Silk Road Tour in Iran
- Durata: 15 Zile (aprox.)
- Cod produs: APOCHI-15D
Day 1: Arrival-Tabriz
Right on your arrival, we pick you up at Tabriz International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.
O/N Tabriz / Hotel
Day 2: Tabriz
A full day Sightseeing in Tabriz including:
we visit Azerbaijan Museum which is the major archaeological and historical museum in Tabriz. It was established in April 1958. The museum consists of three major halls, a side yard, office rooms and a library. It mostly contains objects discovered from excavations in Iranian Azerbaijan, also some artworks and sculptures of artists. It’s library contains more than 2,500 books, both handwritten and printed, about history, archaeology, art and Iranian culture. Apart from National Museum of Iran in Tehran, Azerbaijan Museum has the largest collection belonging to different periods of Iran’s history. Our next visit will be Blue Mosque, built in 1465 by Shah Jahan. The mosque was severely
damaged in an earthquake in 1779, leaving only the entrance Iwan. Reconstruction began in 1973. However, the tiling is still incomplete. Our next stop will be the Iron Age Museum situated under the several sediments and geological strata from the floor of the existing mosque. Among the 38 graves of Iron Age, mummies of two couples and their belongings were found and those have been kept at the Azerbaijan Museum. Then we visit Arg-e Ali Shah a huge brick edifice, a landmark and it is remnants of a big unfinished 14th-century mausoleum and
a 19th century military compound at the city center of Tabriz. Our last stop is El Goli Safavid site and park with a beautifully renovated old building surrounded by a large pool.
O/N Tabriz / Hotel
Day 3: Tabriz - Zanjan (298 km Road Trip)
In the morning we visit the famous Constitution House of Tabriz which is a historical edifice during the years which led to the Constitutional Revolution and afterward the house was used as a gathering place of the leaders, activists, and sympathizers of the movement. Among them, the most famous people were Sattar Khan and Bagher Khan, the most influential people in the history of the time. The two-story building was constructed in 1868. It has numerous rooms and halls. The most beautiful part of the house is a skylight and corridor decorated with colorful glasses and mirrors. Our guide leads us through the wonderfully constructed Bazaar of Tabriz. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East, the second oldest in the world (after the one in Aleppo, Syria) the largest covered bazaar in the world and one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Afterward, we drive to Zanjan.
O/N Zanjan / Hotel
Day 4: Zanjan - Tehran (334 km Road Trip)
Today we visit the unique Rakhtshooy khaneh (old public laundry now turned into an ethnographic museum) and the old Public Bath House which used to be a traditional Qajar Era laundry house and is today Zanjan Museum of
Anthropology. This place was used for washing clothes by women around the city. At the present, this historic building is being used as Zanjan anthropological Museum. En-route to Tehran we visit the magnificent XIV Century Gonbad-e Soltaniyeh, the tomb/tower of Uljaytu, the last Mongol/Il-Khanid Ruler of Iran (1304-1330). The monument is remarkable in many different architectural aspects, including its huge dome which is about 167
feet high and ranks amongst the largest domes in the world. Gonbad-e Soltaniyeh is one of 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran. If you look at the dome from at the distance, what you can easily make, is a unique azure colored crown locating on 8 slender pillars. Next, we drive to Tehran.
O/N Tehran / Hotel
Day 5: Tehran
After a great buffet breakfast, enjoy a full day Sightseeing in Tehran including: we visit Iran National Museum: A must-see in Tehran. The collection includes pottery, ceramics, stone figures and carvings from IV & V Millennium B.CE. Four tablets inscribed in cuneiform, Darius I inscription, carved staircase, tiles from Apadana Palace, and salt man are some of the highlights. Later, we explore The National Jewels Museum: The treasury of Iranian national royal jewels accommodates the world’s most precious jewelry collection. The Treasury has an interesting history, going back centuries. The Glassware and Ceramic museum would be our last stop before lunch. The premises have been turned into a museum where glass and clay works are on display and were built about 90 years ago. In the afternoon, we visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Golestan Palace. The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar Era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences.
