Treasures of Persia, 10 Days - 9 Nights

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Overview

In Iran there are 24 Unesco heritage sites, on this trip 5 cultural ones of them are visited: Golestan Palace in Tehran, Persepolis and Pasargade in the Fars region, Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Emam Mosque in Esfahan.

 

Highlights

  • Visit the Esfahan Music Museum and attend a live concert of traditional Iranian music.
  • Visit to the Fin garden: a historical Persian garden where the great Shah Abbass was crowned.
  • Visit the Bazaar of Esfahan a historical bazaar where there are shops that have been selling the same merchandise for 400 years.
  • Na'in Mosque, a national heritage, a particular example of 10th century religious architecture.
  • The Zoroastrian Fire Temple where is guarded the fire called "victorious" from 470 AD lives.

 

1° day  Home country - TEHRAN

Departure with the scheduled flight to Tehran. Arrival and meeting with the guide, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in reserved rooms and overnight. 

 

2° day   TEHRAN - SHIRAZ

In the morning visit of the city, located between 1100 and 1750 meters, close to Mount Damāvand.

The day begins with a visit to the National Museum (Mūze-ye Īrān-e bāstān), where there is a splendid collection of ceramics, terracotta, sculptures and stone engravings found in the main archaeological excavations.

The days continues with a visit to the National Jewelery Museum (open only from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm - from Saturday to Tuesday). Inside we can see one of the most important jewelry collections in the world, accumulated over the centuries by all the Persian dynasties. If the jewelry museum is closed instead, we will visit the Museum of Glass and Ceramics, a splendid exhibition with hundreds of artifacts coming mainly from Neyshabur, Kashan, Rey and Gorgan, dating back to the second millennium BC. You can also see the Golestan Royal Palace (Palace of Flowers), the oldest of Tehran's historical monuments and a UNESCO heritage site.

Transfer to the airport and departure for Shiraz (flight duration of about one hour and twenty minutes).

Arrival in the city, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

 

3° day    SHIRAZ – PERSEPOLI – NAQSH-E ROSTAM – SHIRAZ 

In the morning we leave for the excursion to Persepolis (a UNESCO heritage site). Originally called Takht-e-Jamshid, it was built in the 5th century. B.C. by order of Darius, Xerxes and their successors.

We continue with a visit to Naqsh-e-Rostam where the tombs of four Achaemenid kings have been carved into the slope of a mountain.

Return to Shiraz to visit the city, known for its gardens and for some important monuments such as the Vakil complex which includes Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar and the Hammam. In addition: the fortress of Karim Khan (to be visited from the outside), the caravanserai of Moshir, the Koranic school of Khan and the Mauseleo Hafez, the Iranian popular poet who steals the heart of those who read his ghazals.

Return to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

4° day    SHIRAZ – PASARGADE – YAZD  

Departure for Yazd. On the way, visit Pasargade (a UNESCO heritage site), the first capital of the Achaemenid kingdom, where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is located.

Continuation of the journey and arrival in Yazd, a city with a color of clay, which rises on the edge of two deserts: the Dasht-e-Kavir and the Lut desert. It is famous for its Badghir, the characteristic ventilation towers on the roofs of the houses.

Start of city tours.

Check-in at the hotel. Overnight.

 

5°  day  Yazd 

In the morning the visit of the city that hosts the largest community of followers of Zoroaster. We will visit the "Sacred Fire" the temple where a flame that has been burning since 470 A.C. is preserved, the "Towers of Silence" two barren hills, where the Zoroastrians left their dead to the vultures to pluck their bones.

We continue by visiting the Friday Mosque (Masjed-e Jameh) which has a portal covered with majolica among the most beautiful in Iran and the Mirciakhmaq complex, with the beautiful square and the bazaar, the ancient district of Fahadan protected by UNESCO.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

 

6°  day  Yazd – Meybod – Na’in – Esfahan 

Departure for Esfahan. On the way, the first stop will be in Meybod where you can see the Narin castle which dates back to 3000 years ago.

