Deserts of Iran 15 Days

Tabiat bridge.steptoiran.comDay 1: Arrive to Tehran. Visit Tehran

Tehran is a young capital for an ancient land. In the middle Ages it was a small settlement and came to prominence in the Safavid era (16th century) as a result of its strategic situation and became Iran's capital in 1795.

The city's older landmarks suffered under the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah. The Shah believed that ancient buildings such as large parts of the Golestan Palace, Takieh-ye Dowlat, the Toopkhaneh Square, the magnificent city fortifications and the old citadel among others should not be part of a modern city. They were systematically destroyed and modern 1950s and 1960s buildings were built in their place.

Tehran bazaar was divided in half and many historic buildings were destroyed in order to build wide straight avenues in the capital. Many excellent examples of Persian Gardens also became targets to new construction projects. The decision to carry these out is presently largely seen as a foolish mistake that hurt the visual fabric and the cultural identity of the city beyond repair. O/N in Tehran. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Golestan Palace

- Grand bazaar

Maranjab desert.steptoiran.comDay 2: Drive to Maranjab Desert via Kashan

Maranjab Desert near the historic city of Kashan is where amateur astronomers congregate and camp to gaze at the stars. It is an exciting astrophotography destination and a perfect place for walking on the moving sand hills and exploring sand patterns.

Maranjab is also a great place for adventure sports and dune bashing is a popular activity there. O/N in Maranjab. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Maranjab Desert

- Fin Garden

Qasre bahram Caravanserai.steptoiran.comDay 3: Drive to Qaser-e Bahram Caravanserai

Qasr-e Bahram Caravanserai is located in Kavir National Park, some 154 kilometers south of the Iranian capital, Tehran. The historical edifice is one of the most important structures of its kind, believed to have been built during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1736). Historians believe the caravanserai was used by Safavid kings during the hunting season and when traveling to the northern regions of Iran. O/N in Desert. Today's Tour includes visiting:

- Qasr-e Bahram Caravanserai

- Central Desert of Iran

Day 4: Drive to Jandagh

The desert scenery is at times stark but small nomadic villages along the way make the journey worth it. O/N in Jandagh. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Jandagh Village

Garmeh-Village.steptoiran.comDay 5: Drive to Garmeh via Mesr

Mesr is in the far east of Isfahan in Central Iran. Mesr is desert and also an oasis located in the central desert of Iran. The central mountain ranges of Iran which are predominantly isolated oasis Type Mountains which run through the desert territory of Iran, are close by. The town's only water source and therefore lifeline comes from a spring that flows out of the foothills of the aforementioned mountains quite close to the heart of the village. This is the only source of life for the gardens and date palm orchards that make this oasis such a special place. Watching sunsets and stars are very encouraged in this region. O/N in Garmeh. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Mesr Village and Desert

- Garmeh Village

Yazd.Steptoiran.comDay 6: Drive to Yazd. Visit Yazd

Visiting the desert city of Yazd on his way to China Marco Polo described it as a good and noble city.According to UNESCO it is one of the oldest towns on earth.

The architecture is perhaps the most traditionally Persian to be found, preserved by the hot, dry climate and spared the devastation of Arab, Mongol and Timurid invasions. Of particular note are the badgers, wind-catchers.

Yazd is also the center of Iran's small remaining Zoroastrian population. There are numerous fire temples and other Zoroastrian places of pilgrimage. O/N in Yazd. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Jameh Mosque

- Towers of Silence

- Amir Chakhmaq Complex

- Zoroastrian Fire Temple

Kerman Bazar.steptoiran.comDay 7: Drive to Kerman. Visit Kerman

Capital of a sparsely populated province far from the rich farmlands and industrial centers, the city is remarkably cosmopolitan and dotted with monuments attesting its place in Iranian history. For centuries the region was an important junction on the caravan routes between Iran and India.

Kerman has suffered repeated invasions and destruction-the last at the hands of the founder of the Qajar Dynasty during his attempt to overthrow the Zand prince. Capturing the city he treated the inhabitants with barbaric cruelty for their support of the prince. O/N in Kerman. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Kerman Bazar

- Ghanjali Khan Complex

Kalouts.Steptoiran.comDay 8: Drive Kaluts of Shahdad Desert via Mahan

Located 100 kilometers from Kerman city, Shahdad Kalouts (yardangs) in Lut Desert consists of a series of tall and small sand structures sculpted by the wind. These structures resemble the buildings of a city and as a result the Kalouts have been nicknamed Kalout city and the desert capital.

