Tehran - Kashan - Isfahan - Persepolis - Shiraz UNIT 9,3TH . FLOOR NO.84 MOVAHED-DANESH ST.TEHRAN/IRAN
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TEHRAN
Arrival in Tehran; meet and transfer to hotel for overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02: TEHRAN / KASHAN / ISFAHAN
Drive to Isfahan, en-route stop over at the charming town of Kashan to visit the historical garden of Fin which was first, planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. This beautiful garden was the Zand and Qajar monarchs expanded by, with many open pavilions added. You will also visit a fine example of a 19th century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House with its beautiful stucco dome and inlaid mirror work, with some of the best examples of existing “badgirs" (wind-catchers); continue to Isfahan, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03: ISFAHAN
Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources, to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan, Khajou & Sio-se-pol, the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank; in the afternoon visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, with several sites (the Ali-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, from where the Safavid Kings watched polo games, and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Shah – with magnificent architecture and tilework), finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous (bazaar is closed on Fridays); overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: ISFAHAN
Another full day sightseeing of Isfahan to visit the magnificent Friday Mosque, with the famous Uljaitu Mihrab (Prayer Niche) of the Il-Khanid period. The Friday Mosque is considered a museum of a thousand year of Persian religious architecture and is truly one of the world’s greatest mosques. From here drive to the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century; its twenty wooden columns reflected in the surface of the pool give rise to its name ‘The Palace of Forty Columns’. Final stop of the day is at the Hasht Behesht pavilion built in 1670 by Shah Solayman and known as the Pavilion of Eight Paradises or the Palace of Nightingales. This small but intricate building is set amongst tree-lined alleys, a reflecting pool and water rills; overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: ISFAHAN / SHIRAZ
Morning drive to Shiraz, en route visit Pasargadae, pre-dating Persepolis, site of the simple but imposing tomb of Cyrus the Great, the Founder of the Persian Empire, and remains of his several palaces, all located in the beautiful plain of Dasht-e-Morghab, continue to Shiraz for overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 06: SHIRAZ / EXCURSION TO PERSEPOLIS & NECROPOLIS
Full day excursion to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire; also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam, and Royal Achaemenid Tombs; plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs (including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian); return to Shiraz; continue to visit Bazar and the tomb of Hafez, overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: DEPARTURE
Transfer to Shiraz international airport for departure flight.
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