Day 1 and 2: Arrival to Tehran, Visiting the live history of the city, enjoying the modernization
Iran Tehran MILAD tower
Upon your pre-dawn arrival at Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our card with a logo that will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before the morning tour of Tehran. Tehran, a modern megapolis, prides itself for having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era.
It depends on you to choose the number of places you want to visit in your Tehran tour, but our already settled plan to visit Tehran in the below itinerary.
Our tour begins with a trip to the Archaeological 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 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 the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
Iran Tehran Golestan palace(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
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. Your hotel will be waiting for you to rest at night.
The next day, we will visit one of the palaces, Sa’ad Abad or Golestan(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) Complex with an immense area of 1,100,000 square meters and 18 magnificent historical palaces (2 of which we will visit). These palaces were built one by Pahlavis and the other By Ghajars and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on us.
These two palaces are at two very different locations of the city. Anyway, we are about to give the chance to the best food in Tehran, so If you pick Sa’ad Abad, we will go to Morshed or any other restaurant close to the location if you have suggestions, if Golestan Palace was the choice, we will have many lunch options. Such as Vakil’ot Tojjar or Muslem in the middle of the Grand Bazaar and our Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic Museum where we will be able to witness its construction with glorious ancient architecture.
If we got more time during our tour and had visiting classic parts of Tehran done, then our exciting part for visiting modern and live Tehran begins. And we can choose to see from the down list:
- Milad tower
- Taabiaat bridge ( the bridge of nature)
- Jamshidyeh Park and beautiful Niavaran territory on our way.
To tell you a little about up-mentioned options:
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.
Taabiaat 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.
The feeling is really cool, cars are going so fast right under your feet, and you are standing between two beautiful parks on your left and your right. The best time to be on Tabiat Bridge, in my opinion, is some minutes before sunset. But it really depends on the upcoming conditions on your schedule for your tour to Iran. Around the bridge are also great restaurants and cafés. In our article for Iran restaurants and café, we will introduce you to some.
And about Jamshidiyeh Park, just let me sum it up that on your way to that mountain in the middle of the city you are going to walk through the heavens. Don’t forget to take a look at Jamaran territory also.
Attention: The priority in sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, the preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays of some museums.
Day 3,4 : Fly To Shiraz, Visiting Shiraz
After having the nice breakfasts with the widest range of variation in your picked Iran hotel we will go to Mehr-Abad airport. The airport for domestic flights in Tehran. We will have the transfer to our Shiraz hotel and get rest for a while. we will have one and half day tour in Shiraz that begins along with the joy of one of the most amazing cities in the world. (We will try not to miss any must – visiting places in this aromatic city, but the count of the places depends to the date and time, you have made your choice for your tour to Iran.)
Shiraz has a reputation as an enlightened city that has been at the center of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years, and was one day the capital of Persian emperors.
Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture and this city of sophistications 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 (1751-1794). Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Castle (special type of castle known in the world as a type of Iranian architecture actually, they call these kind of castles: Arg. So the correct name for it is the Arg of Karim Khan Zand), the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops and after that Nasir Almolk mosque.
Briefly, this mosque is a jewel of photographs, it is possible to take so many beautiful pictures here that will hypnotize you. This mosque was built during the Kadjar era, its name comes from the lord Nasir-ol-Molk who belonged to the Kadjar dynasty. This mosque is wonderful. The light that passes through reflects, mixes and finally forms unique rays in the mosque. The atmosphere in this place is incredibly positive, you feel comfortable from the moment you enter, something mysterious runs here.
You may feel a little confused why this city, till this part of the tour itinerary, has so many Vakil named. Karim Khan Zand was once the best king of all eras in Iran. He never considered himself as a king and was always saying that: I am your representative my beloved people. So he named himself the representative (Vakil).
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 greatest poets (or the greatest poet some believe) who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding.
Sa’adi was also a poet, philosopher and mystic. About seven centuries ago he travelled to different countries and cities. Then he collected all his experiences in Bostan 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 feel apecial 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(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
- Zand king palace and complex
This nice-smelling city is full of flowers and gardens and imaginary houses in them. The most formal tree is Citrus aurantium or in other words, the sour orange tree. The smelling in any season is really mesmerizing. But the garden that has been ranked as the seventh most beautiful garden in the world is Eram Garden(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE). It need a big article itself and cannot be summarized in here, you can read about it further in our Iran gardens article.
