Friday, January 9, 2015 arrived in Imam Khomeini International Airport with a clear early morning that promised to become a cool, cloudy, and typically winter day. Twenty two Colombian tourists were an amazing team of young and older travellers including of artist, civil engineer, lawyer, physiotherapist, pianist, executive director and housewife.
“IKA was so crowded, we have seen so many foreign people that we believe we are not able to count all these people. ” Amparo Angel de Biermann ”
Welcome to Iran & expelore Tehran
They start their tour itinerary for 8 days after arrived to Tehran. Tehran is the capital of Iran as well as capital of the Tehran province, has a population of more than twelve million people which places it among one of the largest and most populated cities in western Asia. It is quite a pleasant city and home to many historical monuments, traditional buildings, mosques, churches, synagogues and even some Zoroastrian fire temples.
Drive to Tehran and start visit Saadabad Palace as a historic royal summer home, Glass and Ceramics Museum and in the evening as promised visited Milad tower to appreciate the magnificent 360 degree view of Tehran. Milad Tower is the symbol of modern architecture, Persian Art and culture with a height of 435 meters. It is the most significant building in Tehran and the sixth tallest television and telecommunication in the world.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Confucius.
Experience Tehran through the eyes of a local guide
In the second day morning, they discovered Archaeology, Jewelry museum and Grand Bazaar which is historical market and largest mall on the planet situated in the capital of Iran, Tehran and after lunch they also visited Golestan Palace (The Rose Garden Palace). Golestan palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran’s capital city. Then in the evening they were flying to Shiraz.
‘In my opinion, Iranians are the most hospitable people in the world. Ramon Fernando Vanegas Mendez said.”
Days 3 & 4
Discovering Persian secrets in Shiraz – History ,Poetry and Flowers
In shiraz , they had visited Narenjestan and Eram Garden, the tomb of Hafez and Saadi, Nasir ol molk mosque , Vakil Bazaar , Persepolis and Naghshe- Rostam. And en route to Yazd, They had stop at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pasargadae. Expect to see the Presidential Palace, part of a royal complex known as the Tall-e Takht, mostly built in the sixth century B.C. under Cyrus the Great. Pasargadae was once the capital of the Persian Empire until the Macedonians, led by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C., conquered it.
“I’m pianist but I love history. When I visited Persepolis I was excited with all its glory. Amparo Angel de Biermann”
Yazd city of windward (Badgir)
In Yazd ,They had Visited the magnificent Jame’ Mosque ,Mir-Chakhmaq Complex, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple. And in the afternoon they leave Yazd to Isfahan.
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
Reaching Half of the World in Beautiful Isfahan
Next stop in Iran was Isfahan, the country’s 3rd largest city. Isfahan has been designated at UNESCO World Heritage site also has a wide variety of historic monuments and is known for the paintings and history. Colombian tourist had excellent experience in Isfahan by visiting the Royal Square and Iman Square (Naghshe Jahan ) , one of the largest plazas in the world , Sheilkh Lotfollah and Imam mosque , Ali Qapu palace , Chehel soton palace and old bridges.
Discovering Isfahan and Persian cuisine class
On the seventh day of trip at morning they start visit the Vank Cathedral, also known as the Church of the Saintly Sisters, which belongs to the Armenian Christians who first came to this area in the early 17th century by the order of Shah Abbas the Great. Alongside the church there is a large library, which includes the first book ever to be printed in Iran.
Cooking Persian food
At the evening , they had Persian cuisine class in Isfahan. They would learn from the begining of how to cook Tahchin Morgh (Chiken recipe) and Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj (Spinach and prunes stew).
“I would love to say thanks to all Iran Doostan team because of their perfect itinerary and tour planning. We really didn’t miss our home we feel like at home. Amparo Angel de Biermann”
This morning, drive from Isfahan toTehran and at the night they had farewell dinner with Iran Doostan Tours team.
Iran Doostan radio interview
Ms. Amparo Angel de Biermann from Colombia . 70 years old.
This is the first time that I have visited Iran. I had chosen this itinerary because I had heard a lot about Shiraz and its culture and history. But when I visited some of Iran cities I liked all cities. Local people are kind, thoughtful and they will go out of their way to help you. We had a perfect tourist guide. Our agency in Bogotá told us Iran is a wonderful country, safe to visit and full of beautiful cities and ancient culture. I have never think Iran is dangers, because I have read a lot about Iran. I’m pianist but I love history. When I visited Persepolis I was excited with all its glory. I would love to say thanks to all Iran Doostan team because of their perfect itinerary and tour planning. We really didn’t miss our home we feel like at home. I loved being a tourist in Iran, and I hope more people will be going there soon!
Mr. Ramon Fernando Vanegas Mendez from Colombia 64 years Old
Listen to his interview at Doostan Radio