Day 1: Tehran (Arrival), Birthplace of Pahlavi Dynasty
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.
Day 2: Tehran, Qajar & Pahlavi Heritage
Iran Express 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.
Day 3: Tehran- Kashan-Isfahan, Persian Architecture
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.
Day 4: Isfahan, Explore Safavid Glory
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.
Day 5: Isfahan-Shiraz, Achaemenid Heritage
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, after that our exploration takes us to the Global City of Wood-carvings 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, then
on the way to Shiraz 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.
Day 6: Shiraz, Heritage of Zandieh & Pahlavi Dynasties
Our journey to the city of romances begins with Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, a supreme intellectual and artistic sacred place which proves no comparison with the typical mosques. Spirituality lies inside when sunshine passes through the colorful glasses of windows to Persian carpet orchards and on the firm columns inside, also you will be dazzled by the superb celling ceramic-work, after that 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 after 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 satisfy our curiosity about ancient culinary art by tasting original Shirazi food such as Kalam Polow, Ghanbari Polow, Baneh Polow and Dam Pokht to have a better taste of Persia, by exploring architectural masterpieces we indulge ourselves into spring of Eram Garden which is the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in Persian Language) by displaying the Persia peculiar structure in magnificent buildings and botanical garden, finally we will dedicate our evening to 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.
Day 7: Shiraz, Capital of a Cradle of Civilization
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 take a walk to Kolah Farngi Mansion to experience the ceremonial palace of Zand Dynasty, where is a Zand legacy museum at the present, to explore the kingdom much closer, after that 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 royal holy place, which derives its fame from the art of architecture, calligraphy and columns engravings, as an entrance door to Vakil Bazaar, then our exploration continues with a gourmet taste of contrast in flavours, which make the taste of a food special. Sour Cherry Rice, a traditional Shirazi dish, is a great example of such contrast. On one hand, you can taste the sweet flavour, and on the other hand, you feel the sour taste. Then, Departing Shiraz we travel to Yazd by having an expedition to Abarkooh county to wander at the 4500-year-old Cypress Tree, finally, Our today journey ends with having a pleasing night in calm atmosphere around the highest wind-catcher in the world with a peculiar architecture in Dowlat Abad Garden.
Day 8: Yazd, UNESCO city of Iran
Today we begin our travel with Yazd Jameh Mosque, where the brilliance of tilling dazzle eyes next to highest minarets in Persia, depicting harmonious craft between Islamic and Persian architecture, after that we walk to Fahadan area to explore brick and mud lifestyle with a particular style of construction, where customs and traditions fed the area, to reach Alexander Prison that was used to be a school, 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). Our journey ends today with having a pleasing night is calm atmosphere around the highest wind-catcher in the world with a peculiar architecture in Dowlat Abad Garden.
Day 9: Yazd-Kerman, Iran UNESCO Adobe
Kerman is the largest province in Iran with the most precious archaeological landscapes and legendary Persian gardens, also the city is the realm of Persian weaving such as Carpet, Terme and Pate. The city is not only famous for the widely known Lut Desert but also the pistachio nuts farms. On the way to Kerman, we visit Zein-o-din Caravansary which was built as one of the 999 Inns for traders along Silk Road during Safavid Dynasty, the residence is renovated as an establishment for the lodging and entertaining of travellers, soon after having an expedition to Pahlavanpur Garden, where is constructed based on Zandieh architectural pattern during Qajar dynasty, with a cool atmosphere deriving from trees and water passing across the garden from a long aqueduct in the heart of the desert. Then,
we will have an excursion to the Semi-nomadic lifestyle of locals with a very peculiar structure of cave-like houses. After many years of human habitation in caves, and by the formation of skyscrapers, buildings, and modern villas, the imagination of living in caves, where our ancestors lived, has become a dream, But that would be enough just to turn your way when leaving Kerman and see the unique village of Meymand, which has been a shelter for humans in the heart of the mountains for many years. Meymand Mount Village, a village that the human life still is going on from ancient times, hidden with a fence of mountains, deep in the heart of the desert, located in the southeast of Kerman province as a unique, unmatched residence. Best way to discover the ancient lifestyle of humans in a better way, then moving to
Day 10: Kerman, Iran UNESCO Adobe
By traveling to Kerman we visit Ganjali Khan Complex, a historical district which is built during Ganjali Khan as the governor of Kerman to devote himself to public services. The archive of the area includes mosques, bath, Bazaar and school which are attributed to the area prosperity, now it is the time to experience the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a flavour in the mouth in the city centre, If we could pick a taste for each city in Persia, Kerman perhaps would have had the flavour of Kolompe. Kolompeh is the special Kermani cooky inside which, is field with mashed sweet date palm. Kolompeh, traditionally, has been made by the gracious hands of the Kermani woman, baked in the traditional ovens as one of the most popular Persian souvenirs, soon after a touch of softness and tenderness of ancient Persian art in the corners of Kermani house manifests a frame of paradise which feels like to keep a piece of heaven in your house. Then, we travel outside of Kerman to Bam Citadel for a full-day exploration, but on the way we have a glance on Shazdeh Mahan Garden, a true prototype of Persian garden with gorgeous mansion, which surrounded by trees and facing fountains, is structured in a well-situated location in terms of climate, after that taking an expedition to Bam Citadel, the biggest adobe structure in the world, which embraces ancient stories since more than 1000 B.C, renovated by Achaemenid empire to preserve its mysterious and magical glories. The heart of the citadel is the defensive fortress, which include residential area, buildings for lodging soldiers and governor’s residence, but Bazaar, mosque, watchtowers and gates are other significant constructions. Unfortunately, lately earthquake (2003) destroyed most of the citadel, but early after that reconstruction has started, finally, we move to the heart of desert to experience sky in our hands.
Day 11: Kerman, Depart Iran
(Today tour depends on departure time.) Today, we take a journey to the Lut Desert, where is widely called the Dasht-e Lut, to experience a salty desert with hottest and driest area in the world. As a result of the Lut identifying natural character, it’s registered as a Unesco World Heritage because of the warmest land surface on earth in Gandom Beryan.