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Classic Persia

CLASSIC PERSIA

Staying at local houses

10 days tour staying in local houses to experience famous Iranian hospitality and visiting magnificent sites in Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd, Isfahan and Tehran

Dates 2019                                                             

07 May -16 May

28 Sep –  08 Oct

 

Price: £1680

Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Accommodation: Local house in the traditional  way sleeping on the mattress on the floor

 TOUR DETAIL

Day 01: Shiraz

Upon arrival in Shiraz, you are met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel 
Sightseeing in Shiraz starts by visiting the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise) a large garden with a palace. Hafez tombs the 14th Century Persian Mystic poet and Saadi  tomb the famous Persian poet of medieval period then head to Shiraz colourful Bazaar.
Overnight Shiraz (B-D)

Day 02: Persepolis

An unforgettable excursion, to Persepolis, “Ancient Capital of the Achaemenian Kings” established by Darius I in the late 6th century BC. it is known today in Iran as Takht-e Jamshid (“Throne of Jamshid”) after a legendary king. The Greeks called it Persepolis. Naghesh-e-Rajab a site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era. and Naghesh-e-Rostam,   the tombs of four Achaemenid kings, these are two archaeological sites candidate for UNESCO World Heritage. Visiting Pasaragde a city in ancient Persia and is today an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage site to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of Persian Empire

Overnight Shiraz (B-D)

Day 03: Yazd

Drive to Yazd, (441km 5-6 hours), en-route visiting Pasargadae a city in ancient Persia and is today an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage site to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of Persian Empire.

Overnight Yazd (B-D)

Day 04: Yazd

According to UNESCO Yazd is the Second Historic City in the World.

We visit the Towers of Silence, (Zoroastrian’s commentary) – where the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures. the Friday Mosque, dates back to the 14th century and is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the central Iran, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Amir Chakhmagh mosque, one of the most valuable artistic historical heritages and treasures of the Islamic-national architecture Day sightseeing in Yazd. Visit the two Zoroastrian Towers of Silence (Dakhma), and Fire Temple, the Islamic sites of the Friday Mosque and the Mirchachmagh Maidan and Mosque. Explore the old Fahadan area of Yazd.

Overnight Yazd (B-D)

 

Day 05: Isfahan

Drive to Isfahan (322km 4-5 hours), Stop at small town of Nain to visit its old mosque.

Overnight Isfahan (B-D)

Day 06: Isfahan

A full day sightseeing, visiting Imam Mosques, the most stunning buildings in Iran, it was built over a period of 26 years and was eventually completed in 1638. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, was built during Shah Abbas’ the mosque was once called ladies mosque , because there is apparently a tunnel between this mosque and the ali Qapu palace on the other side, allowing women from Haram to attend prayers without been seen in public . Aligapou palace, built in the 18th century as a functioning seat of government, and included a huge pavilion from where the safavid rulers could watch the activities in the square below. Vanak Church, 17th century Armenian church , Chehel Sotoun,  which was built as a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in 1647,the name means “The Forty Columns” and though there are only twenty columns of cypress wood, their reflections in the adjacent pool provide the other twenty. The Friday Mosque one of  the treasure building of Isfahan.

Overnight Isfahan (B-D)

Day 07: Isfahan

 Visit the Shaking Minarets, these minarets have the unusual feature of moving from side to side when shaken vigorously,  and visit the Sassnid  Fire Temple. Hasht Behesht Palace, was completed in 1669 with its fine murals with spectacular roofs and Khajou Bridge was built by Shah Abbas II in 1650, it is 123 metres long with 24 arches.

Overnight Isfahan (B-D)

Day 08: Tehran

Drive to Tehran, (435km 6-7 hours).

Overnight Tehran (B)

Day 09 Tehran

Sightseeing in Tehran visiting Archaeological museum, houses one of the most important collections of objects from both pre Islamic and Islamic periods. Golestan palace, once the residence of the Qajar kings before being used by the Pahlavi dynasty for special ceremonies, such as coronation of the last Shah in 1967 , with a peaceful Persian garden. Then carpet museum.

Overnight in Tehran (B-D)

Day 10: Transfer to Imam Khomini airport for the flight back

 

Price: £1680

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Providing visa authorisation code

 Full services of a National guide/ driver Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast D=Dinner)

 All transport as outlined in the itinerary.

 All accommodation

 All entrance fees, as per itinerary

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Iranian consulate visa fee (UK passport £165)

 Tips to the guide and driver (always optional)

 Any costs of a personal nature

 International flights to/from the start/finish of the trip

 

 

 

 

 

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