Day 1: Tabriz (Arrival), Homeland of Handmade Leather Articles
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 are known as the world Carpet Weaving City.
Persian Handicrafts Tour begins with exploring Tabriz leather shoemaking shops where tourists find how natural leathers converts into the traditional and modern style of shoes by professionals who have not only learnt shoemaking from their ancestors but also adapt themselves with leather industry, besides having instructions from shoemakers to understand your feet friends better, then we drive to El Goli Garden which is decorated with a large artificial pond and a mansion in the middle to have a relaxing evening.
Overnight Tabriz, (D).
Day 2: Tabriz, The World City of Carpet Weaving
Today our visits will include Blue Mosque, a witness to the history of the city since 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 the Pahlavi dynasty, soon after we walk to Azerbaijan Museum which takes you on 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, after that tourists will discover a very distinctive weaving art which places orchards onto handmade Persian carpets to demonstrate the beauty of Klim in world carpet-weaving city, then experiencing Tabriz as the home of Azeri gastronomy in the north part of Persia with diverse cookery arts which not only include different kinds of meat-vegetable combination such as Kufta or Dolma but also baking various types of bread such as Barbari.
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.
Overnight Tabriz, (B,L,D).
Day 3: Tabriz-Sarein, Land of Hot Springs and Wellness
Sarein county is located alongside the Zagros mountain range with picturesque landscapes and fruitful gardens in Ardabil province. Sarein is the land of natural hot springs with a relaxing and calm atmosphere to have massage and spa baths where brings you wellness and immersive experiences with health and well-being at high agenda. Traditional and modern pools with diverse treatments including private changing room cabins confirms the privacy, also aromatherapy massage could be asked in some spots.
Overnight Sarein, (B,L,D).
Day 4: Tabriz-Ardabil, Incredible Weaving Art
Ardabil is the motherland of Safi-ad-din Ardabili, who is the founder of the Safavieh order that shaped the root of Safavid Ideology in their dynasty, also the city is rich in cultural and spiritual evidences. Ardabil established its brand for hot springs and natural landscapes, also for handicrafts especially silk carpets and rugs.
Today we discover two different kinds of Azerbaijan nomadic hand-weave carpets called Varni Bafi (Work of Varni) and Jajim which are two types of Persian Kilim.
Varni is mostly made by the Shahsavan tribe in the Moghan area as a double-sided Kilim which they add weft to each side to bring more softness, also we learn about Jajim as colourful Persian rug made out of wool or silk to wrap beddings with more than two and a half meters length and twenty Millimeter width. We also explore the Safavid Dynasty Foundation by visiting the Safi-ad-din Ardabili Tomb, who is Murshid of Sufism and his beliefs and ideology created Safaviyya credence in Persia. The Complex includes Khanghah, Mosque and courtyard which shoes different aspects of Sufism.
Overnight Ardabil, (B,L,D).
Day 5: Ardabil-Zanjan, Centre of Metalwork Crafts
Zanjan is a pre-historic region in the Turkish 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 tour continues with touching natural landscapes on the way to Zanjan and visiting 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, also tourists visit very unique shops which shows them how worldly known Zanjan knives are made by artistry work of Zanjan Knifemakers to produce sharp blade, durable and diverse models of knives with decorated sea shell, wood or ivory handle, then join 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 rings and earrings.
Overnight Qazvin, (B,L,D).
Day 6: Zanjan-Hamedan, The World City of Pottery
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.
One itinerary begins with an excursion to the Dome of Soltaniyeh on the way to Hamedan, a well -known structure in terms of architecture and spirituality which is also Tomb of Oljeitu, built during the Mongol Dynasty (Ilkhqnid) in Persia. It is the largest brick dome with 49 tons weight and the third one of its kind after Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia in the world, after that, we satisfy 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.
Overnight Qazvin, (B,L,D).
Day 7: Hamedan-Tehran, Home of Souvenirs
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.
We enter Tehran from the west to visit Azadi Tower as a symbol of modern Tehran and the contemporary national gate of Iran, soon after we will touch the National Carpet Museum, where shines for the collection of Persian carpets since 1500 years ago to now, after that taking a long walk through Laleh Park in relaxing atmosphere in the downtown of Tehran to reach Contemporary Art Museum, to indulge ourselves to expand our knowledge about Persian Modern Arts and the most valuable collection of western art out of Europe and America bypassing the park.
Overnight Tehran, (B,L,D).
Day 8: Tehran, City of Architectural Masterpieces Designed by Handicrafts
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).
Day 9: Tehran-Kashan, City of UNESCO Carpet Weaving Heritage
Today is devoted to Kashan legacies which begins with Fin Garden, which depicts a genuine Persian garden, telling us stories about the contemporary era from murdering Amir Kabir to the present time, after that we visit Boroujerdi House which combines the desert style of wind-catchers with Persian traditional models of iwans 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 will be flourished in one of the weaving houses of Kashan with a very unique kind of Persian rug which is mostly found by cotton or pure silk and the texture is usually tight with vegetable dyes to place freshness and softness into the Kashan rugs as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage which are mainly decorated with red, blue, indigo or ivory colours, after that we will visit Agha Bozorg Mosque which is the only one in its model as a mosque with sunken courtyard.
Overnight Kashan, (B,L,D).
