DAY 1 : TEHRAN
Arrival at Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran. Meet and assistance by local guide, luggage handling. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 : TEHRAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Tehran is struggling to compete with the architecture of cities like Ispahan or Persepolis. The capital, is worthy of its museums (Museum of Contemporary Art, whose reserve is rich in Western hinges, museum of decorative arts, collections of crown jewels in the Melli bank, archaeological museum), its mosques of the XIXth century and its palace Of the Golestan. Tehran also contains the mausoleum of Khomeyni, with nice gold colour minarets, in the district of Rey.
Visit the city of Tehran. Meeting of the social microcosm that summarizes well the aspects of contemporary Iran. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit to the main museums such as the Archaeological Museum, rich in exhibits recounting the history of the country, the Museum of Glass and Ceramics, which presents an extraordinary collection of glass and pottery, the Golestan palace complex.
Dinner in a restaurant in town. Overnight at hotel in Tehran.
DAY 3 : TEHRAN ✈ SHIRAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the domestic airport and flight to Shiraz.
Discover the city of Shiraz. Capital of Iran under different dynasties and famous for its gardens and its mild climate. The city of famous poets like Hafez and Sa'di, offers unique monuments such as the Narenjestan garden, the Roses mosque also known as the Nassir-ol-Molk Mosque.
Lunch in a restaurant during visit. Then, discover the Khan medersa, the mausoleum of Shah Cheragh, the bazaar, the caravanserai of Moshir. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 : SHIRAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. Shiraz, is a chief district of the province of Fars which gave its name to the Persian language, Farsi, an Indo-European language. Shiraz is the city of historical monuments, culture and meditation, great poets and philosophers like Hafez, Saadi, Kermani. It represents the city of orange trees, roses, nightingales, love. The tea houses located at the bottom of the gardens are small jewels, true places of walk and happiness. The young people chat easily with the walkers and like to talk with the travelers. A very friendly meeting place. Continuation of visits of Shiraz with the complex of Vakil: the citadelle Vakil, the museum of Pars, the hammam and the Vakil mosque. Lunch during the visit in local restaurant. Then discovered the garden of Eram a good example of Persian garden classified World Heritage and the mausoleum of Hafez the great mystic poet of XIVème century. Return to the hotel. Dinner in town in a typical restaurant and night in the hotel.
DAY 5 : SHIRAZ - PERSEPOLIS - NAGHSH E ROSTAM- SHIRAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Persepolis. Located on the road to Shiraz-Isfahan, its palaces recall the greatness of the Persian empire. The capital of the Achaemenides was perpetually enlarged with many colonnaded palaces, stairways, sculptures and bas-reliefs for 150 years, as if each sovereign wanted to bring a new mark to the capital to mark its power in the eyes of the vanquished and Of the vassals.
Visit of Persepolis. Constructed on a vast platform, it is adorned with bas-reliefs representing all the peoples who were part of the Persian Empire. Darius and Xerxes had assembled in Persia the best architects and craftsmen of the whole world to build monuments representative of the architecture and sculpture of all the Mesopotamian regions.
Lunch during the visit in restaurant. Then visit of Naqsh -e Rostam, necropolis of the first Achaemenid emperors, Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II. Naqsh-e Rostam (Persian: Naghš-e Rostam) is an archaeological site located about 5 km north-west of Persepolis, in the province of Fars. This place is called Næqš-e Rostæm "the portrait of Rostam" because the Persians thought that the Sassanid bas-reliefs under the tombs represented Rostam, a mythical Persian hero.
Naqsh-e Rustam contains four royal Achaemenid tombs, rock-shaped, cruciform and bearing three registers of bas-reliefs. One of these, according to the inscriptions it presents, would be the tomb of Darius I. Return to Shiraz and discover the door of the Koran. Dinner in town in a typical restaurant and night at the hotel
DAY 6 : SHIRAZ - YAZD (Shiraz - Pasargadae 140 km 1h45 + Pasargadae-Yazd 340 km 4h30)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Yazd. Yazd is a city built partly in clay and it is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is surrounded by the summit of Shirkouh culminating at 4000 meters and two majestic deserts of Iran. On the way, stop at Pasargades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first Achaemenid capital and the tomb of its legendary founder Cyrus the Great and Abarkuh where we will visit a sacred and ancient cypress of 4000 years.
