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Persia a Taste of Poetry, Nature & History

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12 days 11 nights

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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. Thousand 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 - Tehran-Kashan (545 km)
At your arrival, VIP treatment in Tehran’s lounge, while waiting for your luggage to be delivered (Drinks & snacks). Welcome & Greeting by your Guide & transfer to Hotel Axis 4*, opposite of Air-port Arrival Terminal for the rest of the night.
03:90, appointment with your guide & drivers for transfer to Kashan ( approximately 2 hours & 90
Check-in at Manouchehri House, a beautiful Charming 71th century traditional house. Lunch: Ameri 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: Manouchehri Hause (Innovative Persian Cuisine)
Kashan, Manouchehri or Ameriha boutique hotel
Day 2 - Kashan-Abyaneh-Isfahan (542 km)
Departure at around 03:00 AM from Kashan for Isfahan. On your way, visit of Village of Abyaneh (Unesco World Heritage): One of the Iranian historical villages that contains some works from Sassa-nid period to the present time. It owns several unequal attributions just like the unique temple of "Herpak", a Chief mosque with a unique mihrab from Seljukian period, houses harmonious with cli-mate and mountainous land. One can see Sassanid Pahlavic words in daily conversation as well as villagers' clothing that is rooted in earlier times.
Lunch: Traditional Restaurant in Abyaneh.
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 !
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 3 - Isfahan
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 & Isfahans Bazar.
Diner: Sofeh Restaurant (situated on a stone hill with city’s view)
Isfahan, Hotel Abasi 5* Charming, Garden Rooms
Day 4 - Isfahan
Continuation of Isfahan discovery: Chehel Sotoon Palace, principal Safavid Palace situated in a beau-tiful garden. Hasht Behesht Palace, a Qajar area Palace. Walking tour of “Jolfa” the Armenian Quar-ter.
Lunch: Khansar Gostar Restaurant in Armenian Quarter.
In the afternoon, visit of Vank Cathedral and a “Zoor Khaneh” a traditional Sport outfit.
Diner: Salman Restaurant (traditional organic food)
Isfahan, Hotel Abasi 5* Charming, Garden Rooms
Day5 - Isfahan-Na’in-Meybod-Chak Chak-Yazd (398 km)
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 Meybod to visit the Narenj Castle. Off the road to Yazd, you’ll stop by a Zoroastrian Scared monument “Chak Chak”. Arrival late afternoon in Yazd.
Lunch: BBQ in desert.
Diner: Hotel Moshir Garden
Yazd, Hotel Moshir Garden , Charming
Day 6 - Yazd
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 410. 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 7170. Tower of Silence: Zoroas-trian funeral monuments on the outskirts of Yazd
Diner: Moshir Garden Restaurant (International food)
Yazd, Hotel Moshir Garden , Charming
Day 7 - Yazd-Abarkouh-Pasargadae-Shiraz (452 km)
A long day road through deserts & highlands of central Iran. Stop at Abarkouh, a small city famous for it’s 4700 years old cypress measuring 43 meters length and 77 meters width !
Lunch: BBQ in desert
Continuation to 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.
Diner: Traditional Restaurant, Hotel Zandieh
Hotel Zandieh 5*, in the heart of Shiraz
Day 8 - Shiraz
Shiraz: Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for more than 0222 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 7171–17), 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 73th 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.
Hotel Zandieh 5*, Shiraz
Day 9 - Shiraz-Persepolis-Shiraz
Day trip 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 7390s 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 720 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 770 years.
Lunch: Local restaurant near Persepolis.
Few minutes drive north of Persepolis you’ll visit Achaemenid & Sassanide funeral monuments of : Naqsh-e-Rostam & Naqsh-e-Rajab: 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.
Naqsh-e Rajab is directly opposite the turn-off to Naqsh-e Rostam. Three fine Sassanian bas-reliefs are hidden from the road by the folds of a rocky hill and depict various scenes from the reigns of Ardashir I and Shapur the Great.
Back to Shiraz around 07:00 PM for a rest at your hotel.
Diner: A Garden restaurant nearby Shiraz.
Hotel Zandieh 5*, Shiraz
Day 10 - Shiraz - Tehran
Visit of Shah Cheragh, a glittering Shrine with a golden dome and the inside walls are covered by countless minute mirror tiles. Narenjestan Garden & palace, initially the residence of Ghavam fami-ly the Governor of Fars. A huge courtyard planted with rows of palm and orange trees, the Bagh-e Naranjestan is the setting for the opulently decorated Naranjastan-e Qavam pavilion.
Lunch: leisure in Narnjestan Garden
Eram Garden: Famous for its tall cypress trees, this Unesco-listed garden was laid out during the Qajar period but incorporates elements from an earlier Seljuk landscape. Social anthropologists will love it – the many hidden corners of the gardens are wildly popular with young locals . The garden is designed around a pretty pool beside a Qajar-era palace, the Kakh-e Eram (Eram Palace), which is not open to the public. Anglican Church of St Simon the Zealot: built by R Norman Sharp in 7391, is very Iranian in character and even contains stone tablets with biblical stories incised on them in cu-neiform, probably by Sharp. According to local tradition, St Simon was martyred in Persia together with St Thaddeus, another of the 72 Apostles.
Diner: Traditional Persian food & music After Diner, Transfer to Shiraz International Airport for around 7 hour flight to Tehran. Transfer from MehrAbad airport to the hotel and overnight.
Tehran, Espinas Palace Hotel (5*)
Day 11 - Tehran
Tehran , is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 77 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.
The city can be roughly divided into two different parts - north and south. The northern districts of Tehran are more prosperous, modern, cosmopolitan and expensive while southern parts are less attractive but cheaper.
Full day city tour of Tehran including National museum, Golestan Palace, and Jewelry museum.
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 7111, 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.
Espinas Palace hotel 5*, Tehran
Day 12 - Tehran
According to the flight time, you will be transferred to IKIA to flight back to your homeland.

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In spring and autumn, the temperature can vary between 77 to 90 degrees. In the north, from Tehran to Isfahan, the temperature during the day varies between 20 and 27 degrees and in the evening between 77 to 20 degrees.
To the south, in the region of Shiraz, Kerman and Yazd, we must expect slightly higher temperatures. The climate is dry.
The best time to visit Iran is between the months of April and end of May and September to October.
The Iranian currency is Rial, but most prices are in Toman: 70 Rials = 7 Toman
7 USD = about 30,000 Rials 7 Euro = 770,000 Rials
We advise you to take with you US dollars or Euros..
Our representatives will assist you to change your money.
Except for military areas, the use of cameras and video cameras are allowed.
In Iran, for respect for Islamic law, women must always cover body and hair. Scarf, pants and a large jacket with long sleeves are recommended.
The importation and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
No vaccinations are required.
We take care of the visa formalities.


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