Persian Paradise 18 Days

Day 1: Arrive toTehran. 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

azadi tower.steptoiran.comDay 2: Visit Tehran

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 Qeshm.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sa'ad Abad Complex

- Azadi Tower

stars valley.steptoiran.comDay 3: Fly to Qeshm Island

Located between the opening of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, Qeshm Island is Iran's second free trade zone and a unique tourism hub. Qeshm has semi-equatorial climate and is hot and humid most of the year. The island experiences pleasant falls, mild winters and springs, and very hot summers.

One of the largest islands in the world, Qeshm boasts numerous natural, historical, religious and trade attractions. The Portuguese Castle built by Portuguese commander Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1507, the Bibi Ab-Anbar (cistern), the historical Laft Port where the Lanj boats used by the inhabitants of southern Iran to sail, trade and fish on the Persian Gulf are made and the Achaemenid era (550-330 BC) Gooran Dam are some of the historical attractions of Qeshm.

The island has several villages that are unique in their culture, costumes and nature. Konarsiah Village is where visitors can explore local traditions and taste local delicacies and Shibderaz Village is where Hawksbill turtles hatch.

Tourists or those visiting the island on business can enjoy recreational activities such as fishing, horseback riding, auto racing and water sports or rejuvenate at Qeshm natural spas. With its beautiful sunsets and its sensational historic attractions, Qeshm can be a perfect tourist destination for those seeking a truly memorable experience of the Middle East.O/N in Qeshm. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Chah Kouh Valley

- Kharbas Caves

Qeshm Island.steptoiran.comDay 4: Visit Qeshm

The Valley of Stars is one of Qeshm Island's numerous coral-covered mountains. Locals believe that a star once fell down to Earth here creating interesting shapes in the sands and rocks that are still visible today. Legend has it that the valley is haunted and locals therefore avoid this valley at night.

The Hara Forests or Mangrove Forests, dominated by saltwater trees known as the Avicenna marina, are among the natural wonders of Qeshm. The trees, which grow as high as three to eight meters and have external roots, are often submerged at high tide. Home to some 10 species of migratory tropical birds, the trees have bright green leaves and bear sweet almond-like fruit from mid-July to August.

The Naz Islands are located in the eastern part of Qeshm Island. At the time of the ebb, it is possible to walk on soft and wet sands of the connection way between these islands and Qeshm. These islands have a variety of oysters, corals, colorful fishes and sea birds. O/N in Qeshm. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Stars Valley

- Hara Forests

- Naz Islands

qeisarieh bazar-lar.steptoiran.comDay 5: Drive to Shiraz via Larestan and Sarvestan

Lar is a city in and the capital of Larestan County, Fars Province, Iran. The city was originally called Lad after the person who had first established the city. Lad is the name of one of Shahnameh's famous heroes. Around 16th and 17th centuries, Lar was considered to be a major stop along the road to the Persian Gulf. Larestani people migrated to Arab states in the Persian Gulf, such as the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait in the 1600s. They have surname as "Lari".

Lar city is divided into two areas: new-city (called Shahre-jadid) and old-city (called Shahre-ghadim). New-city, which was constructed after the historical earthquake of 1960, now accommodates the main population and is considered to be modern in terms of civil and transport engineering (e.g. dead-ends are very rare). The Old city contains the Bazaar of Qaisariye, a pre-Safavid dynasty creation that was proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on August 9, 2007. O/N in Shiraz. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Qaisariye Bazar

- Sasan Palace in Sarvestan

vakil mosque2.steptoiran.comDay 6: 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

- Saadi Tomb

- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh Shrine

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

- Qoran Gate

persepolis4.steptoiran.comDay 7: An excursion to Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae

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.

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 Shiraz. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

- Pasargadae

dehdasht old city.steptoiran.comDay 8: Drive to Yasuj. Visit Yasuj

Yasuj is a city in and the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. Yasuj is an industrial city in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran. The people of Yasuj speak Luri dialect of Persian. Bashar River flows through the city which is situated at the foot of the Zagros Mountain range and 20-kilometers from the snow-capped Mount Dena which is considered one of the most challenging climbs in Iran.