O/N Tehran / Hotel
Day 6: Tehran - Shiraz (1 Hour Flight)
We start our day by visiting Sadabad Palace, which is a great way to become more familiar with various historical, cultural and artistic aspects of Iran. At the foot of the snow capped Alborz ranges, north of Tehran, lays Sadabad Palace. The glorious early structure was first erected as the summer residence of Qajar kings and now is turned into a majestic museum to represent the finest works of art from Iranian and non-Iranian artists to a large number of visitors, then we pay a short visit to one of the famous museums in Tehran, Reza Abbasi Museum. Then we visit Tajrish Bazaar one of the oldest areas and locals’ favorite bazar of Tehran. This center of commerce is decorated with well-designed arches. The bazaar has much passage ways leading to different sections where you can purchase a variety of goods and products. Thereafter we transfer to Airport to get on the board and fly to where the Capital of ancient Persia located, Shiraz.
O/N Shiraz/ Hotel
Day 7: Shiraz
In the morning you open your eyes to a majestic city; Shiraz, the home to numerous internationally-recognized Poets. After being served with a tasteful and delicious breakfast, your exciting tour begins; we visit Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque, a masterpiece of innovation and creation. Sun rays paint the floor and the columns with various and vibrant colors by passing through the colorful window glasses. Afterwards, you are taken to see the colorful paradise that is called Eram Garden (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE). Shortly after, we move to Karim Khan Citadel, a well-built fort, and a must-see monument. Then we move on to enjoy the fabulous architecture of Vakil Mosque and admire the beauty of carpets, rugs, and woven handicrafts found in Vakil Bazaar, then we get to Saray-e Moshir a traditional Bazaar, we will call it a day by visiting Hafez Tomb, one of the most prominent poets of Iran.
O/N Shiraz / Hotel
Day 8: Shiraz -Persepolis - Shiraz (61 km Road Trip)
We hit the road and drive to Isfahan, En-route, we are, all of sudden, thrown to the ancient Persia. Persepolis (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE), a treasure remained from the ancient era, a complex accommodating a cluster of palaces. Afterwards we visit Naghsh-e Rostam which is an ancient Necropolis, a large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments. Here you can see a group of ancient Iranian bas-reliefs cut into the cliff, from the Sassanid periods.
O/N Shiraz / Hotel
Day 9: Shiraz - Pasargadae - Yazd (448 km Road Trip)
Today we say goodbye to Shiraz and embark on our journey to Yazd, stopping en route to Pasargadae – another UNESCO World Heritage site. Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus, the Great, in the VI Century B.CE. Pasargadae was the capital of the first great multicultural empire in Western Asia. Spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Indus River, it is considered to be the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples. This was reflected in Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures. After a leisurely visit to Pasargadae, we carry on through the desert to the city of Yazd. Upon arrival, we have an evening stroll through the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and adjoining museum, to learn about the Zoroastrian faith, their holy book – the Avesta, four divine elements – air, water, earth and fire, and motto – good thoughts, good words, and good deeds!
O/N Yazd / Hotel
Day 10: Yazd
In the morning, we explore the city of Yazd. Visit the Towers of Silence, Fahadan Historical Neighborhood (old city of Yazd) and Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Next, at the Yazd Water The museum, we learn about the construction of Qanats which are underground tunnels or subterranean aqueducts carrying life-giving water from the mountains to the homes, Persian gardens, fields, orchards, pomegranate groves. You will admire their courageous builders using techniques developed from the fourth century B.CE. And explore a house with its own Qanat system in place. The combined length of the thousands of tunnels is about the same as the distance between them Earth and the moon. After learning about Qanats we walk through the Jame Mosque and learn about the famous “Badgirs” or wind-catchers (towers) that efficiently cool a home in a desert setting. We’ll have a look at the area’s famed handicrafts – carpets, ceramics, and textiles. You’ll find silk Ikats and Termeh – a traditional hand-made cloth woven with precious threads and metals. The eye-catching textile design spread from Persia to Moghul, India is visible in the old city of Yazd.
