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15-Day A Taste of Poetry, Nature & History

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15 days 14 nights

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20 people

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English

Overview

 

Since the most ancient times, IRAN has been an exception !

Between the Arab World, Indian, Turkish and European, it forms a hetero- geneous ethnic whole, which has always claimed his difference and man- aged to retain its formal independence.

The “Land of the Aryans”, long called “Persia” by Western world, suffered countless invasions during its long history, generating through architectural, religious and literary influences, a complex civilization that has always managed to protect and to revive his language, culture and political autonomy.

With this program you will get to the heart of a sensitive and complex country where the souls of Cyrus, Alexander and the great conquerors are never far away. Here, the story falls through archaeological treasures whose origin is lost in the mists of time, but also in the eyes of a proud people.

This is an invitation not to discover but to feel, to vibrate in unison an out of the ordinary country, engaging and mysterious. Thousands of faces that interact, forming a magical chemistry between nature, history, culture and poetry.

A smile, a hand reaching towards the traveler to invite him to share the Iranian traditional festivals, to be charmed by the music accents and dis- cover the pleasures of a fine cuisine.

A dazzling trip to a country that we want, in the manner of the great travelers of the early century, immortalized in a discovery between notes, sketches and memories.

An Iran where we leave a bit of our soul for the sake of returning.

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Day 1
Day 1

At your arrival, treatment in Tehran’s lounge, while waiting for your luggage to be delivered. Welcome & Greeting by your Guide & transfer to Hotel Espinas Palace 5*

Day 2
Day 2

Tehran , is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, it is situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people. It deserves at least a few days of your Iranian itinerary.
At the time of the Zand dynasty, it was a little town that was significant from a strategic point of view. The first of the Qajar kings, Agha Mohammed Khan, named Tehran as the country's capital in 1778, and most of its growth started during the reign of a subsequent Qajar monarch, Fath-Ali Shah. The castle which Agha Mohammed Khan had built was to contain the new majestic buildings.
At the same time, the city's populace was redoubled. Due to the increasing significance of the city, gates, squares and mosques were built and it was at the time of Nassereddin Shah that the city's master sketch was prepared and modern streets were constructed. Later, huge central squares like Toopkhaneh square (now Imam Khomeini) and quite a few military buildings were built. Even though the Qajar dynasty was in a period of decline, Tehran soon took the shape of a modern city. The structure of large government buildings, new streets, recreation centres, urban service organizations, and academic and methodical centres were started, even as most of the old gates and buildings were destroyed and the city's old architectural fabric replaced by a contemporary one.

Full day city tour including National museum, Golestan Palace, and Jewelry museum

Tehran, Espinas Palace Hotel (5*)

Day 3
Day 3

08:00, appointment with your guide & driver for transfer to Kashan ( approximately 3 hours).

Check-in at your Hotel, a beautiful Charming traditional house.

In the afternoon, visit of Kashan: Situated on the edge of Kavir, Iran’s central desert, this beautiful city is an oasis of secret beauties ! A collection of finest Persian traditional Houses in a well pre-served old city, a Royal Garden, probably the most beautiful and preserved of the country, and countless mausoleums & religious monuments.

Diner: Parsi Traditional house (Innovative Persian Cuisine)

Kashan, Parsi Traditional hotel

Day 4
Day 4

Departure at around 09:00 AM from Kashan for Isfahan. On your way, visit of Rose Gardens , And Natanz City

Lunch: Traditional Restaurant in Isfahan

Continuation to Isfahan: Iran’s Hidden Jewel ! “Half of The World”, this is how Isfahan was called at his Golden Age under Safavids. Rich in monuments, it’s probably the city that best evokes the “ One Thousand & One Nights” in our imagination!
In the afternoon, visit of Vank Cathedral and Music museum with the live performance of Iran’s Traditional music.

Late Afternoon: Walking tour in Isfahan along the river Zayandeh rood, crossing historical bridges “Siose Pol” & “Khadjou” & the famous Historical Boulevard “ Chahar Bagh” (4 gardens).

