Wonderful Persia 21 Days


Golestan Palace.Steptoiran.comDay 1: Arrive to Tehran. Visit Tehran

Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people. A combination of factors make Tehran a pleasant place to visit: The dry climate which is constantly cool (at least in the evenings), the proximity of the mountains, the parks and gardens where flowers blossom all through the year, the alleys of trees in the avenues or even smaller streets, and even the water that runs down from the upper city along deep and wide gutters which look like small rivers during spring. The Alborz range on the north of Tehran, which hosts the highest peak in Iran, provides fantastic conditions for ski lovers in the winter.O/N in Tehran.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Golestan Palace

- Bazar

- Archeological Museum

- Jewels Museum

azadi tower.steptoiran.comDay 2: VisitTehran and fly to Shiraz

Built in 1971, the Azadi Tower, which sits at the western entrance of the city, is considered the symbol of Tehran. The tower, which is a Pahlavi structure, was originally named Shahyad (King's Memorial Tower) and was later renamed to Azadi (Freedom or Liberty) Tower after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. In 1967 a competition was held in which participants were asked to design a structure that would represent Iran. A 24-year-old Hossein Ammant, who had just graduated from Tehran University, won the competition. His design was inspired by and incorporated pre-Islamic and Islamic arches used widely in Achaemenid, Sassanid and Islamic architecture. Construction of the tower began in 1969 and it was completed in 1971. This three-story tower, which is close to Mehrabad International Airport, has four elevators, two stairways and 286 steps. There are several halls, exhibition rooms, a library and a museum underneath the tower.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sa'ad Abad Palace

- Azadi Tower

Hafez Tomb.steptoiran.comDay 3: Visit Shiraz

Shiraz is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature and flowers.

Shiraz is the birthplace of two famous Persian poets Hafez and Saadi. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Nasir Almolk mosque

- Hafez Tomb

- Eram Garden

- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh Shrine

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

bishapur.steptoiran.comDay 4: An Excursion to Bishapur

The ruins of the historical city of Bishapour are found on the slope of Koohmareh heights, 23 Kilometers west of the city of Kazeroon. Bishapour was built on the side of the ancient Imperial Road which was once one of the country's most strategic roads. During the Sassanid period this road connected Firoozabad and Bishapour cities to Tisfoon, which was the then capital of the Sassanid dynasty.

The city was later called Antiuk Shapour, meaning more beautiful than Antakieh, in Asia Minor, and this was due to its location in the beautiful Shapour plain, in the green and narcissus- filled Karen plain with the Cheshmeh Sasan River crossing it. In addition to all these natural features, the city's architecture borrowed designs and motifs from other civilizations of that era. Bishapur easily competed with the most beautiful and richest cities of the then civilized world like Antakieh (Antioch), the bride of all cities in Byzantium.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Bishapur

- Tang-e-Chogan

Persepolis.Steptoiran.comDay 5: Drive to Isfahan via Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae

Magnificent Persepolis, the center of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenids embodies the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis, Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., was built on a huge terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex. The monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you no doubt how grand this empire was.

Next is Necropolis,the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.

On the way we will have a stop in Pasargadae to visit this world heritage site. The tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemanian Empire, is the highlight of Pasargadae. The wonderful architecture of his tomb, the huge fertile land over there beside the brave personality of Cyrus the Great inspires the visitors.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

- Pasargadae

Naghshe Jahan Square.Steptoiran.comDay 6: Visit Isfahan

A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Isfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. Nesf-e Jahan, Half the world, is a popular rhyme with the name of Isfahan and an example of praise lavished by the inhabitants and poets on their city. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the Unesco-listed central square are sure to be highlights of your holiday.O/N in Isfahan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan Square)

- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Imam Mosque

- Aliqapu Palace

- Chehel Sutoon Palace

- Bazaar

Vank Cathedral.steptoiran.comDay 7: Visit Isfahan

One of the oldest and most important religious structures of Iran, the Jame Mosque of Isfahan is magnificent example of the evolution of mosque architecture as well as the development of Islamic arts over twelve centuries.