O/N Yazd / Hotel
Day 11: Yazd -Meybod -Nain- Isfahan (323 Km Road Trip)
In the morning drive to Isfahan, En-route to Isfahan, we have a short stop in Meybod. The city receives great credit for minting-coins workshops which we also visit. On the way to Isfahan, we stop to visit Narin Castle Remains located in the middle of the historical texture of Meybod. Another must-see monument in Meybod is Shah Abbasi Caravanserai built in the Safavid era. Just like travelers in the past who could rest and recover from the day's journey, we also stop here on our way to Isfahan to enjoy the architecture of the structure which has rooms all around it, traditionally used as shops and stores. Now it is time to visit Mud-Brick Ice house which has a shape of an up side down cone which has a subterranean storage space; it was often used to store ice, but sometimes was used to store food as well. We should leave Meybod to visit Nain Jame Mosque situated in the old texture of the city. The Mosque was built after the prophet Mohamad’s Mosque in Medina.
O/N Isfahan / Hotel
Day 12: Isfahan
Get ready to visit half the world; Isfahan was once the capital of Persia and one of the largest cities in the world. We begin our journey through Isfahan by visiting Chehel-Sotun Palace (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE). This architectural masterpiece is a pavilion in the midst of a park at the far end of a long pool which is a typical design of all Persian Gardens. We continue our tour to Naghsh-e Jahan square (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE) which is an oblong-shaped square built in the Safavid era. The square with its lively atmosphere has always been a perennial tourist attraction; from all sides, it shares a border with aesthetically remarkable monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storied arcades of shops. The monuments surrounding the square are called Shah (Imam) Mosque, The Pavilion of Ali-Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and entrance to a vast bazaar. We visit Shah (Imam) Mosque situated on the south side of the square. The mosque was built during Safavid period by the order of Shah Abbas, the first. And last but not least Isfahan Grand Bazaar.
O/N Isfahan / Hotel
Day 13: Isfahan
In the morning we visit Jame Mosque; the Great Mosque of Isfahan in Iran that is unique in this regard and thus enjoys a special place in the history of Islamic architecture. Not miss Vank Cathedral which is one of the most celebrated examples of the colorful architecture to mirror Christians’ religious and spiritual concept. Then we go to visit Hasht Behesht Palace Once the most luxuriously decorated palace in Isfahan. Afterward, we’ll begin with a walk across the historical bridge of Khaju, constructed by Shah Abbas II in 1650. It is essentially a bridge superimposed upon a dam, 436 feet long and supported by twenty-four stone arches.
O/N Isfahan / Hotel
Day 14: Isfahan - Kashan (215 km Road Trip)
In the morning before driving to Kashan, we visit Abyaneh. The village has a brilliant architecture; houses are constructed using peculiar reddish hue mud. The other attractive feature of the place is the women clothes which have colorful and happy patterns and a knee length skirt. Abyunaki people have persistently maintained this traditional costume. Afterward, in Kashan, we visit Fin Garden (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE) a lush garden renowned as being the very epitome of the Persian garden. In the garden you can enjoy a delightful atmosphere as water from a natural spring flows through a series of turquoise-colored pools and fountains. Then we visit Tabatabaei Traditional House, where is a perfect place to gain an insight as to how great taste of art and exquisite workmanship can come together to build a splendid house about 2 centuries ago.
O/N Kashan / Traditional Hotel
Day 15: Kashan- Tehran International Airport- Departure (207 Km Road Trip)
Today is the last day you are in Iran, There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart at any time. Please note you must check out of the hotel by 12 pm. We directly drive to airport for departure.
- 4* Hotels- BB
- Accompanied English speaking guide
- All excursions & transfers by the modern vehicle with an experienced driver
- Entrance fee according to the itinerary
- Domestic flight (Tehran-Shiraz)
- Refreshment Portage
- Invitation Letter & Visa Fee
- International Flights
- Travel insurance
- Extra Services That Not Included In Above
- Let's make it easy, any changes or cancelation more than 18 days is free of charge.
- Change or cancellation fee within 18 to 2 days to departure date is 25% of the total amount.
- Change or cancellation less than 2 days to departure is non-refundable.