23 days Iran tour: From Hell to Heaven

 Tehran  >  Kerman >  Shahdad >  Shiraz   >  Yazd   >  Naiin/Isfahan   >  Hamedan     >    Kermanshah   >  Hamedan/Zanjan  > Tabriz  >  Sarein/Ardebil   >    Qazvin   >  Tehran

People usually want to go beyond the highlights of Iran to experience much more from a specific package tour. This Iran package tour starts from desert cities to explore unknown wonders of desert areas and the hottest place on earth and ends in mountain cities with completely different attractions based on their different climate condition. It offers an almost complete visit of Persia, through the great cities plus charming villages. This special package tour helps you experience Iran in an unusual way. We can also tailor-make any element of your Iran tour to suit all your interests.

Tour by detail

Day 1: Tehran

After your arrival in Tehran, you will be met at the airport and then taken to your hotel to check in and relax. Overnight stay in Tehran.

Day 2: Tehran/Kerman

After a traditional Iranian breakfast, you will tour some of the historic and cultural attractions of one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. See the impressive Zandieh Complex that includes The Citadel of Karim Khan, Pars Museum, Vakil Bath, Vakil Mosque, Moshir Caravanserai and Vakil Bazaar, the traditional bazaar of Shiraz. You will also visit the Jahan Nama Garden, the oldest garden in Shiraz and the tombs of Hafez and Saadi. It is a moving experience to visit these beautiful gardens, joining other visitors reading poems over the graves of two of Iran’s most famous poets. Then continue your tour with a stop at the Quran Gate and either the Ali ebne Hamze or Shah-e-cheragh shrine. You will be stunned by the beautiful play of light in the shrine. The entire interior is covered in tiny, glittery mirrors and it will leave you breathless. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 3: Kerman

Full day excursion to Rayen to visit the Adobe castle of Rayen (The Arg-e-Rayen), it believed to be at least more than 1,000 years old; En-route visit The shrine of an Iranian mystic and poet Shah Nematolah-e Vali Shrine, and the Prince Garden at Mahan; overnight Kerman.

Day 4: Shahdad

Drive to Shahdad, a city situated in the heart of the Lut desert, to visit the Imamzadeh Mohammad- Ebne- Zeid, Tappeh-ye- kohne and Shahrak-e-kootooleha; then drive to Gandom- Beryan to spend some time in the hottest region in the world. Then, drive to kalouts to visit one of the greatest sand castles you have ever seen; overnight camping in the desert.

Day 5: Kerman/Shiraz

Half-day city tour of Kerman to visit The Ganj-Ali- Khan Complex with an area of 11000 square meters belongs to Safavid era composed of Bath, Bazaar, Caravanserai, Mosque and Square after that going to visit the Friday Mosque of Kerman. Then, drive to Shiraz; en route visit the Sassanid Palace at Sarvestan; overnight Shiraz.

Day 6: Shiraz

After a traditional Iranian breakfast, you will spend a full day touring one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. Shiraz has many historic and cultural sites and you will visit the Arg of Karim Khan, Pars Museum the Moshir Caravanserai, Vakil Bath, Mosque and Bazaar, the oldest Bazaar in Shiraz. Then continue your tour by seeing the Jahan Nama Garden, the Eram Garden, the Nasir-al- Mulk Mosque, the Narenjestan Palace, Quran Gate based on time and the Ali ebne Hamze Shrine where the tiny glittering mirrors covering the entire interior will leave you breathless. You will also go to the tombs of Hafez and Saadi. It is a moving experience to be in these beautiful gardens, joining other visitors in reading poems over the graves of two of Iran’s most famous poets. Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 7: Shiraz/Yazd

Depart by road to Yazd in the heart of Iran. On the way, we go to visit a breathtaking attraction in 50 km north of Shiraz .i.e. Persepolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam and Naghsh-e-rajab); a must –see site for not only history buffs but also everyone who like to know more about the history of Persian Empire. We will continue our way to visit the Capital of ancient Persia and the Tomb of Cyrus the great that without doubt is one of the most respected Persian Emperor, both in national and international view. A 4500 year- old cypress tree is in our way too. Stay overnight in Yazd.

Day 8: Yazd

We will spend a whole day discovering Yazd, one of the oldest cities on earth and a stop on the ancient Silk Road. The center of Zoroastrian culture and Persian architecture, Yazd has many interesting and beautiful sites. You will see the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and Atashkedeh Fire Temple, the Jame Mosque with its towering twin minarets that dominate the surrounding city and the Dowlat-Abad Garden, one of Iran’s most beautiful gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the impressive Amir Chaghmagh complex and Lariha House, one of the best-preserved traditional houses from the Qajar era. Marvel at the clever wind towers and water irrigation systems invented by ancient engineers and architects to make living in the hot, arid desert manageable. Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 9: Yazd/ Naiin/Isfahan

Leave Yazd in the morning, you will drive to Isfahan, stopping in Naiin to visit the Jame Mosque. Built in the 8th century, it is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and is known for the beauty of its brickwork. You will also visit the ethnology museum at Pirnia Traditional House and, if there is time, the Rigareh Water Mill and Aba Bafi man made caves. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Day 10: Isfahan

