Legend of Persia 16 Days

Tehran people.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 Shiraz

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

Karimkhan Citadel.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 regionaltrade 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 themany 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

- Saadi Tomb

- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh Shrine

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

- Qoran Gate

Necropolis.steptoiran.comDay 4: 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:

- Necropolis

- Persepolis

Passargadae.steptoiran.comDay 5: Drive to Zeinoddin Caravanserai via Pasargadae and Abar Kouh

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.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Pasargadae

- Abarkoh Ice house

- Abarkoh Old Cypress Tree

Towers of silence.steptoiran.comDay 6: 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 Mosuqe

- Old part of city

- Zorkhaneh

pirnia house.steptoiran.comDay 7: 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 (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.

Next stop is Naein. This city 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 (550-330 BC) and Parthian (247BC-224CE) 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

Isfahan.steptoiran.comDay 8: 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

- Hasht Behesht Palace

- Bazaar

33bridge.steptoiran.comDay 9: 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

Hamadan.Steptoiran.comDay 10: Drive 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 Esteroo Mordechai

- Ganj Nameh Inscription

Alavian Dome.steptoiran.comDay 11: Visit Hamedan

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

- Avicenna Tomb

- Hegmatane Archeological Hills

- Alavian Dome

- Tomb of Baba Taher

- Ali Sadr Cave

Takyie Moavenolmolk.steptoiran.comDay 12: Drive to 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 (224-651CE), 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

- Takie Moavenolmolk

- Tagh-e-Bostan

Oramanat.Steptoiran.comDay 13: Drive to Oranamat Takht Village 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 (1611-1642) 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 Oramanat Takht village.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sanandaj Old bazaar

- Hajar Khatoon Mosque

Takhte Soleyman.steptoiran.comDay 14: Drive to Zanjan via Takab

Afterwards we will reach to one of the archaeological sites which is Takab. The site has important symbolic significance. The designs of the fire temple, the palace and the general layout have strongly influenced the development of Islamic architecture.The originally fortified site, which is located on a volcano crater rim, was recognized as a world Heritage Site in July 2003

O/N in Zanjan.

Today's tour includes visiting:

- Takht-e Solieman

Soltaniyeh dome.steptoiran.comDay 15: Visit Zanjan and drive to Tehran

Located in northwestern Iran, the city of Zanjan is the capital of a province of the same name. The city as hot and dry summers with cold and moist winters. Archeological excavations have founded traces of Paleolithic cave settlers in the area. According to some accounts and based on traces of Sassanid Fire Temples scattered around the city, Zanjan is one of the cities founded by Sassanid King Ardashir I, the Unifier (180-242 CE).

The main attraction of Zanjan Soltaniyeh Dome, is the third tallest dome in the world after Santa Maria delle Grazie in Italy and Hagia Sophia in Turkey. The dome of Soltaniyeh is 25.5 meters in diameter at its base and 48.5 meters tall. After a lengthy process, the tile work of this dome was successfully renovated in 2008. Soltaniyeh Dome was registered as a National Heritage Site in 1931. The Dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.O/N in Tehran.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Soltaniyeh Dome

Day 16: depart Iran


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Tour Detail & Price

Duration : 16 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Shiraz-Yazd-Isfahan-Hamedan-Kermanshah-Sanandaj-Takab-Zanjan-Tehran

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation :
Hotels 3&4*

Transport : Plane-Bus-Private Car

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included, mentioned sites in itinerary

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price : 1950 Euros

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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


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