- Arrival at IKA Airport, Visiting Tehran, O/N Tehran.
- Visiting Azadi Tower, Contemporary Art Museum, and Carpet Museum.
On the time of arrival at IKA Airport, our representative will welcome you with a Logo show card. Then, they guide you to exit the airport to the hotel to take a rest. You will leave the pressure of the flight under the shower and relax before the tour of Tehran Treasures.
Tehran is the most modern city and capital of Iran. It clearly shows the classical and modern combination of Persian culture in the south of the Alborz mountain range. Persian Literature Tour starts with Azadi Tower, a symbol of Modern Tehran and the contemporary national gate of Iran. During our tour, we will visit the Contemporary Art Museum to learn about Persian Modern Arts. This museum houses the most valuable collection of Western art outside of Europe and America. Additionally, our Tehran journey will take us to the National Carpet Museum, which boasts a stunning collection of Persian carpets ranging from 1500 years ago to the present day. (Today’s tour operation depends on the time of arrival.)
- Visiting Tehran, O/N Tehran.
- Visiting Sa’ad Abad Palace, Zahir-o-dowleh Cemetery, Music Museum, Tajrish Bazaar, Saleh Holy Shrine.
Today, the Persian Literature tour dedicates itself to the Sa’ad Abad Complex. It embraces a green atmosphere and charming weather. Sa’ad Abad Palace embraces mansions, museums, and galleries that depict Iran’s contemporary era in detail. To continue our exploration, we touch on Persian modern literature in Zahir-od-dowel cemetery as a cultural and artistic spot. Many contemporary poets include Forough Farrokhzad, Nima Yooshij, Rahi Mo’ayyeri, and Iraj Mirza Tombs. Soon after, we will move to a house near Tajrish Square with a lush courtyard and impressive architecture known as the Music Museum. The old house displays Iranian music instruments and culture as a permanent museum. Then, we will explore the holiest shrine (Imamzadeh Saleh) in Tehran. It is so close to the old Tajrish Bazaar.
- Fly to Mashhad and transfer to Hotel to Take a Rest, Visiting Mashhad, O/N Mashhad.
- Visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, Tomb of Sheikh Bahaee, and Gohar Shad Mosque.
Persian Literature verses await you in Mehrabad Local Airport. After arriving at MHD airport, you will leave the pressure of the flight under the shower. Then, the attractions of the city let you experience the Mashhad treasures. (Today’s tour depends on the time of arrival.)
Mashhad is the hometown of the greatest turquoise mines in the world. It shines as the capital of spirituality due to Imam Reza Holy Shrine in the city center. Mashhad produces more than 90 percent of the Saffron of the globe and is the birthplace of Nader Shah (famous as Iran Napoleon Bonaparte).
Persian Literature Tour begins with the masterpiece of the holy shrine of the eighth Imam of Shi’a religion. Imam Reza Shrine is deep in spirituality and architecture. Travelers touch on the beliefs of Shi’a followers and Sheikh Baha’i Tomb. Soon after, we will visit Goharshad Mosque which the Shah Rukh king devoured to his wife during the Timurid dynasty. The mosque is an identifying model of Shirazi and Isfahani architecture.
- Visiting Mashhad, O/N Mashhad.
- Take an expedition to one of the Persian Literature Heart (Tous county), Visiting the Tomb of Ferdowsi, Mehdi Akhavan Sales, and Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
- Driving back to Mashhad to Visit the Tomb of Nader Shah (Depending on the time of arrival.)
Persian Literature Tour with a pleasant morning drive brings us to Tous County to visit the mausoleum of the most influential poet in Persian history. Ferdowsi maintained the Persian language from being destroyed, by writing further than 50000 epic poems all by authentic Persian words in Shahnameh. The tomb of Ferdowsi is a unique imitation of the Achaemenid architectural style with his poems engraved on it. Soon after, we will visit Mehdi Akhavan-Sales Tomb a contemporary poet who is called the Ferdowsi of the time. His social and political instructing poems have been feeding popular traditional singers of Persia.
