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Land of ‘kings of the kings’

  • Itinerary:
    Tehran - Ahwaz - Susa - Ahwaz - Shustar - Kermanshah - Hamadan - Qazvin - Tehran - Shiraz - Pasargadae - Yazd - Naein - Isfahan - Natanz - Kashan - Tehran
  • Duration:
    20 days / 19 nights
  • Price:
    on request
  • Tour program
    Itinerary of «Land of ‘kings of the kings’»
    Day 01: Arrive Tehran
    meeting on arrival at Imam Khomeini International airport
    transfer to hotel
    Overnight

    Day 02: Tehran
    We shall dedicate the day visiting the capital of Iran – first visit Iran National Archaeological Museum(National Museum) houses a rich collection of objects from the earliest sites of Teppe Sialk, Sush, Shustar, Choga Zambil Ziggurat, Hasalu, Persepolis, Nagshe Rustam and many sites. The statues of Darius the Great and a Parthian prince, some mummified faces from northwestern Iran, Many objects of in utensils, seals and Neolithic period objects.
    Later visit Golestan Palace – the residence of the former Qajar rulers is over 400 years old building which has been used as the house of ceremonies by the last king of Iran. Today it houses rich royal treasures and objects of art
    later visit the famous Crown Jewels Museum
    Overnight

    Day 03: Tehran/Ahwaz – Flt
    Morning visit of Carpet Museum – Carpet weaving in Iran is as old as human history – the oldest carpet which dates back to 5th BC found in a tomb in Pazyryk, Altai in a burial mound preserved thanks to perma-frost conditions that it survived. This was possible from Bactria which was part of Achaemenian Empire. In the Carpet Museum there are exhibits of carpets and rugs from various parts of Iran
    later transfer to airport for flight to Ahwaz and on arrival transfer to hotel
    later short orientation tour of the town
    dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 04: Ahwaz/Susa/Ahwaz – 109+109=218 kms
    We shall make an early start to Susa to avoid the sun and visit in comfort as the site is bare with no shade. We shall arrive at the main site of ancient Susa.
    After the detailed visit of Acropolis and Apadana, visit the Museum in Susa housing some arte facts mainly pottery from various sites. Later we shall visit the Elamite site of Chogha Zanbil dates back to 1250 BC was a huge complex of temples dedicated to main gods and lesser gods. The discovery of glazed bricks, ornamental décor, glazed statues of gods, bulls and winged griffins suggests that this was a central pilgrimage places were the gods of lowlands and highlands were erected. On return we shall make a stop to visit Haft Tepe - a large Elamite temple dates back to 15th century BC.
    After seeing the shrine of Prophet Daniel, return to Ahvwaz
    Overnight

    Day 05: Ahwaz/Shustar/Kermanshah – 509 kms
    We shall depart early in the morning with our first stop at the town of Shustar for a brief visit of the Roman water ways system built by the Roman prisoners under Shahpur I after the defeat of Valerian. Continue to Kermanshah
    enroute break for lunch at local restaurant
    we shall arrive late into Kermanshah and transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 06: Kermanshah
    We shall spend the day visiting sites around Kemanshah – our first visit will be an excursion to Bistoun to see the inscriptions of Darius the Great and later on return visit Taq-i-Bostan, a Sassanid period rock relief and the city sightseeing tour
    Overnight

    Day 07: Kermanshah/Kagovar/Hamadan – 189 kms
    morning depart for Hamadan – this is a beautiful mountain road by passing Bistoun over the vast Iranian plateau with rising terrain. We shall make visit to the temple of Artemis or Anahita in Kangovar. Later proceed to Hamadan but shall take a diversion to the village of Lalejin – the potters village. Where 80 percent of the people are involved in pottery and ceramics. We shall visit one of the workshops of pottery
    After lunch at local restaurant proceed to Hamadan
    On arrival transfer to hotel
    We shall take an orientation tour of Hamadan in the evening – see famous stone Lion of Hamadan in the square. This was part of a pair of lions erected at one of the gate of the city called Lion Gate but were demolished in 930 AD and one of it survived. This dates earlier than Sassanid period and most probably of Parthian period around 2nd BC
    Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 08: Hamadan
    We shall spend full day visiting Hamadan and the surroundings – visit tomb of Esther and Mordecai in the Jewish quarters of the town. Later visit the tomb of Avicenna the noted Muslim medieval ages scientist and physician. Later visit Gonbad-i-Alavian – 12th century Dervish mausoleum and monastery.
    Later visit the local bazaar
    Afternoon we shall make an excursion to Ganj Nameh – the Royal Edicts of Darius the Great and his son Xerxes returning in the late afternoon
    Overnight

