On the time of arrival at IKA Airport, our representative will welcome you with a Logo show card and guiding you to exit the airport to Mehrabad Local Airport to Travel to Mashhad, after arriving at MHD airport in Mashhad, you will leave the pressure of the flight under shower and relax before the tour of Mashhad treasures.
Mashhad, where is the hometown of the greatest turquoise mines in the world, shines as the capital of spirituality due to Imam Reza Holy Shrine in the city centre. The city produces more than 90 present of the Saffron of the globe and is the birthplace of the Afsharid Dynasty which was established by Nader Shah.
Our tour begins with the masterpiece of the holy shrine of the eighth Imam of Shi’a religion, where is deep in spirituality and architecture, to touch not only the beliefs of Shi’a followers but also Sheikh Baha’i Tomb, soon after we visit Goharshad Mosque which was built to be dedicated to Shah Rukh king’s wife during Timurid dynasty, the mosque is an identifying model of Shirazi and Isfahani architecture.
Overnight Mashhad, (B,L,D).
A pleasant morning-drive brings us to Tous county to visit Haruniyeh Monument, which was built in remembrance of Tabran old city, with the beauty of an Azeri style structure, after that we visit the mausoleum of the most influential poet in the Persian lifestyle, who maintained the Persian language from being destroyed, by writing further than 50000 epic poems in Shahnameh, Tomb of Ferdowsi is a unique imitation of Achaemenid architectural style with his poems engraved on, soon after we visit Mehdi Akhavan-Sales Tomb a contemporary poet who is called the Ferdowsi of the time, whose social and political instructing poems have been feeding popular traditional singer of Persia, after that, we get acquainted with Mohammad Reza Shajarian who was the greatest master of Persian traditional music and worked hard to spread the music of this land and introduce its culture and art beyond borders as a label for the music of this country. He did a great service to patriotic music, such as the Picasso Prize, the UNESCO Honorary Diploma, the Beta from Stanford University, the UNESCO Mozart Prize, the National Knight of the French Embassy, the High Prize for Art for Peace, and the Aga Khan Foundation Award as Lord of Music to Enrich Human Musical Heritage, then we travel back to Mashhad to have a glimpse of Nader Shah Tomb, who reestablished Persia as a military superpower in recent history.
Overnight Mashhad, (B,L,D).
Our exploration continues with leaving Mashhad to Nishapur, where is the city of turquoise and poems, to visit Omar Khayyam Mausoleum, who was an astronomer, mathematician, philosopher and poet, worldly known for his unsurpassable couplets which are translated by English poet and writer Edward FitzGerald and published in Britain in 1859 as an influential literary work, soon after we travel to Attar of Nishapur Mausoleum, one of the main Sufism theorists and a poet who is mentioned by Rumi as the spirit of love and knowledge, after that, we visit Kamal-ol-Molk Tomb, who was the most famous painter in the contemporary history of Persia, then we walk to Parviz Meshkatian Tomb who was a famous and popular musician, composer and university teacher with huge authority on Persian traditional music in the contemporary era.
Overnight Nishapur, (B,L,D).
The Tour takes us to Semnan province with the longest path in Silk Road, where the city history dated back to the Median era, depicts four seasons in one province and demonstrating extraordinary lifestyle adapted with desert, also a geopolitical area which connects north, south, east and west of Persia close to Alborz mountain range.
On the way to Shahrud city in Semnan province, we will have an expedition to the Anthropology Museum of Sabzevar county, which used to be a Safavid Caravansary, to familiarize with the architecture and customs and traditions of local residents on the way to Shahrud county, next in order of time we visit Ibn Yamin Tomb, who was a philosopher and poet during Timurid dynasty in Great Khorasan, soon after we walk to Forumad Village Mosque to be amazed with the plaster-work and till-work of the Seljuq dynasty around 800 years ago, then our today tour ends with Abu Al-Hassan Kharaqani, a Sufi philosopher and poet with unsurpassable knowledge in Islamic philosophy taught many Persian philosophers such as Avicenna, Abdullah Ansary and Nasir Khusraw by his writings, also poet such as Attar, Rumi and Jami wrote in praise and admiration of him.