Diner: Hotel Abasi Garden Restaurant

Isfahan, Hotel Abasi 5* Charming, Garden Rooms

Day 5
Day 5

The visit of Isfahan starts with Naghshe Jahan Square, a splendid space housing the Architectural Marvels of Safavid dynasty: Blue Shah Mosque, private Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapoo Palace and the entrance to Ispahan’s grand Bazar.

Lunch: Traditional Restaurant

In the afternoon: Visit of Jameh Mosque & Isfahan’s grand Bazzar.

Diner: Sofeh Restaurant (situated on a stone hill with city’s view)

Isfahan, Hotel Abasi 5* Charming, Garden Rooms

Day 6
Day 6

Departure early in the morning for a day long excursion by a road through the Iranian central desert surrounded by mountains. You’ll have a first stop in Na’in, well known for it’s carpet design. Visit of Jameh Mosque, one of the oldest in Iran. Continuation further south to Mesr village on the bank of central desert of Iran. We will have an interesting night in an equipped guesthouse in the desert.
Lunch: on the way

Diner: Birahe Traditional guesthouse

Birahe Traditional guesthouse

Day 7
Day 7

Today we are going to do some adventure in the desert by 4wd cars, trekking on the sand dunes, Camel riding and sight seeing will be the activities of our day
Diner: Birahe Traditional guesthouse

Birahe Traditional guesthouse

Day 8
Day 8

In the early morning of today, we depart toward Yazd. On the road we will stop by an old complex of “Kharanaq” . After that on the road to Yazd we will have another stop in “Meybod” to visit “Narenj-Qalee”, the old monuments(Old water reservoir, Ice house , and …) and a ceramic workplace. Arrival late afternoon in Yazd
Lunch: on the way

Diner: At the hotel
Yazd, Hotel Safaeieh , 5*

Day 9
Day 9

Today, discover the fascinating Yazd: With its winding lanes, forest of badgirs (wind catcher), mud-brick old town, Yazd is one of the highlights of any trip to ran. Wedged between the northern Dasht-e Kavir and southern Dasht-e Lut, it doesn’t have the big-ticket sights of Esfahan or Shiraz, but it’s equally enchanting. This is a place to wander and get lost in the maze of historic streets and lanes, not to mention your imagination. It’s also an ideal base for day trips to several evocative villages and towns. Yazd has been known for its silks and other fabrics since before Marco Polo passed through. It is also home to Iran’s second-largest population of Zoroastrians, the religion of Persian Empire before Islam.

Visits: Yazd Old City, with it’s wind towers and baked-brown labyrinth of lanes, the old city of Yazd emerges like a phoenix from the desert. Atashkadeh (temple of fire) scared Zoroastrian monument with it’s scared fire burning since about AD 470. Jameh Mosque dominating the old city, this mag-nificent building has a tiled entrance portal that is one of the tallest in Iran. The exquisite mosaics on the dome and mirhab are probably the most beautiful used in Iran.
Lunch: Traditional Restaurant in Khan bath
In the afternoon, visit of Dowlat Abad Garden, once the residence of Persian regent Karim Khan Zand, this small pavilion set amid Unesco-listed gardens was built in 1750. Tower of Silence: Zoroas-trian funeral monuments on the outskirts of Yazd

Diner: Moshir Garden Restaurant

Yazd, Hotel Safaeieh , 5*

Day 10
Day 10

A long day road through deserts & highlands of central Iran. The first stop will be Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. Its palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and archi-tecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.


