Day 1- Arrival-Tehran
Welcome to glorious Iran. Tehran, Iran’s capital, locating on the slopes of snowcapped Alborz mountains, is the nation’s dynamic beating heart and a combination of modernity and history. You will be met on arrival at Tehran International airport and transferred to your hotel. After taking short rest, head to the downtown Tehran and explore its different cultural layers. We visit Iran national museum, aging more than 70 years. It is not only the largest museum of History and Archaeology of the country, but ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums of the world in regard to grand volume, diversity and quality of its huge monuments. 30 Tir street where the museum is located, is now one the recreational spots in the city. Though being teemed with cultural features, the street had lost its heydays hustle and bustle. However, it is lined with colorful and bright street food stands recently. it boomed once again. Our next stop is Abgineh museum, at the end of this historical street. It is full of pottery works and ceramics. The last place we visit on the first day of our tour is Golestan palace and museum (UNESCO world Heritage Site). We can review Qajar history by walking through the Halls and Gallery and a stunning Garden inspired by the European architecture.
Once again Tehran hosts us. This time north of Iran’s capital and way more modern face of it changes your beliefs basically. Due to years of stability, advanced highways, bridges and tunnels, numerous parks and modern monuments has changed the cities face little by little. Sadabad and Niavaran palaces (2 museums each) represent the most recent royal legacies, Qajar and Pahlavi. Delve into Tajrish Bazaar, locals favorite, is the end of our trip.
Day 3- Tehran-Kashan
After an almost 3 hours driving we enter Kashan. This small city tells amazing stories as well as awe-inspiring detailed stucco of town’s influential families’ houses which reveal millions of secrets. Tabatabaeis and Borujerdis houses are bearing most of these stories. The later one is said to be built for the sake of a passionate love, where you can still feel its sweetness. Another Iranian garden with high walls and higher cedars, quite visible from behind wall, is our next stop. Fin Garden (UNESCO world Heritage Site) and its famous historical bath in which one of Iran’s greatest prime ministers has been murdered has buried stories for years.
After breakfast, head to an exotic village, a red village on the way to Kashan. Some of the best things to do in Kashan are, ironically, not in Kashan. Locating 70 kilometer southeast of Kashan, Abyaneh is like a red diamond in the middle of desert context. Red clay Houses bear an ancient architectural style. Women mostly wear red knee-length skirt and white floral long scarf. Usually, in spring you can take a leisurely walk among the narrow and sloped lanes and pass the village’s only Jame Mosque with a big decorated wooden door and greet with old women in sitting a group of two or three in the region’s custom. You can’t see them anywhere but here in this small village. Our journey to glorious Iran continues.
Day 5- Isfahan
Put all the wonders aside, nowhere in glorious Iran can even get close to Isfahan. Four hundred years ago, Isfahan was larger than London and more cosmopolitan than Paris. Elegant bridges crossed its modest river, lavishly outfitted polo players dashed across the world’s largest square and hundreds of domes and minarets punctuated the skyline. To get the most out of our day in Isfahan, we first visit Naqsh-e Jahan (Meidan Emam ) square (UNESCO world Heritage Site) where once polo players boasted about their horse riding abilities in matches to entertain the ruler, Shah Abbasi. Once you enter the square, you can’t hold but admiring all the effort they made to leave an impressive legacy after their fall. Breathtaking mosques, Shah (Imam) and sheikh lotf-ol-lah, Ali Qapu palace and entrance to a vast bazaar, form four sides of the square. Locals call Isfahan half the world and who ever visits the shining capital of Persia, believe in this rhythmic proverb. The city’s most famous bridge, Si-o Seh Pol (Bridge of 33 Arches) is nearly 1,000 feet long and 45 feet wide. Another as eye catching as Si-o Seh pol, Khaju bridge and delightful coffee shops are a common gathering place in the evenings.