Overnight Shahrud, (B,L,D).
Our today tour starts with Bayazid Bastami Tomb who was one of the leaders of Sufism philosophy and Islamic mysticism in Bastam county close to Shahrud, after that we drive to Damghan city where is one of the main cities of Silk Road, to visit Tarikhaneh Mosque displaying distinctive Sassanid architecture as the oldest mosque in Persia, used to be a fire temple for Zoroastrians to worship God before the Arab conquest, at that time we drive to Semnan city to visit Arg Gate as a historical symbol with Qajar model of architecture which is one of the most important squares in the city centre of Semnan, then we embark on our coach to reach the capital.
Overnight Shahrud, (B,L,D).
Tehran, as the most modern city and capital of Iran which clearly shows the classical and modern combination of Persian culture is located on the south of the Alborz mountain range. Damavand, the highest Summit of Iran is a heroic symbol of Tehran, also the city embraces cultural & natural landscapes with brilliant glory of palaces and distinctive museums.
Exploring the historical region of Tehran starts with Golestan Palace as a royal complex with over 400 years old as a brilliant and historical monuments of Tehran, which is decorated with peculiar ornaments such as tiling, mirror-works and paintings, surpassed the four kings who crowned in its majesty and now distinguished itself as a Unesco World Heritage, soon after taking a walk to overlook Tehran Grand Bazaar, a roofed up building with old-time architecture of passages and pathways which leave you in a puzzle as a cultural end economic center in downtown of Tehran, after that (Sat to Tue 14:30 to 16:30) walking to Treasury of National Museum (National Jewelry Museum), where shines for the beauty of the diamonds, jewels and illustrious royal heritages, to feel kingdom excellency, in the evening (if National Jewelry Museum was closed) we keep traveling deep into Persia by visiting Iran National Museum as a cradle of Persia tale that holds archaeological collections in two separate structures; Ancient Iran Museum and Museum of Islamic Period to present you with culture, art and history of Iran. Today we enjoy mouthwatering Persian dishes close to the historical region of Tehran where you smell the most popular restaurants with their unique menu including different kinds of Kebabs especially Kobideh and stews such as Qormeh-sabzi, also we take a walk in the central region of Tehran to reach an area where is so famous for the Persian Street foods.
Overnight Tehran, (B,L,D).
Today we visit Sa’ad Abad Complex which is located in the Darband area at the footage of the Alborz mountain range with a green atmosphere and very pleasant weather, so proves itself as a royal resident for two dynasties from Qajar to Pahlavi in the past two decades. Sa’ad Abad embraces palaces, museums and galleries which depicts Persia contemporary era in detail, to continue our exploration we feel spirituality in Zahir-od-dowleh cemetery is a cultural and artistic spot, where many contemporary poets such as Forough Farrokhzad, Nima Yooshij, Rahi Mo’ayyeri and Iraj Mirza are buried there, soon after we explore the holiest shrine in Tajrish (Imamzadeh Saleh), where is so close to the old Tajrish Bazaar, to have further knowledge about the traditional style of Persian daily life, then Bypassing the longest street in the Middle East which is covered by trees and leaves to south, we will have the opportunity to walk along Nature Bridge which connects two parks on a highway as a symbol of modern architecture in Tehran.
Overnight Tehran, (B,L,D).
Hamedan is an iconic city in terms of ancient urbanism, religion diversity and handicrafts, where Ecbatana Ancient City absorbs your attention to 3000 years ago with mud & brick remains at the heart of Hegmataneh Antique City, also Hamedan has gained a prominent position in ceramic and pottery craftsmanship in the Middle East.
