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This 14-day itinerary covers some of the most iconic cities and landmarks of Iran. You’ll start your journey in Tebriz, a city known for its rich history and culture. After spending a day in Tebriz, you’ll travel to Tehran, the capital city, where you can explore the Golestan Palace, the National Museum, and other historical landmarks. After spending two nights in Tehran, you’ll travel to Shiraz, the city of poets, gardens, and wine. Here, you can visit the picturesque Eram Garden, the Pink Mosque, and the ancient ruins of Persepolis. Next, you’ll travel to Esfahan, home to the awe-inspiring Imam Square and its architectural marvels. After spending two nights in Esfahan, you’ll travel to Yazd, the desert city with its iconic wind towers and fire temples. Finally, you’ll travel to Abanayeh, a picturesque village built into the mountainside.

Explore the Best of Iran: Tabriz-Zanjan-Tehran-Shiraz-Persepolis-Yazd-Isfahan-Kashan-Tehran

Itinerary

Day 1: Tabriz [B, L, D]

You will be greeted at the airport by your Flo Tours guide and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay in Tabriz.

Day 2: Tabriz [B, L, D]

We will visit the Azerbaijan Museum, which is the major archaeological and historical museum in Tabriz. Established in April 1958, the museum consists of three major halls, a side yard, office rooms, and a library. It mostly contains objects discovered from excavations in Iranian Azerbaijan, along with some artworks and sculptures of artists. Its library contains more than 2,500 books, both handwritten and printed, about history, archaeology, art, and Iranian culture. Apart from the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, Azerbaijan Museum has the largest collection belonging to different periods of Iran's history. Our next visit will be the Blue Mosque, built in 1465 by Shah Jahan. The mosque was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1779, leaving only the entrance hall with a wall and its base. Reconstruction began in 1973, but the tiling is still incomplete.

Next, we will visit the Iron Age Museum, situated under several sediments and geological strata from the floor of the existing mosque. Among the 38 graves of the Iron Age, mummies of two couples and their belongings were found, and those have been kept at the Azerbaijan Museum. Then we will visit Arg-e Ali Shah, a huge brick edifice and a landmark that is the remnants of a big unfinished XIV Century mausoleum and a XIX Century military compound at the city center of Tabriz. Our last stop will be El Goli Safavid site and park, with a beautifully renovated old building surrounded by a large pool. Overnight in Tabriz.

 Day 3: Tabriz -Zanjan [B, L, D]

Move on to the famous Constitution House of Tabriz, which is a historical edifice located next to the Great Bazaar of Tabriz. During the years which led to the Constitutional Revolution and afterwards, the house was used as a gathering place of the leaders, activists, and sympathizers of the movement. Among them, the most famous people were Sattar Khan and Bagher Khan. The two-story building was constructed in 1868 and has numerous rooms and halls. The most beautiful part of the house is a skylight and corridor decorated with colorful glasses and mirrors. Our guide will lead us through the wonderfully constructed Tabriz Bazaar, the second oldest in the world (after the one in Aleppo, Syria), which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will then drive to Zanjan for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Zanjan-Soltanieh-Tehran [B, L, D]

Start the day with the unique Rakhtshur Khaneh, an old public laundry now turned into an ethnographic museum, and the old Public Bath House, which is a traditional Qajar Era laundry house and is today the Zanjan Museum of Anthropology. This place was used for washing clothes by women around the city. At present, this historic building is being used as Zanjan Anthropological Museum.

On our way to Tehran (4-hour drive), we will visit the magnificent XIV Century Gonbad-e-Soltaniyeh, the tomb/tower of Uljaytu, the last Mongol/Il-Khanid Ruler of Iran (1304-1330). The monument is remarkable in many different architectural aspects, including its huge dome, which is about 167 feet high and ranks amongst the largest domes in the world. Gonbad-e-Soltaniyeh is one of 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran. We will arrive in Tehran for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Tehran [B, L, D]

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will embark on a full day guided tour of Tehran. Our first stop will be The Archaeological Museum, which is must-see in Tehran. The collection includes pottery, ceramics, stone figures, and carvings from the 4th and 5th millennium BC. Some of the highlights include four tablets inscribed in cuneiform, the Darius I inscription, a carved staircase, tiles from Apadana Palace, and the salt man. Later, we will visit The National Jewels Museum, which houses the world’s most precious jewelry collection. The treasury has an interesting history dating back centuries. Before lunch, we will visit The Glassware and Ceramic Museum, which is housed in a building that is a combination of traditional Iranian style and European architecture from the XIX Century. The museum’s collection of glass and clay works is among the rarest in Iran, including clay pots dating back to the 4th millennium BC up to the present time, as well as glass works from the 1st millennium BC up to the contemporary era. European glass works from the XVIII and XIX Centuries are also part of the collection.

