Day 1: Tehran (Arrival), Capital of Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties
On 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 pressure of flight under shower and relax before the tour of Tehran treasures. 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.
After Check-in and having a rest we take a walk through Laleh park to Carpet Museum, where shines for the collection of Persian carpets since 1500 years ago to now, then we reach 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 by passing the park, after that gathering together with leaders and fellow travelers to have a brief about the tour.
Overnight Tehran, (D).
Day 2: Tehran, Explore Qajar Heritage
Royal Route Tour begins 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, then 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 which is 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 royal heritages, to feel kingdom lifestyle better, in the evening we keep going deep into Persia by visiting 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 to present you with culture, art and history of Iran.
Overnight Tehran, (B,L,D).
Day 3: Tehran-Qazvin, Touch Qajar and Safavid Architecture
Qazvin, a city with 9000 years of civilisation, where is located on the way of Silk Road, proves its significance to be announced as the capital of the country in different periods. Alamut Castle is the prominent legacy of the city besides Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai which is the biggest urban caravanserai in Iran.
We embark on a full-day visits of Qazvin, Chehel Sotun Pavillion is built during the reign of Shah Tahmasp Safavid as a royal palace at the centre of the city when he announced Qazvin as the capital of Iran. The building was reconstructed during Qajar Dynasty and now is used as Calligraphy museum, soon after that, we visit Cantor Church, a Russian Orthodox Church which is built by Russian engineers who came to Persia for road construction more than 100 years ago, also there is a pavement lead to Christian tombs in memorial, next in order of time we reach the majesty of Qajar Dynasty that is with no doubt the best-preserved caravanserai in Persia, Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai is the largest urban one in its kind. The architecture consists of Iwan, Hojre (Travelers room), Dome and courtyards to provide a relaxing atmosphere for travellers and traders, then we will have a unique experience as Qazvin is a city close to the rice cultivation regions in the north part of Persia and the capital, where Safavid kings started governing the country with their especial royal gastronomy that mostly included rice and beef, so Qazvin is not only known as the Persian Culinary Capital but also famous for the cooking art of jewelled rice meals such as Morasa Polow. Being amazed with such colourful garnished rice dish energised us to join the culinary workshop to see how local cook flavour and colour these eats with herbs, fruits and flavourings such as Saffron in one of the most traditional houses of Qazvin.
Overnight Qazvin. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Qazvin-Hamedan, Heritage of Elamite and Achaemenid Empires
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.
Today we satisfy our curiosity about Persian Pottery by learning new skills in creating our very own pottery under the hands-off instructions of professionals in Lalejin pottery workshops, after that we visit Ecbatana Ancient City, where confirms that the existence of urbanism dated back to pre-Aryans mass migration era to Hamedan. The engineering pattern such as sewage system proves orderly structure of ancient time which caused the city to be registered in the tentative list of Unesco World Heritage, then taking a walk to 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 the 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.
Overnight Hamedan, (B,L,D).
Day 5: Hamedan-Zanjan, Exploring Soltaniyeh, Ilkhanate Art
We embark Hamedan to Zanjan by 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 Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia in the world, after that, we visit Chalabioghlou Mausoleum where is a tomb of Ilkhanate era mystic who was so influenced by Rumi and known as Sheikh Barragh Baba because of his Sufi Beliefs, continue our exploration we will experiencing Malileh workshop, a handmade souvenir which caused Zanjan to be inscribed as a creative city in Unesco by the skill of Malileh art as a kind of handicraft which is crafted out of Silver, then we drive to the city of Zanjan to stay overnight.
Overnight Zanjan, (B,L,D).
Day 6: Zanjan-Ardabil, Sufi Heritage
Zanjan is a pre-historic region in 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 will be amazed by Saltmen Museum with six dead bodies from 2500 years ago found in a salt mine, then our journey continues with touching natural landscapes on the way to Ardabil to reach Sarein. 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 7: Ardabil, Sufism Heritage
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 8: Ardabil-Tabriz, Birthplace of Safavid Heritage
Tabriz is the most significant region in 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.
On the way to Tabriz, we reach El Goli Garden decorated with a large artificial pond and a mansion in the middle during Qajar king in Tabriz, then the journey is devoted to Tabriz Heritage including 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 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 Azerbaijan Museum which takes you to a journey 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.
Day 9: Tabriz, Azeri Architecture
then our exploration continues with 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 Constitutional Revolution in 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 where Tabriz Kilim and Rug shine like diamonds by their world reputation that comes from the orchards which are woven onto the klims and rugs with a colourful design to let users feel softness and freshness under feet. since Safavid Dynasty to present era.
Overnight Tabriz, (B,L,D).
Day 10: Tabriz-Kurdistan, Explore the Zoroastrian Belief
Kurdistan is a mountainous region full of rivers, waterfalls and glaciers, where is called the peak of Iran. The present district of Kurdistan is mostly populated with Kurdish people, also Kurdistan is the homeland of Aryans who migrated to central plateau of Persia.
we will explore more about Zoroastrians by visiting one of the three important fire temples of Sassanid era in Takht-e Soleyman, which used to be a Royal Fire temple for kings, to humble themselves before being a king On the way to Sanandaj, the fire temple consists of a Anahita Temple as a symbol of God, calcium-rich pond and Zoroastrians fire temple.
