, means welcome and Araz Tour and Travel Agency, takes the pleasure in welcoming you to Iran the land of four season, the cradle of civilization and the land of history, culture, land of antiquity, glazed tiles, blue mosques with their tall minarets, old caravansaries, land of scholars, poets, epics, mysticism, and many other marvelous historical and natural sceneries.
Surrounded by mountains, seas and desserts, every spot of this splendid country is awaiting you to visit its numerous sights and endless fascination
How could one resist the temptation of experiencing an unforgettable journey with totally new aspects of traveling?
By visiting Shiraz one never forgets, the world’s most important archaeological sites such as Pasargad( the majestic tomb of Cyrus the great, founder of the vast Achaemanian Empire in the 6th century BC.) and ruins of Persepolis the massive and magnificent palace complex of Darius the great .The fabulous Naghshe- Jahan Square with its beautiful monuments which is located in Isfahan tempts person to visit it more often
Therefore you are most welcome to visit Iran where hospitality is tradition, even “salAm” (hello) may result in being invited into an otherwise unseen part of Iranian life, as Iranian hospitality is above all else.
The modern metropolis was originally a village on the suburb of Rey, Iranian famous city until Mongol invasion of country in 1220 AD, when its population moved to present Tehran.
Development of Tehran as an independent city began in the 18th century, when it was finally chosen as the capital by Qajar dynasty. Therefore, most of the historical monuments of Tehran are of the same period.
Since Tehran is located at the foot of the southern slope of Alborz Mountain range with tens of peaks over 4000 meters, enjoys from a beautiful nature. Tochal is one of those, located to the very north part of the city and is one of the famous ski resorts with easy access from the city. Damavand, ever snowcapped volcanic mountain with 5671 meters, which is included in the plan list of many climbers from all over the world, is the highest mountain in Iran, located 80 km to the north east of Tehran. Various Museums and Palaces, such as Archaeological, Carpet, and breathtaking National Jewelry museums, Golestan and Sa’ad abad complex palaces are located in Tehran. In addition to different beautiful parks, there are many holiday resorts, in and out of the city.
A museum as large as a city, housing more than 100 historical monuments, Isfahan Located on the banks of Zayandeh-rud River. It is one of the most important cities in Central Iran that attracts a lot of tourist every year and also for more than 400 years has been the main attraction for travelers from different part of the world. It is also the center of Iranian handicrafts such as Miniature painting, enameling and carpet weaving, etc.
It was known as Spadana or Spahan during the Sassanian period (3rd century AD). Isfahan has been the capital of Iran during the period of Ale-Ziar, Al-e-Booyeh, the Siljuks and Safavid dynasties. The golden time of the city was during the reign of King Abbas the great of Safavid(17th centurary AD) who moved his capital from Qazvin to Isfahan. During his time the city expanded rapidly and many, bridges, mosques, buildings and palaces were put into construction. Naghshe-Jahan Square which King
Abbas planned to be the centre of the city is the second largest square in the world and one of the famous UNESCO sites with beautiful monuments including Royal (Imam) and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali-Qapu palace, Bazaar and numerous shops is the unique masterpieces of country. Jameh mosque, Vank Cathedral, Shaking Minarets, the fire temple (Atashghah), Khaju and Sio-She-Pol Bridges, The Chehel Sotoon(forty columns) Palace, are some of the interesting places to visit.
With almost 2700 years antiquity, Shiraz, the capital city of prosperious Fars province, is famous to be the cultural capital of Iran, mostly because of the ancient history in the back ground and its historical monuments. It is also known as the city of poets, roses and nightingales, beautiful gardens, orangeries with fragrant blossoms. This beautifully cut gemstone amongst Iranian cities, is the birthplace of two of the greatest poets of the world, Saadi and Hafez.
Being the centre of the great Persian Empires, the Achaemanians and Sassanians, Fars province has a lot more to offer. There are numerous historical relics scattered around the province, the majority of them belong to pre-Islamic period. Some of the most famous UNESCO world heritage such as Pasargad ( the majestic tomb of Cyrus the great) and Persepolis ( Takht-e Jamshid) the massive and magnificent palace complex of Darius the great plus many other Achaemanian and Sassanian relics are located all over the province.
Shiraz expanded and flourished during the Safavid and Zand dynasty. Karim Khan-e Zand(18th century AD) made Shiraz his capital. Therefore, many historical monuments of the city like Vakil Mosque, Bath, Bazaar and citadel belong to his time. Tomb of Hafez and Saadi, the glittering holy shrine of Shah-e Cheragh( king of lights), Nasir-ul-molk Mosque with famous stained glasses, Eram and Narenjestan gardens are the other place of interest.
Being one of the main cities of Isfahan province, Kashan is a beautiful oasis town along the western edge of desert, “dashte kavir”. Kashan is famous
to be a city as old as history. Archeological studies in Sialk Hills reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in the prehistoric era which is over 7000 years old. However it was an important city in pre Islamic period, but the most flourishing time of the city was during the reign of King Abbas I of Safavid dynasty. Fin garden, one of those ten gardens registered under UNESCO, mainly belong to that time. In addition to many historical Monuments, such as Mosques, bazaar, old houses, there are many beautiful ancient villages close to Kashan are worth visiting, ie. Abyaneh and Niyasar.
