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For thousands of years, Iranians have inspired the world with their civilization, hospitality, and warmth. Monuments including Persepolis, historical mosques and houses, Persian gardens and traditional bazaars reflect the understanding, diversity, and absorption of both political and religious circumstances of past and present Iranian societies. Rashin Travel professionally promotes cultural travel programs for those seeking rich, in-depth exploration of Persian history and culture, both ancient and modern, while emphasizing respect and understanding of local customs and traditions. Stay tuned with Glories of Persia, 15 Days Iran Tour.
In Iran, fairy tales from 1001 Nights come to life: In Glories of Persia, 15 Days Iran tour we stroll between the mud buildings of Yazd through narrow streets, stroll through the lovely gardens of Shiraz, gaze in awe at the fire temple of Zoroastrians, look at the oldest flame in the world and stand fascinated in front of the blue-tiled mosques and palaces Isfahan. In the land of Ayatollahs and veiled women, we are surprised by the great openness and tremendous warmth of the people. There are delicious, sweet pastries everywhere and we find ourselves in a “robber’s cave” for tea. In the bazaars of the cities, Persians and nomads, like in Sindbad, offer their traditional goods. In the Zagros Mountains we visit a nomadic tribe and learn interesting facts about the millennia-old Persian traditions, which have survived as well as the ancient remains of the old capital Persepolis.
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Landing in Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), Our guide is already waiting takes us directly to the hotel.
After breakfast, our first discovery tour starts. We will lean back on the bus and enjoy magnificently decorated palaces, glittering mosques, old bazaars, modern high-rise buildings and shopping centers from the window. After half an hour we reach the Niavaran Palace, where we visit the main part of the palace. At lunchtime, we will go to Tajrish bazaar. Do you know white mulberries or have you ever tried camel yoghurt? If you are feeling peckish, there is bound to be a tasty snack in the bazaar before we visit the Crown Jewel Museum in downtown Tehran. In the early evening we will back in our hotel.
The road to Isfahan is long, but also varied due to the desert landscape and the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. After 3 hours will reach the extraordinary village of Abyaneh, which lies at the foot of the Karkas mountain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Abyane village customs are still remained, the women wear colorful dresses and even the old dialect has been preserved. The mud structures press against the rocks and are hardly recognizable from a distance. We enjoy the serenity of this quaint village on a walk (approx. 1 hour, easy) and have the opportunity to have lunch on the imposing panoramic terrace of the Hotel Viuna. We still have about 180 kilometers to go, so in the evening we reach our centrally located hotel in Isfahan, which will be our home for three nights.
Today start our city tour on foot from our centrally located hotel. After a few minutes we reach Nagsh-e Jahan Square (Imam square). The third largest square in the world is flanked on three sides by great architecture. The great Ali Qapu Palace is in the west. On the opposite is the Shah Mosque and on the north side a masterpiece of Safavid architecture, the Sheik Lotfollah Mosque. Both mosques shine with their blue tiled entrance areas and the blue domes in the sunlight. We visit the Sheik Lotfollah Mosque, the Palace and then the Chehel Sotoun Palace, the so-called "Forty Pillar Palace", before we enjoy some free time to stroll through the bazaar and great Naqsh-e Jahan square If you like, you can have lunch in one of the restaurants around the square. Afterwards we meet again with our guide and visit the Azadegan tea house together, which looks like a real robber's cave due to its unusual decoration. Then we take the bus to the Armenian district called Jolfa. In Jolfa district we will visit Vank Cathedral with its beautiful biblical murals. In the attached museum, exhibits, pictures and documentaries tell about the moving history of Armenia. Our guide gives us a restaurant tip for dinner before we drive back to the hotel.
We leave Isfahan for a trip to the mountains. If in the proper season (summer time), we visit the nomads in their summer camp. We enjoy the lunch they have prepared. We also get to know the simple life of these people up close. During our stay in their tent, we learn that despite their traditional way of life, modernity is also arriving. In the cooler months we visit a local family for lunch in a village or, if the weather permits, we sit in the nomad tent of our hotel owner and learn more about the everyday life of this nomad family. Then in winter we take a local minibus near the Murad ice cave and hike through a narrow gorge (approx. 0.5 hours, easy) until we reach the cave. If the path or the cave is not accessible due to the weather conditions, we visit the 120-year-old merchant house of the influential chief of the Bakhtiari nomads in Shahrekord. In the evening we drive to the nearby hotel in Kuhrang for the night.
After breakfast in the hotel, we walk to the nearby Ali Khan waterfall: a nice setting for a photo and a short hike along the river. Around noon the bus takes us back to Isfahan in about two to three hours. You have the rest of the afternoon for yourself. In the evening we meet again to visit Zayandeh River, where we want to stroll along the 33-arch (Siosepol bridge) and the Khaju bridge. Then we spread blankets on the shore and picnic next to Iranian families.
