This Iran tour is a very good option for those tourists who come for a short time for business or to visit their family; they want to include a top notch tour of Iranian culture in their visit. This tour starts in Shiraz, goes through Yazd and ends in Isfahan. It covers all the historical places in this part of Iran dating from 3000 years ago up to the Islamic period and also offers a chance to stay in former homes now converted into hotels a special experience that gives a unique glimpse into the beautiful desert way of life.
Visited Cities: Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan
Our half-day city tour in Shiraz will be held in the morning taking us to the elegant Nasir’ol Molk Mosque (reflecting an exquisite deep shade of blue due to its colored tiling), the Tomb of Hafiz (the famous Iranian poet), and the Persian Garden (Eram). Next we go on an excursion to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Persepolis (for a glimpse into the Iran’s glorious past) and Naqsh-e Rostam (an ancient necropolis dating back to the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods). We will then drive back to Shiraz. If there is any extra time we are going to see some additional spots.
Today we are going to move from Shiraz to Yazd (490 km). Once in Yazd, we’ll take a tour through the traditional urban area, visiting the elegant Jame Mosque (appealing to tourists due to its special style in integrating ancient and Islamic architecture), Alexander Prison (a 15th century domed school known as Alexander’s Prison due to a reference to the place in a Hafez poem), and the Zour Khaneh (an Iranian traditional gymnasium). We also take a look at the prominent Amir Chakhmagh Square (built in the 15th century).
Before noon we will have the opportunity to admire the Towers of Silence (where you perceive how Zoroastrians used to say goodbye to their loved ones who passed away), the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and the Water Museum (displaying tools and techniques utilized for a long time in making underground channels called Qanats). Afterward, we’ll drive to Isfahan visiting Nain en route to see its glorious Jame Mosque (with its silent basement, the remarkable brickwork around the yard, and the spectacular plasterwork over the niche). Once in Isfahan, we have time to visit the historical bridges.
Our full-day tour of Isfahan includes a walking to the following major spots: the Naqsh-e Jahan Square (with a magnificent area of delectable green in the center), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (another valuable Safavid gem), Imam Mosque (with its blue-tiled mosaic designs and superbly proportioned architecture), and Ali Qapu Palace (symbolizing the authority of the Safavid rulers). In the afternoon we’ll see the Chehel Sotoun Palace (with the slim columns, over 40m tall) and the bazaar being introduced to the Iranian handicrafts and workshops. At night we are going to Isfahan airport.