In the afternoon, we will visit Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lavish palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar Era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Tehran, became the seat of government of the Qajar Family, which came into power in 1779. Built around a garden featuring pools as well as planted areas, the Palace’s most characteristic features and rich ornaments date from the XIX Century. It became a center of Qajari Arts and architecture of which it is an outstanding example and has remained a source of inspiration for Iranian artists and architects to this day. It represents a new style incorporating traditional Persian arts and crafts and elements of XVIII Century architecture and technology. Dinner and overnight in Tehran.

Day 6: Tehran - Shiraz [B, L, D]

Today’s highlight is the Carpet Museum with its beautiful modern architecture and a facade resembling a carpet-weaving loom. Founded in 1978, the museum provides a historical background for the evolution of this art form. We will then transfer to the airport for a short flight to Shiraz.

Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens, and poetry. This gorgeous city in the province of Fars is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi. Also, historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago can be found there. Relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Palace, the splendid Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, and Saray-e-Moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops and Nasir Almolk Mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz. In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauty. Take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Not forgetting the two famous Persian poets, Hafez and Sa’adi, whose mysterious poems are everlasting in the Persian language, we will get a chance to pay homage to their tombs. Finally, we will visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoo-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will perpetuate in our mind. At night, we will have dinner in a restaurant with a specific atmosphere in the north of Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 7: Shiraz - Persepolis - Shiraz [B, L, D]

Drive about 35 miles to Takht-e-Jamshid or as the Greeks called it, Persepolis, a ruined capital of ancient Iran. It is one of the greatest artistic legacies of the ancient world and perhaps one of the most beautiful and spectacular archaeological sites surviving today. In the VI Century BC, the Achaemenian King Darius I, created Persepolis as a palatial precinct for an empire which eventually became larger and more efficiently ruled than any other in the ancient Persepolis was primarily reserved for ritual celebrations, and the arrival of delegations was announced by trumpeters who stood at the top of the staircase in front of the Gate of Nations. The delegations were then led to the Hundred Column Palace to meet the king. Superb bas reliefs depict the flow of ritual processions that once passed through the palaces and audience halls of the Achaemenian Kings. We’ll explore the Gate of Xerxes, the Apadana Palace, the Treasury, the Harem, and the private palaces of the different rulers. Persepolis was completed by Xerxes and Artaxerxes I, who ruled Persia in the V Century BC. The palaces were used by the Achaemenid kings up until they were destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC as revenge for the sacking of Athens during the Persian Wars with the Greeks. Nowruz, the Zoroastrian observance of the beginning of Spring, is still celebrated today on March 21st. To top off the afternoon, visit Naghsh-é-Rostam, which contains the rock-carved chambers of four Achaemenian Tombs, believed to be those of Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes, and Darius II. The ornamental facades are rock reliefs from the Sassanian dynasty depicting various scenes of imperial conquests as well as a probable fire temple from Achaemenian Times. Later, return to Shiraz via the Koran Gate, for dinner and overnight in Shiraz.

Day 8: Shiraz - Pasargadae - Yazd [B, L, D]

Today your journey takes you to Yazd, stopping en route at Pasargadae, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great in the VI Century BC. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid Art and Architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian Civilization. Particularly noteworthy vestiges include the Mausoleum of Cyrus II, Tall-e-Takht, a fortified terrace, and a royal ensemble of gatehouse, audience hall, residential palace, and gardens. Pasargadae was the capital of the first great multicultural empire in Western Asia, spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Indus River. It is the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples. This was reflected in Achaemenid Architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures. After a leisurely visit to Pasargadae, we will continue through the desert to the city of Yazd. Upon arrival, we’ll have an evening stroll through Fahadan Historical Neighborhood and Amir Chakhmagh Square. Dinner and overnight in Yazd.

Day 9: Yazd [B, L, D]

Move on to Yazd with its Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple and adjoining museum to learn about the Zoroastrian faith, their holy book – the Avesta, four divine elements – air, water, earth, and fire, and motto – good thoughts, good words, good deeds! Next, at the Yazd Water Museum, we will learn about the construction of Qanats (canals or canats), which are underground tunnels or subterranean aqueducts carrying life-giving water from the mountains to the homes, Persian gardens, fields, orchards, and pomegranate groves. You’ll admire their courageous builders using techniques developed from the IV Century BC and explore a house with its own traditional wind tower. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 10: Yazd - Na’in - Esfahan [B, L, D]

Travel to Esfahan, stopping along the way to visit the early Islamic period Friday Mosque in the city of Na’in. We will then drive to the beautiful city of Esfahan (Isfahan), the XVII Century capital of The Safavids, referred to as “Nesf-e-Jahan” (Half of the World) in Safavid sources. Dinner and overnight in Esfahan.

