14 DAYS IRAN TOUR
Iran 14 days tour provides the opportunity to experience the cultural and natural sights of Iran from old city of Persepolis(UNESCO world heritage site), the jewel of Iran, to Lut desert , the world hottest spot at below 70 degree Celsius and 2500 years old village which still is alive and people are living there . You will see and enjoy much of what Iran has to offer.
|Day 1||Tehran||After arriving in Tehran from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) our professional tour guide will meet and greet you when you will be transferred to hotel for rest according to your time flight.|
You are going to visit Saadabad Palace which is date back to Pahlavi dynasty and was built in the 19th century, inside the palace there are 15 museums but two of them are very important (Green Palace which is for the Reza Shah the first king of Pahlavi and the White Palace which is for his son)
Green Palace: It is the first palace built in the complex during Pahlavi dynasty by Reza Shah’s order. The building is called the green palace because of the color of its facade. The palace is a very nice museum of Persian arts like mirror marquetry, carpets, and illumination and plasterwork. It was served as Mohammad Reza’s private palace where some private meetings were held before the Islamic Revolution.
White Palace: In two stories, different small and large rooms were served as residence and office of Reza Shah Pahlavi and his son. Rooms were used as the sitting room, waiting room, reception hall, dining hall, and bedroom. There are some works of art like figurines and chinaware are kept in showcases. Furniture, chandeliers, and paintings are European made.
Then you can have your lunch in the mountain area called Darband near the Palace.
Overnight in Tehran
|Day 2||Tehran||This morning we take you a World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled Palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Teheran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Teheran the capital of the country, Time permitting, we can walk around Tehran Bazaar, few steps far from Golestan Palace. It is the old historical bazaar in Tehran. It is split into several corridors over 10 kilometers in length, each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances. In the afternoon, you’ll go to see the National Museum of Iran. In the afternoon you have a flight to Kerman.|
Overnight in Kerman
|Day 3||Kerman||After breakfast we start our tour first we visit Ganjali Khan complex. The Ganjali Khan Complex was built by Ganj Ali Khan who governed Kerman, Sistan and Kandahar provinces from 1596 to 1621 under Safavid Shah Abbas I. A number of inscriptions laid inside the complex indicate the exact date when these places have been built. inside the complex you can visit Ganjali Khan bathhouse, built in 1631, the Gitanjali bathhouse is located on the southern side of Ganjali Square, off a section of Vakil Bazaar known as Ganjali Bazaar. The entrance of the building is painted with ornaments of the Safavid era. An interesting feature of its architectural finish is that the sculptured stones of the ceiling coincide with that of the flooring. The bazaar is located in the southern part of Ganjali Square. Inside, the bazaar is decorated with exquisite plasterwork and wall paintings and although they are 400 years old, they are still well-preserved. The bazaar is 93 meters long and is connected to Ganjali square through 16 iwans and vaults you can also visit Zarabkhaneh The mint’s construction started in 1598 and ended in 1625. The interior decorations consist of ochre plasterwork and brickwork. The building has a tall dome crowned by a cupola to admit light and vent air. The mint was converted into a numismatics museum in 1970. The museum displays coins from different periods such as Parthian, Sassanid, Safavid and Afsharid periods. then visit Jame mosque of Kerman as well. Jame mosque which has been made in the 14th century was the main place for Moslems prayer in Kerman. Because of its special and important position which was located near the bazaar and in the center of the city. In the west side, there is a huge and high portal which has been decorated with beautiful tile-works and is watchtower has added to its beauty.|
|Day 4||Kerman||Drive to the Lut dessert with a 4WD car and spend the whole day in the desert. The Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, is located in the southeast of Iran, an arid continental subtropical area notable for a rich variety of spectacular desert landforms. The Lut Desert is located between the provinces of South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchestan and Kerman. The Lut Desert is the world’s 27th-largest desert and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The catchment area of the Dasht-e-Lut extents about 175,000 square kilometers, which is about 10 percent of Iran’s land. In the Persian language ‘Lut’ refers to bare land without water and devoid of vegetation. Good to Know that Lut Desert is the hottest place on Earth. It’s interesting to know some portions of the Lut Desert, there is no chance to live, even for Bacteria.|
|In the morning we drive to Bam citadel. Bam is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau. The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). Its heyday was from the 7th to 11th centuries, being at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments. The existence of life in the oasis was based on the underground irrigation canals, the qanāts, of which Bam has preserved some of the earliest evidence in Iran. Arg-e Bam is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers (Chineh ).|
|Day 6||Kerman |
|Drive to Shiraz with a stop in Meymand village. Meymand is a very ancient village which is located near Shahr-e Babak city in Kerman Province, Iran. Meymand is believed to be a primary human residence in the Iranian Plateau, dating back to 12,000 years ago. Many of the residents live in the 350 hand-dug houses amid the rocks, some of which have been inhabited for as long as 3,000 years. Stone engravings nearly 10,000 years old are found around the village, and deposits of pottery nearly 6,000 years old attest to the long history of settlement at the village site.|
