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Ecbatana; The First Capital Of Iran

tehran-shiraz-esfahan, Iran
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1870.00€

Ecbatana; The First Capital Of Iran

Ecbatana; The First Capital Of Iran

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Day 01

Enter to Imam Khomeini airport, transfer to the hotel and accommodate in the hotel overnight.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Not Included
  • Excursion: Not Included

Visiting some significant monuments and museums in Tehran such as Golestan Palace (the royal complex of Qajar era), carpet museum, Iran’s national museum, Abgineh museum (a very valuable glasses from the ancient), Milad tower (the sixth tallest telecommunication tower in the world), Saad Abad palace, the grand bazar of Tehran, stay at hotel overnight.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Hamedan , on the way visiting Qazvin, the capital city of Iran in the Safavid era, visiting Chehel sutun palace belonged to Qajar royal family, Saad Alsaltane caravanserai by which 26000 square meters area is the largest indoor caravanserai in the middle east, Qajar bath with a marvelous construction which nowadays expresses anthropology museum. Continue to Hamedan, arrive to the city, check in the hotel and stay overnight.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Start sightseeing with visiting the Tomb of Esther & Mordecai, a major Jewish pilgrimage center, the 12th century Alavyan Tomb Tower, the Tomb of Avicenna (died in 1034), Iran’s celebrated philosopher/scientist/physician; finishing the excursion with Ganjnameh, the cuneiform inscriptions by Darius I, and his son Xerxes, carved on the mountain face; overnight stay at hotel.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Further visits in Hamedan and drive to Kermanshah via Kangavar (a small town of great antiquity dating back to 200 B.C. lying half way between Hamadan and Kermanshah), to visit the Temple of Anahita, the Goddess of Water and Fertility; continue to Bisotun to see the Achaemenid inscription/bas-reliefs, depicting Darius I facing the nine rebel kings, whom the Achaemenid ruler suppressed when he came to power; on arrival in Kermanshah, and after lunch, visit the several important Sassanian reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan (some inside a grotto), depicting royal hunting scenes and the investiture of the Sassanian kings, including the gigantic equestrian statue of Khosrow II (AD 591-628), mounted on his favorite charger Shabdiz; overnight stay at hotel.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Isfahan, arrive to the city, check in the hotel and stay over night.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Not Included

Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavid, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources, to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol, 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 Imam – with magnificent architecture and tile-work, finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous; overnight stay at hotel.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Further visits in Isfahan to include 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’. 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. The small but intricate building is set amongst tree-lined alleys, a reflecting pool and water rills; return to the Maidan for further visit to handicraft shops and bazaar; overnight stay at hotel.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Shiraz, arrive to Shiraz, check in the hotel and stay over night.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Not Included

Full day city tour in Shiraz, visiting monuments such as Arge-Karimkhan, Vakil mosque, vakil bath, the holy tomb of Iran’s greatest lyric poet Hafez, the pink tiled 19th-century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Shah- Cheraq holy shrine. Stay at hotel overnight.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Full day excursion in Shiraz and visiting Persepolis, 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). stay at hotel over night.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Yazd, arrive to the city, check in the hotel and stay over night.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Not Included

Full day excursion in Yazd, the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community, to include one of the two Zoroastrian abandoned Towers of Silence (Dakhma), dating back to the 17th century, where until some 40-50 years ago the dead were carried and left to decompose and be devoured by birds; and the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for about 1500 years. Among Yazd’s Islamic sites is the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.) with the highest portal and minarets in Iran. Other notable Islamic monuments in the old Fahadan quarter of Yazd are the Seljuk shrine dedicated to the Twelve Shi’ite Imams; and Ziaieyeh Theological School, known as Zendan-e-Eskander or Alexander’s Prison. There are, also, many beautiful old houses in Yazd, among them Dowlat-Abad Garden, with an 18th century feudal hexagonal house; overnight stay at hotel.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Aghda, a very old city near Yzad which have several marvelous monuments, on the way visiting Meybod. Arrival in Aghda and take a city tour. Then Check in the a traditional hotel and stay overnight.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Drive to Kashan. On the way visiting Naein City and its Friday mosque, take a walk through the city. Arrival in Kashan. visit the historical garden of Fin which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. 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 “badgirs” (wind-catchers).

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Included

Having breakfast, leaving the hotel toward Tehran, on the way transfer to the Imam Khomeini airport and fly to your country.

  • Hotel: Unspecified
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Excursion: Not Included