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In addition to its cultural treasures, on this fascinating journey, you will see a completely different side of Iran: the rural, “primitive” life in the villages, where time seems to stand still.
You see a wide variety of landforms, driving through deserts and over mountain passes, meet nomadic tribes on one of the longest ancient paths that there are still on the earth, strolling through the bazaars and the famous Persian gardens, fragrant with love and longing.

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Trip Type: Small Group Tours
Group Size: 6-20 Passengers limit
Trip Length: 12 Days
Trip Dates: (July 19, 2015 – July 30, 2015), (July 24, 2016 – August 4, 2016)
Trip in Detail: Tehran (1) , Kashan (1) , Isfahan (3), Yasouj (1), Shiraz (2), Yazd (2), Qom (1)

Arrival in Tehran; meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Tehran.

In the morning, visit the National Museum of Iran, where we get a good overview of the history of Iran. Then we visit the Glass and Ceramics Museum. During the afternoon, we leave the city of Tehran in the south. We drive on a good road through the central highlands to Kashan. Overnight in Kashan.

Kashan, located in the central Persian highlands is one of the cradles of civilizations. We visit two magnificent merchant houses: the Khaneh Tabatabai (“Tabatabai’s house”) and the Khaneh Borudjerdiha, which was built as a wedding gift for the bride of the rich merchant Haji Mehdi Borudjerdui. Then we drive to the picturesque mountain village of Abyaneh, where the link with tradition is not only observed in the architecture, but also in the daily life of its inhabitants, who wear special costumes and speak a dialect of the time of the Sassanids (third to seventh century AD), resembling spoken Pahlavi. It is not surprising that the village has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We stroll through the beautiful streets of the village and meet people in their everyday lives. Drive to Isfahan. In the evening we reach the magical city of Isfahan. Overnight in Isfahan.

Full day city tour of Isfahan, the city with the richest history and the most of the monuments in Persia. The city was the capital of the Safavids in 1598. Shah Abbas and his successors filled it with magnificent buildings, many of which can still be admired today. The Persian name “Isfahan - nesf-e Djahan” (Isfahan - half the world) still has meaning. We visit the Meydan-e Imam Square (UNESCO World Heritage), with the Imam Mosque and the Mosque of Shaikh Lotfollahs, and the six-story palace qapu Ali (Sublime Porte). Then we explore the secrets of the garden palaces, Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns Palace) and Hasht Behesht (Eight Paradise Palace). Overnight in Isfahan.

On the southern side of the river lies the Zayandehrud Djolfa district. At first glance, you will notice no difference from the rest of the former Persian capital. On closer inspection you can see, however, that the domes in this neighborhood mosques crown, but churches carry Christian crosses. The Armenians of Isfahan settled there in the 17th Century to enjoy religious freedom. We look at the center of a Christian minority in the country of the Shiites and visit the Vank Cathedral and the Armenian Museum. At the free afternoon, you can stroll through the bazaar and craft studios. In the evening we once again enjoy the light of dawn on the Imam Square and visit the maze of alleyways of the kilometer-long bazaar. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 06. YASOUJ (Visiting the nomadic)
Today’s journey takes us through spectacular scenery along the foothills of the Zagros mountain range on Semirom and Sisakht, after Yasouj. On the way, we visit a village of the Bakhtiari nomads who have their summer pastures in the area, and in addition to the Qashqais are the most important nomadic peoples of Iran. We continue via Sisakht and past the second highest peak of Iran (Dena 4409 m) to Yasuj. Overnight in Yasuj.

Journey to the most beautiful waterfall of Iran, Abshar-e Margon. Over the entire width of a giant rock wall, a chain of waterfalls forms a proper water curtain, which in turn creates lush green valley. We visit the Qashqai nomads, who have set up on their migration in this area. We continue to Bishapur, the first city of the Sassanid era, which Shapur I founded in the year 266 AD. We visit Bishapur and see the rock reliefs of the Tang-e Chowgan, as well as the palace and the Anahita Temple (Anahita is a god of water and fertility). In the evening we reach the city of roses, nightingales and poets. Overnight in Shiraz.

Shiraz, a city of historic monuments, poets, kings, wonderfully fragrant flowers, orchids, and orange trees. The great Persian poet Saadi stated that “May God, whose name be exalted and hallowed, keep in security and peace the pure country of Shiraz until the time of the resurrection.” We visit the mausoleums of the famous poets Hafiz and Saadi, the sanctuary of the Holy Shiite Ali Ibn Hamzeh, the magnificent gardens Bagh-e Narendjestan (Orange Garden), and Bagh-e Eram. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 09. SHIRAZ (Excursion to Persepolis) - YAZD
On the way to Yazd, we visit the ruins of Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage), which contain outstanding examples of Persian Achaemenid architecture. The ruins of the vividly restored royal residence offer a remarkable insight into the most important time in pre-Islamic history. Then we visit the Achaemenid tombs and Sassanid reliefs of Naqsh- e Rostam. We continue to Pasargadae, the oldest of the Achaemenid town foundations (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then we continue to Yazd. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 10. YAZD
Yazd, the city that is known for its magnificent traditional architecture, was at the time of the Sassanid a center of Zoroastrianism. There are still numerous fire temples and burial sites (Towers of Silence). First visit the Towers of Silence and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, where you can learn more about this community in conversation with a representative of the Zoroastrians. After a stop at the arcaded Amir Chaqmaq, we continue to Dowlatabad Garden, where the cooling function of the wind towers will be explained, and then we visit the Friday Mosque, with its beautiful blue ceramic tiles, and see a demonstration of silk weaving, still made in the exquisite brocades on traditional looms. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 11. YAZD - QOM
Continuing towards Dasht-e Kavir. On the way we visit the small town of Nain. The town is known for its hand-knotted carpets. We visit one of the carpet mills. We also seeing the Friday Mosque (from the year 960 AD), one of the oldest mosques in Iran. Afterwards we drive to Qom, which is the second most important pilgrimage site in Iran because of its Shiite shrines. They are non-Muslims, but they also offer a splendid sight from the outside. We will visit the tomb of Fatima, the Azam Mosque, and the grave tower of the Shrine of Ibrahim. Overnight in Qom.

Day 12. QOM
Transfer to Imam Khomeini airport.

Price includes:
- Iran visa authorization

- All domestic flights within Iran
- All hotel accommodations in deluxe or best-available hotels based on double-occupancy
- All land transportations in minibus or coach
- All group transfers to/from airport, from/to hotel
- Highly-qualified English-speaking guide
- Meals (B,L,D), breakfast at hotels, lunch and dinner at best available local restaurants, or hotels (with the exception of alcohol and caviar)
- All tours, sightseeing, portages and entrance fees for main sites and excursions
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers, porters, and other staff
Price does not include:
- Round trip international airfare

- Visa and processing fee
- Personal expenses such as room service, telephone/fax calls, laundry, dry cleaning, etc.
- Optional tours or entrance fees not shown on the itinerary
- Refreshments, snacks, en-route or during meals, caviar at any meals
- Trip insurance, baggage loss insurance, trip cancellation, travel delay, and charge - incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of us
- Trip Price based on double occupancy for the single supplement fee/single occupancy, please add $1,650
NOTE: You will probably have to leave your home country on the previous day to arrive in the early morning on the first day. If flight arrives earlier or later than the rest of the group, private transfers are $75 per transfer. Extra nights at the hotel in Tehran for early arrival or late departure are $110 per person sharing a double room and $165 for a single room.

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