Day 5: Leave Shiraz for Isfahan, Visiting Persepolis & Necropolis
Early morning leave Shiraz and transfer to Isfahan.Our best way for last saving the memory of Shiraz will be visiting Persepolis(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) on our way to Isfahan. Our excursion for the 5th day is Persepolis. Founded by Darius (I) in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Hakha-maneshi 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 showplace and a spectacular center for the receptions and festivals of the Hakha-maneshi kings and their empires such as Norooz celebration. (for more information about norooz read the article of celebrations in Iran)
The next is Necropolis. Opposite the mountain of Rahmat, ten minutes driving to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Hakha-maneshi kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
The best season to go to Shiraz is spring and especially in May. And after all those amazing places listed for the 3rd and 4th day in this itinerary for your tour to Iran your feeling of visiting Iran, will not become completed if you miss Persepolis (Takhte-jamshid). It is not just about adding one more historical place in your Iran tour package, it is about seeing an amazing complex of palaces which columns were about to rich the sky as its ceilings and where the population were that wise that they had been using neurosurgical instruments those days. A place where, when you are walking you feel like at any moment a magical door through time will open and take you deep to the history and in the middle of a pure kissing love between a soldier and his love, the princess of all Persia.
Our visit is including Pasargad(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE).
Then we will continue and transfer to Isfahan(4 hours), check-in hotel and get rest.
Day 6 : Pearl of the Middle East, Isfahan will surprise you
Our estimated time to visit Isfahan is a full day, in this tour, but if you think you need more time in this city please let you Iran tour operators know so that they can customize your Iran tour packages.
This city is revived by the works of contemporary artists. Isfahan prides itself on having fascinating historical garden palaces. Legendries have said that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures King or Keykavous King, these two kings were really in those days of ancient and golden Iran when they were almost the kind of the whole world.
You may read all the true stories of those days being said again like a poem by Iran biggest poem, Ferdowsi. you can visit the tomb on the tours that include Mashhad.
And because of Isfahan glories, the city has gotten the title of “Half of the World” they call it themselves, Isfahan Nesf-e-Jahan when you say it, it sounds like a poem.
Our full-day tour includes the world biggest square, recently named Imam Square but originally named as Naqsh-e-Jahan(UNESCO HERITAGE SITE), which means the picture of the whole world (shows the glory of the square doesn’t it?).
We will tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace all placed around the square.
After that walk through the nice-smelling pavements to Chehel Sutoon (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE);the palace that has twenty columns and a big pool in front of it, so the reflection of the columns on the pool makes it resemble like forty columns that is why they call this palace (Chehel means forty and Sutoon means column). Hasht Behesht Palaces may be our next destination.
Many of Iran souvenirs, especially the ones which are more crafty and more complicated are from Isfahan so don’t miss to visit its Bazaar. And the most delicious souvenir is Gaz, the unforgettable sweet.
Our tour will be including:
Jame mosque (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
Vank church: Vank Church which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian.
Day 7: One night Kashan
Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Esfahan, and Yazd, but this delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir is one of Iran's most alluring destinations. It not only boasts a cluster of architectural wonders, an atmospheric covered bazaar, and a Unesco recognized garden, but it also offers some of central Iran's best of the traditional Iran hotels.
we will visit the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh, located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of the 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. the highest quality of rose water in the world is here
During the Seljuk period (AD 1051–1220) Kashan became famous for its textiles, pottery, and tiles, reaching high levels of accomplishment in each of these cottage industries. Currently, local textile artisans are enjoying something of a renaissance of interest in their work, but mechanization has largely led to the demise of this ancient craft. Today the town is more widely known as a major center for the production of rose water, which is sold at outlets around the main tourist attractions and at dedicated stores in the bazaar.
In this city, houses are magnificent
Kashan has many close to 50 magnificent houses that are part of the countries historical heritage currently. Be sure to visit as many as you can while in Kashan.
Known as the bride of Iranian houses is the Tabatabai house. Seyed Jafar Tabatayi a successful carpet merchant constructed this masterpiece in 1834.The one a kind Borujerdis Old House was built nearly 130 years ago by a famous merchant named Haj Seyed Jafar Borujerdi from Natanz. This house is known as the symbol of Kashan architecture. Several of these houses have been renovated to guest houses, which you can see the list and pictures of the houses here. Be sure to check these marvelous houses.
To sum the joy of architecture in this city, let's point to the Fin Garden (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE). Bagh-e Shah, the Kings Garden (also known as the Bagh-e Tarikhi-e Fin or Bagh-e Amir Kabir) at Fin 6 km to the southwest, and perhaps the finest surviving example in Iran, creates the contrast between the Kavir region and the greenery of the well-tended oasis below the adjoining Karkas mountain. A major part of Kashans water was supplied by the perennial source of Suleimanieh spring in the garden. Amirkabir one of the biggest Iran ministers were assassinated in1852 at this garden.
Not just visiting all up mentioned places means you ended the Kashan learning, this city has its own very special school and philosophy. To get more familiar with Kashan follow our social media, please.
Day 8: Transfer to IKA .depart Iran
Every journey ends one day. The eighth day is the day that your tour to Iran ends or to cheer you a little up, maybe we can find some time to see Qom. The city located in the desert and known for its religious mosques. ،Then we will leave Qom city heading to IKA ( the airport you came to Iran through) and that is the moment we will say to each other farewell.