After a traditional Iranian breakfast, you will discover the city once called “Half of the World.” Visit the stunning Chehel Sotoun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the Palace of Forty Columns. Built during the Safavid era, the pavilion is decorated with beautiful murals and mirror work and is set in the middle of a pretty garden with a reflecting pool. Continue your tour of Isfahan at Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the grand Ali Qapu Palace, you will marvel at the gorgeous Music Room and stand on a terrace where Shahs watched polo matches on the field below. Visit two mosques located on the Square: the charming and intimate Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with its stunning peacock ceiling and Imam Mosque, a masterpiece of Persian Architecture. You will also stop at the Qeysarie Bazaar, where you can see traditional Iranian handicrafts being made in artisan shops. Later you will experience the festive atmosphere at two of the ancient bridges of Isfahan, the Sio-se-Pol and Khaju Bridge. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Day 11: Isfahan

There are more wonderful things to see in this full day tour of Isfahan. Visit the magnificent 8th century Jame Atiq Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Tour the Ali Gholi Agha Complex that consists of a mosque, bazaar, public bathhouse, caravanserai, and theological school. The public bathhouse has been restored and now houses a museum. You will also see an eccentric example of Persian architecture when you visit one of the Pigeon Towers that once housed thousands of birds and provided an important source of agricultural fertilizer. Visit Hasht-Behesht, a Safavid palace called Eight Paradises, set in a serene garden in the middle of Isfahan. Finish your tour of Isfahan with a stop in the Armenian quarter of Jolfa and visit Vank Cathedral. The beautifully painted frescoes illustrate the story of the Bible and cover all of the interior surfaces in an ornate display reminiscent of European churches. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Day 12: Isfahan/Hamedan

Drive to Hamedan via Kashan. We will visit The Boroujerdiha and Tabatabaei Houses, gorgeous 18th and 19th century traditional homes built by wealthy merchants. Also visiting the Fin Garden, one of the UNESCO Persian gardens and the Aghabozorg Mosque in Kashan; Overnight stay in Hamedan.

Day 13: Hamedan

A full city tour of Hamadan, one of the most ancient parts of Iran with a very old civilization that dates back to the time of the Medes (700 BC) and holds several historical sites like the traditional tomb housing the biblical Esther and her cousin Mordechai, the tomb of famous scientist and writer i.e. Avecina and The 11th century Iranian poet Baba Taher. After that going to visit Gombad-e Aalavian and the Hegmataneh hill ruins; Overnight stay in Hamadan.

Day 14: Kermanshah

Excursion to Kermanshah to visit The Sassanid  bas-reliefs at Tagh-e Bostan, the Achaemenian inscriptions and reliefs at Bisotun, and the Anahita Temple  at  Kangavar; overnight Hamedan.

Day 15: Hamedan/Zanjan

Drive to Zanjan to visit the huge dome from the 13th century; en route visiting one of the biggest caves in the world (the Ali- sadr Cave); overnight stay in Zanjan.

Day 16: Zanjan/Tabriz

Drive to Tabriz in the morning. Half-day city tour of Tabriz to visit The Blue Mosque, The Azerbaijan Museum and The Shah-Goli Pavilion, Constitution House of Tabriz; overnight stay inTabriz.

Day 17: Tabriz

In the morning, have an excursion to Kandovan to visit its beautiful houses carved inside rocks and also enjoy its mineral water. In the afternoon, you are free to visit the Tabriz Bazaar on your own time; it is the largest roof covered bazaar in the world and is registered as UNESCO world heritage site in 2010.overnight Tabriz.

Day 18: Tabriz/Sarein

Drive to Sarein, the city that is located in the foothills of Sabalan Mountain and is famous for its delicious Ash (a Persian tick soup), pure honey, beautiful springs, healing spas, fascinating climate and beautiful nature. Overnight stay in Sarein.

Day 19: Sarein/Ardebil

Drive to Ardebil. Ardebil is located in north east of Iran .This region is very famous for its lush and mountainous nature. In addition to all its natural beauties, Ardebil is the home of famous cultural and historical attractions such as The Sheikh Safi-e-din Mausoleum and the Jameh Mosque; overnight stay in Ardebil.

Day 20: Ardebil/Anzali

Drive to the Caspian Sea to visit one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world near Anzali; overnight stay in Anzali.

Day 21: Anzali/Masouleh

In the morning, drive to Masuleh, one of the most beautiful villages of Iran situated in a mountainous area. Apart from its amazing nature, Masuleh has a unique architecture .All their houses with interconnected structure have been built into the mountain and the roof of a house is the courtyard of another house. It has also as very beautiful souvenirs and handicrafts. Overnight Masouleh.

Day 22: Masouleh/Qazvin

Drive to Tehran in the morning; en route visiting Avan lake and enjoy the wonderful nature then Visiting the Alamut castle; overnight stay in Qazvin.

Day 23: Tehran

Transfer to Imam Intl. Airport for departure to your country.

Tour highlights

Archaeological and Carpet Museums of Tehran
Rayen citadel
Mahan excursion
Camping in Shahdad (Lut desert)
Ganj-Ali- Khan Complex
Karim-khan Complex
Amir-Chakhmaq Complex
Naqshe-Jahan Square
Kashan excursion
Hegmataneh hill
Kermanshah excursion
The rocky village of Kandovan
Ali- sadr Cave
Masouleh village
Alamout castle

Tour facts

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