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Journey to the Heart of Iran is a 15 days guided tour in center and south of Iran. In this tour you’ll visit most of Iran’s cultural and historical places. This round trip guided tour starts and ends in Tehran. In this tour you’ll experience different types of architecture as well as well as culture of people mostly living on the marginal cities of Iran’s central desert. adaptation of people living in marginal cities of Iran’s central desert with such a harsh environment created amazing scenes that you will never see it any other parts of this planet. Living next to the desert affected their life style and as well as their survival skills, from their engineering masterpieces to their unique and beautiful architecture. Their culture on the other hand is also relies on respecting the nature on its highest values. Some part of this culture drives from their living environment and some part of this culture drives from their deep religious beliefs. The more you get to know them the more you realize that their culture, architecture, engineering and beliefs are deeply connected to each other. Eco friendly life, hospitality and respecting the nature are the most important elements of these people, a type of a culture that you’ll never find it anywhere else in the world. On the other hand, this part of the world has a long history of civilization back to almost 7000 years ago based on the recent evidences found in Sialk Hills (close to fin garden, Kashan). We are planning this this tour in such a way that you can experience culture as well as history and architecture.
Journey to the Heart of Iran starts from Tehran to the city of Kashan just few kilometers away from Tehran. your next stop is historical village of Abyaneh. After visiting Abyaneh village we’ll continue our journey next to the Iran central desert to visit Yazd and Kerman. We’ll take a flight from Kerman to Shiraz to save a little time for our trip. Shiraz without a doubt is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran and of course full of amazing monuments to visit, including the fabulous Persepolis. After visiting Shiraz and Persepolis we’ll take another flight from Shiraz to Tehran. Tehran comparing to Isfahan and Shiraz is rather a young city, but this young and crowded city is holding a key to the gates of Iran’s modern history. Please check our itinerary section for detailed information about your trip and itinerary
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Tehran(Arrival)After your arrival to Imam Khomeini Airport(IKA) our representative will meet you in the airport and he will arrange your transportation and hotel check-in process. After your check-in, you’ll meet with your tour guide in your hotel, he/she will brief you about your trip and further arrangements for the next day.
Tehran/KashanOur journey starts from your hotel in Tehran early morning. After picking you up from your hotel we will go south to the city of Kashan (2h30m drive). First we’ll visit underground city of Noushabad. This amazing three store monument accidentally discovered by a local man in 2006 when he was digging the ground for a well. Archeologists estimates showed that this underground city is most probably widen underground for four kilometers. After visiting underground city of Noushabad we will visit UNESCO world heritage site of Fin Garden. Fin Garden is one of nine famous Iranian gardens which all have almost the same architecture and design. This garden built under the order of the Shah Abbas (1571-1629) who is one the greatest kings of the Safavid Dynasty. What makes Fin Garden (and the rest of other Iranian Gardens) unique is water fountains are feed from a spring in the hillside and they are working since the construction of this garden without need of any mechanical pumps. We’ll have our lunch in a beautiful restaurant next to the Fin Garden. After lunch we’ll continue discovering Kashan by visiting Boroujerdi historical house. Boroujedi house built in the middle of 19th century during Qajar dynasty. Boroujerdi house is definitely a symbol of traditional Iranian architecture with all of its unique elements.
Kashan/Abyaneh/IsfahanAfter having our breakfast, we will continue discovering Kashan by visiting Agha Bozorg Mosque. This 19th century mosque like Boroujedi House is also built during Qajar dynasty. Agha Bozorg mosque was and still it is a religious school so once you are entering the mosque you’ll see rooms of students in the lower section of the mosque. These young students studying religious materials and soon they will become clerics in their own cities. After visiting the Agha Bozorg mosque we will go to Kashan old Bazaar. Kashan old bazaar is very unique because of its architecture and its shops. Experiencing this historical place will not be completed unless having our traditional Iranian cuisine in a restaurant in the middle of the bazaar. after having our lunch we’ll continue our journey to the amazing Isfahan. But before that, we’ll visit historical Abyaneh village on our way (1h21m drive from kashan). The history of this village is not very much clear but archeologists estimating that the history of this village goes back to at least 1500 year ago. Houses in this village are made from the local material which is mostly clay. Red color of the clay gives a beautiful look to this village. after having our lunch in this village we’ll continue our trip to beautiful city of Isfahan.
