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Let’s go Iran team have tried to arrange an itinerary including most of the main historical sites, you are also able to go beyond the boundaries of visiting historic and natural monuments and experience a varied and special trip to get involved more in the people’s daily life
This is the best package to get if you decide to come to Iran for the first time. As you saw, you will have many things to do on your to-do list in Iran. I assure you that you will love this country and have an amazing trip in one week.
If you would prefer to stay less than one week in Iran or you want to experience things a bit slower, you need to cut down the number of places to visit.BUT if you would prefer to stay more than one week in Iran, we are able to expand this itinerary to a two, three, or more week’s trip, the only thing you need to do is to tell us about your interests. As soon as we receive your request, our professional experts in Let’s Go Iran arrange what is in your mind.
Day 1&2 in Tehran
(One full day and 2 nights)
Today, you will arrive in Iran from Tehran Intl airport.
Tehran is the biggest city in Iran and it is the capital of this country. Tehran is the 25th overpopulated city in the world that from the north leads to the mountainous areas and from the south leads to a desert area, so the climate of the city is different from its northern parts. North of the city has cool and dry weather and south of it has hot and dry weather. The structure of the city is a great combination of tradition and modernity. Tehran is an old authentic city that was called “Rey city" in the past. Rey city is now located in the south of Tehran. Tehran has old monuments, splendid mosques, magnificent buildings, great parks and also modern buildings. Although Tehran is not known as a historical city, it has a lot of attractions that are worth seeing.
But some of people prefer different ways for their travels. If you would like to have the same itinerary without any domestic flight, you can ask us to arrange you an open jaw itinerary. There are many flights which enter and leave Iran through different cities. By attending an open-jaw itinerary, you are able to save more money, time and energy. You do not need to repeat a way. Another good reason is that you do not need to have a domestic flight, which needs more money and arrangements.
Based on your arrival time in the morning or in the evening, you will stay in capital Tehran for two nights. So you will have a half day tour for the first day of your trip, and also have a full day tour in the second day in this city to explore Tehran.
The guide would be already waiting to see you in front of the gate with a sign including our company’s name at the international airport.
Please do not go around when you arrive at the airport and stand up near the gate till your guide arrives, this way, he/she can find you easier.
You will meet your guide and great each other. Then, You will be transferred to your hotel to rest for some hours if needed.
What to do or see in Tehran:
If you are interested in culture and history, you can see:
1. Sa'dabad Complex
Sa'dabad Complex is located in the north of Tehran and is 300 hectares in the area. It has soothing weather because 180 hectares of it is natural forest, spring, aqueduct, gardens, greenhouse, a river and streets full of trees and flowers.
2. Niavaran Palace
Niavaran Palace is located in Niavaran Garden and is the main palace in Niavaran Complex. This complex was constructed by the order of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the construction lasted 9 years. Niavaran Palace has an area of 9000 square meters and is two and a half stores high.
3. Golestan Palace
Golestan Palace is a complex of buildings located in Arg Square in Tehran. The buildings of these palaces have been constructed in different times.
The name of the palace was taken from the name of a hall in an exterior building of the palace which is also called Golestan.
4. National Museum of Iran
This museum was the first museum in Iran and is located in Tehran. This museum has an area of 5500 square meters.
If you are looking for a mixture of adventure and nature, you can go to:
1. Dizin Ski Resort
Dizin is the most important ski resort in Iran and the Middle East. It is located in the North of Tehran. This ski resort is the first ski resort in Iran approved by the international ski federation for holding formal competitions.
2. Chitgar forest Park
This park is 1450 hectares and is full of trees. There is a cycling resort from the Northside of the park to the Southside which is close to Karaj Highway.
3. Tochal Complex
Tochal complex is located at the end of Velenjak Street and about 3 kilometers from Tajrish Square in the Shemiranat quarter. The entrance of this complex is 1830 meters higher than the surface of the sea. After passing a road, in the height of 1910 meters, the first telecabin station is located.
And the last, we have some offer for those who would like to Get Involved with local Activities in Iran
1. Tehran Bazaar
Tehran Bazaar is an old bazaar located in the center of Tehran City. This bazaar is in Molavi Street, Mostafa Khomeini Street, 15th Khordad Street and Khayyam Street.
There are two entrances of the bazaar in 15th Khordad Square and Sabze-Meydan Square. One of the main pathways to Tehran Bazaar is the Louti Saleh passage.
2. Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine
This shrine belongs to one of the descendants of Imam Hassan. It is located in Ray city, south of Tehran. This shrine dates back to the third century and is one of the famous pilgrimage places for Iranians.
