TREASURES AND LEGENDS OF OLD PERSIA

This fascinating and eventful tour takes you on a journey through Iran, its Persian culture, history and civilization. We visit 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites, take a walk through the largest bazaar in the world in Tehran, visit the city of Isfahan, famous for its Persian carpets, walk through the labyrinths of the old streets of Yazd and take a look at the ancient rock village "Meymand". We visit Shiraz with its beautiful mosque, the mystical rock tombs and many other legendary places that lead us back to the Sassanid dynasty over the millennia. Along the way we learn details about the belief in Persian Zoroastrianism and learn a lot about the former Persian kingdom.
Tour-Code: IRN01
Culture trip
People & history
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Together with the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 4-14
Accommodation
4* Hotels
Features
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the most beautiful cities of Iran: Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman and Shiraz!
Half-board
All breakfasts, lunches, dinner by Iranian family, welcome and farewell dinner
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions
Guide
English speaking guide during the whole trip
ITINERARY
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INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
Day of arrival
• Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Tehran and brings you to the hotel.
• Overnight at the hotel in Tehran
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Full day city tour in Tehran

Today takes place our first acquaintance with Tehran. Our city tour takes us to the Iranian Archeology and History Museum, where we learn exciting stories about the development of the Persian empire, which two thousand years ago was considered as an influential, political and cultural world center. Then we stroll through the world's largest indoor market, the "Grand Bazaar". Numerous aisles extend over a total area of 10 km. Afterwards we visit the National Jewelery Museum and can admire the impressive treasures of the Persian Empire, including some the largest diamond in the world.
In the evening we are invited to a cooking class with a local family. Together with locals we cook delicious Iranian dishes and then enjoy them.
• Overnight in Tehran
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Isfahan with a stop in Kashan

Today we drive to Isfahan, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But first we stop in Kashan, a large handicraft center with numerous architectural monuments. Here we take a look at the old Iranian fin garden from the 8th - 14th centuries, as well as the splendid historical town house "Chāne-ye Borudscherdi" from the 19th century, a monument of Kashan architecture.
In the afternoon we reach Isfahan, the pearl of ancient Persia and its capital from the 16th to the 18th centuries. This city has plenty of magnificent gardens and fascinates travelers with its azure domes of the mosques. One of the highlights of the city are the old magnificent bridges and we start our acquaintance with the city exactly with them. We stroll over the famous two-story bridge "Pol-e Chādschu" from the 17th century, which is almost 129 meters long and the impressive 33-arch bridge "Si-o-se-pol", which was built in 1602. This bridge keeps a secret: In the old parts of the bridge, where the old masonry still exists, there are still small rooms with a view of the river. Our guide tells us about their history and purposes as well as many other entertaining facts.
• Overnight in Isfahan
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Full day city tour in Isfahan

We start the day with a visit to the palace of 40 columns "Tschehel Sotun", which was built in 1645. Its interior decoration is admirable: the palace is adorned with beautiful, well-preserved frescoes with scenes from the life of Persian kings. We continue our tour and move to the heart of the city - Naqsch-e-Jahan Square. Here is the fairytale "Ali Qapu" Palace, which gives us a fabulous view over the square, and the magnificent Shah Mosque, a masterpiece of Persian architecture from the Islamic era. In addition to the beauty of the seven-colored mosaic tiles, the mosque has a special feature - namely a unique acoustics. The wall structure allows you to hear a human whisper from the opposite corner. Then we cross the Si-o-se Pol Bridge and arrive in the Armenian district. One of the highlights here is the Museum of Music. In the museum we can not only get to know the history of musical life in mysterious Persia, but also listen to a game played by professionals on these musical instruments. At the end of this eventful day we visit an impressive Armenian church from the 17th century, the "Vank Cathedral", an amazing combination of Islamic decor and biblical motifs.
• Overnight in Isfahan
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Yazd with a visit to the "Jāmeh Mosques" and the "Narin Fortress"