IsfahanWe’ll start our day with amazing UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e Jahan square (also known as Imam Square), in the middle of the Isfahan city. This square mostly developed during Safavid era. The main application of this square was used to be for military parades which the king could parade his troops from the Ali Qapu balcony. The square itself is surrounded by old bazaar and some other structures like Ali Qapu palace, Sheikh lotfollah Mosque and Shah Mosque (also known as Imam Mosque). After entering Naghsh-e Jahan square we will visit old bazaar, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Shah Mosque one by one. For the evening we’ll visit another UNESCO world heritage site of Chehel Sotoun palace (forty columns in Persian) which is only few meters away from the Naghsh-e Jahan square. Forty columns inspired from the reflection of twenty wooden columns of the entrance pavilion in the front pool which makes it look like forty columns. Chehel Sotoun is also one of the nine Iranian gardens registered collectively as a UNESCO world heritage site. For the evening we’ll visit Vank cathedral in Jolfa neighborhood. Jolfa neighborhood is a beautiful Armenian neighborhood first built during Shah Abbas the first (1588-1629) period and developed during Shah Abbas the second (1642-1666) period. Vank cathedral unlike other churches in this neighborhood has an Islamic-Christian architecture with an elaborate interior decoration.
Isfahan (Free Day)You are free for today so you can enjoy purchasing souvenirs or enjoy other parts of the city with our optional tours. We recommending you to visit Monar Jonban Mosque (shaking Minaret Mosque) and ruins of Zoroastrian fire temple in the morning
Isfahan/YazdEarly in the morning we will head it to city of Yazd. Yazd with its charming architecture and ancient history and ancient culture mesmerizing of the it’s visitors. Yazd is also known as the mecca of Zoroastrians as many of them still living in this city. Before arriving to Yazd we’ll visit Chak Chak Zoroastrian fire temple in our way, Chak Chak temple is located in Pir-e Sabz village in the middle of Isfahan/Yazd road (3h35m drive from Isfahan). This amazing fire temple holds a holy fire which believed to be kept alive for more than 1800 years. After visiting Chak Chak fire temple we will go directly to the city of Yazd. For the evening we are going to visit Dowlatabad Garden which is also one of nine Iranian gardens. what makes this garden unique is the structure of its wind tower(Windcatcher). Dowlatabad garden wind tower is the tallest brick wind tower in the world with the height of 33.8 meters from the roof. Amir Chakhmagh complex is our next destination in Yazd. This complex is very well known for its symmetrical sunken alcoves. This complex includes a mosque, caravanserai, bathhouse and a Tekiyeh (a place to mourn for prophet Mohammed son). Amir Chakhmagh is lit up during the night, lightings give an incredible view to the complex
YazdWe’ll start our day by visting fascinating Jameh Mosque of Yazd. although this mosque is largely renovated in 14th century but the history of this building goes back to 12th century during Al-e Bouyeh dynasty. The two minarets of this this mosque are the tallest minarets in Iran. inside of the mosque is also a complete masterpiece of 14th century Islamic ceramic artworks. Coppersmith is one of oldest industries in the city of Yazd. Although copper pots are considered as expensive but they are still and important part of traditional Iranian kitchen, and fortunately the tradition of producing of handmade copper pots is still alive in Yazd. After visiting Jameh Mosque of Yazd, we will go to the coppersmith bazaar (Bazar-e Mesgarha). Once you get close to the Bazaar you’ll hear a symphony of hundreds of hammers of coppersmiths. For lunch we’ll visit Khan Traditional Bath House which recently converted to a restaurant. This is so amazing; you can experience Iranian cuisine in a beautiful 18th century bath house. After having our lunch in Khan Bath House we we’ll visit Zaraj underground water channels or Qanat. Qanat is one of the most amazing structures ever build by human, Qanat is gently sloping underground channels for transferring water from underground drinking water to a water well inside the city. Qanat is mostly consists of many vertical shafts and a main horizontal water channel. Although now a days Qanat is not very much in use but some of these amazing structures are still maintain for demonstration. We are going to visit Zaraj Qanat in the middle of the city and you’ll get to know how people of the desert used to transfer clean cold water to their homes. For the evening we’ll have time to stroll in old streets of Yazd
