16-DAY TOUR OF THE ARMENIAN MONASTIC ENSEMBLE, ANCIENT CHURCHES, MONASTERIES, AND SACRED SHRINES OF IRAN
A journey through one of the world’s most ancient cultures.
OUTLINE & HIGHLIGHTS
Small & Large Groups: (6-14) and (15-25) Guests
Normal – Easy
Spring and Fall Season
The presence of Christianity in Iran goes back to the early periods of Christian history, although scholars do not know when exactly it first arrived.
Since the origins of Christianity and certainly since the 7th century, the Armenian monasteries of Iran have borne continuous testimony to Armenian culture in its relations and contact with the Persian and later the Iranian civilizations. They bear testimony to a vast and refined panorama of architectural and decorative content associated with Armenian culture in interaction with other regional cultures: Byzantine, Orthodox, Assyrian, Persian, and Muslim. The monasteries have survived some 2,000 years of destruction from human origin and natural disasters. They have been rebuilt several times in keeping with Armenian cultural traditions.
The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, in the northwest of the country, consists of three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These edifices – the oldest of which, St Thaddeus, dates back to the 7th century – are examples of the outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions.
This magnificent 16 Day journey will take you through 21 historic churches, chapels, monasteries, and biblical shrines dating back from the 7th to 17th centuries and up to the 19th century, along with visits to biblical and hellenistic sites such as the tomb of Esther and Mordechai and the Temple of Anahita along with some of the most valued historical and archeological sites of ancient Persia (9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
This once-in-a-lifetime journey will take you into the heart of the ancient world in the footsteps of some of history’s most famed travelers, adventures, kings, mystics, and conquerors such as Alexander the Great, Darius The Great, Marco Polo, Avicenna, Rumi, and Hafiz and more. At the same time, you witness some of the most magnificent mosques and fascinating architectural marvels and Bazaars of the Muslim world while you journey through one of the world’s most ancient cultures.
Journey through 21 historic churches, chapels, monasteries, and biblical shrines, some dating back to the 7th century.
Departure Istanbul – Pre-booked hotel rooms.
Arrival at Tabriz International Airport; later in the morning city tour of Tabriz
Tabriz-Excursion to Maku: Saint Thaddeus – Dzordzor – St. Anerevut
Tabriz- Excursion to Jolfa to visit St. Stephanus
Early morning drive to the City of Khoy – Full day visits in Khoy
Early morning drive to the City of Urumieh – full day visits in Urumieh
Early morning drive to Takab, overnight stay in Hamadan
Full day visits in Hamadan – overnight stay at hotel
Early morning drive to Isfahan, en route, visit the City of Kashan, overnight in Isfahan.
Full-day tour of the city of Isfahan
Another full-day tour of Isfahan
Early morning drive to Shiraz, en-route visit Pasargadae, overnight in Shiraz
Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight.
Full-day tour of the city of Shiraz
Shiraz – Excursion to Persepolis and Naghsh-e-Rostam, overnight in Shiraz
Morning flight to Tehran, visit some of Tehran attractions, overnight in Tehran
In the morning transfer to IKA airport for the departure flight.
Departure: Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight back home.
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