First of all I should say that we had to curtail our trip after only 4 days due to a family tragedy.
On arrival we were met at the airport by Fatemeh and taken to a hostel to rest before our flight to Shiraz in the evening where we were met by our guide Hesam with 2 beautiful bouquets of flowers.
Our first day in Shiraz was spent visiting the Arg - Karim Khan Zand in the morning. Relaxed and had lunch in a square near the Bazaar then wandered round the Bazaar. We spent the afternoon in the magnificent Bagh-e Eram gardens and in the evening visited the Tomb of the poet Hafez in the moonlight. Hesam provided us with a detailed history of the enlightened reign of Karim Khan and the restoration involved in the citadel, plus the importance of poetry in Iranian culture.
The following day Hesam suggested we go to Persepolis rather than go on the final day en route to Yazd - a wise decision as it merited more than a couple of hours. Magnificent carvings and an impressive site, a fascinating history too. Lunch at a lovely off the road restaurant then on to Naqsh-e Rostam, 4 tombs from the Archaemenid Empire including that of Darius 11 and Darius the Great, all carved into the mountains. Also a Zoastrian shrine Kaba-e Zardosht.
In the evening we dined at the Haft Khan restaurant, a sumptious complex with 5 stories we chose the basement with it's traditional Persian cuisine. We wanted a chance to meet Iranians so Hesam introduced us to a delightful couple who joined us for dinner, a very jolly evening.
Drove to Yazd - wonderful journey through the mountains. After checking into our hotel we went to the Artisan Cafe, a rooftop cafe in the old part of Yazd and watched the sun go down. A spectacular view of the vernacular buildings and the Badgirs ( wind towers ).
Later over dinner we had a phone call from the UK to say my husbands sister in New Zealand had been involved in a terrible accident and they weren't sure whether or not she would recover. The following day was Friday so little could be done until the following day. The problems for getting back and then to NZ were enormous not helped by sanctions ensuring we couldn't use our bank cards to book our flights. Fatemeh was absolutely marvellous as was Hasem and between them they managed to get us flights from Esfahan, saving us a 12 hr drive to Tehran and sorting out our cash problems.