Archeological findings suggest that the mosque was built over the ruins of a Sassanid (226-651 CE) Fire Temple during the Buyid era (934 - 1062). After the Seljuq conquest (1038-1118) when Esfahan became the capital of the new empire, much importance was placed on embellishing the city's Jame Mosque. When a fire damaged the mosque, a new four-iwan plan was given to the mosque during reconstruction efforts, making it the first Islamic building to adapt the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture. The Jame Mosque of Isfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Jame mosque

- Armenian Quarter

- Vank Cathedral

- Khaju Bridge

- Si-o-Seh Bridge

Abyaneh Village. Steptoiran.comDay 8: Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh village

With a history of more than 2,000 years, Abyaneh Village is located at the foot of Karakas Mountain outside Kashan in Isfahan Province. Because of its red soil and the red clay used in the construction of its houses it has been nicknamed the Red Village. A unique feature of the red soil used on the exterior of Abyaneh homes is that it becomes harder with every rainfall. Abyaneh is a tiered village meaning houses are built so that the roofs of the ones built lower on the slope serve as the courtyard of the higher ones. In some parts of the village, there are up to four tiers of houses.

The city of Kashan, which lies in a desert at the eastern foot of the Central Iranian Plateau, 220 kilometers south of Tehran, was once a popular vacation spot for Safavid Kings. The pearl of Iranian deserts is the birthplace of many arts and crafts. Tilework or Kashi-kari is one of the many arts perfected by Iranians and it is notable that the Persian word for tile (kashi) is derived from the name of this city. Zari bafi or the art of weaving with a gold string has been passed from fathers to sons in Kashan for over 2,000 years which you can eye witness in Kashan Bazaar.

The city has also found fame for its many traditional mansions. The most delicate of Persian arts and crafts have been employed in the design and decoration of these mansions.O/N in Kashan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Abyaneh village

- Fin Garden

- Tabatabaee House

- Borjerdi House

- Bazar

Hamadan.Steptoiran.comDay 9: Drivie to Hamedan. Visit Hamedan

Hamadan is a city situated at the foot of the Alvand Mountain. The city has mild, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Located along the ancient Silk Road, Hamadan is one of the oldest cities of Iran, which is said to have been built by the first median king, Deioces (709-656 BC). This ancient city is home to Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious communities. The Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan is a revered Jewish pilgrimage site. Hamedan is also the final resting place of Persian polymath Avicenna (980-1037).O/N in Hamedan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Tomb of Ester and Mordechai

- Ganj Nameh Inscription

Hamadan.Steptoiran.comDay 10: Visit Hamedan

O/N in Hamedan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Tomb of Avicenna

- Hegmatane Archeological Hills

- Alavian Dome

- Tomb of Baba Taher

- Ali Sadr Cave

Tagh-e-Bostan.steptoiran.comDay 11: Drive to Kermanshah. Visit Kermanshah

The city of Kermanshah is considered as one of the cradles of prehistoric cultures and the oldest prehistoric village in the Middle East, which dates back to 9800 years ago. Some historians have attributed the founding of this city to the Sassanid monarch Bahram IV (389-399 CE), who because of his rule over Kerman before coming to power was called Kermanshah meaning the king of Kerman.

In the 4th century, during the Sassanid era, the city became one of the cities frequented by Sassanid kings who founded several gardens in the city and spent time vacationing in its beautiful nature. Kermanshah is the land of musicians and storytellers and the birthplace of poets. Kermanshah has the largest Kurdish population among the cities of Iran.O/N in Kermanshah.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Anahita Temple

- Bistoon

- Tagh-e-Bostan

Kurdish People.steptoiran.comDay 12: Drive to Takab via Sanandaj

The capital of Kurdistan Province, Sanandaj is a city surrounded by Mountains. Because of its geographical location the city has hot summers and severely cold winters. Archeologists believe the city dates back to the fourth millennia BC and is 6,000 years old. Several Iron Age cemeteries have been found around the city which have yielded evidence of fetal burials and other unique funerary rites along with artifacts from (1200 -800 BC).

