Beauty of Ancient Iran (14-nights & 15-days) Code 401
Persia is full of valuable treasure. Beauty of Ancient Iran can be a good option for those who are interested in discovering Persian heritage, culture and history especially in the centre and west. In this 15-day tour, you can visit the most important treasures of Persian empire including Kermanshah, Ahwaz, Shushtar, Shiraz, Isfahan, Hamedan, etc. The transportation includes best quality land vehicles. You can visit the greatest monuments ever built in the world and experience thousands years of history in just 15 days. The tourists can become familiar with various historical periods of Persia through visiting these cities.
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Imam Khomeini International Airport
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After a short rest, you can visit Jewelry Museum to see Persian arts. After visiting the museum, Golestan Palace, the former royal Qajar complex and the oldest historic monuments in Tehran, will welcome you. In the afternoon, you can visit the sixth-tallest tower in the world, Milad Tower and enjoy its different parts.
Early in the morning, you will visit Kashan, the city of rosewater, a beautiful oasis city with a 9,000 years of civilization to become familiar with its historic architecture through Tabatabaee house (built in 1880’s) and Boroojerdi house (built in 1857). The delightful Fin garden, designed in the 16th century, also welcomes you. It is a garden and a public bath.
Drive to Abyaneh in the third day of this tour. A fantastic village with red buildings. Its kind people are in traditional dress. Walk in the mud-brick town. After lunch, you will go to Isfahan, half the world.
In this day, a full day city tour of Isfahan is waiting for you. You can visit Naghsh-e-Jahan Square including Qeysarie Gate, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu, and Imam Mosque. This historical complex was constructed between 1598 and 1629. Afterwards, you can visit Chehel Sotoun, a place where the ambassadors and dignitaries were welcomed by Shah Abbas II, Safavid King.
In this day you, can visit Armenian Vank Cathedral established in 1606. After visiting historical bridges of Isfahan, the Jameh Mosque is waiting for you; it has two minarets which are among the highest ones of Persian mosque.
Leave Isfahan early in the morning to drive to Yazd. You can visit Nain on the way. Some of its outstanding monuments such as Jameh Mosque (one of the first 4 mosques built in Iran) and Pirnia Traditional House (built in Safavid era) are waiting for you. In the afternoon, after a short rest in Yazd, you can visit Water Museum, another interesting place in Yazd. It can show you the hidden world of waterways through photos and instruments.
After breakfast, you can visit some of Yazd’s beautiful ancient sites: Amir Chakhmaq Complex (built in the 15th century) with its symmetrical sunken alcoves; Fire temple of Zoroastrian built in 1934; Jameh Mosque (12th century); and Dowlatabd Garden, a historic Persian garden built in 1747. It is famous for its highest wind tower in Iran.
In the morning, you will drive to Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran. En route you can visit two ancient structures. One of them is Persepolis, the glory of Persian empire and the ceremonial capital of Achaemenid empire was founded by Darius (486-522 B. C.). Necropolis or Naghsh-e-Rustam, is the other site which belongs to both Achaemenid and Sassanid Periods. It has four large tombs cut into the cliffs.
After breakfast, you can visit one of the most elegant architectural site of Iran, Zaniyah Complex containing the Arg, Vakil Bath, Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. After lunch and a short rest, visit Hafeziyeh, the tomb of the biggest Persian mystic and sonneteer born in 8th century.
Early in the morning, you will drive to Kazerun. Bishapur, an ancient city in Kazerun, will be an interesting destination for you. This city, founded in 266 by Shapur I (the second Sassanid king), was built near a river. Here you can see both Persian and Roman art and architecture combined together. Afterwards, you will welcome with nomads and enjoy their music, dance and hospitality (it should be noted, however, visiting nomads in this region depends upon the season). After visiting this site, you will continue to Ahwaz.
After breakfast, you will drive to Chogha-Zanbil, an ancient Elamite complex and one of the few existence ziggurats. You will certainly eager to visit the ruins of the holy city of Kingdom of Elam founded in 1250 B. C. Afterwards, drive to Shushtar to visit its ancient city. It was the summer capital during Sassanian era. The city traced back to Darius (5th centry). It is famous because of its hydraulic system.
After breakfast, the tour will continue to Kermanshah. After a short rest at the hotel, you can visit Taq Bostan, meaning arch made by stone. It is a series of large rock reliefs in the heart of Zagros mountains registered by UNESCO heritage site.
After breakfast, you can visit Behistun, a multilingual inscription and large rock relief on a cliff which attracts a lot of visitors every year. Then continue to reach Hamedan.
In the morning, you have a chance to visit Ali-Sadr Cave, the most marvelous cave and the largest explored cave in Earth. It is located about 100 km north of Hamedan. It contains several large, deep and beautiful lakes. The boats take tourists through the cave. Its wall can extend up to 40 m high. It is a highly recommended destination for tourists. Afterwards, drive to Tehran.
In the last day of this tour, you will be transferred to airport to depart.