Our exploration for well-known poets takes us to the Tomb of Baba Tahir, a dervish who was influenced by Ferdowsi and Bayazid Bastami and enlightened Rumi, Hafiz and some others with his quatrains, also he was a pioneer in Sufi Love in the poem, soon after we visit Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, the most important Jewish shrine in Persia, which demonstrates Jewish persistence in Hamedan, also Jewish use surrounding area as a cemetery, after that visiting Avicenna Mausoleum to know a genius scientist with a diversity of expertise in the field of medicine, philosophy, music, mathematics and natural sciences who wrote more than 400 books such as ‘The Canon of Medicine’ and ‘The Healing Book’, which were taught in most well-known universities of the word, then walking to Abolqassem Aref Qazvini, a National contemporary poet, musician and lyricist who was a political activist during Pahlavi dynasty.
Overnight Hamedan, (B,L,D).
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
We embark Hamedan to Zanjan by satisfying our curiosity about Persian pottery by learning new skills in creating your very own pottery under the hands-off instructions of professionals in Lalejin Pottery workshops, after that having an expedition to Dome of Soltaniyeh, a well -known structure in terms of architecture and spirituality which is also Tomb of Oljeitu, built during Mongol Dynasty (Ilkhqnid) in Persia. It is the largest brick dome with 49 tons weight and the third one in its kind after Florance Cathedral and Hagia Sophia in the world, then we visit Chalabioghlou Mausoleum where is the tomb of Ilkhanate era mystic who was so influenced by Rumi and known as Sheikh Barragh Baba because of his Sufi Beliefs, then we drive to city of Zanjan to stay overnight.
Overnight Zanjan, (B,L,D).
Zanjan is a pre-historic region in the Azeri area of Persia that is famous for its agricultural products such as seedless grapes and handicrafts like Malileh and Knives. Zanjan is one of the most happiest Province in Iran with a dreamy view of natural inland sceneries and organic ingredients which flourish culinary art.
Our today tour includes Rakhtshooy Khaneh, where people used to wash their clothing in, as a distinctive ideology for constructing a building to provide a secure place for women and keeping them safe from coldness, soon after we experience Saltmen Museum to amaze with six dead bodies from 2500 years ago found in a salt mine, after that joining a workshop to learn better about Malileh (filigree) as an intangible UNESCO world heritage which looks like goldsmithing out of copper or silver to create a chain of stripes to make pieces of jewellery such as rings and earrings, then our tour continues with touching natural landscapes on the way to Tabriz.
Overnight Tabriz, (B,L,D).
Tabriz is the most significant region in the historic Azerbaijan area in terms of culture, industry, modernity and handicrafts, also agriculture plays an important rule in the development of the city. Tabriz history gained a huge impression from Safavid and Qajar dynasties as a centre of Turkish tribes, so most of the monuments and attractions prove cultural, architectural and customs and traditions of the mentioned royal families also is known as the world Carpet Weaving City.
The tour is devoted to Tabriz Heritage including Blue Mosque, a witness to the history of the city from pre-Safavid to Pahlavi dynasty, where blue tiles at the grand entrance Iwan caused the name of the monument. Most parts of the building destroyed in a late earthquake, but famous architects reconstructed the majesty of the mosque during Pahlavi dynasty, soon after we take a walk in Khaghani Park where is built in remembrance of a famous prose-writer and poet, who influenced Nezami Ganjavi, Saadi and Hafiz, after that we walk to to Azerbaijan Museum which takes you to a tour through history by visiting archaeological finds dated back to 5000 B.C to Sassanid era, then Islamic seals and coins and after that Iron Museum which demonstrates astonishing sculptures by a contemporary Artist Mr. Ahad Hosseini, then our exploration continues with cemetery of prose and poem (Tomb of Poets), where more than 400 poets are buried to shape the greatest dead poet society under a well-designed Tomb, Shahriar the most famous Tabrizi poet, who used to express his feelings and ideas not only in Turkish, but also in Persian, is buried in the cemetery too, the we experience Parvin Etesami’s House who is contemporary poet followed the classical pattern of Persian poems, then visiting El Goli Garden which is decorated with a large artificial pond and a mansion in the middle for Qajar king.
Overnight Tabriz, (B,L,D).
