Day 1 and 2: Arrival to Tehran, Visiting the live history of the city, enjoying the modernization
Upon your pre-dawn arrival in Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our card with logo that will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before the morning tour of Tehran. Tehran, a modern mega polis, prides itself for having unique museums with immense and unrivalled collections and artefacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era.It depends on you to choose the number of places you want to visit in your Tahran tour, but our already settled plan to visit Tehran is the below itinerary.
Our tour begins with a trip to the Archaeological Museum, one of the rare places in the world where we will have the special opportunity to visit and experience the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics.
Next is our very much-awaited chance to savor the distinctive flavor of Iranian cuisine.
We will visit a world of jewels in a priceless Crown Jewels Museum one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
At the end of the day, we will get a chance to see a variety of Persian hand-woven carpets and rugs in the Carpet Museum which houses more than 100 spectacular pieces from all over Iran. On top of that, we will also be given an insight into the history of these carpets. Your hotel will be waiting for you to rest at night.
The next day, we will visit one of the palaces, Sa’ad Abad or Golestan Complex with an immense area of 1,100,000 square meters and 18 magnificent historical palaces (2 of which we will visit). These palaces were built one by Pahlavis and the other By Ghajars and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on us.
These two palaces are at two very different locations of the city. Any way we are about to give the chance of the best food in Tehran, so If you pick Sa’ad Abad, we will go to Morshed or any other restaurant close to the location if you have suggestions, if Golestan Palace was the choice, we will have many lunch options. Such as Vakil’ot Tojjar or Muslem in the middle of the Grand Bazzar. And our Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic Museum where we will be able to witness its construction with glorious ancient architecture.
Day 3: Mount climbing Or Ski
You can choose by season mountain climbing or sitting in a tele cabin or having experience in international Tehran Ski resort, of course this options depends a little on the season of your tour.
Sitting in a tele cabin or climbing Tochal: Tochal marks the southern boundary of the Alborz Mountains at Tehran’s longitude. It rises over a sloped plain where the city of Tehran is located. The city ranges in elevation from around 1800 m at its northern end (where sprawl has driven the neighborhoods up the slopes as far as possible) down to1000 m at the southern end (where it approaches the margins of the central desert of Iran).
The summit of Mt. Tochal (known as Sar Tochal) is a high point along the length of a 12 Km long ridgeline that is entirely above 3500 m (much of this ridgeline is higher than 3700m). While the eastern 8 Km of the ridgeline runs east-west and looms directly above northern Tehran, the western 4 Km takes a northwest-southeasterly direction and its view from north Tehran is blocked by lower peaks such as Palang Chal (3520 m) and Doshakh (3045 m) .Besides the official summit, other peaks/high points can be defined on the crest of the ridgeline. The most notable of these is the 3876 m summit of Mt. Shah Neshin 3.75 Km to the west of Sar Tochal.
Ski in Dizin:
The Dizin ski complex is the first ski and winter sport resort in Iran which has been officially recognized and granted the title by the International Ski Federation for its capability in administrating official and international competitions.
It gained its official title for its specific physical and technical features such as the course slope, length of the course and the place where the competitions and races are to be held, as well as amenities and other recreational facilities.
Dizin is situated on the mountains of Alborz and is 45 miles of Tehran and 50 miles of Karaj, Iran.
The installation of ski-lifts at Dizin dates back to 1348 (Iran calendar which equates to 1969) which include three telecabins, two ski-lifts, seven dish tele-skis and one Hammer tele-ski, the lowest point of the region is 2650m, while its highest point is 3600m, (which equates to 11,811 feet above the sea level.)
Dizin climatological condition offers the longest time for skiing, normally begins in November and typically runs through the end of May. Dizin ski amenities included two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, The ski activity in Dizin complex is not confined to winter season. There are many other spring, summer and fall activities.
There are also other facilities such as tennis courts, mountain climbing, mountain biking. Ski instruction courses are offered. At the present, the Dizin ski region is administered by Iran ski federation.
The snow quality at Dizin is fantastic powder and rivals that of many European and Rocky Mountain snow areas. Dizin is just 43 miles north of the capital city of Tehran, Iran. It was first opened under the reign of the Pahlavis of Iran in 1960.
Note: The priority of sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, preference of your guide according to the rish hours of the date and etc. and also official and unofficial holidays of the museums named or the ones you choose.
Day 3 & 4
After having the nice breakfasts with the widest range of variation in your picked Iran hotel we will go to Mehr-Abad airport. The airport for domestic flights in Tehran, ( the international and domestic flights are having different airports in Tehran, but Mashhad and Shiraz, Kish and Tabriz airports are the same) our amazing flight above the beautiful mount Zagros to Shiraz, starts. We will have the transfer to our Shiraz hotel and get rest for a while. Afternoon in the time that our half day city tour begins along with the joy of one of the most amazing cities in the world. (We will try not to miss any must – visiting places in this aromatic city, but the count of the places depends to the date and time, you have made your choice for your tour to Iran.)
Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the center of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years, and was one day the capital of Persian emperors.
Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistications will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Castle (special type of castle known in the world as a type of Iranian architecture actually, they call these kind of castles: Arg. So the correct name for it is the Arg of Karim Khan Zand), the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops and after that Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz we recommend Haft khan restaurant, for having also live music but like we said if you have made your choice already, it will be what you want.
You may feel a little confused why this city, till this part of the tour itinerary, has so many Vakil named. Karim Khan Zand was once the best king of all eras in Iran. He never considered himself as a king and was always saying that: I am your representative my beloved people. So he named himself the representative (Vakil), and as he has built so many important economical and cultural centers in Shiraz, they have named those places after him. Like the Vakil mosque.
This gorgeous city in the province of Fars is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi and historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago can be found. Hafez is one of greatest poets (or the greatest poet some believe) who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding.
Sa’adi was also a poet, philosopher and mystic. About seven centuries ago he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in Bostan and Golestan. These two books give you lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage to tombs of these great poets.
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to feel apecial at its beauties. Take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will perpetuate in our mind.
Day 4: Nomad life ( One lunch + One dinner )
Early morning we will leave our hotel and get ahead to a two-hours driving to Qashqai, meet very nice nomad people and stay with them one night. You can feel everything about the philosophy of this kind of life by yourself and enjoy every single moment with this traditional life style.
- Experience traditional life
- Cooking meal and bread
- Wild life
Nomads have always been obliged to fight. They lead a wandering life and do not accumulate documents and archives.
As it is in the evenings, around fires that are burning low, the elders will relate striking events, deeds of velour in which the tribes pride themselves. Thus the epic tale is told from father to son, down through the ages.
The Qashqai are renowned for their pile carpets and other woven wool products. They are sometimes referred to as “Shiraz” because Shiraz was the major marketplace for them in the past. The wool produced in the mountains and valleys near Shiraz is exceptionally soft and beautiful and takes a deeper color than wool from other parts of Iran.
“No wool in all Persia takes such a rich and deep color as the Shiraz wool. The deep blue and the dark ruby red are equally extraordinary, and that is due to the brilliancy of the wool, which is firmer and, so to say, more transparent than silk, and makes one think of translucent enamel”.
Qashqai carpets have been said to be “probably the most famous of all Persian tribal weavings”. Qashqai saddlebags, adorned with colorful geometric designs, “are superior to any others made”
Day 5: Visiting Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid) & Necropolis, then heading to Kervanseray, Yazd ( Dinner there )
Our excursion for the 5th day is Persepolis. Founded by Darius (I) in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Hakha-maneshi Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins makes it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular center for the receptions and festivals of the Hakha-maneshi kings and their empires such as Norooz celebration. (for more information about norooz read the article of celebrations in Iran)
The next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes driving to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Hakha-maneshi kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
Best season to go to Shiraz is spring and especially in May. And after all those amazing places listed for the 3rd and 4th day in this itinerary for your tour to Iran your feeling of visiting Iran, will not become completed if you miss Persepolis (Takhte-jamshid). It is not just about adding one more historical place in your Iran tour package, it is about seeing an amazing complex of palaces which columns were about to rich the sky as its ceilings and where the population were that wise that they had been using neuro surgical instruments those days. A place where, when you are walking you feel like at any moment a magical door through time will open and take you deep to the history and in the middle of a pure kissing love between a soldier and his love, the princess of all Persia.
- Zeinoddin, a Safavid Caravanserai in the heart of desert which is restored in the best way possible and got 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006.
- Mehriz is located 30 kilometers south of the city of Yazd. Mehriz consists of one central district and five village centers. According to historians, the name belongs to “Mehrnegar” the beloved daughter of Anoushirvan, the Sassanid King. Mehriz was known, during the late Sassanid era (4th century AD), as a natural pleasant area. One of The most important places to visit in Mehriz is Saryazd.
- Saryazd has a castle belonging to Sassanid era which is used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place out there is caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. It is noteworthy that Saryaz has one of the best pomegranates of Iran. After that we will transfer to Yazd.
- Today’s p.m. tour includes visiting Jame Mosque and also Tekiye Amir Chakhmagh. Overnight stay in Kervanseray
Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world which is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts of Iran, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot. This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor. In the afternoon the Fire Temple, Towers of Silence, the wind Towers in old part of the city will be visited. Overnight we will stay in one of the best hotels in the city.
Day 6 : Desert ( all they long )
Leave Yazd for our exciting experience, drive to Desert Maranjab or Mesr (both dessert are exclusively amazing but which to choose depends on the time and the options you demand to have when discussing about your trip to Iran)
Desert is a familiar word for Iranians. As this word, always reminds us of an arid aria with few plants. Where you can hardly find water and the living conditions are intolerable. Iranian Kavirs (deserts) have attracted special interest and may be unique in the variety of their composition and surface types
You have chance to get wonderful and unique experience in your whole life. We will do interesting things and surfings such as:
- Camel riding
- seeing stars in the middle of the night
- Traditional accommodation
- Live music and dancing