This 7-day tour is an ideal option for those who want to mix the natural beauty of Iran and its historical taste. It starts in Shiraz and continues with a 3-day trekking and hiking in some of the most spectacular areas replete with filled flowing streams, and green forests. You have also an opportunity to explore, among other places, Isfahan and Tehran in depth and get a glimpse at Abyaneh, the best place to experience Iranian rural architecture.
Visited Cities & Towns: Shiraz, Kahkaran, Sisakht, Isfahan, Abyaneh, Kashan, Tehran
Having a relaxing transfer to the hotel, upon your arrival in Shiraz, you’ll have enough time to rest before your Shiraz tour begins. We aim to visit the grand remains of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Persepolis (a must visit in Iran with lots of history). Next, we take a glance at Naqsh-e Rostam (Necropolis) remaining as persisting memory of ancient great kings of Persia. We, then return to Shiraz in the afternoon to start our half-day city tour including Vakil Bazaar, Nasir’ol Molk Mosque, Narenjestan, and Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine.
Today we are going to start a 3-day trekking through the area of Sepidan in the midst of peaceful scenes to get a fascinating insight into this region. We drive from Shiraz to Beheshte Gomshodeh (Lost Paradise), situated at 120 km northwest of Shiraz with intact landscape and tranquility where you walk over a scenic route to reach Kahkaran before sunset. The tour includes River Crossing, visiting the Jiderzar village with friendly dwellers, and several hours of strolling through oak trees. We are going to stay overnight in a camp in Kahkaran.
Packing the camping equipment, early in the morning, we’ll set out trekking towards Gambil Valley (where the pleasant atmosphere and stream of lucid water will assuredly put an indelible impact on you on you). The starting point for the gorge trail is at an altitude of 2100 meters. To traverse the gorge we should pass out of the water several times. Scrolling through the gorge, we will see walnut, fig, and wild blackberry trees. We’ll finally reach Nomadic tents aiming at staying overnight under the starry sky, an incredible sight to behold a long way from the city lights.
Today we move to Sisakht, (a cold snow-covered city which flaunts the white picture of beauty and grace during winter). The region is replete— during other seasons— with filled flowing streams, delicate wind, gardens full of flowers and fruits, and green forests. We also take a glance at the delightful Cheshmeh Mishi (Mishi Spring). We’ll then drive to Isfahan (325km), aiming at visiting the remarkable Semirom Waterfalls on the way. With a height of 32 meters, it shows off its beauty as a silver carpet amidst the stony walls. We’ll arrive in Isfahan in the evening.
Our full-day city tour of Isfahan includes some principle attractions: the Chehel Sotoun Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site with the most colorful and vibrant paintings on the ceiling and walls.), Naqsh-e Jahan Square (meaning Image of the World Square), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (with the eye-catching intricacy of its architectural detail), Imam Mosque (with wonderful mosaics, niches in the roof, and extraordinary decorations), and Ali Qapu Palace (an architectural masterwork). After lunch, you visit the old bazaar to get familiarized with the Iranian handicrafts and workshops.
Today we are moving to Tehran aiming at visiting Abyaneh (the best place to see the rural architecture and traditional dresses of local people). Next, we make a few stops on the way to visit the best Iranian houses in size and architecture (for example, Borujerdis House, Ameri House, and Abbasi House), and the glorious Mosque of Agha Bozorg (used as a mosque and likewise as a theological school). We then visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Fin Garden, a highlight of Kashan before leaving the city to Tehran.
Our full-day tour of Tehran starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Golestan Palace the most famous building of which is the Mirror Hall. Next we visit a number of fabulous museums including National Museum of Iran, (which shows relics from the 6th millennium B.C. till the Islamic period); Glass & Ceramics Museum (displaying objects from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the modern day); and possibly Treasury of National Jewelry Museum (which accommodates the largest pink diamonds in the world). In the late evening, we are going to the airport to fly back home.