Deserts, Oasis and Persian Cultural Trip

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Origin City: Kish

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Discovering Iranian Deserts

This trip allows you to discover different deserts of Iran, distinguished by their specificities. You will spend unforgettable nights in the heart of the desert in traditional accommodations. In addition, you will take the opportunity to walk on the dunes, go camel riding and go on safari among the Yardangs.
After discovering the classical attractions of Tehran and Shiraz, two must-see cities of Iran, you will arrive in Kerman. The city fascinates you with a unique example of the Persian garden in the middle of the desert, on the ancient Silk Road. But this magical day is not over yet! You will continue your journey towards the desert of Shahdad. This Iranian desert includes the kaloutes, fantastic sedimentary formations, and the vast expanse of yardangs (rocky ridge created by wind erosion in a desert environment). You will admire the mystical silence, the sumptuous landscapes and the magnificent yardangs. In addition, the eternal and unlimited treasure of the Middle East, the Iranian deserts, invites you to explore. You will also discover the classic sites in Kerman under the bright sun of the Orient and taste a traditional oriental tea.

In the Middle of the Central Desert

You take the desert road to the desert city of Yazd, going through the central plateau of Iran. You will not miss the must-sees of this alluring city at all. The monuments of the Zoroastrians, the Jameh Mosque and a pleasant walk through the narrow streets of the city at the end. You will take the road towards another Iranian desert called Mesr Desert. On the road, you will visit Kharanaq Village and its ancient ruins and Bayazeh Village whose adobe fort dating back to the Safavid dynasty. At the end of the day, you will arrive in Mesr Desert, another mysterious adventure is calling you. During the day, passing over the heated dunes under the desert sky and a distant horizon which joins yellow sands and the clear sky will seem miraculous to you. The interesting experiences such as camel riding and Safari make this trip unique. At night, you will immerse yourself in the eternity drawn by the stars.
The next day you head for Isfahan through a desert road. The desert villages and the town of Nain, the cradle of the Iranian carpet, welcome you. The historic city of Isfahan and its Safavid-era masterpieces and the villages on the road to Tehran will be your latest discoveries in Iran.
This trip is recommended for anyone interested in Iranian history and civilization as well as the exuberant nature, specially the Iranian desert.

Day 1

Arrival Tehran

Transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 3

Tehran- Kashan 257 KM

In the morning, visit Golestan Palace, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a brilliant example of an important period in the history of Persia where the society starts a new era of modernism. Then depart Tehran for Kashan where you enjoy the great Iranian architecture, designed based on the weather of this wonderful city. Next, visit Fin Garden, listed in World Heritage Site as an example of Persian garden and Tabatabaei Historical House which dates back to the 19th century and demonstrates colorful mosaics, windows and paintings as well as luxurious decorations.

Day 5

Anarak – Mesr 210 KM

Depart Anarak Village for Mesr Desert, including a desert and an oasis in the central desert of Iran. Today, you go for a stroll in the desert and enjoy camel riding and safari.

Day 7

Mesr

Today, go on an excursion to Khor and enjoy adobe houses, ancient castles and amazing landscapes. Then explore Bayaziyeh in which you can find ancient monuments and Palm groves.

Day 9

Yazd

Enjoy your sightseeing in Yazd by exploring Towers of Silence in which you get familiar with the ancient funeral ceremonies. Afterwards, head Towards Zoroastrian Fire Temple where the holy fire has been maintained for more than 1100 years. Then you proceed to Jameh Mosque of Yazd where you get fascinated with Persian architecture. At the end, you stroll in the Historical District in Yazd, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 11

Isfahan

Today, you explore Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, one of the five oldest Friday Mosques in the world and the oldest monument in Isfahan. Then proceed to Si-o-se Pol and Khajou Bridges, which have spanned the Zayandeh Rud River. Then head for the Vank Cathedral, constructed with an inspiration from Saint Stepanos Monastery and influenced by Iranian and Italian art, and its Museum. At the end, visit Grand Bazaar of Isfahan, one of the greatest and luxurious trading centers in the safavid era.

Day 13

Isfahan – Shiraz 489 KM

Depart Shiraz for Isfahan, the capital of Persian Emperor in Safavid Dynasty. On the way, visit Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia with its wonderfully well-preserved remains. Then Proceed to Naqsh-e Rustam, which contains four graves of the first Achaemenid Emperors, Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II, carved into the cliff.

Day 15

Departure Shiraz

Transfer to the airport.

Day 2

Tehran

Start your day by exploring Tehran including National Museum of Iran, an institution of two archeological and Islamic complex and National Jewelry Museum of Iran where the most dazzling collection of royal gemstones and jewelry is held. Afterward, visit Iranian Artists’ House in which you can meet Iranian artists and enjoy art galleries.

Day 4

Kashan- Anarak 325 KM

Depart Kashan for Anarak. On the way, make a stop in Natanz and visit Jameh Mosque of Natanz enjoying unique tiling and brickwork in the structure of its minaret and dome, and Abd Samad Natanzi Mausoleum, an Ilkhanid-era construction in which an Iranian sufi is buried. Afterwards, head for Ardestan and visit Jameh Mosque of Ardestan. This mosque which used to be a fire temple in pre-Islam era, was constructed with an inspiration from Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. It is also the first two-story mosque and the second four-iwan mosque in Islamic world.

Day 6

Mesr

Continue your adventure in Mesr by exploring Takht-e Aroos, (literally means bride’s bed) including attractive landscapes. Since bride is the symbol of beauty in the culture of people in desert, this place is called so. It is mentionable that Takht geographically is referred to the region, which is higher than the surrounding areas.

Day 8

Mesr – Yazd 423 KM

Depart Mesr for Yazd and make a stop in Kharanaq Village (literally means the birthplace of the sun). Then head for Chak Chak Village, known as a saint Zoroastrian village where you can stroll and admire its holy site.

Day 10

Yazd – Isfahan 321 KM

Depart Yazd for Isfahan, the capital of Iran in Safavid era. On the way, visit Narin Castle dating back to 4000 years ago, in Meybod. Continue to Jameh Mosque of Nain, built over 1000 years ago with an inspiration from Prophet Mosque in Medina.

Day 12

Isfahan

Continue your sightseeing by visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace (Forty Columns), a brilliant example for Persian garden listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, Head Towardss Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world, and the monuments around including Imam Mosque, a stunning monument at the head of the square; Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, also known as the mosque of women; and Ali Qapu Palace in which the important meetings of the king with ambassadors and other politicians were carried out. At the end, take some leisure time in the afternoon.

Day 14

Shiraz

Today, you explore Nasir-ol-molk Mosque; also known as the Pink Mosque. Afterwards, you visit Narenjestan e Ghavam Garden and enjoy the beautiful orangery gardens. Next, you proceed your sightseeing to Hafiz Tomb where you appreciate a great poet who was also admired by Goethe. Finally, you end the day by visiting Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine and Vakil Bazaar; a traditional covered bazaar located at the center of Shiraz enjoying natural air conditioning, arches and stunning architecture.