The second stop during the trip will be at the citadel of Na'in and visit the Friday Mosque The Friday Mosque (Masjed-e Jameh).

The continuation of the journey to Esfahan, the city of a thousand and one nights. Arrival, hotel accommodation and overnight.

 

7°, 8°  day  Esfahan 

Two whole days dedicated to the visit of Esfahan which is among the most suggestive cities in the world. For centuries the city has been a crossroads of trade, merchants, enlightened artisans who have given impetus to the creation of a cultural, stately city that leaves you breathless for the beauty of its monuments. We visit the central square Naqsh-e jahan (512 x 163 meters - UNESCO heritage) which overlooks two theories of arches, in the lower part occupied by artisan shops (interesting are the shops of precious items: miniatures, turquoise, fabrics). Between the arcades fit the mosque of di Imam (mosque of the Shah - UNESCO heritage), by far one of the most beautiful in the entire Islamic world for the refinement of the blue and yellow tiles decoration and the harmony of the interior spaces. Then there is the little jewel: the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, in front of which you can see the royal Safavid Ali Qapu palace where it will be visited later. Around this particular square there is the very lively central Bazaar covered by small surmounted domes. The visits to Esfahan continue: Friday Mosque (Masjed-e Jameh), the royal palace of Chehel Sotoun (with forty columns) and the famous Sio-o-se Pol and Khaju bridges. Two nights in Esfahan. 

 

9° day   Esfahan – Kashan –Tehran 

In the morning departure for Tehran. During the trip we will visit Kashan, famous for the production of glazed pottery and for all its handicrafts.

Visit to Casa Borujerdi a historic villa and one of the bioclimatic dwellings dug into the typical soil of the region. After a few meters we visit the Hammam Sultan Amir Ahmad and finally we arrive at the garden of Fin where the great Shah Abbass was crowned.

Arrival in Tehran during evening. Accommodation in the hotel in front of the airport, overnight.

 

10° day   TEHRAN – Home country

Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport with the hotel shuttles in time for the departure of the return flight to Italy.

 

Included/Excluded

All formalities for issuing the visa
Welcome and assistance at the airport
Accommodation in the indicated hotels
Buffet breakfast in hotels (lunches and dinners to be defined according to the program)
Means of transport at disposal
Italian speaking guides
The entry tickets (to be defined according to the program)
Domestic flight fee (to be defined according to the program)
Air fares for international flights
Health insurance, baggage and trip cancellation insurances
All personal expenses, laundry, telephone calls
Tips to the guide and driver

Itinerary

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FAQs

How to dress in Iran?
The choice of what to wear especially when traveling to a new place can be laborious.Here we explain a little what can go well when traveling in Iran. In general, our advice to dress in a sporty way, that is, in a comfortable way. For men almost anything will fit apart from shorts and sleeveless shirts; For women, they are asked to be more covered like wearing the veil but in a more tolerated way in the sense that a light scarf is fine plus long and loose shirts and loose pants of any type of material.
Are credit cards allowed? What kind of cash are better, dollars or euros?
Credit cards are only accepted in some long-journey souvenir shops so tourists are required to carry cash for day-to-day expenses. For some the question arises as to whether there is a difference between carrying dollars and euro, the answer is that both are fine and easy to change after arriving in Iran, so the choice is yours.
How does the visa work?
There are two ways to obtain the visa: the first is the one we suggest, which is to obtain it upon arrival at the airport, for that, the authorization code is first obtained through our agency by making the request based on the documents presented to the Ministry. of Foreign Affairs; The second is to obtain it in Italy from the Iranian embassy in Rome or the Iranian consulate in Milan, even in this way it will be better that through our agency you get the authorization code as explained above, after which you have to go to one of the aforementioned Iranian representatives. In Italy, presenting the documents and do fingerprints.
Is the Iran visa printed on the passport?
The answer is no. The obtained visas in the first way above mentioned, will be registered on the system at the airport and those obtained in the second way, will be issued on a sheet.

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