    Day 09: Hamadan/Qazvin/Tehran – 336 kms
    Morning depart for Tehran with short stops enroute through the mountain passes as we arrive at Qazvin. Qazvin was founded by the Sassanians and is regarded as the old capital of Iranians during the Safavid rulers. Being in the vicinity of Alborz mountains also leads the way to mountain abode of Hasan bin Sabah the Ismaili warrior saint. His followers used to make incursions into the towns from his impregnable fortress of Alamut. This place was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of Halagu Khan in 13th AD after the lunch at local restaurant we continue to Tehran and on arrival transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 10: Tehran/Shiraz – Flt
    We shall take a late morning flight to Shiraz and on arrival transfer to hotel
    overlooking the town
    we shall spend the day visiting: Eram Gardens, the tombs of poets Hafiz and Saadi, Attiq and Vakil mosque and Vakil bazaar. Also visit the Ghavam-i-Narenjestan and old house belonging to an aristocrat family is a beautiful example of rich Iranian houses.
    Overnight

    Day 11: Shiraz
    Full day excursion to Persepolis – we shall visit the famous site of Persian Palace, Nagshe-i-Rustam the necropolis of the former kings of Persia and Nagshe Rajab bas-relief
    Lunch will be near the site restaurant
    Return in the late afternoon
    Overnight

    Day 12: Shiraz
    We shall spend the whole day visiting Bishapur to visit Sassanian period ruins of palaces, temples and bas-reliefs
    return to Shiraz in the afternoon
    Overnight


    Day 13: Shiraz/Pasargade/Yazd – 440 kms
    We shall depart early in the morning for Yazd – enroute we shall make a visit of Pasargade the capital of Cyrus the Great
    later continue to Yazd with a short stop to visit the sacred ‘cypress tree’ with a lunch stop
    arrive Yazd in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel
    Overnight

    Day 14: Yazd
    full morning sightseeing tour of Yazd – we shall visit the Behram Atashgah(Fire Temple)
    where fire is burning over 2000 years. Later visit Mir Chakmaq mosque, Karez later visit Dolatabad Gardens of its ‘badgirs’ the ventilation system commonly used in Yazd soothing wind in the hot summers of Yazd. Afterwards we shall also visit one of the carpet making workshop. The Towers of Silence outside the city
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Afternoon excursion to Chak Chak Zoroastrian village – we shall visit a Zoroastrian family
    The fire temple in the village.
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 15: Yazd/Naein/Isfahan – 316 kms
    morning depart for Isfahan enroute we shall make visit of Naein city dates back to Sassanid era. Naein is known for its ‘Karez’ the known Persian aqueduct system which was widely used through out the Persian domains and could be seen upto the Chinese deserts. Also Naein is known for producing best quality hand made carpets. On arrival we shall visit Jame Mosque, one of the oldest in Iran constructed in 8th AD after the Arab invasion. It reflects the early Arab mosque with brick architecture mixed with Persian designs.
    Later visit Pirnia House & ethnological museum of Safavid period, visit the old and traditional bazaar of Naein.
    After lunch at local restaurant we shall proceed to Mohammedieh to see an ancient watermill of Rigareh afterwards visit carpet makers caves called Sardab.
    We shall then proceed to Isfahan and shall arrive in the evening, transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 16: Isfahan
    ‘nisfe jahan’ half of the world as Isfahan has always been known for its beautiful buildings.
    Tamerlane during his Isfahan campaigns, struck by the beauty of its buildings carried some important builders and designers to Samarkand for building his capital –which he called capital of the world.
    Our full day touring will start with a visit to Chelstoon gardens, later we shall proceed to the famous Nagshe Jahan or Imam Square – this the complex of most beautiful mosques like Jame mosque(Imam), Shaikh Lotfullah mosque and Aliqapu Palace – later visit the local Bazaar.
    After lunch at local restaurant we shall continue our visit – see the Armenian Vank Church in Jolfa quarters, Hasht Behesht Palace
    Overnight

