Embark on a fascinating journey through the heart of Persia with Universal Travels on our Iran tour. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Iran’s history and culture as you explore the ancient city of Persepolis, marvel at the stunning architecture of Isfahan, and discover the vibrant bazaars of Tehran. From the tranquil beauty of Persian gardens to the grandeur of historic mosques, our curated itinerary promises an enriching experience. Let Universal Travels guide you through this captivating land, ensuring a seamless blend of exploration, cultural immersion, and relaxation on your Iranian adventure.
You will arrive in Mashhad and will be transferred to the hotel and check-in.
First of all we will go to Imam Reza Shrine, the eighth Imam of Shiites. It is the largest mosque in the world by area. Also contained within the complex are the Goharshad Mosque, a museum, a library, four seminaries and a cemetery. Then we will move to Tomb of King Nader one of the most powerful Iranian rulers in the history of that nation, ruling as Shah of Persia from 1736 to 1747 when he was assassinated during a rebellion. Because of his military genius as evidenced in numerous martial encounters throughout his campaigns.
After breakfast we check out and head to the domestic airport for a short flight to Shiraz. Full day excursion to Persepolis, capital of the Achaemenids (518 BC). This ruined site was the heart of the empire for two hundred years.
Her name was Persa. In 515 BC, its founder Darius I performed wonders to build it. He cut and leveled the mountain at an altitude of more than 1000 meters. Then, he established his palaces on terraces, his ceremonial rooms, the whole of which covered more than 13 hectares.
* The colossal staircase with four flights of one hundred and eleven steps sets the tone. Through the Porte des Nations we reach the palace of Darius, that of Xerxes, Artaxerxes, the hall of a hundred columns and the audience hall, known as Apadan.
It is served by two staircases 300 meters long whose walls are decorated with bas-reliefs representing the citizens of the subject countries: Babylonians, Parthians, Armenians, Susians, Bactrians, Egyptians, Ionians, Lidyans…
About 4 km from Persepolis, visit Naqsh-e Rostam, one of the most important Achaemenid and Sassanid sites in Iran. It is here, in the cliffs of Kuh-e Hossein that Daarius I and three of his successors chose to have their tombs dug. Bas-reliefs and a fire temple from the Achaemenid period complete this very bucolic site.
Lunch during the excursion.
Return to Shiraz and visit Tombs of Hafez .
We can see the tomb of Hafez in the middle of a garden. Hafez’s tomb is made of marble. Also, this is located in a garden which is south of the Quran Gate.
Breakfast at the hotel. Shiraz City Sightseeing Day:
Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise) – is built by the order of Nasirmolk Shirazi. It is a 3 storey palace which is one of the magnificent monuments of Qajar period. Today it has become the medical faculty of Shiraz University.
Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque – is one of the most successful examples of Qajar constructions of the 19th century. Its facades and in particular the southern eivan are covered with earthenware characteristic of the time with motifs of flowers in a vase with a strong pink dominance.
Departure for Isfahan.
Time is free to discovery of the old stone and brick bridges of Ispahan, Bridge with 33 arches, 160m long, built in 1602, this bridge connects the two parts of Chahar Bagh St.
Khadju Bridge built by Shah Abbas II in 1650 it is the most beautiful of Esfahan, also serves as a dam and crossroads.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Isfahan, pearl of Iran. Black cypresses against a turquoise sky, orange trees planted by the old caliphs, golden domes and blue enamel walls: Isfahan, says the legend, was built in the image of Paradise.
Discovery of the city with the royal square lined with the mosque of the Imam with its turquoise minarets and the Ali Qâpu palace with its remarkable 6 floors, the mosque of Sheikh Lorfollah.
- Lunch in town. In the afternoon continuation of the visits by
The Palace of the 40 columns Tchehel Sotun this palace contains frescoes unique in the world. Originally the party and reception pavilion of Shah Abbas II, it was completed in 1647. It owes its name “forty columns” to the twenty columns of the terrace which, reflecting in the basin of the park, seem to reach a total of forty, a figure symbolizing, for the Persians, respect and admiration.
The Friday Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, this mosque brings together the styles in use from the 11th to the 18th centuries, ranging from the simplicity of the Seljuks to the Mongol era and then to the baroque of the Safavids.
Time is free to stroll through the Bazaar, one of the richest and most colorful in Iran.
Departure for Kachan via the Old Abyaneh village and discovery of this village built in the 4th century and listed as a World Heritage Site. This village is one of the most picturesque in Iran and it offers an extraordinary panorama of the valley. All the houses are made of red sand. Arrival at Kachan. A charming little town, it is home to magnificent traditional houses, beautiful gardens and splendid Islamic monuments. The bazaar offers an extraordinary atmosphere.
City tour: the Maison des Boroudjerdis, a former private house open to the public built in the 19th century. The owners were wealthy craft traders. City tour: the mosque-madrassah of Aqa Bozorg; then we will end up FIN garden.
Your visit is Golestan Palace. This palace is one of the exclusive historical complexes of Iran established in different times and for different functions. In its present state, Golestan Palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. This royal Qajar Palace complex is one of the oldest historic monuments in Tehran and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has beautiful garden, fountain pools, charming throne hall of Persian Shahs, art collections and many other sections worth to visit.
Tabiat (nature) bridge, a pedestrian bridge connecting two parks is a great place to spend the night and enjoy the dazzling scenery that the lights create. The designer of this bridge has won award for her spectacular work.
Transfer to Tehran airport. Flight to your destination.