Iran Culture and Climbing, Pure Adventure in Unknown Regions
Touring will start around 9:30 a.m. and starts with Iran national museum, designed by French architect André Godard and completed in 1928, it’s one of the more attractive modern buildings in Tehran. Inside is a collection including ceramics, pottery, stone figures, and carvings.
Next visit Golestan Palace, the lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences.
Jewelry museum, Tehran’s biggest tourist drawcard is our next visit. If you’ve already visited the art gallery at the Golestan Palace, you will have seen paintings and photos showing the incredible jewelry with which the Safavid and Qajar monarchs adorned themselves. Come here to gawp at the real things.
Next destination is Tehran great Bazaar, the maze of bustling alleys and the bazaris (shopkeepers) that fill them make a fascinating, if somewhat daunting, a place to explore.
Early in the morning you fly to Shiraz and after check in, touring starts with Pink mosque, one of the most elegant and photographed mosques in southern Iran. Built at the end of the 19th century, it's colored tiling (an unusually deep shade of blue) is exquisite.
We continue to Vakil complex, consist of Mosque; a magnificent inner courtyard surrounded by beautifully tiled alcoves and porches, and a pleasingly proportioned 75m-by-36m vaulted prayer hall supported by 48 carved columns. Bath; with vaulted and beautifully decorated central chamber and Bazaar; it’s home to almost 200 stores selling carpets, handicrafts, spices and clothes and is one of the most atmospheric bazaars in Iran.
Karim-khan Arg, this burly fortress was built in the early Zand period and formed part of the royal court that Karim Khan had hoped would develop to rival Esfahan. The high walls feature ornamental brickwork and are punctuated by four attractive 14m-high circular towers.
- Shiraz to Yazd (6 hours driving, On the way, visit Persepolis and Necropolis)
After breakfast, depart for one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings, Persepolis, Magnificent Persepolis embodies the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenid Empire…and also its final demise. The monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you in no doubt how grand this empire was,
The tour continues to the tombs Naghsh-e Rostam (Necropolis), Rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam are magnificent. Hewn out of a cliff high above the ground and the 4 tombs belong to Achaemenid kings.
Today you will enjoy a city tour in Yazd, while strolling along the narrow, winding streets of Yazd, look for badgirs, or wind towers,
Jame mosque, Dominating the old city, this magnificent building has a tiled entrance portal that is one of the tallest in Iran, flanked by two magnificent 48m-high minarets.
The old town, with its badgirs (wind towers or wind catchers) poking out of a baked-brown labyrinth of lanes, the old city of Yazd emerges like a phoenix from the desert.
Amir-Chaqmaq complex, the stunning three-storey facade of this Hosseinieh makes it one of the largest such structures in Iran. Its rows of perfectly proportioned sunken alcoves are at their best. Traditional Gym, north side of Amir Chakhmaq Sq is the Zurkhaneh, which is worth seeing both for its Iranian brand of bodybuilding and because it’s a quite an amazing structure.
- This evening we have a cooking class at a local house.
Yazd was a traditional center of Zoroastrianism, an ancient faith that was the state religion during various Persian dynasties. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic belief system that stresses a dualism in the universe between good and evil. Fire temple, today you visit 2 most important Zoroastrian sites in Yazd.
Fire Temple, Zoroastrians come from around the world to see this Zoroastrian fire temple and said to have been burning since about AD 470. A silent tower is their old cemetery. These evocative Zoroastrian Towers of Silence are set on two lonely, barren hilltops on the southern outskirts of Yazd..
Dowlat Abad garden, once a residence of Persian regent Karim Khan Zand, this small pavilion set amid UNESCO-listed gardens was built about 1750. The interior of the pavilion is superb, with intricate latticework and exquisite stained-glass windows. It’s also renowned for having Iran’s loftiest badgir, standing over 33m. This afternoon we go to Desert, visit sunset and stars in the clear sky of the desert. Enjoy your dinner when surrounded by sand dunes.
The vast expanse of the mountain chains in Yazd, named Shir-kooh reaches up to 4075 meters high in the summit. Today enjoy a full day climbing to the highest mountain of Yazd.Shir-kooh –which means Lion Mountains, is part of a group of mountains which encircles the west side of central desert of Iran known as (Dashte Kavir).
Shir-kooh, Barfkhaneh and Asemankooh are the most famous summit in that area, which is located in the south part of Yazd city.Ascent to the peak of Shirkooh is possible even for beginners and inexperienced mountaineers in all seasons.
You need: Trekking shoes, Cap, sunscreen cream, Small backpack, Warm Clothes
Following breakfast drive to Isfahan, arrive in Esfahan by noon and after check in, touring starts with Esfahan bridges.
Khajoo bridge; Arguably the finest of Esfahan’s bridges, Pol-e Khaju was built by Shah Abbas II in about 1650. It also doubles as a dam and has always been as much a meeting place as a bearer of traffic. 33 Pol bridge, the 298m-long Pol-e Si-o-Seh was built by Allahverdi Khan, a favorite general of Shah Abbas I, between 1599 and 1602. It served as both bridge and dam and is still used to hold water today.
Next visit Vank cathedral and Jolfa quarter; The Armenian quarter of Esfahan dates from the time of Shah Abbas I, who transported a colony of Christians from the town of Jolfa (now on Iran’s northern border) en masse, and named the village ‘New Jolfa’. Today there are a number of Armenian churches and an old cemetery, serving a Christian community of approximately 5000.
This morning, depart on a full day of exploration. Visit one of the world’s largest public squares Naqsh-e-Jahan complex; Naqsh-e Jahan means ‘pattern of the world’, and it’s the world that owes much to the vision of Shah Abbas the Great.
Begun in 1602 as the centerpiece of Abbas’ new capital, the square was designed as a home to the finest jewels of the Safavid empire – the incomparable Masjed-e Shah, the supremely elegant Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah and the indulgent and lavishly decorated Kakh-e Ali Qapu and Qeysarieh Portal.
Chehel-Soton Palace; This, the only surviving palace on the royal precinct was built as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall, using the Achaemenid-inspired talar (columnar porch) style.
Leave hotel early in the morning, eat your breakfast outdoor and smell the fresh air. Semirom is one of the countrysides of Esfahan province having several waterfalls and several springs. The city is known for its high-quality apple trees and production nationally and internationally. The high altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level gives apples produced in Semirom region their characteristically sweet taste, aroma and color.
Enjoy the nature in your last day in Iran and relax.
- Drive to Tehran Airport to Fly Home.
Tour Price Includes:
- 10 Night accommodation at 3* hotels with breakfast
- 2 Dinner and 1 lunch at local house
- Air-conditioned car/bus
- Full-time English-speaking guide
- On the way Free Drinks and Fruits
- Entrance fees
- Cooking Class
- Camel riding & Stargazing in desert
- Domestic Flights
- Professional climber for Day 6
- Local guide in Semirom