Shajarian Reinvents Persian Music Through Persian Literature
After that, we let our ears listen to Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s songs next to his tomb. He is the greatest master of Persian classic music. Shajarian worked hard to spread the music of this land and introduce its culture and art beyond borders. He is 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, and the Beta from Stanford University. Also, the UNESCO Mozart Prize and the National Knight of the French Embassy award him too. Good to say that 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. He reestablished Persia as a military superpower in recent history. He is also famous as Iran Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Having a 120 km Expedition to Nishapur.
- Visiting the Mausoleum of Omar Khayyám and Attar of Nishapur.
- Visiting TYomb of Kamal- Al Molk, and Parviz Meshkatian.
Persian Literature exploration continues with leaving Mashhad for Nishapur. It is the city of turquoise and poems. We will visit Omar Khayyam Mausoleum, who was an astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and poet. He is famous for his unsurpassable couplets which Edward FitzGerald translated in the 19th century. His works were published in Great Britain in 1859 as an influential literary work. Soon after, we travel to Attar of Nishapur Mausoleum, one of the main Sufism theorists. He is a poet whom Rumi mentioned as the spirit of love and knowledge. After that, we will visit Kamal-ol-Molk Tomb, the most famous painter in the contemporary history of Iran. Then, we will walk to Parviz Meshkatian Tomb who was a famous and popular musician, composer, and university teacher. His footprint is a huge authority on Persian traditional music in the contemporary era.
- Fly to Shiraz, Visiting Shiraz, O/N Shiraz.
- Visiting Karim Khan Citadel, Kolah Farhangi Mansion, Vakil Historic Bath, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, and Hafez Mausoleum. (Today’s itinerary depends on the time of arrival).
Shiraz is the birthplace of Persian culture, rich with the legacies of the Achaemenian and Sassanian dynasties. It is a city steeped in poetry, literature, and natural beauty with several gardens and flowers. The province is home to several historical landmarks, including Persepolis and Pasargadae. The people of Shiraz have always had a strong connection to spirituality, starting with Zoroastrianism and continuing through the Islamic era.
Today, the Persian Literature Tour dedicates itself to the Zand dynasty heritages. Our exploration begins with Karim Khan Citadel as a residence for Karim Khan and his family. Soon after, we will walk to Kolah Farngi Mansion to experience the ceremonial palace of the Zand Dynasty. After that, we taste a mouthwatering saffron ice cream garnished with pistachio. Locals sometimes combine it with Shirazi Faloudeh to feel heaven at the center of Zandie Capital.
Next in order of time, our visits include the Vakil Historic Bath, which is an architectural masterpiece in the Vakil Complex. Then, we will keep walking to Vakil Mosque to experience a royal holy place. It derives its fame from the art of architecture, calligraphy, and column engravings. The mosque is an entrance door to the Vakil Bazaar. Let’s experience Shirazi nomads and tribes’ clothing and purchasing handicrafts.
Hafez Ghazal Narrates Love and Beauty
After a break for lunch and discovering the gastronomic experience and taste of Shirazi cuisine and art Persin Literature Tour continues with enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Hafezieh. The mausoleum of a poet whose love stories, spiritual beliefs, and sagacious poems left an untouched legacy behind for readers. Hafiz’s poems alleviate Iranians by their words of love and kindness. Hafiz Ghazal by the use of eloquence inspired Persians to fall in love, be honest, and worship Allah.
- Visiting Shiraz, O/N Shiraz.
- Having an Expedition to Persepolis, Persia Necropolis, Naqsh-e Rajab & Naqsh-e Rustam, Cube of Zoroaster, and Tomb of Saadi.
Persian Literature Tour takes us outside of Shiraz to explore Persepolis (UNESCO Heritage). It is one of the three Achaemenid Empire Capitals. Darius the Great constructed the palace and dedicated it to ceremonial events to demonstrate the imperial majesty and eminence. Persepolis with the meaning ‘city of Persians’ is a great example of the Achaemenid architectural style. After that, we will visit Naqsh-e Rustam a necropolis embracing tombs of emperors of Persia in rock cuts. Also, kings have engraved their messages on rock reliefs in the necropolis. In addition, there is a Zoroastrian sacred place “ Cube of Zoroaster ” as a spiritual monument.
