SIN/DOH QR947 2120/0015
Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Shiraz via Doha.
DOH/SYZ QR476 0200/0345
Upon arrival, check in hotel for breakfast and rest. Shiraz is the capital city of Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It is the origin of one of the best wines in the world call Syrah. After lunch, proceed for a city tour. At the Northeast of Persepolis on the top of the mountains, we will go for an excursion to Persepolis, a preserved heritage of the magnificent royal remnants of Acamenid Era in 5th century B.C. The entrance consists of a 2 ramp stairway of 110 rather wide but short steps leading to “The Great Gate” which is grand and unforgettable. Moreover, one will be unable to resist the incredible royal treasury, the large columns, balconies and the private palaces. At the Northeast of Persepolis on the top of the mountains, we visit Naghs-E-Rostam, a place filled with historical works amazingly displayed in the form of carvings, tombs and inscriptions. Continue to Tomb of Hafez.
After breakfast, visit Vakil Bazar and Narenjestan or Eram Garden. Continue to visit Ali EbneHamazeh Mosque with mirror tiles interior. Visit The Holy Shrine of Shah Cheragh from outside.
Yazd is one of the most ancient inhabited cities in the world dating back to more than 3,000 years ago. On our way to Yazd, en route visit Pasargade (the grave of Great Cyrus, founder of Acamenid era), located in the heart of a beautiful scenery, followed by Abarqu visit the old Cyprus. Arrive to Yazd, the central of Iran, the second historical city in the world. Visit the remarkable Tower of Silence. According to the Zoroastrians beliefs, a dead body could not be burnt or buried for fear of polluting the Earth. Dead bodies were exposed on these towers where they were cleaned off by vultures. This practice is also known as “Sky Burial”. Next we proceed to the magnificent Amir Chakhmaq Square, built by Amir Chakhmaq and his wife. This 19th century monument is overwhelmed with ancient carved inscriptions in Naskh script and interesting epigraphs.
After breakfast, visit the Jame Mosque, which is also known as the Friday Mosque. Built in the 14th century, the portal’s façade is decorated from top to bottom in dazzling tile work, predominantly blue in color. Also visit the Fahadan Quarter with its massive Badgirs (Wind Tunnels) or windcatchers that work as low-tech air conditioners,built so that they can be opened to catch the wind from different directions, the air is then cooled as it travels down the tower, and in turn cools the rooms below. Following on, proceed to the “Fire Temple” where nobody apart form the Grand Priest, a descendant of the Magi, has access to the fire that burns in a brazen vessel for the past 1500 years. Next, journey to Isfahan, enroute passing the desert and the marvelous ancient buildings. Arrive Na’in and visit the Mosque before reaching Isfahan after noon.
Isfahan was long noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. After breakfast, take a look at the world most elegant and spacious Naghsh-e Jahan complex, the central focus of Isfahan. It is a Royal Square, 1674 feet by 540 feet and enclosed by double-storied arcades. Visit the Alighapoo (Magnificent Gate) Palace built by decree of Shah Abbas the Great in the early 17th century. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. Valuable miniature paintings, works of the reputed artist of the times Reza Abbassi, and other traditional works of art can be noted here. Plasterwork of the ‘sound room’ was modeled such that the acoustic affect produced natural and pleasant sounds. Next, visit the beautifully tiled Imam Mosque built in the 17th century. Under different light conditions, the dome of Imam Mosque will change colours! Also not forgetting the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque that took a period of 18 years to be completed. Next, visit the Chehelsotoon Palace built by Shah Abbas II round an earlier building erected by Shah Abbas I. The palace is called Chehelsotoon, which means “40 columns” in Persian language. Interestingly, there are 20 columns in the palace, which when reflected in the facing pool, appear to be 40 columns. Also visit the Vank Church, which started construction from 1606AD.
After breakfast, take a coach to Tehran, enroute passing by the desert & its magnificent architecture. Arrive in Kashan to visit the Brujerdi’s House and also the Fin Garden. The Fin Garden is a palace that combines the architectural features of the Safavid, Zandiyeh and Qajar periods. Besides an old historical bathing-house, there are also two syphons, which are very famous for their architectural designs, one traces back to the 16th century A.D (Safavid era), and the other to the 18th century A.D (Qajar era). Stay overnight at Tehran.
Tehran – a thriving metropolis with museums, monuments and a stunning backdrop of Mount Damavand and is also immense and proliferates like a coral reef, but in an orderly manner. In the late morning, embark on a tour to the famous Saadabad Palace, one that comprises of 17 smaller palaces. The interior of this magnificent structure is brilliantly ornamented with Iranian traditional motifs and forms a rich and complex set of stucco and mirror works in its internal decoration. After lunch, visit the National Museum which was inaugurated in 1937 and consist 2 buildings of pre-Islamic and post-Islamic works. You can explore the fascinating pottery art and the hundreds of textiles of silk, brocade and hand-woven.
After breakfast, free at own leisure. Lunch will be at own expense. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Singapore.
DOH/SIN QR946 0155/1455
Arrive in Singapore with fond memories of Iran.
|Airline||Qatar Airways (QR)|
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|Time Difference||Iran is 4.5 hours behind Singapore.|
|VISAS||Singaporeans and Malaysians do require a visa on arrival when visiting Iran. For other nationalities, please check with our staff or directly with Embassy concerned.|
|Usa Visa Department Advisory||Under the VWP Improvement & Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, travellers who have travelled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen after 1st March 2011, these individuals who wish to travel to USA, will still be able to apply for US visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate but will not be able to process their visas online for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to arrival into USA.|
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|Itinerary subject to changes||Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances|