West and northwest of Iran has a diversity of ethnic groups such as: Kurds, Turks, and Lors. These races have different national music, dances, culture, dialects, cloth, food and traditions. This part of Iran has lots of beauties besides wonderful historical monuments.
Is a complete and outstanding trip to Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Takab, Tabriz, Kaleibar, Ardabil, Masooleh, Ghazvin and Alamoot, which provides you a good chance to visit the west, center and northwest of Iran. This tour is the best choice in spring and summer.
Upon your early morning arrival in Tehran airport, you will be cordially received by our representative carrying our logo show card who will direct and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before our late morning tour of Tehran.
A modern megalopolis, prides itself for having unique museums with immense and unrivaled collections and artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era. Our tour start with:
One of the rare places in the world where we will have the special opportunity to visit and experience the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics.
Lunch will be set in an exquisite traditional Iranian restaurant and Afterwards, we will visit a world of jewels in a priceless Crown Jewels Museum one of which is one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor (sea of light).
At the end of the day, we will get a chance to see a variety of Persian hand-woven carpets and rugs in the Carpet Museum. Stay overnight in Tehran.
Attention: The priority of sightseeing might change due to the time of your arrival, preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays of some museums.
Milad Tower, Tehran, Iran
A morning visit to Sa’ad Abad Complex. And our Tehran excursion will end at the Ceramic and Glass ware Museum and Then, we leave the hotel for a tasty Iranian lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afterwards, we will fly to Shiraz.
Is the heartland of Persian culture. Above all, Shiraz is the city of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. The tour begins with the glorious Karim Khan palace, the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its wonderful architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, Nasir Almolk mosque. Then, we will stop for an Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz.
This gorgeous city in Fars province, is home to famous poets such as Hafez, Sa’adi and historical sites .
His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding.
Is a mystic poet and philosopher. In 13 Century AD, he traveled to different countries. Then, he gathers his experiences in verse and Rhyme prose in two books by the name of Boustan and Golestan. These two books give you Lots of inspiration and information. We will visit these great poets tombs.
Firouz Abad is one of the historical cities located in south of Shiraz. It has some historical attractions as Ghal’eh Dokhtar and Palace of Ardashir.
Also famous as The Maiden Castle, is a castle built by Ardeshir I, in present day Fars, Iran, in 209 AD. It is located on a mountain slope near the Firouzabad-Shiraz road.
Despite of damages, it is still alive, its majesty still produces awe in visitors and catches their eyes.
Afterwards, we will visit Castle of Ardeshir-e Babakan, which is a castle located on the slopes of the mountain on which Ghal’eh Dokhtar is situated on. Built in AD 224 by Ardashir I of the Sassanian Empire, it is located two kilometres (1.2 miles) north of the ancient city of Goor, i.e. the old city of Firouzabad in Fars, in ancient Persia (Iran). Then, we will drive back to Shiraz.
Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowroz.
The next stop is Necropolis which is opposite the Rahmat mountain. Ten minutes driving to the north, proudly stands the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanian period.
Is the pearl of traditional Islamic archaeology and prides itself in having fascinating historical gardens and palaces. Our full day tour includes, Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square second in the world to Beijing’s Tienanmen Square. Tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also visit one of the most famous bazaars in Iran, where we can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan is so well renowned. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Isfahan’s Jame’ mosque holds in itself the passage of several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture. Then, we will visit Vank Church which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world. It certainly, captures the attention of every visitor. Our day will continues by visiting Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and eventually, some historical bridges. Evening is free at leisure.
On the way to Kashan, we will visit the UNESCO recognized village of Abyaneh which is located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the vicinity of desert. Appreciate the serenity of this quaint village with its splendid archaeology and meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style.
Next, hop on to Kashan and visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses and some other historical places specially chosen by our tour guide and be acquainted with the previous century’s architecture, the Qajar era. Stay overnight in Kashan.
