It is a rare tour that can include the word classic in it’s name and have it feel like an understatement. We made sure this 10-day tour included both historical and cultural attractions. Sights like the palaces, historical towns, bazaars, villages, mosques and tombs can make Iran can seem intimidating.
Day 1: Arrival in Tehran
Arrival in Tehran, transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Tehran
Full day city tour of Tehran to visit Golestan Place which is the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran and a world heritage. It is consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls and originally built during the Safavid dynasty. Then visiting The Archaeological or national museum which is the combination of two museums, the old Archaeological Museum of Iran and the modernistic white travertine National Arts Museum with eight departments and finally Glass and Carpet Museums.
Day 3: Tehran – Kashan – Abyaneh
In third day we depart from Isfahan to kashan to visit Tabatabaie Residence, Fin garden, bazaar and Tapeh Sialk or Sialk ziggurat. It is claimed to be the world’s oldest ziggurat, dating to the 3rd millennium BC and discoveries in this region has revealed that here was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Continue our way to Abyaneh, a tourist village and is known as a living history museum that has kept its architecture ( all in red clay), ceremonies and culture, language, clothing and etc.
Day 4: Abyaneh – Isfahan
In the morning drive to Isfahan, full day city tour of Isfahan to visit palace of forty columns or Chehel Sotun, it was built by Shah Abbas II in 1647 as a reception hall and has 20 columns made of cypress wood but the reflection of these twenty columns in the adjacent pool and provide the other twenty; So, known as forty columns. We will continue Isfahan sightseeing by visiting Naghsh-e-Jahan Square (Image of the World Square). It is the second largest square of the world and one of the world heritage sites of Iran. The square is 160 meters wide by 508 meters long and was initially intended as the site of state ceremonies and sporting events, but by 1602, the Shah had added a commercial element with the construction of two-story shops along the perimeter. Jame Mosques is on the south end, the Lotfallah Mosque on the east, the Ali Qapu Palace on the west, and a grand bazaar on the north end. We finish a busy day of sightseeing by walking along the Zayanderood River and Isfahan famous ancient bridges (si-o-se pol & Khaju).
Day 5: Isfahan
We embark on a city tour that covers the rest of highlights of this celebrated historical city and visit Vank Cathedral, then Another world heritage sites of Iran in UNESCO and one of the oldest mosques of Iran i.e. Jame Atigh Mosque. Ali Gholi Agha Complex that consists of a bath, Mosque and Bazaar. The Hasht-Behesht palace and.
Day 6: Isfahan – Yazd
Drive to Yazd with a short stop in Naiin to visit Jame Mosque, Pirnia traditional house. Based on time we can visit Rigareh Water mill and Aba Bafi man made caves in Muhammadieh precinct.
Day 7: Yazd
If you want to experience the sense of being stopped in the time, we suggest you allocate a time for a short walk in the old and traditional parts of the city in long, narrow lanes; then Visiting Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and Fire Temple. In the afternoon, visit the local Jameh and Amir Chakhmaq Mosque and the Water Museum.
Day 8: Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz enroute visiting Zoroastrian Sarv in Abarqu then Pasargadae, the Capital of ancient Persia and the Tomb of Cyrus the great and Persepolis, Naghsh-e-Rostam and Naghsh-e-Rajab.
Day 9: Shiraz
Start a beautiful morning in Shiraz to visit Zandieh complex (Karim khan’s citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar– the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai). Shiraz was a significant township in Achaemenes times and the treasure trove of Persian culture. It is the birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi and is known as the city of poets, garden, nightingales and flowers. In the afternoon we continue our tour by visiting Jahan Nama Garden, Hafez & Saadi tomb, Quran gate and Ali ebne Hamze shrine.
Day 10: Shiraz
Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit Eram Garden, Nasir Almolk Mosque, Narenjestan Palace, Zinat-al-Molk House. In the afternoon free at leisure to explore the surroundings. There is a delicious Persian cold desert made from corn starch, sugar and rose water. It is originally from Shiraz; so, don’t miss the taste of it even if the time of your travel is winter. Transfer to airport for departure flight. Free to leisure, transfer to airport for departure.