Yazd/KermanAfter having our breakfast, we will drive directly to the city of Kerman (4h drive) and we’ll go directly to Ganj Alikhan Complex. Ganj Alikhan complex contains a caravanserai, school, bathhouse and a mint. History of Ganj Alikhan complex is also goes back the Safavid era. In spite of lots of similarities between Naghshe-e Jahan of Isfahan and Amir Chakhmagh of Yazd and Ganj Alikhan square, this monument is holding a very beautiful bathhouse and also a mint which you can see the history of coins in Iran especially during Safavid era. Some parts of Ganj Ali khan complex renovated during the Qajar dynasty so in some of the cornices you can witness a Safavid and Qajar drawings one next to another. After visiting the Ganj Alikhan square we’ll visit Ganj Alikhan Bazaar which is only few meters away from Ganj Alikhan square. For the evening we’ll have a stroll in Kerman old city streets
Kerman/ Kalout-e ShahdadToday we are going to visit Shahdad Kalout (1h44m drive) and also some local villages around Kalout-e Shahdad. Kalout-e Shahdad is the most amazing landscape of Iran’s Lut Desert. It’s good to know that central parts of the Lut Desert considered as one of the hottest points of the planet earth. Once you enter to the Shahdad Kalout you will be facing lots of amazing natural wind made structures in front of you. Our plan for afternoon is to visit city of Mahan in south of Kerman. First we’ll visit Shazdeh Mahan Garden. Shazde Mahan Garden is without a doubt is a masterpiece of Iranian gardens. the main difference between this garden and other Iranian gardens is this garden is located on a hill so the fountain is designed in steps. Like other Iranian gardens fountain feed from the near spring and it is working without any mechanical pumps. after visiting Shazdeh Mahan garden we’ll visit Shotor Galu Mansion (camel’s neck mansion). Shotor Galu Mansion is one the engineering masterpieces of traditional water channels in the old days. To avoid accidental entering animals (and sometimes children) to springs and water channels some S shape(syphon) brick parts were installing in front of the spring or water channels. Such an amazing system are absolutely unique for traditional Iranian water channels architecture
Kerman/BamWonders of Kerman just never ends. After having our breakfast we’ll drive(2h15m) to another UNESCO world heritage site of Arg-e Bam (Bam Citadel). Arg-e Bam is the biggest adobe fortress in the world. The history of the citadel goes back to Achaemenes (600BC-400 BC) when this part of Iran was the main hub of east and west territories. Although Bam Citadel damaged during the huge 2003 Bam earth quake, but most parts of the citadel renovated since then. We are going to spend our day in Bam and for the evening we’ll go back to Kerman. Arg-e Bam has two main sections, the ruler’s part including the four season palace, barracks, mill, water well and stable for 200 horses. The other section is the ruled-over part which includes house which surrounds the citadel itself, Bazaar and surrounding wall and entrance gate
Kerman/ShirazWe’ll check out from our hotel around 4:30 AM to catch our 6:00 AM flight from Kerman to Shiraz (1h flight). Just after our arrival to Shiraz another transport will pick up us from the Airport. We’ll be going to Vakil Complex directly to have our breakfast. Vakil Complex contains a big Bazaar, a Bathhouse and a mosque. Each one of these monuments are a unique masterpiece of architecture and art. Vakil Bazaar is without a doubt one of the most beautiful bazaars of Iran. Vakil Bazaar is full of colors, tile works lots of local and Indian spices. After visiting Vakil bazaar we’ll visit Vakil bathhouse, Vakil bath house is one the unique bath houses in Iran witch kept maintained for visitors. The bath house together with the Bazaar built under order of Karim Khan Zand (1705-1779) founder of Zand dynasty. after visiting Vakil complex we’ll visit Arg-e Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel) few meters away from Vakil Bazaar. this citadel is also orderd by Karim Khan Zand as a palace for himself. Karim Khan Zand brought many architects and skilled workers from all around Iran to make his citadel beautiful as possible. For the evening we’ll visit Tomb of Hafez. Hafez (or Hafiz) is a Persian poet living between 1315-1390 who lauded the joy of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy as well. Without a doubt Hafez is the greatest Persian poet ever lived. Tomb of Hafez is including an open pavilion and memorial and beautiful garden. Tomb of Hafez designed by the French architects and archeologist André Godard in 1935
ShirazPersepolis is without a doubt is the pearl of the Persian empire. Today’s plan is to visit Persepolis and Naghsh-e Rustm. After having our breakfast, we will head it to the city of Marvdasht (44m drive) to first visit the Persepolis. In 518 BCE, a number of the most experienced engineers, architects, and artists have been called upon from the quadrilateral of the universe to engage and think through the first building that could symbolize global unity, peace and equality of the Persian empire. The construction of the Persepolis under the rule of Darius I , his son Xerxes I and his son , Artaxerxes I, continued, and each of them added some parts to the this monument, but in fact the construction of Persepolis continued 188 years before the fall of the Achaemenes