TOUR OF IRAN, SHIRAZ TO TEHRAN BY ROAD
PLANNED FOR MAJID’S PARTY/AUSTRALIA/04-18 APRIL, 2020 
DETAILED ITINERARY FOR 14-NIGHT/15-DAY TOUR OF IRAN
 
 

DAY 01 (Sat. April 04):  DUBAI-SHIRAZ 

Depart Dubai by EK2092 at 09.55, arriving in Shiraz at 11.50; meet and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. After some rest and lunch, half-day visits in Shiraz to include Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar; afterwards visit Tomb of Hafez, overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 02 (Sun. April 05): SHIRAZ

Full-day city tour of Shiraz to visit some of the famous gardens of this city of “roses and nightingales”, including the Eram Garden, the pink tiled 19th-century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, the Madrassa Khan (Theological School), to have interaction with teachers and students, the Qajar-period Narenjestan Garden/House, the Ibn-e-Hamzeh Shrine and if time permits Tomb of Saadi; overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 03 (Mon. April 06): SHIRAZ-ABARKOOH

Drive to Perseplis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire; also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs (also Achaemenid); plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs (including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian); continue to Pasargadae the site of the simple, but impressive, tomb of Cyrus the Great (Founder of the Persian Empire), and the remains of his palaces; onto Abarkooh for overnight stay.

 

DAY 04 (Tue. April 07):  ABARKOOH-YAZD

Drive to Yazd, en route stop in the township of Taft (designed a village until recently) which has retained part of its traditional charm, and constructions from as early as the 15th century can still be seen. Taft has long been home to Zoroastrians and their fire temples; Taft was also home to the 15th-century mystical leader Shah Ne’matollah Vali, ho built a Kanaqah (monastery) there; continue to Yazd for overnight stay.   

 

DAY 05 (Wed. April 08):  YAZD

Full day sightseeing in the newly listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic City of Yazd and the centre for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community. On this day you will visit one of the two abandoned Zoroastrian Towers of Silence (called a Dakhma, a wide tower with a platform open to the sky), dating back to the 18th century, where until some 50-60 years ago dead bodies were left on the platform to be picked clean by birds; also visit the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for about 1500 years. Among Yazd’s Islamic sites are the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.) with the highest portal and minarets in Iran and the Mirchachmagh Maidan and Mosque. Other notable Islamic monuments in the old Fahadan area of Yazd are the Seljuk shrine dedicated to the Twelve Shi’ite Imams (currently under restoration); and the old Ziaieyeh Madrassa, popularly known as Zendan-e-Eskander or Alexandar’s Prison. There are also many beautiful old houses in Yazd, among them, the Dowlat-Abad Garden, with an 18th century feudal hexagonal house and the highest ‘badguir’ (wind-catcher) in Iran. Also visit the very interesting Yazd Water Museum, located in a restored mansion; overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 06 (Thu. April 09)YAZD/EXCURSION TO CHAK CHAK & MEYBOD

Full day excursion to Ardakan which has a lot of historical religious attractions such as the Grand Mosque of Ardakan (Masjed-e Jame’), Zire-deh Mosque, Emam-Zadeh Mir Seyyed Mohammad; this region is one of the Zoroastrian centres of Iran, and there are numerous holy sites for Zoroastriansthe there; onto Zoroastrian Pilgrimage cave/temple of Pir-Banu at Chak Chak near Ardakan; Chak Chak is a very small cliff side village and is famed for being the most important Zoroastrian mountain shrine. There is a yearly celebration from June 14-18 where many Zoroastrians from India and Iran come for a pilgrimage. The translation of Chak Chak in Farsi literally means 'Drip Drip'. This is due to an ancient legend where a princess prayed to a Zoroastrian god to help her hide from an invading Arab army. Also visit Meybod, another ancient desert town with some interesting sites to offer, among them a 17th century  caravanserai, a postal station, a traditional ice house, and pottery workshops; return to Yazd for overnight stay.

 

DAY 07 (Fri. April 10)YAZD-NA’IN-VARZANEH

Drive to Varzaneh, en-route stop over first at Na’in a charming desert town, halfway between Yazd and Isfahan, to visit the 10th century Friday Mosque, with a walk through the old part of the town; on to Varzaneh which was the last civilization on the Zayanderud river since 5000 years ago; Varzaneh is famous regionally and all over the world for its spectacular desert, which ranked as one of the most accessible deserts of Iran; stay overnight in Varzaneh.

 

DAY 08 (Sat. April 11)VARZANEH-ISFAHAN

Spend more time in Varzaneh and drive to Isfahan. After check in and some rest general city tour of Isfahan to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol, also spend some time in Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, stay overnight in Isfahan.