The current city was founded in the 17th century during the Safavid era upon the order of Shah Safi who tasked the Vassal of Kurdistan, Soleiman Khan Ardalan, to rebuild the Sinne-Dij fortress in the village of Senna and move the center of the province from Palangan to this fortress. He built a series of houses, a mosque, a public bath and a bazaar around this new fortress. Over time and through repetition the name Sinne-Dij became Sanandaj. The economy of Sanandaj is based upon the production of carpets, processing hides and skins, milling rice, refining sugar, woodworking, cotton weaving, metalware and cutlery.O/N in Takab.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sanandaj Old bazaar

- Hajar Khatoon Mosque

Takht-e Soleyman.steptoiran.comDay 13: Visit Takht-e Soleyman. Drive to Tabriz via Kandovan village

Takht-e Soleyman is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita

Then we will visit Kandovan village. From the architectural points of view this village is interesting, houses resemble caves, being dug out in the mountains and therefore are reputed worldwide.O/N in Tabriz.Today tour includes visiting:

- Takht-e Soleyman

- Kandovan Village

Tabriz Bazar.steptoiran.comDay 14: Visit Tabriz

Tabriz, the City of Compassion, is one of the most historically important cities of Iran, which played a major role in the Constitutional Revolution of the early 1900s. Once the city where Qajar Crown Princes resided before coming into power, Tabriz is the city of extravagantly decorated mansions, many of which have been turned into museums.

Tabriz is also known as the city of firsts as it is where the first school, municipality, school for the hearing impaired and chamber of commerce were established, and where the country first printing press was used and the first coin was industrially minted. Several of the country well-known poets and writers including Shams Tabrizi, the spiritual master of Mowlana (Rumi), Mohammad-Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi (Shahriar) and Parvin E'tesami have hailed from this city.O/N in Tabriz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Tabriz Grand Bazaar

- Blue Mosque

- Azarbaijan Museum

- Serkis church

St.Stepanos Monastery.Steptoiran.comDay 15: Drive to Kaleibar via Jolfa

Today we will move toward Kaleibar. On the way we will visit Jolfa which is one of the most important border towns of Iran and it is located near the Aras River and the fascinating forests of Arasbaran.Jolfa is located to the north of Tabriz, separated by the Aras river from its northern neighbor and namesake, the town of Jolfa in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Jolfa is the stronghold of the Armenian Christians who possess a rich and unique culture of their own.St. Stepanos Monastery is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city.We will visit the ancient churches there. O/N in Kaleibar.Today's tour includes visiting:

- St. Stepanos Monastery

Babak Fortress.steptoiran.comDay 16: Visit Kaleibar. Drive to Ardebil

Today we will visit the county Kaleibar which is noted for the Arasbaran forests protected area. Babak Khorram-Din was one of the main Persian revolutionary leaders of the Iranian of the Khorram-Dinan. He was the leader of a local freedom movement fighting the Abbasid Caliphate. The Khorramdin rebellion of Babak spread to the Western and Central parts of Iran and lasted more than twenty years before it was defeated. Babak's Iranianizing rebellion, from its base in Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran, called for a return of the political glories of the Iranian past. O/N in Ardebil. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Fortress of Babak

Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi.Steptoiran.comDay 17: Visit Ardebil

Surrounded by Mount Talysh and Mount Sabaln of the Alborz Mountain Range, Ardabil is one of the coldest cities in Iran and experiences freezing winters and mild summers. Ardabil is believed to be at least 3,000 to 5,000 years old. In Sumerian tablets Ardabil has been mentioned as Arta. In the Avesta (Zoroastrian sacred texts), the city has been mentioned as Artaville. Arta meaning sacred and ville meaning city.

Ardabil has several historical sites, the most important of which are Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah and Shrine. Ardabil is a city of breathtaking nature. Some of the city top natural attractions include Fandoqlou Forest, Lake Neor, Lake Shorabil, Sardabeh Waterfall, Baliqly Chay River and Shorgol Wetland.

The famous Ardabil Carpets originate from this city. These 16th century carpets were a pair that once adorned the Sheikh Safi al-Din Shrine. Today, the larger carpet, which is considered the oldest dated and one of the most beautiful and historically important carpets in the world, is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.O/N in Ardebil.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi

- Bazar

Anzali Lagoon.steptoiran.comDay 18: Driving to Masouleh via Anzali Lagoon

Anzali Lagoon is a coastal liman, or lagoon, in the Caspian Sea near Bandar-e Anzali, in the northern Iranian province of Gilan. Although the lagoon suffers from pollution, it is known as a good place for bird watching. The lagoon's water ranges from fresh near the tributary streams to brackish near the mouth into the harbor and the sea. Studies indicate that in the 19th and early 20th Centuries that the lagoon had a much higher salinity.