    Day 17: Isfahan
    morning we shall visit crossing over the interesting bridges like Se-o-seh and Khaju the oldest on river Zeyand. Later outside the city visit a fire temple perched on a hilltop
    afternoon free at leisure – explore the bazaars around your hotel
    Overnight

    Day 18: Isfahan/Natanz/Kashan/Tehran – 415 kms
    morning depart for Tehran – we shall drive on the national highway and later take road to Natanz through a scenic pass. We shall visit the beautiful mosque of Natanz known for its tile work ancient motifs – this used to be a fire temple
    continue to Kashan – we shall make our first visit of Fin Garden and later see Broujerdiha
    House and Agha Bozorg Mosque
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Afterwards drive to Tehran – we shall see time permitting visit of Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum
    on arrival transfer to hotel
    Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 19: Tehran
    morning visit the hilly part of Tehran – see Saadabad palaces used to be the residential region of the former kings of modern Iran. It is worth seeing the western and Iranian architecture applied in the construction of these palaces
    lunch at local restaurant
    afternoon free for shopping
    Farewell Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 20: Tehran/Departure
    Transfer to IKA international airport for your destination flight
  • Details
    Details of itinerary & map
    Day 01: Arrive Tehran
    meeting on arrival at Imam Khomeini International airport
    transfer to hotel
    Overnight

    Day 02: Tehran
    We shall dedicate the day visiting the capital of Iran – first visit Iran National Archaeological Museum(National Museum) houses a rich collection of objects from the earliest sites of Teppe Sialk, Sush, Shustar, Choga Zambil Ziggurat, Hasalu, Persepolis, Nagshe Rustam and many sites. The statues of Darius the Great and a Parthian prince, some mummified faces from northwestern Iran, Many objects of in utensils, seals and Neolithic period objects.
    Later visit Golestan Palace – the residence of the former Qajar rulers is over 400 years old building which has been used as the house of ceremonies by the last king of Iran. Today it houses rich royal treasures and objects of art
    later visit the famous Crown Jewels Museum
    Overnight

    Day 03: Tehran/Ahwaz – Flt
    Morning visit of Carpet Museum – Carpet weaving in Iran is as old as human history – the oldest carpet which dates back to 5th BC found in a tomb in Pazyryk, Altai in a burial mound preserved thanks to perma-frost conditions that it survived. This was possible from Bactria which was part of Achaemenian Empire. In the Carpet Museum there are exhibits of carpets and rugs from various parts of Iran
    later transfer to airport for flight to Ahwaz and on arrival transfer to hotel
    later short orientation tour of the town
    dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 04: Ahwaz/Susa/Ahwaz – 109+109=218 kms
    We shall make an early start to Susa to avoid the sun and visit in comfort as the site is bare with no shade. We shall arrive at the main site of ancient Susa.

    The first period of Susa suggests that it may have been a Sumerian colony dating 4000BC, showing Uruk culture with cuneiform tablets and Sumerian motifs. The second period of Susa dates from 3500BC and belongs to Uruk period. The third period of Susa is when its history enters into the greater controversy of battles between the Dynastic periods of Sumer. In 2300BC Sargon, the Akkadian King invaded Kish, Uruk and Susan establishing his supremacy over the Babylonian and Sumerian Cities bringing them into the Akkad cultural sphere. In 2200BC a rebellious Governor of Akkad named Kutik Inushushinak captured the cities of Ur and Susan. Afterwards neo-Sumerian dynasty wrested the lost cities which finally fell to Elamites under Shutrak Nahunte who plundered the cities and brought the famous Hamurabbi’s stele the first known written laws to Susa- This was discovered in 1901 in Susa – the original lies in Louvre Museum while the three copies were distributed with one lies in the National Museum of Tehran. Babylonians plundered the cities of Uruk, Ur and Susan.
    It was the Assyrian Ashurbanipal in 647BC who literally destroyed the city of Susa with his brutal campaign of destruction and plunder. The first of Achaemenian Cyrus the Great captured Susa in 540BC in his conquest of Elamite cities thereby bringing the first Persian control. The Achaemenid period is regarded as the best and under Darius the Great, palaces were built on similar pattern like Persepolis but instead of stone mainly burnt bricks adorning the walls with glazed brick tiles depicting animals, mythological animals like sphinx and soldier guards. Susa soon became a favorite winter capital of Darius who travelled between Persepolis and Susa. After the fall of Achaemenian dynasty, Alexander the Great captured Susa in 331 BC and it was after a century his colonizing Greek Dynasty of Seleucids ruled over this part. The next in line were the Parthians and the Sassanids who asserted their control. Then the ravages of an Arab invasion began thereby changing the history of this region altogether.

