8-day tour in Iran(1)

Day 1: Beijing - Urumchi - Teheran

Assemble at the Capital International Airport to Teheran (flight for reference: China Southern Airlines CZ6025 14:50-21:00, transit stop in Urumchi, the flight time of about 10h40m. Check in hotel after arrival.

Meal: lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Teheran

Day 2: Teheran - Shiraz

Go to Shirazi by air after breakfast (the flight time of about 1h20m). Visit the Mulk Mosque that was built in 1876 after arrival. The Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque is also known as the Pink Mosque for the usage of considerable pink tiles in the interior design. The whole hall is more than 10 meters wide and 50 meters deep with over ten snakeskin pillars holding up the ceiling. The outer wall of the mosque is as exquisite and gorgeous as that of the Palace of Teheran.

Then visit the Tomb of Hafez. Although not a big tourist site, it still has an ocean of tourists, especially Iranians. Compared with the lifelessness of common tombs, it, with chirping birds and fragrant flowers, is more of a garden.

Later, visit the Tomb of Saadi. On the gate of the cemetery writes: “A thousand years after his death you can still smell love.” Saadi, the author of the Rose Garden, is one of the most notable poets in the Middle Ages. There is a beautiful Persian Garden and a pool for tourists to make a wish by tossing coins.

Then visit the Eram Botanical Garden, or the “Paradise Garden”, which is gorgeous and large.

Later, go to the Grand Bazaar (a 1.5-hour drive). It is unique in Iran in terms of the scale, firmness and beauty. Bazaar is located in the center of the city, which allows us to shoot the winding streets and dazzling crafts with local characteristics.

We may have chances to pass by the landmark buildings of Shiraz—Quran Gate, whose history can be traced back to one thousand years ago. It used to be a decorative gate and was named after the Quran placed in the room by Karim Khan to protect people. The waterfall on the cliff behind the Quran gate sometimes pours down after rain, which is an amazing scene in the water-depleted Iran.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Shiraz

Day 3: Shiraz - Persepolis - Yazd

Go to Persepolis after breakfast (about 60 miles, a one-hour drive).

Persepolis is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. And it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The enormous ladders, elaborate reliefs, and imposing gates remind people the past glory of the Persian Empire. In several years’ archaeological digs, Persepolis has unearthed a large number of handicrafts, including weapons, household appliances, newly excavated royal inscriptions and a pair of large-scale reliefs depicting the view that the King hosts the formal welcome. These are all precious historical materials, providing clues and information for the exploration of the ancestors.

Then go to Pasargadae, the first capital of Persepolis built by Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire 2500 years ago (about 80 miles, a one-hour drive). Built in 546 BC and located in a basin of the Zagros Mountains, Pasargadae was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is the capital of the first multicultural empire of the West Asia. The current site of Pasargadae is about 160 hectares, however, the buildings on the grassland are sparse due to the damage of war, weathering, and plunder. The Cyrus the Great is the best-preserved one.

Then drive to Yazd (about 326 miles, a 4-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Yazd

Day 4: Yazd - Isfahan

After breakfast, take photos in Yazd: Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, Jame Mosque, Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin, and the Dolat wind tower.

Zoroastrianism is the most influential religion in the Middle East before the birth of Christianity. The Lord God of the Zoroastrians, Ahura Mazda, was regarded as the supreme creator, redeemer and patron saint. Inside the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd is a small hall, where a room was separated by a window and railings. In the room stands a stuff like the big tripod, in which flame is burned. It is said that the flame has been burning since 470 BC, which was known as the “Light of Persian civilization”.

Friday is the worship day of the Islam, so the Jame Mosque, also known as the Friday Mosque, is very common in Iran. However, the Jame Mosque of Yazd is famous for the highest minaret of Iran. It is worth mentioning that the wall of the mosque is inlaid with the typical Persian blue tiles. As a building complex, it is composed of the mosque, religious schools, public bathrooms, and the Bazaar.

Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin is established in the 14th century consisting of a front door, and a dome that was built with glazed tiles.

The Dolat wind tower is 33 meters high and is located in the Dolat-Abad Garden, the biggest garden in Yazd. Under the tower is a two-story hall surrounded by the lattice windows in the Islamic style. Equipped with pools and geysers, it is the paradise of nobles in ancient times. The wind tower is just like the air conditioner that we are using today. It makes use of the wind from all directions, bringing coolness to each family. It is said that the higher the wind tower is, the more air will be collected and the larger the air volume is.

Then visit Isfahan, Iran’s most remarkable ancient capital in Arabic style (About 323 kilometers, a 4-hour drive). It is the third biggest city as well as the oldest city of Iran. “Isfahan” derives from the Farsi meaning “army” and it was once the gathering place of the army. It not only has the beautiful scenery, but also boasts various architectures in Islamic style from the 11th century to the 19th century. As the critical station on the South Road of the Silk Road, it is also the concentration of the commerce and trade between the East and the West. Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Isfahan