Day 1and2 : Arriving Tehran, Visiting Tehran
Iran Tehran MILAD tower
Upon your pre-dawn arrival in Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our logo show card (transfer information) who will direct and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before our morning tour of Tehran commences. Tehran, a modern megalopolis, prides itself in having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era.
Our tour begins with a trip to the Archeological Museum, one of the rare places in the world where we will have the special opportunity to visit and experience the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics.
Next on the agenda is our very much-awaited chance to savor the distinctive flavor of Iranian cuisine.
We will visit a world of jewels in a priceless Crown Jewels Museum one of which is one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
At the end of the day, we will get a chance to see a variety of Persian hand-woven carpets and rugs in the Carpet Museum which houses more than 100 spectacular pieces from all over Iran. On top of that, we will also be given an insight into the history of these carpets. Stay overnight in Tehran.
Visit Sa’ad Abad or GOLESTAN Complex with an immense area of 1,100,000 square meters and 18 magnificent historical palaces (2 of which we will visit). This palace was built by Pahlavi dynasty and it will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on us. And our Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic Museum where we will be able to witness its construction with glorious ancient archaeology.
Iran Tehran Golestan palace
If you have enough time during your two days tour you get more places to visit like :
- Old baazaar
- Milad tower
- Taabiaat pol ( nature bridge )
- Jamshidyeh park in norths mountain
Attention: The priority in sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays of some museums.
Day 3 : Zanjan
It’s the capital city of Zanjan province in Iranian Azerbaijan. Zanjan has a lot of historical sites. Hamdollah Mostowfi, the Iranian traveler and historian, in his book claims that Zanjan was built by Ardashir I, the first king of the Sassanid Empire and named as “Shahin”.
After 330km driving we have chance to visit one of most historical cities in Iran that you heard less about that, you will enjoy with this amazing city tour and many places to see and stay in ZANJAN one night:
It is a traditional Qajar era laundry house and today it is Zanjan’s Museum of Anthropology. Historical building of Rakhtshooy Khaneh (which means washhouse) lies at the historical texture of the Zanjan city and was built nearly 20th century. This place was used for washing clothes by women around the city. It was constructed by two brothers, Mashad Akbar and Mashadi Esmail. At the present, this historic building is being used as Zanjan’s anthropological museum
- Caravanserai Sangi
– Takht-e Soleyman
The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman, in north-western Iran, is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita. The site has important symbolic significance. The designs of the fire temple, the palace and the general layout have strongly influenced the development of Islamic architecture
Day 4 : Ardebil (Ardabil)
Ardabil is located on the Baliqly Chay River, about 70 km (43 mi) from the Caspian Sea, and 210 km (130 mi) from the city of Tabriz. in Ardabil Province, Iran. Sareyn is known for its hot springs, it stands 28 km from Ardabil and total area is 1.28 square km.
In the morning leave Zanjan and transfer to ARDABIL, we will visit nice areas with unique nature and have time to relax at the hot spring waters. The continue for the rest of the tour such as:
Ardabil host numerous historical bridges namely Pol-e Gilandeh, Pol-e Nayer, Pol-e Haft Cheshmeh, Pol-e Panj Cheshmeh and Pol-e She Cheshmeh and Qarah Soo Bridge, most were built during Safavid era.
One of the main sights in the city of Ardabil in north-west Iran is the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili, who died in 1334. The Shaykh was a Sufi leader, who trained his followers in Islamic mystic practices. After his death, his followers remained loyal to his family, who became increasingly powerful.
In 1501, one of his descendants, Shah Isma’il, seized political power. He united Iran for the first time in several centuries and established the Shi’i form of Islam as the state religion. Isma’il was the founder of the Safavid dynasty, named after Shaykh Safi al-Din.
The Safavids, who ruled without a break until 1722, and then intermittently until 1757, promoted the shrine of the Shaykh as a place of pilgrimage
Hot water spring
Day 5&6 : Tabriz
After breakfast leave Ardabil and drive to TABRIZ (223KM). Continue your trip in North West of Iran to visit nice people of AZERBAYJAN province.
The city has a long and turbulent history with its oldest civilization sites dating back to 1,500 BC. It contains many historical monuments representing the transition of Iranian architecture in its long historical timelines. Most of the preserved historical sites in the city belong to Ilkhanid (of Mongol Empire), Safavid, and Qajar area, among them is the grand Bazaar of Tabriz which is inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2010. From the early modern era, the city was pivotal in the development, movement, and economy of three neighboring regions, namely that of the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia, and central Iran. From the 19th century, it became the most important city in the country in numerous respects. As the closest Iranian hub to Europe, many aspects of the early modern modernization in Iran started in Tabriz
Enjoy with two days TABRIZ tour and experience with different culture and face of IRAN.
