8-day tour in Iran(2)

Day 5: Isfahan

Visit the Chehel Sotoun, which was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List as the representative of the “Persian Garden”. Established in 1647, it was the site for the Abbas II to conduct state affairs and meet foreign ambassadors. As one of the most important palaces in the Safavid Dynasty, it retained many precious historical paintings and various cultural relics.

After lunch, visit the Imam Square, a site that was also added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Imam Square, also known as the “Naqsh-e Jahan Square”, is located in the center of Isfahan and is the second largest square after the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing. In the center of the square is a huge fountain. The tall water column on both sides of the fountain spurted water towards the sky, forming a misty view and turning into a rainbow in the light of the sun. In the square, the most famous are the classic buildings. To the east is the Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque, an exquisite religious construction, which used to be a place of worship of the royal family. To the west is the Aali Qapu Palace, a palace of six stories. To the North is the famous Grand Bazaar, which boasts elaborate local craft shops and a traditional perfumery.

After dinner, go to the Allahverdi Khan Bridge, a double-layer construction. The sublayer, which consists of 33 half-round arches of the bridge, stretches across the Zayandeh River. The reflection of the arches in the clean water, accompanied by the arch of the bridge itself, forming 33 completely closed round holes. It is not only the most beautiful bridge of Isfahan, but also an architecture with multiple functions—as both the bridge and a dam.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Isfahan

Day 6: Isfahan - Kashan

After breakfast, shoot the Khaju Bridge, a representative double-layered stone bridge. Then go to the beautiful oasis city, Kashan (about 217 kilometers, a 2.5-hour drive).

With its unique geographical condition, Kashan is the prestigious “Rose County” of Iran. The rose festival is held to celebrate the blooming flowers every May in Kashan. For a long time, even after the flowering season, the scent of roses fills the air of Kashan. The traces of history are found everywhere in the city, in which the elaborate traditional house, the suburban ancient Persian Garden and the buildings of the 17th and 18th century are all the local tourist attractions.

Go to the Boroujerdi Historical House. Located in the Alavi Street, it was completed in 1876 after 18 years of construction. The owner of the house, Haj Seyed Hassan Natanzi, hired more than 150 craftsmen to construct this beautiful building, which was rated as the boutique architecture at that time.

Then visit the Fin Garden, which is the best-preserved ancient garden of the same kind with more than 500 years of history. It originally covers an area of 2.3 hectares surrounded by the round tower with a big courtyard in the middle. Kashan is in the desert region, so the constant spewing spring water in the garden is very precious and becomes a notable feature of the garden. The verdant trees, green grasslands, blue bathing pools, historical buildings and tall walls make the garden to be one of the most appealing gardens of Iran. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2012.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Kashan

Day 7: Kashan - Teheran

After breakfast, go to Teheran (about 224 kilometers, a 3-hour drive). Visit the Golestan Palace, the oldest royal palace in Teheran. Located in the South of the Khomeini Square in the center of Teheran, the Golestan Palace is of the strong Islamic style. “Golestan” means “the place with flowers” in Farsi, so the palace is also known as the “Rose Palace”.

After lunch, visit the National jewelry museum. Also known as “Treasury of National Jewels”, it is located in the basement of the central bank of Iran dedicated to collections of thrones, crowns, swords, jewelry, ornaments of successive dynasties of Iran. Then go to the Azadi Tower to take photos. It was commissioned by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, to mark the 2,500th year of the foundation of the Imperial State of Iran. Established in 1971, the whole tower blends the architectural style of the Sasanian Empire and Islam, witnessing every historical moment of the contemporary Iran. As a significant transportation hub, the site of the Azadi Tower has an endless stream of traffic.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Teheran

Day 8: Teheran - Urumchi

After breakfast, visit the Carpet Museum of Iran. The museum was designed by the Pahlavi dynasty’s last queen, Farah Pahlavi. With the exhibition of more than 5000 exquisite handmade carpets, it is the most prominent representative of history, culture, and art of Iran.

After lunch, visit the Sadabaad Palace. Located in the mountain of the northernmost of Teheran, it was divided into the upper and lower layer as well as the basement. The decoration inside the palace is grand integrating the Iranian and the European style. On the top of the palace are the gorgeous plaster sculptures of Iran and the floor is laid with elaborate Persian carpets. Both the design and the interior decoration represent the essence of the Iranian architectural art. The palace, which covers a large area, is an architectural complex where all the 14 palaces are glorious and well-equipped with swimming pools, gardens, stadiums and so on.

Enjoy a rich Iranian meal in the traditional Teheran restaurant. Then return to China by air (Flight for reference: the China Southern Airline CZ6026 22:30-12:35+1, Transit Stop in Urumchi, the total flight time of about 9h35m).

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