Achaemenid Empire to Pahlavi Tour

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1,990

From

Tehran

To

Shiraz

7 Days

Taking a glimpse of Perso-Islamic architecture, Persian modern and ancient capitals, handicrafts, and culinary culture immerse you in a cradle of civilisation in the contemporary era. Indulge yourself with Persian masterpieces that mostly display themselves in mirror-work and plaster-work adorned with paintings and colourful sunshine from windows in interior design with a depict of paradise by having a picturesque view from balconies into the Persian gardens in exterior decoration.

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Itinerary

Visiting palaces and museums in Tehran (2N), then Kashan to embrace Persian houses on the way to Isfahan(2N), a city of crafts and architecture shine. Embark the coach to touch the motherland of Persian culture in shiraz(2N).

At the time of arrival at IKA airport, our representative will welcome you with Logo show card and guiding you to exit the airport to the hotel. Leave the hassle of flight under the shower and relax before the tour of Tehran treasure. 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 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.

Our tour starts with Azadi Tower as a symbol of Modern Tehran and the contemporary national gate of Iran, soon after we will touch Contemporary Art Museum to indulge ourselves to extent our knowledge about Persian Modern Arts and the most valuable collection of western art out of Europe and America, then we will touch the National Carpet Museum, where shines for the collection of Persian carpets since 1500 years ago to now.
Overnight Tehran, (D).

 

Carpet Museum
Carpet Museum is the most distinctive gallery of Persian rugs to amaze you with the beauty of colours and themes of authentic Persian art.

A Glance of Pahlavi to Achaemenid Heritage Tour begins with Golestan Palace as a royal complex with over 400 years old, which is decorated with peculiar ornaments such as tiling, mirror-works and paintings, surpassed the four kings of Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties who crowned in its majesty and now distinguished itself as a Unesco World Heritage, also we visit symbolic tomb of Naser-al-Din Shah Qajar Symbolic Tomb in the yard of the palace as a king of Persia for half a century, soon after that overlooking Tehran Grand Bazaar, a roofed up building with the old-time architecture of passages and pathways which leave you in a puzzle as a cultural and economic centre in the downtown of Tehran, after that our exploration continues to Iran National Museum as the cradle of Persia story that holds archaeological collections in two separate structures; Ancient Iran Museum and Museum of Islamic Period, which present you with culture, art and history of Persia, then (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 royal heritages, to feel kingdom lifestyle better.

Overnight Tehran, (B,L,D).

 

Golestan Palace
Golestan Palace is an incredible collection of gorgeous exterior decoration with combination of French and Persian architecture embracing unbelievable interior design with eye-catching mirror-work, wood-work and plaster work.

Today is devoted to Kashan legacies on the way to Isfahan, so our tour begins with Fin Garden, which depicts a genuine Persian garden, telling us stories about the contemporary era from murdering Amir Kabir to present, after that we visit 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 touch Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse to feel Persian architecture meanwhile bathing, next in order of time we walk to Tabatabaee House which includes peculiar differences with the previous one in terms of stone reliefs, stucco and coloured glasses,
then move to Isfahan to sense the white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of widely-known Khaju Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).

 

Tabatabaee House
Tabatabaee House arise your curiosity about interior and exterior design of desert architecture in contemporary Persia.

Isfahan, the city of glories and Perso-Islamic masterpieces devoted itself to craftsman’s dexterity to become 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. Isfahan is also the centre for wall-paintings and frescoes which narrate antique tales from Persia history of battles and love stories since thousands of years ago, especially in attractions such as Ali Qapu Palace and Chehel Sotun Garden.
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 pillar photo reflected into the front pond, then we travel to the white river
to indulge ourselves to the beauty of worldly known Si-O Se Pol Bridges.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).

 

Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square is an identifying cultural center to touch Isfahani handicrafts, Perso-Islamic architecture and royal dreams.