Mahan is known as the city of gardens and caravanserais and is famed for its UNESCO registered Bagh-e Shazdeh or Shazdeh Garden, which means Prince's Garden in the Persian language. The garden was built in the late Qajar (1785-1925) era by the then governor of Kerman just outside Mahan.

The city's Shah Nematollah Vali Mausoleum complex, which includes several courtyards and a mosque, is the tomb of a 15th century Sufi master, mystic and poet that attracts countless visitors every year. O/N in Shahdad Desert. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Shah Nematolah Vali

- Shahzadeh Garden

- Shahdad desert

Sirjan Wind Tower.steptoiran.comDay 9: Drive to Shiraz via 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 Shiraz. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sirjan Icehouse

- Chopoqi Wind tower

- Stone Garden

- Two Salt Lakes Maharloo and Bakhtegan

- Jame Mosque of Neyriz

vakil mosque.steptoiran.comDay 10: Visit Shiraz

Renowned for its Persian lyrics, roses, cypresses and nightingales Shiraz is the capital of Fars and one time capital of the empire. Little is known of the city's pre-Islamic past other than that a settlement certainly existed here during the Achaemenid era and that the Sassanian king Ardashir (212-41) held court here.

It became a provincial capital around 693 and by 1044 was said to rival Baghdad in importance as a cultural and artistic center. Its rulers saw the wisdom of tribute and the city was spared by both Mongols and Timur-and these eras become among the most successful in Shiraz's development. Shiraz's modern history is closely associated with the Zand Dynasty when Karimkhan Zand chose it as his capital in 1747-the most famous relics of this era being the Vakil Mosque and the Arg-e-Karim.

Shiraz is also the birthplace of the nation's two greatest poets -Saadi and Hafez who are immortalized here in lovely mausoleums. O/N in Shiraz. Today's tour includes Visiting:

- Tombs of Hafez and Saadi

- Eram Garden

- Vakil Mosque & Bazzar

- Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Ali Ebn-e Hamze holy shrine

persepolis.steptoiran.comDay 11: Drive to Isfahan via Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae

Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, was once known as the richest city under the sun. Persepolis was built by the Achaemenid King Darius I (550-486 BC) and his successors.The compound includes military quarters, the treasury, reception halls and living quarters for Achaemenid kings.

The ruins of Pasargadae, the first dynastical capital of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC), lie northeast of Persepolis, in Fars Province. Pasargadae was the capital and holds the tomb of Cyrus the Great (576-530 BC), who is best remembered for his unprecedented tolerance and magnanimous attitude towards the nations he conquered and for drawing up the first Charter of Human Rights known to man. O/N in Isfahan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

- Pasargadae

Imam mosque.steptoiran.comDay 12: Visit Isfahan

One of the most important historical cities in Iran, it is the country’s third largest city and dates back over 2700 years to a Jewish settlement.It was sacked by the Muslim armies in 640, again by the Mongols in 1241 and then by Timur.

Isfahan's glory came when it was reconstructed by the Safavid monarch Shah Abbas I who moved his capital here in 1591. The monuments from this period include palaces, grand mosques, caravanserais and bridges-many of which are considered masterpieces of Islamic art.

After the overthrow of the Safavid the city fell into decadence as the Qajar moved the capital to Tehran.Isfahan has long been noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Its stunning architecture,tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it the undisputed highlight of Iran's cities. O/N in Isfahan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Imam Square

- Ali Qapu Palace

-Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Chehel Sotun Palace

-Zayandeh River Bridges (Si-o-seh & Khaju Bridges)

vank cathedral.steptoiran.comDay 13: Visit Isfahan

One of the oldest and most important religious structures of Iran, the Jame Mosque of Esfahan 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 Fire Temple during the Buyid era. 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

borojerdi house.steptoiran.comDay 14: Drive to Tehran via Abyaneh Village and Kashan

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 Tehran. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Abyaneh village

- Fin Garden

- Borujedi House

Day 15: Tehran and Depart


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Tour Detail & Price

Duration : 15 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran, Maranjab, Ghasr-e Bahram, Jandagh,Yazd, Kerman, Shiraz, Esfahan, Abyaneh, Kashan, Tehran

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch

Accommodation : Local Accommodations, Hotels

Transport : Chartered Bus, Private Car

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price : please contact us

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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.

Special Tour
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!

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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