We will start with amazing of special sites and make your incredible days of tour.
(Formerly Shah Goli) A superb park around a square artificial pond. In the center, a small hall is on an island and hosts a restaurant. Very nice for eating some tchelokebab or sip some tea while enjoying the freshness of the park in summer.
Originally built in 1465, this mosque which was once certainly superb, but was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1778, leaving only the entrance Iwan. It was reconstructed at early 1900 by the Iranian Ministry of Culture. The inside of the mosque is tiled with superb blue ceramic, unfortunately, many pieces went missing during the quake and were simply replaced by painting instead of tiles – some of the original tiles can be found around the entrance. Entrance fee is 100,000 rials
The Bazaar of Tabriz
Is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. It was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010.
Also known as Arg e Tabriz is a remnant of a fortress built in the Ilkhanate period. Currently it was located in the center of Tabriz. Historians believe that it was used as a military castle but clerics claim that the structure was initially used as a mosque in its early days. After the Revolution, large parts of the building were destroyed by the clerics to prepare a new place for Friday prayers in Tabriz. The structure today stands 28 meters high, and is still used as part of a space for holding Friday prayers.
A troglodytic village 2 hours away from Tabriz. Great for discovering both the odd beauty of the place and the daily life of an Iranian village, among sheep, donkeys, hens and cats… Women in printed chadors can go outside and playing kids are all around. Mullahs obviously don’t bother going there too often. Resistant walking shoes are mandatory if you want to climb up the village. A living example of human adaptation to exceptionally unusual natural surroundings, Kandovan village is located 50 km to the south of Tabriz, Osku, on the northern slopes of a valley at the foothills of Mount Sahand. A river originating from the Sahand peaks passes through the valley. There are a number of natural springs to the north of the river, the water from which has traditionally been used for the treatment of kidney stones, according to the locals. The physical structure of the village looks like images from fairy tales. Natural cones, scattered over a vast area, serve as human dwellings on rock formations which themselves seem to have been the work certain sculptors. The road from Tabriz goes through this natural artwork. On getting nearer to the dwellings, the visitor finds out that large families are living inside two or three of these hollow interconnected cones with features such as openings on their surface playing the role of actual windows. The lowest cones are used as stables and those on top as the living quarters
Day 7&8 : Driving to Hamedan and Visiting Hamedan
Today we will move toward Hamedan. Hamedan province is situated in the Middle Western Iran. It has long and severe winters from September to May with a great deal of snow; however, in summer its pleasant climate offers visitors a welcome break from the soaring temperatures elsewhere. The province is famous for its raisins (1500 hectares of vineyards) and in the Persian rug trade it ranks second only to Kerman.
One of the beautiful sightseeing in Hamedan is Esteroo Mord Khay (Ester and Mord Khay) Tomb. Located in the city center, the structure has been constructed of brick and stone. This is the tomb of Ester the Queen of Shoosh (the wife of Xerxes of Iran). Mordecai (Mord Khay) was her uncle. The structure was originally constructed about 11 centuries ago, in order to pay homage to these two personalities. This vicinity is a place for pilgrimage of the Jewish sect, and is also held in respect by the Moslems.
The next place is Ganj Nameh Inscription. These inscriptions are relics from the period of ‘Darius’ and ‘Xerxes’ of the Achaemenian era. The said are located 5 km. west of Hamadan at the end of the Abbas Abad Valley, and have been engraved on a mountain. Stay overnight in Hamedan
Day 8 : Visiting Hamedan
As Avicenna were Muslim Persian physician and philosopher, and wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine, our next step will be Avicenna Tomb.
Hegmatane Archeological Palace is located in the city of Hamadan, dating to the 6th century BC. The said structure is from the times of the ‘Medes’. ‘Kiyakesar Madi’ and ‘Nabopolasar Baboli’ were responsible for building this structure in the year 614 BC.
The next fascinating step will be Gonbad-e Alavian (or Masjid-e Alavian) which is a four-sided interesting 12th century mausoleum belonging to the late Seljuk period. On the exterior, it resembles the Gonbad-e Sorkh of Maragheh. (If it will be possible we will see the sight.)
Our next site to visit is tomb of Baba Taher, which is located in a park, surrounded by flowers and winding paths. Baba Taher is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Iranian literature. He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan (The Naked), which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. His poetry has touched many souls.
