Ancient Persia 15 Days

Iran Jewels Museum.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

Note: Jewels Museum is closed on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. It will be replaced with Carpet Museum. Tehran Grand Bazaar is closed on Fridays and official holidays and only some shops are open around the Bazaar.

azadi tower.steptoiran.comDay 2: Visit Tehran and fly to Ahvaz

Saadabad is a cultural and historical complex that covers an area of 110 hectares and is located at the northernmost part of Tehran. The complex contains 18 palaces belonged to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi, in a unique and beautiful garden.

The complex was first built and inhabited by Qajar monarchs in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty lived there in the 1920s, and his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, moved there in the 1970s. After the 1978 Revolution, the complex became a museum.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sa'ad Abad Palace

- Tabiat Bridge

- Tajrish Bazar

- Azadi Tower

Shushtar Waterfalls.Steptoiran.comDay 3: Visit Sush and Shushtar

Shush in Khuzestan Province is one of the oldest cities in Iran. Located between the Karkheh and Dez rivers, Shush, which was known as Susa in ancient times, was the political capital of the Elamites. Achaemenid King Darius I (550-486 BC) revived the city after the Elamites, creating a grand winter palace for himself named Apadana which was damaged after the invasion of Persia by Alexander of Macedonia (356-323 BC).

One of the main attractions of the city is the Shush Castle also known as Acropol Castle. The castle was built by French archeologists as their base using bricks from Apadana Palace and Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat.

Next we will visit Shushtar which based on the stone tools, axes, spears and knifes found in Pideh Cave, archeologists believe that human settlement in the area dates back to at least 7,000 years ago.

The most famous attraction of the city is the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System. This Hydraulic System consists of parts like Gargar Channel, a manmade river, which dates back to the Achaemenid era (550-330 BC) and parts like Band-e Kaiser (Caesar’s Bridge) that dates back to the time of the Sassanids (224-651 CE). Band-e Kaiser, which is also known as the Shadorvan Weir Bridge, was built in 260 CE by Roman soldiers and engineers who were taken into captivity along with Emperor Valerian (reign 253-260 CE) after his defeat by Shapur I (241-272 CE).O/N in Ahvaz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Tomb of Daniel

- Apadana palace

- ChoghaZanbil Zigurat

- Shushtar waterfalls and historical bridges

bishapur.steptoiran.comDay 4: Drive to Shiraz via 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. Bishapour 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

Eram Graden.Steptoiran.comDay 5: 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

- Eram Garden

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

Persepolis3.steptoiranDay 6: An excursion to Persepolis and 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

maharloo salt lake.steptoiran.comDay 7: Drive to Kerman Via Neyriz and Sirjan

Located west of Kerman Province, Sirjan is the second most populated city in the province and neighbors Shahre Babak and Rafsanjan in the north, Bardsir and Baft in the east, Hajjiabad in the south and Neyriz in the west. Sirjan experiences cold winters and relatively mild summers and springs.

Some scholars believe the history of the city dates back to the Achaemenids or the Parthian era when a king named Vologases was in power. Others believe that the city was founded by the Sassanids.

It is said that due to the presence of several mines and Qanats (underground water management system) in the area, the city was named Sirkan or Sirgan meaning mine-filled or Qanat-filled. After the Arab attack on Iran, as the new rulers of the country could not pronounce ''ga'' the name of the city was changed to Sirjan.O/N in Kerman. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Two Salt Lakes Maharloo and Bakhtegan

- Jame Mosque of Neyriz

- Sirjan Icehouse

- Chopoqi Wind tower

Rayen Citadel.steptoiran.comDay 8: Visit Mahan and Rayen

Mahan is a city in Kerman County and is well known for Shazdeh Garden (Prince Garden) which is a historical Persian garden and a world heritage site and the tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali, a poet, sage, Sufi and founder of an order of darvishes. O/N in Kerman. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Shazdeh Garden

- Tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali

- Rayen Citadel

zeinodin caravanserai.steptoiran.comDay 9: Visit Kerman. Drive to Zeinodin Caravanserai

Kerman city is located on a high margin of Kavir-e lut (Lut Desert) in the central south of Iran, is the Capital of Kerman Providence. Kermani people are experts of constructing gardens and Qanats. Kerman is counted as one of the oldest cities and its name is derived from the Germaniol race listed by Herodotus, and its construction is attributed to Ardashir I of Sassanid Dynasty (Ardashir-e Babakan) in 3rd century CE. O/N in Zeinodin Caravanserai. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Ganjali Khan complex

- Kerman Bazaar

Towers of silence.steptoiran.comDay 10: Drive to Yazd. 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

- Jame Mosque

- Old part of city

- Zorkhaneh

naein jame mosqueDay 11: Drive to Isfahan via Meybod and Naein

Meybod in Yazd Province is a desert city with an ancient past.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 (247 BC-224 CE) 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 Esfahan Province, which has desert climate and experiences extremely hot summers and relatively cold winters. The history of the city dates back to the Achaemenid (550-330 BC) and Parthian (247 BC-224 CE) 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

Imam mosque.Steptoiran.comDay 12: 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 Esfahan 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

Esfahan Jame Mosque.Steptoiran.comDay 13: 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 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

Abyaneh Village. Steptoiran.comDay 14: Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh Village

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 Bazar.

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

- Agha Bozorg Mosque

- Bazar

Borojerdi house.steptoiran.comDay 15: Visit Kashan. Drive to IKA for departure

Kashan, the delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir is one of the most alluring destinations in Iran, boasting a highly atmospheric covered bazaar, a cluster of architecturally significant 19th century houses. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hills which lie 4 km west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sialk hills

- Fin Garden

- Soltan Amir Ahmad Bath

- Tabatabaee House


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Tour Detail & Price

Duration : 15 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Ahvaz-Shiraz-Kerman-Esfahan-Kashan

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation :
Hotels 3&4*

Transport : Car-Bus-Airplane

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included, mentioned sites in itinerary

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price : 1520 Euros

Best Seasons :

Peyrou From  France
We had been conducted by Mohamed from Chiraz to Yazd through Persepolis and surrounds and Pasagardes and we spend a good day with this good driver and friendly person Bruno

Helen  From  Lebanon
Many thanks to Shahram from step in Iran, who was reliable, understanding and with his good knowledge made our trip wonderful. Highly recommended.

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.

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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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Claude Cuny From  France
It was a 25 days tour across Iran with our guide: Sharam, and we enjoyed the country, the tour and particularly our guide.We had a great time, good choice of Hotels, good food, good english, with an expert guy in history of Iran, Amazing country and a nice fellow!


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