This tour takes you to Mashad (Iran’s holiest city), Persepolise, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd to visit the most astonishing ancient and Islamic architecture.
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Tour cost: £2650
03 May – 16 May
07 Oct – 20 Oct
18 Nov – 01 Dec
21 Dec – 03 Jan 2020
Day 1, TEHRAN
Upon early-morning arrival in Tehran, you are met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel, we spend all day visiting the capital’s Archaeological, Golestan Palace and Carpet Museums. Overnight Tehran.
Day 2, TEHRAN/MASHAD
Flight to Mashad Visit the glory of Islamic world Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, , the Timurid Gohar shad Mosque, the Bagh e Khajeh Rabi decorated with beautiful tiles and painting. Overnight Mashad.
Day 3, MASHAD
Excursion to Naishabour, the home town of Omar Khayyam world famous Persian poet, to visit his tomb, the mausoleum of Shiekh Attar, the 13th century mystic Sufi poet, the mausoleum of Kamal-ol-Molk, the 20th century poet and artist. Return to Mashad. Overnight Mashad.
Day 4, MASHAD/TEHRAN
Excursion to Tus to visit mausoleum of Ferdowsi the great poet and the author of Persian National epic Shahnameh (books of the kings), return to Mashad for the flight to Tehran. Overnight Tehran.
Day 5, TEHRAN/KASHAN
We drive to Kashan (285km 3-4 hours) and visit the Royal Gardens of Fin, with its historical bathing-house Agha Bozorg Mosque, Sialk Mounds, a settlement belong to approximately 4,500 BC. Overnight Kashan.
Day 6, KASHAN/YAZD
Our day consists of a leisurely drive on to Yazd, (371km 4-5 hours), on the way visit village of Abyaneh known by UNESCO as a historical village. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 7, YAZD/SHIRAZ
We visit the Towers of Silence, , (Zoroastrian’s commentary) â€“ where the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures the Friday Mosque, dates back to the 14th century with tallest minarets in Iran and the Fire Temple, the fire has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Amir Chakhmagh mosque, one of the most valuable artistic historical heritages. Drive to Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 8, SHIRAZ
Sightseeing in Shiraz, visiting the Eram Garden, a typical Persian garden with a 19th century palace. Hafez and Saadi Tombs, Shiraz is closely linked to the great poets Hafez and Saadi. and the then colourful Vakil Bazaar. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 9, SHIRAZ
Excursion, this time to Persepolis, “Ancient Capital of the Achaemenian Kings”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. Back to Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 10, SHIRAZ/ISFAHAN
We continue to drive to Isfahan, (484km 6-7hours) en-route stop at Pasaragde to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of Persian Empire. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 11, ISFAHAN
A full day sightseeing, visiting Imam Mosques with its most stunning architecture, Sheikh Lotfollah, a 16th century ladies’ mosque the Aliqapou Palace, the 18th century as a functioning seat of government Vanak Church, 17th century Armenian church , the Shaking Minarets, these minarets have the unusual feature of moving from side to side when shaken vigorously, and the Fire Temple. Overnight Isfahan
Day 12, ISFAHAN
Sightseeing in this fascinating city continues with the Friday Mosque, a treasure architecture, Chehel Sotoun, which was built as a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in 1647 Hasht Behesht Palace with fine murals and spectacular roofs, Khajou Bridge ,built by Shah Abbas II in 1650, it is 123 metres long with 24 arches. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 13, ISFAHAN/TEHRAN
Drive to Tehran, (435km 6-7 hours), en-route visiting the pilgrim city of Qom. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 14, TEHRAN
Transfer to the airport for the flight to London.