Continuing our itinerary in Iran, you can read the part 1 here.
Day three cont.: We stayed the night at Khesht-o-Mah Guesthouse in Ardakan. The couple who owns this guesthouse prepared the most delicious home cooked dinner for our arrival, served the traditional way on the floor.
Day four: Woke up to a wonderful breakfast at our guesthouse followed by a guided walk to many abandoned houses of Ardakan which were just a short walking distance. With our suitcases all packed and in our van, we began our drive to Yazd. On our way there we made a stop at the Pigeon Tower in Meybod. Once in Yazd, the first place we visited was the Jame Mosque, inside a young guy was singing so beautifully. Art House Rooftop Cafe is were we chose to have a light meal and drinks while watching the sunset, it was a magical ending of our day! We drove to Abarkooh, a two hours journey to spend the night at Aghazadeh Historic House.
Day five: To get a head start, we woke up early to explore the rooftop of Aghazadeh Historic House where we were staying. It is considered as one of the best examples of windcatchers in the world. After breakfast we were on our way to yet another town, making our way back to Shiraz where we started our trip. A must stop at Naqshe Rostam, an ancient site of the Achaemenid Empire. In close proximity is Persepolis, the ancient capital of the kings of the Achaemenian dynasty. We spent an hour there learning more about its history. We arrived in Shiraz in the afternoon, checking in at Zandiyeh Hotel. We walked around town, visited the Vakil Bazaar and had dinner at Sharzeh Restaurant known for having the best kebabs in town.
Day six: Early wake up in order to see the beautiful pink mosque, Nasir Al Molk. Words can’t describe how beautiful this mosque is, it is no wonder that it is one of the most visited places in Iran. Tip: Be there when it first open to take beautiful photos without the crowds. There was a school trip of young girls of Shiraz visiting it too, I fell in love with all them and they truly made my experience at Nasir Al Molk unforgettable. Next stop, the Vakil Mosque and Qavam House. We had lunch at Shapouri Garden Traditional Restaurant, the grounds of this restaurant is stunning! A coffee and sweet break at Taropood Cafe, a gorgeous restaurant located inside the National Library. There is a beautiful cafe inside where many locals were spending their afternoon. The last sight of the day was Maharloo Lake, the seasonal salt lake which is also known as the pink lake. I have seen it many times flying over Iran and it was amazing to finally see it in person. The deep pink color will vary based on time of the year and also weather conditions. We had our last dinner at Vakil Cultural House and prepared for our morning flight the next day.
This concludes our itinerary in Iran. It was six days full of activities, visiting some amazing places that I have long dreamed of seeing. We loved every part of our trip and hope to one day return. I hope you have enjoyed it and learned a bit more about all that Iran has to offer. You can see all the photos from our trip here. It would be a pleasure to answer any of your questions as well!
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