General

Day 1: Arrival to Iran /Tehran
Arrival to Iran and Tehran .The capital and business city of Iran. Where you can find the most important governmental buildings of the modern period;but besides them, it is home to many historical monuments,great museums and parks. Tehran has many stories for its visitors. So, let’s take a time to listen to his stories by visiting:
• National Jewelry Treasury
• Golestan Palace.It is the oldest historic monuments in Tehran that belongs to the Safaviddynasty and has visited many good and bad happening during its life. Golestan Place is inscribe in UNESCO in 2013
• Tabiat Bridge
Overnight Tehran.

Day2: Tehran
Other places that are listed in must see attractions of Tehran are:
• The Saad Abad complex
• National Museum of Iran
• Glassware Museum of Tehran
• Tehran Baazar
So, you will finish your second day of stay in Tehran by visiting the above mentioned ones.Overnight Tehran.

Day3: Tehran/Kashan
You will leave Tehran and start exploring Iran in the morning of third day and by moving to Kashan which is located on the edge of the central deserts of Iran and is one of the world’s oldest human settlements. Kashan city tour will be started by visiting:
• Fin Garden and bath; As its name shows it’s a Garden with a bath inside it that dates back to Safavid era and its reputation is due to the happening of a historical event
• The ancient archeological structure of Teppe Sialk ziggurat that is located in southwest of kashan and is claimed to be the world’s oldest ziggurat
• Sultan Amir Ahmad Bath
• The beautiful mosque of Agha Bozorg
Overnight Kashan.

Day4: Kashan /Isfahan
We think Kashan is worth to spend more than some few hours and so have considered another half day so that you can visit other attractions like :
• Kashan Bazaar
• Tabatabaei House
• Abbasi House
After that continue the way to:
• The red village of Abyaneh that is located 50 Km of kashan and is famous for its red hue , special architecture and traditional clothes of its inhabitants .Another gem that will take you to long time before the current like a time machine .
The last destination in fourth day will be Isfahan.OvernightIsfahan.

Day5: Isfahan
The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan” that means half of the world, because it has a large number of beautiful attractions and highlights so that could satisfy any taste in different aspects.
City tour of Isfahan will be started by visiting:
• Meidan –e- imam or Naghsh-e-Jahan ; a square located in the center of Isfahan and is surrounded by monumental buildings such as Imam and Sheykh Lotfollah mosques , Qaysariyyeh Portico that is very beautiful ,Isfahan Baazar and Ali Qapu
In addition to these mentioned ones, there are around 200 two-storied arcades around the square that is full of handicrafts and souvenirs and will entertain you for hours.
In the afternoon:
• Walking along ZayanderoodRiver and two famous bridges of Siosepol and Khajou .Overnight Isfahan.

Day6: Isfahan
Second day sightseeing of Isfahan will be started with visiting:
• Vank cathedral that is one the most beautiful churches in the world
• ChaharBagh Theological school
• Hasht Behesht Palace
• Chehel sotoun
• Jame Mosque
• Flower Garden
OvernightIsfahan .

Day7 :Isfahan/Naein/ Yazd
In the morning, drive to Yazd via Naein to visit :
• Pirnia Traditional House
• Rigareh Underground Water Mill
• Aba Bafiworkshopsthat are in Underground manmade caves
Overnight Yazd.

Day8 : Yazd
Full day city tour of Yazd to visit:
• Friday Mosque
• Towers of silence
• Jame mosque of Yazd
• Dowlat Abad Garden
• Zoroastrian Fire Temple
• Amir Chakhmagh
Afterall, spending some hours in old part of town that without doubt brings all visitors a unique and memorable experience.
Overnight Yazd.

Day9: Yazd / Shiraz
Leaving a mysterious town and the center of Zoroastrian culture in the morning and moving to another beautiful city with another world unique attraction. Around 135 km to Shiraz,there is the ruins of an old city in ancient Persia that once was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great and today there is just his tomb known as:
• Pasargadae
Continue our way to reach:
• Persepolis, another city of ancient Persia and the capital of Achaemenid Empire. It was founded by Darius I in 518 B.C as a center for receptions and festivals.
OvernightShiraz.

Day10: Shiraz
Shiraz is the sixth largest city of Iranthat was the former capital of Iran, during the Zand dynasty.It is also called the city of rose,nightingalesand poets. The tour will be started by visiting:
• Shapouri Pavilion and Garden
• The Vakil complex that includes Vakil mosque, Bath, Arg and Bazaar,Then Pars museum
Andin the afternoon, you will visit:
• Hafez and Saadi tomb
• Jahan Nama Garden
Overnight Shiraz.

