era which was opened in 1972. • Jewelry museum The Treasury of Iranian National -Royal- Jewels accommodates the world's most precious jewelry collection. • Grand Bazaar an old historical market in Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.
Drive to Kashan in the morning, a merchant town known for its high quality ceramics, silks, carpets and fine houses. Visit the lush Fin Garden, a historic and classical Persian garden that contains Kashan's Fin Bath. This is where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor and a nationalist hero, was murdered under the orders of King Nadir al-Din in 1852. Spend time at the fascinating Borujerdi House , built in the 1840s, exceptional attention was paid to every architectural details of this building as dictated by the geographical and climatic conditions of the area. It’s a fascinating place to visit. Spend the evening in Kashan, and experience Iranian hospitality.
After breakfast we depart for the ancient desert city of Yazd once a major stop on the caravan routes to Central Asia and India during the Silk Road period – Marco Polo visited the city on his way to China – and it retains a rustic feel. It's also known as the heart of the Zoroastrian religion.
We stop en route in the quite town of Na'in located on the edge of the Central Desert this small village has retained a lot of it's traditional charm – the town is full of old clay houses sitting on top of underground aqueducts which draws water from the mountains to the plains.
Continue to Aqda where we enjoy a Persian lunch in beautifully restored traditional house. Relax over lunch and maybe take a walk through the village.
Arriving in Yazd in the late afternoon time to indulge the sweet tooth with a visit to a famous confectionery maker at Haj Khalifeh Ali Rahbar. Taste generations of expertise at the oldest and most famous sweet shop in the city, where treats are made through traditional techniques.
Spend this evening in your feature stay hotel.
Explore the old part of the city in the morning, considered by UNESCO to be steeped in antiquity. Visit the Dolat Abad Garden and Amir Chakmaq complex, then walk through the narrow kuches (lanes) past simple courtyards and the ornate doors of local mud brick buildings. One of the most distinctive features of Yazd are the wind towers (‘badgirs’) that capture even the softest of breezes before sending them to the buildings below, cooling them off as a forerunner of modern air-con.
Afterwards, visit two vestiges of Yazd’s Zoroastrian heritage on a trip to the Fire Temple and the Towers of Silence. Zoroastrianism, dating back over 4,000 years, was the state religion of Iran before the arrival of Islam. In the Zoroastrian religion, fire and water are agents of ritual purity, and the fire in the Atashkadeh Fire Temple is said to have been continuously burning since 470 AD. The intriguing Towers of Silence are part of the Zoroastrian tradition of raised circular structures where the dead are laid out to be picked clean by scavenger birds.
Dinner tonight is a very special experience, we travel to the village of Taft to the house of Nartitee. Here every corner of this small village home tells a story, at Nartitee you can experience a 2500 year culture as you enjoy a simple meal among the scent of pomegranate and tamarind trees.
Today we travel from Yazd to Shiraz (appx 6 hour drive) on the way we stop at the ice-houses of Abarkuh. Ice houses were known in Iran as early as the seventeenth century B.C. and these were used as recently as 50 years ago.
The Abarkuh Cyprus is the the focal point of this village and is believed to be 4500 years a popular symbol of “life and beauty”. Relax a while and gaze on the beauty of this tree the oldest living organism in Iran.
Arrive in Shiraz in the late afternoon.
On this day we visit Nasir Ol Mulk Mosque, named in popular culture as the Pink Mosque, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design. Then we will be amazed by visiting Arg-e KarimKhan (citadel),the most significant and the largest building from Zand era that was built in 1767 AD ordered by Karimkhan and Vakil Bazaar, the most atmospheric in iran and has been described as the most architecturally impressive in the country. Visiting Hafez Tomb, the greatest Iranian love poet, Hafez is buried in Hafeziye, and ShahCheragh a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz would be the rest of the day activity. Overnight in Shiraz.
Today we will visit Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of “Achaemenid Empire” and Naqsh-e Rostam, an ancient necropolis located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis. We also can visit Naghsh-e - Rajab. Overnight in Shiraz
Depart from Shiraz en route to Isfahan (approximately a 6 hour drive). Along the way we stop for a guided tour of Pasargadae, an ancient city built by Cyrus the Great that precedes Persepolis. It’s not as well preserved as the latter, but still reflects the architectural genius of the Achaemenids, the beauty of simplicity and balance.
Arrive in Isfahan; in the evening, take a stroll down to the Zayandeh River and witness the historic bridges arching over the water. The stunning Si-o-seh Pol (bridge of 33 arches) lights up at night, creating a fairy tale spectacle best witnessed either on the banks of the river or at a local tea house. While away some time in this magical location, truly one of the most atmospheric that Iran has to offer.
There’s plenty of time to soak up the sights and atmosphere of Isfahan, often considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Isfahan reached its peak during the reign of Shah Abbas I in 1587 when it was declared capital of Persia, yet much of its past glory still remains despite the country’s capital later being shifted to Shiraz and then Tehran. Begin today’s adventure through Isfahan with a guided walk through the Naghsh e Jahan Square; covering an area of 82,500 square meters, it’s the second largest in the world. There’s many grand buildings in the surrounding area such as the Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysarieh Portal and the majestic Imam Mosque – all of which are truly remarkable sights. In the Safavid era, this place was renowned for its parades, military reviews, polo games and festivals. These days it’s better regarded as a place for families to idly wander or enjoy a picnic come the early evening. After exploring the area, the rest of the day is free for soaking up the visual appeal of the city and discovering the many beautiful secrets it holds.
Continue exploring Isfahan with a guided visit to the Vank Cathedral, located in the Armenian quarter of the city. The striking interior of this building boasts gilded ceilings, intricate wall architecture and eye-catching paintings. The stunning, delicate artwork of the dome depicts the Biblical story of Genesis, from the creation of man to the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The church also plays home to a museum, full of historic manuscripts. Originally, Armenian Christians were brought to the cathedral by Shah Abbas I who placed great value in their skills as artists and merchants. They have been allowed to practice their religion in peace, but are confined to this single area of the city.The rest of the afternoon is free, we recommend the Bazaar an easy place to while away the hours getting lost among the colors and tantalizing aromas .
After breakfast this morning we start the journey back to Tehran, stopping in Iran's second most holiest city we have the opportunity to visit the Shirne of Fatima Masumeh. Fatima Masumeh was the sister of the eighth Imam Reza and the daughter of the seventh Imam Musa al-Kadhim (Tabari 60). On arrival back in Tehran after checking in to our hotel we head to the Tabiat (Nature) Bridge for some afternoon exploration. Spend some time relaxing over a light meal at one of the many restaurants by Ports Park, situated on one side of the bridge. On the other, the rolling trees of Taleghani Park offer a great opportunity for a wistful stroll.
Your adventure in Iran will come to an end today after breakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.