Overnight Sanandaj, (B,L,D).
Day 11: Kurdistan-Kermanshah, Experience Kurdish lifestyle
We begin our today tour with walking inside a mansion which is built around 200 years ago to gain more ideas about Kurdish lifestyle and building decoration in a highland area of Persia. Khosro Abad Mansion with unique design in heart of a historical complex shines as an architectural masterpiece in the centre of Sanandaj city, soon after We continue our journey with having an expedition to Palangan village on the way to Kermanshah, where you can find unbelievable steep arisen buildings with a distinctive form of architecture next to a wild river, to take you out of the harsh modern days to relaxing atmosphere of a simply decorated village in a quiet ambience with mouthwatering smell of food with the taste of history, and culture; Sliced Almonds Stew, the original recipe of Kermanshah.
A simple food cooked with 3 main ingredients; meat, sliced almonds and barberry, with only a few points; finely chopped pieces of meat, and soaked sliced almonds in water and fried in oil and saffron, then serve with rice.
Overnight Kermanshah, (B,L,D).
Day 12: Kermanshah, Majesty of Sassanid Empire
Kermanshah, a mountainous region with a moderate climate which is occupied with inhabitants of diverse nationality and religion is proud of being the second royal Sassanid empire accommodation. Kurds, the main residents of the area with disparate cultural character of music, folkloric dance and cuisine are known as the origin of Aryans with aristocratic customs and traditions.
Our exploration continues with Bisotun Cultural and Historical Complex, an outdoor museum since Paleolithic time to contemporary era, which depicts huge relation between nature and culture and registered as a Unesco World Heritage, indicates one of the most significant archaeological and historical Inscription in the world. As a multicultural and monarchical remains, which demonstrate the Greek influence and Sassanid power in Persia, the inscription is a vital legacy to the humanity, after that, we travel to Taq-e Bostan, a complex of Sassanid glories including rock relief with inscriptions about religious attitudes, music and rejoice and rock-cut with artistic and historical values about emperor’s ceremonies and hunting, illustrate Sassanid empire majesty in the northeast part of Kermanshah along Silk Road, soon after tasting Dandeh Kebab as a grilled meat kind of kebab that mainly combines lam ribs barbecued with tomatoes and fresh pepper which also flavoured with lemon juice and saffron makes our day, then wander at Jameh Mosque of Shafi’i through its unique masterpiece of Perso-Islamic culture, not only in religious tendencies but also in Structure, where Sunni Muslims gather together for social and cultural-religious issues such as Friday Praying. The architecture is an excellent typical Islamic Mosque with a combination of Turkish and Persian architecture.
Overnight Kermanshah, (B,L,D).
Day 13: Kermanshah-Khuzestan, Amazed with Nature and Culture
Our journey today lets us touch natural landscapes of west of Persia to Lurestan, a province mostly surrounded by Zagros mountain range is validated to be one of the ancient habitat of humanity by discovering Lorestan Bronze in archaeological excavations. The city significance displays itself when it covers all four wings of Iran National Museum since Paleolithic and Ancient era to Islamic time and also seals and coins. We will have an expedition to Falak-ol-aflak Castle the one that declares itself as an emblem of Luristan province which used to be a Colossal defensive military structure on the top of a hill during Sassanid era, then became a prison and nowadays are used as an anthropological Museum.
Overnight Khuzestan , (B,L,D).
Day 14: Khuzestan, Heritage of Elamite and Achaemenid Civilization
Khuzestan is a cradle of civilization as it’s history dated back to pro-Elamite period, also an outstanding city where multicultural residents from different tribes such as Lurs, Bakhtiaris, native Arabs and Persians live together in harmony. Its remarkable to mention that Khuzestan as result of huge reservoir of oil and gas is the economic heart of Persia.
We embark on a full day expedition to Unesco World Heritage sites which starts with Susa (Shush), one of the dateless residential area which constructed during pro-Elamite period and renovated by Achaemenid emperors as one of their four capitals, then lost its significance in Sassanid era. The settlement which was the center of Elamite Civilization, consists of three main parts; Royal City, Acropolis and Apadana, soon after we visit Susa (Shush) Museum, as an incredible gallery of archaeological masterworks from Susa ancient city, unbelievable remains from Elamite civilization and identifying potteries from Persian empires, then having a journey through Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, which seems to be the first spiritual monument in Iran and the largest Ziggurat on earth, constructed by Elamite around 1200 B.C, after that we travel to Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a masterpiece of genius engineering, which is believed by archaeologists to be the greatest ancient industrial complex, built by Darius the Great during Achaemenid empire. The Purpose of construction such system with chain of canals, mills, bridges, waterfalls, dams, and huge tunnels was to take advantage of water to plant more orchards and better farming during Achaemenians and Sassanians.
Overnight Behbahan, (B,L,D).