Soon after, we will take a short walk to Naqsh-e Rajab, an open-air archaeological archive. Naqsh-e Rajab displays Sassanid imperial impregnable power and triumphs over the Roman emperor on bas-relief inscriptions. Finally, we will touch Sa’diyeh, the mausoleum of a poet whose words and wisdom enlighten your soul. Saadi Shirazi with his global reputation for verses about human rights left us the most valuable heritage by writing books such as Golestan & Bostan.
- Visiting Shiraz, On Shiraz.
- Visiting Nasir-o-almolk Mosque, Narenjestan Qavam, Eram Garden, Atigh Jameh Mosque and
Shahcheragh Holy Shrine.
Today, the Persian Literature Tour explores Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque. It’s 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. Also, travelers get inspired by the superb ceiling ceramic work and the firm columns inside Nasir-al-Molk Mosque. Soon after, we will visit Qavam House, a unique model of Persian architecture that depicts most of the artistic value of the culture. It shines for the garden with fountains, flowers, and palm trees. Also, its gorgeous mirror-works and European style of paintings are dazzling.
Our exploration continues with Eram Garden (UNESCO Heritage). It is the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in Persian Language). Eram Garden displays Persia’s peculiar structure in magnificent buildings and botanical gardens. Further to the usual monuments, we travel to the oldest mosque of Shiraz. Atiqe Mosque is famous for the Adineh too by the Shirazi people. It includes eight entrance gates and Khodakhaneh (God of House) with unique architecture. Finally, we will experience Shahcheragh, the third holiest shrine in Iran. It provides a very sophisticated feeling of spirituality because of its brown color face.
- Drive 440 km to Yazd, O/N Yazd.
- Having an Expedition to Pasargadae & Abarkooh Ancient Cypress Tree.
- Experiencing Monabatkari or Moghaarkari Handicraft workshop.
Departing Shiraz, the Persian Literature Tour takes us to Yazd by having an expedition to Pasargadae (UNESCO Heritage). It is the ancient capital of Achaemenid. Cyrus the Great ordered to building of Pasargadae with the famous fourfold Persian model of the garden. Pasargadae explains the nobility of the emperor and his necropolis. After that, we keep going to the UNESCO Global City of Wood Carvings “Abadeh” to discover skillful art. Monabatkari or Moghaarkari is the art of repleting woods with religious design or flower motifs. Finally, our exploration takes us to Abarkooh County to wander at the 4500-year-old Cypress Tree.
- Visiting Yazd, O/N Yazd.
- Visiting Jame Mosque, Walking in the Historic Area of Fahadan to Lariha House, Visiting Yazd Fire
Temple, Amir Chakhmagh Complex, Zourkhaneh (Pahlavani Rituals), Memorial of Vahshi
Bafqi & Dowlat Abad Garden.
Yazd (UNESCO Heritage) is a city that displays human adaptations to nature by its unique architecture. Locals use simple materials to build astonishing structures such as wind-catchers, baths, mosques, and houses. Those buildings preserve the lifestyle of breathing in the heart of the desert. Also, Qanat construction is an ancient engineering knowledge that 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, religious diversity enlightens you about Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Yazd.
UNESCO City of Yazd
Today, the Persian Literature Tour begins with Yazd Jameh Mosque. It shows the brilliance of tilling dazzle eyes next to the highest minarets in Iran. it depicts harmonious crafts between Islamic and Persian architecture. After that, we walk to the Fahadan Area (UNESCO Heritage). It lets us explore the brick-and-mud lifestyle with a particular style of construction. There are ancient customs and traditions fed the area to reach Lariha House to capture a view of the Yazdi lifestyle. It is a well-decorated location with the generally recognized architecture of wind-catcher plus archways, plaster-work, and stained-glass windows. Then, we will visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Zoroastrians Fire Temple has been continuously burning for around 2500 years.
