Iran Silk Road, a herald of relationship among nations, played an essential role for transfer of culture and goods to other countries, and Iran as a part of this ancient road with its rich cultural vestiges, ancient civilization, vastness of land and climatic and geographical varieties has a lot of attractions to offer, with over 6,000 years of history and tradition, breathtaking landscapes of desert, mountain, and steppe, and glorious ancient cities that are home to the warmest people in the world.
Experience the different cultures and religions in Iran on your tour along the Silk Road. Meet in the bazaars and teahouses many locals, discover unique architecture of the magnificent mosques and palaces and be enchanted by the charm of the desert cities. Also scenic impressed Iran through barren desert landscape, pistachio fields to large salt lakes.
Tehran Shiraz Kerman Yazd Isfahan Kashan Tehran
- Visit of 5 impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Visit of Persian Garden Art in Shiraz and Kashan
- cultural highlights: traditional dinner, bazaar visits, teahouses
- Spend time in Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan
Detail of Itinerary:
Day 1: Tehran – Arrival day
After your arrival at the IKA airport, your tour guide will greet you; transfer you to your hotel, O/N in Tehran.
Day 2: Tehran
Experience a relaxed breakfast on a city tour the multifaceted metropolis and discover the modern and vibrant life of the Iranian capital! Today you start the day with a walk through the impressive Golestan palaces (UNESCO World Heritage Site) then go to the National Archaeological museum you will get an initial overview of the millennia old history and culture of Iran. Then visit the crown jewels museum with one of the world’s most important gem collections. Then stroll through the modern and lively Tehran! For dinner go to Darband Mountain, O/N in Tehran.
Day 3: Tehran Shiraz
A Half day tour of the capital, visit the great palace Saad Abad that once the Shah was the summer residence. These include the White palace and Green palace, in the late afternoon you will fly From Tehran to Shiraz, O/N in Shiraz.
Day 4: Shiraz – Persepolis – Naghsh-e- Rostam
In the present day you will reach to a highlight of your trip: the splendid ruins Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the former capital of the empire of the Achaemenids and venue of world history. The imposing colonnades and fantastic reliefs suggest still points to the once brilliant explanatory and ostentatious royal city. Let us take you to the 2,500 year history of, and visit the set in to the cliff tombs in Naghsh-e-Rostam. After you return to Shiraz, O/N in Shiraz.
Day 5: Shiraz
Shiraz, the “city of love, roses and nightingales”, as it is also popularly known, is now at the center of its traveling. Let yourself seduce in the magnificent gardens of Eram with the fragrant of rose fields and enjoy the fascinating interplay of water, light and shadow, for the Persian gardens (UNESCO World Heritage Site) are famous. The grave monument of the popular poet Hafez is pilgrimage for many lovers. Listen to your guide who recites to you the poems in English and Persian, and immerse yourself in the world of Persian poetry. The Ali Ebn-e- Hamzeh Mosque impressed with your flashing interior decoration of mirror mosaics, creating a unique atmosphere. Later, stroll through the narrow streets of the Vakil Bazaar, located in the historic center. You will be enchanted by the many scents of the orient and visit to conclude with an essences manufacturer, O/N in Shiraz.
Day 6: Kerman
It`s time now for a spectacular drive to the desert city of kerman, the long but impressive scenic drive will take you in the morning along the Maharlu and Bakhtegan Salt lake next to Kerman. We will stop enroute in Sarvestan to visit the Sarvestan palace for 5th century and Friday mosque in Neyriz, O/N in Kerman.
Day 7: Mahan – Rayen – Kerman
Today we will have a side trip to lovely Mahan with its pleasant tree-lined streets, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful palaces, and gardens, being famous for its fine mausoleums, we will see the Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali, who was a Sufi saint and a poet, and died here in 1431. His tomb is an excellent example of the harmony between nature and building that traditional Persian architecture puts such importance on. We will also see Prince Garden (Baghe shahzade), a beautiful garden with split–level fountains leading to a large palace which was once the residence of Qajar dynasty. Then we will drive on a to Rayen to visit a typical desert fortress, a smaller version of the magnificent citadel in Bam that has been recently destroyed by an earthquake. Once we come back to Kerman, we will visit Ganj Ali Khan Complex, a fascinating museum with wonderful frescos of animals and humans, and a very interesting Bazaar, O/N in Kerman.
Day 8: Kerman – Yazd
Along the former trade route go from Kerman to Yazd. The desert town in the central highlands is one of the oldest cities of Iran and is considered the center of the Zoroastrian faith. En-route we will stop in Saryazd visit old Sassanid palace. When you are arrive in Yazd you can see “Towers of Silence”, which are regarded as former sky-burial places of the Zoroastrians, O/N in Yazd.
Day 9: Yazd
Today you will visit the fire temple and the Friday mosque of the city, which contains the impressive entrance and curving arcades. Afterwards, stroll through the Dowlatabad Garden with the Wind Tower Pavilion and then we will stroll through the old city. Next, have a look at the traditional martial arts demonstration in Zurkaneh house, O/N in Yazd .
Day 10: Nain – Isfahan
Drive to Nain, along the way you will cross the great desert Dasht-e Kavir. Nain is famous for its ornate handmade carpets and the Friday Mosque. In the late afternoon you will reach to Isfahan; one of the most beautiful cities in Iran! Round off the day with a relaxing stroll on Zayande Rud River along the historic bridges, O/N in Isfahan.
Day 11: Isfahan
Today you will discover the enchanting Isfahan with its turquoise domes, imposing palaces, mosques and mausoleums, such a fairytale scenery! Enjoy from the terrace of the Ali-Qapu Palace fabulous views on one of the most beautiful places of the Orient: the Meydan-e Imam Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Immerse yourself then into the labyrinth of the colorful bazaar, O/N in Isfahan.
Day 12: Isfahan
Starting another wonderful day in Isfahan, we start in the morning by visiting the Friday mosque followed by forty columns palace. We will then visit Vank cathedral and the Armenian quarter of the city. We will then head to the banks of Zayande Rud River, the soul of the city O/N in Isfahan.
Day 13: Abyaneh – Kashan
On the road from Isfahan to Tehran, visit the Mountain village of Abyaneh. The small town is known for its red Clay houses that cling to the steep mountainside. Our next stop will be the attractive small oasis city of Kashan, in the former merchant houses like Borujerdi and Tabatabai. One attraction is also the Fin Garden, a perfect example of Persian garden design, O/ N in Kashan.
Day 14: Qom – Tehran
Today drive to Tehran, En route we will stop in Qom second – holiest city after Mashhad, Qom is the home of the magnificent Hazrat-e Masumeh shrine. This shrine is the physical and spiritual center of Qom, Afterwards arrive in Tehran, O/N in Tehran.
Day 15: Departure
In the early morning you will be driven to the IKA airport in Tehran and fly back to your country.
- Iran visa administration
- 14 nights in a double room with bath or shower and toilet as described
- Transfers and tours in air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees according to Program
- Accompanying by professional English-speaking, local guide for whole tour