Day 1: Mashed
Arrival at Mashed by Turkish airlines . You will be met and transferred to your hotel O/N Mashed Tara 4 star
Day 2: Mashed –Toos – Torbat Jam -Torbat Hydarieh
Morning toward Toos to visit the tomb and very famous sculptures of Iranian heroic Zoroastrians. There we will be introduced to aspects of Zoroastrian philosophy in a poem by Firdowsi once renowned poet of ancient times. We then proceed to Torbat Jam where we can find several places of antiquity.These include the mazar (tomb) of Sheikh Ahmad Jami and Prince Ghasem Anvar. Then proceed to Torbat Hydarieh the name which translated means the Burial Place of Heydar .Qotboddin Heydar was a Sufi mystic whose tomb we shall see in the heart of the city. O/N Torbat Hydarieh Kowsar hotel 3 star
Day 3 : Torbat Hydarieh – Nyshbor –Sabzvar
Morning to Neyshabour the old city ruined during the Mongolian invasion. We will visit old gardens and ruins and will visit the tomb of Attaar the most esteemed sufi poet of Iran in 11 AD He was killed in an attack. Then visit the mausoleum of Omar Khyam the famous poet and continue to Sabzavar The history of Sabzevar goes back to the 1st millennium BC. Ancient remains include the fire-temple ‘Azarbarzin’ the remains of which are still visible O/N Sabzavar Johangardi hotel 3 star
Day 4 : Sabzvar -Bastam –Shahroud –Tehran
We will visit Bastam a town which was built in the year 1120 C.E. The Village of Kharaqan is located 12 kilometers from Bastam and was a village of importance during the 14th and the 15th centuries. The tomb of Abul-Hassan Kharaqani, who is one of the most famous Arefs (mystics) of the Sufi groups of the 12th century, is located in this village. The brick building with its dome dates to the 12th century .We pass Dameghan site of the oldest mosque in Iran and after seeing the bazaar there continue to Tehran O/N Tehran Asareh 4 star
Day5 : Tehran
Morning visit the Saadabad Palavce complex Museum. This group of eighteen palaces used to be the summer residence of the last Shah. We will visit some of these magnificent palaces which are now museums, and walk through the beautiful surrounding gardens. In the afternoon we commence with the National Architecture Museum where artifacts from 7000 years ago will provide a good introduction to Persian history. O/ N Tehran Asareh 4 star
Day 6: Tehran –Kashan –Isfahan
This morning we drive to the 7000 years old city of Kashan. There we visit the world renouned Fin Gardens followed by a visit to the bazaar where we will visit carpet weaving manufacturers then drive to Isfahan . In the afternoon visit a Zoroestrian house in Isfahan O/N Isfahan Setareh hotel 3 star
Day 7: Isfahan
Isfahan is the “jewel in the crown” of ancient Persia. In the morning we visit the huge central square which boasts of many 16th century masterpieces of architecture. These include the Imam Mosque , the Ali Qapu palace, and the Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) Mosque. Later we visit the Chehel Setoon (forty columns reception palace) of the Saffavids and we continue on to the Selnjuk period exquisite Jumeh Mosque which dates back to the Seljuk invasion times. Time permitting we shall visit the Armenian quarter with its Vank Cathedral and museum in the Julfa area. Time has been allotted to allow for shopping in the extensive Isfahan bazaar. O/N Isfahan.
Day 8: Isfahan –Yazd
Our journey today takes us to Yazd via the ancient city of Nain. Famed for its fine carpets Nain is today an interesting centre where camel hair weavers in subterranean workshops are an attraction. On arrival in Yazd we visit a Zoroastrian fire temple and also the water museum where the qanat system of water transfer is well documented. The Friday Mosque will be visited and a walk through the mud plastered alleyways with their “badgirs” (cooling towers) adds further interest to this ancient city. We will also have the chance to see the Dakhmeh platforms which are the burial or rather disposal sites of the dead. O/N Yazd.
Day 09: Yazd – Chak Chak – Yazd
After breakfast drive via El Abad village to the desert town of Chak Chak. We have lunch in Chak Chak and free time for prayer and sightseeing . On returning to Yazd we will visit a Zorkhaneh which is an ancient Persian institution devoted to athletic sport and religious fervour.. O/N in Yazd.
Day 10 : Yazd –Pasargadae –Shiraz (540 KM ,7 hours with visit en route )
In the morning drive to Shiraz via the desert town of Abarqu claimed . There we pause to see a huge cyprus tree claimed to to be more than 4000 years old.. Much of this old town is constructed of sun dried mud bricks and this included to tall cone shaped structures called yakhchals whose function was to store snow and ice during winter monthds to provide cooling facilities during the hot summers. Further south we reach the northern part of the Zagros Mountains and in the fertile elevated plain of dasht-e morgabi we stop at Pasagarde site of Cyrus the greats capital and where his tomb now stands. Continue on through mountain scenery to Shiraz. O/N in Shiraz.
Day 11 : Shiraz –Persepolis –Shiraz
Travel to Persepolis the huge 12 hectares ceremonial capital of the Achemenians (545 BC t) then continue on to to Naqhsh-e Rostam tombs of the Achemenian kings .In the afternoon sightseeing in Shiraz includes visits to the Quran Gate , the garden mausoleums of 12th and 13th century poets Saadi and Hafez. We then return to overnight at the Homa hotel.
Day 12 : Shiraz
In the morning a visit the 17th century Bagh-e Eram gardens followed by seeing the Afif Abad garden then we continue on to the old Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz , Also included is a visit to the picturesque Nasir al Molk mosque ,the Qavam Narengestan (orange trees) garden and finally the Shrinoran Gatee of Habib ibn Hamzeh O/N Shiraz
Day 13 : Shiraz -Departure
Transfer to the Shiraz airport for return flight on Turkish airlines
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