Then, our exploration continued to the Amir Chakhmagh Complex with its gorgeous balanced submerged alcoves in the Tekyeh and historical mosque. Soon after, we will experience a traditional form of athletics that was used for training soldiers for warfare in Zourkhaneh (Pahlavani Rituals). Next in order of time, we will touch the Memorial of Vahshi Bafqi. He is a poet whose romantic story of Shirin & Farhad made him famous. Our today tour ends with a pleasing night in a calm atmosphere around the highest wind-catcher in the world. Dowlat Abad Garden (UNESCO Heritage) with peculiar architecture is awaiting us.
- Drive 320 km to Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
- Having an Expedition to Meybod County (Visiting Abbasi Caravanserai, Water Reservoir, Ice
House Building & Narin Castle).
- Having an Expedition to Naein County (Visiting Jame Mosque, Desert Anthropology Museum &
Rigareh Qanat-based Water Mill).
We embark on a full-day travel into the heart of the desert on the way from Yazd to Isfahan. There will be an expedition to Maybod County known in terms of architecture and handicrafts. Our visits will include Abbasi Caravanserai which displays how travelers used to take a rest on the way of their business trips. After that, we will take a walk to the traditional Water Reservoir which plays a vital role in providing safe and clean water in the desert. Soon after, we will have a glance at the Ice House which feeds the county with Sufficient Ice reminded from winter to summer. It works based on an evaporation engineering masterpiece since 1000 B.C. Then, we will visit Narin Castle, which used to be a fortress during existence, dating back to the Achaemenid era.
Desert Counties and Persian Literature
Persian Literature exploration continues to Naein County. The city is an ancient region famous for the Qanats, handicrafts, and castles. We will visit Naein Jameh Mosque which is one of the four mosques built soon after the Arab conquest of Persia. Further to our exploration, we will learn better about a very distinctive kind of Persian cloak. Cloak materials are camel and sheep wool. Locals weave cloaks in a cave workshop to satisfy our curiosity about traditional textures in Persia. After that, we will touch on better desert citizens’ lifestyles by surfing the Desert Anthropology Museum. Then we travel to Rigareh Qanat-based Water Mill. It makes us investigate how people quench their thirst by constructing qanat underground since 1000 B.C. in Iran.
- Visiting Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
- Visiting Qeisarie Gate, Naqshe Jahan Square (Meidan Emam: Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Shah
Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace)
- Visiting Chehel Sotun Palace (Bagh-e Chehel Sotun), Saeb Monument & Sio Se Pol Bridge.
Isfahan, the city of glories and Perso-Islamic masterpieces devotes itself to craftsman’s dexterity. It is not only the center of art but also architecture and handicrafts. Isfahan depicts urban art beauty through the music of winds, rivers, and acoustic structures. Isfahan is a treasure of mosques, cathedrals, mansions, bridges, and gardens.
Persian Literature Tour through Isfahan begins with a three-floor Gate. Qeysarieh Gate is in remembrance of Shah Abbas King as the main entrance to Isfahan Grand Bazaar. It directs us to Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Meidan Emam) to visit the masterwork of chief architect Sheikh Bahaee.
Artistic Gallery of Persian Crafts And Royal Heritage
We will start visiting the genius heritage of the Meidan with Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque (UNESCO Heritage). It amazes visitors with the genius interior and exterior decoration of the hall, dome, and Shabestan. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque was a royal mosque dedicated to Shah Abbas Safavid Harem.
Then, we will have a workshop on the art of Minakari. It demonstrates to us how ancient Persians enameled objects to place heaven into them. In Minakari, artists decorate metal (mostly Silver and Copper) or tile with patterns and paintings. Soon after, we will visit the Shah Mosque (UNESCO Heritage), which is the real meaning of Persian architecture and art in the Islamic era. It consists of iwans, domes, tilling, and supreme engineering of a voice echoing. Finally, our trip to the square will end at Ali Qapu Palace (UNESCO Heritage). It is a gallery of art in terms of music, painting, and decoration in an acoustic structure.