 

DAY 09 (Sun. April 12):  ISFAHAN

Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources; first stop will be the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank; in the afternoon visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, with several sites (the Ali-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, from where the Safavid Kings watched polo games, and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Shah – with magnificent architecture and tilework); also visit ‘Zurkhaneh’ (House of Strength) to watch a performance of traditional sports with a cultural/religious connotation, overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 10 (Mon. April 13):  ISFAHAN

Another full day of sightseeing in Isfahan to include a visit to the magnificent Friday Mosque, with the famous Uljaitu Mihrab (Prayer Niche) of the Il-Khanid period; the Friday Mosque is considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian religious architecture and is truly one of the world’s greatest mosques. From here drive to the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century; its twenty wooden columns reflected in the surface of the pool give rise to its name ‘The Palace of Forty Columns’. The final stop of the day is at the Hasht Behesht pavilion built in 1670 by Shah Solayman and known as the Pavilion of Eight Paradises or the Palace of Nightingales. This small but intricate building is set amongst tree-lined alleys, a reflecting pool and water rills; finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops and workshops, including Tile Workshop, displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous; also visit to Music Museum and attend performance of traditional musicians (if open); overnight stay at hotel.

  

DAY 11 (Tue. April 14):  ISFAHAN-KASHAN

Morning drive to Kashan, first stop will be the charming town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex (Friday Mosque/Monastery/Tomb of Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani); continue to the village of Abyaneh, hidden in Karkas Mountains, an Iranian Cultural Heritage site, and a charming traditional village, and enjoy walking in this ancient village which was one of the last places in Iran which surrendered to Islam. The people of Abyaneh have preserved their ancient culture and traditions over the centuries, and still wear their traditional colourful dress; onto Kashan for an overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 12 (Wed. April 15):  KASHAN-TEHRAN

Visits in Kashan to include the historical garden of Fin which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. This beautiful garden was expanded by the Zand and Qajar monarchs, with many open pavilions added. You will also visit a fine example of a 19th century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House with its beautiful stucco dome and inlaid mirror work, with some of the best examples of existing “badguirs” (wind-catchers); continue to Tehran with a brief stop in Qom, the most religious city of Iran and visit the outer courts of Hazrat-e-Masumeh Shrine; onto Tehran for overnight stay in Tehran.

 

DAY 13 (Thu. April 16): TEHRAN

A full day of visits to Tehran’s major museums to include Iran’s National Museum: the Archaeological, displaying an authenticated collection of pre-historic and ancient artefacts with pottery dating back to 6-7 millennium B.C.; and the Islamic with a unique collection of artefacts, manuscripts, silver and bronze objects and tiles from different post-Islamic periods in Iran, displayed on three floors; the Golestan Palace/Museum Complex, built by Fath-Ali Shah of the Qajar Dynasty, dating from the 18th to the early 20th century, to visit the Marble Throne Hall, the Ethnographic Museum and the Shams-ol-Emareh (Sun) building, with a walk around the garden to enjoy the beautiful tile-covered walls and buildings; and also visit the Carpet Museum, with an extensive collection of old Persian carpets and rugs from the major carpet-weaving centers of Iran; overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 14 (Fri. April 17): TEHRAN

Full day visits to include the Sa’ad Abad Palace, the former residence of the ex-Royal Family of Iran, where many of the old palaces have been converted into museums, such as the White and Green Palaces; from here go to the Niavaran Palace Complex which is a historical complex situated in the northern part of Tehran. It consists of several buildings and a museum. The main Niavaran Palace, completed in 1968, was the primary residence of the last Shah and his family until the Islamic Revoloution. In the afternoon spend some time in Water & Fire Park and see the award-winning Pol-e-Tabiat (Nature Bridge). Pol-e-Tabiat has become a favourite outing place for locals in the late afternoon/early evening and is being called the third symbol of Tehran. The bridge has three layers, including one level for cafes, another for walking, running and biking, and a third platform for viewing the highway below, or the Alborz Mountains; stay overnight in Tehran. 

 

DAY 15 (Sat. April 18): TEHRAN-DUBAI

In the morning transfer to airport for departure flight.

 

 

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This tour provides an opportunity for Western travellers to experience all the architecture, art and culture of the ancient country of Iran, with convenience and peace of mind provided by an all-inclusive package, and the guidance of local, native Farsi speakers. Your host is Majid, who is an expatriate Persian, living in Australia, who also speaks excellent English.
 
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Majid Mirmohamadi +61412378798
 
Email: info@majidcarpets.com

 

   

TESTIMONIAL

 

 I am so glad I didn’t cancel my trip to Iran. I had been worried about going because of Australian government warnings, because of the floods, and because of the general negative media, we seem to come across in the west regarding Iran. But my good neighbour Majid encouraged me and told how warm friendly and vibrant the people were, and what an amazing trip it would be - not to mention the very reasonable costs.
 
From the moment we arrived in Shiraz, I was amazed by how up-to-date the infrastructure was. In some cases, the roads are better than ours in Australia. The big eye-opener, however, was history and architecture. We visited ancient Persepolis and saw how the ancient Persian Empire was once so powerful, as seen in monumental palaces still standing.
 
I was also surprised how the stunning mosques are open for all to see. The colour and geometry in such a grand scale are truly unforgettable, and as with everywhere in Iran, the people were very hospitable. From Shiraz to Isfahan - the Paris of Persia, and on to the ancient desert city Yazd with it's still functioning Zoroastrian temples and caravanserai of the ancient silk road, Iran is an exotic experience.
 
The food was great, and it was fantastic having such a knowledgeable guide in Alireza. Everything was covered; I paid one price at the beginning and then hardly opened my wallet again.
 
I would highly recommend a trip to Iran to anyone, and so easy with a personalised guide.
 
Arthur Schmidt 25.04.2019