Day 15: Khuzestan- Shiraz, Sassanid Open-air Museums
Shiraz, the motherland of Persian Culture with all legendary Achaemenian’s glories is the city of prose & poem, gardens and flowers. Historical ornaments such as Persepolis and Pasargadae, which are spread through the tale of the province since Achaemenid empire to Zand Dynasty, also spirituality always associates with story of the people, not only during Zoroastrianism but also at the time of Islam.
Today we will visit Bishapur Ancient City (Sassanid Archeological Landscapes), built-in admiration for the triumph over Romans in the rein of the second king of Sassanid empire. There are vertical & horizontal streets which displays Roman influence on Persian architecture at the time, also rock reliefs and rock cuts depicting the victory and the spiritual respect of the Kings to the god.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Day 16: Shiraz, Explore Realm of Zand Dynasty
Today is devoted to Zand dynasty heritages which begins Kolah Farngi Mansion to experience the ceremonial palace of Zand Dynasty, where is a Zand legacy museum, 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, soon after 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, where you will be amazed by the passageways, to experience Shirazi nomads and tribes clothing and purchasing handicrafts.
By exploring Vakil Complex we reach Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, 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 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. From one hand, you can taste the sweet flavour, and on the other hand, you feel the sour taste, then Eram Garden, the original meaning of Paradise (Pardis in Persian Language) by displaying the Persia peculiar Structure in magnificent buildings and botanical garden, finally we come back to Shiraz to catch a glimpse 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.D.L).
Day 17: Shiraz, Explore Achaemenid Capitals and Sassanid Heritage
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 Persia defines a clear example of Achaemenid architectural style, then visiting 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 a break for lunch our journey happens through Pasargadae, an 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, then on the way back to downtown we 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, 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.
Overnight Shiraz, (B,L,D).
Day 18: Shiraz-Kerman, Adobe Heritage
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.
Departing Shiraz we travel to Kerman to 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.
Pete, as one of the famous handicrafts of Kerman province, the art of creating patterns with hairs called Ris, which are woven with woollen threads on goat wool fabrics called Ariz to keep the warmth in the heart of your home. The most popular Pate was used to cover the grave of Shah Nematullah Vali, then having an excursion to Fathabad Garden, where is a charming location to help yourself with Persian dishes especially at night, having lately come into existence by an imitation of Shahzadeh Garden during Qajar Dynasty.
Overnight Kerman, (B,L,D).
Day 19: Kerman, Explore Achaemenid and Sassanid Adobe
Today 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 well-preserved Rayen Castle, one of the biggest adobe in the center of Lut desert which dented back to Sassanid era, then keep our journey 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 part of the citadel, but early after that reconstruction has started.
Overnight Kerman, (B,L,D).
Day 20: Kerman-Yazd, Orchard in Desert
Yazd is a city which displays human adaptations to the 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 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.
On the way to Yazd, 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 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.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
Day 21: Yazd, Unbelievable Adobe
Today we begin our travel with Yazd Jameh Mosque, where the brilliance of tilling dazzle eyes next to highest minarets in Iran, depicting harmonious craft between Islamic and Persian architecture, but the Cashmere Fabric (Termeh) as the emanation of art in warp and weft of cloth is in the way to the mosque and some believe that the age of this magnificent fabric which is made of wool and silk goes back to more than 500 years ago. Some others believe that it’s come from the far lands of Cashmere. There are several types of this soft, magical cloth in Yazd, 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 Lariha House where helps you capture a view of Yazd lifestyle in a well-decorated location with generally recognised architecture of wind-catchers 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), now we have time to taste Yazdi Cake as a great example of such a culinary item that carries the identity of the Yazd City. It’s a kind of simple, sponge cake designed with Almond slice. 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.
Overnight Yazd, (B,L,D).
Day 22: Yazd-Isfahan, City Dedicated to Perso-Islamic Architecture
We embark on a full day travel into the heart of 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 travelers took rest on the way of their journeys, after that we take a walk to traditional water reservoir which plays a vital rule to provide safe and clean water in desert, soon after we have a glance of the Ice House which feed the county with Sufficient Ice reminded from winter to summer on the basis of 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 Arab conquest of Persia, after that we learn better about 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).
Day 23: 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.
Journey 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 Khaju Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Day 24: Isfahan, Feel Safavid Beliefs
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 white river to indulge ourselves to the beauty of worldly known Si-O Se Pol Bridge.
Overnight Isfahan, (B,L,D).
Day 25: Isfahan-Kashan, Achaemenid Reddish Village
On the way from Isfahan to Kashan we have an expedition to Abyaneh village to experience one of the ancient rural area in Persia, which shows us historical traditions and customs along 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 center of Kashan bazaar where 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 sunken courtyard.
Overnight Kashan, (B,L,D).
Day 26: Kashan- Sense Rosa Water, Dapart Iran
Today is devoted to Kashan legacies that begins with Boroujerdi House which combines desert style of wind-catchers with Persian traditional models of 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 colored glasses, then we travel to Fin Garden, which depicts a genuine Persian garden, telling us stories about contemporary era from murdering Amir Kabir to present.
We finally drive to the IKA Airport to Depart Iran.