Iran - Armenia Tour With Handmade Treasures, Natural Wonders
- Duration : 14 days / 13 nights
Arrival at Tehran Airport. You will then be welcomed and assisted by our representative and will be transferred to your hotel to get ready for a week of adventure in this magical land.
Day 2/Tehran – City Tour (National Museum, National Treasury) – Shah Cheragh mausoleum – Shiraz
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure to relax. We get more familiar with the Iranian history by visiting the valuable archeological collections at the National Museum and will visit the unique jewelry collection at the National Treasury. In the evening we fly to Shiraz. We will have the opportunity to visit Shah Cheragh (Lord of Light) mausoleum in the evening with its shining unbelievable mirror work. Dinner and overnight in Shiraz.
Day 3/Shiraz – Persepolis - Naghsh-e-Rostam – Shiraz
Breakfast at the hotel. On an excursion today we will visit the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, which is now registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Аchaemenid era. The site, 125,000 sq.m. in area is composed of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications, where we find the tomb of Cyrus the great and remains of Аchaemenid palaces and edifices. We continue our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian royal necropolis before returning to Shiraz. Dinner and overnight in Shiraz.
Day 4/Shiraz – City tour (Karmikhani complex, Vakil complex, Nasirolmolk mosque) – Isfahan
After breakfast we start our city tour of Shiraz. We will start by Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty chose Shiraz as his capital and declared himself as “Vakil”, the lawyer of the nation, rather than king. We continue to Vakil complex comprising of Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath remaining from his reign. We also visit the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. After lunch we have free time for personal programs. We are then transferred to the airport to take the flight to Isfahan, this evening. Upon arrival in Isfahan, we will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 5/Isfahan - Naghsh-e-Jahan Square - Aliqapu Palace - Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Friday Mosque - Zayanderud River - Isfahan
After breakfast, we start our full-day tour of Isfahan at the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. Once a royal polo court, this site has been the official center of the city, when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located at the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multi story Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and will be our next stop. We will stroll through the traditional bazaar surrounding the square, before we gather again for the lunch. The bazaar which goes deep to the north is known traditionally as Qeysarieh bazaar. After Lunch we continue our tour by visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then head to the banks of Zayanderud River, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Siosepol (33-arch) and Khaju bridges are the most famous ones. We enjoy visiting these two interesting bridges, drinking tea at the tea house below the bridge, walking along the river bank or paddle on a boat from one to the other. We can return back to the hotel or enjoy this pleasant environment for more time. Dinner and overnight in Isfahan.
Day 6/Isfahan - Tehran
Today is free on our own to explore the charming city by ourselves. Do not forget souvenir shopping at the traditional bazaar and walking along tranquil riverside parks. Isfahan is well known for its handicrafts and also a kind of sweet called “Gaz”. In the evening, we are transferred to the airport to take the flight to Tehran in the evening. Upon arrival in Tehran, we are transferred to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tehran.
Day 7/Tehran – City tour (Old Gate of Tehran - Golestan Palaces - Imam (former Royal) Mosque - the Grand Bazaar)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a full-day tour of the capital, Tehran. First, we will have a walking tour through old Tehran and will visit the old Gate of Tehran, Golestan Palaces, Imam (former Royal) Mosque and the Grand Bazaar which is a large roofed old shopping complex. We will then get more familiar with Persian Carpets at the Carpet Museum and will have a visit to Saadabad Palace. Before returning back to the hotel, we will stop in Darband, an oasis of rest in Tehran, for drinking a cup of tea and a deep breather of fresh air. Dinner and overnight in Tehran.
Day 8/Tehran – Yerevan
Transfer to the hotel to take the flight to Yerevan. Upon arrival at “Zvartnots” International Airport. Meet the guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9/Yerevan city tour (Matenadaran, Brandy Factory, Genocide Museum)
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to explore the pink city of Yerevan. The pink and ancient and at the same time cheerful city welcomes all its visitors in all its modesty and luxury. You will enjoy your time in the fascinating weather of the sunny Yerevan while walking around Cascade Monument (It has 2780 stairs designating the 2780 anniversary of the capital city. If you walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters height and 50 meters width, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city.), Opera House, Swan Lake, Republic Square, the richest Northern Avenue. We will then pay a visit to Matenadaran - The institution is a major center for study and preservation of Armenian works of ancient literature. Matenadaran now protects about 16477 surviving materials and around 300,000 archive documents, among them about 2500 fragments collected in the depository. Later we will taste the legendary Armenian cognac in the Brandy Factory in Yerevan. The legendary Armenian land has a long history behind of making cognac of really delicate taste. We will then pay a visit to the Genocide Museum in Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 10/Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel we will start a most amazing tour to Khor Virap Monastery. Here we will enjoy the best view to the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is the very place where Christianity was spread in Armenia in 301 AD. It is the very place where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. We will proceed to the unique and magnificent Noravank Monastery, passing along high picturesque high rocks. This two storied 13th century monastery is itself situated on pink rocks. Here you can enjoy a most breathtaking view with the guide telling you breathtaking history of the Armenian land. On the way back to Yerevan we will taste the delicate Armenian wine in Areni wine factory. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 11/Yerevan – Megerian Carpet weaving factory - Echmiadzin – Ashtarak – Zvartnots – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel visit to the carpet weaving factory to get acquainted with the techniques of weaving, restoring and dying of Armenian carpets, whose quality and fame is spread around the world. We will then drive to the holy capital of Armenia – Echmiadzin city to pay a visit to the main Cathedral (4th century), which is the oldest church in Armenia, and one of the oldest churches around the world. The Cathedral together with the churches in the complex (St. Gayane, St. Hripsime) is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will continue the tour to Ashtarak city to enjoy the open air theatre “Tonacuyc”. It is an illustration of traditional Armenian customs, holidays and traditions performed by people of all ages. On the way back to Yerevan, we will have a stop at an unusual for Armenian architecture Zvartnots temple or the church of the Guardian Angel (7th century). This column comprised temple is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 12/Yerevan – Noratus – Hayravank – Sevanavank - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the Cemetery of cross stones Noratus. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost a thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation, depicting scenes of weddings, farm life and so on. A popular folktale associated with the cemetery concerns the invading army of Tamerlane. According to one story the villagers placed helmets on top of the khachkars and leaned swords against them. From a distance the khachkars looked like armed soldiers holding a defensive position as a result of which Tamerlane’s army retreated. Drive to the 9-12th centuries Armenian monastery Hayravank. We will then visit the summer residence of the Armenian king Ashot the Iron, and will enjoy the azure waters of the pearl of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 13/Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Miracle Cave – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the top tourist attractions of Armenia: Garni Temple (a pagan temple built in 1st century BC. It is the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus.) and the Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO)– It was first recorded in a document of 1250. The monastery is also famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus.). Here in Geghard, you can also watch the process of “lavash” making in the traditional underground oven “tonir”. Start the tour to the miraculous subterranean cave of 21 meters depth. After descending 80 stairs you find yourself in a round hall, in a pavilion decorated with candles. Each person should enter here individually and making a wish they should light a candle. As the master used to say, a candle lit here by all means serves its purpose and the wish comes true. It took more than two decades to the Master to build this cave-shrine. This cave is often compared with the Noah’s Ark and considered to be the second ark which is to save the humanity not from flood but from fire. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the hotel. Farewell.