Our exploration widen our knowledge about the Azeri lifestyle by visiting Amir Nezam House, where shows us evidences about the contemporary history of Tabriz as it is a Qajar Museum too. We leave the city to have an expedition to Kandovan Village, where people built their home in volcanic rocks, to verify human adaptation with nature, after that Constitution House of Tabriz as it was a prominent pivot of revolutionary communities, which is built by an eminent architect Mr Haj Vali Me’mar, during Qajar dynasty. The house, where is a museum of revolutionary activists sculptures and their legacies such as letters and weapons, was a centre for leaders declaration during the Constitutional Revolution in the Qajar era, next in order of time we wander at Tabriz Grand Bazaar (Tabriz Historic Bazaar) with its spectacular structure that includes many sub-bazaars as the largest roofed Bazaar in the world, which confirmed itself as a cultural, economical and political centre of the city since the Safavid Dynasty to present era, then take a flight to Shiraz.
Overnight Tabriz, (B,L,D).
Shiraz, the motherland of Persian Culture with all legendary Achaemenian’s and Sassanian’s glories is the city of prose & poem, gardens and flowers. Historical ornaments such as Persepolis and Pasargadae is spread through the tale of the province from the Achaemenid empire to Zand Dynasty, also spirituality always associates with the story of the people, not only during Zoroastrianism but also at the time of Islam to the present era.
Today is devoted to Zand dynasty heritages which begins with Karim khan Citadel as a residence for Karim Khan and his family and also to be known as a military centre. The structure looks like a castle to guard the royal family and the king, soon after we walk to Kolah Farngi Mansion to experience the ceremonial palace of the Zand Dynasty, where is a Zand legacy museum, to explore the kingdom much closer, after that we taste a mouthwatering saffron ice cream which is garnished with pistachio and sometimes combined with Shirazi Faloudeh to feel heaven at the centre of Zandie Capital, next in order of time our visits include Vakil Historic Bath, which is an architectural masterpiece in Vakil Complex, built from gypsum, stone and brick, then keep walking to Vakil Mosque to experience a royal holy place, which derives its fame from the art of architecture, calligraphy and columns engravings, as an entrance door to Vakil Bazaar, where you will be amazed by the passageways, to experience Shirazi nomads and tribes clothing and purchasing handicrafts.
By exploring Vakil Complex we reach Zinat Al-Molk House, where is a Persian style of home, to fascinate visitors with the mirror and woodwork, after a break for lunch and discovering gastronomic experience taste of Shirazi cuisine art our exploration continues with enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Hafezieh, the mausoleum of a poet whose love stories, spiritual beliefs and sagacious poems left an untouched and legacy behind for readers to alleviate with. Hafez Ghazal by the use of eloquence inspired Persians to fall in love, be honest and worship Allah.
We travel outside of Shiraz to explore Persepolis, one of the three Achaemenid Empire Capitals, which is dedicated to ceremonial events to demonstrate the imperial majesty and eminence, constructed by Darius the Great. The palace with the meaning of ‘city of Persians’ is a great example of Achaemenid architectural style, soon that we keep going to Naqsh-e Rustam, a Necropolis, where the emperors of Persian civilization are buried in rock cuts, with king’s engraved messages on rock reliefs, also the Zoroastrians sacred place “ Cube of Zoroaster ” as a spiritual monument is located next to the rock face, after that taking a short walk to Naqsh-e Rajab, an open-air archaeological archive which displays Sassanid imperial impregnable power and triumphs over Roman emperor on bas-relief inscriptions, then we will have a glance to Quran Gate, which is the entrance gate of Shiraz from the north, built by Zand dynasty in reason of blessing passengers by the holiness of Quran, next to the gate is Tomb of Khwaju, who was the guru in literature, also a guide to Hafiz, then our evening tour includes Sa’diyeh, mausoleum of a poet who nourishes you with words and wisdom to enlighten your soul. Sa’adi with his global reputation for verses about human rights left us the most valuable heritage by writing books such as GOLESTAN & BOSTAN.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Today w explore Nasir-ol-Molk, a supreme intellectual and artistic sacred place that proves no comparison with the typical mosques. Spirituality lies inside when sunshine passes through the colorful glasses of windows to Persian carpet orchards or on the firm columns inside, also you will be dazzled by the superb celling ceramic-work, soon after we visit Qavam House, a unique model of Persian architecture which depicts most of the artistic value of the culture, not only in the garden with fountains, planting flowers and palm trees, but also with gorgeous mirror-works and European style of paintings, then our exploration continues with Eram Garden, the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in Persian Language) by displaying the Persia peculiar structure in magnificent buildings and botanical garden, Further to usual monuments, we travel to the oldest mosque of Shiraz, which is built in Saffarid Dynasty and renovated during Safavid Dynasty, Atiqe Mosque is called Adineh by Shirazi people too, include eight entrance gate and Khodakhaneh (God of House) with unique architecture to amaze you, then we experience Shahcheragh, the third holiest shrine in Iran, where provides you with a very sophisticated feeling of spirituality as a reason of its brown color face which takes you out of the worldly tensions.