Today we will move toward Hamedan. Hamedan province is situated in the Middle Western Iran. It has long and severe winters from September to May with a great deal of snow; however, in summer its pleasant climate offers visitors a welcome break from the soaring temperatures elsewhere. The province is famous for its raisins (1500 hectares of Grapevines) and in the Persian rug trade it ranks second only to Kerman.
One of the beautiful sightseeing in Hamedan is Estero & Mord Khay Tomb. Located in the city center, the structure has been constructed of brick and stone. This is the tomb of Ester the Queen of Susa (the wife of Xerxes, king of Iran). Mordecai (Mord Khay) was her uncle. The structure was originally constructed about 11 centuries ago, in order to pay homage to these two personalities. This vicinity is a place for pilgrimage of the Jewish sect, and is also held in respect by the Moslems.
The next place to visit is, Ganj Nameh Inscription. These inscriptions are relics from the time of ‘Darius’ and ‘Xerxes’ of the Achaemenid era which is located 5 km west of Hamadan at the end of the Abbas Abad Valley, and have been engraved on a mountain. stay overnight in Hamedan.
As Avicenna was Muslim Persian physician and philosopher, and wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine, our next step will be Avicenna Tomb.
Was an ancient city in Media in western Iran. It is believed that Ecbatana is in Hagmatana Hill (Tappe-ye Hagmatāna), an archaeological mound in Hamedan. According to Herodotus, Ecbatana was chosen as the Medes’ capital in the late 8th century BC by Deioces. Under the Achaemenid Persian kings, Ecbatana, situated at the foot of Mount Alvand, became a summer residence. Later on, it became the capital of the Parthian kings, at which time it became their main mint, producing drachm, tetradrachm, and assorted bronze denominations. The wealth and importance of the city in the Persian empire is attributed to its location on a crucial crossroads that made it a staging post on the main East-West highway.
In 330 BC, Ecbatana was the site of the execution of the Macedonian general Parmenion by order of Alexander.
The next fascinating step, will be Gonbad-e Alavian (or Masjid-e Alavian) which is a four-sided interesting 12th century mausoleum belonging to the late Seljuk period. On the exterior, it resembles the Gonbad-e Sorkh of Maragheh. (If possible, we will see the sight.)
Our next site to visit, is the tomb of Baba Taher, which is located in a park, surrounded by flowers and winding paths. Baba Taher is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Iranian literature. He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan (The Naked), which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. His poetry has touched many souls.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Ali Sadr Cave. This cave is the world’s largest water cave which attracts millions of visitors every year. It is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan, western Iran. Since the cave is situated between the large cities Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom it is a popular destination for Iranians. Tours of the cave are available by pedal boats.
Has a moderate and mountainous climate. In an old town called Kangavar, we will visit the Anahita Temple. The goddess of abundance,water and fertility in ancient Persia. Carry on the old caravan route to Bistoon dating back to the Middle Paleolithic. The Achaemenian inscriptions offer details in 1,200 lines about the battles of Darius the Great who fought against the enemies. This was the site where the decisive battle took place, leaving the famous Tablets of Darius. Nearby in the village of Sahneh, we can visit the tomb of Ostad Khalil Alinejad the best player of Tanboor in the world.
In Kermanshah visit the Sassanian rock carvings of Tagh-e-Bostan. These bas-reliefs, cut from the stone cliff, depict royal scenes of battles and hunts reflecting the glorious history of the Sassanid Kings
Today we move toward Takab. On the way, we will visit Sanandaj which is the capital of Kurdistan province. The economy of Sanandaj is based upon the production of carpets, processing hides and skins, milling rice, refining sugar, woodworking, cotton weaving, metalwork and cutlery.
Among sightseeings of Sanandaj you may visit Old bazaars of Sanandaj. In addition, Hajar Khatoon Mosque which is architecturally a unique and ancient Muslim mosque (now a tourist destination) in the city. Hajar Khatoon Mosque was built more than hundred years ago by Haj Sheikh Shokrollah.
Then, we reach the Oranamat Takht village. The Oramanat Takht Village is one of the attractive rural areas of Kurdestan which besides its panoramic views has valuable tourism capacities because of the annual performance of an ancient and wonderful ceremony of Peer Shahriar. The Sirvan River flows in the deep valleys of this region and enter Iraq. Here the lands are covered with walnut, pomegranate, fig and mulberry trees.
