Iran Ancient Tour
A 13 days tour to ancient Iranian sites. An Iranian touring to ancient monument that are registered in UNESCO like Susa , Persepolis, and Naghsh e Jahan Square. This tour will take you to Tagh Bostan in Kermanshah, and Tepe Sialk .the seven thousand year old hill, in Kashan. You can also visit ancient Iranian museums in Tehran. Finally, this tour provides a good opportunity to visit sites in which Iranian civilization is represented.
Some of the places you can visit:
Iran National Museum / Hegmataneh / Ganjnameh / Gonbad-e Alavian / Taq-e Bostan / Susa / Chogha zanbil / Persepolis / Naqsh-e-Rostam / Pasargadae / Saadi and Hafez tombs / Vakil complex / Tower of Silence / Chak Chak / Fire Temple / Amir Chakhmaq complex / Naghshe Jahan Square / Traditional Bazaars / Khaju bridge / Chehel sotun Palace / Tepe Sialk / Fin Garden / Tabatabai House / Vank cathedral
Itinerary in detail:
Iran National Museum
Day 1: Welcome to Tehran!
In order to gain a general insight into the ancient History of Iran we visit Iran National Museum where a large building is dedicated to archaeological relics.
Day 2: Hamedan
Next city is Hamedan which is 326 km west of Tehran. Today includes a tour of this worthwhile city which includes Hegmataneh hill (Ekbatana), once the capital of Medians, Avicenna mausoleum, Ganjnameh, ancient inscriptions on the side of mountain, tomb of Esther and Mordechai, Gonbad-e Alavian, and Hamedan stone lion.
kermanshah - Taq-e Bostan
Day 3: Kermanshah
Early in the morning we head to Kermanshah (188 km away from Hamedan). We see impressive Bisotun en route to Kermanshah. Bisotun, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, consists of various significant monuments from the prehistoric times to Median, Achaemenid, Sassanid, and Ilkhanid periods. Later in the evening we admire incomparable Tagh-e Bostan which depicts Sassanid art and Temple of Anahita , the goddess of water and fertility, in Kermanshah.
Day 4: Susa-Ahwaz
In the morning enjoy a scenic drive to Susa. After a five-hour drive we explore 3000-year-old Chogha zanbil Ziggurat, built by the Elamites, and Daniel the prophet. Later we head to Ahwaz (80 km South of Susa) to stay overnight at a nice hotel.
Day 5: Shiraz
We fly to Shiraz in the morning and enjoy a tour of this fascinating city which includes Karim Khan Citadel, Pars Museum, Vakil Mosque, Vakil public bath, and Vakil bazaar. There are unique handicrafts of Shiraz in Vakil bazaar where you can get some of your must-have souvenirs from Iran. In the evening we visit Saadi and Hafez tombs. It is here that you can experience spiritual tranquility in Persian gardens.
Day 6: Shiraz
Today we continue our trip to Kazerun (150 km West of Shiraz) to visit Ancient City of Bishapur, belonging to Sassanid dynasty. There is also a unique statute of Shapur I in a cave 6 km from Bishapur. Why not climb the mountain to see this seven-meter-high statue? We drive back to Shiraz in the evening.
Day 7: Shiraz
After a two-hour drive we arrive in Firuzabad in the morning. We explore Sassanian fire temple (palace of Ardeshir) with its unique design and the picturesque pond next to it. In the afternoon we go back to Shiraz. Spend the rest of the day as you please. You can relax at Jahan Nama garden to get a good impression of the city at night. Stay Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 8: Shiraz-Yazd
No trip to Iran is complete without seeing Persepolis and Naghshe Rostam. In the morning we head to the treasure of Iran ancient history. Persepolis, once the Capital of Persian Empire, is 80 km North of Shiraz. After having lunch in a restaurant nearby, we drive for another 80 km to Pasargad to admire Cyrus tomb and palace. We continue for 400 km to get to Yazd and stay overnight in Yazd.
Day 9: Yazd
Our tour starts early in the morning by visiting Tower of Silence (Dakhma) where Zoroastrians used to keep dead bodies. You can’t help being swept away by the ambiance of Tower of Silence. Zarach Qanat is the next place to see. This 3000-year-old qanat is the longest in the world. Then we explore Chak Chak (80 km from Yazd) a village where Zoroastrians from all over the world gather and celebrate their ceremonies. Later in the evening we visit the Fire Temple in Yazd.The fire in this temple has been burning for years. Amir Chakhmaq complex is stunning at night. So to make the most of our day, we head to Amir Chakhmaq complex. Also be sure to try traditional sweets of Yazd and have dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 10: Isfahan
We arrive in Isfahan after a four-hour drive. After lunch, enjoy the exquisite architecture of Safavid dynasty in Naghshe Jahan Square one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Admire Ali Qapu Palace, Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, and the traditional bazaar. At night you can take a pleasant walk along the Zayandeh rud.
Day 11: Kashan
Sialk Mound, a significant Early Neolithic site, is located in Kashan. In the morning we depart for Kashan to explore this breathtaking archeological site. Our trip is followed by visiting Fin garden, one of the oldest gardens in Iran. Later we visit Tabatabai House to get familiar with traditional architecture of houses in Iran. We stay overnight in Kashan.
Day 12: Neyasar-Isfahan
In the morning we depart for Niasar, a town near Kashan, to see its wonders. A man-made cave, Chartaghi sassanid fire temple, and a waterfall are the places we visit. In the evening we drive to Isfahan and stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 13: Isfahan
This morning enjoy a tour of magnificent Chehel Sotun Palace, Vank cathedral, and Hasht Behesht Garden. Time in the afternoon is for independent activities. Why not browse through the city and be delighted by the Persian lifestyle!
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