    After the detailed visit of Acropolis and Apadana, visit the Museum in Susa housing some arte facts mainly pottery from various sites. Later we shall visit the Elamite site of Chogha Zanbil dates back to 1250 BC was a huge complex of temples dedicated to main gods and lesser gods. The discovery of glazed bricks, ornamental décor, glazed statues of gods, bulls and winged griffins suggests that this was a central pilgrimage places were the gods of lowlands and highlands were erected. On return we shall make a stop to visit Haft Tepe - a large Elamite temple dates back to 15th century BC.
    After seeing the shrine of Prophet Daniel, return to Ahvwaz
    Overnight

    Day 05: Ahwaz/Shustar/Kermanshah – 509 kms
    We shall depart early in the morning with our first stop at the town of Shustar for a brief visit of the Roman water ways system built by the Roman prisoners under Shahpur I after the defeat of Valerian. Continue to Kermanshah
    enroute break for lunch at local restaurant
    we shall arrive late into Kermanshah and transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 06: Kermanshah
    We shall spend the day visiting sites around Kemanshah – our first visit will be an excursion to Bistoun to see the inscriptions of Darius the Great and later on return visit Taq-i-Bostan, a Sassanid period rock relief and the city sightseeing tour
    Overnight

    Bistoun Inscriptions: Following in league with the prevalent traditions, the kings always portrayed their edicts on rock faces closer to a caravan route. This was to create public awareness about the laws which were then spread like word of mouth.
    The inscriptions at Bistoun speak of the grandest era of Darius the Great during whose rule the Achaemenid Empire spread over a large regions of our globe. Bagastan as it is called in old Persian means ‘abode of gods’ is a multilingual edict of Darius the Great dates from 522 BC. These inscriptions were first reported to the west in 1598 by an Englishman Robert Shirley and before deciphering it was thought of various historical episodes but the scientific deciphering of cuneiform script revealed that it is Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian versions of a same text and is associated with Darius the Great. In the first part he relates his family lineage, the events associated with securing of a kingdom, the intrigues after the death of Cyrus the Great and his son Cambyses II, the rebellion of imposter Gaumata and his killing he achieved by the grace of Ahura Mazda. There are bas-reliefs showing Darius the Great putting his foot on the body Gaumata, showing his servants and nine rebellious leaders or conspirators with their hands tied behind. From time to time there have been additions to the relief. Also during the Seleucid era, a statue of reclining Heracles was added.
    There are Parthian reliefs of Mithridates and much later Muslim period.

    Tag-i-Bostan: This is series of rock carved reliefs depicting different periods. The first and the oldest depicts coronation of Ardashir II and Shahpur II or Ahura Mazda. The second arch shows Shahpur II and Shapur III or Ardashir II. The third relief is without arch shows second shows investiture ceremonies of Ardashir II. We also find hunting scenes, some other figures supposed to be Khosrow and goddess Anahita. Also there are inscriptions in Pehlavi describing Shapur’s as king of the kings worshiping of Ahura Mazda. Also there is a carving of Qajr period

