Weekly on Wednesdays from November to December 2016.
Iran sand and sun tour
Seeking a wide scope of destinations, from untamed deserts to golden sun and sand, from nature to culture? It is for you.
Recharge your batteries and experience the slow rhythm of life in Kish island- ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by New York Times in 2010. Head to Shiraz, home to poets and flowers, best known for being the capital of ancient Persia in Achaemenid Empire- the largest empire of ancient history. Roam the streets of Yazd, the biggest mud-brick city all over the world, and plunge into the forests of Badgirs (windcatchers), and have a memorable stay in traditional guest houses. Explore Varzaneh, a breathtaking desert area in the heart of Iran. Marvel at Esfahan, the capital of four royal dynasties and marked by Islamic architecture and turquoise domes. Do not miss Kashan, a historical oasis city right on the border of Kavir desert.
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- Exhilarating water activities
- archaic city of Kariz (Underground city)
- Amusing dolphin park
- Intriguing dinner with live music
- Shimmering pacifying beach
- Ancient but simple Harireh city
- Wrecks of rushed off Greek Ship
- Pasargad-ancient capital of Achaemenid Empire
- Naghsh-e-rostam rock reliefs
- Naghsh-e-rajab rock reliefs
- Persepolis- the glamorous thrown of Jamshid
- Incredible Vakil Bath, Bazaar and Mosque
- Magnificent Karimkhan Citadel
- Colorful Nasirolmolk Mosque
- Silk weaving workshops
- Marvelous Friday Mosque
- Zoroastrian Temple, the haven for the agents of ritual purity
- Mysterious Tower of Silence
- Desert roaming
- A thrilling taste of Local cuisine
- Naghshe Jahan Square- the kingdom of wonders
- Mesmerizing Royal Mosque
- Intriguing Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
- Cobbled street s of Jolfa- Armenian restrict
- Dazzling Vank Church
- Traditional bazaar
- Picturesque Chehel Sotoun pavilion
- Breathtaking Jame Mosque
- The fine bridges dating back to Savafid dynasty
Day 1: Tehran - Kish
After arrival at Tehran international airport, welcomed and accompanied by Shokouh Iranian transfer agent to Mehrabad Airport to catch your flight to Kish Island, the pearl of Persian Gulf and the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia. Overnight stay in Kish.
Day 2: Kish
Gain a wealth of memorable experience at the beach. Opt for a range of water activities including parasailing, jet skis, banana boats, or go diving and immerse in the coral reefs filled with a wide range of marine life. If interested in history rather than excitement, take a tour to underground city of Kariz– dating back to 2500 years ago and browse Green Tree Complex having the oldest trees on the island. After lunch, take a Land-cruiser Safari tour to marvel at riding camels and ATV motorcycling. Experience a delightful dinner with dynamic live music .Overnight stay in Kish Island.
Day 3: Kish - Shiraz
After breakfast, fly to Shiraz. Check into your hotel. In the evening, uncover the city with a walking tour around the city. Capture the colorful beauty of Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, where the rays of sunlight crossing through the windows fills the interior with kaleidoscopic colors. Get fascinated in the tombs of prominent Persian poets, Hafez and Sa’di. Take a tour to the awe-inspiring Vakil complex. Become flabbergasted by the glory of Karim khan citadel dating back to Zand dynasty. Overnight stay in Shiraz.
Day 4: Shiraz – Yazd
Drive to Yazd. En route, stop by the Persepolis, the glamorous capital of ancient Persia. Tread in the simple but impressive site of Pasargadae, tomb of Cyrus the Great” the Founder of the Persian Empire” and remains of his several palaces. Treat your eyes to the dazzling rock reliefs of Naghsh–e–Rajab and Naghsh–e–Rostam. Discover ka’be zardosht, the astronomy and religious center of old Iran. Arrival to Yazd, the living museum of Iran, and check into a cozy traditional guest house. Overnight stay in Yazd.
Day 5: Yazd
First thing in the morning, drop by at a Zoroastrian temple where a sacred fire has been kept burning for hundreds of years. Uncover the narrow streets and alleys made of mud-bricks and delight in checking out windcatchers, the very first air conditioning systems ever. Get captivated by the Tower of Silence, a structure used for excarnation, with a short distance from the city. Also, visit the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.) with the highest portal and minarets in Iran, with a walk through the old Fahadan quarter. Unearth the silk weaving workshop where exquisite brocades are still made on traditional looms. Overnight stay in Yazd.
Day 6: Varzaneh Desert - Isfahan
After a 2-hour drive from Yazd, plunge into Varzaneh Desert, one of the most accessible deserts in the world. Mark the combination of wilderness and civilization sitting right next to each other. Unique to Varzaneh, are the local women’s costumes. While women in the rest of Iran wear black chadors, they wear completely white ones. Get entertained by warm locals in traditional houses. Head off to Esfahan. Overnight stay in Esfahan.
Day 7: Isfahan
Capture the marvels of Safavid dynasty, all in Naghsh-e-Jahan square, the second biggest square around the world. Once used as a polo field, Naghshe Jahan square is now a vibrant traditional bazaar. Marvel at Ali Qapu palace with its fascinating features and mesmerizing view of the square from the top. Get a tinge of Islamic architecture in magnificent Imam Mosque on one side and small but impressive Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque on the other side of the square. Sip some tea and indulge yourself in an ethnic dish in a memorable place. Stroll in splendid Chehel Sotoun palace with the gardens surrounding it. In the afternoon, take a walking or bike riding tour on the Zayanderood river side packed with parks. On your way, catch a glimpse of Khajoo bridge- the finest, Si-o-se pol bridge- the longest, and Shahrestan bridge- the oldest of all. Overnight stay in Esfahan.
Day 8: Isfahan – Kashan – International airport
A half day sightseeing of Isfahan. Delight in the glamorous Atigh Mosque, which is considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian Islamic architecture and is truly one of the world’s greatest mosques. Take a walk in cobbled streets of Jolfa, Armenian district and capture the allures of Vank cathedral with the breathtaking paintings on its wall and dome. Drive to the City of Kashan, a merchant town known for its high quality ceramics, silk, carpets, and fine houses. Tread in Fin Garden, the epitome of Persian gardens including pavilion, turquoise pools, a Hammam complex, and the modest Kashani national museum. Catch a glimpse of elaborate Borujerdi mansion, built in the 1840s for the affluent Tabatabaei family containing features such as a biruni (where visitors and guests are entertained) and an andaruni (the private part only open to family members). Head to Tehran international airport to catch your flight out.
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