The Peacock of the Mystics (Tavoos Al-Arefin)
Through this special tour we go on a Journey to important mystical spots of Iran . We begin by visiting the capital city and places such as The National Museum of Iran, Islamic arts, Fire Temple and church.Then we learn preliminary Sama dance or visiting Safi Ali Shah Khanqah. After that we visit the salt domes of Garmsar, tomb of Ala Al-Doleh of Semnan, one of the oldest mosques of Iran in Damghan. On the next day we visit the tombs of Bayazid Bastami and Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani and learn preliminary Sama dance. we visit the nature of Kuh-e Abr. Then we go to the tombs of Khayyam and Attar, and visit Nishapur Caravanserai. Later we go to Torbat-e Jam and Sheikh Ahmad-e Jami Tomb, and Qiasiyeh School. we visit Imam Reza shrine, Khaksarieh Khanqah, The green dome of Mashhad, or Khorasan Museum, and fly toward Kermanshah. Then we go to Kangavar, Fash Village and watch the different steps of making Tanbur. We see the making of Daf instrument. We visit Sultan Sahak Tomb, concentrate and enjoy the silence alongside Yarsans. On the next Day we visit Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, silence in Jam Khaneh, and listen to the mystical music of the west of Iran. and on the last day we visit the bazaar of Kermanshah.
- Reviews 2 Reviews5/5
- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Fairly Easy
- Group Size Small Group
Architecture and Mysticism
The Persian artist elevates his/her soul from the material world and ascends to the celestial realm through his work. He/she reaches spiritual perfection through his/her work and shares with godly art. The architectural artist does not show the traces of himself in his work. He believes himself as a being a tool to reach his spiritual goals. The language that the artist uses to convey the spiritual messages of his own mystical universe is a symbolic language. The symbolic language expresses the knowledge which is gained by logic and that is wisdom. From the traditional Iranian view, human beings and the universe are the products of the holy craft. Humans, the universe and the architecture of holy sites from the ontological view are ultimately related to the divine essence. In fact, all the cosmological, anthropological and art philosophy matters from the perspective of Iranian art refer to this view that we are from one God and to God, we return.
Through this special tour we go on a Journey to important mystical spots of Iran . we begin by visiting the capital city and places such as The National Museum of Iran, Islamic arts, Fire Temple and church.Then we learn preliminary Sama dance or visiting Safi Ali Shah Khanqah. After that we visit the salt domes of Garmsar, tomb of Ala Al-Doleh of Semnan, one of the oldest mosques of Iran in Damghan. On the next day we visit the tombs of Bayazid Bastami and Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani and learn preliminary Sama dance. we visit the nature of Kuh-e Abr. Then we go to the tombs of Khayyam and Attar, and visit Nishapur Caravanserai. Later we go to Torbat-e Jam and Sheikh Ahmad-e Jami Tomb, and Qiasiyeh School. we visit Imam Reza shrine, Khaksarieh Khanqah, The green dome of Mashhad, or Khorasan Museum, and fly toward Kermanshah. Then we go to Kangavar, Fash Village and watch the different steps of making Tanbur. We see the making of Daf instrument. We visit Sultan Sahak Tomb, concentrate and enjoy the silence alongside Yarsans. On the next Day we visit Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, silence in Jam Khaneh, and listen to the mystical music of the west of Iran. and on the last day we visit the bazaar of Kermanshah.
- Day 1 Arrival in Tehran
Day 1: Tehran: Visiting the capital city of Iran, on this day we get acquainted with the modern-day Iran. This city has been formed on the southern foothills of Alborz Mountains 250 years ago. On this day we visit sites such as The National Museum of Iran, Islamic arts, Fire Temple and church.
We spend the afternoon learning preliminary Sama dance or visit Safi Ali Shah Khanqah (Persian monastery). O/N Tehran
- Day 2 Garmsar, Semnan, and Damghan
Day 2: We depart from Tehran toward rock salt mines of Garmsar (118.4 km), and drowning in the beautiful nature of salt domes and receive energy through practicing silence. Then, visiting the tomb of Ala Al-Doleh of Semnan and having lunch, and after lunch, we go to one of the oldest mosques of Iran in Damghan. O/N Kharaqan
- Day 3 Bastam and Kharaqan
Day 3: Visiting the tombs of The Peacock of The Mystics (Tavoos Al-Arefin) Bayazid Bastami and Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani and learning preliminary Sama dance. O/N Kharaqan
- Day 4 Kharaqan and Kuh-e Abr
Day 4: Free time for enjoying the silence alongside Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani tomb and visiting the nature of Kuh-e Abr. O/N Kharaqan
- Day 5 Neyshabur
Day 5: Moving toward Nishapur (387.1 km from Kharaqan), visiting the tomb of Khayyam of Neyshbur, the famous Iranian poet, the tomb of Attar of Neyshabur, the writer of Mantegh Al-Teyr book, and Nishapur Caravanserai. O/N Neyshabur
- Day 6 1st Day in Khorasan
Day 6: Driving towards Mashhad (128.7 km from Neyshabur), visiting Torbat-e Jam and Sheikh Ahmad-e Jami Tomb, having lunch, visiting Qiasiyeh School and silence on the way and the nature of Khorasan. O/N Mashhad
- Day 7 2nd Day in Khorasan
Day 7: Morning visit of Imam Reza shrine and seeing the sacred and religious art of Iran, visiting Khaksarieh Khanqah, The green dome of Mashhad, or Khorasan Museum, and flying toward Kermanshah (takes around 2 hours) in the west of Iran in the afternoon. O/N Kermanshah
- Day 8 1st Day in Kermanshah
Day 8: Visiting Kangavar, Fash Village, different steps of making Tanbur musical instrument, visiting the scene of making Daf instrument. O/N Kermanshah
- Day 9 2nd Day in Kermanshah
Day 9: Moving toward Sultan Sahak, visiting Sultan Sahak Tomb, concentrating and silencing alongside Yarsans. O/N Kermanshah
- Day 10 3rd Day in Kermanshah
Day 10: Visiting Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, seeing different steps of making Tanbur and playing Tanbur and silencing in Jam Khaneh.
At night, listening to the mystical music of the west of Iran, O/N Kermanshah
- Day 11 Departure
Day 11: Visiting Kermanshah Bazaar, flying to Tehran (takes around 1 hour) and Departure.
Tehran: 1 night (read more)
Semnan: 3 nights
Neyshbur: 1 night
Mashhad: 1 night
Kermanshah: 4 nights
Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.
Guns and ammunition, alcoholic drinks, narcotics, , all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil; aerial photo cameras, transmitter-receiver apparatus, pornography, most films, cassettes, CDs and videos and any kind of fashion magazine. Of course, hunters who are travelling to Iran for hunting can get necessary permits for carrying their guns and ammunition via their travel agents beforehand.
Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.
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Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.
Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.
Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.
Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.