    Day 07: Kermanshah/Kagovar/Hamadan – 189 kms
    morning depart for Hamadan – this is a beautiful mountain road by passing Bistoun over the vast Iranian plateau with rising terrain. We shall make visit to the temple of Artemis or Anahita in Kangovar. Later proceed to Hamadan but shall take a diversion to the village of Lalejin – the potters village. Where 80 percent of the people are involved in pottery and ceramics. We shall visit one of the workshops of pottery
    After lunch at local restaurant proceed to Hamadan
    On arrival transfer to hotel
    We shall take an orientation tour of Hamadan in the evening – see famous stone Lion of Hamadan in the square. This was part of a pair of lions erected at one of the gate of the city called Lion Gate but were demolished in 930 AD and one of it survived. This dates earlier than Sassanid period and most probably of Parthian period around 2nd BC
    Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 08: Hamadan
    We shall spend full day visiting Hamadan and the surroundings – visit tomb of Esther and Mordecai in the Jewish quarters of the town. Later visit the tomb of Avicenna the noted Muslim medieval ages scientist and physician. Later visit Gonbad-i-Alavian – 12th century Dervish mausoleum and monastery.
    Later visit the local bazaar
    Afternoon we shall make an excursion to Ganj Nameh – the Royal Edicts of Darius the Great and his son Xerxes returning in the late afternoon
    Overnight

    Mordecai and Esther tomb: Now regarded for years as possible tomb of Mordecai and Esther – there has been a great debate on the authenticity of the tomb but at least one of them is the real person probably Esther the queen. Mordecai the debate goes with four such similar names from Susa under Marduk – the god. Anyway the tombs are of great reverence to a small Jewish community which lives in the vicinity of the tombs.
    Even the small Jewish community does come here for ‘Purim’ festival from all over Iran

    Ganje Nameh or treasure book: at the foot of mount Alavand on a spur are two inscription in old Persian in cuneiform belong to Darius the Great and Xerxes the Great. Infact this is a continuation of royal edicts which were followed by the king and his adherents. Xerxes copied his father’s edicts and just signed the second one as his own. In Hamadan there quite a few discoveries of inscriptions in golden and silver plates.

    Day 09: Hamadan/Qazvin/Tehran – 336 kms
    Morning depart for Tehran with short stops enroute through the mountain passes as we arrive at Qazvin. Qazvin was founded by the Sassanians and is regarded as the old capital of Iranians during the Safavid rulers. Being in the vicinity of Alborz mountains also leads the way to mountain abode of Hasan bin Sabah the Ismaili warrior saint. His followers used to make incursions into the towns from his impregnable fortress of Alamut. This place was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of Halagu Khan in 13th AD after the lunch at local restaurant we continue to Tehran and on arrival transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 10: Tehran/Shiraz – Flt
    We shall take a late morning flight to Shiraz and on arrival transfer to hotel
    overlooking the town
    we shall spend the day visiting: Eram Gardens, the tombs of poets Hafiz and Saadi, Attiq and Vakil mosque and Vakil bazaar. Also visit the Ghavam-i-Narenjestan and old house belonging to an aristocrat family is a beautiful example of rich Iranian houses.
    Overnight

    Day 11: Shiraz
    Full day excursion to Persepolis – we shall visit the famous site of Persian Palace, Nagshe-i-Rustam the necropolis of the former kings of Persia and Nagshe Rajab bas-relief
    Lunch will be near the site restaurant
    Return in the late afternoon
    Overnight

    Persepolis: The city of the Persians was the site of a grandest of fiortress Palace of Darius the Great I, infact the site was chosen by Cyrus the Great to build a huge capital like his palace in Susa. The colossal palace on a raised platform under the shadow of Kuh-i-Rahmat mountain overlooking the countryside. Persepolis was a ceremonial palace used by the Persians on their annual occasions but more significant was the Spring Equinox which was celebrated with great pomp and show with dignitaries
    Achaemenian subject nations or satrapies. It was first reported to be the site of Persepolis by Carsten Niebuhr in 1765 and later there were attempts to excavate the site but the first scientific excavation of the city was done in 1931 by Herzfeld.
    The work on the site was started during the reign of Darius in 521 BC and it took sixty years to build the city during the reigns of Xerxes and Artaxerxes I. Darius started the fortifications and the main buildings but further important additions were done by Xerxes and Artaxerxes I. From a conjectural view it was a beautiful palace next to Susa palace with huge columns whose tops were decorated with griffon crafted in stone.
    This was in particular to Apadana Palace and the huge hall of audience. Alexander the Great destroyed the city and burnt the palace in vengeance for the destruction of Athens by Xerxes in 480 BC. But then there is an evidence against the burning of the palace as one of the wise advisor of Alexander the Great urged him against the destruction of his own property now.
    Worth seeing is Apadana Palace, the Great Staircase, the Gate of All Nations, the bas-reliefs are worth noticing give good impression of palace activities. Also worth noticing are the cuneiform inscriptions. Also the tombs of Artaxerxes III and an unfinished tomb are rock cut faces.

