A 14-Day Luxury Tour – The Ultimate Persian Expedition
The Majestic Path of Iran, from Ancient Marvels to Stunning Scenery
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Embark on a captivating odyssey as you commence your adventure from the comfort of Tehran’s embrace. Traverse breathtaking landscapes, ancient archaeological sites, rugged mountains, and serene rural villages. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of traditions and cultures that have left an indelible mark on this land for millennia. Welcome to the enigmatic realm of Persia, a land once forbidden but now ready to reveal its secrets to intrepid explorers like you.
Participate in an extraordinary adventure as we embark on a voyage through the captivating cities of Tehran, Kashan, Abyaneh Village, Isfahan, Varzaneh Desert, Meybod, Kharanagh, Yazd, and Shiraz. Prepare to be enchanted by the rich tapestry of Persian history, breathtaking landscapes, and above all, the warm hospitality of the Iranian people. Join us on this unforgettable expedition, where Persian history, natural wonders, and the genuine hospitality of the locals converge to create an experience that will touch your heart and soul.
DAY 1: Tehran (Arrival)
Upon your arrival at Imam Khomeini Intl Airport (IKA) in Tehran, you will be met and greeted by our representative at the airport. Hospitality is in the blood of Iranians and it is our honor to welcome our guests properly. The local representative will take you to your hotel where you can rest. Early check-in is arranged at the hotel in Tehran for seamless arrival from international flights arriving at midnight. Rest and prepare promptly for city exploration).
(Today’s itinerary might be changed according to your arrival time)
DAY 2: Tehran
Today, we have the pleasure of visiting the enchanting Saad Abad Palace, nestled in a picturesque park-like setting. This palace served as the coronation and marriage palace for the Pahlavi Dynasty and was the former residence of the last Shah of Iran. Now transformed into a museum, Saad Abad Palace offers a captivating journey through history, showcasing period furnishings, exquisite décor, and even personal belongings of the last Shah.
Afterwards, we will go to the Darband mountainous region. Darband is an old village in Shemiran. This is 1700 meters above sea level and is one of the main starting routes taken by mountaineers for reaching the central Alborz Range. This place has many modern and traditional cafes and restaurants, located both indoors and outdoors, we will have a delicious lunch in one of them.
Lunch will be served at Koohpaye Darband Restaurant, one of the best and most beautiful restaurants in Tehran. There, we will try the Iranian famous Shish Kebab. After our satisfying meal, we have the option to partake in the traditional practice of Smoking Shisha, a water pipe, while relishing Iranian-style Tea. This experience is particularly special in the mountainous area of Darband, where the serene surroundings add to the ambiance. If you wish to engage in this cultural experience, Shisha will be made available upon your request. It’s an opportunity to unwind, enjoy the flavors, and immerse yourself in the local customs of the region.
Then, we will visit the Tajrish Traditional Bazaar and Imam Zadeh Saleh Mausoleum. They are located in the northern part of Tehran.
In the afternoon, we prepare and have dinner together with the Buoshehri family. Very welcoming and friendly, this experience also allows you to discover the essence of Iran through a Persian family, recipes, stories, and the pleasure of sharing a meal.
DAY 3: Tehran
This morning, we will take you to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty, which rose to power in the late 1700s, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools.
Then, we will walk around the Tehran Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is the second largest in Iran after the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz.
Lunch will be a memorable experience at the Muslim Restaurant, located in the heart of Tehran and renowned as one of the city’s oldest and most beloved eateries. Today, we will indulge in a delectable dish called Baghali Polo with Mahicheh, which features flavorful rice cooked with aromatic dill and accompanied by succulent lamb shanks. The Muslim Restaurant promises a delightful culinary journey.
In the afternoon, we will explore the fascinating National Museum of Iran. This prestigious museum houses an impressive collection of historical artifacts spanning from 5000 BC to the advent of Islam in Iran. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness remarkable items that offer a glimpse into the diverse and captivating history of our land.
To conclude our day, we will visit the renowned Carpet Museum of Iran. This magnificent museum showcases a breathtaking assortment of Persian carpets, meticulously crafted masterpieces representing centuries of extraordinary artistry and skill. The collection highlights the rich cultural heritage of carpet weaving in Iran and serves as a testament to the country’s artistic legacy.
For dinner, we will enjoy a delightful culinary experience at the Boulevard 126 Restaurant, located within our hotel. Tonight, we have the opportunity to savor a beloved Iranian specialty, the Grilled Lamb Kebab, known as Kabab-e Barg. Prepared to perfection, the succulent pieces of grilled lamb will tantalize your taste buds with their smoky flavor and tender texture. Boulevard 126 Restaurant offers a pleasant ambiance, allowing you to relax and relish this traditional Iranian dish in comfort.
