Handicraft Workshop (9 days)
When we travel to a new place, the first thing that might come to mind is probably; what to take back for our loved ones. Now as you might know, Iran with its rich culture and cultural diversity has distinctive souvenirs from every region. Iranian art and architecture reflect a 5,000-year-old cultural tradition with a significant development over the history. Numerous artists have produced beautiful items which are known throughout the world. The most famous of Iranian handicrafts includes Persian Carpet, Minakari, Miniature, Khatamkari, and Ghalamzani (Metal-work) that you can get to know and visit their workshops in a professional way. if you would like to know more about original Iranian handicrafts join us on this trip.
Salaam! Welcome to The Great Persia (Iran). You will be met at Tehran Airport by a local driver for a transfer to your hotel (approximately 1 hour). You may arrive in Tehran at any time today, with hotel rooms are generally available after 12 pm (midday).
After short rest start city tour Tehran visit Carpet Museum of Iran to see the best collection of Persian carpets from 16th century to present. If time permits please visit The National Jewelry Treasury, (open from Saturday to Tuesday) the priceless and most unique jewelry collection in the world. In the evening, have welcome dinner by The Great Persia.
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Please note that the Treasury of National Jewels is closed on Wednesday to Friday. If you would like to visit this museum, it is open from Saturday to Tuesday (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM), so we suggest allowing time either on Day 1 or at the end of your Iran adventure.
Continue discovering of Tehran with a full-day tour, beginning at the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace – an opulent masterpiece of the Qajar era embodying early Persian design. Continue with a stroll through Tehran's bustling bazaar before visiting the National Museum. While it may not look as inspiring as other city buildings from the outside, inside is a treasure trove of Iran's rich history. Keep your eye out for the Salt Man from Zanjan – preserved in salt for centuries. In the afternoon we will go to a glass workshop to observe the process of producing magnificent glassware.
- Tehran - City Tour
- Tehran - National Museum
- Tehran - Golestan Palace
- Tehran – Glass workshop
Drive to Kashan, explore the historical city of Kashan – a merchant town known for its high-quality ceramics, silks, carpets and fine houses. Visit the lush Bagh-e Tarikhi-ye Fin (Fin Garden), a classical Persian garden that contains Kashan's Fin Bath. This is where Amir Kabir – the Qajarid chancellor and a nationalist hero – was murdered under the orders of King Nadir al-Din in 1852. Spend time at the fascinating Tabataei House. Built in the 1840s for the affluent Tabatabaei family, exceptional attention was paid to every architectural detail of this building as dictated by the geography and climate of the area. enjoy a lunch at Morshedi House, a traditional house serving traditional Iranian Cuisine. In the afternoon you welcome by the carpet weavers of Kashan to visit The Iranian carpet weaving closely.
Kashan - Fin Gardens entrance and guided tour
After breakfast drive to Isfahan with stop in Natanz city. Natanz is known for traditional pottery factories, where the full process is carried out entirely by hand with techniques handed down for many generations. Visit the pottery factory and Natanz Jameh mosque, then drive to Isfahan.
Isfahan is a splendid city where we will visit historical monuments of Islamic art. Isfahan or the pearl of Persia is an impressive city in the Islamic history of the world. It was the capital of the country during the sixteenth - seventeenth century, the time of rebirth of the art of Iran.
We start our Isfahan city tour with visit Vank church, The Vank Cathedral is a masterpiece of architecture. Construction of this cathedral started at the time of Shah Abbas the second. Vank Cathedral architecture is a combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture. That is why when you first arrive at this old church, you will see that this cathedral is the only one to be built with indigenous materials like clay and brick. Certainly, it is a way to show the mixed culture and the symbiont circle that stood for four more than 400 hundred years in Jolfa. In the afternoon we will visit two workshops, the first Minakari workshop, Minakari or enameling is the art of coating different bodies such as metals, ceramic and pottery with a colorful glass layer. The second is Ghalamkari or Calico work, it’s an art which produces colored mould cloth used as table cloth, table covers, prayer rug, bags, etc. and which is formed by printing on a cotton cloth.
In the evening visit Si o se pol bridge and Khaju bridge and then enjoy a dinner at a traditional restaurant, with Iranian Cuisine.
