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Zigurat of Iran
(15 days 14 nights)


An archaeological tour for discovering the main archeological sites of the Persian Empire

Itinerary and inclunding

... - Iran
The next night arrive in Tehran, meeting the Tour leader of IRANIAN SEBT TOUR at the IKA Int. Airport and transfer to the Hotel/ overnight in Hotel.

Tehran - Ahvaz
Visiting The archeological museum and the Golestan Palace.
In the evening transfer and fly to Ahvaz.
Overnight stay.
Ahvaz - Shush (Susa) - Chogha Zanbil - Shiraz
After breakfast drive to Susa (116km north of Ahvaz); pay a visit to the Ancient City of Susa and the Ziggurat of Chogha-Zanbil, the best surviving example of Elamite architecture anywhere and one of the most memorable sites in Iran (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Drive back to Ahvaz. O/N Pars Hotel 
Ahvaz - Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz, en route lies the remains of “Bishapur” constructed by the second Sassanian Emperor, Shapur, following his victories over three Roman emperors. Visit Bishapur and  Tange Chogan. Drive on to Shiraz. O/N
Shiraz - Persepolis - Shiraz
Have breakfast. F/D excursion to Persepolis, the Ceremonial Capital of Achaemenian Empire, which was constructed by Darius I (512 BC) (UNESCO World Heritage site), followed by a visit to the nearby Naqsh-e-Rostam with its tombs of four Achaemenian Kings and Bas-reliefs of Sassanian Kings. Drive 70 k/m north to Pasargadae, the first capital of the Persian Empire. Visit the tomb and Palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Return to Shiraz. O/N Homa Hotel.
CSS of Shiraz including, The Eram Gardens, tomb of Hafez (the famous Persian Poet – 12 cent. AD), Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque and the Old Town Bazaar.
Shiraz - Kerman
Drive to Kerman en route visiting Sarvestan Palace and the “ Jame’ Mosque of Neyriz” (Friday Mosque). Picnic-lunch in Neyriz. Arrive to Kerman and overnight in Hotel.
Full-day excursion to Rayen Citadel and Mahan. In Mahan visit the mausoleum of Shah-Nematollah-Vali and the Bagh-e-Shazdeh (The Prince’s Garden). In the afternoon, return to Kerman. O/N in Hotel.
Kerman - Yazd
After breakfast, city sightseeing of Kerman including, “the Ganj-Ali-Khan” complex; “the Bath-house”, “Caravanserai”, “Tea-house” and “Jame’ Mosque”. Drive to Yazd; O/N in  Hotel.
Yazd is a microcosm of dilemmas and arts, the social and religious harmonies that invigorate Iran. Zoroastrians have always been populous in Yazd. The architecture of Yazd is unique, combining a proliferation of graceful wind-catchers (baad-girs) and adobe-type architecture of central and southern Iran.
F/D sightseeing of Yazd, visiting Tower of Silence, Friday Mosque, sightseeing tour of an old district of Yazd, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Dowlat-Abad Gardens, Mir-chakhmaq Square and the old town Bazaar. O/N in  Hotel.
Yazd - Naiin - Esfahan
Drive to Isfahan: en route visit the Jame’ Mosque, Pirnia House in Na’in and the camel-hair cloakweaving in the adjacent village of Mohammadiyeh. Drive on to Esfahan. O/N in Hotel.
Esfahan or Nesf-e-Jahan (Esfahan is half the world), which the Esfahanis coined in the 16th century to express the city's grandeur. Full day CSS of Esfahan, visiting Chehel Sotun Palace and the Ancient Friday Mosque(indeed an encyclopedia of Iranian mosque architecture from 9th century up to the present). Lunch in Shahrzad restaurant. In the afternoon, will have the opportunity to explore the Main Square and the Great Bazaar of Esfahan.
F/D CSS of Esfahan. Visit the famous Historical Bridges of Esfahan followed by a visit to the Armenian Quarter and Vank Cathedral with lunch at a local restaurant.  After Lunch visit Naqsh-e-Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site): this huge open square measures 500 m. by 165 m. Many of the most interesting sights in Isfahan are clustered around the square: Imam Mosque is one of the finest and the most stunning buildings in the world; Sheikh-Lotfollah is the most beautiful religious building wherein the elaborate design serves to heighten the visitor's spirituality rather than to distract him for it. Imam Mosque with a majesty and splendor that places it among the world's greatest buildings adorns the southern part of the square. Ali Qapu Palace sits opposite Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque from whose balcont the Safavid Monarch would watch polo games or state processions.
Esfahan - Abyane - Kashan - Tehran
Breakfast. Drive to Tehran, en route visiting Friday Mosque of Natanz, the Village of Abyaneh. In Kashan, visit Tappeh Sialk, Tabatabaii House and Fin Gardens. Drive on to Tehran. O/N in Hotel.
Iran - ...
Transfer to Tehran IKA Int’l Airport and flight back home
The fee includes:

• Overnight in 4/5 * BB hotels
• FB treatment
• Private transport by mini van with beverage
• Scheduled trips and excursions
• Local Iranian expert in EN language

• Full Board
• € 80 fee for airport visa

• Fly Teh-Syz
• Scheduled entrance fees for museums and attractions
• Health insurance
• Reference number seen at the airport

The fee DOES NOT include:

• International fly to Tehran A / R ticket
• Unscheduled dinners and lunches
• Unscheduled activities and museums
• Cancellation and baggage insurance
• Tips
• Everything that is not included in the fee

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