By nourishing our minds in the square, we will walk to Chehel Sotun Palace (UNESCO Heritage). it is a relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous paintings awaiting us. Chehel Sotun Garden pillars photo reflected into the front pond and makes an unbelievable picture. Then, we will have a glance at the Saib Tabrizi Monument. He is a master of Ghazal, not only in Persian but also in Azeri and Arabic. Finally, we travel to the white river to indulge ourselves in the beauty of the worldly Si-O Se Pol Bridge.
- Visiting Isfahan, O/N Isfahan.
- Visiting Vank Cathedral, Armenian Genocide Memorial, Isfahan Music Museum, Isfahan Jame
Mosque (Masjid-e Jame of Isfahan)
- Hasht Behesht Palace, Khaju Bridge & Having Pleasure at Your Pace.
Today, the Persian Literature Tour includes Vank Cathedral with its fascinating paintings and mosque-like dome. Shah Abbas Safavid forced Armenians to move to Isfahan and they constructed such an artistic gallery as a holy place. Soon after, we will walk to the Armenian Genocide Museum to have a glance at the historic handwritten books. They are artifacts of the cathedral and the first printed book in Iran. After that, we will travel to Isfahan Jameh Mosque (Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan) to discover a unique practice of designing a holy place. Masjed-e Jame Isfahan is the remains of a fire, even narrations of a house of worship for Zoroastrians. Isfahan Jameh Mosque’s (UNESCO Heritage) magnificent turquoise dome shines like a diamond in the south of Isfahan. Isfahan Jameh Mosque is a unique holy place for the renovation and reconstruction of one of the oldest mosques in Iran.
Handicrafts Shine in Isfahan
Then, we will learn how masters do Ghalamzani to create outstanding works with superb designs on silver, copper, brass, and gold. Artists place visionary engravings on objects to create Ghalamzani handicrafts. Our exploration continues to Chahar Bagh Street which is a masterpiece of urbanism to Hasht Behesht Palace. The palace was a royal pavilion with glamorous paintings, woodwork, mirror-work, and tilling. Then, we touch Monar Jonban, an unbelievable structure that the Ilkhanate dynasty built. It is an architectural masterpiece as a result of minarets oscillation.
- Drive 215 km to Kashan, O/N Kashan.
- Having an Expedition to Abyaneh Historical Village & Sohrab Sepehri Tomb.
- Visiting Aminodole Caravanserai, Agha Bozorg Mosque
We have an expedition to Sohrab Sepehri Tomb on the way from Isfahan to Kashan. A painter and modern Persian poet whose poems were translated into English, French, and some other languages. Soon after, we will visit Abyaneh Village to experience one of the ancient rural areas in Iran. Abyaneh village shows us historical traditions and customs along with distinctive habitable buildings. Then, we will travel to Kashan which is one of the homelands of Persian civilization to perfect our knowledge about the country on the last night of the tour. We visit Aminodole Caravanserai at the centre of Kashan Bazaar. There is a coherent form of structure that reflects Iranian hospitality. Finally, we will visit Agha Bozorg Mosque which is the only one in its model as a mosque with a sunken courtyard.
- Visiting Kashan, Drive 207 km to IKA Airport, Depart Iran.
- Visiting Borujerdi House, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, Tabatabai House, Mohtasham Kashani Tomb & Fin Garden. (Today’s itinerary depends on the time of departure.)
Today, the Persian Literature Tour devotes itself to Kashan legacies that begin with Fin Garden (UNESCO Heritage). It depicts a genuine paradise, telling us stories about Iran’s contemporary era and ancient architecture. After that, we will visit Boroujerdi House which combines the desert style of wind-catchers with Persian traditional models of iwan. Boroujerdi House consists of superb plasterwork in interior and exterior decoration.
Then, we will touch Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse to feel Persian architecture in a traditional bath. Next in order of time, we walk to Tabatabaee House which is an incredible type of Persian house. Tabatabaei House shows Iranian art with its stone reliefs, stucco, and colored glasses. After that, we will visit Mohtasham Kashani Tomb. He was an influential Shi’a poet during the Safavid dynasty whose poems are mostly about the tragedy of Ashura. Finally, we travel to visit Agha Bozorg Mosque which is the only one in its model as a mosque with a sunken courtyard.