Lunch: A traditional restaurant on way

After lunch drive to visit Achaemenid & Sassanide funeral monuments of : Naqsh-e-Rostam : The rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam are magnificent. Hewn out of a cliff high above the ground, the four tombs are believed to be those of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I (from left to right as you look at the cliff) although historians are still debating this. The tombs of the later Artaxerxes above Persepolis were modelled on these. The cruciform design of the tombs supposedly represents the cardinal points, but some historians wonder wheth-er this religious symbol has any relationship to the Christian cross.
After that a few minutes drive to Persepolis: Magnificent Persepolis embodies the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenid Empire…World’s first Universal Empire and also its demise. The monumental staircas-es, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you in no doubt how grand this empire was, just as the broken and fallen columns attest that its end was both emphatic and merciless.
Today's ruins are a mere shadow of Persepolis’s former glory, but extensive excavations that began in the 1930s have allowed us to gain some idea of the scope and majesty of the place.
Work here began with Darius I (the Great), who took the throne in 520 BC. It was added to by a host of subsequent kings, including Xerxes I and II, and Artaxerxes I, II and III, over a period of more than 150 years.

Keep driving to Shiraz to rest at your hotel.

Diner: Restaurant, Grand hotel of Shiraz

Shiraz Grand hotel 5*, in the main gate of Shiraz

Day 11
Day 11

Shiraz: Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for more than 2000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry and wine. It was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (AD 1747–79), when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored. A city of poets, Shiraz is home to the graves of Hafez and Sa’di, both major pilgrimage sites for Iranians. It’s also home to splendid gardens, exquisite mosques and whispered echoes of ancient sophistication.

Visits: Bazar, Mosque & Bath of Vakil, dating back to Zand dynasty, Arge Karim Khan.

Lunch: A local traditional restaurant with fish specialties

In the afternoon, Nasir Al Molk Mosque, one of the most elegant and photographed mosques in southern Iran. Built at the end of the 19th century, its colored tiling (an unusually deep shade of blue) is exquisite. Hafez Mausoleum: Hafez the poet is an Iranian folk hero – loved, revered and as popular as many a modern pop star. Almost every Iranian can quote his work, bending it to which-ever social or political persuasion they subscribe. And there is no better place to try to understand Hafez’s eternal hold on Iran than here at his tomb. Set in a charming garden with two pools, the whole scene is restful despite the ever-present traffic noise. We plan to spend a couple of hours sitting in a discreet corner of the grounds, at sunset, to watch the way Iranians react to what is, for many, a pilgrimage site !

Diner: Traditional at a modern & originally decorated restaurant with traditional Persian music.

Shiraz Grand hotel 5*,

Day 12

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Day 13
Day 13

The largest island in the Persian Gulf, Qeshm is fringed with biologically diverse mangrove forests, attractive beaches and 60 Bandari villages. Its sun-scorched interior features geologically significant canyons, hills, caves and valleys, most of which are protected as part of the Unesco-recognised Qeshm Island Geopark – bliss for nature-lovers.

Full day excursion around Qeshm including Chah Kooh valley, Mangrove forest of Qeshm, a boat trip toward Hengam island to watch the dolphins, visit the traditional workshop of old way ship making.


Qeshm , Irman

Day 14
Day 14

A boat trip to Hormuz Island which has been known the colorful Island of Iran. Hormuz Island has an area of 42 km2 (16 sq mi). It is covered by sedimentary rock and layers of volcanic material on its surface. The highest point of the island is about 186 metres (610 ft) above sea level. Due to a lack of precipitation, the soil and water are salty. Specialists have helped cultivar white mangrove or Hara trees to grow in the climate. Due to the lack of fresh water, Iranian engineers have constructed a water pipeline from the mainland. There are many virgin beaches that go all around the island.

Full day excursion of Hormuz including soil mine, the ruins of Portuguese castle, rocky sea sides, back to Qeshm, Flight to Tehran, Transfer to Ibis hotel which is located in the opposite side of IK international airport to rest
Hotel Ibis 4*

Day 15

Transfer to the departure hall of IK International Airport at 05:30 am . Flight back home.

Included/Exclude

  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees (Cable and car and Moon Valley)
  • Box lunch water, banana apple and chocolate
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drink
  • Tickets

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