Day 1: Tehran
Arrive early morning, meet guide & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Carpet Museum housing some of the most beautiful carpets & tapestries in the Islamic world & Sa’adabad Palace, Sa’adabad Gardens of the former Shah, the location of his secondary palace which has now been converted into a museum. O/N Hotel.
Day 2: Tehran – Shiraz (Domestic flight included)
Half day tour of Tehran including: Golestan Palace, were the coronations of the former Shah & his father took place,particulary notable are the hall of mirrors and the garden hall archaeological museums,7000 years of Persian history, from the 5th millennium BC to the 19th century AD. PM flight to Shiraz, arrive to Shiraz. O/N Hotel.
Day 3: Shiraz
Full day city tour including: the mausoleums of the two venerated Persian poets, Hafiz & Sa’adi, set in beautiful flower gardens, are unmissable. Another must-see is the Nasirolmolk Mosque with its incredibly beautiful tile work. Bagh-e Eram, or Garden Of Paradise, home to a pretty 19th century Qajar palace which looks enchanting in it flower setting beside a pool.
The famous cypress tree of Shiraz may also be seen here. Narenjistan-e qavam or qavam Orangery, is an elegant 19th century house with orange trees in its garden. The house offers some fadcinating tile work in the shape of a crescent depicting a lion and the sun in the centre with leopards devouring deer on either side. O/N hotel.
Day 4: Shiraz – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan en route visit magnificent Achaemenian city of Perspolis (57 Km north east of Shiraz). Beyond the gate lie the hall of 100 columns (xerxes’ throne room), the Apadana Palace(the Great Hall of Audience of Daruis the Great) with its spellbinding display of bas-reliefs, the Tachara(or Winter Palace) of Darius, the unfinished palace of Artaxerxes III, the Palace of Xerxes’ and the Tripylon Palace.
Banked against the mountainside are the royal stables, guard rooms & domestic quarters. The rock tombs cut into the mountain are those of Artaxerxes II & Artaxerxes III. A few Kilometers from Perspolis is Nash-e Rostam where four cliff tombs are located those of Darius I, Darius II, Artaxerxes and Xerxes’ I. continue to visit via Passargad, This palace is 600 meters to the northeast of Cyrus the Great tomb. The area of this palace is 2,620 square meters and includes a large hall (with eight columns) in the middle and four terraces in four directions and two rooms in the corners.
To the east of the palace is Pasargad, composed of a large hall with eight columns. There is a doorway on the north, east and western side of this hall. In the northern doorway, there is an impression of a winged human with two wings directed towards the sky and two wings to the bottom. Where as the hands are raised towards the sky in a gesture of prayer. This edifice with 3,427 square meters area is located 15 km. northwest of the palace. The main hall has 30 columns made of white stone.
A mass of black and white stones have been used as construction material. One of the characteristics of Pasargad is the canals made of white stone, which were used, for irrigation. There are equally other remains distributed in the province, some registered as national heritage monuments. These include the ruins of the Achaemenid Dynasty (Saravan
Village), the Dokhtar Palace (Rastaq Village) dating back to the 3rd century AD, the restored Sassanian Palace (Sarvestan) dating originally back to the time of Bahram Gour (year 420 AD), Ardeshir-e Babakan Palace. Arrive to Isfahan, afternoon visit Isfahan bridges include: the bridges of 33 arches, Khajou. O/N hotel.
Day 5: Isfahan
Full day city tour including: Chehel Sutun, inside a garden with an area of 67000 square meters, was built as an official court and an official court and a reception hall by Shah Abbas II (1647 AD), Imam Square, this huge open square measures 500 m long and 165 m wide, with an area of more than eighty thousand square meters, twice as large as Moscow’s Red Square.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, a masterpiece of architecture and tile work, is a beautiful religious building wherein the elaborate design serves to heighten the visitors spirituality rather than to distract him from it, this small mosque (began in 1602 and completed in 1919, taking a total of 18 years) on the eastern side of the square, was built by SHAH ABBAS in honor of the great Lebanese Sheikh Lotfollah, who was a sort of Islamic Billy Graham of his time. Visiting the Friday mosque (of the time of Seljuk) as well as the mausoleum of Velayat Haroun with its exceptional portal and the minaret of Ali-Qapou (highest of Isfahan). O/N hotel.
Day 6: Isfahan
Full day city tour of Isfahan: Armenian Cathedral of Vank (Saint Savior), begun in 1606, at the time of arrival of Armenian immigrants to Isfahan, it was completed between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David, with the encouragement of the Safavid rulers, Imam Mosque (Masjid-e Jam’e Abbasi) is one of the finest and the most stunning building in the world, Visit Bazaar. O/N hotel.
Day 7: Isfahan – Natanz – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran (450 Km)
Drive to Tehran, en route visit Jame mosque in Natanz and Abyaneh village. Continue to Kashan to visit the enchanting Fin Garden with it natural springs, the Agha Bozorg Mosque & School, and the beautiful house of the merchant Boroujerdi. Arrive to Tehran. O/N Hotel.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.