Departing Isfahan, we travel to Shiraz by having an expedition to IzadKhast Complex, which is built as an adobe structure during the reign of Sassanid empire, including a fortress, fire temple, caravansary, bathroom and the city of IzadKhast. The complex was renovated after the Arab conquest of Persia by constructing a mosque over the fire temple, also during Safavid era by adding a caravansary and bridge to be livable till Qajar dynasty. we keep going 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, soon after on the way back to downtown our exploration continues with 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 triumph over Roman emperor on bas-relief inscriptions, after that 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.

Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).

 

Pasargadae
Pasargadae ancient city embraces Cyrus the Great Tomb, Pasargadae garden and Prison of Solomon to demonstrates better detail about the first king of Achaemenid empire and the urban structure of the time.

Today is devoted to the beauty of Shiraz, at first we visit Nasir-ol-Molk, a supreme intellectual and artistic sacred place which proves no comparison with a typical mosque. Spirituality lies inside when sunshine passes through the colourful glasses of windows to Persian carpet orchards or on the firm columns inside, also you will be dazzled by the superb celling ceramic-work, then we walk to 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, after a break for lunch our exploration continues with Eram Garden, the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in the Persian Language) by displaying the Persia peculiar Structure in magnificent buildings and botanical garden, further to usual monuments we experience Shahcheragh, the third holiest shrine in Persia, which provides you with a very sophisticated feeling of spirituality as a reason of its brown colour face which takes you out of the worldly tension, then then we visit 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.

Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).

 

Eram Garden
Eram Garden is a real meaning of the Persian word “Pardis” (paradise) which confirms itself as an orchard with the identifying structure of the central mansion.

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 where is also land of peace for Artaxerxess || and Artaxerxess ||| tombs, finally reaching Sa’diyeh where is the 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.
Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Depart Iran.

 

Persepolis
Persepolis embraces the most significant Achaemenid heritage, not only as an archeological remain, but also as a fact of cultural legacies of Persians.

Offer Details

  • Having a glance on history and culture of a cradle of civilisation.
  • Touching UNESCO highlights such as Golestan Palace, Naqsh-e Jahan Sq, Persepolis and Pasargadae.
  • Handicrafts and culinary workshops.
  • Fully guided, Halal meals, 4* Hotels, Shopping.
  • Accommodation in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L =Lunch, D =Dinner), including soft drinks, juices and tea/coffee
  • Qualified national guide throughout
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Local economy class flight based on itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Land travel by air-conditioned couch
  • Lectures and talks with tour leaders and experts
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares (please contact GoPersis DMC. or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry,  mini-bar, taxis etc.)
  • Airport and hotel porterage

GoPersis DMC. will coordinate your visa application for a stay of up to 29 days in 3 to 7 working days after fulfilling specific requirements box by participants.

Visa for citizens from the U.S.A, Canada, the Great Britain and South Ireland takes around 40 days to be issued.

It is your responsibility to check your passports valid for 6 months after the date of their return home, also obtaining all necessary info for visas, inoculations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the tour. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of GoPersis DMC.

Visa Restriction: Entry will be refused to travelers with any evidence of visiting Israel – not just Israeli entry stamps.

It is a condition of Iran travel that clients must have comprehensive travel insurance for international tours. We reserve the right to withdraw clients if it becomes apparent that clients are unfit. There will be No refund. It is also a requirement that clients do not cause any significant disruption to the tour or the tour group. GoPersis may refuse admission on the Iran tours, or require the client to withdraw if participation causes significant disruption.

Regarding the number of passengers, Go Persis DMC reserves comfortable and air-conditioned coaches. The coaches take travellers throughout the tour and are at any service at the request of the tour guide. Go Persis DMC manages all airport transfers from your arrival to departure for domestic and international flights. In addition, taking travellers to any train or bus station resumes the itinerary.