Afterwards, we will reach to one of the archaeological sites of Takab is Takht-e Suleyman which is in north-western Iran, and situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sassanian period (6th and 7th centuries) which is dedicated to Anahita. The site has important symbolic significance. The designs of the fire temple, the palace and the general layout have strongly influenced the development of Islamic architecture. Stay overnight in Takab
we will visit Kandowan village.
Is an ancient village in Sahand Rural District in the Central District of Osku County, East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran. It is situated in the foothills of Mount Sahand, near.
Lots of sightseeing here catches the eyes of visitors such as the former Shah Goli or the present Eil Goli (the Shah’s pool) which is the name of a large park in Tabriz. It was used as a summer palace during the Qadjar dynasty (when Tabriz was the official residence of Prince of Iran). Then we’ll visit the exotic bazaar which is one of the oldest Bazaars of the Middle East and the largest roofed traditional bazaar in the world. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010.
Next place is Kabood Mosques Remains of a Great Mosque Kabood or Jahanshah Mosque is one of the works by Abul Mozaffar Jahanshah bin Qara Yousef, a member of Qaraqoyounlu tribe, in Tabriz. It dates back 870 AH subsequent to supervision of Jahanshah’s wife, Jan Beigum Khatoon. Then we’ll visit holy Serkis church . Stay overnight in Tabriz.
Today we will move toward Kaleibar. On the way, we will visit Jolfa which is one of the most important border towns of Iran and it is located near the Aras River and the fascinating forests of Arasbaran. Julfa is the stronghold of the Armenian Christians who possess a rich and unique culture of their own. We will visit the ancient churches there. The St. Stepanos Monastery (Maghartavank) is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province northeast Iran. Its construction dates back to 9th century.
Today we will visit the the fortress of Babak Khorramdin in Kaleibar. Babak Tower (Ghale-eh Babak) is where Babak-e Khorramdin lived. It is 3200 m above sea level. The landscape is fantastic.
Was one of the main Persian revolutionary leaders of the Iranian of the Khorram-Dinān. He was the leader of a local freedom movement fighting the Abbasid Caliphate. To access the castle, you have two options: you can leave the car in an entertainment area near the town and climb up towards the castle through dense forests or drive to the point the road extends, leave the car there and have an hour trek to the castle.
Afterwards, we will move toward Ardabil.
Is a, beautiful and unforgettable city which is located at the foot of Sabalan Mountain (the bride of Iran Mountains). In this city the Safavid dynasty took up residence. We will visit the mausoleum of Sheikh Safi-ad-Din-e-Ardabili. It is an impressive ancient monument, comprising the following components: the mausoleums of Sheikh Safi and Shah Isma’il, Chini khaneh (meaning the house of chinaware), a mosque, Jannat Sara (meaning the house of paradise), Khanqah (the house of Dervishes), Cheragh Khaneh (the house of lamps), Shahid khaneh (the house of martyrs) and Chelleh Khaneh (the place where devotees shut themselves up during the forty days of Lent).
Today,we will move toward the historical Masouleh village . The buildings are step like and its architecture is unique.so, the courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. The inhabitants do not allow any motorbike to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. However, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn’t make it possible for vehicles to enter. Yellow clay coats the exterior of most buildings in Masooleh. This allows for better visibility in the fog
Move toward Ghazvin.
we have an excursion to the Anzali swamp. The most biggest swamps in the world. Stay overnight in Ghazvin .
We’ll start today’s adventure with Alamoot. Near Ghazvin, is the historical castle of Alamoot which is the unique memory of the God of Alamoot (Hasan Sabbah). Hulagu khan destroys the fortress on December 15, 1256 as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
Stay overnight in Tehran.
Depart Iran the land of warmth and hospitality with fond memories.
no 18, 1st floor, Hadi shopping center, Serah Bargh, Ghasro-Dasht Ave, Shiraz. Iran