    Nagshe Rustam: The rock cut royal tombs of Nagshe Rustam are close to Persepolis in a rock cliff. These are tombs of Darius I, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II. The tomb entrances have carved images of king’s thrones are upheld by the courtiers or the representatives of subject nations. The tombs were looted during the Arab invasion and damage was done also at Persepolis.
    There are also six of Sassanian period bas-reliefs from 3rd century AD. There is one cubical building dating back to Achaemenian period was probably associated with the ceremonies on the site.

    Day 12: Shiraz
    We shall spend the whole day visiting Bishapur to visit Sassanian period ruins of palaces, temples and bas-reliefs
    return to Shiraz in the afternoon
    Overnight

    Bishapur: First we shall proceed to Bishapur which is about 140 kms west of Shiraz. Bishapur was founded by Shahpur and in 260 AD after the his victory over the Romans resulted in the killing of Gordian III capture of Roman Emperor Valerian and submission of Phillip the Arab. Lying on the important road from Susa to Estakhar, Bishapur had acquired importance when Shahpur delegated the Roman prisoners of war for building his palaces which resulted in seeing a Roman influence on the architecture and design of his buildings. Earlier the prisoners had built the bridge over the dam in Shushtar near Susa proper. The buildings were mainly Palace, temple of Anahita and the Fire Temple. These buildings had traditional Roman mosaics, flooring had black marble and panels with Alabaster floral designing. We can see the mosaic example in the National Museum.
    The most interesting aspect of these ruins is the collection of excellent bas-reliefs depicting investiture ceremonies of the Shahpur I and commemoration of his victories over his adversaries.

    Day 13: Shiraz/Pasargadae/Yazd – 440 kms
    We shall depart early in the morning for Yazd – enroute we shall make a visit of Pasargade the capital of Cyrus the Great
    later continue to Yazd with a short stop to visit the sacred ‘cypress tree’ with a lunch stop
    arrive Yazd in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel
    Overnight

    Pasargadae: In 550 BC Cyrus the Great selected the site of Pasagadae settlement to be his capital commemorating his victory over Astyages, the Mede and his own maternal grandfather. He celebrated this victory over the vast lands of the Achaemenian Empire. After the death of Cyrus the Great, Darius shifted his capital to Persepolis but for religious ceremonies all the kings continued to visit Pasargadae. Alexander the Great captured Pasargadae with a fight. He removed gold from its Treasury. He paid his royal respects to Cyrus and left for India, on his return he found that the tomb of Cyrus was looted thereby showing is great anger. There were alters to Ahuraz Mazda, Anahita and Mithra which suggests the holiness of the place among the Persians. There was a citadel whose wall remain can still be seen around the compound. The ruins of residential Palace and the Palace of Audience could still be seen along with remains of a bridge and a garden were discovered.

    Day 14: Yazd
    full morning sightseeing tour of Yazd – we shall visit the Behram Atashgah(Fire Temple)
    where fire is burning over 2000 years. Later visit Mir Chakmaq mosque, Karez later visit Dolatabad Gardens of its ‘badgirs’ the ventilation system commonly used in Yazd soothing wind in the hot summers of Yazd. Afterwards we shall also visit one of the carpet making workshop. The Towers of Silence outside the city
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Afternoon excursion to Chak Chak Zoroastrian village – we shall visit a Zoroastrian family
    The fire temple in the village.
    Dinner and overnight

