Iran west & central trip (14 days)

To visit Chogha Zanbil, the best preserved ziggurat in the world, Susa and Persepolis, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd to visit their majestic ancient and Islamic architecture.

ITINERARY
Day 1, TEHRAN

Upon early-morning arrival in Tehran, you are met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel, we spend all day visiting the Archaeological, Carpet Museums and Golestan Palace. Overnight Tehran

Day 2, TEHRAN/HAMADAN
Drive to Hamadan (337km, 5-6 hrs) To visit Ganjnemah Two inscriptions carved on the face of Alvand mountain, belonging to Darius and Xerxes. Tombs of Avicenna the great Persian Mathematician, Mausoleum of Esther the Achaemenian Queen. Overnight Hamadan

Day 3, HAMADAN/KERMANSHAH/KHORAMABAD
Drive to Kermanshah to visit Anahita Temple, Bistoun and the UNESCO World heritage site of Sassanid Rock Reielf at Tagh-e- Bostan then continue to drive to Khoramabad. Overnight Khoramabad.

Day 4, KHORAMABBAD/SHUSHTAR

Visit 3rd Century Falak –o- Aflak castle. Drive to capital of the Achamenian kings ancient city of Susa the administrative, visit the tomb of the prophet Daniel, then continue to drive Shushtar

Overnight Shushtar

Day 5, SHUSHTAR/AHWAZ
Visit Shushtar famous ancient watermill follow by visiting the UNESCO World heritage site of Ziggurat Choga zanbil. Drive to Ahwaz

Overnight Ahwaz

Day 6, AHWAZ/SHIRAZ

Drive to Shiraz, on the way visit the remains of ancient city of Bishapour with rock-cut reservoirs and a river valley with Sassanid rock reliefs. (556km, 8-9 hours).

Overnight Shiraz

Day 7, SHIRAZ
Excursion, this time to the UNESCO World heritage site of Persepolis, Naghesh-e-Rajab and Naghesh-e-Rostam. Back to Shiraz . Visit Eram garden, Hafez tomb

Overnight Shiraz

Day 8, SHIRAZ

Visit Nasser –o- Molk mosque. Then drive to Yazd to visit the UNESCO World heritage site of Pasargadae on the way (409km 6-7 hours).

Overnight Yazd

Day 9, YAZD
We visit the Towers of Silence, , (Zoroastrian’s commentary) – where the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures the Friday Mosque, dates back to the 14th century with tallest minarets in Iran and the Fire Temple, the fire has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Amir Chakhmagh mosque, one of the most valuable artistic historical heritages. Overnight Yazd.

Day 10, YAZD/ISFAHAN
We continue to drive to Isfahan (299km 4-5 hours). Overnight Isfahan.

Day 11, ISFAHAN
A full day sightseeing, visiting Imam , Sheikh, and Lotfollah Mosques, the Aliqapou Palace, Vanak Church, the Shaking Minarets, and the Fire Temple. Overnight Isfahan.

Day 12, ISFAHAN
Sightseeing in this fascinating city continues with the Friday Mosque, a treasure architecture, Chehel Sotoun, which was built as a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in 1647 Hasht Behesht Palace with fine murals and spectacular roofs, Khajou Bridge ,built by Shah Abbas II in 1650, it is 123 metres long with 24 arches. Overnight Isfahan.

Day 13, ISFAHAN/TEHRAN
Drive to Tehran, (435km 6-7 hours), en-route visiting the pilgrim city of Qom. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 14, TEHRAN
Transfer to the airport for the return flight

Price: £2650

Single Supplement: £380

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