Tour example (private tour only in English language)
Day 1: Arrival at Tehran, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tehran
Day 2: Tehran. Full day sight-seeing, visit the Archaeological Museums. This museum is one of the most reputable museum of the world, with articles dating back to as long as 1000 years ago. Museum of National Jewels: Museum of unique jewelry such as the Daryaye Noor diamond that weighs 182 carats. Among other jewelry of this museum can be mentioned Takte Tavoos royal seat which embodies 26,733 pieces of jewels. Carpet Museums: Museum of valuable old and new carpets, rugs and kilims. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 3: Drive to Hamadan via Qazvin to visit: Jame Mosque: This mosque displays exquisite tile work and has a striking Evian. Soltaniyeh: Soltaniye dome is considered as one of the most magnificent historic monuments of Iran and the third important monument of the world. It is unique as regards its antiquity, grandeur and beauty, a masterpiece of Iranian and Islamic architecture. The dome is 48,5 m high, but weighs only 200 tons and driving to Hamadan. Overnight in Hamadan.
Day 4: Hamadan. Sight-seeing in Hamadan Visiting the Ganj Nameh (The Inscriptions from Darius Achamenid king): These inscription, which praise God and honor Darius and Khashayar Shah of the Achaemenid era, have been carved on a rock in the three languages of old Persian, Babylonian and IIami, Abbasabas Tourism Complex. Stone Lion: This statue is stood in a square in its name, and probably is the memorandom of Alexandre Mecedonian who commanded to build it in the memory of his missed commander (Hephystun) and placed it in the place where he died. Avicenna`s Tomb: This is the tomb of the great Iranian philosopher and physician, Abu Ali Sina or Avicenna. Its tower is 28.5m high. This tomb was renovated in the Qajar era, and in 1951 it was completely reconstructed, the 11th century Persian scholar, and the Shrines of Esther and Mordecai. The Ester & Merdukhay Tombs (Jewish Shrine): This monument is situated in the first of Shari`ati Street and dated back to 7th century of Hegira. This monument in the grave of two honorable persons, by the Jewish which researchers have different ideas about it . Overnight in Hamadan.
Day 5: Hamadan. Leave for Qom-Kashan. Visit Fin Historic Complex: This garden is situated 6km south of Kashan, next to the Fin village, and its irrigation system is very innovative. Amir Kabir, who struggled against colonial powers, was murdered in one of the bathhouses of this garden. There are also a number of impressive paintings and historic inscriptions in the buildings located in this garden and Museum. Siyalk hills excavation from 4000 B.C.: Archeological studies have revealed the remains of a 6000-year-old civilization in these hills. Earthenware, stone and bone tools, clay tablets… are indicators of the IIami civilization in this region. Borujerdi house: Legend has it that when Sayyed Jafar Natanzi, a merchant known as Borujerdi, met Sayyed Jafar Tabatabei to discuss taking his daughter`s hand in marriage, Agha Tabatabei set one condition: his daughter must be able to live in a home at least as lovely as his own. The result finished some 18years later was the Khan-e Borujerdi. The home originally consisted of two sections, an andaruni and a biruni, but today only the andaruni is open to the public. What you see is an ornately decorated, courtyard, laid out around a central fountain pool. At its far end is a two-storey reception hall sumptuously decorated with splendid motifs above the iwan entrance, intricate stalactite mouldings, fine glass and mirror work and frescoes painted by Kamal ol-Molk, the foremost Iranian artist of the time. In one of the smaller adjoining rooms, a carpet design is carved on the ceiling. If you ask nicely you might be allowed to climb to the roof for views over the court-yard and the distinctive six-sided, domed badgirs, which have become the symbol of Kashan. Overnight in Kashan.
