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 in Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our card with 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 mega polis, prides itself for having unique museums with immense and unrivalled collections and artefacts 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 Tahran tour, but our already settled plan to visit Tehran is 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
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 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. Any way we are about to give the chance of 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 Bazzar. 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 down list:
Taabiaat bridge ( the bridge of the nature)
Jamshidyeh Park and beautiful Niavaran territory on our way.
To tell you a little about about up-mentioned options:
Milad tower: 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 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 Tabiaat Bridge in my opinion is some minutes before sunset. But it really depend 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 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, 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, ( the international and domestic flights are having different airports in Tehran, but Mashhad and Shiraz, Kish and Tabriz airports are the same) our amazing flight above the beautiful mount Zagros to Shiraz, starts. We will have the transfer to our Shiraz hotel and get rest for a while. Afternoon in the time that our half day city tour 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. 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. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz we recommend Haft khan restaurant, for having also live music but like we said if you have made your choice already, it will be what you want.
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), and as he has built so many important economical and cultural centers in Shiraz, they have named those places after him. Like the Vakil mosque.
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.
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. 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: Visiting Persepolis & Necropolis
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 makes 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 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.
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 neuro surgical 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.
Day 6,7 : Isfahan
We will finally leave the city of Love, Shiraz and get ready to enjoy our short trip by car to Isfahan, which will take about five hours, you can enjoy your nap in the car and make sure you will have enough energy to start another phase of Iran adventure through Isfahan. Of course if you wanted to arrive Isfahan in a shorter time Gapatour team can arrange your flight tickets to Isfahan international airport. Our estimated time to visit Isfahan is a day and half, 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 in 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 whole world.
You may read all the true stories of those days being said again like a poem by Iran biggest poem, Ferdowsi. Whome 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, 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 (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, specially the one which are more crafty and more complicated are from Isfahan so don’t miss to visit its Bazzar. And the most delicious souvenir is Gaz, the unforgettable sweet.
We will stay to one of the best of Isfahan hotels, of course good with your budget but let us tell you the best of Iran hotels, which is also the Middle East’s most beautiful ranked hotel, is Hotel Abbasi.
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 dessert and known for its religious mosques and also for its Kebabs( special type of grilled meat that we will discuss about it in our Iran restaurants article) with Saffron. It will be sweet to end your trip like this. And 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. Of course we try to arrange your plans in the way that you wouldn’t get tired, so if the time of your departure was in the way that you had to wait so much, we will arrange you to take a rest in Hotel Novotel, the very modern hotel in the airport. So you shouldn’t worry about anything. Just focus on choosing your Iran tour packages.