- Natanz – pottery factories
- Natanz - Jameh mosque
- Esfahan - Vank church
- Esfahan - Minakari workshop
- Esfahan - Ghalamkari workshop
Full day visit Isfahan, start with Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the second largest square in the world with a craft bazaar all around. The Shah Mosque in the south of the square is the crown jewel of this square. The third site is the Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque, a turquoise dome without any minaret. The next visiting place is Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its magnificent exterior golden muqarnas and the interior fresco paintings. In the afternoon visit Carpet, Miniature and Khatamkari workshops.
- Esfahan - Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO)
- Esfahan - Shah Mosque
- Esfahan - Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
- Esfahan - Ali Qapu Palace
- Esfahan - Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO)
- Esfahan – Carpet Workshops
- Esfahan – Miniature workshops
- Esfahan – Khatamkari workshops
Drive to Shiraz (500 Km) with stop in Izad khast village, The Complex of Izadkhast is located in the Fars Province of Iran, roughly 135 km south of Isfahan. The complex consists of Izad-Khast Castle, a caravanserai, and a Safavid-period bridge. The castle structure is of particular interest due to the different architectural styles incorporated into the construction of the building, including Sassanid and Qajar periods. The architecture of the castle is unique to Izadkhast, and only comparisons in building materials can be made to other sites in the region.
Then drive continue to Shiraz en route visit PASARGADAE (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the tomb of the Cyrus the great (356 Km). Drive continues to Shiraz. At night visit the Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh – one of the holiest sites in Shiraz. The structure serves as a mausoleum to one of Imam Reza’s brothers and the forecourt is often packed with Shiite pilgrims.
- Izad khast - Castle, Caravanserai & Bridge
- Shiraz - Pasargadae (UNESCO)
Shiraz is known as a city of poets and literatures and lovers. Rise early this morning to catch the first rays of the sun as it seeps in through the stained glass of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.
Drive to the remains of Persepolis (approximately 1 hour) – once the center of the Persian Empire and considered as one of the great cities of the ancient world. The Takhte Jamshid complex of palaces was known as the historic marvel of the country, constructed over 150 years as the ceremonial capital of Darius I’s Achaemenid Empire. Continue on to Naqsh-e-Rajab – the site of four limestone rock face inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to early Sassanid times. Back to Shiraz in the afternoon you have free time to take a walk in the Vakil Bazaar, Bazaar-e Vakil is regarded as one of the best markets in the country, specialising in fine carpets, handicrafts, textiles and spices. discover the different products and artisans of the city in a covered and traditional market with a pleasant temperature in Shiraz.
- Shiraz - Persepolis (UNESCO)
- Shiraz - Vakil Bazaar
Today is dedicated to exploring Shiraz. Many of the local ruins date from around AD260 where Valerian, the only Roman emperor to have ever been a prisoner of war, lived out his last days in captivity. Rise early this morning to catch the first rays of the sun as it seeps in through the stained glass of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. This afternoon, visit the Narenjestan garden, Narenjestan or Qavam Garden of Shiraz dates back to Qajar era. Due to abundance of sour orange trees it is called Narenjestan.
Narenjestan garden is a great sample of gorgeous Persian gardens
of Iran. Persian gardens generally have a rectangular form consisting of four quarters abundant in trees and flowers, streams and pathways, ponds and fountains, a central pavilion, and the walls surrounding the garden. Also visit local handicraft workshop there. Afterwards, visit the tomb of literary and folk hero Hafez. Next head toward Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum, one of Holy Shrines in Shiraz. The holy shrine is famous for its green dome and dazzling interior mirror- work
At night prepare for a farewell dinner in shiraz and then transfer to airport for domestic flight to Tehran and directly transfer to IKA airport hotel. (It’s possible departure from Shiraz)
- Shiraz - Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
- Shiraz – Narenjestan garden
- Shiraz - Ali Ibn Hamza
- Shiraz - Tomb of Hafez
Transfer to International Tehran airport to take departure flight.
• Visa (Invitation letter)
• 8 Nights accommodation at comfortable standard hotels based on B.B
• Accompany professional Tour Guide
• All Transportation with A/C Deluxe vehicle
• Meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
• Excursions and entrance fees according to program