Itinerary for our Iranian Trip

Below is the itinerary for the 15 day/14 night tour of Iran for March of 2011.

Please go online and check out the places mentioned below to learn more about them.  Google images and videos as well as videos on youtube.com are available for all or almost all of the places to be visited.

Day 1 – Arrival in Teheran. you be welcomed at the airport and brought to your hotel.  Overnight at Hotel Homa.

Day 2 – A tour of Teheran, including some museums. Then a trip to the scenic mountainousarea north of the city. We hope to have a meeting at this point with some young Iranians.  Overnight Hotel Homa.

Day 3 – After breakfast, fly to the city of Shiraz, in the south of the country. Shiraz is thegateway to the ancient site of Persepolis. Tour Shiraz, stopping at the Vakil Mosque complex, the bazaar and the Narenjestan Palace.  Overnight at Siraz Homa Hotel.

Day 4 – Drive to the old city of Firouzabad, around 60 kilometers away. Among the attractions of the city are the Ghal’eh Dokhtar, the Palace of Ardeshir, and the Fire Temple tower among the remains of Go-r. Overnight at Homa hotel.  Mosque in Shiraz.

Day 5 – In the morning leave for the city of Bavanat, stopping in Persepolis on the way. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire.  Click here to see some good photos of this ancient city.

There will also be a stop en route at Pasargadae, another UNESCO World Heritage site (as is Persepolis). Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. Its palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.  Pasargadae Palace ruins   Nomadic family in Bavanat

Day 6 – Continue to explore the Bavanat area and then drive to Kerman.  Overnight at Pars Hotel.   Arg-i-Bam in Kerman

Day 7 – Visit some of the local points of interest such as the ancient citadel of Rayen and the Shah Nematolah Museum.  Overnight Pars Hotel   The Rayen Citadel

Day 8 – Visit the Ganj-Ali-Khan mosque and then set off on the drive to

Yazd. For many it is an oasis in the middle of the harsh desert. Yazd is

one of Persia’s oldest cities. Marco Polo visited Yazd in 1250 A.C. and

wrote about it. Many of the people in Yazd are practicing Zoroastrians.

Overnight at a well-preserved caravanserai that has been transformed

into an atmospheric and fascinating place to stay.  Ganj-Ali-Khan Mosque

Day 9 – A city tour of Yazd and a visit to the Tower of Silence and the Dowlat-Abad Gardens. Zoroastrians refused to bury dead bodies to keep the earth pure. They left them in these uncovered stone towers so that vultures could pick the bones clean!  Overnight in caravanserai.  Yazd

Day 10 – Drive to Isfahan, which for many may well be the highlight of the trip. Isfahan, a major city in central Iran, was the splendid capital of the Seljuq and Safavid dynasties whose legacies established Iran (formerly Persia) as the cultural heart of the eastern Islamic world in terms of language (Persian), art, and architecture. There is a lot to see in this beautiful city and upon arrival the group will get started

on some of the highlights.  Overnight at 5* Abbasi Hotel.

Day 11 – Begin to tour Isfahan, with visits to several mosques and palaces, as well as the bazaar. Overnight at Abbasi Hotel.

Day 12 – Continue to tour the city of Isfahan, including a visit to Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world.  Overnight at Abbasi Hotel.

Day 13 – Leaving Isfahan for Kashan, the group stops at the village of Abyaneh. Abyaneh is a beautiful historic village at the foot of Karkass mountain 70 km to the southeast of Kashan and 40 km to Natanz. This is a village of living traditions, architectural styles (all in red clay), and probably the most interesting example of human adaptation to nature, wherein one can transcend the boundaries of time and space and experience the ancient civilization and culture of Iran.

From Abyaneh, the tour continues on to Kashan. Kashan is a city in the desert, famous for its carpets. But besides the carpets, Kashan is also known for silk, ceramics, copperware and rosewater. A visit to the local bazaar will offer an opportunity to see all of these products.  Overnight at Amirkabir Hotel.  Old house in Kashan   Another old house in Kashan

Day 14 – Drive to Teheran and after checking in at the hotel there will be a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant. There will also be an opportunity for another meeting with some local people.  Overnight at Homa Hotel.

Day 15 – Departure for airport and home.