Due to ancient civilization and the presence of followers of different religions in Iran, our country has various religious sites and is famous of Its Iran religious tours. Of the nearly 6,000 religious sites in all parts of the country, in addition to the tombs and monuments listed in the National Monuments List, there are more than 3,000 other sacred places (including mosques, religious schools, churches, synagogues, temples, and shrines). Religion has played a prominent role in the formation of cities such as Mashhad, Qom, Ray, Shiraz, Qazvin, Natanz, Shahroud, Shoush, Bastam, Lahijan, Amol, Ardebil, Gonbadkavus, etc. and these cities have great potential for attracting religious tourists.
Iran can attract international tourism in all religious areas, and the existing cultural space makes it possible to develop religious-cultural tourism due to the numerous shrines (including Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad and Hazrat Masoumeh shrine). Qom), our country is a destination for pilgrims from many Muslim countries. In addition, Iran has stateless temples and churches that do not exist elsewhere in the world. For example, the oldest church in the world is located in Iran.
Tourism and especially Iran Pilgrimage Tours are a means of connecting people with different religions and cultures and helping them to understand each other better, despite political and social tensions and disputes. According to the World Tourism Organization, religion is recognized as one of the main motivations for travel. Tourism industry experts believe that in terms of Iran's culturally-specific religious status, religious tourism has a great potential for growth and development in our country; however, according to studies of religious tourism in Iran,
The thousands of sacred places of worship still lack specialized and focused organization. Of these, more than 6,000 are listed in the National Heritage List, and in addition to being a pilgrimage attraction,
Visiting religious sites in Iran, such as the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), is appealing to most foreign tourists, from the architecture of the buildings to the tents and prayers of the congregation. It is not common for non-Muslim foreign tourists to visit Mashhad just to visit Imam Reza's shrine when travelling to Iran, but foreigners who have gone to Shiraz and Rey have also come to see Shahragh and Abdul Azim's shrine or on their way to Birch, Neyshabur and the road Silk in the northeastern part of Iran also takes their curious mind and adventure to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS).
First day: Arrival in Tehran
When you arrive at Tehran's international airport, you will face with a friendly welcome by Iran tour and the clerks of Imam Khomeini's airport for checking your professional guide. Next, you will be transferred to your hotel in Tehran. After relaxing and having meals, you will have a good time with the Iran tour.
- Panorama city tour
- traditional market
- Taabiaat pol ( nature bridge ):a very amazing and complicated bridge designed by one of the Iranians best and very young architects, Ms. Leila Araghi. The bridge is like pigeon nest built-in like four floors connecting two of the most beautiful parks of Tehran across the Moddarress highway.
Second day: City tour in Tehran guided by Iran tour
If you want to have a good day in Tehran, you can start your Iran tour by visiting famous places including a beautiful palace that came back to Shah (king) Period in Iran. The other famous place in Tehran is the Milad tower that was built recently. This tower is suitable for holding festivals and ceremonies. The other best option you can visit in Tehran is Shah-Abdolazim sanctuary. This holy place is located in Rayy city. Abdol Azim had a hard life. His fate was full of unluckiness because there were a lot of enemies aiming at killing Abdol Azim. If you have the chance to go on pilgrimage, you will find what happened to him those days. With respect to the importance of this holy person, Iranian directors made a movie on his life. After finishing visiting these famous places along with Iran tour, you can take a look at Bazaar Ghadim in Tehran and serve your meal there.
We will go to the Sa’ad Abad palace or Golestan(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) Complex with their immense areas; these historical palaces were built by the Pahlavi dynasty and these palaces will leave on us an immense impression. We finish our Tehran tour at the last stop in the Ceramic Museum to observe its wonderful olden archaeology.
Milad tower:sixth-tallest tower in the world by pinnacle height at 435 m(1,427 ft). can compete Eiffel tower in the case of being loved for all Iranians. When they are from other cities and come to Tehran they wait till the moment they get that close to see Milad tower. About the tower itself, it has the biggest revolving restaurant in the world. And you can also enjoy the show of dolphins dancing for you in Milad Tower Dolphinarium.