The city of wind towers or “Badgirs”, the historical city of Yazd the center of Yazd province located in central plateau and surrounded by deserts, with hardworking people who invented different technics to facilitate their living against the harsh nature. The ventilation structure called “badger” was one of the most important mean by which the interior became cool. This kind of architecture still can be seen in old part of the city. The tallest and the unique wind tower of Dolatabad Garden is famous. Qanat system or( underground channel) by which they used to lead underground water to the surface for agriculture and daily use is another element. “Zarch” is one of those date backs almost to 4th Century BC and is one of the UNESCO sites. It is also the main Centre for Zoroastrian. There are many fire temples and other Zoroastrian places of pilgrimage in and around Yazd which attract many people to this area. Yazd Fire temple and Towers of Silence ( Dakhmeh ), are among the most visited places.
Jameh Mosque of Yazd with unique architecture and Amir Chakhmaq, square are the land mark of city. One can enjoy by walking through the narrow allies of Fahadan (the old part of the city) with old houses, shops and tall walls.
Among the ancient cities, Hamadan located in west part of Iran,is famous to be the oldest capital of the world where continually has been under settlement and has a special place in History. Some historians believe that construction of Hamadan dates back to 3000 B.C. and according to an inscription from the first Assyrian king, the date backs to 1100 BC.
Hamadan was once the Median capital Hagmatana (7 BC, Greek form Ecbatana). As an important Achaemenian summer capital, it was graced with great palaces and temples the remains of which now lie beneath the modem town. Excavations at the Hagmatana hills reveal remains of Median and Achaemenian administrative buildings on an extensive level. Ganj- Nameh (Treasure Book), the one of the early Achaemenian rock carving is located on the slopes of Mount Alvand. Hamadan also was capital of several dynasties that have ruled Iran through the ages. The world famous 10th century AD, Iranian scientist, physician and philosopher, Bu Ali Sina (known to the west as Avicenna) lived in this city for several years and now his imposing mausoleum is located in the Centre of the city. The tomb of a famous mystic poet contemporary of Avicenna, Baba Taher, is here too. The other attractions in Hamadan are: Gombad-e Alavian, Shir-e Sangi (stone lion), Shrine of Esther and Mardocai.
Kermanshah the capital of Kermanshah province, is another historical city in the west part of Iran. Evidence indicated that this province has been the home of mankind since Paleolithic and Neolithic period. Thus, it is rich with historical caves, ruins and monuments from different era. Kermanshah province also enjoys a beautiful nature. Natural springs ( sarAb), Oak trees and pasture are dominant all around the province.
The province glorious time was during Achaemenid and Sasanians. The famous rock carving of Darush The great of Achaemenid king located in Bistun 30 kl. away from the city of Kermanshah, where is one of the world heritage and attracts a lot of tourist every year. Taqe- Bustan is another famous monument belongs to Sasanian era. There are many Islamic monuments as well and the most famous one is Tekye moaven.
Capital of wealthy Khuzestan province Ahwas, which is located on both banks of Karun River, is known as one of the oldest cities in Iran and has been mentioned to its name in many ancient inscriptions. It was called “Oxin” and then Achaemenians called
it “ Avaz” or “ Avaja”, “ Hormoz Shahr” in the Sassanians ( 3 rd AD) and now is called Ahwaz .
Since the province was the land of Elamites, Achaemenians and Sassanian capital, there are a lot of Ruins and historical monuments around the province. . Susa, (present Shush) 117 km northwest of Ahwaz is the home of one of the oldest civilization in the Middle East. The ruins of Apadana palace, winter capital of Achaemenian located in this city. Another attraction of the city is Tomb of Daniel, the Jewish prophet is one of the famous pilgrimage place. The best surviving example of Elamite architecture, the Ziggurat of Chogha Zambil (1250 BC), is located 45 km southeast of Shush and is UNESCO world heritage. Shushtar, another ancient town which was made on the bank of Karun River is famous water mills once was an important industrial city during Sasanians(3rd ad) also another UNESCO site in this province.
Fatima Nejadveisi, our senior tour guide has been working with us over the past 15 years. She has been leading many of inbound and outbound tours. Her major is B.A in English literate and languages also Archeology. She has got diploma in Iran and world tourism and Eco-tourism. Being an English speaking tour guide, Fatima has the opportunity to handled different individuals (FIT) and larger groups (GIT)groups from different countries in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand and Asia (especially south east Asia). Therefore, it gave her a good insight to be familiar with mentality and nature of different cultures and nations. Fatima love traveling, so she has been traveling extensively in the world and has gained immense experiences which top her as one of the best guides in Iran. She loves her job, one of our clients Mr. Kembell says about her: “What a remarkable individual! She is not only a living encyclopedia of everything Iranian, but also a consummate professional who is passionate about her job. The eight travelers in our group benefitted from her endless compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. She cared about every one of us. Fatima is the rare no-nonsense individual who can lead the most difficult group with ease and confidence. I admired her contagious enthusiasm and good sense of humor. Her boundless knowledge and experience was evident throughout this well planned 21-day excursion. I am personally grateful to Fatima for helping me to discover the magic of Iran and for collecting memories that will last a lifetime. BRAVA FATIMA!”