Today we will say goodbye to Isfahan and heat the road for the next highlight of Iran. Around noon we reach Pasargadae, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great. We visit the famous tomb and then continue to the old royal city of Persepolis. After a snack in a small restaurant, we marvel at columns and reliefs over 2,500 years old, which testify to the power and wealth of the Achaemenid rulers. Our guide takes us to the Spring Palace and the Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rostam), where we can admire the rock tombs of the Achaemenid kings. Then there is another bus ride ahead of us until we reach Shiraz in the evening, the hometown of poets and Persian poetry.
Today we explore Shiraz on foot and by bus all day. We visit the Nasir-al molk Mosque, also known as the “Pink Mosque”. Then we walk to to Vakil bazaar and Saraye Moshir to visit a wide range of Persian carpets, spices and gold glittering jewelry. We walk across the bazaar to the Karim Khan Citadel, which we can admire from the outside. After the lunch time, we will visit Ali Ebn-e-Hamzah Shrine, which impresses us with its mirrored vault. In the afternoon we walk in the footsteps of the local poet Hafiz in Hafeziye and we walk through the Eram garden as well.
It is not far from here to the hotel. Perhaps you would like to arrange an evening meal near the hotel in the evening.
Today we have to get up early because we have a long way to go. We reach our first stage destination Neyriz after about three hours. Here we turn off the path for a very special detour off the normal route. We change in taxis and reach Palangan after approx. 45 drive, where we take a short hike through the "Valley of the Iranian Tiger" (approx. 1 hour, easy). Our second bus stage on this day takes us further east: For the route ahead of us, about 350 km through the south of the province of Fars to Kerman, we need about five hours driving time. We reach our hotel in the evening.
Today we start early for a trip to the edge of the Lut desert. An approximately one-and-a-half-hour drive through the mountainous landscape east of Kerman takes us to the lower desert areas. Shahdad is the last inhabited town on the edge of the desert. The Lut desert is almost invincible due to its sometimes kilometer-long rock formations, the Kaluts, which are arranged in parallel lines. We stop near the Kaluts and take a little walk between the rocks. Afterwards we head west again and after a two-hour drive in Rayen we visit the clay citadel, where our tour guide explains the special desert architecture during a tour. After this visit it is not far to Mahan. There we stroll through the Baq-e Shahzadeh (prince's garden) and enjoy the advantages of Persian garden architecture, which makes optimal use of the climatic conditions and offers refreshment in the desert climate with fountains and watercourses. A short bus ride takes us to the mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Val8, a famous Iranian Sufi master and poet. After about an hour's drive, we reach our hotel in Kerman in the evening.
Today will explore Khanjali Khan complex and the bazaar in Kerman in the morning. At lunchtime we make our way to the fascinating cave city of Meymand, where we arrive in the late afternoon. A will walk through Meymand. Have you ever stayed in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Today is the day! The city of Meymand was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. People lived here in the caves 12,000 years ago - we will do the same. A very special experience!
The founder of religion Zarathustra founded his religion hundreds of years before Christianity. In Yazd there are still many adherents of his faith today. The city is known for two types of towers: first, the wind catcher towers, which provide the homes with cooler air, and second, the "towers of silence" that are no longer used. In the Temple of Zarathustra, we learn a little more about this special religion when we see the “oldest flame in the world”. Yazd is also an important center of Islamic Shiite belief, which we will learn on our further tour of Amir Chakhmagh Square. The west side of the city's main square is dominated by an impressive building construction. This serves to give more weight to the speeches of the religious leader, especially in the mourning month of Muharram. Yazd is also known for its almond biscuits - your tour guide knows the best places in town!
After breakfast we stow the bags again and drive north to Meybod. First we discover the Narin Ghaleh castle, which dates back to pre-Islamic times. Afterwards we drive to a caravanserai from the Safavid era. Within the complex, which our guide explains to us, there is also the Ziloo Museum, where we get to know the special Ziloo weaving mill. From there it continues towards Kashan. We interrupt our journey in Nain on the edge of the central desert and stretch our feet when visiting the great Friday Mosque. In the early evening we arrive at our hotel and let the evening end very relaxed. The restaurant in the courtyard of our traditional hotel offers a wonderful setting for this.
In the morning we will visit the Fin garden and the imposing Tabatabai house. It was built by a carpet dealer in the 19th century and inhabited by the influential Tabatabai family. In the early afternoon we travel to Qom with the tomb of Fatima, one of the most important Shiite pilgrimage sites. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the grave. We visit the building from the outside and, if the mosque guards allow us in, we can also visit the courtyard. At the entrance, the women receive chador, in which they have to wrap themselves in such a way that only the face remains free. In the evening we stroll through the deeply religious city. In the hotel we can pack everything for the return flight.
We will reach Tehran Airport in an hour. Then it's time to say goodbye to this fairy tale from 1001 nights.
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