3. Culinary tour in Tehran
A walking tour of Tajrish bazaar where we’ll introduce our guests to exceptional ingredients and spices unique to this part of the world while we experience shopping for a few fresh ingredients like the locals. Then we’ll head over to the kitchen where Shirin will show you her magic in creating the most delectable Persian dishes. We’ll be cooking a 5-course meal adjusted to the season and enriched with the freshest ingredients. (Provided by Persian food tours)
Or going to Darband to be among people in this picturesque place to taste some delicious food.
1. Azadi Tower
Azadi Tower is the symbol of Tehran and was designed and made by the order of Farah Pahlavi, the Queen of Iran of the time.
2. Milad Tower
This tower is a great multipurpose skyscraper located in the North-West of Tehran, the capital of Iran. This tower is the highest tower in Iran, the fourth-highest telecommunication tower and the nineteenth highest tower in the world.
How to get to Tehran:
When you arrive in Tehran International airport) IKA), you will have three options to get into Tehran city:
3. Pre-booked private car and driver
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you chose.
It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, it would be less and more.
But it is highly recommended to pre-book your car and driver from our company. This way, when you arrive, your driver and guide will be waiting for you in front of the gate in the arrival hall with a sign including our company’s name and without any waste time, transfer you to your hotel.
If you wouldn’t like to pre-book driver, there is another alternative way. You are able to get an airport Taxi.
For the convenience of dear passengers, the airport taxi system provides all-day service to the entire country with the most up-to-date cars. So you can find its counter outside of the terminal and get a taxi to go to your destination.
The last and the cheapest way is Metro. The first train departs from Imam Khomeini Airport at 6:50 am. But please keep in mind that if you have big luggage and are tired and also jet-lagged from your flight, I do not recommend this way.
Where to stay in Tehran?
You should not be worried about the place to stay in Tehran, because this city has many hotels in various categories and prices.
Espinas Khalij-e Fars, Espinas palace, Visteria, and Persian Azadi are the most famous and expensive hotels in Tehran, Shahr and Saina hotels are the hotels with more affordable price. But, If you want to stay in a cheap hotel, Hafiz hotel can be a good choice for you.
Our suggestion hotels:
Saina hotel (3* hotel)
For those who would prefer to stay in a hotel with mid-range, our suggestion is Saina hotel. We have had many clients who stayed at this hotel in the last months and loved it! First of all its location is so great because it is located in the center of Tehran. Its distance from the International airport is 50 minutes and it takes about 25 minutes to get the Mehr Abbad domestic airport.
It could be a perfect place where you can start exploring Tehran. The rooms are new, clean, and modern with very comfortable beds. The staff are very helpful.
Howayzee hotel (4* hotel)
Howayzee hotel is a 4* hotel. It is a great hotel and offers excellent value for money. This modern hotel is centrally located close to sightseeing in Tehran. Perfect for relaxing after a full-day tour. The rooms are large, comfortable and have an excellent breakfast.
Its distance to the international airport is around 1 hour 10 minutes and its distance to the Mehrabbad domestic airport is about 25 minutes.
What to eat? Where to eat?
In spite of other cities of Iran, Tehran doesn't have any special local food. Different kinds of foods are common in Tehran that you can eat them in famous restaurants of the city like Nayeb that has several branches, Alborz and Raftari. There is also another nice restaurant in Tehran in the grand Bazaar which name is “Moslem" where you can eat the most delicious Iranian food especially Tahchin. Neshat, Zeytoon, Khatun and KFC restaurants are good choices for those who are interested in eating fast food. If you like to eat your food in a luxurious restaurant, we recommend you to go to Divan restaurant in Fereshteh st. and Tamasha restaurant in Milad Noor shopping center.
What do we buy from Tehran?
Although souvenir is a part of Iranian culture, Tehran does not have any special souvenir. Some people think that the new things that are not found in other cities of Iran are souvenirs of Tehran. The new things that persuade people from different cities to travel to Tehran can be considered as Tehran's souvenirs. Tehran grand Bazaar, Tajrish Bazaar, and Crystal Bazaar of Shoosh are the most popular and important shopping centers in Tehran. Tandis, Tirajeh, Milad Noor, Palladium, Goldis, Vanak and Diamond are also the most famous modern shopping centers in Tehran.
Day 3 in Shiraz
(A domestic flight to Shiraz, one full day and 1 night)
Today, you will be transferred to the Mehrabbad domestic airport, and fly to Shiraz.
