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Iran North by Northwest

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‘Iran North by Northwest’ explores the fabulous landscape of west and northwest Iran, including four of the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran.
The first is the 5th Century BC rock relief at Bisotun, accompanied by a trilingual inscription. Cut on a high cliff by Darius the Great to commemorate his victory over nine rebel kings, it one of the most important historical documents of ancient Persia. Second, we see the fabulous early 14th Century Gonbad-i Soltaniyeh, a reminder of the great advances in Islamic architecture, indicative of the precise mathematical calculations of Iranian architects. The third is the magnificent complex of palaces and temples of Takht-i Soleyman, built in the midst of Zagros mountains.
The fourth is the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, an example of the outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions that bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox, and Persian. The tour concludes with an enchanting visit to the exquisite shrine complex of a widely revered Sufi philosopher of the 14th Century, Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili.

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Trip Type: Custom and Private Trips
Group Size: 1-5 Travelers limit
Trip Length: 10 Days
Trip Dates: (October 3, 2015 – October 12, 2015), (September 28, 2016 – October 7, 2016)
Trip in Detail: Tehran (1), Hamedan (2), Zanjan (2), Tabriz (3), Tehran (1)

Day 01. TEHRAN
Arrive in Tehran. Morning to rest in the hotel. Afternoon visit to the archaeological section of the National Museum, and the Glass and Ceramics Museum. Overnight in Tehran.

Morning drive to Hamedan. Afternoon city tour includes Ecbatana, the Alaviyan Tomb Tower, the Tomb of Esther and Mordecai, the Tomb of Avicenna, Ganjnameh, and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hamedan.

Day 03. Excursion to KERMANSHAH
On our excursion to Kermanshah, we stop en route at Kangavar to see the Temple of Anahita, then drive on to Bisotun, eat lunch at a local restaurant, and see Tagh-i Bostan. Overnight in Hamedan.

Drive to Zanjan via Sultaniyeh and eat lunch at a local restaurant. In Zanjan visit the Ethnographic Museum. Overnight in Zanjan.

Day 05. Excursion to TAKHT-i SOLEIMAN
Excursion to Takht-i Soleiman, including a picnic lunch. Overnight in Zanjan.

Drive to Tabriz via Maragheh. We visit the tomb towers of Maragheh. Overnight in Tabriz.

Day 07. TABRIZ
Full day city tour to include the Blue Mosque, the Azerbaijan Museum, Arg-i Alishah, lunch at a local restaurant, and an excursion to Kandovan village. Overnight in Tabriz.

Day 08. Excursion to JULFA
Drive to Julfa via Marand. We visit St. Thaddus Church, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and drive on to St. Stephanus Church. Overnight in Tabriz.

Drive to Ardabil to visit the mausoleum of Sheikh Saffieddin Ardabili, eat lunch at a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening flight to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 10. TEHRAN
Return flight to home.

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 A/C sedan or van
- 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 $1,350
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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