The area of Yasuj has been settled since as early as the Bronze Age. Findings include the Martyrs Hills (dating from 3rd millennium BC), the Khosravi Hill from the Achaemenian period, the ancient site of Gerd, the Pataveh Bridge, and the Pay-e Chol cemetery. Yasuj is the place where Alexander III of Macedon and his Macedonian forces stormed the Persian Gates and fought themselves a way into the Persian heartland (331 BC).

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

- Yasuj Waterfall

- Cheshmeh Belqeis Garden

- Old City of Dehdasht

sar agha seyed.steptoiran.comDay 9: Drive to Shahrekord. Visit Shahrekord

Shahr-e Kord in central Iran is the capital of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province where a great percentage of the country's nomad tribes live. Shahr-e Kord is famous for its natural beauty, cold winters, waterfalls and rivers. Shahr-e Kord is the Iran's highest capital city at 2,070 m (6,790 ft) above the sea level. This led to be known as 'Roof of Iran'. Its weather is dry, cold in winter and mild in summer. The town has a ski resort (Bardeh) located about 35 km (22 mi) away and several natural lagoons and small lakes for outdoor relaxation

Based on archeological finds the history of human settlement in the region goes back to 9,000 years ago. In antiquity, before the Islamic occupation of Persia, it had been called "Dezh Gord". The word Dezh means fortress and the word Gord means "Hero". After the Muslim conquest of Persia and the supremacy of the Arabic language, its name was changed to Deh Kord, because the arabic alphabet lacks the letters "zh" and "g" .The name of the city was changed from "Deh Kord" to "Shahr-e-Kord" in 1935.O/N in Shahrekord.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Chaleshtar Historical Complex

- Sar Aqa Seyyed Village

chelgerd ski resort.steptoiran.comDay 10: Visit Bakhtiari nomads or skiing

If you are traveling to Iran in fall and winter, you can go for skiing to Chelgerd skiing resort. Located in the Zagros Mountain range, Chelgerd Ski Resort is one of the oldest in the country. With an altitude of 4,221 meters above sea level and an 800-meter vertical drop, Chelgerd Ski Resort enjoys heavy snow during the fall and winter. The ski season at this resorts starts in November and continues until March. The resort has a ski school, accommodation for visitors as well as restaurants where skiers can dine after a day on the slopes.

If you are visiting Iran in spring and summer, you can visit Bakhtiari Nomads.The Bakhtiyari tribe is composed of the clans living in the mountainous regions between the Chaharmahal, Fars, Khuzistan and Lurestan provinces. The tribe is divided into two separate branches: Haft Gang and Chahar Gang. The former consists of 55 and the latter of 24 clans. The Arabian and Lur clans mix together in the Bakhtiari tribe. The Bakhtiari tribe is also called the Great Lur. The Bakhtiari tribe, which numbers more than 800,000, inhabits an area of approximately 67,000 sq. km (25,000 sq. mi) that straddles the central Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although only about a third of the tribe is nomadic, the nomads embody the Bakhtiari cultural ideals. Their production of carpets have increased at the start of the 19th century. This region is known for having very luxurious wool that produces excellent carpets. O/N in Shahrekord. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Chelgerd ski resort

- Bakhtiari Nomads

Imam Mosque2.steptoiran.comDay 11: Drive to Isfahan. Visit Isfahan

A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Esfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Esfahan, 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 Isfahsn.Today's tour includes:

- Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan Square)

- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Imam Mosque

- Aliqapu Palace

- Chehel Sutoon Palace

- Hasht Behesht Palace

- Bazaar

Vank cathedral2.steptoiran.comDay 12: 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

Borojerdi House1.steptoiran.comDay 13: Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh

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 kashan. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Abyaneh Village

- Fin Garden

- Tabatabaee House

- Borjerdi House

Central desert of iran.steptoiran.comDay 14: Visit Central desert of Iran

Dasht-e Kavir is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau. With a total surface area of about 77,600 km2, making it the Earth's 23rd largest desert. The area of this desert stretches from the Alborz mountain range in the north-west to the Dasht-e Lut in the south-east and is partitioned between the Iranian provinces of Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd.