Shiraz which is known as a city of lovers is a land full of worth seeing things. It is believed that Shiraz is the most beautiful tourist city of Iran. Shiraz is also one of the biggest cities in Iran. It is the provincial center of Fars province and located in Zagros mountainous region with a mild climate. Geographically, from the west, the city is surrounded by Derak Mountain and from the north, it is limited by Bamu, Sabzpushan, Chehelmagham and Baba Koohi mountains.
It should be said that Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran that many titles are assigned to it, for example "city of lovers" and it is due to the matter that Shiraz is the hometown of great poets like Hafez and Saadi. The city also has many historical and natural attractions that you will become interested in them. People of Shiraz are really warmhearted. Traveling to Shiraz can be one of your most memorable trips.
Where to go and visit in Shiraz?
In Shiraz, you're going to visit the city of easy-going people, great poems, beautiful gardens and fruits. Shiraz is the center of Fars province which is the central province of Iran in agriculture. A lot of vineyard are around and within this city made this city famous for its red wine before the revolution. Today, you will see Vakil complex including: Arg of Karim Khan which is one of the most beautiful and unique monuments of Shiraz, Bazaar, Bathhouse and Mosque. Nasirolmolk Mosque which is a 1000-color mosque of Iran, and where you will change your idea about colors. You are surrounded by different colors there and feel you are flying over a big rainbow. After visiting these sights, you will eat your lunch at a traditional luxury restaurant. In the afternoon, you will have a walking time in the old part of the city and then will see Hafez and Sa'di tombs. Iranians believe Hafez's poems can tell them what is going to happen for them in the future. That is why they first focus on their wish, close their eyes and open the Hafez's book randomly and try to find a connection between the meaning of that poem and their wish.
In the below, you are able to see the list of other options which you will have to see in Shiraz. Please check the list and choose those which more closely to your interests:
Persepolis is one of the historical and ancient cities in Iran and was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire for many years. There is a magnificent palace in this city which is named Persepolis and was built during the reign of Darius I, Artaxerxes I and Xerxes I. Persepolis or Parseh is 10 kilometers North of Marvdasht and 57 kilometers from Shiraz.
It is not clear exactly when this garden was initially made but this garden is mentioned in the itineraries of the 10th and 11th centuries. The variety of plants is significant and is similar to an exhibition of flowers and plants.
Shah Cheragh Shrine
Shah Cheragh Shrine is a famous and marvelous site in Shiraz. The son of one of the Shiite Imams was buried there and thus a shrine was built. This shrine was built in the 6th century and its sanctuary is designed with beautiful tiles.
Shapouri house is located in the middle of a garden with an area of 4635 meters. This foundation of this house is about 840 square meters and the building is two stories high. Shapouri house is located in the center of Shiraz City and in the old quarters of Shiraz. This house belonged to Abd al-Saheb Shapouri and was built and designed by Master Abolghasem Mohandesi.
Quran Gate (Darvazeh Quran)
Quran gate is one of the old gates in Shiraz and today is known as a historical monument. This gate is located on the North East side of the city and near Chehel Imam Mountain and Baba Kouhi Mountain and it is the city's exit to Marvdasht.
How to get to Shiraz:
When you want to come to Shiraz from Tehran, you will have three options:
1. VIP bus
3. Domestic flight
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you choose
But it is highly recommended to book the domestic flight. This way is not tiring for you and also, it causes you to save your time to see more sites in Shiraz
If you wouldn’t like to use flight, there is another way. You can choose the train, it costs you less than the flight. There is a daily train from Tehran to Shiraz, it departs 16:10 pm and arrive in Shiraz at 7:00 am.
The last and the cheapest way is VIP bus. There are many VIP buses depart Tehran to Shiraz each day so you are able to buy the ticket from the website, please make sure to buy the tickets from the company which is located in the nearest terminal of Tehran to your hotel. You will be on the way around 12 hours to get Shiraz.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets.
For example, Zandieh and Grand hotel are the best 5 * hotels in Shiraz. Zandieh is located in the old part of the city so you need to walk only 5 minutes to get the sightseeing, and the Grand hotel located near the Qoran gate in a nice location. If you chose this hotel for your stay in Shiraz, you will have the chance to see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you sit on your room’s terrace.
But if you prefer to spend less money and stay in a medium quality hotel we recommend you hotels like Karimkhan and Arg hotels.
