13 Days Iranian handicraft tour

 Tehran  >  Kashan >  Isfahan >   Yazd >  Kerman >  Shiraz 

Traveling through Iran great 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 handmade arts this country owns. We can take you to a wide variety of places in Iran where products are being handmade. You can gain a deeper insight into the Iranian traditional handicrafts and admire professional artists and their work by observing the entire process in its traditional form.

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 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. Next you will visit The National Archaeological Museum, a showcase for Iran’s rich and ancient history, as well as the glittery Jewelry Museum and Carpet Museum. In the afternoon we will go to a glass workshop to observe the process of producing magnificent glassware. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3: Tehran-Kashan

After a traditional Iranian 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, 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. In the afternoon you welcome by the carpet weavers of Kashan to visit The Iranian carpet weaving closely. Overnight in Kashan.

Day 4: Kashan-Isfahan

Leave Kashan in the morning and drive to Isfahan the UNESCO creative city of handicraft. 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. Then we have a stop in the Armenian quarter of Jolfa (based on time) 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 5: Isfahan

After breakfast, you will discover a full day city tour of the city 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, the square of matchless handicrafts. At the 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 stop at the Qeysarie Bazaar, where you can see traditional Iranian handicrafts such as enameling, called Mina, and Qalamkar, an Iranian textile, being made in artisan shops. Later you will walk along the Zyanderood River and experience the festive atmosphere at two of the ancient bridges of Isfahan, the Sio-se-Pol and Khaju Bridge. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 6: Isfahan-Naiin-Meybod

Leaving Isfahan, you will drive to Maybod. En-route 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. The last thing to see in this day is a tile working workshop in Meybod. Overnight in Meybod.

Day 7: Meybod-Yazd

Drive to 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 Fire Temple, the Jame Mosque with its towering twin minarets that dominate the surrounding city and the Dowlat-Abad Garden, one of Iran’s most beautiful gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the impressive Amir Chaghmagh complex. 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. At last going for a visit to a workshop of weaving Termeh, an Iranian textile. Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 8: Yazd-Kerman

Drive to Kerman, Half day visit of Kerman to see the Ganj-Ali Khan Complex -This complex with an area of 11000 square meters belongs to Safavid era composed of Bath, Bazaar, Caravanserai, Mosque and Square), Friday Mosque, and going to visit an Iranian textile named Pateh-doozi. overnight Kerman.

Day 9: Kerman

Full day excursion to Rayen to visit the Adobe castle of Rayen (The Arg-e-Rayen) and believed to be at least 1,000 years old; Enroute visit the shrine of an Iranian mystic and poet.i.e. Shah Nematolah-e Vali Shrine, and the Prince Garden at Mahan; overnight Kerman.

Day 10: Kerman-Shiraz

Drive to Shiraz, en-route visit the Sassanian Palace at Sarvestan and the biggest fig garden of the world, overnight Shiraz.

Day 11: Shiraz

After rest and breakfast we will start the tour in the city of rose and nightingales and its cultural and historical attraction by visiting Zandieh complex (Karim khan’s citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai). Then continue our tour by visiting Jahan Nama garden, Hafez & Saadi tomb, Quran gate and Ali ebne Hamze or Shah-e-cheragh shrine and going to visit the unpredictable process of making Khatam, an Iranian wood art, closely. Overnight Shiraz.

Day 12: Shiraz

Full day excursion for visiting a breathtaking attraction in 50 km north of Shiraz .i.e. Persepolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam and Naghsh-e-rajab); a must –see site for not only history buffs but also everyone who like to know more about the history of Persian Empire. we will continue our way 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),  overnight shiraz.

Day 13: Shiraz-Departure

Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit Eram Garden, Jame Atiq Mosque, Nasir Almolk Mosque, Narenjestan Palace and Zinat-al-Molk House. In the afternoon we will spend some time for having an experience of modern social life in Iran. Then Transfer to Airport for departure flight.

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