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15-day Western, Central, and Southern Iran Tour

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Duration

15 Days, 14 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

In this tour, you get to explore the most exotic attractions of the western Iran. You will start your trip from the capital of Iran, Tehran to the cities that once were the splendid capitals of Iran. You will get to visit the highlights of the oldest western, central, and southern cities in Iran by exploring Hegmataneh Mounds, Anahita Temple, and more. Aside from this, you will be also visiting the top touristic cities of Iran and their masterpieces of architecture. For more information about the attractions mentioned in this itinerary, you can check out our blog posts.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Soltaniyeh Dome, the first examples of double-shelled dome in Iran
  • Walk along the longest roofed traditional Bazaar in Iran, the Grand Bazaar of Zanjan
  • Discover the Falakol aflak Castle, located on the most beautiful mountain hills
  • Tour the UNESCO sites of the most touristic cities of Iran

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran

The Tour begins when your plane lands at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran. Our representative will be there to greet you and take you to Bahar Hotel to rest for the night.

Day 2: Tehran

We will be spending this day visiting some of the best attractions of the Capital of Iran, Tehran. We will begin the day by visiting the National Museum of Tehran. This museum is the greatest museum of history and archeology of Iran. Then, we will be visiting the UNESCO recognized and splendid Golestan Palace. Next, we will explore and walk through the nearby Bazaar which is the oldest Bazaar of Tehran known as the Grand Bazaar. On this day, we also will be visiting the National Jewelry Museum which holds a rare collection of world famous stone gems and royal jewels that were gathered through centuries. We will check out the Nature Bridge which is the largest pedestrian overpass in Tehran and a contemporary masterpiece of architecture. We will take you back to Bahar Hotel to spend the night. (overnight in Tehran)

Day 3: Tehran - Zanjan

On the third day, we will drive to Zanjan to discover its architectural wonders. We will first be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Soltaniyeh Dome. This stunning turquoise-blue dome is known as one of the first examples of double-shelled dome in Iran. Next, we will be visiting one of the longest roofed traditional Bazaars in Iran which is called the Grand Bazaar of Zanjan. We will be spending the night at Dadamaan Traditional Hotel.

Day 4: Zanjan - Hamadan

On this day, we will leave Zanjan to the city of Hamedan which is one of the oldest cities in western Iran. On our first day in Hamedan, we will be exploring the Alisadr Water Cave. The cave is inscribed on UNESCO tentative list for being the longest water cave in the world for boating. We will boat through the water halls to discover the wonders of Alisadr Cave. We will take you to Buali Hotel to spend the night. (overnight in Hamadan)

Day 5: Hamadan

On the second day of exploring Hamedan, we will be visiting the highlights of the city. We will be first exploring Hegmataneh Mounds. According to some researches, the antiquity of this vast area dates back to one of the first Iranian settlements known as Medes. Next, we will be visiting the Avicenna Mausoleum where the father of early modern medicine, Ibn Sina is laid to rest. Also, we will be visiting Baba Taher Mausoleum, the tomb of 11th century Persian Dervish poet.We will visit the 10th century Alavian Dome that is adorned with stucco reliefs and brickwork. Then, we will make a stop at the Ganjnameh. Two ancient inscriptions are engraved on the mountain. These two reliefs were commissioned by the Achaemenid kings, Darius I and Xerxes. We will be spending the night at Buali Hotel. (overnight in Hamadan)

Day 6: Hamadan – Kangavar - Bistun- Kermanshah

On this day, we will head to Kangavar to visit the famous Anahita Temple. This temple has been attributed to the Goddess of fertility and love, Anahita. The Temple represent the elements of Hellenistic and Persian architecture. Next, we will drive to Bistun which holds ancient inscriptions and High Reliefs, drawn in three languages on a mountain. Then, we will make a stop at the Tekye Moavenolmolk in Kermanshah which holds examples of religious relics. Next, we will be visiting Taq-e Bostan Site. The rock reliefs on the mountain illustrate third century AD’s Persian Kings and their glory. We will be spending the night at Jamshid Hotel.(overnight in Kermanshah)

Day 7: Kermanshah – Khorramabad - Shushtar

On the seventh day, we will head to Falakol aflak Castle which is located on the mountain hills of Khorramabad. We will be exploring the towers, anthropology and archeology museums and the halls of this stone and clay castle. While visiting this castle, we will get to know about the lifestyle and traditions of one of the nomadic tribes of Iran knows as the Lur ethnicity. We will make our way to Shushtar to spend the night at Tabin Traditional Hotel. (overnight in Shushtar)

Day 8: Shushtar – Susa - Ahvaz

Today, we will visit the Shushtar Hydraulic System. This UNESCO recognized site is an engineering masterpiece of 5 century BC. The collection of bridges, dams, waterfalls, and canals represent the genius use of water in ancient Persian dynasties. We then will drive to The Ancient City of Susa which is inscribed on UNESCO list. The remains of this city dates back to more than 6000 years ago as one of the oldest human Settlements in the world. We will also be visiting the biblical Tomb of Daniel the Prophet. Next, we will be exploring the UNESCO recognized Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat. This sacred structure is considered as the best preserved ancient construction in the world. We will be spending the night at Soumia Hotel in Ahvaz. (overnight in Ahvaz)

Day 9: Ahvaz – Bishapur - Shiraz

On this day, we will drive to the Ancient city of Bishapur in Kazerun. This ancient city holds rock reliefs, castles, temples, and the ruins of structures representing a mix of Roman and Persian Architecture. Just beyond this ancient city, Tang-e Chogan valley is located. Six main reliefs and stone carvings can be found in this valley which belong to the Ancient Sassanid Era’s kings. We will be spending the night at Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel in Shiraz.