DAY 4: Tehran- Kashan (245 KM)
Embarking on a journey south from Tehran, we will reach Kashan, a town renowned for its historical significance in textiles, ceramic craftsmanship, and the world-famous Rose products it produces. Kashan is also celebrated for its captivating attractions, including the Fin Garden, Traditional Houses, Bazaar, and Bathhouses.
Our first destination is the Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This tranquil Persian garden mesmerizes with its central pavilion and intricate water channels. The garden is one of the finest examples of Persian Gardens.
For lunch, a delightful buffet featuring a variety of authentic Persian dishes awaits us at the Melal Restaurant. It’s an opportunity to savor the rich flavors of Persian cuisine and indulge in the diverse culinary delights. Afterward, we will have the opportunity to experience the process of rose water production and indulge in purchasing exquisite rose products such as Rose Water, Rose Oil, and Rose Tea.
Then, we will visit two renowned Iranian traditional houses: Tabatabaei and Boroujerdi. These houses were constructed approximately 130 years ago, during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in 1857, by the renowned Iranian architect Ustad Ali Maryam. Following that, we will take you to the jewel of Iranian traditional bathhouses, the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse.
In the city of roses, there is nothing better than indulging in a cup of exquisite herbal Rose Flower Tea.
For dinner, we will have the pleasure of dining at the Saray-e Ameri ha Restaurant, where we will savor a mouthwatering local specialty called Goosht o Lubia (Meat and Beans). This delectable dish combines tender meat and flavorful beans, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will delight your taste buds.
DAY 5: Kashan- Abyaneh- Natanz– Isfahan (270 KM)
As we leave Kashan behind, our first destination this morning is the captivating Abyaneh Village. Known as the Red Village due to its distinctive red soil and houses, Abyaneh offers a mesmerizing glimpse into traditional Iranian architecture and rural life. The houses of Abyaneh showcase an ancient architectural style, characterized by the use of clay as the primary construction material. These earthen structures, adorned with latticed windows and wooden doors, create a unique and charming ambiance.
After 40 kilometers from Abyaneh to Isfahan, we will reach Nazatanz, another historical city that played an important role on the Silk Road in ancient times. There we will make a short stop to see the beautiful architecture of the Jame Mosque and its Qanat inside. The mosque was built in 1300 AD during the last decades of the Ilkahnid Dynasty in Iran. Just after the mosque, we will visit the Mausoleum of Sheikh Abdol Samad, a famous Sufi of the 14th century in Iran.
For lunch before leaving Natanz, we have the pleasure of dining at the Koohaab Garden Restaurant, a historic caravanserai in a beautiful garden that has stood for 450 years. This remarkable establishment not only offers a delicious meal but also provides a glimpse into the rich trading history of the region. At the caravanserai, we will be treated to a flavorful and satisfying dish of Dizi. Dizi is a traditional Persian stew that is popular in Iran a combination of meat (beef or lamb), legumes, vegetables, and aromatic herbs.
Then, continuing our overland journey, we arrive in the magnificent city of Isfahan. As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan stood as one of the world’s most remarkable cities, boasting breathtaking architecture, immense wealth, and significant political influence. Isfahan’s architectural splendor left an indelible mark on history, inspiring the famous rhyming proverb, “Isfahan Nesf-e Jahan” (Isfahan is half of the World). This phrase captures the grandeur and significance of the city, highlighting its immense beauty and cultural significance.
For dinner, we have a delightful treat awaiting us at Sarv Traditional Restaurant, located in the beautiful garden of the Parsian Kowsar Hotel. This renowned restaurant offers a serene and picturesque setting to enjoy a memorable dining experience (A la Carte menu).
DAY 6: Isfahan
Our exploration starts at the Chehel Sotun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, you’ll discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings, and mosaics; the hall of mirrors is especially breathtaking!
Next is the Naghsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, we will visit the Ali Qapu Mansion, we will marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. Then, the 17th-century Shah Abbasi Mosque was revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile work and soaring cupola and minarets.
Our restaurant for lunch is Namakdan Restaurant. The restaurant is located just beside the square in a traditional building from the Qajar dynasty. Today we will have Tahchin with lamb. A traditional Iranian dish that consists of a savory rice cake layered with meat. The dish is known for its crispy golden crust, called “Tahdig,” which forms at the bottom of the pot during the cooking process. Tahchin is typically made with ingredients such as rice, yogurt, saffron, eggs, and a variety of proteins. It is often served as a main course during festive occasions or special gatherings in Iran.
