The oasis named Kashan will surprise you with the artistic architecture of its Qajar mansions, Isfahan will take your breath away with its Safavid bridges and monuments and Yazd will amaze you with its wind towers, fire temple, mosques and 15th century Amir Chakhmaq Square which shines like an orange gem at night.
DAY 01, Kashan Kashan
DAY 02, Kashan Kashan
Bring your camera to Maranjab Desert! It’s the perfect place for astrophotography!
Drive onto the Salt Lake, discover the wandering island or just take a walk on the moving sand hills and enjoy the sand patterns before returning to Kashan for the night.
DAY 03, Isfahan Isfahan
Spend a night in Abbasi Hotel, which was originally a caravanserai built 300 years ago. Sit in the hotel’s garden and enjoy the atmosphere created by the glowing light fixtures around the pool while having your meal or some Persian tea and snacks.
DAY 04, Isfahan Isfahan
Stop for a rest in the traditional Rouzegar Café and have traditional Persian drinks and snacks or go for a carriage ride around this glorious Meydan (square).
Visit the Jame Mosque of Isfahan, which is the embodiment of the aesthetic tastes of Persian rulers for over 1,000 years.
Go to the Hasht Behesht or Eight Paradises Palace, the only remaining structure built in the gardens along the historic Chahar Bagh Avenue.
If there is time, explore Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan, and take a tour of its old churches and cathedral. Walk through Jolfa’s maze of cobblestoned streets and the inviting cafes situated around its old churches where you can enjoy a delicious meal.
DAY 05, Isfahan_Yazd Yazd
Stop in Meybod to see the 2,000-year-old Narin Castle, which some say was an Elamite ziggurat that later functioned as a fire temple and a fortress.
Visit one of the 999 caravanserais built by Safavid Shah Abbas I throughout the country and its Safavid ice house as well as the Qajar Dovecote (pigeon tower).
There will be time to visit the many shops selling fine Persian ceramics before arriving in Yazd where you will spend the night.
DAY 06, Yazd Yazd
Explore the city of wind towers!
Visit the Dowlatabad Wind Tower and Dowlatabad Garden which is an example of the UNESCO registered Persian Garden.
You can see 12th century Jame Mosque of Yazd, which was built on the ruins of a Sassanid fire temple and is reputed to have the tallest minarets in Iran.
Take a stroll through the historical Fahadan neighborhood and enjoy the architectural beauty of Yazd traditional homes and Sabats (vaulted alleys) before visiting the mud brick Alexander’s Prison or Ziyaeieh School. You will have time to visit the Yazd Bazaar.
Visit the Amir Chakhmaq Historical Complex in the afternoon where you can try some of the delicious local pastries like Persian baklava and Qotab (deep-fried almond-filled pastry) while you wait for the Amir Chakhmaq lights to bring this monument to life.
DAY 07, Yazd Yazd
Spend the night in Anarak Caravanserai where you can try a traditional dinner.
DAY 08, Yazd_Tehran Tehran