Day 10: Kashan-Isfahan, Rural Handicrafts
Our exploration continues with Aminodole Caravanserai at the centre of Kashan bazaar where a coherent form of the structure reflects hospitable sensibility, after that, we have an expedition to Abyaneh village to experience one of the ancient rural areas in Persia, which shows us historical traditions and customs along with distinctive habitable buildings, also we will be amazed by a very traditional kind of shoe that is called Giveh and is made out of cotton and wool with wild-bull leather with high comfort, durability and softness, then we travel to the capital of Perso-Islamic Architecture to sense the white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of widely-known Khaju Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Day 11: Isfahan, UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art
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. 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.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Day 12: Isfahan, City Handmade Glories
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, 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 kinds in Persia, then we learn how masters do Ghalamzani to create outstanding works with a superb design on silver, copper, brass and gold to place visionary engravings on objects.
Our exploration continues to Chahar Bagh Street where is a masterpiece of urbanism to Hasht Behesht Palace were used to be a royal pavilion with glamorous paintings, woodwork, mirror-work and tilling, then we travel to the capital of Perso-Islamic Architecture to sense the white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of widely-known Si-O Se Pol Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Day 13:Isfahan-Meybod, Land of Clay Crafts
We embark on a full-day tour into the heart of the desert on the way from Isfahan to Yazd with an expedition to Naein county, where is an ancient region famous for the Qantas, handicrafts and castles, in the south of Isfahan. We visit Naein Jameh Mosque which is one of the four mosques built soon after the Arab conquest of Persia, after that, we travel to Rigareh Qanat-Based Water Mill to investigate how people quench their thirst by constructing qanat underground since 1000 B.C in Persia, then we learn better about a very distinctive kind of Persian cloaks which is made out of camel and sheep wool and in Aba Bafi (cloak making) weaving cave workshop to gratify our curiosity about traditional textures in Persia.
Our exploration continues to Maybod county to explore a region that was Mozaffarid dynasty capital and widely known in terms of architecture and handicrafts in the north part of Yazd. Our visits will include Water Reservoir which plays a vital rule to provide safe and clean water in the desert, soon after we discover why Meybod is called the World City of Pottery by learning how to create our very own pottery under the direction of the instructor, after that 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 a local expert provides us with further information about Zilu as a distinguished kind of Persian rug which mostly belong to a hot and dry area of Persia.
Overnight Meybod, (B,L,D).
Day 14: Meybod-Yazd, Home of Sewing Art of Colourful Termeh
Yazd is a city which displays human adaptation to the hard nature by its unique architecture to use simple materials to build astonishing structures such as wind-catchers, Bath, mosque and houses to preserve the residents’ life in heart of desert, also Qanat construction is an ancient engineering knowledge which conveys water from natural sources to quench people and farms. 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 Fahadan Paint Shop to have a glance over Yazd handicrafts and purchase souvenirs, soon after we walk to Lariha House to capture a view of Yazd lifestyle in a well-decorated location with the generally recognized architecture of wind-catcher plus archways, plaster-work and stained-glass window. Now it’s the time to discover the unbelievable Zoroastrians Fire Temple, which is continuously burning for around 2500 years. then we explore the most luxurious fabric workshop to know how Persians decorate their cushions and mats with ancient Termeh or use such handicraft as s scarf and tablecloth to be proud of their art, next in order of time we visit Zoroastrians Fire Temple, which is continuously burning for around 2500 years.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
Day 15: Yazd, Built by Craftsmanship
Our exploration continues to Amir Chakhmagh Complex with its gorgeous balanced submerged alcoves in the Tekyeh and historical mosque, after that tasting Ice-cream and purchasing Sweeties such as Qottab, Loz, Baklava and Yazdi Cake as souvenirs, soon after we take a walk to Water Museum to experience how people adapt themselves with the desert situation and water shortage, then we visit Khan Bath in Khan complex, where includes school and bazaar, to serve our lunch in a cosy location with Yazdi style of architecture in Shah Neshin (King Seat) and Khazineh (Water reservoir) of the bath, next in order of time we pass Yazd Saabats to explore the shaded area with distinctive architecture to feel the coolness of the atmosphere in the sunny climate of desert areas, then we experience a traditional form of athletics exercising, which was used for training soldiers for warfare in Zourkhaneh (Pahlavani Rituals).
Our today tour ends with having a pleasing night in a calm atmosphere around the highest wind-catcher in the world with a peculiar architecture in Dowlat Abad Garden.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
Day 16: Yazd-Abadeh-Shiraz, The World City of Woodcarving
Departing Yazd we travel to Shiraz by having an expedition to Abarkooh county to wander at the 4500-year-old Cypress Tree, soon after 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, after that 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 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).
Day 17: Shiraz, City of UNESCO Carpet Weaving Heritage
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 Eram Garden, the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in Persian Language) by displaying the Persia peculiar structure in magnificent buildings and botanical garden, then 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.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Day 18: Shiraz, City of Ancient Craftsmanship
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 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, soon after 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, then our evening tour includes Sa’diyeh, 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.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Day 19: Shiraz, Mixture of Colour and handicrafts
Persia handicrafts tour ends with visiting 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 and on the firm columns inside, also you will be dazzled by the superb celling ceramic-work, soon after 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, after that, 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 colour face which takes you out of the worldly tensions, then we travel to International Airport of Shiraz to Depart Iran.