The Iranian city of Nain is about 170 km away from Isfahan, on the border between Wutzen and the Kuhrud Mountains. Here is located the oldest mosque in Iran - the "Jāmeh Mosque". It dates from the 9th century and surprises with its dominated style and beautiful stone ornaments. We walk through its underground tunnels and learn about its exciting history. Then our trip goes further to the city of Meybod and its medieval "Narin Fortress", which is about 2,000 years old. The brick masonry of this fortress is 40 meters high and decorated with beautiful ornaments. The fortress offers an excellent view on the city and the surrounding landscape. We cross their three floors, visit her dungeon and learn more facts and legends about this fortress.
In the late afternoon we come to Yazd and are free to spend our time.
• Overnight in Yazd
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Full day city tour in Yazd

Today our daz is dedicated to acquaintance with one of the oldest cities in Iran - Yazd. This extraordinary city was built mainly from mud houses and dates from the 3rd century BC. Over the centuries, Yazd kept a large number of its architectural monuments and cultural relics from antiquity. This is where the oldest religion in Iran came into being - Zoroastrianism. Our acquaintance with this mysterious city begins with the "Amir Chakhmaq Complex". This architectural masterpiece from the 14th century consists of a mosque, caravanserai, a bath and a fountain. All the main streets of the city lead here and it is considered the favorite promenade of the locals. Not far from the complex is located the beautiful 12th century Friday mosque, the tallest in Iran, with two minarets that can be admired from anywhere in the city, and its portal and dome are complete covered with unique, blue mosaics and Frescoes. The beauty of the mosque and the picturesque atmosphere of the surrounding old streets make a visit to the square a "must see" attraction in Yazd. Our way leads us to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Here we see the sacred fire that has been keeping Zoroastrianism for 1,500 years. Afterwards we reach the zoroa turrets of silence or "Dachma" ("tomb"). The mysterious buildings have been used for Zoroastrian "burials" for hundreds of years. The location certainly has a breathtaking story that our guide will tell us.
• Overnight in Yazd
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Kerman and visit the cave village "Meymand"

After breakfast we continue to the town of Kerman, which is famous for its long history and strong cultural heritage. This beautiful city surrounded by mountains has become the capital of the Iranian dynasties several times in the past centuries. One of the most interesting sights of this place is the extraordinary cave village "Meymand", which is one of the first settlements in the area of modern Iran. People have lived here in rock houses at an altitude of 2,200 meters for 3,000 years. Almost all locals are nomads and run their own households, provide themselves with food and use medicinal herbs as food. Around the village archaeologists discovered a large number of rock inscriptions that are almost 10,000 years old.
In the afternoon we come to the Ganjali Khan complex, the most important and most beautiful sight in the city. It was built under the ruling dynasty of the Safavids (16th - 17th centuries) and consists of a bazaar, a bathhouse, a mosque, a school and caravanserai. We take a look at the Persian bazaar, where like hundreds years ago various are offered spices and aromatic herbs. Then we visit the mosque, which was built as a place of prayer for travelers, the school and the bath, with narrow passages and many small halls. The complex was previously used for important gatherings and ceremonies. Today, thanks to its painted walls, arches and frescoes, it takes us back to the time of the Persian ruling dynasty.
• Overnight in Kerman
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Visit to the tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali and the "Shazdeh garden"

Today we dive into the history of the beautiful city of Mahan that is located near Kerman and visit the tomb complex of Shah's Nimatullah Vali. He was one of the most influential mentors of Sufism in Iran and was a famous poet and mystic of the 15th century. The tomb is a beautiful building with handmade tiles, artistic wooden doors and paintings. We take a walk through the covered galleries, which extend over approximately 6,000 square meters and admire the architecture of the entire complex, in which the different style elements of the past six centuries have been mixed.
Another landmark of Mahan is the famous Persian "Shazdeh garden" (the prince garden). This garden has a special place in the Persian culture and served as the summer residence of the prince. It is a place of rest and pleasure. The water of its fountains flows in multi-storey cascades, cools its visitors and envelops them in a multicolored scent of flowers. Here we can relax in the shade of its trees and hear exciting stories of ancient Persia from our guide.
• Overnight in Kerman
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Shiraz and visit the Ardashir Pāpakan Palace