Our next visiting:
- National museum
- Carpet museum
- jewel museum:Jewels Museum which has a priceless diamond in itself named Darya-e-Noor (sea of light). At the end of the day we will visit the Carpet Museum which contains more than a hundred pieces of handmade carpets and we travel into their stories.
Third day: Leave Tehran and travel to Mashhad
Our second city of Iran tour starts with traveling to Mashhad city that is located in the North- East of this country. This city is the birthplace of some popular persons and artists including the recent famous poet as Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, our current singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian. The other significance of this city is related to the known poet that is Ferdowsi, the poet of Shahnameh knowing in the entire world. Shahnameh is the international epic of Iran. One of the most famous cities in Mashhad is Tus because Ferdowsi and Akhavan-sales were buried in this city. The next significant point about this city is related to the eighth Imam of Shia people, Imam Reza. The tomb of Imam Reza was located in this city and attracts many people from all over the world every year and is respected by them. After arriving in this popular city, you can rest and then visit these interesting places. The importance of this city is related to its close distance to the ancient Silk Road in the East.
Forth day: Visit Imam Reza tomb and Bazaar accompanied by Gapatour
On the fourth day of Iran tour, you can have the chance of pilgrimage of this shrine. Next, you can have a good time visiting Bazaar and buying Iran souvenirs for your relatives.
Fifth day: Mashhad City tour
As the Iran tour mentioned before, one of the most famous cities in this province is Tus. This city's popularity lies in Ferdowsi's tomb. This city was built by the order of an Iranian hero that was a myth for people. Therefore, this took its name in this way. Houshang Seyhoun designed the tomb of this famous poet and depicted some stories of Ferdowsi on walls.
Kooh Sangi and botanical garden:
One of the most interesting and famous places that Iran tour suggests to you in Mashhad is Kooh Sangi garden. This garden places between two mountains. The third option for tourists is this garden after visiting Imam Reza shrine and Ferdowsi's tomb. In this garden, you can have a good time by seeing nice viewpoints of artificial lake and birds flying in the sky over this garden. The other beautiful park is Mashhad is Mellat park that is crowed all the time.
Sixth day: visiting Isfahan
Now it is time to check out in Mashhad and start flying to Isfahan and check-in Iran hotel accompanied by your local tour operator.
The next famous city in Iran is Isfahan that is the peak of traditional archeology in eastern countries. Visitors from all over the world have a chance to view this amazing city and its wonderful places. If you want to have a good time in Isfahan, Iran travels guide you for visiting amazing garden palaces. History indicated that Tahmoures has found this city and in that time people called this city as "Half of the World" because it has a lot of eminence and greatness.
Our next beautiful place is Imam Square or Naqsh-e-Jahan(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE). This square is one of the largest squares in the world. After that, you can make pleasant your journey by visiting the fascinating mosques of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam. The other picturesque places in Isfahan are Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE), and Hasht Behesht Palaces. After looking around Isfahan, you can take a look at its'huge Bazaars and buy some artworks for which this city is well-known. Iran tour suggests you stay overnight in Isfahan because you can make memorable memorabilia in the Half- of the World.
Seventh day: the second day in Isfahan
One of the most renowned places that Iran tour recommends you are visiting a famous Mosque in Isfahan that is called "Jame" mosque(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE). This well-known mosque having all the art evolutions of Islamic countries is the best option for every tourist that selects Iran tour. In this mosque, you can see all the artworks from the past to these days. The other fascinating place in Isfahan is Vank Church that is interested in every tourist especially Christians. Our second day in this beautiful city is continued by seeing Monar Jomban, Sufi tomb that is well-known for its minarets that are shaking. In addition, Isfahan has some beautiful and historic bridges that capture the attention of all visitors because you can take nice photos with these bridges. In the end, you can have free time in the evenings and you can have good purchases in this nice city. After relaxing in the hotel booked by the Iran tour, you can have a good night in Isfahan by walking along the Zayyandeh-Rood River.
