Day 1: Arrive in Tehran
Tehran, metropolitan city laying on the slopes of the tallest peak Damavand, city of museums , art and beautiful parks.
The generous Golestan Palace, as a paradise of tiles, mirrors and arts offers you her infinite beauty, attracts you , hypnotize you and immerse you in its profound glamour. Dating back to Qajar period this complex is the best introduction to 18th and 19th century Iran.
- Archeological (national) Museum:
Hosting an immense variety of objects and monuments from ancient and medieval Iran, it is a worth visiting museum in world. It gets you lost in history.
The busiest bazaar in Iran gives you the opportunity to watch thousands of middle class Iranians strolling through the labyrinth of shops, eating local meal, drinking some tea and smoking water pipe.
Day 2: Drive to Ardebil
Ardabil the city of snow and rain, home to Safavid ”the history making dynasty”
- Sheikh safiadin sanctuary and shrine
Mausoleum of spiritual leader of safavid dynasty built on 16th century. Most superb in laid mosaic ,moqarnas and stucco can be seen here.
A busy authentic bazaar built on 16th century.
Several beautiful brick bridges built during Safavid era.
25 kms south of Ardebil you can reach the spas and enjoy.
Day 3:Drive to Tabriz
Being capital over 9 periods has turned Tabriz to the pioneering city of the firsts. The first printing house, first movie theater, first kindergarten and first dumb and deaf school are examples.
The beautiful lake fed by the river, with a mansion in the middle was the summer palace of Qajar kings, now a public park.
With an area of 1 square kilometer it is the biggest roofed bazaar in the world. The bazaar still remembers the good memories of being on silkroad intersection by exhibiting an exotic array of ethnic crafts on sale.
Due to its various and delicate inlaid mosaic and calligraphy, it is known as the turquoise of Islamic world.
As a typical lush Qajari house, it was a gathering place and a leading headquarter of the constitutional revolution leaders and activists. Inlaid doors, patio and sash windows decorated with red, green and white glasses.
The most famous Azari poet who has a beautiful poetry about Tabriz.” Tabriz devotes her life to the lover she makes up her eyes with the eye liner made of the dust of the lover’s shoes”.
Day 4: An excursion to Kandovan Village and Jolfa
A wonder for 3000 years old human carved dwelling in the rocks. People here make a living through agriculture, farming and gardening.
Drive to the border city of Jolfa near the beautiful of Arass River, visit Saint Stephanos’ church, an Armenian Orthodox church built on 9th century. Trace the Roman and Greek architecture here.
Day 5: An excursion to Maku
A heaven enjoying ancient civilization, natural attractions and nomadic crafts.
- The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran:
An ensemble of three Armenian churches built between 7th and 14th centuries. As world heritages saint Thaddens Monastery, Saint Stephanos Monastery and Chapel of Dzordzor, showcase Armenian architectural and decorative traditions, and are major center for diffusion of Armenian culture in the region.
Day 6: Drive to Hamedan via Zanjan and Takab to visit two other world heritage sites.
Zanjan a city in Northwest of Iran known for its beautiful crafts such as knives, handmade sandals and silver crafts.
A Qajar era Bazaar with the shops doing the very authentic crafts in traditional way.
An ancient public laundry, now an anthropology museum.
Erected in 14th century, one of the largest double shelled brick domes in the world, described as ”Anticipating Taj Mahal”.
World heritage recognized Zoroastrian sanctuary built during Sasanid and rebuilt during Ilkhanid, located on a hill created by the outflow of a calcium rich spring pond.
Day 7: Depart Hamedan for Kermanshah.
Kermanshah, The largest Kurdish speaking and hospitable city in Iran.
A Hellenistic Persian edifice that belongs to the goddess of abundance and water,Anahita.
Ancient bas-relief and inscription dating back to Darius the great, explaining Darius’ battles with rebels.
A row of bas-relief carved on the rock depicting Sasanid kings battles and coronations.
Day 8: Drive to Ahvaz via Susa and Shushtar.
An ancient city of Elamite, Achamenian and Parthian Empires of Iran.
Traditional burial place of the biblical prophet Daniel.
A palace complex in Susa, capital of Achamenid Empire.
- Chogha Zanbil and Haft Tapeh
The ancient Elamite Ziggurat to honor the great God Inshushinak.
An ancient city in southwest of Iran known as the pioneer city in water engineering in 200 A.D.
A UNESCO historical hydraulic system dating back to Sasanid era.
Day 9: Drive to Shiraz enjoying visiting the ruins of Sasanid Era.
A bas relief dating back to Sasanid era depicting King Bahram holding his sword in hands showing triumph.
Ruins of a very important city build on 226 AD, by the famous Sasanid King Shapur I, showing a combined Persian-Rman architecture and art. Anahita Temple is in the city.