Day 6: Kashan. Leave for Abyaneh village – Natanz. Jame Mosque: The Jame mosque of Natanz evokes history itself and is surrounded by lush and green garden. This precious structure dates back to the Ilkhanian Dynasty of the eighth century AH (After Hegira in the Islamic calender). The construction was attributed to the Oljaito Khodabandeh, the first Mongol king of Iran and his son Abbosaeed Bahador Khan. & Fire Temple – Na`in. Narenj Qaleh, Jame Mosque: This mosque has no iwan and is especially notable for its fine mihrab and innovative yet simple use of stucco decoration, which is remarkably well preserved, Museum) – Meybod (Jame Mosque: This mosque is located in the center of Firouz Abad with a fine brick dome. A poem on the mourning of Ghasem Ibn Ali, one of the martyrs of Kerbala, written on a tile in 30x25cm, has been installed above the big threshold of the mosque, upon the left column of the entrance. There is a mosaic tile inscription of a Quran`s verse in cursive script, above the prayer niche of the summer portico. There is a mosaic tile work, with floral designs of the 15th century, and two roundels of mosaic tiles, beneath the inscription, upon two sides of altar. Caravansary Complex of Robat: This complex is located in the southwest of Meybod, by the side of the old caravans road. It is one of the most complete ancient complexes of roads, caravans and transportation in Yazd area. This complex is placed right at the fountainhead of Keshnova old qanat spring, near to west gate of Meybod. The Robat is the center of this complex. During long centuries, after appearance of this road keeping and residential complex, the monuments like caravansary, pony express, reservoir, ice dithch, cemetery and … have been found and they are stable, yet… Overnight in Yazd.
Day 7: Yazd. Visit Jame Mosque: This mosque, as the grandest historic monuments of Yazd, is the masterpiece of Iranian – Islamic architecture. Its huge and impressive dome, and tile plaster works draw many visitors to Yazd. Amir Chakhmagh Complex: In order to populate Yazd and with the cooperation of his wife, Fatemeh Khatoun, Amir Jalaedin Chakhmagh- one of the Shahrokh Teymuri`s commanders and the governor of Yazd- has founded a complex including Takieh (religious theater), square, bath, caravansaries, monastery, pastry house, water well and more important of all, Amir Chakhmagh mosque. Installed stone upon the threshold of the mosque face to the square, the incision of endowment deed in Naskh script, fine nets of mosaic tiles of outer circumference of prayer niche`s dome, and main platform with stalactite worked vault have placed this mosque after Jaam`s mosque from viewpoint of beauty. This monument has been named Now Jaam`s Mosque, too. This complex has been founded in 14th century. Eskandar Prison: This 15th-century domed school is known as Alexander`s Prison, because of a reference to this apparently dastardly place in a Hafez poem. Whether the deep well in the middle of its courtyard was in fact built by Alexander the Great and used as a dungeon seems doubtful, no matter what your guide tells you. Recently piece for the observance of the Shiites`s passionate Ashura commemorations. Yazd Bazaar: This bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars of Yazd, consisting of different parts such as Gheisariye, Bazaar Khan, Bazaar Haji. Fire Temple: The fire in this temple has been kept alight for the past 1,500 years, but the present building is only 50 years old. The Water Reservoir: The natural and climatic characteristics in addition to the expanse of Yazd`s deserts have given rise to the construction of various reservoirs all over the province. At present the number of these reservoirs are about 100. Most of which have been built at the center of the localities of the cities and include four main elements such as: Khazineh or hot bath, dome, the foot or faucet and a wind trapper. The reservoirs of the bath have been designed in the form of cylinder inside the ground in order to give a vantage point the water of subterranean canal and also to keep the water temperature low. The dome was built in a semi-circular shape over the reservoir in order to prevent water from environmental pollution and keeps it cool. The foot of faucet has got a stair-like corridor or passageway for taking water from the reservoir and the wind trapper was a means of air circulation in order to prevent the water rotting or becoming putrid. Important water reservoirs of Yazd province are: Seyed Va Sahra, Shesh Badgir, Masoudi, Hadji Ali Akbari, Khajeh, Golshan, Rostam, Geev, Kolah dooza (hat makers), Malekotojar and Mirza Shafi, reservoirs