Nomads of Iran 10 Days

Day 1: Arrive 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, which bustling with life during the day and peacefully calm at night, is the center of cultural, educational, economic, political and social activities and a place home to countless historical mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples.

Tehran may be the city of high-rise buildings, chic restaurants, gardens, graffiti art and lights that shine bright in the dark of the night but it's the warmth and hospitality of its inhabitants and the diversity of its lifestyle that forever captures the hearts of visitors. O/N in Tehran. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Golestan Palace

- Bazar

- Jewels Museum

- Archeological Museum

Day 2: Drive to Isfahan. En route visit Kashan

Kashan is the epitome of all that is essentially Persian-a city of mosques and caravanserai; carpets and ceramics; bazaars and stately gardens. It is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran.

Archaeologically the area has been shown to have been inhabited since the 4th millennium BC, however Kashan does not appear in written history until the Seljuk period (1051-1220). One story sites Kashan as the place from which the Magi (wise men of Christian legend) set out. O/N in Esfahan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Fin Garden

- Borujedi House

- Tabatabai House

Day 3: Visit Isfahan

Due to its strategic location, Isfahan was an important military center in ancient Persia.Later, the city was chosen as the capital of the Safavid (1501-1736) dynasty and became a place where various cultures and nationalities met and merged. During its golden age in the 17th century, Isfahan was considered bigger than London, more cosmopolitan than Paris, and grander than the fabled Istanbul.

Known as the City of Turquoise Domes for its beautiful mosques, which sparkled like gems along the Silk Road, Isfahan was where Islamic architecture achieved excellence and influenced the design of mosques throughout Asia. O/N in Isfahan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Imam Square

- Ali Qapu Palace

- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Chehel Sotun Palace

- Vank Cathedral

- Zayandeh River Bridges

Day 4-5: Drive to Shahr-e kord. Visit Bakhtiari Nomads

Despite hardships and obstacles, Iran still has about 1 million 300 000 nomads and the Bakhtiari are one of the 700 nomadic pastoralist groups in the country. Their name derives from the Persian "bakht" meaning "chance" and "yar" meaning "companion", to be best translated as "bearer of good luck". The Bakhtiari is a southwestern Persian nomadic tribe, and a subgroup of the Lurs. They speak the Bakhtiari dialect, a southwestern Iranian dialect, belonging to the Lurish language.

Bakhtiaris primarily inhabit Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari and eastern Khuzestan, Lorestan, Bushehr, and Isfahan. In Khuzestan, Bakhtiari tribes are concentrated primarily in the eastern part of the province.

A small percentage of Bakhtiari are still nomadic pastoralists, migrating between summer quarters and winter quarters. Numerical estimates of their total population vary widely.O/N in Shahre-kord. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Bakhtiari Nomad village visit

- Atabakan mosque

- Imamzadeh Khatoon

Day 6: Drive to Yasuj

The city of Yasuj in southwestern Iran is the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province and home to various nomadic tribes. Surrounded by thick oak, Persian turpentine and maple forests, Yasuj has continentally-influenced Mediterranean climate and experiences high annual snow and rainfall.

The name Yasuj is believed to mean the 'place where jasmine flowers grow in abundance' in the local dialect. The city has come to be known as the Nature Capital of Iran because of its lush vegetation, fertile soil and scenic waterfalls.

Yasuj's natural attractions include Sisakht planes, where according to legend 30 Persian braves fell in battel, Tamoradi Canyon with its springs and 15-meter waterfall, Mishi Spring, Ganjeyi Canyon, Yasuj Waterfall and Yasuj Forest Park. O/N in Yasuj. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Yasuj Waterfall

Day 7: Drive to Shiraz. Visit Qashqai Nomads

Qashqai nomads are a conglomeration of clans of Turkic ethnic origins. They mainly live in Fras and Isfahan provinces, especially around the city of Shiraz and Firuz Abad in Fars. After assimilation politics since Pahlavi, almost all of them are bilingual, speaking the Qashqai language - which is a member of the Turkic family of languages and which they call Turki - as well as (in formal use) the Persian language. The majority of Qashqai people were originally nomadic pastoralists and some remain so today. The traditional nomadic Qashqai travelled with their flocks each year from the summer highland pastures north of Shiraz roughly 480 km or 300 miles south to the winter pastures on lower (and warmer) lands near the Persian Gulf, to the southwest of Shiraz. The majority, however, have now become partially or wholly sedentary. The trend towards settlement has been increasing markedly since the 1960s.

On our way to Shiraz we stop to visit a Qashqai settlement. These nomads are Iran's largest group of nomadic pastoralists who travel with their flocks each year. O/N in Shiraz. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Qashqai Nomad village

Day 8: Visit Persepolis, Neropolis & Shiraz

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:

- Half day tour of Persepolis and Necropolis

- Hafez Tomb

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil Bazar

Day 9: Visit Shiraz the drive to Firuz Abad

Another excursion outside of Shiraz takes us to ancient city of Firuz Abad. Built in the 3rd century BC by the founder of the Sassanian Empire but today a Qasqai farming town, there are still a few remains of the old ruins to explore. O/N in Shiraz. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Nasiralmolk Mosque (pink mosque)

- Ardashir's Palace

- Qashqai Nomad village

Day 10: Fly to Tehran and Depart

A morning flight to Tehran and you are free to depart.

Note:

The tour prices are for each person in DBL room. The SNG supplement is 15% of the whole tour and the DBL room with extra services is cheaper.


Tour Detail & Price


Duration : 10 Days

Min Group Size : 1

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran, Kashan, Natanz, Isfahan, Shahr-e kord, Yasuj, Shiraz, Tehran

Meals : Breakfas,1 Dinner

Accommodation : Hotels

Transport : Chartered bus,Private car, Flight

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included for mentioned places

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price : 750 Euros per person

Rates for solo travellers:
1530 Euros Per 1 person
920 Euros Per 2 people
835 Euros Per 3 people

Best Seasons :
Spring
Summer
Fall




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