The Dasht-e Kavir's climate is arid and receives little rain and snow each year. However, the surrounding mountains on all side, provide plenty of runoff to create vast seasonal lakes, marshlands and playas. The desert soil is covered with sand and pebbles; there are marshes, seasonal lakes and seasonal river beds. The hot temperatures cause extreme vaporization, which leaves the marshes and mud grounds with large crusts of salt. Heavy storms frequently occur and they can cause sand hills reaching up to 40 m in height. Some parts of Dasht- e Kavir have a more steppe-like appearance.O/N in desert.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Noush Abad underground city

- Visiting Desert and Salt lake

holy shrine of khomeini.steptoiran.comDay 15: Drive to Ramsar via Ayatollah Khomeini holy shrine

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea. It is in an endorheic basin which is located between Europe and Asia. It is bounded to the northeast by Kazakhstan, to the northwest by Russia, to the west by Azerbaijan, to the south by Iran, and to the southeast by Turkmenistan.

The Caspian Sea lies to the east of the Caucasus Mountains and to the west of the vast steppe of Central Asia. Its northern part, the Caspian Depression, is one of the lowest points on Earth. The ancient inhabitants of its coast perceived the Caspian Sea as an ocean, probably because of its saltiness and large size. It has a salinity of approximately 1.2% (12 g/l), about a third of the salinity of most seawater. O/N in Ramsar. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini

- Caspian Sea

ramsar palace.steptoiran.comDay 16: Visit Ramsar and Caspian Sea

Known as the bride of Iranian cities, Ramsar is the westernmost city in Mazandaran, which borders the Caspian Sea in the north, Tonekabon in the east and Gilan Province in the west. The city, which connects the Caspian provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, has Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and cool and humid winters.

One of the greenest cities of Mazandaran Province, Ramsar is a popular sea resort for Iranians, offering visitors hot springs, a view of the green forests of the Alborz Mountains, access to the Caspian coast, and the ancient ruins of Markouh Castle. The hot mineral springs located at the heart of this city have therapeutic properties and are said to benefit those suffering from rheumatism, skin disorders and joint pain. Javaher Deh Village is one of the popular natural attractions of the city. O/N in Ramsar. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Cable Car

- Ramsar Palace

- Ramsar Old Hotel

heshtel tower.steptoiran.comDay 17: Drive to Tehran via Amol

The ancient city of Amol lies between Mahmoud Abad in the north, Babolsar in the northeast, Babol in the east and Nour in the west. The city has Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and cool and humid winters.

Amol is one of the oldest cities in Mazandaran dating back to the time of the Amards, who settled in the area before the Aryans and Parthian Empire (247 BC-224 CE). Some accounts associate Amol with the Pishdadian, the first Aryan dynasty mentioned in Ferdowsi's magnum opus, the Shahnameh and Persian mythology.

Locals believe that legendary hero Arash the Archer, who shot an arrow from Mount Damavand to mark the new border between the warring Iran and Touran, hailed from this city. It is said the arrow shot by Arash traveled all morning and reached the banks of the Oxus River in Central Asia at noon and this river became the border between Iran and Touran for centuries. Legend has it that Arash, who had used all his strength to strain the bow and shoot his arrow as far as possible, fell to his death upon releasing his bow.

Amol is home to the Kalleh Dairy Company which is responsible for one of the most popular brands of ice-cream and cheese in the country. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Heshtel Towers

- Fire Temple

- Malek Bahman Castle

Day 18: depart Iran

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 : 18 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Shiraz-Yasuj-Shahrekord-Isfahan-Kashan-Ramsar-Amol

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch

Accommodation :

Transport : Car,Van,Bus

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included for mentioned places

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price :
Budget: 1570 Euro
Standard:2350 Euro

Best Seasons :
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter




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