After lunch will be back to the square and continue by visiting the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, also known as the Royal Mosque, as it was built for the Shah’s harem, renowned for its brightly colored domed ceiling, where the light creates the image of a peacock. We will end our exploration of the square by visiting the Qeisarieh Bazaar. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry, and delicately inlaid board games. Just beside the Bazaar, there is the Assarkhaneh Museum. In ancient Iran, the special mills used to grind certain ingredients such as turmeric and pepper were called Assarkhaneh. Also, distilleries were used to extract the extract of oily substances such as castor. In fact, the word Asarkhaneh means a place of extraction, and the function of these distilleries can be considered similar to oil extraction factories.
Our afternoon coffee will be at the beautiful Qeisarieh Coffeeshop which is located on the rooftop of Bazaar and gives you the best view from the square. This coffee shop has a good location for photography.
Dinner will be at Shahrzad Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Isfahan. there, we will try Khoresh Mast a Special dessert only found in Isfahan.
AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Iran is famous for its, Caviar, Saffron, and Carpet. Isfahan is one of the most significant places for hand-woven carpets in the world and obviously, most of the exported carpets Of Iran are produced in this city. There, we will have a chance to visit a carpet weaving workshop and get more familiar with its production process.
DAY 7: Isfahan
Continue your exploration in Isfahan at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historical city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate several important periods in Islamic architecture.
Then, opposite the mosque, there is another mosque belonging to the 12th century and famous for its 50-meter minaret called the Minaret of Ali.
Afterward, we will proceed to the New Jolfa District in the Armenian quarter. We’ll delve more deeply into the region’s complex history as we will visit several churches including the 17th-century Vank Church with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements.
For lunch, we have a delightful treat waiting for us at Haj Mahmoud Beriani Restaurant, where we will get to savor the most famous traditional dish of Isfahan—Berian.
In the afternoon, we will have the pleasure of visiting Hasht Behesht Palace and Garden. This magnificent octagonal palace, located in a beautiful garden, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the past. As we explore the palace, we may come across groups of retired men who gather there to engage in friendly conversations with visitors. Their presence adds a unique charm and a sense of community to the experience, providing an opportunity to interact with the local culture and perhaps learn fascinating stories from the retirees.
After we visit Hasht Behesht Palace, we will take a stroll on Chahar Bagh Street. This bustling street is a popular gathering spot for locals during their free time. As we walk along, we can immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere and observe the daily life of the people of Isfahan. while strolling on Chahar Bagh Street, we will pass by the famous bridges of Sio-se-pol and Khaju. There are sluice gates below the bridge to let the water run off the Zayandeh River in the spring, and there are beautiful stony archways above each gate.
For dinner, we will head to Arakhan Restaurant to indulge in a delightful culinary experience. This restaurant offers a unique dining atmosphere and a menu that showcases the flavors of the region. At Arakhan Restaurant, we can start by enjoying the salad bar, and as for the main dish, we will have the pleasure of trying the sour lamb kebab.
AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Iran is famous for its, Caviar, Saffron, and Carpet. Isfahan is one of the most significant places for hand-woven carpets in the world and obviously, most of the exported carpets of Iran are produced in this city. There, we will have a chance to visit a carpet weaving workshop and get more familiar with its production process.
DAY 7: Isfahan- Varzaneh Desert City (110 KM)
Leaving Isfahan behind, today we head to the desert city of Varzaneh. In Varzaneh we will have a variety of activities. Upon our arrival, we will visit the Ox-well, the ancient Iranian system for water extraction from the well by Ox. Then, we will visit an 1100-year-old citadel called Qourtan Citadel (the second largest adobe citadel in the world). This citadel used to be a residential citadel until 100 years ago. In Qouratan we will see a Pigeon Tower, a nest for more than 8000 pigeons. Our today’s accommodation will be in this 1100-year-old citadel. We will check in to our guest house.
For Lunch we will taste another Iranian traditional stew cooked in village style.
A visit to the famous Salt Lake in Varzaneh in the afternoon will give us an unforgettable experience, we will take off our shoes and walk in the lake. After that we will be taken to Wahe Tourist Complex. There we can choose between safari, camel riding, para sailing, sand boarding and many other activities (optional). Just before sunset, we will return to the camp and watch the sun set in the sea of sand dunes. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of the night sky and the breathtaking sunset in this desert wonderland.
Dinner is served in the restaurant of Wahe Tourist Complex.
AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE!
To stay in a historic citadel, which is the second largest in the world, and feel the lifestyle of Iranians would be an unforgettable and unrepeatable experience.
