Tehran Tabriz Kandovan Zanjan Hamedan Isfahan Shiraz Kerman Zeinoddin Yazd Khur Damghan Mashhad
We visit Iran's National Museum then we spend some time in the busy bazaar of Tehran, In tabriz we stroll through the interesting bazaar and observe the ethnic crafts on sale. We reach the beautiful city of Kandovan after passing the city of Oskoo and exploring the fascinating mountains. In zanjan we see Gonbad-e Kabood is the second biggest brick dome structure in the world, In Hamedan we visit the Tomb of Baba Taher, a famous Persian poet. Then we visit Isfahan half of the world as we call it. We get a sense of Shiraz as it was the capital of Zand dynasty 250 years ago, then will have an excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis. We will visit Zeinoddin which is a desert with scenic surroundings
Highlights: Iran's National Museum, bazaar of Tehran, drink tea in a nice teahouse, Iran Jewels Museum, tomb of Shahriar, ameh and Kabood Mosques, Kandovan, Zanjan Bazaar, Tomb of Baba Taher, Tomb of Avencina, Hegmataneh, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and AliQapu Palace, hehel Sotoun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht Palaces, Jolfa in Isfahan, Zand Complex, Naqsh-e Rostam, Tomb of Hafez, Ganjali Khan public bathhouse, Kerman Jameh Mosque, Zeinoddin Caravanserai, Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, Khur desert, Tarikhaneh Temple which is the oldest mosque of Iran, Golestan National Park, holy mausoleum of Imam Reza
Day 1 Tehran
In Tehran we visit Iran's National Museum and observe the priceless objects placed there. We spend some time in the busy bazaar of Tehran which is known to be the busiest bazaar in Iran. At the bazaar we get to drink tea in a nice teahouse. Afterward we view the valuable collection of jewels from the 2500 years of Iranian Monarchy in Iran Jewels Museum.
Day 2 Tabriz
We fly to Tabriz. In Tabriz we visit the tomb of Shahriar; he is the most famous Persian and Azeri poet. Then we stroll through the interesting bazaar and observe the ethnic crafts on sale. After that we go to Jameh and Kabood Mosques and see the interesting collections of Azerbaijan and Constitution Revolution Museum. The province of Azerbaijan is the most cultured province in Iran and Azerbaijani people are known to be the bravest race in Iran. Visiting this beautiful province gives you a chance to learn more about the origins of the Constitution Revolution.
Day 3 Tabriz/ Kandovan
Kandovan is a volcanic village. We reach the beautiful city of Kandovan after passing the city of Oskoo and exploring the fascinating mountainous sceneries (almost 152 km roundtrip). Kandovan is famous for its special architecture. Its inhabitants carved the rocks of the mountains, made caves and lived there. According to archeologists the date of these carvings goes back to 3000 years ago. The people of Kandovan's main actitivities are ranching, husbandry and gardening. Kandovan is a beautiful city which shows the presence and the use of nature in men's life.
Day 4 Zanjan
We drive to Zanjan and visit the world heritage site of Gonbad-e Sultanieh. Gonbad-e Kabood is the second biggest brick dome structure in the world. Then we head to Zanjan Bazaar and enjoy a traditional dinner at Safavid Caravanserai.
Day 5 Hamedan
We drive to Hamedan. In Hamedan we visit the Tomb of Baba Taher, a famous Persian poet. Then we drive to the Tomb of Avencina; Avencina is a famous Persian philosopher and doctor. After that we drive to the pre-Islamic town of Hegmataneh and we visit the museums located there. Then we drive to visit the Jewish prophet tombs of Ester and Mordkhai. Next we drive to Ganjnameh and observe the Achaemenid inscriptions.
Day 6 Isfahan
We visit and learn about the historical Royal Square of Isfahan which is a world heritage site. Then we visit the beautiful Royal Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and AliQapu Palace. At the end we go to Chehel Sotoun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht Palaces.
Day 7 Isfahan
In Isfahan we visit the Armenian Vank Cathedral. We stroll through the Armenian quarter of Isfahan called Jolfa. Then we go to the banks of Zayanderud River and admire the historical bridges built over this river. The afternoon is free for relaxing and attending personal activities.
Day 8 Isfahan
You have free time to relax, do personal activities and visit different places.
Day 9 Shiraz
We drive to Shiraz. In Shiraz we visit the Zand Complex which comprises of a castle, a mosque and gardens. By observing this site we get a sense of Shiraz as it was the capital of Zand dynasty 250 years ago.
Day 10 Shiraz
We have an excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rostam) and the unearth ruins of Persepolis which is a world heritage site. Then we head back to Shiraz and visit the Tomb of Hafez where we meet warm hearted Iranians and we can also listen to the reciting of Hafez's poems.
Day 11 Kerman
We drive to Kerman. In kerman we observe Kermani people's life style and how they adapted their life to this desert city surrounded by mountains.
Day 12 Kerman
We visit the Tomb of Moshtagh Ali Shah where we learn about Sufism and mysticism. Then we visit Ganjali Khan public bathhouse and observe the old style uncovered Iranian hammams (bathhouses). Afterwards we go to Kerman Jameh Mosque and witness its beautiful Persian structure.
We drive to Mahan in the afternoon and we meet Sufis who travel a long way to the Shrine of their Sufi master, Shah Nematollah Vali, in order to publicly show their respect for him. We stroll through Shazdeh (Prince) Garden and admire the contrast between the beautiful green garden and the harsh desert at the background.
Day 13 Zeinoddin
We drive to Zeinoddin which is a desert with scenic surroundings. We visit a Caravanserai located there.
Day 14 Yazd
We drive to Yazd. In Yazd we admire the interesting world of Zoroastrians by visiting their Fire Temple and Towers of Silence. We learn about the underground water canals by visiting Yazd Water Museum. Then we visit Yazd Jameh Mosque where we observe its beautiful high minarets and it nice brick and tile work. After that we visit the Islamic Amir Chaghmagh Complex
Day 15 Yazd
We have this day free for relaxation and attending personal activities.
Day 16 Khur
We drive to Khur, located in the Persian Central Desert. We admire the beautiful sand dunes, Qanats and scenery of deserts. En-route we visit Bayazeh Village.
Day 17 Damghan
We drive to Damghan, the capital of Parthians in the first century. This city is considered as a border of dry parts of Iran which is the central desert and the green parts of Iran which is the Caspian Sea. We visit Tarikhaneh Temple which is the oldest mosque of Iran. Then we visit Chehel Dokhtaran Tower, Jameh Mosque and the shirine of Pir-e Alamdar.
Day 18 Shirvan
We drive to Shirvan. En-route we visit Golestan National Park and Mofakham Mansion and Museum located on Bojnord.
Day 19 Mashhad
We drive to Mashhad, the holiest city in Iran. This religious city holds the shrine of the eighth Imam of Shi'ite. We visit the holy mausoleum of Imam Reza.
Day 20 Mashhad
We visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi, then we visit the Harounieh Site located in Tous. Afterward we fly back to Tehran.