Pasargades was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire founded in the 6th century BC. BC by Cyrus II the Great in the heart of Fars, the homeland of the Persians. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are remarkable examples of the early period of Achaemenid architecture and architecture, and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. The most remarkable remains of interest on this 160-hectare site are: the Cyrus II mausoleum, the Tall-e Takht, a fortified terrace, and a royal ensemble consisting of vestiges of a door, a The audience, the residential palace and the garden. Pasargadae was the capital of the first large pluricultural empire in western Asia. Extending from the eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to Hindus, it is considered the first empire to have respected the cultural diversity of the various peoples that constituted it. This is evidenced by the Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of various cultures.
Lunch en route in a restaurant. Arrival at Yazd and check-in at the hotel. Participation in a training session of the athletes practicing the traditional Iranian sport in a Zurkhaneh (the house of force). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7 : YAZD
Breakfast at the hotel. Yay is an ancient desert caravan town with a unique architecture, Yazd was an important trading center before Marco Polo crossed one of the Silk Roads in the 13th century.
A city of the Guardians of the Sacred Fire, it still has today a large Zoroastrian community. In the Temple of Fire (Atachgah) burned the sacred fire for 1500 years. Located at 1215 meters above sea level, Yazd is the city of the wind towers (Badgie). A walk in the city anncienne behind the mosque is advised. This makes it possible to go through the labyrinth of alleys and discover the houses tight against each other. The houses are composed of rooms distributed around patios and private courtyards. Discover the Towers of Silence (Dakhmeh) and make a stop at sunset under the arcades of the beautiful facade of Tekiyeh-ye-Amir Chakhmaq. Meeting with the Zoroastrians, followers of the oldest religion of Iran. You can admire the two towers of the Silence. Until a few years ago, the deceased had been dumped there by the vultures, so that the earth could not be polluted by burial or air by cremation. Then, visit the temple of fire of Yazd.
The great temple of the fire of Yazd dates from 1934. It was built on a land belonging to the Parsi community of the Zoroastrians who left for India at the time of the arrival of the Arab Muslims in Persia. Outside the temple, above the entrance, is the Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism. Behind the bay window is preserved the sacred flame that burns permanently and without interruption for more than 1,500 years (470). Lighted in the province of Fars, it was first transferred to Aqda, then to Ardakan in 1174, to Yazd in 1474 and finally to this temple in 1940. The fire is fed by a Zoroastrian priest, with dry wood, Preferably apricot, almond or plum. Five times a day, at each of the prayers, he enters the room, the lower part of his face covered with a cloth, to prevent his breath from defiling the flame. After having recited the ritual prayers, he washes the base of brazier, feeds the fire with wood, and follows the ash front.
Lunch en route in a restaurant. Then walk through the ancient quarters of the city built on the ground around the Great Mosque, you will be able to admire the Jamé mosque, the mausoleum of Twelve Imams and the Amir Shakhmagh square, a beautiful medieval square and the mosque d ' beside. Then discover the Garden of Dowlat Abad, an example of a Persian Garden with the highest "windtower" of all Iran. Dinner in town in a typical restaurant, and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8 : YAZD - NAIN - ISPAHAN (170 km -2h00 + 100 km 1h00)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Isfahan. On the road, stop at Meibod. Visit of the Sassanid citadel of Narin Qaleh, testimony to a pre-Islamic past that we still do not know. This citadel resembles to the great citadel of Bam destroyed by the recent earthquake.