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Departing Shiraz we travel to Yazd by having an Expedition to Pasargadae, the ancient capital of Achaemenid, which was built under the order of Cyrus the Great with famous fourfold Persian model of the garden, to explain the nobility of the emperor and his necropolis, after that we keep going to the Global City of Wood-carvings “Abadeh” to discover a very skilful art which is called Monabatkari or Moghaarkari by professionals who replete woods with religious design or flower motifs in their workplace, soon after our exploration takes us to Abarkooh county to wander at the 4500-year-old Cypress Tree.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
Yazd is a city that displays human adaptations to nature by its unique architecture to use simple materials to build astonishing structures such as wind-catchers, Bath, mosque and houses to preserve the lifestyle of breathing in heart of the desert, also Qanat construction is an ancient engineering knowledge which conveys water from natural sources to quench people. The city is the home of Persian sweeties and a famous land in handicrafts especially for handwoven souvenirs, also religions diversity enlighten you about Zoroastrians, Jewish, Christians and Muslims in the city centre.
Today we begin our travel with Yazd Jameh Mosque, where the brilliance of tilling dazzle eyes next to the highest minarets in Iran, depicting harmonious craft between Islamic and Persian architecture, after that we walk to the Fahadan Area to explore brick and mud lifestyle with a particular style of construction, where customs and traditions fed the area to reach Lariha House to capture a view of Yazd lifestyle in a well-decorated location with generally recognized architecture of wind-catcher plus archways, plaster-work and stained-glass window, then we visit Zoroastrians Fire Temple, which is continuously burning for around 2500 years. Then, our exploration continues to Amir Chakhmagh Complex with its gorgeous balanced submerged alcoves in the Tekyeh and historical mosque, soon after we experience traditional form for athletics which was used for training soldiers for warfare in Zourkhaneh (Pahlavani Rituals), in that time we touch Memorial of Vahshi Bafqi, a poet whose romantic story of Shirin & Farhad made him famous, Our today tour ends with having a pleasing night is calm atmosphere around the highest wind-catcher in the world with a peculiar architecture in Dowlat Abad Garden.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
We embark on a full day travel into the heart of the desert on the way from Yazd to Isfahan with an expedition to Maybod county to explore a region which was Mozaffarid dynasty capital and widely known in terms of architecture and handicrafts in north of Yazd. Our visits will include Abbasi Caravanserai where displays how travellers took rest on the way of their tours, after that we take a walk to traditional Water Reservoir which plays a vital rule to provide safe and clean water in the desert, soon after we have a glance of the Ice House which feed the county with Sufficient Ice reminded from winter to summer based on an evaporation engineering masterpiece since 1000 B.C, then we visit Narin Castle, which used to be a fortress during existence, dated back to Achaemenid era. Our exploration continues to Naein county, where is an ancient region famous for the Qanats, handicrafts and castles, in south of Isfahan. We visit Naein Jameh Mosque which is one of the four mosques built soon after the Arab conquest of Persia, further to our exploration we learn better about a very distinctive kind of Persian cloaks which is made out of camel and sheep wool in Aba Bafi (cloak making) weaving cave workshop to gratify our curiosity about traditional textures in Persia, after that we touch better desert citizens lifestyle by surfing Desert Anthropology Museum, then we travel to Rigareh Qanat-based Water Mill to investigate how people quench their thirsty by constructing qanat underground since 1000 B.C in Persia.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Narin Castle as a military building to provide safeness not only for locals, but also for merchants who travel in Silk Road since Achaemenid empire.[/caption
Isfahan, the city of glories and Perso-Islamic masterpieces devoted itself to craftsman’s dexterity to become the centre of art, not only in architecture or handicrafts but also in urban structures and music. The city is a treasure of mosques, Cathedrals, mansions, bridges and gardens which amazed visitors in all aspects of skilful ingenuities.