in Yazd, Hassan Abad reservoir in Meybod, Jaddeh Deh Balla and Barelnasuyeh Reservoirs in Taft and Kesht Khan reservoir in Rastaq. Towers of Silence: Set on two lonely, barren hilltops on the southern outskirts of Yazd are the evocative Zoroastrian Tower of Silence ( Dakhmeh –ye Zartoshtiyan). In accordance with Zoroastrian beliefs about the purity of the earth, dead bodies were not buried but left in these uncovered stone towers so that vultures could pick the bones clean. Such towers have not been used since the 60s. At the foot of the hills are several other disused Zoroastrian buildings, including a defunct well, a water cistern and two small badgirs, kitchen and a lavatory. The modern Zoroastrian cemetery is nearby. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 8: Yazd Early in the morning leave for Taft – Suneach – Mir- Marvast – Harabarjan – Tutak – Bazm (Center of Nomads , visit Nomads , tents , Lunch ) – Bavanat – Safashahr – Ghaderabad – Pasargadae : Pasargadae, situated between Mostoles and Saadat Shahr west of Shiraz- Isfahan road, had been the Achaemenid during Cyrus, reign , the monuments of this site are as follows : 1- Cyrus, tomb :The tomb is entirely made of megalithic stone with a total height of eleven meters, the base of the structure is a stair-like platform with a mound shape covering as the grave of Cyrus,2- Cyrus , Palace : This palace comprised a large hall, several porches, some chambers and an inscription in cuneiform, 3- The palace with the image of the winged man, 4- The private palace, 5- Solomon Prison : Two hollow cubic megaliths near the tomb of Curus called " Solomon Prison ". Naqsh-e-Rajab: is directly opposite the turn-off to Naqsh-e-Rostam on the old Shiraz- Esfahan road and is worth a quick look. Four fine Sassanian bas-reliefs are hidden from the road by the folds of a rocky hill and depict various scenes from the reigns of Ardashir I and Shapur the Great. A man called Rajab once had a tea-house here, hence the name. Naqsh-e-Rostam : The bodies of several Achaemenid kings were buried in this cave like tomb. There are seven reliefs dating of which depicts a battle or glorifies a Sassanid king. A Zoroastrian religious center, perhaps the most important in the world, is situated here. Persepolis (Takhte Jamshid) : Takhte Jamshid complex of palaces is considered as the historic marvel of Iran and the world. Its construction was started in the reign of Darius I and it took about 150 years to complete. The grandeur of these monuments fascinate the visitor. In 330 B.C. Alexander the Macedonian put this grand complex on fire, and today only small ruins are left those magnificent edifices. Even so the ruins are so magnificent that few ancient monuments can be found anywhere in the world, to match them. This complex covers an area of 125.000m2 consisting of several small and large palaces, a government treasury and some guard-houses. The major palaces are known as Apadana, Shora (Assembbly ), Sad Sotun ( Hundred Pillars ) and Khashayar Shah. A large part of these palaces has been constructed in black and white stones, and the stone reliefs depict different ceremonies of the Achaemenid courts. Winged cows with the head of humans are the most common and outstanding features. The inscriptions, in cuneiform, are given in the three languages of IIami, Babeli, and ancient Persian. They reveal a part of the history of this magnificent civilization. and museum and leave for Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz
Day 9: Shiraz. Visit Imamzadeh-ye Ali Ebn-e Hamze : The tomb of Emir Ali, a nephew of shah Cheragh who also died here while en route to Khorasan to help Imam Reza. The existing shrine was built in the 19th century after earthquakes destroyed previous in carnations. It has an eye-catching bulbous Shirazi dome, dazzling mirror work, stained-glass windows and an intricate, ancient wooden door. The tombstones around the courtyard, for which families of the deceased paid a small fortune, are also interesting. Bazaar, Hafeziyeh : It is the tomb of the great Iranian poet, Hafez. Hafez passed away in 1389 A.D. In 1773 A.D. Karim Khan Zand reconstructed his tomb and it was later renovated several times. The present building was constructed in 1937. The Tomb of Saadi : Saadi the famous Iranian poet and writer was born in Shiraz in 13th century AD. After several years of traveling round the world, he returned to Shiraz and remained there until he passed away. His tomb has been renovated several times and the present building was constructed in 1942 AD. Eram garden is of the highest importance. Its Sassanid architecture and mirror-encrusted stalactite are unique. The impressive cypress trees, one of which dates back to 300 years ago, create an eye-catching scene 2*-5* Overnight in Shiraz