Day 10: Shiraz

We will be spending this day visiting the highlights of Shiraz. First, we will be visiting one of the most glamorous mosques in the world called Nasirolmolk Mosque or the Pink Mosque. This mosque is world famous for its stained-glass windows. Next, we will visit the Narenjestan Garden. Next, we will enjoy the beauty of the famous and UNESCO recognized garden of Shiraz called Eram Persian Garden. We will explore the historical center of the city by visiting Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. Then, we will visit Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine which is a unique Shia’s holy shrine. We will be visiting the heavenly Mausoleum of Hafez where one of the most famous and respected Persian poets is laid to rest. We will take you back to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night. (overnight in Shiraz)

Day 11: Shiraz – Persepolis - Yazd

On this day, we will leave Shiraz to Yazd. Before arriving at Yazd, we will make our way to visit the magnificent ruins of Persepolis which is located within 53 Km of Shiraz. This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered as the gem of Achaemenid Persian Empire. We will then discover the majestic Necropolis which is located within 5 kilometers of Persepolis. The tombs of Persian Kings of Achaemenid are impressively carved out of a rock wall, high above the ground. We will be spending the night at Khan Dohed Hotel in Yazd. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 12: Yazd

On the twelfth day, we will first visit an ancient Zoroastrian cemetery and the uncanny Tower of Silence. Next, we will visit a Fire Temple. This Fire Temple holds the everlasting fire that has been burning for more than 1500 years. Next, we will be visiting Jameh Mosque of Yazd which is known as the congregational ancient mosque of this city. Then, we will walk around Fahadan Quarter, the ancient part of the city, through its unique and old-styled alleys and mud brick houses. Continuing our trip, we will be visiting the Zoroastrians history and culture museum called Markar Museum. Then, we will visit the significant and ancient Amir Chakhmag Complex which is known as the symbol of the city. We will visit Dolat Abad Garden which is one of the 9 Persian Gardens inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. In the heart of the garden is located the Tallest Windward in the World. We will head back to Khan Dohed Hotel to rest and spend the night. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 13: Yazd – Meybod - Na’in- Esfahan

On this day, we will make our way to Meybod explore this ancient clay city and its marvels. Narin Castle will be the first attraction that we will be visiting. This castle is known to be one of the oldest clay structures in the world. Then, we will visit a Pigeon Tower. This round and old clay tower functions as a pigeon house. We will also be visiting the Meybod Caravanserai. We will continue our trip by visiting the 1,000 year-old Jameh Mosque of Na’in. We will make our way to Esfahan to spend the night at Piroozy Hotel. (overnight in Esfahan)

Day 14: Esfahan

Today, we will visit the Chehel Sotun Palace which is a UNESCO Heritage Site that is surrounded by a great and beautiful Persian garden. The walls of the palace are adorned with mirrors, different designs and historical paintings. Next, we will walk to the nearby magnificent Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO World Heritage site, as the gem of the city of Isfahan, is the third largest square in the world. We can gaze at the splendor of the Square’s architecture, learn about its history and enjoy its tranquil ambiance. While we are there, we will also visit Shah Mosque which is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the finest examples of blue-tiled mosques. Also, we will discover the adjacent mosque called Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Next, we will visit the Vank Cathedral located in Armenian center of the city. We will continue our day by visiting Music Museum to learn about several Iranian traditional music instruments. During sunset, we will be visiting two famous historical Bridges of Esfahan which are the Khaju Bridge as the only tiled bridge of Esfahan and the lively Siosepol Bridge. We will head back to Piroozy Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Esfahan)

Day 15: Esfahan – Abyaneh - Kashan- IKIA

On the last day of this tour, we will hit the road to Kashan. On our way to Kashan, we will visit the Historic Abyaneh Village. Abyaneh village as one of the must-see villages of Iran is famously called the red village for its vermilion colored houses. We will leave Abyaneh for Kashan. We then will be visiting the UNESCO recognized Fin Garden which is known as one of the most beautiful Persian Gardens by its visitors. Then, we will discover one of the most visited Persian historical houses known as Tabatabayi House.
To cap off this tour, we will enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of a Persian Bathhouse called Sultan Ahmad Bathhouse to discover the elements and features of a Persian Bathhouse. We will leave Kashan to Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran where our tour will come to an end.

Included/Excluded

  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation in standard 3 or 4 hotels
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the whole trip
  • Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Expert English speaking local guide
  • All the mentioned entrance fees
  • Visa authorization code & support
  • Travel Insurance within Iran
  • Daily refreshments
  • Local SIM Card with 2 Gig data
  • A booklet with information on the attractions
  • International flights
  • Visa Stamp fee
  • Tips for the Guide and the Driver
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary

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