(Varzaneh’s Itinerary is only available from September to December)
DAY 9: Varzaneh- Meybod- Kharanagh- Yazd (355 KM)
Our overland journey continues to the small town of Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick. But set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also offers several fascinating sites to visit including Pigeon Tower, Ice-house, Narin Castel, and Caravanserai.
Discover the captivating Pigeon Tower of Meybod, an architectural gem nestled in the heart of Iran. Experience its rich history, intricate design, and cultural significance as you explore this remarkable structure. Then, at the local Ice-house, we’ll learn about the thick-clay construction and subterranean chamber that allowed residents to have ice and food storage before refrigeration– even during the intense desert heat of summer! After that, there is a 400-year Caravanserai called Abbasi Caravanserai built in typical Safavid style, this ancient desert inn features verandahs, shaded passageways, and nearly 100 rooms– some of which are now used as artisan workshops. Before bidding farewell to Meybod, we must visit the magnificent Narin Castle, a historical gem that takes us back nearly 2,000 years to the reign of the Sassanid Dynasty.
Lunch will be served at Shah Abbasi Caravanserai in Meybod. Quail roast awaits us for lunch!
Then, proceed to the ancient city of Kharanagh. This 4500-year old town is nestled between mountains and desert. There, we will visit the 1800 years old Castle (from Sassanid Dynasty), a Historical Bridge, a Caravanserai, a Bath and Shaking Minarets. All these buildings and historical monuments together create a strong inner feeling that we see ourselves in the depths of history.
Continue to Yazd. Yazd is famous for its special sweets. Upon our arrival at the hotel, we will try Iranian Tea and local Sweets (such as Baklava, Qotab, or Cake Yazdi).
For dinner, we have a delectable culinary experience awaiting us at Rastooran Restaurant, located in the garden of our hotel. The combination of the fragrant Cherry Rice and the flavorsome Kabab Tabei (Persian Pan Kebab) will transport you on a culinary journey through the rich gastronomic traditions of Iran.
DAY 10: Yazd
Yazd, one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in Iran, offers a captivating blend of history, unique architecture, and cultural significance. The city’s skyline is adorned with elegant minarets and iconic wind towers, showcasing the ingenuity of traditional Iranian architecture. Yazd is also renowned for being the vibrant center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community. As we embark on our day’s sightseeing, we’ll have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient religion.
At the Tower of Silence, we’ll learn about one of the traditions of Zoroastrians, this ancient pre-Islamic religion. Until the mid-1900s, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds.
At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, you will see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. It’s an important pilgrimage site for the faithful and here our expert guide will offer additional insight into one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.
In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya– a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.
The next place to visit is the Jame Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
Indeed, experiencing Yazdi coffee is a unique and memorable experience that showcases the distinct coffee culture of the region. Yazd is known for its traditional method of brewing coffee, which sets it apart from other coffee traditions around the world.
Located adjacent to the mosque, the Fahadan District is a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of Yazd. This labyrinthine neighborhood is home to traditional mud-brick houses, ornate wooden doors, and intricate windcatchers that adorn the rooftops.
TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
Visiting a Sharbafi workshop in Yazd provides an opportunity to witness the artistry firsthand. You can observe the skilled artisans at work, creating intricate designs using metallic threads, and witness the dedication and precision involved in this traditional craft.
For lunch, you will be delighted to dine at Moshir Garden Restaurant, nestled in a beautiful garden within a boutique hotel. This serene setting provides the perfect backdrop to savor the flavors of Gheymeh Yazdi with Saffron rice, a renowned local dish from the Yazd region.
Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Standing by the garden’s long reflecting pool, you’ll be shaded by ancient cypress trees. This garden is famous because it has the longest adobe wind tower in the world.
TRADITIONAL SPORTS EXPERIENCE
Tonight, we will watch a Zurkhaneh performance. Zurkhaneh is a form of traditional martial arts in Iran, where men practice calisthenics and other body-building exercises in a ring. In 2010 Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals were inscribed on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Dinner will be served at the restaurant of our hotel.
DAY 11: Yazd- Pasargadae- Shiraz (440 KM)
Today, we have a full day of driving to reach our destination of Shiraz. Over our drive, we will pass through Abarkooh. The town is the home of the world’s second oldest tree called Abarkooh Cypress, its age is estimated over 4500 years. We can see the tree on our way.
Next, we will visit the Pasargadae, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great, and the former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and though not as striking as Persepolis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over the site and the surrounding area.
Lunch at Pasargadae Restaurant is served in buffet style.
