North of Iran (Ramsar & Ansali: The Caspian See, forest, the Anz
ali-lagoon / Qazwin: Alburz mountains / Soltaniyeh /
Hamadan: Mausoleums of Esther and Mordekhay, Bistoon
Kermanschah: Fire temple
Khorramabad: Zagros mountains, Citadels
Ahwaz: Susa, Choghazanbil
Shiraz: Tomb of famous poets
Persepolise-Yasd: Firer temple
Isfahan: Palace and Bazaar
Arrival at Tehran airport, transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran
After breakfast, we will visit Archaeological & Islamic Art Museum, the finest museum in Iran where you'll view a collection of ancient Persian civilization and also jewellery museum. O/N Tehran.
Drive by coach through a beautiful mountainous road from west of Tehran toward the rainforest plain, which lays down the Caspian Sea. O/N Ramsar, a charming residence on Caspian coast.
Drive along the Caspian coast and visit tea plantation, rice farms and also fascinating wooden houses. Arrive in Anzali port, famous for its international pond and visit Caviar processing factories. O/N Anzali.
Drive to Qazvin via Alborz mountainous road. Arrive in Qazvin, the early home of Kassites in 24th century BC which was also the first Safavids capital in 16th century AC. Visit some archeological sites there. O/N Qazvin.
Drive to Hamedan, en route we will visit Sultanieh, one of the very ancient civilization zone from 7000 B.C. and Sultanieh dome built by Mongolian empires in 13th century. O/N Hamedan.
We will visit Ester & Mordkhay tombs (Jewish holy shrine), Alaviyan dome and Hegmataneh hill. O/N Hamedan.
Drive to Kermanshah, en route we will visit Anahita complex, built in honor of the female guardian of waters, in Kangavar. Continue to Bisotun which can be called a living museum of Iranian civilization from ancient time to present with the biggest Cuneiform inscription (tablet of Darius I), where you also visit the stone statue of Hercules in the mountain. O/N Kermanshah.
Drive from the fold belt of Zagros Mountain. Continue to Khorramabad, once the center of Assassins who imposed a guerrilla war against non Iranian rulers in 11-12th century, and visit Falak - al - aflak castle, O/N Khorramabad.
Drive to Ahwaz. O/N Ahwaz.
Drive to Shush and visit this beautiful city built 5500 years ago, continue to Choghazanbil, one of the oldest ziggurats in the world. O/N Ahwaz.
Drive to Shiraz via Bishapoor, an ancient city in heart of history, built as the commemoration of Persian Victory in Persian-Roman war. O/N Shiraz.
We will visit Eram and Narenjestan Gardens, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Khan Theological School, Hafez (or Saadi) mausoleum, Vakil complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of Aliebnehamze Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz.
Drive to Yazd, en route we will visit Qoran gate, Persepolis (a castle made by free workers not slaves in 500 BC), Necropol (tombs of Achamenian kings) and Pasargad, tomb of Cyrus the great which was the Achamenian center. O/N Yazd.
According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world; it is like a living museum. We will visit narrow alleys, the highest wind tower of city which keeps the building cool, Friday mosque from 14th century and the silk weaving workshop where exquisite brocades are still made on traditional looms. O/N Yazd.
In the morning we will explore on foot this ancient city and visit a Zoroastrian temple where sacred fire has been kept alive for hundreds of years and is now a Zoroastrian pilgrim center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism which had been the Persian religion until Arabs brought Islam to Iran. Then go to Towers of Silence on outskirts of the city, which was a burial place for Zoroastrian. In the afternoon drive to Isfahan, en route we will visit Nareen Castle & an old caravanserai in Meibod and a carpet workshop in Naeen . O/N Isfahan.
In the morning we will visit Imam square, the huge open square in center of Isfahan with four monuments at four sides including Imam mosque covered inside and outside with intricate turquoise tiles, The smaller Sheikh Lotfollah mosque contains some of the best mosaics from 17th century, Ali Ghapoo Palace which was the first skyscraper in Iran and Isfahan bazaar where you can visit the workshop of artists who paint miniature sometimes on bone. In the afternoon, we will visit Si-o-Se Pol (thirty three) and khajoo bridges over zayanderud, relax in one of the traditional tea houses, drink tea and smoke Persian water pipe. O/N Isfahan.
We will visit Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank cathedral, Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Sotoun known as forty column palace with its exquisite wall painting. O/N Isfahan.
Drive to Abyaneh, an ancient fascinating village with its colorfully dressed inhabitants and mud brick houses, where little has changed for several centuries. En route we will visit Natanz Friday Mosque. O/N Abyaneh.
We drive to Tehran, en route we will visit Fin complex in Kashan, a city well known for carpet, continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran.
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.