Classic Iran with Ashura Festival
10 Days | 9 Nights

Ashura Festival, 23 July -01 August 2023

Overnights : 2 Nights in Tehran , 2 Nights in Isfahan , 2 Nights in Yazd , 3 Nights in Shiraz

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Classic Iran with Ashura Festival

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9 Nights’ accommodation in 4* Hotel
Private car/coach throughout the whole itinerary
Private transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport
Bed & Breakfast
1 Farewell dinner
2 bottles of drinking water per day
English / Spanish / Italian / German / Russian Speaking guide
Visa preparation
Entrance fees to the sites in the program
International flights
Visa fee
All personal expenses, laundry, long distance calls, tips
Tips for the driver and guide should be paid onsite t0 the guide. An amount of 10 Euros per tourist per day for small groups and 5 Euros per day per tourist for large groups is suggested.
Visit Tehran - Radtravel
Day 1
Arrival - Tehran - (23) July

Depart your country for Iran, boarding formalities and upon arrival to IKA airport, meet with the guide or assistance and transfer the hotel for rest. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Golestan Palace - Iran - Tehran
Day 2
Tehran - (24) July

Tehran city tour visiting: The National Museum, which displays a vast collection of objects from The prehistoric and historic periods. Golestan Palace consisting of a charming mirrored reception hall, galleries and royal quarters representing the arts of 19th century Iran. Azadi Tower as a remark of Iranian 2500 years empire. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Finn Garden - Kashan - Iran
Day 3
Tehran – Kashan – Isfahan (247 – 209 ) Km - (25) July

Depart Tehran for Isfahan, the first stop would be in Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini the mausoleum of the master of Iranian Islamic revolution built on an enormous scale Continue to Kashan visiting Fin Garden, with a combination of architectural features from three significant dynasties: Safavid, Zand and Qajar. You will also visit The Tabatabaei’s House a fine example of 19th-century traditional house focusing on its individual courtyards contrived to be invisible from the street. We will continue our way to Isfahan. Upon arrival visiting the famous bridges Khajoo and Sio Se Pol. In the evening you may realize that black flags are hanged in some places and may accidentally visit mourning for the grief of this historical disaster. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Lotfollah Dome - Esfahan - IRan
Day 4
Isfahan - (26) July

Full day Isfahan city tour visiting: Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque will offer a unique experience of artistic devotion with their superb decorative. Ali Qapu Palace will astonish all visitors with its richly ornamented interior decoration of 17thcentury. Grand Bazaar of Isfahan adorning the northern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, displaying different types of artistically created handicraft items of Isfahan. Jami ‘Mosque of Isfahan the living testimony of the evolution of Iranian architecture in the Islamic period. Also visiting the Armenian Quarter to visit a church. At nights you can feel Muharram ceremony with hearing special music describing Muharram occurrence, that called "madahi" it means eulogy. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Ashoora Festival - Iran - Radtravel
Day 5
Isfahan - Yazd (323) Km - (27) Julyfahan

Muharram the first month of the Islamic calendar, the month of remembrance, is a month full of special ceremonies and one of the unique times to travel to Iran. Tasua and Ashura, the 9th and the 10th day of Muharram, are days of mourning in Shia Islam to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Today is Tasua which is dedicated to Imam Hussein’s half-brother Abbas ibn Ali, and is called the day of Loyalty and Resistance, his two main traits. Abbas made great sacrifices in the Battle of Karbala and was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein. And we will have a chance to see the Passionate Tasua in Isfahan. Depart Isfahan for Yazd. Overnight in Yazd. We will watch:

  • Dasteh Ravi: Mourning walking are held along with "Nohe khani" and breast-beating. Mourning groups in different places are associated with different traditions and rituals. In Iran large group of people will walk through the city with musical instruments, large flags and large "Alam". There are different clans in most of cities in Iran, and every clan has its own way of mourning in Ashura; every clan is trying to show their superiority from other clans..
  • Taziyeh: One form of mourning is the theatrical re-enactment of the Battle of Karbala. In Iran this is called taziyeh. Ta'zieh ritual inscribed in 2010 on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, UNESCO.
Ashura - Iran
Day 6
Yazd - (28) July

Today is Ashura ceremony which is the most important day of Muharram because on this day Imam Hussein and his family and 72 of his companions were slaughtered by the Umayyads in the Karbala desert on Yazid’s orders. Other surviving members of Imam Hussein’s family or followers (including women, children and elderly people) were taken captive. They were martyred in the name of justice and freedom, that’s why Imam Hussein is a symbol of resistance against tyranny. Today we will watch different activities such as Nakhl-Gardani, Rowzeh-Khani, Sineh-Zani. Overnight stay in Yazd.

  • Nakhl gardani: One of the main features of Yazd Muharram ceremonies is “Nakhl gardani”, the act of carrying the Nakhl, a wooden structure used as a symbolic representation of the Imam’s coffin, from one place to another, resembling an Imam's uneral. It also has other decorations such as mirrors, fruits, decorative knots and silk clothes, which are tied at two sides of Nakhl. As they are very heavy, Nakhl is lifted by mourners and carried in circles. After the Nakhl-Gardani ritual, people continue mourning and listening to the religious sermons.
  • Other ceremonies such as Rowzeh-Khani (religious sermon), Sineh-Zani (beating the chest as a sign of grief) and slaughtering cattle are held alongside Nakhl-Gardani. And azri food will be cooked for mourners. As is common within Islam, distributing free food o honor the sacrifice of others is a mainstay ritual of Ashura.
  • We will also experience eating Nazri, The food is considered holy for anyone who eats it or makes it. In Muharram and in Ashura days, you can see people who line up to get Nazri foods. They do it because Nazri foods are Holy and amazingly delicious.
  • Sham-e Ghariban: After the night prayers, they hold the Sham-e Ghariban (literally the night of the strangers) as candlelight vigil for the martyrs of Karbala. We will also light a candle.
Dolat abad Garden - Yazd - Iran
Day 7
Yazd –Shiraz (442) Km - (29) July

Yazd city tour visiting Fire temple, a temple that holds a perpetual fire maintained by hereditary male priesthood who have learned required prayers to perform ritual duties. Amir Chakhmagh Square a stunning three-story façade with rows of perfectly proportioned galleries, is the next in the list. Dowlat Abad Garden was built in 1747, the walled complex includes the country's tallest wind catcher, orchards & fountains. Depart Yazd for Shiraz. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Naqsh Rostam - Shiraz - Iran
Day 8
Shiraz – Persepolis – Naqsh-e Rostam – Shiraz (60 – 9 – 67) Km - (30) July

Excursion to Persepolis the jewel of ancient Persia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Naqsh Rostam with four Achaemenid tombs, some Sassanid rock-relief panels. Drive back to Shiraz for Overnight stay.

Hafez Tomb - Shiraz
Day 9
Shiraz - (31) July

Full day Shiraz city tour visiting: Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque a unique mosque renowned for its architectural techniques and decorative themes. Tomb of Hafez the pre-eminent master of Persian lyric poetry whose heart (cup) is filled with the love (wine) of the Beloved (God).Narenjestan Museum a pavilion richly decorated with a breathtaking combination of decorative elements & Alin ibn Hamzeh, a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz and Also Vakil Bazzar. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Special Activity:

• Fare well diner at Shapuri Palace Garden restaurant with Amazing view

Day 10
Departure - (01) August

Farewell to Iran. Transfer to Shiraz International Airport for the flight back to your country.

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