    Yazd: Lying between the Dasht-i-Kavir and Dasht-i-Lut, the two great deserts of Iran the city of Yazd is more than 3000 years old and goes back to Median times. The name of Yazd is associated with the Sassanian king Yazdegerd I. The city of Yazd was an important Zoroastrian cities and this was firmly held during the invasion of Arabs many Zoroastrians who did not change their faith came to live in and around Yazd.
    Even today Yazd holds the largest population of Zoroastrians. Marco Polo records of Yazd producing a very fine silk fiber known to this region only. Due to the nature of its climate Yazd has a unique Persian desert architecture. Many houses have typical ‘badgirs’ the wind catchers, the covered streets and the system of ‘karez or qanats’ is seen in Yazd and in the surrounding countryside.

    Paisley or Boteh: Yazd is the city of craftsmen since ancient times – its carpet making and weaving industry is known in the world. In particular Paisley or Boteh as commonly known in local terms has been the trade mark of Yazd world over. Historically speaking this motif dates even earlier than Sassanid periods. The oldest record of such motif has been found in the desert sites in Taklamakan and were attributed to have been imported from the west but infact these were the workshops in Yazd that carried finely woven fabric to the far off lands. Boteh or Paisley is woven on Termeh the silken fabric also produced in Yazd. Interestingly this tradition has survived till today and we can see many Iranian fabric with such designs but the ones produced in Yazd are more mature and fine as per old traditions.

    Day 15: Yazd/Naein/Isfahan – 316 kms
    morning depart for Isfahan enroute we shall make visit of Naein city dates back to Sassanid era. Naein is known for its ‘Karez’ the known Persian aqueduct system which was widely used through out the Persian domains and could be seen upto the Chinese deserts. Also Naein is known for producing best quality hand made carpets. On arrival we shall visit Jame Mosque, one of the oldest in Iran constructed in 8th AD after the Arab invasion. It reflects the early Arab mosque with brick architecture mixed with Persian designs.
    Later visit Pirnia House & ethnological museum of Safavid period, visit the old and traditional bazaar of Naein.
    After lunch at local restaurant we shall proceed to Mohammedieh to see an ancient watermill of Rigareh afterwards visit carpet makers caves called Sardab.
    We shall then proceed to Isfahan and shall arrive in the evening, transfer to hotel
    Dinner and overnight

    Day 16: Isfahan
    ‘nisfe jahan’ half of the world as Isfahan has always been known for its beautiful buildings.
    Tamerlane during his Isfahan campaigns, struck by the beauty of its buildings carried some important builders and designers to Samarkand for building his capital –which he called capital of the world.
    Our full day touring will start with a visit to Chelstoon gardens, later we shall proceed to the famous Nagshe Jahan or Imam Square – this the complex of most beautiful mosques like Jame mosque(Imam), Shaikh Lotfullah mosque and Aliqapu Palace – later visit the local Bazaar.
    After lunch at local restaurant we shall continue our visit – see the Armenian Vank Church in Jolfa quarters, Hasht Behesht Palace
    Overnight

    Day 17: Isfahan
    morning we shall visit crossing over the interesting bridges like Se-o-seh and Khaju the oldest on river Zeyand. Later outside the city visit a fire temple perched on a hilltop
    afternoon free at leisure – explore the bazaars around your hotel
    Overnight

    Day 18: Isfahan/Natanz/Kashan/Tehran – 415 kms
    morning depart for Tehran – we shall drive on the national highway and later take road to Natanz through a scenic pass. We shall visit the beautiful mosque of Natanz known for its tile work ancient motifs – this used to be a fire temple
    continue to Kashan – we shall make our first visit of Fin Garden and later see Broujerdiha
    House and Agha Bozorg Mosque
    Lunch at local restaurant
    Afterwards drive to Tehran – we shall see time permitting visit of Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum
    on arrival transfer to hotel
    Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 19: Tehran
    morning visit the hilly part of Tehran – see Saadabad palaces used to be the residential region of the former kings of modern Iran. It is worth seeing the western and Iranian architecture applied in the construction of these palaces
    lunch at local restaurant
    afternoon free for shopping
    Farewell Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight

    Day 20: Tehran/Departure
    Transfer to IKA international airport for your destination flight
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