Day 10: Shiraz Leave for Firuzabad. Dokhtar Castle:Coming from Shiraz, the first site is Qal`eh-e Dokhtar, sitting atop a steep hill with commanding views into the valley below. You`ll know you`re there when you see a footbridge crossing the road. Take the bridge and it`s a 10 or 15 minute climb. This three-tiered palace made of rock and gypsum was Ardashir`s first, and its position and fortification reflect the lingering Parthian threat of the time. While crumbling, it`s not difficult to imagine the palace`s original layout, and the views from the top are magnificent. Ardeshir palace: About 2km towards Firuz Abad, a signed dirt road fords the Tang Ab river to reach Ardashir`s Palace, a much grander structure built beside a wonderfully refreshing spring once Ardeshir felt more secure. Givenit is almost 1800 years old, its domes, high iwans and clean, stable lines-which set the tone for all Sassanian architecture –remain hugely impressive. The iwans and domes, with their a accompanying squinches , are some of the earliest surviving examples. In winter, the Tang Ab is impassable so you`ll need to take a lengthy detour through Firuz Abad. Bishapour Sassanid reliefs, Anahita temple: The Anahita Temple is the name of one of two archaeological sites in Iran popularly thought to have been attributed to the ancient deity Anahita. The larger and more widely known of the two is located at Kangāvar in Kermanshah Province. The other is located at Bishapur.The remains at Kangavar reveal an edifice that is Hellenistic in character, and yet display Persian architectural designs. The plinth's enormous dimensions for example, which measure just over 200m on a side, and its megalithic foundations, which echo Achaemenid stone platforms, "constitute Persian elements". This is thought to be corroborated by the "two lateral stairways that ascend the massive stone platform recalling Achaemenid traditions", particularly that of the Apadana Palace at Persepolis.) Nomads) – Yasuj. Overnight in Yasuj.
Day 11: Yasuj. Visit Nomads and leave for Sisakht – Pataveh – Gandoman – Pir e Bakran – Isfahan. The Shaking Minarets: This monument consists of a tomb with two minarets, which were constructed in the Mongol era. When one of these minarets is shaken, the other and some parts of building will also shake. Armenian Vank cathedral: This church, located in the Julfa region of the city, is one of the most striking churches of the world, for its gilded ceiling and paintings. There is museum in this church. Pole Khajo : The present bridge was built during the reign and by the orders of Shah Abbas II of Safavid dynasty on the river Zayandehrood. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture and delightful frescos and tile work. In the middle of this bridge there is a building which the Shah used as his resting place on visits to the river on occasions of festivity and celebration. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 12: Isfahan. Visit Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques: This mosque, which was constructed at the orders of Shah Abbas I of Safavid dynasty, is one of the most magnificent historic monuments of Iran. Its dome is decorated, externally and internally, with exquisite tile work. Ali Qapu palace: This is a 6-floor palace, with a height of 48m. This palace is located on the west of Imam square. It used to have suitable facilities for receiving guests and foreign ambassadors who came to visit Shah Abbas I. Its plaster works and paintings are considered as masterpieces of the Safavid era. Chehel Sotun palace: This palace lies in the center of a garden covering 67.000m2. It has several halls and rooms which are decorated with marble, impressive gilding, exquisite painting, and animal statue. Friday mosque: The Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century. Bazaar: The present Bazaar was constructed in the Safavid era, but its real age dates back to before this dynasty. This bazaar, which is mostly roofed, is not only a place for offering Isfahani handicrafts, but also several major monuments are situated there, including Gheisariyeh portal, Jarchi mosque, Sadr School. Isfahan bazaar is one of the most significant bazaars of Iran. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 13: Isfahan Am Free day – Pm leave for Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 14: Tehran Full day sightseeing. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 15: Tehran Transfer to the hotel for departure.