Christmas is one of the most important festivals in the world commemorating the birth of Christ. This 11-day package is organized for celebrating this event in Isfahan’s Vank Cathedral as the biggest church in Iran. The transportation includes the best quality land vehicles (Isfahan-Yazd; Yazd-Kerman; Kerman-Shiraz) and flights (Tehran-Isfahan and Shiraz-Kish Island). You can visit the greatest monuments ever built in the world and experience thousands of years of history in just 11 days. The tourists can become familiar with various historical periods of Persia and ethnic diversities through visiting these cities with a cool climate in the winter. This tour can be a fantastic offer for spending holidays and making good memories.
Route: Tehran-Isfahan-Yazd-Kerman-Shiraz-Kish Island.
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Arrival: Imam Khomeini International Airport & Departure: Kish International Airport
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After a short rest, you can visit the Jewelry and Carpet Museum to see Persian arts. The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, Golestan Palace, the former royal Qajar complex and the oldest historic monuments in Tehran will welcome you. In the afternoon, fly to Isfahan.
On the second day, a full day city tour of Isfahan is waiting for you. Isfahan is among the most beautiful cities of Iran. Naghsh-e-Jahan Square including Qeysarie gate, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu palace, and Imam Mosque is the first destination. This historical masterpiece was constructed between 1598 and 1629. Afterward, you can visit Chehel Sotoun, a place where the ambassadors and dignitaries were welcomed by Shah Abbas II, Safavid King.
On the second day of visiting Isfahan, as Half the World, you can visit the Armenian Cathedral established in 1606 to celebrate Christmas with Armenians. Historically Armenia has belonged to Iran up to 200 years ego. so there are many Orthodox Christians living in Iran, specially in Isfahan, Tehran and Tabriz. Vank cathedral is the biggest church in Iran. Also there is a big museum inside the cathedral that depicts the Armenians history and their arts in Iran and some motifs from Safavid dynasty (the period that Vank cathedral was built in).
The rest of the day is at leisure.
In the morning and after breakfast drive to Yazd, the city of Wind Catchers. It will take 3:50 to reach Yazd. After launch and a short rest, you can visit the Fire Temple of Zoroastrian built in 1934. Yazd owns the largest population of Zoroastrians in Iran and is a city near the deserts. Dowlatabad Garden is also one of the greatest places of Yazd; a historic Persian garden built in 1747. It is famous for its highest wind tower in the middle east.
In the morning you will drive to Kerman a city surrounded by deserts. En-route, you can visit Mahan and the tomb of the greatest leader, Shah Nematollah, the founder of order of Darvishes. Shazde Garden also is an interesting place, a heaven in the heart of the desert. You will certainly enjoy visiting it. Afterward, you can drive to Kerman to visit Ganjalikhan Complex, a Safavid-era building, which is a symbol of desert architecture.
In the morning and after breakfast, you will drive to Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran. Shiraz is also called the city of lovers and flowers. After launch and a short rest at the hotel, you can visit the very beautiful Eram garden which is the full indicator of Persian Chahar-bagh. afterward, Hafeziyeh, the tomb of the biggest Persian mystic and sonneteer born in the 15th century will welcome you.
In the morning, you can visit two ancient structures. The first one is Persepolis, the glory of the Persian Empire and the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire founded by Darius (486-522 B. C.). Necropolis or Naghsh-e-Rustam is the other site that belongs to both Achaemenid and Sassanid Periods. It has four large tombs cut into the cliffs.
On the last day of staying in Shiraz, you can visit one of the most elegant architectural sites of Iran, Zandiyah Complex containing the Arg (castle), Vakil Bath, Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. After eating lunch in a famous traditional restaurant, you will fly to Kish.
On the morning of the 10th day of this tour, you will visit Kish island, a tourist resort located in the Persian Gulf. This city is known as the Persian Gulf pearl. Its Dolphin park is really worth visiting. Kariz underground city, an incredible city covers about 10,000 m2. It is constructed from an ancient underground aqueduct. There are also lots of shopping centers in this island with hot beaches.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kish to depart.
I couldn’t believe that Iran is such a beautiful country
A great country with great history
unforgettable trip to Iran
you visit very beautiful cities of Iran in this tour and you can see the cultural differences and very lovely people
this travel changed my mind completely about Iran