A valley with 6 Sasanid relief on the side rocks showing King’s triumph and coronation.
Day 10: Shiraz city tour
Known as the cradle of civilization, Shiraz has the best reputation among Iranians. Beautiful gardens, poetry, culture, laid back people living theire every moment happy detach you from any stress.
Vakil bazaar, Karimkhan Citadel, Vakil mosque and Vakil Bath: simply sophisticated monuments built by the good reputed king Karimkhan in his capital in 1700.
A Qajar time cozy mosque with its dazzling seven color tiles showing off the unusual pink. The morning light makes astonishing reflection on carpets, passing through the colorful glasses.
Known as the singing nightingale of Persian poetry, Hafez pushes you into a wonderful state of trance by his unique Ghazzals.
Sa’di, master of Persian speech. He believes you will smell love spread by his poems, even if you visit his tomb 1000 years of his death.
An old decorated gate, reminder of the time city was walled.
The heaven for believers seeking tranquility with the fairy tale tile work.
a peaceful garden giving you the impression of how famous Persian gardens looked like thousands years ago.
Day 11: Depart Shiraz for Zeinoddin Caravanserai visiting Persepolis, necropolis and Pasargad, three outstanding world heritage sites en route.
A massive sophisticated stone structure, built by Drius in518 B.C. as the ceremonial capital of Persian Impire.
Impressive hand cut burial caves of Persian legendary kings.
The tomb of legendary Cyrus, and ruins of his palaces.
A very atmospheric caravanserai in the heart of the desert, built on 16th century has a beautiful roof top where you can watch the strong desert sky.
O/N Zeinoddin Caravanserai.
Day 12: Drive to Yazd
Yazd is the oldest and the biggest world heritage adobe city on the edge of the Iranian central desert. It is known as the city of wind catchers.
The biggest maze of adobe alleys and houses where the life lingers in every corner.
This 800 years old mosque has got many things to be proud of, the tallest minarets, the completely inlayed portal, the impressive doom and the qanat access stair ways are some examples.
A Zoroastrian ritual place which has inherited a holy flare burning for 1400 years nonstop.
An ambitious reproduction of paradise in the heart of desert. The mansion has got the tallest Badgir.
- Dakhme(Towers of Silence)
A very tranquil Zoroastrian burial site which includes circular platform for exposing the dead to the elements and vultures.
The most outstanding monument in Yazd. The front portal which holds the rulers high seat and facing the gathering square is the prime part of the complex.
The Iranian ancient traditional sport club where the athletes go to get excited by the beautiful drum and workout.
A beautiful merchants house turned into a museum where some information about the Qanat system is offered.
Day 13: Drive to Isfahan
Continue the tour by driving on a 300 km road to Isfahan, visiting Naein en route.
Famous city best known for camel fabric, silk and wool carpet and desert architecture.
Day 14: Isfahan city tour
With its unrivaled historical monuments, art galleries, handicrafts and beautiful parks Isfahan never fails to attract visitors.
A characteristic enchanting square that reflects the high end Iranian architecture and art on 16th century.
The unusual family mosque of Shah Abbas that has got the famous peacock tail design doom.
The best representative of Islamic architecture due to its impressive tall portal minarets the doom and the seven color tiles. The doom is a masterpiece of acoustics.
- AliQapu, Chehel Sotun and Hasht Behesht
Three representatives of the legendary palaces and gardens of Isfahan.
A gray massive mosque that shows the evolution of Persian Islamic architecture over the past 1200 years. The classic byzantine spirit in the body of a mosque.
Day 15: Continue visiting Isfahan
An Islamized orthodox Armenian church in Isfahan.
- Historical bridges of Isfahan
Si’o Se Pol and Khaju are the two famous old bridges of Isfahan that pass over the live giving river.
Unrivaled center for Iranian traditional crafts and arts.
Day 16: Drive to Kashan visiting Abyaneh en route.
A UNESCO recognized village in the vicinity of desert, characterized by a peculiar reddish hue with dwellers who speak, live and dress in the Persian style of Sasanid era
Kashan a 7000 years old adobe settlement on the Silk Road still standing out in architecture and crafts. Miracle lingers in every corner here.
- Kashan Historical Mansions
Dating back to Qajar era these houses represent the taste and mastery of desert people in architecture. A desert dream coming true.
Most famous Iranian garden showing the mastery of Iranians over the gardening and water engineering.
A labirynthin authentic bazaar where locals do their shopping. Smell its antiquity.
A luxury bath built on 1600 with beautiful tiles. Roof top gives a good view of the neighborhood.
- Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madressa
A dual functioning beautiful religious architecture, where you see scholars living and studying. Visit in sunset.
Day 17: Drive around 200 km. to IKA airport and depart Iran.