Our journey continues to the beautiful city of Shiraz. But first we visit one of the few surviving monuments of Sassanian architecture: the "Ardashir Pāpakan" palace. It is the old residence of the first king Ardashir from the Sassanid dynasty, which ruled on the territory of today's Iran from the 3rd to the 7th century. Here we stroll through the once magnificent halls of the palace and hear the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Sassanian Empire, its victories and the lives of its citizens.
In the afternoon, when we come bach to Shiray, we can freely arrange our time. All tips from you can get from our guide.
• Overnight in Shiraz
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Full day city tour in Shiraz

Shiraz is called the "land of love and flowers" and is known all over the world thanks to the great poets Hafiz and Saadi. One of the most important and beautiful sights of Shiraz is the mausoleum of Shah-Cherakh from the 14th century, in which the remains of the brothers Amir Ahmed, called "King of Light", and his brother Mir Muhammad in are buried. The mausoleum is considered the most beautiful building in the city and one of the most important historical monuments, which is protected not only by the city, but also by the UNESCO World Organization. Then we visit the Citadel of Karim Khan with its beautiful terraces and rooms, a system of pools with connecting channels, fountains and gardens that exude a special grace. Then we walk through the corridors with spices, scarves, sweets and handicrafts in the oriental Vakil bazaar, visit the Vakil mosque and the tomb "Shah Cheragh".
• Overnight at the hotel in Shiraz
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Excursion to Pasargadae and visit Naqsch-e Rostam and Persepolis

After breakfast we drive to the ancient Persian city "Pasargadae", the impressive residence from the 6th century BC. The great tomb of Cyrus II and the ruins of palaces and fortresses are located on its territory. Cyrus came from a royal family and built the empire of his forefathers into a vast empire, but he gained his reputation not only due to his military victories, but also to his remarkable tolerance towards other tribes and cultures.
Pasargadae or the "Gardens of Farsen" is a unique archaeological find that reports on the culture and art of ancient Persia. The remains of its walls contain old, flat bas-reliefs and magnificent ornaments. Not far from Pasargadae is the "Naqsh-e-Rostam" necropolis with ancient reliefs and burial chambers of four Persian kings of the Achamenids and Sassanids, carved out of rock, ancient characters and impressive cave paintings. The beauty and size of this place amazes us today and leaves a partly mystical impression. Afterwards we drive to the cultural and historical complex at the place of the ancient city "Persepolis". Persepolis was built 520 BC. by Dareios I and was one of the capital cities of the ancient Persian Empire under the Achaemenids. It is a highlight of ancient Persian culture and politics of the Achaemenids and is still a place of identification for many Iranians today. Under Alexander the Great it was burned down and never rebuilt. The ruins of this city contain many interesting artifacts, basreliefs, massive columns as well as some impressive sculptures of animals that were built between the 4th and 6th centuries BC. It is a very majestic place that takes several hours to get to know it.
• Transfer to the airport and flight to Tehran
At the end of this gorgeous day we drive to the airport and fly back to Tehran.
• Overnight in Tehran
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Transfer to the airport

At the agreed time the driver will wait for you at the hotel and bring you to the airport.
• 11 nights in 4 * hotels
• 11 x breakfast
• 10 x lunch
• Welcome dinner by Iranian family
• Farewell dinner in the restaurant
• Transfers from & to the airport
• All described excursions
• Entrance tickets
• English speaking guide during the whole trip
• Fligh tickets from Shiraz to Tehran
Flights to Tehran and return
Not mentioned meals and drinks
Self-organized excursions
Insurance
Tips
DATES & PRICES
We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!

Guaranteed discounts:
- 8% for groups of 10 people or more