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Iran Black Church 22 day/ 21 night - [ Tours ]

Iran is dominated by a high plateau, with large salt flats and vast sand deserts. The plateau is surrounded by even higher mountains, including the Zagros to the west and the Elburz to the north. Farming and settlement are largely concentrated in the narrow plains or valleys in the west or north, where there is more rainfall. Iran's huge oil reserves lie in the southwest, along the Persian Gulf.

 
ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrival-Tehran

Arrival at Tehran airport, transfer to hotel & rest. O/N Tehran.

Day 02: Tehran

After breakfast, we will visit Archaeological & Islamic Art Museum, the finest museum in Iran where you'll view a collection of ancient Persian civilization, also jewelry museum. O/N Tehran.

Day 03: Tehran-Anzali

Cross the magnificent Alborz Mountain range in a modern air-conditioned coach, and drive toward Caspian Sea in Anzali. On the way we will visit Masuleh village. O/N Anzali.

Day 04: Anzali-Ardebil

We will visit Anzali Marsh in the morning. Afternoon drive toward Ardebil. O/N Ardebil

Day 05: Ardebil

In Ardebil we will visit Sheikh Safi -Ad-Din (great Sufi) mausoleum complex with dome of Allah Allah (about 56 feet high) above the resting place. Continue to Sarein, a Spa region at the foot of a mountain with numerous hot mineral springs of various temperatures known for their therapeutic values. O/N Ardebil.

Day 06: Ardebil-Tabriz

Drive toward Tabriz, one of the very ancient civilization zone from 7000

B.C.  , visit   El Goli pleasant hillside garden around an artificial lake and Blue Mosque. O/N Tabriz.

Day 07: Tabriz- Black Church

We will visit black church, a 1000 year old church which is the grave yard of Saint Thaddeus and located at the foot of a hill. Black and white stones are applied in its construction. O/N Tabriz.

Day 08: Tabriz-Hamedan

Drive to Hamedan, en route we will visit beautiful Kandovan village. O/N Hamedan.

Day 09: Hamedan

We will visit Ester & Mordkhay tombs (Jewish holy shrine), Alaviyan dome and  Hegmataneh hill . O/N Hamedan.

Day 10: Hamedan-Bisotun-Kermanshah

Drive to Kermanshah , en route we will visit Anahita complex , built in honor of the female guardian of waters, in Kangavar. Continue to Bisotun which can be called a living museum of Iranian civilization from ancient time to present with the biggest Cuneiform inscription (tablet of Darius I), where you also visit the stone statue of Hercules in the mountain. O/N Kermanshah.

Day 11: Kermanshah - Isfahan

Drive to Isfahan, en route we will visit Falak-ol- Aflak castle in Khorramabad. O/N Isfahan.

Day 12: Isfahan

In the morning we will visit Imam square, the huge open square in center of Isfahan with four monuments at four sides including Imam mosque covered inside and outside with intricate turquoise tiles, The smaller Sheikh Lotfollah mosque contains some of the best mosaics from 17th century, Ali Ghapoo Palace which was the first skyscraper in Iran and Isfahan bazaar where you can visit the workshop of artists who paint miniature sometimes on bone. In the afternoon, we will visit   Si-o-Se Pol (thirty three) and khajoo bridges over Zayanderud, relax in one of the traditional tea houses ,drink tea and smoke Persian water pipe. O/N Isfahan.

Day 13: Isfahan

We will visit Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank cathedral, Friday mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Sotoun known as forty column palace with its exquisite wall painting. O/N Isfahan.

* You can fly directly to Shiraz or stop the tour now and fly back to Tehran in order to avoid a long 22 day tour.

Day 14: Isfahan-Yazd

Drive to Yazd, en route we will visit a carpet workshop in Naeen, and an old Caravanserai &Nareen castle in Meibod. In the evening free. O/N Yazd.

Day 15: Yazd

According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world; it is like a living museum. We will visit Friday mosque, the highest wind tower of city which keeps the building cool and the Zoroastrian temple where sacred fire has been kept alive for hundreds of years and is now a Zoroastrian pilgrim center. This is an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism which had been the Persian religion until Arabs brought Islam to Iran. Then go to Towers of Silence on outskirts of the city, which was a burial place for Zoroastrian. O/N Yazd.

Day 16: Yazd - Passargad  - Nekropolis - Persepolis - Shiraz

Drive to Shiraz, en route we will visit  Pasargad , tomb of Cyrus the great which was the Achamenian center , Necropol (tombs of Achamenian kings) , Persepolis (a castle made by free workers not slaves in 500 BC) and Qoran gate. O/N Shiraz.

Day 17: Shiraz- Bishapoor excursion

Early morning we go to visit Bishapoor, an ancient city in heart of history, built as the commemoration of Persian Victory in Persian-Roman war. O/N Shiraz.

Day 18: Shiraz

We will visit Eram and Narenjestan Gardens, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Khan Theological School, Hafez (or Saadi) mausoleum, Vakil complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of Aliebnehamze Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz.

* You can stop the tour now and fly back to Tehran in order to avoid a long 22 day tour.

Day 19: Shiraz-Kerman

We drive toward Kerman from Shiraz. O/N Kerman.

Day 20: Kerman- Bam - Mahan - Kerman

We will visit remains of Bam citadel, the magnificent Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah e Vali, great Sufi, and the lovely Shahzadeh (Prince) Garden in Mahan. O/N Kerman.

Day 21: Kerman - Tehran

Kerman is famous for Persian carpets. There we will  visit 17th century Ganjali khan complex including one of the most interesting and ancient bazaars in Iran,  bathhouse with its collection of wax figures showing what to do in a bathhouse and the traditional tea house. Afternoon, transfer to the airport & fly to Tehran. O/N Tehran.

Day 22: Tehran - Departure

Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.

*This itinerary can be made shorter or longer according to your request.

 



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