dynasty (330 BCE) by Alexander the great. Persepolis consists of eight halls (palaces), Apadana Palace, Hadish Palace, Queen’s Palace, H Palace, Tachar (Tachra) Palace, Three Gates Palace, One Hundred Columns Palace and Shura Palace. Including to this, there are thousands of buildings and tombstones in the complex which all are in harmony to each other. Naghsh-e Rustam is the name of an ancient collection located about 10 km (10m drive) from Persepolis. This ancient site is a group of rock relief cut into the cliff from Elamites, Achaemenes and Sassanians periods (from around 1200 BC to 625 AD). Just next to the Nagsh-e Rustam there is another monument called Ka'ba-ye Zartosht (meaning the "Cube of Zoroaster"). Ka'ba-ye Zartosht is a 5th-century B.C Achaemenes square tower. The structure is a copy of a sister building at Pasargadae, the "Prison of Solomon" (Zendān-e Solaymān). It was built either by Darius I (r. 521–486 BCE) when he moved to Persepolis, by Artaxerxes II (r. 404–358 BCE) or Artaxerxes III (r. 358–338 BCE). The building at Pasargadae is a few decades older. There in inscription in three languages from Sassanian time on the walls of this place, its considered as one of the most important inscription from Sassanid time. For the evening you are free to enjoy the city of Shiraz by yourself
Shiraz/TehranToday is our last day in shiraz and we’ll be flying back to Tehran at the end of the day. But before our departure, let’s have a look at two of the most beautiful monuments of Shiraz. First we are going to see Nasir-ol-molk Mosque in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Shiraz. Nasir-ol-molk Mosque built during Qajar period between 1875 to 1888. Nasir-ol-molk Mosque is considered to be one of the most valuable mosques in Iran. The architecture of the mosque in terms of Muqarnas, Glass Works, Tile works and Calligraphy are pretty much unique in whole country. After visiting the Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, we will visit Shāh Chérāgh holy shrine. Shāh Chérāgh is a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims. So while visiting the Shāh Chérāgh , you not only enjoying it’s beautiful architecture but you’ll get to know more about Shia religion and also you’ll get to know the culture of visiting holy shrines. For the evening we’ll be transferring to Shiraz Airport to catch our flight back to Tehran (1h20m flight). You’ll be transferring to your hotel in Tehran from Tehran Mehrabad Airport
TehranAfter having your breakfast in your hotel your local tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for a full day tour in Tehran. Early in the morning you will start your journey with UNESCO heritage site of Golestan Palace. History of this glamorous palace goes back to Shah Abbas (1588-1629) strongest ruler of Safavid dynasty. this complex is a mixture of Persian and European architecture especially French architecture. Golestan palace became the official royal palace when Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742-1797) moved its capital to Tehran in 1796. Golestan Palace consists of currently 13 available sites, Marble Throne, Karim Khani Nook, Pond House, Brilliant Hall, Containers Hall, Ivory Hall, Mirror Hall, Salam Hall, Building of wind catchers, Edifice of the Sun, Museums of Gifts, Abyaz palace and Photographic Archive. After visiting the Palace, we will go to Tehran’s old bazaar which is the center of traditional businesses in Tehran. Old bazaar is just only few meters away from the Golestan palace so we can go to the Bazaar by walk. Every section of the bazaar is for one specific business, so during your tour you will visit different businesses and different sections of old bazaar. after visiting the old bazaar you’ll be transferring to south west of Tehran to have a short visit to Azadi Tower. Azadi Tower (old name: Shahyad Tower) opened in January 14th 1972. This monument is a master piece of Mr. Hossein Amanat (currently living in Canada) which ordered by the last king of Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah. After visiting Azadi tower you’ll be transferring to northern part of the city to Darband Neighborhood in foothills of Tochal mountain. This neighborhood is the scape boat of Tehranians to escape from crowdedness and chaotic life of this metropolis. we’ll have our last dinner together in a one of the beautiful restaurants of Darband Neighborhood
Tehran(Departure)Our representative will meet you in your hotel and he/she will arrange your transfer to Imam Khomeini Airport(IKA) according to your flight schedule
- Accommodation: Hotel and Eco-Lodge bed and breakfast
- Driver guide for PRIVATE CAR tour, driver and tour guide for SMALL GROUP tours
- Transportation: 1-2 Pax with an air-conditioned car, more than 3 Pax with an air-conditioned van or middle coach
- 4G unlimited internet access for all types of tours
- IKA airport (Imam Khomeini Airport) both ways transfer
- Free Visa process (Visa authorization number)
- Domestic flights according to the itinerary
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