Today we will visit the Nomads near Shiraz. We will be deeply in touch with some nomadic families from one of the handful of remaining nomad tribes in the world. We may not be able to see the nomads due to weather conditions and nomadic movement. In this case, we will see a nomadic village.
Continue to Shiraz and check into the hotel.
Dinner will be served at the Panorama Restaurant of our hotel.
DAY 12: Shiraz- Persepolis- Shiraz (120 KM)
After breakfast, we proceed to Marvdasht to visit the legendary city of Takht-e Jamshid or Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the former capital of Darius the Great founded in 518 BC. There was no more impressive construction in the ancient world, except perhaps Karnak in Egypt. The most impressive parts of the Persepolis are the bas-reliefs that line the site, telling the story of ancient governors and kings who came to Persepolis to pay tribute to the Persian Emperors. Then, the Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rostam) is our next stop. There we visit the tombs of the four Achaemenid kings Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes, and Darius II, amazingly carved into the rocky slope of a sacred mountain, Mount Rahmat. In addition to the tombs, Naghsh-e Rostam is adorned with several large rock reliefs depicting royal ceremonies, battles, and important historical events. The reliefs provide valuable insights into the ancient Persian civilization and its artistic traditions. The site is also home to the Ka’ba-ye Zartosht, a square stone structure that some scholars believe served as a Zoroastrian fire temple.
We will back to Shiraz and have our lunch at another classy restaurant with a beautiful view of Shiraz at Shandiz Akbari of Shiraz. Almost any tourist who travels to Iran likes to experience the Iranian Shishlik (typically consists of grilled or skewered pieces of marinated meat, often lamb or beef, cooked to perfection) and the best one in Iran is served at the Shandiz chained restaurants all around Iran. Today we will try it in Shiraz!
After rest, we will visit the Karim Khan Citadel from the outside, which was built during the Zand Dynasty. Shiraz is famous for its traditional dessert called Faloodeh Shirazi. It consists of thin vermicelli-sized noodles made from starch in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. From there, we will go to the Vakil Bazaar to get familiar with Iranian Traditional Bazaars and also buy small souvenirs from Shiraz. we have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai (Saray-e Moshir).
Dinner will be at the Bagh-e Raaz Restaurant, located in a beautiful garden in Shiraz. Tonight, we will try the Iranian Saffron Chicken Kebab with traditional fresh bread (Naan).
DAY 13: Shiraz
After a delicious buffet breakfast, our sightseeing tour begins. The first place we visit is the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque). Visiting this mosque is one of the most beautiful experiences of our trip to Iran. The Pink Mosque is famous for its colorful glasses that shine beautifully in the sunshine. Across the street is the Qavam House (Narenjestan Garden), which has been one of the most amazing houses of Shiraz since the 19th century, the house is famous for its wonderful architecture (stucco work, tile work, mirror work, and wall paintings). This house belonged to the former governor of Shiraz during the Zand and Qajar dynasties.
Lunch will be served at Haft-Khan Restaurant, one of the best in Shiraz. Lamb Kebab, Saffron rice with Dough (yogurt drink) is one of the most popular dishes in Iran.
After rest, we will start our evening tour by visiting the Tomb of Hafez (Hafezieh). Hafez is famous for his Divan of Hafez. He was among the most influential poets in the world. Goethe, the German literature, was impressed by Hafez and dedicated his West-Eastern Divan to Hafez.
Nothing is more pleasant than drinking coffee in a nice and cozy coffee shop in Shiraz. The Night Café is the place to relax and get rid of today’s tiredness.
In the afternoon, we prepare and have dinner together with a Shirazi family. Very welcoming and friendly, this experience also allows you to discover the essence of Iran through a Persian family, recipes, stories, and the pleasure of sharing a meal.
DAY 14: Shiraz (Departure)
Check out after breakfast, our last day tour of Shiraz begins at the Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Shiraz is famous for its roses, citrus trees, and beautiful gardens. This botanical garden is the best in Shiraz, where we will get to know better the love stories from Shiraz’s gardens, especially from Hafez’s poems.
Next, we will visit the Tomb of Saadi, who was one of the major Persian poets and literary figures, born in Shiraz in the 12th century. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical Iranian literary tradition around the world. His wisdom is ever present in the Iranian culture and language as people frequent his tomb, recite his poems, and use his aphorisms in their daily conversations.
For the Last lunch in Iran we will back to the Haft Khan Restaurant. We will have another traditional dish which is Zereshk Polo with Chicken. It combines tender chicken with aromatic saffron-infused rice and tangy barberries.
Later in the afternoon, we will be transferred to Shiraz International Airport (SYZ) in order to fly back home.
(Today’s itinerary might be changed due to the departure time)
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