A tour itinerary to Shiraz
Many people who traveled to Iran with their iran tour, think that Shiraz is the hometown of ancient Iranian civilization. Shiraz is called the city of poem, literature, love and Iranian gardens. The people of Shiraz always welcome domestic and foreign tourists with the warmth and hospitality. Ask any foreign traveler about these people and they will answer you with their positive comments about them.
Traveling to the ancient Persian Empire, as well as the world of literature and poets of the great history of Iran, is the best thing to do in a 48-hour trip to Shiraz and, of course, around it. In this article, we are going to travel around Shiraz and visit its attractions and see what we can do in 2 days or 48 hours there.
The First day in Shiraz
With a countless amount of historical and cultural sites in Shiraz and also outside of this city, you will have plenty to do in 2 days! We have a suggestion for you that spend the first day out of town and go to the world of ancient Iran and its great ancient empire.
Since that you will be under the warm sunshine of Fars province in your first day and the weather will be hit, especially in summer, be sure to have sunglasses, sunscreen, hats and, of course, plenty of water and snacks.
Pasargadae; the shrine of the great Cyrus
So, the first place that we are going to visit is the shrine of the great Achaemenid king, Great Cyrus, near Shiraz in Fars province. The Pasargadae was the capital of Iran during the Achaemenid dynasty (about 550-330 BC). Here beside the Great Cyrus shrine, you can also visit the Pasargadae kingdom garden, Achaemenid Palaces, Cambyses II tomb and …
The Pasargadae is a magnificent and very important ancient site in iran tourism that you should definitely see.
Persepolis; the symbol of Achaemenid dynasty’s greatness
About 50 km south of Pasargadae ancient site, the most famous historical site of Iran and another Achaemenid capital is located that is called Persepolis. We can claim that Persepolis is the most famous attraction of Iran and most of the people know Iran by the name of this glorious attraction. we suggest you to read this article before starting your tour: Read this article before visiting Persepolis in Shiraz
Once you arrive at the magnificent gate of Persepolis, it is like you are traveling in history and you can put yourself in the place of delegates from other countries that were offering gifts to the king of Persia in the ancient ceremonies that were held in this palace. The magnificent carvings of the stairs and walls of this site and beautifully decorated Lotus flower and the Iranian soldiers will be able to conquer every tourism whether domestic or foreign.
Naqsh-e Rustam; the tomb of the Great Dariush
Continue your journey in history in Naqsh-e Rustam. Here is a rocky clay that is the cemetery of the great Achaemenid kings, including the Great Darius.
The Ka'ba-ye Zartosht, which seems it was a fire temple, is located in front of these shrines. This place is close to Naqsh-e Rajab, so we are sure to visit this place too.
The second day of Shiraz tour
In the morning
Do you want to know about our first destination in the second 24-hour Shiraz tour? So, let’s begin it. We want to experience the sunrise of the second day of your trip, by watching the dance of sunlight in the mosque of Nasir ol-Milk Shiraz or Pink Mosque.
Here, the sun passes through the colored glasses and sits on Iranian carpets. Every corner of this mosque is a great place to take pictures. Surely you don’t want to leave this mosque once you arrive there!
Zand surrounding sites
If you could convince yourself to leave the pink mosque, you can continue your travel in the city of Lotf Ali Khan Zand and visit Vakil bazaar. In this historical bazaar, your eyes will be amazed by the jewelry stores and carpet stores, and the smell of spices will make you enter these stores. Here is a place that is known as the Zand surrounding sites.
You can also take a look at the beautiful mosques and its eye-catching tile works as well as a historic Vakil bazaar. At this point and after visiting these places, you may get hungry. The traditional restaurants and cafes around Zand surrounding sites can be a great option for you to taste the most delicious iranian food.
In the evening
Ok, resting is enough. There is not much time left and there are still many attractions you must visit! In the afternoon, we suggest you visit the Arg-e Karim Khan, which has been reigned from Zand era. With a lovely courtyard full of citrus trees and a central pool, it's a bit hard to say that once a time it was a prison once!
We continue our trip in Shiraz to one of the gardens that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Eram garden, this gorgeous garden, with delicious cherry trees, in addition to the beautiful flowers, it also owns a magnificent mansion with beautiful tiled decoration that excursion in this garden can make an enjoyable experience for you.
At the sunset
We will end our journey to Shiraz with spending our night with two famous Iranian poets, Hafez and Saadi. Iranians from every tribe are strangely in love with these two great poets and wise men. Hafez tomb is always full of foreign and domestic tourists who have traveled to Shiraz to pay tribute to this great person. you can read more about him and his tomb: Tomb of Hafez; the most famous Persian poet
The mausoleum of Saadi is a little quieter at the sunset and makes it possible for you to just sat there and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere there. Golestan and Boostan are two books that are the largest written books and taught in many places in the world. Not surprisingly, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, the poem "Bani Adam" that is written belongs to Saadi.
Unfortunately, this is the end of our 2-day tour in Shira is finished but there are still many monuments and attractions that you must visit in Shiraz. We suggest that if you want to visit Shiraz and all of its attractions, you need a whole week.
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