Day 6 – Isfahan
We continue exploring Isfahan. Another outstanding masterpiece in the city is Jameh Mosque (UNESCO world Heritage Site). Its yard and azure-tiled arches make you stop and shot photos in order to recall the beauty even after leaving the city. To end our fantastic excursion in culture-ridden streets of Isfahan we head to Chehel sotun Palace (UNESCO world Heritage Site) where 20 pillars double by reflection in the pond in front. In the afternoon we stroll leisurely through Jolfa district. The most important Christian residential in Iran, lined with shops and restaurants and fabulous churches. It’s almost the only remaining main Christian area in Iran. Being part of the city center now, Jolfa still retains its distinctive nature as well as architect. Vank cathedral and two other churches with influential figures being buried there, host most pilgrims from in and outside Isfahan.
Day 7- Isfahan-Meybod- Yazd
Owing to the years of being in the center of attention, glorious Iran is teemed with a bunch of things to visit. Consequently, we have a short stop in different places en route. A tiny town on the way to Isfahan full of historical monuments can tell you how active this part of glorious Iran used to be. Pigeon tower (an old post office), Narin castle, Jameh Mosque of Meybod, Ceramic shops where you can find the best pottery works made by locals who learn to make it from early childhood. Hit the road again and drive to Yazd.
Day 8- Yazd
The city may seem quite old at the first glance but after hanging some time out, you will discover it pretty live. Locals with their distinguishable accent are proud of their ancestors who has solved the water shortage problem by inventing Qanats. Dating back around 3,000 years, the Qanat is an ingenious and sustainable solution to Iran’s dearth of easily accessible water. People pump water from deep down the ground to the surface and then pipe it to farms and the whole city. This chain of Qanats, listed as UNESCO heritage, continue to eastern cities. The old neighborhood(Historic city of Yazd) (UNESCO world Heritage Site) is lying down calmly for ages in the middle of the city. Along these decaying maze of narrow alleys you can listen to untold stories and visit Ziaeyeh school (Alexander prison) and old houses turned into tea houses. Amirchakhmaq complex, Zoroastrian fire temple, tallest wind tower in Dolatabad Garden and a true architectural masterpiece, Jameh Mosque, catches your eyes from the moment you enter the city.
Day 9- Yazd- Pasargadae- Persepolis
Leave every historical places you have ever seen in glorious Iran behind and head to the greatest ancient remnants. A 2500-year-old complex of palaces which once used to be the most glorious capital of the world’s most sophisticated nation. The complex consists of the Persepolis (UNESCO world Heritage Site) itself, Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rostam; it literally means “city of the dead” in the ancient Greek) as well as Naghsh-e Rajab. Despite being burned in a hostile fire, it still stands strong and majestic on a one piece rock platform above the ground floor. To complete the story of ancient Achaemenes’s empire we drive to Pasargadae (UNESCO world Heritage Site). Pasargadae, where Cyrus, the great tomb is located; a simple but majestic structure reminds us of the magical stories told about him.
Day 10- Persepolis-Shiraz
Today we enter the city of poem, flower and nightingales. Shiraz is famous for many things. Once you enter the city, you can feel the friendliness and hospitality among locals. In Shiraz, city of secrets, you won’t have trouble finding things to do. Whether you are a history buff or into culture and nature, you won’t be disappointed. You can wander its streets, stroll in gardens, admire elaborate architectural relics and more over delve into the astonishing traditional bazaars. We visit Vakil complex which is named after the popular Zand-era king’s nickname Vakiloroaya. You can buy Iranian handicrafts as well as the city delicious sweets. Enjoy walking in Karimkhan Citadel whose bitter orange trees’ smell fills the whole city during spring.
Day 11- Shiraz
One more day to explore this lovely city and in order to discover why Persian Gardens are listed in UNESCO, we visit Eram Garden (UNESCO world Heritage Site). It is one of the best examples of Persian gardens. Then we visit Nasirolmolk mosque. Although it is small but by far the most sought after place in Shiraz. Where you can see rise and fall of colorful rainbows during the day even when it’s not rainy. We can visit Hafez and Saadi tombs, two of Iranian great poets whose works are Persian literature masterpieces indeed. Regardless of age, Iranians frequently quote verses and sentences in their daily life even after centuries. Their tombs are both located in desirable gardens. Locals refer to Hafez’s poem book mostly to lighten their way in hard moments and difficulties and in traditional occasions such as Yalda. At the end of this unforgettable trip we head to Shiraz Airport, leave glorious Iran and fly back home.