Afternoon is dedicated to the next site which will be Ali Sadr Cave.
ali sadr cave
ali sadr cave
This cave is the world’s largest water cave which attracts millions of visitors every year. It is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan, western Iran. Since the cave is situated between the large cities Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom it is a popular destination for Iranians. Tours of the cave are available by pedal boats
Day 9 : Kermanshah
In the morning leave HAMEDAN and drive to KERMANSHAH (190KM)
Kermanshah is the central city in the west of Iran, has a large population. The languages spoken by the people is Kurdish, Because of its antiquity, attractive landscapes, rich culture and Neolithic villages, Kermashan is considered one of the cradles of prehistoric cultures
We have chance to visit some of best historical and unique sites.
The rock reliefs at lie 6 kilometres (4 mi) northeast of Kermanshah, where a spring gushes from a mountain cliff and empties into a large reflecting pool. One of the more impressive reliefs, inside the largest grotto, is the oversized depiction of Sassanid king Khosrau II (591–628 CE), who appears mounted on his favorite charger, Shabdiz. Both the horse and the rider are arrayed in full battle armor.
Darius the Greats inscription at Bisotun, which dates to 522 BCE, lies some 1300 meters high in the mountains, and counts as one of the most famous sites in Near Eastern archeology.
Zagros Paleolithic Museum:
The Zagros Paleolithic Museum contains rich collections of stone tools and animal fossil bones from various Paleolithic sites in Iran. It is the first established museum in Iran that devoted to Paleolithic period of Iran.
Day 10 : Ahwaz (Ahvaz)
Leave KERMANSHAH and drive to south side for AHVAZ(470KM), Best Iran Date is from this area.
Ahvaz is the analog of “Avaz” and “Avaja” which appear in Darius’s epigraph. During the Sassanid era, an irrigation system and several dams were constructed, and the city prospered. Examples of Sassanid-era dams are Band-e Bala-rud, Band-e Mizan, Band-e Borj Ayar and Band-e Khak. The city replaced Susa, the ancient capital of Susiana, as the capital of what was then called Khuzestān.
We will have very nice visiting of Susa and Daniel prophet tomb with long history and exciting sites
Shush (Susa) & Choqa Zanbil
Now a small, pleasant town, Shush dates from 4000 years BC. The town also thrived in the Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanian periods and was an important center of the Christian faith in the 4th century. The city was gradually abandoned during the Mongol invasions.
The ruins of ancient city site (small entrance fee) lie to the south of the modern town. At the entrance is the Chateau de Morgan, a fortress built to defend French archeologists working on the site at the turn of the twentienth century. The ruins of the ancient citadel include a bare 1 foot high (30cm) wall of the Palace of Darius dating from 521 BC and two huge stones from the base of the royal apadana (reception hall).
Shush’s other main attraction is the Tomb of Daniel, the supposed final remains of the biblical, probably mythical, Daniel, an official in the service of King Darius (522-486BC). Ancient Shush, known as Susa, was also the birthplace of Esther – the biblical saviour of the Jews in the time of their captivity in 6th century BC. The town prospered as a Jewish pilgrimage site for over a thousand years throughout the first millenium until the arrival of the Mongols in the thirteenth century. The tomb visitors see today was built in 1871
Choqa Zanbil & Haft Tappeh
The Elamite city of Haft Tappeh is a suggested primer for the ziggurats of Choqa Zanbil 25 km away. The ruins of Haft Tappeh (“seven hills”) are now over 3,000 years old. The UNESCO-funded museum (admission fee) exhibits the main archaeological finds and offers an explanation of the ancient city and its excavation.
The pleasant, riverside city of Shushtar near to the ziggurat at Choqa Zanbil was an historic irrigation center and indeed the town’s main attractions are its 700-year old waterchutes (admission fee). Shushtar also has a number of interesting imamzadehs (shrines) and mosques.
Day 11&12 : Shiraz
After AHVAZ Continue to SHIRAZ (530KM), one of oldest cities in the world and very important for UNESCO. Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the centre of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years, and was at one time the country’s capital.
Two full days tour in Shiraz and very nice experience with hospitable people.
Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistication will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan palace, the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz.
This gorgeous city in the province of Fars is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi and historical sites from different eras stretching back 6,000 years ago can be found. Hafez is one of great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Sa’adi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the father of a alternative tourist. About seven previous centuries he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in verse and Rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you Lots of inspiration and information. We will get a chance to pay homage to tombs of these great poets.
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties. Take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will perpetuate in our mind.
- Eram garden
- Hafez tomb
- Saadi tomb
- Zand king palace and complex
Our excursion for another day is Persepolis. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowroz.
The next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes driving to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
- Cyrus tomb
- Naghshe rostaam
Day 13&14 : Kerman
Today drive about 560 KM, Kerman has unique sites of historical and secrets of deserts. Kerman province is considered a paradise for palaeontologists because of an abundance of vertebrate fossils from different geological eras.
