Trip Type : Sample Itinerary

Destination : Shiraz (2) Yazd (2) Isfahan (3) Matinabad Camp (1) Tehran (3) Tabriz (2

Trip Length : 14 Day

Activity types : Cultural Tours

“Grandeur of History” shares many of the greatest historical sites of ancient Persia and Islamic Iran including the impressive archaeological ruins of Persepolis and Pasargadae, such masterpieces of Persian architecture as the splendid Jami‘ mosques of Yazd, majestic landscapes along the old caravan routes, and a visit to the supreme works of Islamic art and architecture of Isfahan. The experience comes to a happy ending in Tabriz with its great World Heritage Site of Grand Bazaar and the peerless museums and mosques.

Itinerary

DAY 01SHIRAZ

Arrival in SHIRAZ, full day city tour of Shiraz to explore the main highlights including Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Arg-e Karim Khan Zand (a citadel), and Pars Museum; a lunch break followed by a visit to Vakil Bazaar and Mosque as well as Naranjestan Museum, and Eram Garden (World Heritage Site). Overnight: Shiraz

DAY 02SHIRAZ

Morning excursion to Persepolis ( (World Heritage Site) and Neqshe-e Rostam, back to Shiraz, tombs of Hafez and Sa’di and Quran Gate are visited. Overnight: Shiraz

DAY 03SHIRAZ-YAZD

Drive to YAZD via Pasargadae (World Heritage Site), picnic lunch, stop en route at ABARKOUH to see its 14-century Jami‘ Mosque. Overnight: Yazd

DAY 04YAZD

Full day city tour of YAZD to include the 14th-century Jame Mosque, shrines of SeyyedRokneddin and Davazdah Imam (Twelve Imam), Prison of Alexander, Water Museum, Amir Chaqmaq Complex, Dawlatabad Gardens, modern Zoroastrian fire temple, and Towers of Silence. Overnight: Yazd

DAY 05YAZD-ISFAHAN

Drive to ISFAHAN, stop en route in MEYBOD to see its mud-brick citadel, urban caravansary and Ice House, in NAIN stop at Mohammadiye to see the traditional wool-weaving, lunch at Nain Tourist Inn, visit the 10th-century Jame Mosque of Nain and the Ethnological Museum before driving on to Isfahan. Overnight: Isfahan

DAY 06ISFAHAN

Full day city tour to explore the monumental capital of Safavid Persia, opportunity to visit most of the main attractions of Isfahan including palace pavilions of HashtBehesht and ChehelSutoun, Shahrestan Bridge, Khaju Bridge, Si-o Se Pol, the monuments surrounding the vast Naqsh-e Jahan Square including Ali Qapu Pavilion, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Abbasi Mosque, and the monumental entrance to Qeyssarieh Bazaar. Overnight: Isfahan

DAY 07ISFAHAN

Half day city tour of ISFAHAN to see the great 12th-century Jame Mosque of Isfahan (World Heritage Site), on to Armenian Quarter to visit Vank Cathedral, lunch at a local restaurant, and enjoy the balance of the day at Naqsh-e Jahan Square for shopping and dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight: Isfahan

DAY 08ISFAHAN-ABYANEH-MATINABAD

Morning drive to ABYANEH historical village with unique and amazing architecture. Afternoon drive to Matinabad desert camp to walk through the desert sands and sky-watching at night. Overnight: Matinabad Camp

DAY 09MATINABAD-TEHRAN

Morning drive to TEHRAN en route a visit to KASHAN to see traditional houses of Boroujerdi and Tabatabai as well as SialkTepe and Fin Garden (World Heritage Site). Overnight: Tehran

DAY 10TEHRAN

Full day city tour of TEHRAN including Golestan Palace (World Heritage Site), the Archeological Section of National Museum, Crown Jewels Museum, Carpet Museum, and Milad tower Overnight: Tehran

DAY 11TEHRAN

Full day city tour of TEHRAN including Sa'dabad Palace, Darband Mountainous Trekking Area and Niavaran Palace and Tajrish Old Bazaar. Overnight: Tehran

DAY 12TEHRAN-TABRIZ

Morning drive to TABRIZ, en route a visit to the tomb of Oljaytu and then a visit is made to Gonbad-e Soltaniyeh (Soltaniyeh Dome, World Heritage Site). Overnight: Tabriz

DAY 13TABRIZ

Full day city tour of TABRIZ including Azerbaijan Museum, Iron-Age Museum, Blue Mosque and the Constitution House, the World Heritage Site of Grand Bazaar and a stop at El-Goli Park. Overnight: Tabriz

DAY 14

Transfer to airport and fly back home