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Get acquainted with the Kurdish lifestyle in the West parts or Iran, explore the extraordinary landscapes and get magnetized by the ancient sites the West parts of Iran has to offer. The hospitality of the local people is surprising even though most of them only master the Kurdish language.
Take a stroll through the streets of the ancient city of Ilam, Hamadan and Sanandai where you will visit stunning historical buildings dating way back to the Persia era and even to the very first civilizations on earth. Visit impressive gorges, lakes and caves giving you a fantastic impression of the natural spots Iran has to offer.
Upon arrival in Ilam, your driver will be meeting you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel where you will check-in.
This day, you will explore the third largest city within the Kurdish region of Iran; Ilam. This city is surrounded by forests and a mountainous landscape resulting in a pleasant climate.
A city tour awaits you, taking you for a stroll through the ancient streets of Ilam where the architecture is a combination of modern and traditional styles. The traditional style is clearly visible at the Falahati palace, dating back to 1908 where it was built under orders of the governor general. Continue onwards to the Vali Castle that was built about 100 years ago in the Qajar period out of brick, gypsum and marble. You will continue the city tour with a visit to the Rabbit hills after which you will have the afternoon free at your own leisure. It might be a great idea to visit a local restaurant and experience the Iran cuisine.
Today, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and bring you along to a day trip to the Raziyaneh canyon; Kaferin gorge. This unique gorge is located in the southeast of Ilam and played an important role in the water supply for locals. Here, you will find a wide range of wildlife including squirrels and deers, multiple caves and bas reliefs from the ancient days of Persia. You could even go for a hike here as the gorge is about 2km and has a height of 700m.
In the afternoon, you will visit the ancient city of Badreh which dates back to 500 AD after which you will head back to the hotel and have the evening off.
After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the Zingan cave which is one of the most well-known natural spots Ilam has to offer. This cave is located in the heart of the desert and locals tend to call this marvelous gorge the forgotten heaven. This long cave with its vestibules, stalagmites, fern, alga and other plants is quite spectacular and is very attracting to visit.
Today you will head down to Kermanshah where its modern roots date back to the 4th century. It is considered to be the home of the very first civilizations on earth as there are villages dating back to almost 10.000 B.C. Along the way towards this city, you will enjoy the marvellous landscape of the Zagros mountain.
In Kermanshah, you will visit Moaven al Molk which is one of the elegant and magnificent monuments dating back to the Qajar period, Biglar Beygi Tekiyehs and Tag-e Bostan meaning ‘Arch made by stone’ as it is a site with a series of large rocks from the era of Sassanid. Afterwards, you will end the city tour at the old bazaar.
A day trip to Palangan village awaits you, very well known for its amazing constructions, food and warm welcoming people who only speak Kurdish. This village is carved in the heart of the mountains and left unspoiled leaving an eco-friendly design.
On the way back to your hotel, you will visit the Sarab-e Niloufar lake, located at the foot of Mount Komijar. The surface is covered in water lilies and it is surrounded by recreational facilities like the lake-house that was home to Sassanian monarchs.
Today, you will drive toward Hamadan, one of the earliest civilizations of Iran. Along the way, there is a visit to the world heritage site of the Bistoun Complex containing several artefacts from the ancient days of Persia, and a visit to the Anahita Temple of Parthians. 5km south-west of Hamedan, the ancient inscriptions of Ganj Nameh of King Darius the Great are carved in granite. You will get the opportunity to witness these writings.
Way back, Hamadan was home to some of the great thinkers and artists of that period. Poets, other writers and anthologists came from there as well as some physicians and philosophers. Nowadays, it is an important trade center on the main highway from Baghdad to Tehran.
Today, a city tour through this ancient city is waiting for you in which you will visit the Avicenna tomb, the Baba Taher tomb and Hegmataneh ancient city as well as the tomb of Ester and Morkhai.
From Hamadan, you will drive to Sanandaj known for its natural beauty, freshwater springs and mountainous geography. Get amazed by the local art and architecture which is an important part of this city. On your way here, there will be a visit to the Ali Sadr cave which is one of the largest subterranean water complexes in the world. Enjoy the clear waters and the stunning rock formations.
Today, there will be a city tour planned in Sanandaj in which you will visit the Asef mansion, get inspired by the Anthropology museum and visit the bazaar along with the Abidar hills.
It is time to say goodbye to the ancient West of Iran with its magnificent natural landscapes and head back home.
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"Our guide, Eli - professional, engaged in a personal, caring manner, at all times attended to our needs, provided in-depth information about the sites we visited, if she could not answer a question she would find the information for us. Eli was the most informative, caring and attentive guide we have experienced on our many travels. Abbas our driver – careful and defensive driver, at all times willing to help us through congested traffic and pick us up where convenient for us, when we stopped for a break would fire up his gas burner and make us an espresso, small kindness from Abbas made our trip even more enjoyable. Abbas kept the car in immaculate condition and made sure we had cold water for our travels. The itinerary enabled us to see the main sites and even though we travelled long distances, the time was broken up by visiting sites along the way. The accommodation was delightful and we were able to experience small hotels (some of which had been grand houses or caravanserai). The food was delicious and Eli accompanied each night to a select restaurant. " — Mrs McMahon and Mrs Wells, Canberra, October 2019
"Iran was awesome and our female guide Mished was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the train and sights. We felt totally safe. " — Jennifer and Karin, Melbourne, September 2019
"We had a WONDERFUL time! We loved our guide Reza and Iran team. He put in more than 8 hours a day for them, and was so caring. We really appreciated all the service and friendly people. Oh, and Iran was fabulous too! Thank you for your hard work " — Mr and Mrs Barrett, Adelaide, May 2019