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Winter Vacation (10 D)

This 10-day winter tour package is for those travelers who are interested in a cultural-historical tour, and living traditions and architectural styles. We begin in Ahvaz, visiting three World Cultural Heritages: the ancient city of Susa, Choghazanbil ziggurat, and Shushtar historical Hydraulic System. We then visit the main places in Shiraz, Yazd, and Isfahan, followed by a visit to Abyaneh and Kashan at the end. 

Visited Cities & Towns: Ahvaz, Shushtar, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Abyaneh, Kashan

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Day 1
Overnight Ahvaz

After arriving in Ahvaz, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for rest. We’ll start our tour with a visit to the bridges and places connected with the ancient Mandaeism (a gnostic religion), and Moein-o Tojar Caravanserai. We also visit the Shadegan Ponds (famous for their flora and fauna), followed by visiting the Minoo Island where you have an opportunity to be introduced to a customary style of life in a Mozif, (a special structure, made altogether out of reed, which belongs to this region and goes back to the ancient times). We’ll return to Ahvaz in the evening.

Day 2
Overnight  Ahvaz

Our full-day tour includes three World Cultural Heritages: the ancient city of Susa, the remains of which bear outstanding testimony to successive ancient civilizations during a period of more than six millennia. We’ll also take a look at the enigmatic Tomb of Daniel (the biblical prophet) before moving to Choghazanbil ziggurat, an ancient Elamite complex located on the way to Shushtar. Once in Shushtar, we are going to take a glance at an intricate irrigation system called Shushtar historical Hydraulic System.

Day 3
Overnight  Shiraz

Today, we are going to drive from Ahvaz to Shiraz (563 km), starting our trip through delightful landscapes and multiple climates. It begins from 60 meters above sea level and proceeds to a height of 1,600 meters! We’ll have an opportunity to visit the ancient Bishapur City (well-known for its bas-reliefs and the remains of a Sasanian city) and the Anahita Temple (goddess of water). A short walk from Tange Chogan, the rocky walls here are home to six large bas-reliefs cut out of limestone. We’ll arrive in Shiraz at night.

Day 4
Overnight  Shiraz

The full-day tour of Shiraz— the city of poets, roses, and love— will start with a visit to Arg-e Karim Khan, Vakil Mosque, and Vakil Bazaar. Next, you’ll take a glance at the Nasir Almolk Mosque with its unique stained-glass windows turning the interior of the mosque into an amazing scene of hues. We also stroll through Narenjestan Mansion (with a house-museum). In the afternoon we will visit Shah Cheragh Shrine (one of the most venerated religious places in Iran), and the Tomb of Hafez (likely Iran's most famous and acclaimed poet).

Day 5
Overnight  Yazd

In the morning we’ll drive to Yazd (500 km) aiming at visiting some major sites on the way. We are going to visit Persepolis which still talks elegantly of the grandeur of the Persian Empire as it was nearly twenty-five centuries ago. We then move to Naqsh-e Rustam, one of the most spectacular ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire (comprising of the huge tombs of Persian kings).  Pasargadae will also be visited. It is the oldest Achaemenid Persian capital and the home to the Tomb of Cyrus the Great. We’ll arrive in Yazd at night.

desert tour
Day 6
Overnight   Yazd

We’ll start our full-day tour of Yazd with a visit to the Jame Mosque (with the tallest minarets in Iran). We then see the Towers of Silence (used for the Zoroastrian death ritual in the past) followed by a visit to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple (with its 1500-year-old Sacred Eternal Flame). The Water Museum (displaying a complex tunnel system used to extract groundwater) will also be visited.  Our tour will be continued in the afternoon by a visit to the Amir Chakhmaq Square, and Dolat Abad Garden (with the tallest Badgir/windcatcher in Iran and probably in the world).

Day 7
Overnight  Isfahan

We’ll start our road trip to Isfahan (350 km), visiting the following places on the way: the most sacred Zoroastrian shrine, Chak-Chak, (a gathering place for thousands of Zoroastrians from all over the world); the Caravanserai Complex of Meybod, and Pigeon Tower (an eco-friendly invention); the Narin Historical Castle (built some 2,000 years ago); and the old Jame Mosque of Nain. Arriving in Isfahan in the evening, we’ll stroll through the historical bridges where you have an opportunity to watch the daily life of people from a near distance.

Day 8

Today will be spent with the exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage site Naqsh-e Jahan Square (one of the largest squares in the world displaying an outstanding sample of Iranian/Islamic architecture), the magnificent Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque (an architectural masterpiece), and the eye-catching Ali Qapu Palace. In the afternoon we are going to visit the remarkable Chehel Sotoun Palace and Garden. We’ll end our tour by walking through the Persian Bazaar, (an opportunity to expand your insight into Iranian handicrafts and workshops).

Day 9
Overnight Isfahan

Our today’s tour includes visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jaame Mosque (an astounding representation of the advancement of mosque architecture over hundreds of years referenced in later periods and districts of the Islamic world as a model for mosque outline). Next, we take a look at the delightfully decorated Vank Cathedral (covered with eye-catching paintings and gilded carvings). The elegantly blue and gold painted central dome depicts the Biblical story of the creation of the world and the Fall of Man from Eden).

Day 10
Overnight Departure

Today we are driving to Tehran (449 km) via Abyaneh and Kashan. The last day of your tour in Iran includes visiting some eye-catching scenes and places on the way to Tehran. The architecturally remarkable village of Abyaneh will be visited at first. We then leave Abyaneh to Kashan where you have an opportunity to visit some houses of historical value (Borujerdis House, Ameri House, and Abbasi House). The delightful Fin Garden will also be visited. In the evening we leave the city to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport for departure.



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