These days, some of our clients like to stay in hotels which has a traditional style, there are many traditional hotels can be the best choices for those who interested in staying at this kind of traditional place.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Shiraz has many different kinds of food. One of the most popular local food is Kalam polo. You can find it in all restaurants in Shiraz, but if would like to eat the best one, I suggest you eat at Haftkhan restaurant. Haft khan restaurant is one of the best restaurant of Shiraz that has seven floors and you can eat different kinds of food there. Haft khan restaurant is also famous because of serving delicious Shirazi Halva. Soofi, Shater Abbas, Shandiz, Berentin, Bagh-e Raz and Lotus restaurants are among the best restaurants of Shiraz.
In addition to Kalam polo, other local food are cooked in Shiraz such as Shekar polo, Dopiyazeh Alu, Lari Kebab, Ash Sabzi and Ash Kardeh.
I hope you can try all of them, but if you want me to offer you one of them, it is highly recommended to try Ash Sabzi. Ash-e Sabzi is a kind of vegetable soup that is cooked in Shiraz and served as breakfast. If you want to try this kind of soup and other local soup of Shiraz, you just need to go to Shams restaurant early in the morning.
In the below, you can see the list of other restaurant with good quality in Shiraz:
1. If you are interested in eating Kebab, you can go Sharze traditional restaurant which is located in the old part of the city near Vakil Bazaar. Great kinds of Kebabs are served there, the restaurant also has a great environment.
2. Bakooyeh restaurant is another great restaurant of Shiraz that is located near the Qoran gate with a nice view. You can see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you are in this restaurant.
As far as I have been working in tourism which is a long time, we have had many clients who came to Iran from different countries, and most of them liked Iranian fast food a lot so we recommend you to go to the Crispi Land, Dovenico and Lavia restaurants.
What do we buy from Shiraz?
If you want to buy the special souvenir of Shiraz, you should go to Vakil Bazaar where you can find different kinds of famous handicrafts of Shiraz like the rug, Khatam, Carved wood, Silver, Kilim and Gabbeh, and Saffron.
To buy the rug, our professional expert will help you to find the best rugs with good quality and the best price.
Day 4 & 5 in Yazd
(One full day and 2 nights)
You will spend two nights in Yazd, so you will have enough time to explore the city.
Today, Zoroastrian city is welcoming you. The city of friendly people, old constructions, delicious sweets and great Qanats. As this city is a desert city, people in past had to conserve water and keep it eatable and clean. That is why they made many Qanat, where they could keep water, in Yazd. Since the city is located in desert region, it has dry and hot climate. Yazd can be considered as a two-season city; a long hot season (from March until September) and a short cold season (from October until February).
The best time to visit Yazd is January, February, March and April because the hot weather in summer might bother you and it doesn’t allow you to enjoy enough.
What to do or see in Yazd?
Mohammad Taqi Khan was a great Khan during the Zand Dynasty and he was the ruler of Khans in Yazd. Mohammad Taqi Khan first made an aqueduct in the name of Dowlat Abad. Then along the aqueduct he made a mansion in the middle of a garden and called it Dowlat Abad Garden. We will visit Dowlat Abad garden and take some photos. We can stroll down the streets, visiting the many sightseeing such as Khan Bazaar, Water museum and Amirchakhmag complex. Amir Jalal al-Din Chakhmaq Shami lived during the Timurid dynasty and was announced the ruler of Yazd by king Shahrukh of Timurid. With the help of his wife, Fatemeh Khatun, Chakhmaq was able to build a square, a reservoir, a monastery, a school, a caravanserai, and a water well, a bazaar and most importantly a mosque in Yazd. You can learn more about Yazd attraction here:
"Everyone once enticing the charm of the desert, he will not let go until the end of his life."
Iran is a country with a warm and dry climate, so many deserts are spreading in different places all over Iran, and especially its centers near Yazd. Mysterious lands that traveling to them would be one of the most exciting experiences of your life for sure.
With this explanation, we do recommend that you shouldn't miss going to the desert where the local people have established adorable camps in the heart of desserts. There, you enjoy watching a sunset, walking on the Sandhill, have a night gathering, set on fire and drink a cup of tea that is made on the fire. Listening to traditional music.
For Overnight, you will have two options:
A camp or stay in a traditional house located in the heart of the desert.
To go back to Yazd and stay in your hotel.
We do recommend you to stay one night in the desert, it could be an unforgettable experience for you. But please let us know if you are not comfortable with sleeping in the mattress and not having a private bathroom, we will arrange a comfortable room with all facilities for you in the hotel in Yazd.
How to get to Yazd?
1. Private driver
2. VIP Bus
The best way is doing pre-book your driver-guide. This way, you can have a stop in Marvdasht to visit Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage), and your guide will explain about this historical and architectural background. Then, continue your way to Yazd.
