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Tour: Georgia + Iran

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Tour: Georgia + Iran
 
Tbilisi Mtskheta Bodbe Sighnaghi Uplistsikhe Gori Achaltsykhe Borjomi Ananuri Gudauri Kazbegi Tbilisi Teheran Savadkuh Yazd Mezbod Kharanaq Village Saadatshahr Pasargad Naqsh e Rostam Persepolis Shiraz Isfahan Kashan Teheran (15 days, 14 nights)
 
Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Welcome dinner with Georgian songs and dances. Overnight.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi Mtskheta Tbilisi
Breakfast. Panoramic tour in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round the clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. There are mainly 2-3-storey houses built of stone and brick, and they have a special Tbilisi architecture, which is characterized by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque.
During the excursion visit of: Mechetian Church ( V c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity, temple complex of Tsminda Sameba the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. The rise by the cable car to the Narikala fortress ( IV c.).
Next, excursion to the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of temple-monastery Jvari ( VI c.). At the top of the mountain where the temple is located, opens a fantastic view on the place of confluence of two rivers Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 3: Tbilisi Bodbe Sighnaghi Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to "town of everlasting love"Sighnaghi. On the way visit in the Bodbe village of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia.
Walk along the ancient town Sighnaghi, that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. It was currently restored to its original from.
Tasting of Georgian wines made way for Kakhetian old traditions. Wines are stored in Marana, clay jugs, burried in the ground.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 4: Tbilisi Uplistsikhe Gori Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion to Uplistsikhe (I centuries BC) a wonderful cave town, that was finishing the building for centuries, and included more than 700 caves and buildings, including wineries, bakeries, antique theater, hall of receptions of Queen Tamara, preserved to this day. Next, visit the Stalin museum. Museum consists of three blocks museum, house and railway carriage. Return to Tbilisi. Free time. Overnight.
 
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Day 5: Tbilisi Achaltsykhe Borjomi Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning drive to recently reconstructed Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church. Departure to Borjomi. We will taste of the world-known mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
 
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Day 6: Tbilisi Ananuri Gudauri Kazbegi Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way to it, we will overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. In passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), the stunning trip along Tergi river through Cross Pass (2400 m), will bring us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi: church of the Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
 
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Day 7: Tbilisi Teheran
Breakfast. Depending on the departure time, free time. Souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Teheran.After arriving at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) in Tehran, our representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel to rest.

Day 8: Teheran Savadkuh (Train):
Among the unique attractions of this route are the Alborz Mountain Range, Hyrcanian Forests, plains and Kavir Desert. The geographical variety and the specific landscapes will create you a memory of a lifetime.
Starting from the Tehran Train Station, the train goes through Garmasar, Bonakuh, Simindasht, Zarrindasht, Firouzkuh, Gadok, Shur Ab and Veresk to reach the final station of Savadkuh. Then, it will move back towards Tehran. You will arrive at the Tehran Station at about 10:30 p.m.
The train will have stops at some train stations and interesting points such as Veresk Bridge. The passengers will have some trekking and will learn about the construction of the railway and its stations, built almost 100 years ago.
The railway line stretches over extraordinary bridges, loops and tunnels and mounts over 2000 meters atVeresk Village!
Enjoy the trip on one of the world's most spectacular mountain railways!
   
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Day 9: Teheran Yazd (Train):
This morning, we will take you to a World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty, that rose to power in the late 1700s, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools. Many of the elements youll admire today, date to the 19th century when local Qajari architects and artisans were looking to integrate traditional Persian style with elements of Western and Russian origin. The palace buildings are among the oldest in modern Tehran and they are still regarded as a crowning achievement of the Qajar era. Then, we will walk around Tehran Bazaar. The next to visit is the National Museum of Iran. At this museum you can see fabulous historical items from 5000 BC to the advent of Islam in Iran which shows a brief history of our land. In the afternoon, we will visit National Jewelry Museum. Owned by the Central Bank and accessed through its front doors, the cavernous vault that houses what is commonly known as the Jewels Museum is not to be missed. The Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs adorned themselves and their belongings with an astounding range of priceless gems and precious metals, making this collection of bling quite literally jaw-dropping. Early evening transfer to Tehran Airport to fly to Kerman and transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we will take our private train to Yazd.
 
Day 10: Yazd:
Yazd is one oldest continuously inhabited towns of Iran. Its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center of Irans Zoroastrian community, which is where youll begin the days sightseeing.
At the Tower of Silence, youll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion. Until the mid- 1900s, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds. Zoroastrian tradition considers a deceased body to be unclean and this process of excarnation prevents contact with either fire or earth both of which are considered to be sacred.
At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, youll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. Its an important pilgrimage site for the faithful and here our expert guide will offer additional insight into one of the worlds oldest monotheistic religions.
In Amir Chakhmaq Square, youll see a very impressive Hussainiya a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the citys most photographed landmarks.
The next place to visit is the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden. Standing by the gardens long reflecting pool, youll be shaded by ancient cypress trees. Ahead of you is an 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with a beautiful stained glass window and a graceful wind tower the tallest in Iran. All around are flowering fruit trees and other ornamental plants and trees.
 
