TRIP HIGHLIGHTS & ITINERARY
10-day tour discover the mystery behind Lut desert and the hottest place in the earth and explore fabled capitals of ancient empires with our expert trip Leader, well-spoken and experienced in sharing his native land with travelers.
After arriving in Tehran from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) our representative will meet and greet you then you will be transferred to hotel for rest.
This morning we take you a World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty. Time permitting, we can walk around Tehran Bazaar, few steps far from Golestan Palace. Today you’ll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum Ancient Iran and Islamic Era. Later we take you to the Mehrabad airport in Tehran for your included flight to Kerman
|Kerman-Shahdad (98 km)|
Today on the way to Shahdad you will stop in Mahan. Meet Sufis who have travelled a long way to pay homage to their Sufi master Shah Nematollah Vali in his shrine. Get relax in Shahzadeh Garden and admire a great example of Persian gardens. After lunch, we’ll continue to Shahdad is located at the edge of the Lut desert, for visiting a wonderful scenery of desert in Kaluts. Kaluts are the wonderful sandy shapes created by wind or water erosion. You will stay this night in the camp and be sure that you will gaze the night sky till you sleep.
|The mystery of Shahdad|
After breakfast, we will drive to Gandom Beryan. The “Gandom Beryan “is located 80 kilometers Shahdad, the Volcanic area is covered with black volcanic rocks that cover the same intense heat rising in the region. Plain “Gandom beryan” that is an area of 200 km and 150 km wide No living thing is not life and environmental conditions in such a way that there is no planter animal. Even the carcasses of dead animals and abandoned in a wheat grill, and not decomposed by heat, the sun dried heat but just are. It is also possible in this area, even bacteria will not survive. In the afternoon you will come back to Shahdad camp.
|Shahdad- Shiraz (665km)|
Today we’ll drive to Shiraz and leave the desert by its mysteries. We will have some stop in our way to visit Bakhtaran and Maharlu Salt lakes and Sarvestan Sassanid Palace. The lake is located in altitude of 1460 meters above the sea level and its water is very salty. Maximum depth of this lake is 3meters so its amount of evaporation is high and this cause a part of lakebed to be covered with a layer of salt, of course the existence of chalky sediments of sachem formation and two salt domes in the east of the lake have considerably effect on its extreme saltiness.
After breakfast will start your full day tour of Shiraz. At first, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. Then you will visit Karim Khan Citadel built during the Zand Dynasty. After that, you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar. Also you can visit Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh. Shah-e-Cheragh is the most important place of pilgrimage within the city of Shiraz. Shiraz is famous for its gardens and we’ll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and towering cypress (one of which is said to be 3,000 years old). End your day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the lovely garden tomb of Sa’adi and tomb of Hafez, two of our most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature.
|Isfahan- Persepolis and pasargad (481km)|
We will have some stop in our way to visit legendary city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great and founded in 512 BC. From here we will drive a couple of miles to Naqsh-e-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried. Then visit Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenes Empire. Continue to Isfahan and check in to our hotel.
At first, you will visit Masjed -e Jamé, another masterpiece of Iranian architecture. Then your exploration continues in Imam Square. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Then in the Ali Qapu Palace, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. Next up is Chehel Sotun. The Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking! Then you will visit Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements.
We leave the wonderful Isfahan behind and drive for a few hours to the Kashan, a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for the Fin gardens and extensive bazaar and hamams. The Fin gardens are our first stop, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion. From here we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hamams and mosques. Walking through the bazaar we get to the Mosque of Mir Emad, which we will visit along with the Masjed-e Jame. You’ll also visit the historic Borujerdi House here in Kashan.
Our tour guide will transfer you to Imam Khomeini International Airport according to your’ flight time.
•Arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Imam,Khomeini (IKA) Airport
•All nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels
•Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coach
•International air fares, taxes and surcharges
•Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
•Tips to local guides and drivers
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