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Half a Day Walking Tour of Shiraz

Half a Day Walking Tour of Shiraz
If you’re interested in walking and like to discover the places by own and if you are eager to discover a part of Shiraz history this is the best. On this walking tour of Shiraz, you will enjoy the monuments which are located in the center of the city. They usually belong to Zand and Qajar dynasty(18th and 19th centuries). You spend about half a day and you visit 6 main sites before lunchtime in an enjoyable local restaurant where traditional food is served.

48 hours of an unforgettable tour in Shiraz the city of love

48 hours of an unforgettable tour in the city of love
2 Days Tour, An unforgettable itinerary in Shiraz
Shiraz is an integral part of all travel plans. Shiraz is such an integral part of Iran itinerary that no travel complete without it. Shiraz and its remarkable beauties have imposed themselves on Iran's tour itinerary in such a way that can be seen in all travel programs of Iran travel agencies.

13 Best places to visit in Shiraz

13 Best places to visit in Shiraz
The city of heavenly love, poetic and mythical red wine, and hospitable people!
Shiraz is not just a touristic city or travel destination, it's an image of the Persian Empire's gooden days, lush mesmerizing gardens, old Persian metropolitan experiences, mild and soft climate especially in early and mid-April, the land of good wine from maybe more than 3500 years ago till 1978 Islamic revolution, artistic souvenir and handcraft and the people who enjoy meeting tourists, talking hours and hours about art, poetry, literature and main cultural streams for decades in IRAN's history.

How to get Shiraz

How to get Shiraz
Many international travelers, who decide to come to Iran, visit the tourist attractions of Shiraz.  The city has worldwide popularity for several reasons and many already know this name. All the travelers who have visited Shiraz are all amazed by the beauty and depth of its cultural richness. Recognized as the heart of Persian culture - history, and literature for over 4000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry, and wine.

You really don’t know How Shiraz enchanted you

You really don’t know How Shiraz enchanted you
Shiraz is a beautiful city located in Fars province in the south of the country, is a tiny earthly paradise to people, that have been given them as a gift. When you are going to start planning to visit Iran, there is a number of places that you should include in your itinerary without a doubt. You can visit some cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, or some single places like Soltanie dome, Zanjan- Kandovan village, Tabriz- Kashan city or ... but Shiraz is a city that you should see, you should visit.

These reasons attract your subconscious mind to Shiraz

These reasons attract your subconscious mind to Shiraz
Shiraz is a name that has a mystical aura in the literature and mind of the Iranian people. This name evokes different and mysterious forms in the mind of every viewer. Mental imagery such as history, art, towering lines of poetry, and gardens fragrant with the scent of orange blossoms and wine of Shiraz(believed to be the magical potion of the ancient world), which is mixed with the poems of the great poets. Shiraz is one of the main touristic cities in Iran. Shiraz is best-loved among Iranians and tourists for its hospitable and intimate people, and soothing atmosphere. Shiraz is also one of the main holiday destinations.

Qashqai Nomads,The Heroes of the  Fars ancient plain

Qashqai Nomads, The Heroes of the  Fars ancient plain
The Qashqai is one of the largest and most famous tribal confederacies in Iran. They compose a community of settled, semi-settled, and pastoral nomadic households who reside mainly in the Fars region. The confederation is divided into five major tribes and several minor ones. All of these tribes have a common political history, a shared cultural and linguistic heritage, and present social ties. Qashqai speaks the Qashqai language, a dialect of Turkish closely related to Azerbaijani.

The northern part of Fars Province

The Northern part of Fars Province
The road to northern Fars is very picturesque. It goes through a succession of highlands crossed by a spectacular gorge, from whence it makes a long ascent through an, especially fine mountain landscape. Then it takes a straight run over a high plateau through a new succession of highlands. The modern road passes by Pasargadae go to Abadeh and on to Izadkhast, virtually the last important settlement in the Fars province. The old road formerly passed through Eqlid, where some sites of minor historical importance have survived. On the road to Eqlid, one can conveniently visit Sepidan, which has what may be the most extraordinary natural scenery in Fars.

The southern part of Fars province

The southern part of Fars province
 Leaving Shiraz for the south, the traveler sets out on an exciting, ever-changing trek. The road passes through a vast valley, which gradually leads to higher elevations, and after leaving behind a mountain range, enters the great, torrid plane of Larestan. This is bordered on the south by a row of high, isolated cliffs, which separate it from the coast of the Persian Gulf. The road between Shiraz and Lar, which leads farther on to Bandar Abbas, is the most modern (comparatively) of the historical roads of Fars.

Bishapour Palace

Western Part of  Fars province
The road leading to the western regions of Fars and farther on, to Bushehr, goes west from Shiraz, and after crossing a small ridge, enters the vast plain of Dasht-e Arjan (“the Plain of the Millet"). This plain is surrounded by high mountains and contains pastures much frequented by nomads. Formerly, the road passed through the scenic, but very dangerous Kotal-e Pirezan (“the Pass of the Old Woman").

Shiraz

A SUMMARY OF WHAT SOME EUROPEANS HAVE SIAD ABOUT SHIRAZ.

Sir Thomas Herbert:
Herbert’s description of Shiraz in the year 1630 is unquestionably one of the finest descriptions that foreign travelers have given of this city. The famous Shirazi poet, Hafez, expressed his view of Shiraz in the well-known lines,
خوشا شیراز و وضع بی¬مثالش              خداوندا نگه¬دار از زوالش
 “Blest be Shiraz and its unrivaled state!
                                    God guard it against decline and evil fate!”

Shiraz during the Zand and Qajar

Shiraz during the Zand and Qajar
periods In 1765, Shiraz became the capital of Tran. Foremost among the reasons for this choice were the favorable climate of the city, the abundance of its water resources, its strategic position on the road leading to the Persian Gulf, and its naturally protected and fortified location. Both the length and relative stability of Karim Khan's reign encouraged the construction of noteworthy buildings, particularly in the city's royal quarters.

Shiraz under the Safavid, Afghan,and Afsharid Rulers

Shiraz under the Safavid, Afghan,and Afsharid Rulers
 The fortunes of Shiraz revived somewhat during the Safavid period, first under the governorship of Sultan Khalil Zulqadr (ruled during 1505-1520); and particularly when Shah Abbas's Commander-in-Chief, Allahverdi Khan, and after him his son Imam Qoli Khan, were appointed Governors-general of Fars. Together, they held this post for thirty-nine years, until 1634.

Shiraz under the Injuid and Mozaffarid Governors

Shiraz under the Injuid and Mozaffarid Governors
 Under Oljeitu, arguably the most famous Ilkhanid ruler, the affairs of Fars were passed on to Sharaf al-Dowleh Mahmud Shah, said to be a descendant of Ansari, the celebrated mystic of Herat. Sharaf alDowleh continued his duties under Abu Said, Oljeitu's successor, and by 1325 he had managed to establish himself as virtually autonomous ruler of the province.

Shiraz during the Seljuk and Atabakan (Salghurid) Period

Shiraz during the Seljuk and Atabakan (Salghurid) Period
As the star of the Buyids waned, the prosperity of Shiraz also declined. The center of effective power shifted to Baghdad, and for the next eighty years, Fars was ruled first by the Shabankareh rulers and then by Seljuk appointees, called Atabakan. In 1149, Sonqor ibn Mowdud, the Atabak ruler of Fars, gained independence from the Seljuk kings and inaugurated a new, glorious period in the history of Shiraz.