|After breakfast, will start your full day tour of Shiraz. At first, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque). It was built under Qajar rule of Iran. The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse (“five concaved”) design. It is named in popular culture as the ‘Pink Mosque’, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design. You will also visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during the Zand Dynasty. It is named after Karim Khan and served as his living quarters. In shape, it resembles a medieval fortress. At times, the citadel was used as a prison. Today, it is a museum. Then you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar. The bazaar has beautiful courtyards, caravansarais, bath houses, and old shops which are deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts, and antiques. and also visit Vakil mosque. This mosque was built between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand period; however, it was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period. Vakil means regent, which was the title used by Karim Khan, the founder of the Zand Dynasty. End your day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the beautiful Eram Garden. it is one of our great Persian gardens. Over its 150 years, the structure has been modified, restored or stylistically changed by various participants. It was one of the properties of noble Shiraz Qavami Family. The building faces south along the long axis. It was designed by a local architect.|
|Leaving Shiraz behind, your first stop this morning will be in the Pasargadae. The Tomb of Cyrus is the monument of Cyrus the Great approximately 1 km southwest of the palaces of Pasargadae. it dates back to 559-29 B.C. Persepolis Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC). The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture(A registered site in UNESCO world heritage). continue to Yazd.|
|Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns. Yazd is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community. First, you will visit the Tower of Silence, you’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion. Then we visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple. The highest grade of fire temples was first constructed in the Sasanian Empire for the reverence of fire, which is the manifestation of Ahura Mazda in the Zoroastrian religion. According to the Zoroastrian religion, this type of fire is consecrated by sixteen different sources, including the fire created by a lightning bolt. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. Then visit the old city in Yazd called Fahadan. There you visit Alexandra prison. Alexander’s prison is a 15th-century domed school, located next to the tourist office in the old town of Yazd. Alexander’s prison is advertised as being built as a mosque and Ziaiyeh religious school. Jame mosque of Yazd. The 12th-century mosque is still in use today. The mosque is a fine specimen of the Azari style of Persian architecture. The mosque is crowned by a pair of minarets, the highest in Iran, and the portal’s facade is decorated from top to bottom in dazzling tile work, predominantly blue in color.|
Overnight in Yazd
|Drive to the Isfahan and visit Meybod. It is an ancient city that goes back to the pre-Islamic arena and, hence, is the home to many ancient points of interests. caravansary, The Shah Abbasi Caravanserai in Meybod is a Safavid era (1501-1722) structure with a square plan. The caravanserai has a total of 100 rooms, 24 of which are built around a central courtyard. There is a pool inside the courtyard and its entrance is located in a Sabat (vaulted alley) and the ice house, This old ice house dates back to the Qajar Era. Meybod Ice House is one of the few remaining ice houses located in Yazd Province which is made of adobe and mud. This ice house is comprised of walls that are high, a small pool with frozen water, a reservoir and a dome. The huge adobe dome was the place to keep the ice. then continue to Naein and there you can visit Jame mosque of Naein, This mosque is perhaps one of the oldest mosques in Iran that although belong to hundred years ago but kept its original architecture. the mosque foundation goes back to the 9th century. It has a very simple plan but is still very beautiful. The mosque contains a central rectangular courtyard that is surrounded with hypostyles on three sides. then continue to Isfahan.|
|Day 11||Isfahan||Continue your exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We start with another masterpiece of Iranian architecture in Imam Square. Here in the square, you’ll visit Shah Mosque, It is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian architecture in the Islamic era. The Royal Mosque is registered, along with the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-color mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions, then we visit Ali Qapu Palace. Ali Qapu’s building was founded in several stages, beginning from a building with a single gate, with entrance to the government building complex, and gradually developed, ending in the existing shape. The period of the development, with intervals, lasted approximately seventy years. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square.|
|Today after breakfast we start our tour and we visit the Jame mosque of Isfahan, Built during the Umayyad dynasty, it is rumored in Isfahan that one of the pillars of this Mosque was personally built by the Caliph in Damascus. Prior to it becoming a Mosque,and then we go to the south part of Isfahan called Jolfa in the Armenian region there you can visit the Vank church, The cathedral was established in 1606, dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War and on the way back to hotel you can visit the two famous bridges Siosepol, Si-o-se Pol Bridge is a stone double-deck arch bridge in Isfahan, Iran. It is also called Siose Bridge (which in Persian means “33 Bridge” or “Bridge of 33 Arches”). Si-o-se Pol Bridge is built by the chancellor Allahverdi Khan Undiladze on commission from Shah Abbas whose chancellor he was. The Khaju Bridge was built around 1650, under the reign of Abbas II, the seventh Safavid king (shah) of Iran, on the foundations of an older bridge. There is a pavilion located in the center of the structure, inside which Abbas II would have once sat, admiring the view. Today, remnants of a stone seat are all that is left of the king’s chair.|
|Leaving Isfahan behind, your first stop this morning will be in Abyaneh village which is a 2500-year-old village and it is famous for its red soil. Your overland journey continues to Kashan. You’ll also visit the historic Tabatabayiha House in Kashan. It was built around 1880, during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, for the affluent Tabatabaei family. It is one of the prominent historic houses of Kashan.|
|Today in the morning you will visit the Fin Garden completed in 1590, the Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in Iran, The garden contains numerous cypress trees and combines architectural features of the Safavid, Zandiyeh and Qajar periods. It contains Kashan’s Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor, was murdered by an assassin sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852. then continue to Tehran on the way if time permitting you can visit Qom city and the Fatima Masuma holy Shrine then you will be transferred to Imam Khomeini International Airport and fly back to your country.|
|Total Price For one person||2200 €|
|Total price For two persons||1650 € (per person)|
|Total Price For more than two person||1450 € (per person)|