Duration : 21 days
Itinerary : Tehran , Ramsar, Anzali , Qazvin , Hamedan , Kermanshah , Khoramabad , Ahvaz, Shush , Shiraz , Yazd , Isfahan , Abyaneh , Kashan , Tehran
Day 01: Arrival-Tehran
Arrival at Tehran airport, transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran.
Day 02: Tehran
After breakfast, we will visit Archaeological & Islamic Art Museum, the finest museum in Iran where you’ll view a collection of ancient Persian civilization and also jewellery museum. O/N Tehran.
Day 03: Tehran-Ramsar
Drive by coach through a beautiful mountainous road from west of Tehran toward the rainforest plain, which lays down the Caspian Sea. O/N Ramsar, a charming residence on Caspian coast.
Day 04: Ramsar-Anzali
Drive along the Caspian coast and visit tea plantation, rice farms and also fascinating wooden houses. Arrive in Anzali port, famous for its international pond and visit Caviar processing factories. O/N Anzali.
Day 05: Anzali-Qazvin
Drive to Qazvin via Alborz mountainous road. Arrive in Qazvin, the early home of Kassites in 24th century BC which was also the first Safavids capital in 16th century AC. Visit some archeological sites there. O/N Qazvin.
Day 06:Qazvin- Sultanieh – Hamedan
Drive to Hamedan, en route we will visit Sultanieh, one of the very ancient civilization zone from 7000 B.C. and Sultanieh dome built by Mongolian empires in 13th century. O/N Hamedan.
Day 07: Hamedan
We will visit Ester & Mordkhay tombs (Jewish holy shrine), Alaviyan dome and Hegmataneh hill. O/N Hamedan.
Day 08: Hamedan – Kermanshah
Drive to Kermanshah , en route we will visit Anahita complex , built in honor of the female guardian of waters, in Kangavar. Continue to Bisotun which can be called a living museum of Iranian civilization from ancient time to present with the biggest Cuneiform inscription (tablet of Darius I), where you also visit the stone statue of Hercules in the mountain. O/N Kermanshah
Day 9: Kermanshah – Khorramabad
Drive from the fold belt of Zagros Mountain. Continue to Khorramabad, once the center of Assassins who imposed a guerrilla war against non Iranian rulers in 11-12th century, and visit Falak -al -aflak castle, O/N Khorramabad.
Day 10: Khorramabad-Ahwaz
Drive to Ahwaz. O/N Ahwaz.
Day 11: Ahwaz-Shush
Drive to Shush and visit this beautiful city built 5500 years ago, continue to Choghazanbil, one of the oldest ziggurats in the world. O/N Ahwaz.
Day 12: Ahwaz – Bishapoor – Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz via Bishapoor, an ancient city in heart of history, built as the commemoration of Persian Victory in Persian-Roman war. O/N Shiraz.
Day 13: Shiraz
We will visit Eram and Narenjestan Gardens, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Khan Theological School, Hafez (or Saadi) mausoleum , Vakil complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of Aliebnehamze Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz.
Day 14: Shiraz – Persepolis – Nekropolis – Passargad – Yazd
Drive to Yazd, en route we will visit Qoran gate , Persepolis (a castle made by free workers not slaves in 500 BC) , Necropol (tombs of Achamenian kings) and Pasargad , tomb of Cyrus the great which was the Achamenian center. O/N Yazd.
Day 15: Yazd
According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world; it is like a living museum. We will visit narrow alleys, the highest wind tower of city which keeps the building cool, Friday mosque from 14th century and the silk weaving workshop where exquisite brocades are still made on traditional looms. O/N Yazd.
Day 16: Yazd – Isfahan
In the morning we will explore on foot this ancient city and visit a Zoroastrian temple where sacred fire has been kept alive for hundreds of years and is now a Zoroastrian pilgrim center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism which had been the Persian religion until Arabs brought Islam to Iran. Then go to Towers of Silence on outskirts of the city, which was a burial place for Zoroastrian. In the afternoon drive to Isfahan, en route we will visit Nareen Castle & an old caravanserai in Meibod and a carpet workshop in Naeen . O/N Isfahan
Day 17 : Isfahan
In the morning we will visit Imam square, the huge open square in center of Isfahan with four monuments at four sides including Imam mosque covered inside and outside with intricate turquoise tiles, The smaller Sheikh Lotfollah mosque contains some of the best mosaics from 17th century, Ali Ghapoo Palace which was the first skyscraper in Iran and Isfahan bazaar where you can visit the workshop of artists who paint miniature sometimes on bone. In the afternoon, we will visit Si-o-Se Pol (thirty three) and khajoo bridges over zayanderud, relax in one of the traditional tea houses, drink tea and smoke Persian water pipe. O/N Isfahan.
Day 18: Isfahan
We will visit Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank cathedral, Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Sotoun known as forty column palace with its exquisite wall painting. O/N Isfahan.
Day 19: Isfahan- Abyaneh
Drive to Abyaneh, an ancient fascinating village with its colorfully dressed inhabitants and mud brick houses, where little has changed for several centuries. En route we will visit Natanz Friday Mosque. O/N Abyaneh.
Day 20:Abyaneh- Kashan- Tehran
We drive to Tehran, en route we will visit Fin complex in Kashan, a city well known for carpet, continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran.
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.
*This itinerary can be made shorter or longer according to your request.