The lagoon has decreased in size since the 1930s to less than a quarter of its former extent. However, in the last ten years (As of 2007) water salinity has increased both by the rise of the level of the Caspian Sea which has caused greater interchange of waters, and due to greater salt transport in incoming "fresh" water due to increased upstream irrigation.O/N in Masouleh.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Anzali Lagoon

Masuoleh.steptoiran.comDay 19: Visit Masouleh. Drive to Qazvin

The architecture of Masouleh village is one of the inquests in the world which is registered in UNESCO. The buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected.Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets.

The native people of Masouleh speak Talesh, a Northwestern Iranian language spoken in the northern regions of Gilan, Ardebil and the southern regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The first village of Masouleh was established approximately around 1006 AD, 6 kilometers northwest of the current village and is called Old Masouleh. People moved from Old Masouleh to the current village because of pestilence and neighbor attacks.

O/N in Qazvin.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Masouleh village

qazvin.Steptoiran.com

Day 20: Visit Qazvin. Drive to Tehran

The city today known as Qazvin is believed to have been founded by Persian King Shapur II in 250 CE under the name Shad Shahpur (shad meaning happy) and has a 9,000-year history of settlement. This strategic city, which was the capital of the country for 50 years during the Safavid era, connects Tehran, Isfahan, and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea coast.

One of the most beautiful cities of Iran, Qazvin stands out due to its numerous historical sites, incredible landscape, and unique urban artwork. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Chehelsotun mansion

- Qazvin Bazaar

- Sa'd al-Saltaneh Caravanserai

Day 21: Depart Iran

Note:

- Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room. If you want to book a single room for the tour then additional supplement is charged.

- In Budget tours hotels are 2*. In Budget tours public transportation will be used and you will have guide from arrival till departure. In Budget tours also you can have English speaking driver and in main sights you will have local guide.

- In Standard tours private car will be used and hotels are 3*/4*.

- In Luxury tours private car will be used and hotels are the best options in each city, mostly 4*or 5*.

- We have designed our tour packages to cover a wide-range of tastes and to be fun. If you don't find what you are looking for here please contact us and we will design a package especially for you.


Tour Detail & Price


Duration : 21Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Shiraz-Isfahan-Kashan-Hamedan-Kermansah-Takab-Tabriz-Ardabil-Masouleh-Qazvin

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Hotels

Transport : Private car-Plane-Bus

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included for mentioned monuments

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price :
Budget: 1900 Euro
Standard: 2700 Euro

Best Seasons :
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Fall
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Ancient Persia Pakage
Anna From  Italy
We had such a wonderful time in discovering the beauty of Persia. Everything was arranged by step to Iran, visa procedure, accommodation, domestic flights. Many thanks to Ali, reliable and capable guide whose precious explanations we appreciated a lot.


Kerman Daily Tour
David From  France
I asked for a tailor made travel in order to visit the south part of Iran, Kerman, Kalut desert and fortress of Bam. All the services were according my requests, the guide by car took me where I wanted, that was perfect. l definitely recommend step to Iran for a good travel experience without worries in this amazing country.


Gem of Persia
Edwin & Diana From  The Netherlands
We had a wonderful holiday in Iran en that was also because of our tour guide Shahram Rafie of Step To Iran. He has a lot of knowledge about the history of Iran and it’s cultural heritage and tells enthusiastically about it. Although we had beforehand an itenary, he organized spontaneous things in between: climbing into ancient desert cities, visiting a carpet shop with explanation by the carpet seller, doing a jeep safari, etc. This was of course always in consultation with us. We also had enough time to do things on our own. Furthermore he arranges everything, like a roomchange or a place in a full (!) restaurant; and knows the best restaurants in every town. Last but not least he is a nice guy, which is important when you travel together for a couple of weeks. So we love to visit Iran again, with Step To Iran.


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