Free Excursions:
– Zourkhaneh (Pahlavani Rituals): a traditional form of athletics for training soldiers for warfare in ancient era.
– An excursion to Abyaneh Village to experience one of the ancient rural areas close to the central desert of Persia.
– Rigareh Qanat-based Water Mill: to investigate how people quench their thirst by constructing qanat underground since 1000 B.C in Persia.
Having an excursion to Meyman Mount Village, A village with a very peculiar structure of cave-like houses.

Free Workshops:
– Experiencing Monabatkari or Moghaarkari Workshops.
– Experiencing Ghalamzani Workshop.
– Experiencing Minakari Workshop.

Iranian Debit Card is for international travellers to provide them access to the Iranian payment system. Travellers can recharge the Debit cards in currencies such as Kr, EURO and AED. Iran Debit card presents an expiry date, and travellers can receive cash in Rials everywhere. The cardholder can withdraw money from ATMs of all Iranian banks. They can also purchase tickets at museums, go shopping, and even use it for internet shopping services. At the end of the trip, travellers can receive the remaining amount in cash in Rials. Besides, travellers can purchase any other currency at exchange offices.

‏ Tour members must be able to:‏
Negotiate airports and railway stations without wheelchair assistance.
* Move your luggage a short distance if required.
‏Use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities).‏
Undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours, including using stairs and walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces‏.
Stand for long periods in museums and other sites.‏
Embark / disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance
‏‏Handle your luggage.

Iranian cuisine is heavily based on rice, bread, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. Meat is mostly lamb or mutton. The national drink of Iran is chai (tea), always served scalding hot, black and strong. All sorts of delicious fresh fruit juices, milkshakes and yoghurt drinks are available throughout Iran.

Alcohol is strictly forbidden. Do not take any alcohol into Iran.

The most visible daily expressions of Iran’s Shi’ite Islam are the modest dress code, and rules for behavior at mosques, both of which apply for men and women.

Dress code for women: Women are required to wear loose-fitting clothing which covers the arms and legs (long pants). A coat or top that comes down to mid-thigh (light weight trench-coat), and a headscarf. During visits to some mosques, women will also be required to wear a special robe provided at the entrance.

Dress code for men: Men are required to wear trousers and shirts with either long-sleeves or half-sleeves. (No singlets). Shorts are not permitted.

All participants of the tours must obey the laws and regulations of I.R.Iran. Any failure to do so will relieve GoPersis of all obligations under these booking conditions.

* Rates for triple rooms are equal to those mentioned for the sharing twin/double room.
* Hotel early check-in, late check-out, connecting rooms and adjoining rooms are subject to availability. There will be no guarantee.
* No refund for unused services, splitting the package is not acceptable.
* Airfares are subject to change without prior notice.
* Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents.
*Opening times of attractions and places of interest may change without prior notice.
The government would close attractions and places of interest without prior notice.
GoPersis operates each group tour in one specific language.

Go Persis DMC tailors Fixed Departure tours for time and expense management. Tour is for Four passengers (Min) and Ten passengers (Max). But, If the number of passengers goes under Six (that rarely happens), GoPersis offers a Private Style tour. Also, we can transfer you (under your permission) to another Fixed Departure. On the other hand, the price is fully refundable.

Cancellation 60 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 30% of package price.

Cancellation 30 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 50% of package price.

Cancellation less than 15 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 100% of package price.

Failure to arrive means a No – Show and no refund issue for Gopersis.

Cancellation policy during peak season (10MAR-30MAY/20SEP-30NOV)

*Cancellation 90 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 15% of package price.

*Cancellation 60 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 50% of package price.

*Cancellation 30 days prior to departure date, travelers have to charge 100% of package price.

*Failure to arrive means a No – Show and no refund issue for Gopersis.

Child policy:

10% discount on tour price (not applicable for airfare) for child under 12 years old. Sharing a twin room with 1 adult.

5% discount on tour price (not applicable for airfare) for child under 12 years old. Sharing a triple room with 2 adults.

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