The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BC
Two exciting days of tours and time to know different part of Persian history and culture.
Visit Salt Lake (Maharloo) and Bakhtegan Lake which are important habitats for the scarce birds. Then pay visit to jame’ Mosque in Neiriz and Bahram-e- Goor protected area (if you interested to visit Bahram-e- Goor protected area we should make pre-arrangements and permission.) and if possible visit the decadent race of Iranian Zebra.
The next site will be Lake Bakhtegan which is a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, about 160 km east of Shiraz and 15 km west of the town of Neyriz. Bakhtegan, with a surface area of 350,000 hectares (1.4 million acres), is Iran’s second-largest lake. It is fed by the Kor River. Several dams on the Kor River have significantly reduced waterflow into the lake, increasing its salinity and endangering the lake’s populations of flamingos and other migratory birds. Kerman is an old city located in the desert, due to this fact Kermani people are experts of constructing gardens and Qanats (aqueduct). Stay overnight in Kerman.
Depart for Bam and along the way have a short stop in Mahan. Mahan is well-known for the tomb of Shah Ne’emat Ollah-e-Vali, the great Sufi leader, as well as Shazdeh Garden (Prince Garden). Shazdeh Garden (Prince’s Garden) is a historical Persian garden located near (6km away from) Mahan which is one of the samples of building garden in the heart of desert. The garden is 5.5 hectares with a rectangular shape and a wall around it. It consists of an entrance structure and gate at the lower end and a two-floor residential structure at the upper end. The distance between these two is ornamented with water fountains that are engined by the natural incline of the land. The garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate.
After that, visit the remains and also the reconstructed parts of the earthquake-stricken Arg-e-Bam (Bam citadel) which still attracts the attention of the enthusiasts. And also other most visited sites during previous years. En route, pay a visit to Rayen castle which is a good replica for Bam citadel. The Rayen castel is a beautiful and wonderful castel which will surely attract you. Stay overnight in Kerman
Day 15 : Exciting Desert
If you hadn’t experience of DESERT this is one of best and majestic desert in the world and UNESCO is mentioned about that. Stay one night in traditional houses or camps and enjoy with camel riding, off-road…
Loot (LUT) Desert is a large salt desert in Kerman the surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70 °C (159 °F).
The central Lut is the vast part in the Lut desert that contains the lowest part of the desert. There are several Kaluts in this region that are extended from the center Lut to the west. They are the most beautiful natural phenomena. They are unique and can’t be found in any desert of the world
Day 16&17 : Yazd
Leave desert and transfer to YAZD, oldest religion (ZOROASTRIAN) of PERSIAN people is belong to here with amazing fire temples. Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. It is nicknamed the “City of Windcatchers” Yazd has a history of over 5,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median empire.
On the way visit Mehriz, its located 30 kilometers south of the city of Yazd. Mehriz consists of one central district and five village centers. According to historians, the name belongs to “Mehrnegar” the beloved daughter of Anoushirvan, the Sassanid King. Mehriz was known, during the late Sassanid era (4th century AD), as a natural pleasant area. One of The most important places to visit in Mehriz is Saryazd.
Saryazd has a castle belonging to Sassanid era which is used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place out there is caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. It is noteworthy that Saryaz has one of the best pomegranates of Iran. After that we will transfer to Yazd.Today’s p.m. tour includes visiting Jame Mosque and also Tekiye Amir chakhmagh. Overnight stay in Yazd.
Yazd, the oldest adobe city in the world which is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts of Iran, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot. This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor. In the afternoon the Fire Temple, Towers of Silence, the wind Towers in old part of the city will be visited. Overnight stay in city hotel
Day 18&19 : Isfahan
Leave YAZD and drive to Isfahan (5hours), arrive in ISFAHAN and one half day and one full day city tour in this beautiful city.
The legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. This city is revived by the works of contemporary artists. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces. Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures or Keykavous and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”. Our full day tour includes the famed Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square second in the world to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also visit one of the most famous bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned. Stay overnight in Isfahan
Isfahan’s Jame’ mosque holds in itself the passage of several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture in which the progress of the architecture from the outset of Islam till recent times are evident. Then we will visit Vank Church which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Our day will conclude with a visit to Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
Day 20&21 : Kashan
Today we leave Isfahan and drive to KASHAN (3 hours). This small city has long history.
On the way to Kashan, we will visit the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of desert. Appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style. highest quality of rose water in the world is here
Next day visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses and some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide and be acquainted with the previous century’s architecture, the Qajar era. Stay overnight in Kashan
Day 22: End of tour
Transfer to IKIA (2 hours) international airport for flight back home.