Day11: Shiraz

Shiraz has more attractions to offer that visiting all of them needs at least 3 to 4 days but today, too, we will select some other highlights such as:
• Zinat olMolkhouse
• NarenjestanQavam
• Eram Garden
• Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
• Shah-e-Cheragh or Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine
• Afif-Abad Garden
After a short rest at hotel, transfer to Intel. Airport for departure.

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Yazd

Yazd

Yazd has a history of over 5,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median empire, when it was known as Ysatis or Issatis. The present city name, however, is derived from Yazdegerd I, a Sassanid ruler of Persia. The city was definitely a Zoroastrian center during Sassanid times. After the Arab conquest of Iran, many Zoroastrians migrated to Yazd from neighboring provinces. By paying a levy, Yazd was allowed to remain Zoroastrian even after its conquest, and Islam only gradually became the dominant religion in the city.

Yazd is an important centre of Persian architecture. Because of its climate, it has one of the largest networks of qanats in the world, and Yazdi qanat makers are considered the most skilled in Iran.

To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent wind towers, and large underground areas.

The city is also home to prime examples of yakhchals, which were used to store ice retrieved from glaciers in the nearby mountains. Yazd is also one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe.

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Isfahan

Isfahan

Isfahan is located on the main north–south and east–west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).

It is noteworthy to say that what was to become the city of Isfahan in later historical periods probably emerged as a locality and settlement that gradually developed over the course of the Elamite civilization (2700–1600 BCE).

During the Median dynasty, this commercial entrepôt began to show signs of a more sedentary urbanism, steadily growing into a noteworthy regional centre that benefited from the exceptionally fertile soil on the banks of the Zayandehrud River in a region called Aspandana or Ispandana.

Once Cyrus the Great (reg. 559–529 BCE) unified Persian and Median lands into the Achaemenid Empire (648–330 BCE), the religiously and ethnically diverse city of Isfahan became an early example of the king’s fabled religious tolerance. It is said that after Cyrus the Great freed the Jews from Babylon some Jews returned to Jerusalem whereas some others decided to live in Persia and settle in what is now known as Isfahan. But, actually this happened later in the Sasanid period when a Jewish colony was made in the vicinity of the Sasanid.

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Tehran

Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 9 million in the city and 16 million in the wider metropolitan area, Tehran is the largest city and urban area of Iran, the 2nd-largest city in Western Asia, and the 3rd-largest in the Middle East. It is ranked 29th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area.

In the Classical era, part of the present-day city of Tehran was occupied by a Median city which in the Avesta occurs as Rhaga. It was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century, and remains now as a city in Tehran Province, located towards the southern end of the modern-day city of Tehran.

Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796, in order to remain within close reach of Iran’s territories in the Caucasus, before being separated from Iran as a result of the Russo-Persian Wars, and to avoid the vying factions of the previously ruling Iranian dynasties. The capital has been moved several times throughout the history, and Tehran is the 32nd national capital of Iran.

The city was the seat of the Qajars and Pahlavis, the two last imperial dynasties of Iran. It is home to many historical collections, such as the royal complexes of Golestan, Sa’dabad, and Niavaran, as well as the country’s most important governmental buildings of the modern period.

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Shiraz

Shiraz

Shiraz is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province. At the 2011 census, the population of the city was 1,460,665 and its built-up area with “Shahr-e Jadid-e Sadra” (Sadra New Town) was home to 1,500,644 inhabitants. Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the “Roodkhaneye Khoshk” (The Dry River) seasonal river. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. Shiraz is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia.

The earliest reference to the city, as Tiraziš, is on Elamite clay tablets dated to 2000 BC. In the 13th century, Shiraz became a leading center of the arts and letters, due to the encouragement of its ruler and the presence of many Persian scholars and artists. It was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 until 1800. Two famous poets of Iran, Hafez and Saadi, are from Shiraz, whose tombs are on the north side of the current city boundaries.

Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city, for example Eram Garden. Shiraz has had major Jewish and Christian communities. The crafts of Shiraz consist of inlaid mosaic work of triangular design; silver-ware; pile carpet-weaving and weaving of kilim, called gilim and jajim in the villages and among the tribes. In Shiraz industries such as cement production, sugar, fertilizers, textile products, wood products, metalwork and rugs dominate.

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