A vast country with remarkable richness in history and culture, Iran is a great destination for tourists who are interested in exploring the places that have been home to civilizations since thousands of years ago. With several archaeological places that have been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, this country is waiting to astonish you with its many wonders. “Classical Iran” is a term to refer to the historical attractions of this country and includes many stunning places with each having lots of stories to hear about. Opt for a Classical Iran tour and explore the glory of ancient Persia.
Shiraz: the Paradise for the History Enthusiast
Shiraz is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities of Iran for having a collection of historical gems. The far-famed Persepolis, also known as Takht-e-Jamshid, which is often referred to as the most widely known archaeological attraction of Iran is situated 60 kilometers northeast of Shiraz in Fars Province. Pasargadae and Tomb of Hafiz are other attractions of Shiraz that you can visit in a Classical Iran tour. Let’s learn more about them.
Persepolis was built during the reigns of three great kings of Achaemenid dynasty: Darius I (522-486 BCE), Xerxes I (486 – 465 BCE) and Artaxerxes I (465 – 424 BCE) and demonstrates an inspiration from Mesopotamian models. Featuring magnificent stairways, throne rooms, reception halls and a grandiose terrace which is regarded as an architectural masterpiece, Persepolis is an astonishing archaeological site that leaves you speechless. In fact, a classical Iran tour will be unfinished without visiting this place. If walking among ruins of majestic palaces, watching sculpted friezes and observing gigantic sculptures that were made thousands of years ago sound exciting to you, you must not leave Shiraz before you’ve spent hours in Persepolis.
The capital of the Achaemenid Empire and the burial place of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae is situated about 90 kilometers to the northeast of Shiraz and is one of the most prominent parts of your Classical Iran tour. Interestingly, the Pasargadae monument (tomb of Cyrus the Great) is a simple structure made from white marble stones and demonstrates a kind of minimalist aesthetic.
Other Attraction of Classical Iran Tours in Shiraz
Hafiz is the most celebrated poet of Iran and is very dear to the nation for his romantic and mystical poetry. Tomb of Hafiz is a gorgeous monument that has become a popular spot for Iranians to join together, read poems, and bask in the soothing poetic atmosphere.
We highly recommend you to pay a visit to this lovely place while traveling Shiraz. If you are interested in Persian Poetry and Sufism, click here.
Nasir al-Molk Mosque, also known as “the colorful mosque of Iran” is another attraction that you must not miss during your classic Iran tour. Make sure your camera has enough memory because you’ll not leave this beautiful mosque before you’ve taken hundreds of pictures!
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After visiting the historical monuments and palaces of Shiraz, Eram Garden awaits you as one of the best examples of Persian Gardens. It’s a paradise on earth!
Isfahan: Fall in Love with Post-Islamic Iranian Gems
Isfahan is another city that you’ll visit during your classical Iran tour. It’s not an exaggeration to call it a treasure chest of Iranian architecture. Let’s see what it has in store for you.
One of the most famous Iran’s UNESCO heritage sites, Naghsh-e-Jahan Square is an illustration of the power of Safavid dynasty and dates back to 1602. Made during the reign of Shah Abbas, it is one of the largest squares in the whole world and showcases some of the best examples of Safavid-era architecture. Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysarieh Gate and the souvenir shops on the margin of the square are all regarded as popular and valuable attractions due to their historical and/or cultural significance. Naghsh-e-Jahan Square is very lively and vibrant during the evenings and will make for one of the best parts of your trip to Isfahan. Click here to read a full article about this lovely square.
Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
An exquisite mosque from 1300 years ago, Jameh Mosque of Isfahan is often referred to as an architectural museum since it demonstrates the aesthetics of different post Islamic Iranian periods. Seljuks, Teymouris, Deylamians and Safavids each added a new flair to this old beautiful mosque. If you are interested to read a full article about this exceptional religious complex, click here.
Sio-se-Pol Bridge, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace and Khaju Bridge are other attractions of Isfahan that you must see while traveling Isfahan.
Kashan: A Small City with Lots of Attractions
Kashan has been named “the small Isfahan” since it’s just as beautiful as Isfahan and has lots of historical places to explore. The famous traditional houses of Kashan are surprisingly magnificent and are perfect examples of Iranian residential architecture. Staying a night at one of the Boutique Hotels of Kashan is a precious experience not to be missed during your classical Iran tour.
Visiting the mysterious Sialk Hills in the suburbs of Kashan as an archaeological treasure from around 6000-5500 BC is an exciting part of your tour and will take you at least one hour.
After leaving Kashan behind, you’ll head to the adorable village of “Abyaneh” which will mesmerize you by its reddish hue and simple beauty that has remained untouched by modernity. The locals are proud to wear beautiful traditional clothes and speak a dialect that dates back to Sassanian era.
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Yazd: The Historic Adobe City of Iran
The Classic Iran Tour will never be complete before you’ve visited the Historic City of Yazd and spent at least a few days exploring its many attractions. The oldest living city of the whole world, Yazd is a UNESCO world heritage site and features some of the most beautiful historical guest houses of Iran, an astonishing Persian Garden, an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple and a brilliant Jameh Mosque.
Yazd is mostly characterized by its adobe labyrinths and wind-towers (Baadgir) that have given an exotic look to it.
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Interested to book a Classical Iran Tour?
If you are interested to know more about Classical Iran tours, feel free to contact us for more information. Here at Land of Turquoise Domes, we have designed several cultural and historical itineraries for those who are fond of architecture, history and culture. But you can also decide to spice up your vacation by adding nature and adventure destinations to your itinerary. You have plenty of choices!