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Shiraz tour

Iran Cultural Tour
14 Nights - 15 Days
Iran is one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world with over 10,000 years of history as well as 1000000 historic sites. Iranian culture and civilization provide rituals, beliefs, attitudes, art forms, handicrafts, and other unique things. A mysterious country is deep-rooted in its customs, culture, history, and religion. The more you try to enjoy this essence, the more interesting Iran becomes. Known for its odd heritage and history, this land has a unique charm that explains its sovereignty, customs, beauty, and more. Every city is different in this element, creating a group of diversity that no other country can show.

Day 1: Arrival Tehran
Arrive at Tehran (IKA) Airport, meet and greet by Tour representative. Transfer to hotel, Overnight Tehran.
Day 2: Shiraz
Full-day city tour of Tehran visiting the Golestan Palace complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), National Museum of Iran, Carpet Museum, Glass and Pottery Museum, Armenian Church, and museum. Evening transfer to airport for flight to Shiraz, transfer to hotel, Overnight Shiraz.
Day 3: Shiraz
Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit: Zandieh Complex, Castle, public baths (hammam), Bazaar, Khan theological school, Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, Naranjestan Palace, Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage site), Hafez and Sa'adi mausoleums. Evening lecture and discussion: Overview of Iranian school of Sufism
Day 4: Shiraz
Excursion to Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Naqsh-e Rostam, Quran Gate. Afternoon free, Overnight Shiraz. Evening lecture and discussion: Overview of Iran Pre-Islamic History.
Day 5: Shiraz - Yazd
Drive to Yazd with en-route visit to Pasargad (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Abarkouh cypress tree (oldest tree - 4.000 years, of Iran), Overnight Yazd.
Day 6: Yazd
Full-day city tour of Yazd visiting Amir Chaghmagh Square, the Water Museum, Jameh Mosque, Dolat Abad Garden, Fire Temple, Fahadan District, Towers of Silence, and a traditional textile workshop, Overnight Yazd. Evening lecture and discussion: Overview of "The role of water on culture and ancient irrigation systems of Iran"
Day 7: Yazd - Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. En-route visit to the desert city of Meybod. Visits to the Narin Fortress, caravansary, icehouse (Yakchal), pigeon tower (Kabootar Khaneh), ancient post office (Chapar Khaneh), Proceed to Nain to visit: Naein Jame Masjed (one of the oldest mosques in Iran). Evening arrival in Isfahan with visit to the iconic Si-O-Se Pol and Khajoo bridges by night. Transfer to hotel, Overnight Isfahan.
Day 8: Isfahan
Full-Day city tour of Isfahan visiting the Chehel Sotoun palace, Meidan-e-Imam (Naqsh-e-Jahan Square). Imam Khomeini Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Aliqapu Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace, Qeysariyeh Bazaar, traditional artisan workshops, Overnight Isfahan. Evening lecture and discussion: Overview of: "Traditional artisans and handicrafts in Iran"
Day 9: Isfahan
Visits in Isfahan including Jolfa Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank cathedral, Jameh Mosque, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Si-O - Se Pol (Allahverdikhan) and Khajoo bridges by day, Overnight Isfahan.
Day 10: Isfahan- Kashan
Morning drive to Kashan with en-route visit to the village of Abyaneh and Kashan. Visits to the Tabatabai house, Agha Bozorg Theological school and the Fin Garden. Evening arrival and overnight in Kashan. Evening lecture and discussion and overview of "Iranian Architecture"
Day 11: Kashan - Tehran
Drive to Tehran. En-route visit, Masoumeh Shrine (exterior), Imam Khomeini Mausoleum, Azadi Tower. Transfer to hotel, Overnight Tehran. Evening lecture and discussion on "Traditional Iranian medicine and treatment methods"
Day 12: Tehran
Full-day visits to the Sa'ad Abad Palace complex (Mir Emad Calligraphy Museum, Mellat and Green Palace). Music and Cinema Museums, Overnight Tehran. Evening lecture and discussion on "Iranian music"
Day 13: Tehran
Full-day city tour of Tehran to visit the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Photography Museum, Artist's House, Iranian Studies Foundation. Meet one of Iran's most famous modern calligraphers, Overnight Tehran. Evening lecture and discussion on "Islam, Iran & Modernity"
Day 14: Tehran
Free day in Tehran. Evening dinner party in the garden of a private art gallery, Overnight Tehran. Evening lecture and discussion on the "Food and Culinary Culture of Iran"
Day 15: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

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