Iran tour for Canadian nationals
Tehran > Isfahan > Naein > Yazd > Zein-o-din Carvanserai > Shiraz > Sepidan
For most of history, the tract of land now called Iran was known as Persia. It wasn’t until 1935 that it adopted its present name. Early Persia was a formidable empire, whose vast plateau rimmed by mountain ranges, was variously invaded by Barbarians. Traveling through the major cities and the countryside of this age-old country, you will be witnessing a variety of life styles and local cultures and amazed how diverse Iran is. You will come across a flabbergasting variety of vistas, from breathtaking natural landscapes to spectacular monuments of centuries by gone, to impressions of the everyday lives of numerous Iranian ethnic groups. Having an experience of cultural and historical tours with an unmatched explore of local and ethnic life ,all at the same time .Sth that won’t happen in the rest of the world.
Canadian people are among those who are interested to travel to Iran. On the other hand there are large Iranian communities living in Canada too. This somehow similar taste of the two nations probably arises from the rich culture, art and the heritage of both countries and their people. Due to these similarities and based on Canadian cultural and historical preferences, we have prepared special Iran tours for the Canadians.
Tour by Detail
Day 1: Arrival in Tehran
After your arrival in Tehran, you will be met at the airport and then taken to your hotel to check in and relax. Overnight stay in Tehran.
Day 2: Tehran
You will spend a full day touring Tehran, the capital of Iran. Visit historic Golestan Palace, a Qajar era palace that combines Persian architecture with Western decorative influences. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lavish complex of 17 palaces and gardens is both a historic site and museum. You will also see The National Archaeological Museum, a showcase for Iran’s rich and ancient history, as well as the glittery Jewelry Museum and Carpet Museum. Overnight stay in Tehran.
Point: Jewellery museum is open from Saturday till Tuesday, so, based on the date of your arrival, visiting this place will be done or skipped.
Day 3: Tehran to Isfahan
After breakfast, you will drive to Kashan, a beautiful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir. Here you will see the Borujerdi and Tabatabei Houses, gorgeous 18th and 19th century traditional homes built by wealthy merchants. You will also visit the ancient archeological site Tepe Sialk and the Fin Garden, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 16th century, the beautiful and serene Fin Garden is the oldest living garden in Iran. Leaving Kashan, you will have a short drive to Abyaneh, one of the oldest and most beautiful traditional villages in Iran that was inscribed in UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. It is a fascinating place, with ochre- colored houses, lattice windows, and fragile wooden balconies. The village is built on the side of Karkas Mountain and its twisting lanes offer many splendid views. After spending a couple of hours in Abyaneh, you will drive 2 hours to Isfahan. Overnight stay in Isfahan.
Day 4: Isfahan
After a traditional Iranian breakfast, you will discover the glorious city of Isfahan, once called “Half of the World.” Visit the stunning Chehel Sotoun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the Palace of Forty Columns. Built during the Safavid era, the pavilion is decorated with beautiful murals and mirror work and is set in the middle of a pretty garden with a reflecting pool. Continue your tour of Isfahan at Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At grand Ali Qapu Palace, you will marvel at the gorgeous Music Room and stand on a terrace where Shahs watched polo matches on the field below. Visit two mosques located on the Square: the charming and intimate Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with its stunning peacock ceiling and Imam Mosque, a masterpiece of Persian Architecture. You will also stop at the Qeysarie Bazaar, where you can see traditional Iranian handicrafts being made in artisan shops. Later you will experience the festive atmosphere at two of the ancient bridges of Isfahan, the Sio-se-Pol and Khaju Bridge. Overnight stay in Isfahan.
Day 5: Isfahan
There are more wonderful things to see in this full day tour of Isfahan. Visit the magnificent 8th century Jame Atiq Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Tour the Ali Gholi Agha Complex that consists of a mosque, bazaar, public bathhouse, caravanserai, and theological school. The public bathhouse has been restored and now houses a museum. You will also see an eccentric example of Persian architecture when you visit one of the Pigeon Towers that once housed thousands of birds and provided an important source of agricultural fertilizer. Visit Hasht-Behesht, a Safavid palace called Eight Paradises, set in a serene garden in the middle of Isfahan. End your tour of Isfahan with a stop in the Armenian quarter of Jolfa and visit Vank Cathedral. The beautifully painted frescoes illustrate the story of the Bible and cover all of the interior surfaces in an ornate display reminiscent of European churches.
