Situated between Russia & Europe, Tabriz was an early trading center on the Silk Route. It abounds with historical places of interest....including an area believed to be the site of the legendry Garden of Eden. UNESCO recently added the vaulted bazaar to its World Heritage list.
Persian influence is seen in gardens from the Alhambra to the Taj Mahal. Stroll one of the most famed ....The Fin Garden.The bazaar is considered one of the most unique in this land of bazaars. Hisorians believe the 3 Wise Men traveled from Kashan to witness the birth of Jesus. (We can buy Frankicense )
Ali Sadr Cave.
Kandovan where villagers escaped the Mongols by carving homes into the mountain side. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we stay at Laleh Rocky Hotel, also built into the mountains..but with 1st class amenities! Marble bathrooms (some with a Jacuzzi) Great views from your room.
Bandar Anzali- Caspian Seashore
We love going Off-The -Beaten track Eco-Tourism sites such as... Ghesm Island and desert Carvanserais..
1st view of Mt.Damavand,on approach.
New 2017-2018 Tours
19 Day Epic Cultural Tour (#E1Sept. 9- 29...... (#E2) 2018...March 30-April 18 Tehran>Hamadan>Kashan>Esfahan>Yazd>Shiraz>Tabriz> Kandovan>Sarien>Anzali>Masouleh>Qazvin>Tehran
Adventure Tour 13 Days(#A1 ) 2017 Oct. 23-Nov.4... (A2) 2018 May 18-30 Tehran>Esfahan>Yazd>Shiraz>Ghesm Island
A seat of Persian learning, where literature & astrology were taught. Among our visits are the tombs of Hafiz & Saidi , set in lovely gardens, Bagh-e-Eram (Garden of Paradise) which surrounds a Qajar Palace, the splendid Nasr-el-Molk Mosque, the bazaar which features special local handicafts.
Rising majesticaly out of the desert, is the Achaemenian capital,built by Darius in 518 B.C, Persopolis is one of the archecticual phenomenons of the world. Bas-Reliefs of visiting envoys from the Persian Empire is a living musuem. We visit the simple tomb of Cyrus, set in the miltary camp of Pasagarde,in contrast to Nagsh-e-Rostam,the carved hillside tombs of later Rulers.
Hamadan Highlights include .. The Masoulem of Esther & Mordecai who appealed to King Darius to allow the Jews to return to Bethlehem and re-build their Temples. Tower of Avicenna, (the famed philosopher & scientist) Ali-Sadr ....the largest water cave in the world.
Highlights Tour-12 Days & 5 Day option.. (#H1) 2017 Oct. 4-20...(#H2) 2018 April 20-May 9Tehran>Shiraz.Yazd>Esfahan>Abayneh>Kashan>Tehran/Option Tabriz>Kandovan>Anzali>Massouleh>Tehran
Masouleh- where rooftops are the "steps" leading us to a small bazaar & teahouse Abayneh- its clay houses,dress and dialect have virtually unchanged since the 12th century. .
A bustling city ,set in the valley of the Zargos Mountains, modern skyscapers live next to houses hidden behind stone walls.Modern malls are as popular as the meandering bazaar. Women pull their iphones from the folds of chadors, or more likely out of their Gucci purse!. Our visits include Museums.. Golestan Palace, National Archelogical,Glassware, Carpet Collection,Contemporary Art,Crown Jewels. to name a few.Take a subway to the Bazaar.Visit the City's North Sa'adabad Palace of the former Shah New! Cooking class option....(from picking herbs to your home-cooked lunch)
The capital of Persia, under the cultured Safavid dynasties, the city is reknowned for the eloquence of its architecture, enhanced by the creativity of ceramists.The famed Blue Mosque, elaborate Palaces, linked by the arches of the longest covered Bazaar in the world, surround the Grand Square. After touring and shopping, enjoy a traditional Tea House, Rest in the Square with Persian rose water ice, mingle with the people. (Be ready for Selfie requests from our new friends) Stroll the graceful arcade bridges.
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Amber W. NYC .. I've dreamed of visiting Iran since I was a child, and was fortunate to have traveled with Norma Lee Mahdavi, whose knowledge of the country and people, as well as her sincere concern for everyone on the trip,made this dream come true beyond my expectations. I will go back!
Masouleum of Esther & Mordecai
Hike the Temple of Silence (eco - burial grounds), roam the ancient old town.Learn how Persians adapted to desert conditions by creating dome ice houses and badgirs..high wind towers which direct air inside the building. Marco Polo visited this prime city on the Silk Route, in 1272. . (Best bazaar for silk scarves!)
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Center of Pre-Islamic Zoroastrianism
A center of civilization,dating back 7000 years.