Day 11: Esfahan [B, L, D]

Another full day of sightseeing in wonderful Esfahan. We will begin by wandering through the antique Friday Mosque, which has undergone continual construction, reconstruction, additions, and renovations since around 771. The mosque has an Abbasid hypostyle mosque in place by the X Century. Buyid construction lined a facade around the courtyard and added two minarets that are the earliest example of the double minaret on record. We will then continue to the Naghsh-e-Jahan Complex, the central focus of Esfahan. It is a Royal Square, 1674 feet by 540 feet and enclosed by double-storied arcades. The square drew merchants and ambassadors to the Safavid court for centuries. It is seven times the size of the Piazza San Marco in Venice and puts the grandeur of the surrounding palaces and mosques into appropriate proportions. On the north side is the entrance to the Royal Qaysari Bazaar. On the east side is the Lotfollah Mosque, which served as a private chapel for the Imperial family. On the west side is the Ali Qapu Palace. To the south is the Friday Mosque and Shah Mosque, dedicated to Shah Abbas the Great. Overnight in Esfahan.

Day 12: Esfahan [B, L, D]

Delve into the extragavant history of Esfahan by visiting the beautiful Chehel Sotuni Palace, with its exquisite collection of frescos and paintings on tile, was built by Shah Abbas II in the XVII Century. The reflecting pool magnified the majesty of the ruler. Here, Shah Abbas II welcomed dignitaries and ambassadors. Today, you are the guests of honor! Next, we’ll begin with a walk across the historical bridge of Khaju, constructed by Shah Abbas II in 1650. It is essentially a bridge superimposed upon a dam, 436 feet long and supported by twenty-four stone arches. On the far side is the garden tomb of Arthur Upham Pope and his wife Phyllis Ackerman, Americans who were dedicated to the study of Persian art, history, and culture. Continue to the Armenian Quarter to visit the richly decorated Vank Cathedral. Begun in 1606 at the time of arrival of Armenian immigrants to Isfahan, it was completed between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David, with the encouragement of the Safavid Rulers. It is the historic focal point of the Armenian Christian Church in Iran. The dome and walls have colorful paintings representing the story of Creation. Pause for lunch in the Armenian Quarter.

During our time in Isfahan, you are invited to a private gallery to visit a famous miniature artist. Those who are interested may visit a carpet shop to sip tea and admire Iran’s most valuable craft and art form. The Persian knot allowed the tight composition to create intricate arabesques, geometric, and other floral designs. You will see both City and Tribal carpets. Persians also developed natural – and lasting- dyes. Cobalt found in Isfahan was exported to China where it was used in the blue on ceramics known later by the British as ‘China’. End the afternoon with a visit to the Hasht Bahesht (eight paradises) Pavilion and Park. It was built as an official court and a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in the XVII Century. The pavilion is surrounded by a beautiful garden with eight reflecting pools. Overnight in Esfahan.

Day 13:  Abyaneh - Kashan - Tehran [B, L, D]

Today you will take the sites of UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of the desert. You will appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live, and dress in the original Persian style. The province and the city of Kashan are among the most prominent producers of stunning handicrafts. The wool for the carpets is usually shorn by local men in spring or autumn, and women are mostly in charge of the weaving. Next, we will head to Kashan and visit Tabatabaiha and Boroojerdiha houses, along with some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide, to acquaint you with the previous century’s architecture, the Qajar Era. Dinner and overnight in Tehran.

Day 14:  Departure From Tehran [B]

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

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  • All internal flights
    • Tehran - Shiraz
  • All airport taxes
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation at very comfortable centrally located hotels (double occupancy)
  • All meals ( Total of 38: 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 13 Dinners) (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All entrance fees
  • Complete sightseeing with our experienced English speaking local tour guides
  • Iran Visa Authorization Number (Required for Iranian Visa)
  • Luggage handling, all hotel taxes and services charges
  • Flo Tours travel documents kit
  • Visa Consular Fees and Visa Processing Fees
  • Tips at the hotels, tour guides and drivers
  • Any extra expenses at the hotels
  • Video and photo camera charges at the museums or sites
  • Trip Insurance

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