Day 6: Isfahan to Yazd via Naiin
Leaving Isfahan, you will drive to Yazd, stopping in Naiin to visit the Jame Mosque. Built in the 8th century, it is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and is known for the beauty of its brickwork. You will also visit the ethnology museum at Pirnia Traditional House and, if there is time, the Rigareh Water Mill and Aba Bafi man made caves. Overnight stay in Yazd.
Day 7: Yazd
You will spend a whole day discovering Yazd, one of the oldest cities on earth and a stop on the ancient Silk Road. The center of Zoroastrian culture and Persian architecture, Yazd has many interesting and beautiful sites. You will see the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and Atashkadeh Fire Temple, the Jame Mosque with its towering twin minarets that dominate the surrounding city and the Dowlat-Abad Gardens, one of Iran’s most beautiful gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the impressive Amir Chakhmagh complex and Lariha House, one of the best-preserved traditional houses from the Qajar era. Marvel at the clever wind towers and water irrigation systems invented by ancient engineers and architects to make living in the hot, arid desert manageable. Overnight stay in Yazd.
Day8 :Yazd to Zein-o-din Caravanserai
In the morning, you will drive south to the Zein-o-din Caravanserai. The 400-year-old caravanserai has been renovated to provide you with a few modern conveniences while preserving the character of this unique historic structure. Visit the Parched Desert and enjoy looking at the star-studded night sky. Overnight at the Zein-o-din Caravanserai.
Point: Zein-o-din caravanserai has limited rooms and in case the number of passengers was more, we will substitute it with desert camp.
Day9: Zein-o-din Caravanserai to Shiraz
Drive to Abarkooh to visit the 4500 year- old cypress tree. Then move towards Pasargadae to visit the Capital of ancient Persia and the Tomb of Cyrus the great that without doubt is one of the most respected Persian Emperor both in national and international view (It is located in 87 km of Shiraz) since what he has written on his cylinder, had been the oldest symbol of Human rights in the world. Pasargadae was nominated as UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. continue our way to shiraz, Overnight shiraz.
Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit Zandieh complex (Karim khan’s citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai) , In the afternoon Eram Garden, Jame Atiq & Nasir Almolk Mosque, Narenjestan Palace, Zinat-al-Molk House. Overnight shiraz.
In the morning drive to Visit Persepolis (UNESCO world heritage site form 1979 ) , Naghsh-e-Rostam and Naghsh-e-rajab. Three breathtaking attractions in 50 km north of Shiraz. In fact, they are must –see sites for not only history buffs but also everyone who like to know more about the history of Persian Empire. Then, drive to Shiraz to visit Khajooy-e-Kermani, Hafez and Saadi Tombs and the Jahan- Nama Garden; The city tour of this day will be finished by something totally different that surely you have no experience of it. It will happen in Hafez tomb, a place that isn’t just a cultural highlight but also a spiritual place. People spend their time to explore their inner world by referring to hafiz poems and by “Tafaol” to get answer of their questions since believe Hafiz -due to having high level in the world of heavens – know. overnight Shiraz.
In the morning leave Shiraz to drive a short distance to Firuzabad, one of the capitals of Persia under the Sassanids. Here you will visit the nomadic Qashqai people and their village of nomad tents. Also you will spend some hours in Firuzabad cultural complex that comprises of the City of Gur, the Palace of Ardashir known as Atashkadeh, Qal’eh Dokhtar fortress, bas reliefs from the time of Ardashir and the Pahlavi inscription of Mehr-Nerse . This complex was inscribed in UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. Overnight shiraz.
Day13: Shiraz -Sepidan
In the morning drive to Sepidan to spend some hours by Nomad of this region. Their way of living, then drive back to shiraz. Overnight in village house.
Drive back to shiraz . Transfer to international Airport for departure flight.
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