Lunch in a local restaurant. Stop at Nain. Visit of the Friday mosque built 1,000 years ago and decorated with beautifully preserved stuccoes. Arrival in Isfahan. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 : ISFAHAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Isfahan will certainly be the highlight of your trip to Iran. The city is such a miracle, it sparkles like a brilliant jewel in the heart of the desert. According to his legend, Ispahan was built under Tahmouras or Keykavous. During the Safavid era (17th century) it was the city of gardens and palaces as well as a commercial center and important passage on the Silk Road. Visit Isfahan, one of the most picturesque cities in the world which, according to a Persian saying, is "half the world". The Great Mosque of Friday considered the encyclopedia of mosque architecture in Iran, the mausoleum of Harun Velayat and the minaret of Ali. Discover the Armenian quarter of the city and its cathedral Vank then the palace Hasht Behesht or Eight Paradise.
Lunch in local restaurant. Walk along the banks of Zayandé Rud, the only river in the central Iranian plateau, to discover the famous Si-o Seh Pol bridge (bridge with thirty-three arches) and Khadju bridge, each dating from the 17th century.
Dinner in town in a typical restaurant and night at the hotel
DAY 10 : ISFAHAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the city: the palace of Hasht Behesht or Eight Paradise, the Pavilion Forty Columns, the Grand Place Royale also called "the Image of the World" (Naghsh-e-Jahan).
Lunch in a typical Iranian restaurant. Visit the monuments surrounding Naghsh-e-Jahan Square: Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Ali Qapu palace. Imam Square (called "Naghsh-e Jahan Square" or "Square of Shah" before the Revolution, "Imam Khomeini Square") is one of the largest squares in the world with a length of 500 meters and one Width of 160 meters. It dates from 1612 and was designed by Chah Abbas I. It was originally used as a polo field and as a military presentation ground, events that the Shah and the court could witness from the terrace of the Ali Qapu palace. In galleries surrounding this square, shops and craftsmen are set up. It is now in a public square with lawns, ponds and alleys. Around the square, there are four buildings at the four cardinal points:
The mosque of the Imam, also called the Shah mosque.
The Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah.
The palace of Ali Qapu.
A subterranean tunnel existed between the palace of Ali Qapu and the "Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah", allowing women to go to the mosque without being seen, hence the name "Women's Mosque" which is sometimes given to her. Free time in the late afternoon in the big bazaar to buy your souvenirs. Dinner in town in a typical restaurant and night at the hotel
DAY 11 : ISFAHAN - ABYANEH - KASHAN (170 KM -2h40 + 80 km - 1h40)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Kashan. On the way, stop at Natanz and discover the mosque on Friday and the mausoleum of a Sufi, Cheikh Abdol Samad, from the 14th century decorated with beautiful faience of the time.
Lunch in a restaurant. Then visit the village of Abyaneh.
This pretty village is characterized by the ocher color of its houses, due to the richness of ferrous oxide soil. Arrival in Kashan. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 : KASHAN -TEHRAN (220 KM)
Breakfast at the hotel. Known for its rose water, Kashan was an important stop on the Silk Road. Here is the hill of Sialk where the archaeologist R.Grishman discovered vestiges dating from the 4th millennium BC. In the old quarter of the vile, typical houses with their refined architecture, are examples of the lifestyle of traders of the XIXth century. Notably the house of Boroujerdi-ha whose construction lasted 18 years. At the top, the wind tower with hexagonal plane, constitutes a natural air conditioner. Morning devoted to the discovery of Kashan. Visit of the house of Tabatabai, belonging to a rich trader of the XIX century, the visit of the madrasa of Agha Bozorg. The House of Tabatabaei or Khāneh-yé Tabātabāeihā is a famous historical house of Kachan in Iran. The house was built in the 1840s for the influential Tabātabāei family, famous carpet merchants. Then visit the mausoleum of Shahzadeh Ebrahim erected under the Qadjar dynasty (1779-1921).
Lunch in a restaurant during visit. Afternoon departure to Tehran. Arrival in Tehran. Check-in at the hotel next to the airport. Dinner in the hotel restaurant:
DAY 13 : TEHRAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of our mission.
Prices Indicated Base Of 2 Participants Minimum In Private Vehicle With english or french speaking Guide. Hotels Category 3 * And Meals Included From Breakfast Of DAY2 To Breakfast Of DAY13. Plus $ 75 for domestic flight not included.