Iran in brief
Your Flight will be landed in IKA (Imam Khomeini airport) in Tehran. From now on, we host you during your trip in Iran. Our representative brings you to hotel for check-in and rest.
This is the first day visit of Iran. In the morning, we get out of the hotel and drive to the center, the historical part of the city. Our first place of visit is “Golestan palace”. Golestan palace is a complex consists of several palaces which are all gathered to form the Golestan palace. This colorful tiled building has been used for so many important events in the past by previous kings and queens.
Taking a few steps, we find ourselves in hearth of “the Grand Bazaar”, one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. Visiting the oldest bazaar of Tehran would definitely sound awesome. Regarding its traditional architecture, a superb visual pleasure is provided for its visitors.
“Treasury of National Jewels” is our next stop. Here at the national jewelry museum you would not take your eyes off from one valuable object to another. The treasury of national museum is not just a museum in Tehran; it is among top 10 museums of the world with so many historical and valuable jewelries from hundreds of years ago. Every piece has been collected from different part of the world.
In the evening (not obligated), “Tabiat Bridge” show us a great view of Tehran. The multilevel, sculptural pedestrian bridge, designed by Iranian architect Leila Araghian, is a fun space to relax and, in good weather, it provides superb views of the north Tehran skyline.
Get back to hotel for rest.
Enough for Tehran; we will check-out and drive to “half of the world” (what’s Isfahan famous for). But en-route, we cannot miss Kashan city.
The first place is “Tabatabaies house”, Tabatabaies house which known as the bride of the historic houses of Iran, was built in 1835 for the affluent Tabatabaei family. The head of the family, Seyed Jafar Tabatabaei, a carpet merchant, built this house in the name of his wife.
Not far from the house, “Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse” is located. Built in the 16th century, the bathhouse today serves as a tourist attraction, rather than its primal purpose. The objective of the bathhouse was not only to promote cleanliness, but also to be a place for relaxation, discussions and even praying. A prototype of a modern spa center!
The next place is “Fin garden”. Registered as UNESCO world heritage, Fin garden will show you the beauty of the Persian gardens. Designed for Shah Abbas I in the 16th century, this delightful garden with its symbolical proportions, old cedars and splendid weather will stun you.
Our last stop will be in red soil village of “Abyaneh”. It is one of the top three villages in Iran attracting visitors from across the world. It is famous for its living traditions and interesting architecture. All the houses in Abyaneh are built with red mud bricks, giving the village a very special look.
We continue our way through Isfahan for check-in and rest.
Not wasting the time, we start exploring Isfahan from ”Naqsh-e Jahan square” (UNESCO world heritage) and all the buildings located in its corners including ”Imam Mosque” (also registered as UNESCO world heritage), ”Sheikh Lotfollah mosque”, ”Ali Qapu” and ”traditional Bazaar”.
It was laid out in 1602 under the reign of the Safavid ruler, Shah Abbas the Great, to signal the importance of Esfahan as a capital of a powerful empire. Cross the square on a clear winter’s day and it’s a hard heart that isn’t entranced by its beauty.
The name means ‘pattern of the world’ and it was designed to showcase the finest jewels of the Safavid empire – the incomparable Masjed-e Shah, the elegant Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah and the lavishly decorated Kakh-e Ali Qapu and Qeysarieh Portal.
After a half-day sightseeing of the square, Jolfa (the Armenian quarter) and its “Vank church” is our must see.
The church is a masterpiece for its architecture. Once you step on the church, clays and bricks will show you the great combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture. Certainly, it’s a way to show the mixed culture and the symbiotic circle that stood for four more than 400 hundred years in Julfa.
Back to hotel and rest in the evening.
We can’t stay anymore in Isfahan. The next city to explore is Shiraz and the first place to stop is the well-known “Perspolis”. One of the great wonders of the ancient world, it was conceived by Darius the Great who, in 520 BC, inherited the responsibility for ruling the world’s first known empire founded by his predecessor, Cyrus the Great.
On our next stop, the spectacular rock tombs called “Necropolis” will be visited. The tombs are believed to be for Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I although historians are still debating this.
Then, we continue our way to Shiraz for check-in and rest.
Not wasting time, we start exploring Shiraz city from ”Nasir-ol-Molk mosque”, the most photographic mosque of Iran, Step on mosque to see the pink and the beauty of the Iranian architecture. It is known as the “Pink Mosque” because of the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.
A few minutes from the mosque, one of the most famous buildings of Zand kings and Shiraz is located. “Karim Khan castle”, this burly fortress was part of the royal court that Karim Khan hoped would rival Esfahan and because of that its design is a combination of military and residential architecture.
“Narenjestan Ghavam” is the next. Narenjestan Ghavam or Qavam house is one of the most beautiful and praised garden of Iran. Built during Qajar era (about hundred years ago) by Qavam family who were among the political figures of Shiraz, the place was for residence of the whole family and the office for administrating purpose.
“Eram garden” is the next garden but still have a lot to offer. Called as “a piece of the heaven, it has the form of well-known Persian garden. It should be noted that the word “Eram” is the Persian version of the Arabic word “Iran” which means heaven in Islam’s holiest of books, the Quran.
Not enough for Shiraz? “Hafez tomb” is not obligated in the evening but is definitely a must see. Iranians have a saying that every home must have two things: First the Quran and then Hafez collection. There’s no better place to know about this great figure of Iran poetry history.
No more time left; we have to get back to Tehran and then transfer to the IKA for departure.
Fly back to home.