8 Days/ 7 Nights Program
Rates: Per Person in Double Room*
*Rates and Itineraries subject to change without notice.
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- Guaranteed Departures
- Single Supplement.- $405.00
- 7 Nights accommodations in selected hotels.
- Meal plan available upon request, (6 dinners in restaurant +120.00; 12 Meals in restaurant +230.00).
- Transfer and sightseeing as per itinerary.
- Domestic Airfares within Iran additional 79.00.
- Services of Local English speaking guide.
- Five Start Hotel accommodations.
Highlights of Iran
Arrive at Imam Khomeini international airport, after greetings you will be transferred to the hotel and overnight there.
TEHRAN, the capital city from 19th century is now home to 12 million residents. It is situated in the foothills of the Alborz Mt. where 60 km to the northeast is the highest peak, Damavand 18,000 foot. We begin the capital tour with a visit to GOLESTAN PALACE. The complex houses the Versailles-inspired mirror – encrusted Marble Throne Hall used for the coronation of the last Shah, and a well-laid out Ethnographic Museum. This palace is located beside Tehran’s BAZAAR which is famous for its history and architecture. You will have a short stroll there. Tehran is famous for its museums and today we visit the outstanding ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which displays finds from the 7th millennium BC through the Sassanid era. Many artifacts and large stone reliefs from Persepolis are here, as well as a fine collection of items from prehistoric times up to the Sassanid Dynasty. At the end we fly to Shiraz and overnight there.
Golestan Palace Archeological Museum
Today we explore SHIRAZ, the city of roses and nightingales. Visit the tomb of HAFEZ, the greatest Iranian lyric poet and the tomb of SA’ADI whose poems and tales rills in every Iranian life. The city tour will continue by visiting the ERAM GARDEN, with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace or the NARENJESTAN GARDEN, with the richly decorated pavilion featuring a mirrored porch set among graceful trees. These two garden are the typical form of Iranian Garden which is registered as UNESCO world heritage. Continue to the pink-tiled nineteenth-century NASIR-OL-MOLK Mosque. QURAN GATE, the entrance of Shiraz will be our next stop. After visit Quran gate, we continue the tour to see illuminated SHAH CHERAGH sanctuary from outside. Our the last site to view is KARIM KHAN CITADEL or ARG-E KARIM KHANI which was built as part of a complex during the Zand dynasty and is named after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. In shape it resembles a medieval fortress. Overnight in Shiraz.
Tomb of Hafiz Eram Garden Quran Gate
An early start takes us to PERSEPOLIS (Takht-é Jamshid), the heart of the Persian Empire. Here, walk through a complex of palaces and temples that is said to be one of the architectural wonders of the world. Massive winged bulls, derived from Assyria but given a characteristic Persian stateliness, greet us at the head of a grand stairway wide enough for five horses to ride abreast. The stairway leads up to the vast platform on which the entire site is built. On the stairway up to the Apadana, the reception hall to the palace of King Darius I, survey the hundreds of figures carved in low relief exactly as Darius and Xerxes saw them. They look so fresh they might have been carved yesterday. The small museum at Persepolis has been created from the ruins of a building called the "harem of Xerxes". At NAGHSH-E ROSTAM, gaze upon the immense memorial carved for the Sassanian Ardashir I after his conquest of the Parthians. The oversize frieze remains a powerful testimony to his victory and subsequent coronation as king of Iran. Hewn into the great vertical bluff of tawny rock are also the four elaborate tombs belonging to the great Achaemenid rulers Darius I, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I, and Darius II. Just below these tombs are eight large reliefs from the Sassanian dynasty, depicting imperial conquests and royal investitures. On one of them, the Roman Emperor Philip the Arab is shown kneeling in respect before the renowned Persian king, Shapur I. Then when we arrive to ISFAHAN, we have time to stroll in the city and visit the famous bridges. Overnight in Isfahan
Naqsh-e Rostam Persepolis Persepolis
Iranians say that their lovely city is "half the world." The capital of the Safavids from the 16th century on, Isfahan is said to have the most beautiful bridges, and we will view two of them today, as we visit a myriad of spectacular sites. These include one of the world’s biggest squares, NAGHSH-E JAHAN, created in the 17th century as the center of the city. The huge, open plaza is framed by a wall of arches and surrounded by two of the Islamic world’s most impressive mosques, the Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah and the Masjed-e Emam. Both houses of worship contain magnificent architecture and tile-work. Walk through the ALI QAPU Palace with its enchanting music room and balcony overlooking the Maidan where the Safavid kings sat to watch polo tournaments. Finish our day in the Qeisarieh BAZAAR, located just off the Maidan, where hundreds of shops and stalls offer a rich variety of carpets, tiles, block printed cloth, miniature paintings and jewelry. We shall also visit CHEHEL SOTOUN, a pavilion constructed as a reception hall for visiting dignitaries by Shah Abbas II. At the end we come back to hotel and overnight there.
Naqsh-e Jahan Ali Qapu Palace Chehel Sotun
Today’s further exploration of Isfahan takes us to several memorable sites. First, visit the magnificent FRIDAY MOSQUE with its famous Uljaitu Mihrab of the Il-Khanid Period. Then it’s on to the Armenian Quarter to visit VANK CATHEDEREL, built in the imperial style and one of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district by Armenian immigrants transplanted there by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-1605. This is our last night in Isfahan. So you will have free time to stroll in city. Overnight in Isfahan.
After breakfast we continue our tour toward Tehran. En route we will visit FRIDAY MOSQUES of Natanz and then FIN GARDEN in Kashan. A historical Persian garden that contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajar chancellor, was murdered by an assassin sent by Nasereddin Shah in 1852. Completed in 1590, the Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in Iran. After it we continue the sightseeing in Bojnourdis’ house with a rectangular beautiful courtyard, delightful wall paintings by the royal painter Kamal-ol-molk, and three 40 meter tall wind towers. Arrive to Tehran and overnight in hotel.
Friday Moqsue Fin Garden
The tour will be finished by our last drive to airport for return flight.