Tour through Isfahan begins with a three-floor building which is called Qeisarie Gate in remembrance of the king as the main entrance to Isfahan Grand Bazaar, which directs us to Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Meidan Emam) to visit the masterwork of chief architect Sheikh Bahaee, also having a workshop for the art of Minakari demonstrates us how ancient Persians enameled objects to place heaven into them by decorating metal(mostly Silver and Copper) or tile by patterns and paintings derived from the taste of the artist, soon after we walk to Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque to be amazed with the genius interior and exterior decoration of the dome which used to be a royal mosque dedicated to Shah Abbas Safavid, after that we visit Shah Mosque, which depicts Persian architecture in Islamic era, by consisting of iwans, domes, tilling and supreme engineering of voice echoing, then our trip to the square will end by Ali Qapu Palace which could be called as a gallery of art in terms of music, painting and decoration in an acoustic structure.
By nourishing our mind in the square we walk to Chehel Sotun Palace (Bagh-e Chehel Sotun), where a relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous paintings are awaiting us with palace photo reflected into the front pond, then we have a glance at Saib Tabrizi Monument, the poet who is a master of Ghazal, not only in Persian but also in Azeri and Arabic, then we travel to the white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of worldly known Si-O Se Pol Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Today Our tour includes Vank Cathedral with its fascinating paintings and mosque-like dome which is constructed by the Armenians who forced to move to Isfahan by Shah Abbas Safavid, son after we walk to the Armenian Genocide Museum to have a glance at the historic handwritten books, reminded artefacts of the cathedral and the first printed book in Persia, after that, we travel to Isfahan Jameh Mosque (Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan) to discover a unique practice of designing a holy place by renovation and reconstruction a mosque which is one of the oldest one in Persia, then we experience delicious evening meal in an old and popular pastry spot in Isfahan for Doogh and Gooshfil next in order of time our exploration continues to Chahar Bagh Street which is a masterpiece of urbanism to Hasht Behesht Palace, was used to be a royal pavilion with glamorous paintings, woodwork, mirror-work and tilling, then we travel to the white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of worldly known Khaju Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
On the way from Isfahan to Kashan we have an expedition to Sohrab Sepehri Tomb a painter and modern Persian poet whose poems are translated into English, French and some other languages, soon after we visit Abyaneh Village to experience one of the ancient rural area in Persia, which shows us historical traditions and customs along with distinctive habitable buildings, then we travel to Kashan where is one of the homelands of Persian civilization to perfect our knowledge about the country at the last night of the tour. We visit Aminodole Caravanserai at the centre of Kashan Bazaar where a coherent form of structure reflects hospitality sensibility, after that, we visit Agha Bozorg Mosque which is the only one in its model as a mosque with a sunken courtyard.
Overnight Kashan, (B,L,D).
Today is devoted to Kashan legacies that begin with Boroujerdi House which combines the desert style of wind-catchers with Persian traditional models of an iwan with superb plaster-work in interior and exterior decoration, soon after we visit Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse to feel Persian gatherings meanwhile bathing, next in order of time we walk to Tabatabaee House which includes peculiar difference with the previous one in terms of stone reliefs, stucco and coloured glasses, after that, we visit Mohtasham Kashani Tomb an influential Shi’a poet during Safavid dynasty whose poems are mostly about the tragedy of Ashura, then we travel to Fin Garden, which depicts a genuine Persian garden, telling us stories about the contemporary era from murdering Amir Kabir to present.
We finally drive to the IKA Airport to Depart Iran.