Gem Of Persia 12 Days

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

Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people. Acombination 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: Visit Tehran 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

pink mosque.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

- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh Shrine

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

Gate of all Nations.Steptoiran.comDay 4: An excursion to Persepolis, Necropolis

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

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

Abarkoh Icehouse.steptoiran.comDay 5: Drive to Zeinoddin Caravansarai via Pasargade and Abarkoh

Today 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 Zeinodin Caravansarai.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Pasargadae

- Abarkoh Ice house

- Abarkoh Old Cypress Tree

saryazd citadel,steptoiran.comDay 6: Drive to Yazd via Saryazd Village

Saryazd has a castle belonging to Sassanid era which is used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place out there is caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era.O/N in Yazd.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Saryazd Village

- Jame Mosque

- Amir Chakhmagh Complex

Zoroastrians Cemetry Yazd.steptoiran.comDay 7: Visit Yazd

The city of Yazd is located in the eastern part of central Iran situated on the high, desert plateau that forms much of the country. Amidst the immense desert, Yazd retains its sterling of old in religion, traditions and architecture. Recognized by UNESCO as holding one of the oldest architecture all over the world. The word Yazd means, feast and worship. The city of Yazd has resisted the modern urbanization changes and maintained its traditional structure. The geographical features of this region have made people developed special architectural styles. For this reason, in the older part of the city most houses are built of mud-bricks and have domed roofs. These materials served as insulation preventing heat.O/N in Yazd.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Towers of silence

- Fire Temple

- Old part of city

- Zorkhaneh

Naein.Steptoiran.comDay 8: Drive to Isfahan via Meybod and Naein

Meybod in Yazd Province is a desert city with an ancient past. Meybod’s proximity to Dasht-e Kavir has bestowed desert climate on the city and as a result it experiences extremely hot summers and cold winters with mild springs and falls. Meybod is rich in historical sites that are scattered in and around the city. Narin Castle is one of the major attractions of the city. This mud brick Parthian structure, which has been built in five stories on a hill overlooking Meybod, was used as a military fortress for most of its life but there are expert who say that the castle was originally an Elamite Ziggurat (temple) built over 4,000 years ago. Meybod is famed for its ceramics and countless shops throughout the city sell these fine Persian creations.

Naein is a desert city in Isfahan Province, which has desert climate and experiences extremely hot summers and relatively cold winters. The history of the city dates back to the Achaemenid and Parthian eras when Naein served as an administrative center for Yazd. Naein is the producer of one of the finest and most sought-after Persian carpets. The Naein is made of high quality wool or silk and has a Shah Abbasi design. The Naein rug often has blue highlighting on cream or ivory backgrounds. The city highlight of attractionsin Naein is the Jame Mosque, which is one of the first Islamic places of worship built in the country.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Meybod Narin Castel

- Ice House

- Shah Abbasi Caravanserai

- Naein Jame Mosque

Esfahan.steptoiran.comDay 9: 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

Khaju bridge esfahan.steptoiran.comDay 10: 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.

Archaeological 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 Isfahan 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

Abyane.Steptoiran.comDay 11: Drive to 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.

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 village has several structures surviving from ancient times including a Zoroastrian Fire Temple and a site locals believe was once an Anahita Temple.

The inhabitants of Abyaneh have for thousands of years maintained their culture, customs and costumes, wearing outfits that are said to have been worn during the Sassanid era (224-651 CE) and speaking a dialect that is believed to have been the language of ancient Persia. The traditional costume of the women of Abyaneh consists of a below the knee skirt, cotton stockings made by hand and colorful, floral patterned headscarves that fall below the waist.O/N in Abyaneh.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Abyaneh Village

agha bozorg mosque.steptoiran.comDay 12: Drive to Kashan. Visit Kashan. Transfer to IKA and depart Iran

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. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Fin Garden

- Tabatabaee House

- Borjerdi House

- Agha Bozorg Mosque

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 : 12 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Shiraz-Yazd-Isfahan-Kashan

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Hotels

Transport : Plane-Car-Bus-Minibus

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price :
Budget:1220 Euro
Standard:1630 Euro
Luxury:1950 Euro

Best Seasons :
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter




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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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.


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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.


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