The Eighth day: Leave Isfahan and travel to Qom
You will leave Isfahan the next morning and travel to Qom by Iran tour. You should remember checking in your hotel in Qom. This city is the most religious city in Iran because it has a lot of shrines and is the best place for conducting religious studies. In addition, the most famous religious seminars are held in this city.
This city is the main place of education in religious studies for Islamic countries. In addition, almost 500 education centers and nearly 400 scholars from 80 countries are teaching and learning in Hozeh, the first place of religious education in Iran. While Shi'a was spread all over the world and Islamic countries, Muslims started building places for education and inviting people to Shi'a.
The first religious education place was built by the Ash’ari family and established Howzah for the first time in Islamic countries in the first century of Islam. After that, Imam al’Sadegh was informed about setting up this school and appreciated those people. With the pass of time, Qom Hozeh was more and more strong in spreading Islam and teaching religious sources to students, in this way, Imam al’Reza appreciated them and based a place known az “al’ Razaviyeh school”. After lady Fatima Mauma (A) was buried in Qom, all students in Hozeh get together near her shrine so that Qom was popular among Islamic countries and attracted many visitors from all over the world.
There is a famous person that should be mentioned here. Ahmad ibn Ishāq Ash`arī Qummī, deputy of the eleventh Imam, was appreciated because he has been seen the son of Eleventh Imam, al-Mahdi (A). In those days, Imam Al-Askari (A) suggested building a mosque in Qom known as "Masjid-e Imam".
In this city, there are some prominent figures in relation to religious matters. The first one is Shaykh Abū Ja`far Muhammad ibn Ali Bābawayh Qummī. This muslim man is called Shaykh Sadūq and reported that he is the result of prayers of twelfth Imam, A-Mahdi (A).
The other known figure is Shaykh `Abd al-Jalīl Rāzī. This person built ten Madrasah (school) in that time in Qom so that Hozeh was stronger little by little. The other appreciated man is Safavids that provided financial sources for building and improving Hozeh. Indeed, he set up some facilities for students and scholars in teaching and learning religious sources. As a result, it can be observed that Madrasah Faydīyah was constructed at that time.
Other well-known scholars of Hozeh are Mullā Sadrā Shīrāzī, Mullā Muhsin Fayd and Mullā `Abd al-Razzāq Fayyād, and Shaykh Bahā’ī. These persons passed a lot of time of their life in Hozeh and made a lot of effort in teaching religion. Hozeh gained a lot of interest and attention in Qajar's period. In that time, some prominent scholars managed Hozeh that are Grand Ayatollah Mīrzā Abū al-Qāsim Qummī, Grand Ayatollah Mīrzā Muhammad Fayd, and Grand Ayatollah Shaykh `Abd al-Karīm Hā’irī.
Grand Ayatollah Hā’irī gained a lot of appreciation at that time because he revitalizes Qom Hozeh and establishes a syllabus for learning and teaching. He made efforts in organizing classes, syllabus, examination and evaluation processes. He provided a uniform for students and suggested that all students should put on the formal dress in Hozeh.
In his time, almost 3000 students come to Qom for study. He has some famous students including Grand Ayatollah Shaykh Muhammad Ali Arākī, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Ridā Gulpaygānī, and Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhullāh Khomeini. One of the most prominent works of these scholars is setting up an eminent mosque called Masjid-e A`đam that is near to Masuma (A) shrine. After, Hozeh scholars gained victory in Iran and interest in the world; their activities in Eastern countries were increased. Iran tour recommends you to travel to this city and visit Islamic evolution during history.
The ninth day: Depart Iran
On this day, you will be transferred to the international airport in Iran by Iran tour and leave this country with all memorable memorabilia.