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Day 11: Yazd Mezbod Kharanaq Village(Bus) Saadatshahr(Train):
Your overland journey continues to the small town of Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick. But set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also offers a number of fascinating sites to visit including its caravanserai. Built in typical Safavid style, this ancient desert inn features verandahs, shaded passageways, and nearly 100 rooms some of which are now used as artisan workshops. At the local icehouse, youll learn about the thick-clay construction and subterranean chamber that allowed local residents to have ice and food storage before refrigeration even during the intense desert heat of summer!
Leaving Meybod behind, we will have a short stop to visit Kharanagh old town and a single-minaret mosque and Kharanaq castle. Winding alleys are the wonders of this castle which were used to surprise bandits. Then, we will take the train to Saadat Shahr.
 
Day 12: Pasargad Naqsh e Rostam Persepolis Shiraz (Bus):
Today, you will visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and though not as striking as Persepolis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over the site and the surrounding area.
From here, we will drive a couple of miles to Naqsh-e-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried. Carved into the side of a cliff, the site is extraordinary in its magnitude and sheer ambition and does not disappoint even after the impressive Persepolis. Then, we will have some stop on our way to visit the Legendary City of Persepolis, the former capital of Darius the Great which was founded in 512 BC. There was no more impressive construction in the ancient world than Persepolis, except perhaps the Karnak in Egypt. Darius built the terrace, Apadana (great audience hall), Tachana (a palace), and the Monumental Staircases; his son, Xerxes, added the Harem and the Hall of 100 Columns. Alexander the Great entered Persepolis in January 330 BC and then committed an uncharacteristic act of wanton destruction that still mystifies historians today, burning the mighty city to the ground. Though a shadow of its former self, the soaring pillars, terraces and sculptures of Persepolis still remain, but probably most impressive are the bas reliefs which line the site, telling the story of ancient governors and kings that came to Persepolis to pay tribute to the Persian Emperors. Finally, we will drive to Shiraz and will go to the hotel to take a rest.
 
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Day 13: Shiraz Isfahan (Train):
After breakfast, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) which is a few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. It was built at Mirza Hassan Ali Nasir-al Mulks command (one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty); it took 12 years to complete it in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and the colors dance throughout the day like whirling Dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches, and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit by the first sun ray and has exploded into thousands of butterflies all around. Continue your exploration in Shiraz at the beautiful orange-scented Narenjestan Garden, laid out in the 19th century during the Qajar Dynasty. Then, you will visit Karim Khan Citadel from outside. It was built during the Zand era. Youll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai. You will end your visit on a tranquil note in the lovely garden-tomb of Saadi and garden-tomb of Hafez, two of our most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature. Hafez is one of the great poets who has impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Saadi is a poet, philosopher, and mystic who is known as the father of alternative tourism. About seven centuries ago, he travelled to different countries and cities. Then, he collected all his experiences in verses and rhymed prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage to tombs of these great poets.
Tonight, we will take the train to Isfahan.
 
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Day 14: Isfahan:
As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the worlds greatest cities architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians, and Chinese coming to its court the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf e jahan (Isfahan is half of the World). Your exploration starts in Imam Square. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, youll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. You will also visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, also known as the Ladies Mosque, as it was built for the Shah's harem, renowned for brightly colored domed ceiling, where the light creates the image of a peacock. In the Ali Qapu Palace, youll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. Youll end your exploration of the square by visiting the Qeisarieh Bazaar. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, its a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games. Next up is Chehel Sotun Palace. Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, youll discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mosaics; the Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking!
In the citys Armenian quarter, youll delve more deeply into the regions complex history as you will visit several churches including the 17th-century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements. You will finish your exploration of the city by visiting some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span Zayandeh River, namely, Si-o-se Pol and Khaju Bridges.

Day 15: Isfahan Kashan Teheran (Departure) (Bus):
Leaving Isfahan behind, well travel to Kashan, a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for Fin Garden and its extensive bazaar and hammams. Fin Garden (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) is our first stop; a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion. There is also the chance to buy some rose water, a local specialty, outside of the site. Then, you will visit Boroujerdi Traditional House. It was built about 130 years ago in the reign of Qajar dynasty (1857) by Iranian famous architect Ustad Ali Maryam. The owner was Haj Seyed Hasan Natanzi, a well-known merchant who mostly dealt with people of Boroujerd city. Thats why the house is known as Boroujerd's House. Afterwards, we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hammams and mosques; one hammam has been converted to a traditional teahouse where we will stop for those who need a break from shopping.
Late in the afternoon, we will drive towards Imam Khomeini International Airport.
 
Tour price in Euro p/p
 
Price in TWIN/DBL
Surcharge for single room
Group 16+1 20+1 PAX
4072
+360
Group 21+1 25+1 PAX
3872
+360
Group 26+1 30+1 PAX
3727
+360
 
The price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotel: standard double rooms with breakfast;
  • Accommodationin 5* hotels: standard double rooms with breakfast;
  • All lunches and dinners according to the program
  • Transport services according to the program;
  • English speaking guide according to the program.
  • All entrance fees in Georgia and Iran; Visa Code for Iran
  • Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coaches and a 5-star train
  • Flight Tbilisi Teheran on 30.10.2020
The price does not include:
  • Flights;
  • Insurance;
  • Services not listed above;
  • Personal expenses.
For Groups more than 16 Persons this tour will be made for any date
 
 
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