Please consider that you will have approximately 5 hours driving to Yazd so we recommend you to visit only Persepolis, but if you are a very energetic person, you can see Necropolis and Pasargadae too.
Where to stay in Yazd?
Staying at a traditional hotel is really desirable when traveling to a historical city. But Yazd like other cities of Iran has modern hotels that you can choose any of them based on your interest.
We recommend you to stay at the traditional hotels in the city because staying at such hotels is not possible in any other cities. Fazeli, Fahadan, Safaiyeh, and Dad hotels are the best traditional hotels in Yazd. If you are not interested in staying at traditional hotels, you can stay at modern hotels of the city like Arg, Jahangardi, Zanbagh, and Karevan.
What to eat? Where to eat?
We recommend you to try Ash-e Sholi and Khoresh-e Gheimeh, these are the most famous food of Yazd and you can eat them in Talar-e Yazd restaurant that is also called "Haji Ashpaz". Moshir, Khan Dohad, Adib Al-mamalek, Mahoor, Abul Maali, and Malek Al-Tojar are other great traditional restaurants in Yazd that you can go and enjoy eating delicious foods.
What do we buy from Yazd?
Yazd like other cities of Iran has both traditional Bazaars and modern shopping centers, but we recommend you as a tourist to go traditional Bazaars, because when you go such Bazaars, you can enjoy the great architecture of them as well as buying famous souvenirs of the city that are handicrafts like Termeh, copper dishes, gold and silver. In order to buy gold, silver and Termeh, you can go to Khan Bazaar. khojasteh and Rezaee are the most famous stores in the Bazaar. For buying copper dishes you just need to go to coppersmiths Bazaar which is located in front of Khan Bazaar. Qottab and Baklava are the most popular souvenirs of Yazd that you can buy the best kind of them from Haj Khalifeh store. If you like to go to modern shopping centers, Setareh and Aria malls can be good choices.
Day 6 & 7 in Isfahan
(One full day and 2 nights)
Isfahan (Sepahan) is also known as half of the World by Iranians. Emam Square is waiting for you to take you somewhere you have not been before. You can see nice Mosques and Aliqapou, you can also see Chehel Setoun palace.
As soon as you arrive in this city, and you are going to see many people at the Emam Square. After many years, Qaysarieh bazaar is still one of the most important places for selling and buying goods. You will see how people enjoy their time not only by shopping but also having fun together. Youngers come to take beautiful pictures with tile working background to post on Instagram or WhatsApp profile picture. Old people come to make their memories alive and meet their friends and have some time together. You will see a lot of colorful and handmade souvenirs. When it is time for prayer, people, especially those who work at the bazaar go to the mosques to pray. You are able to see the old mosques of Imam and Sheikhlotfollah.
What to do or see in Isfahan?
Most of Isfahan's historical sites date back to the Safavid Era and they are situated near Zayanderud River.
Ali Qapu, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Shah (Imam) Mosque, Vank Cathedral, Menar Jonban, Chehel Sotoun (forty columns), Hasht Behesht Palace, Allahverdi Khan bridge, Four gardens, Fire temple, Takht-e Foulad Old Cemetery, Isfahan's Historical Bazaar, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, The Bird Garden, Khaju Bridge, Shahrestan Bridge, si-o-seh Pol (thirty-three Bridge) are among the attractions and historical sites in Isfahan. You can learn more about Isfahan's sightseeing from the below link:
You are able to see the Iranian old gymnasium, which is called Zoorkhane in Persian. There you get familiar with a rich culture of Iranian and its tradition. You will have some time in Sharbatkhane, where you are able to drink traditional drinks.
In addition to main sites, you will have other options to see or do on Isfahan:
1. Carpet Workshop
We are able to show you some workshops running by both men and women who make traditional weaving and coloring. As you know Iran is famous for its carpet and is really powerful in this industry. You will see how carpets are made and designed and colored.
2. Picnic in Hasht Behesht or Nazhvan
3. Pigeon House
You will go to the picnic in the mid-day, you are going to go to a beautiful park called Hasht Behesht or Najvoon. You will be among many Iranian families who are spending their weekend with their children. You are able to experience the real weekend time in Iran and will have some tea, fruits and snack. After a lovely lunch together, you will have a walk around the park and then you will have more free time to visit a unique place called Pigeon house where you will see a lot of birds coming to you to be fed. You can take some pictures.
Then, after finishing your city tour in Isfahan and eat lunch, you will be driven toward Tehran.
How to get to Isfahan
1. Private driver
2. DMC Flight
3. VIP Bus
There are 3 ways to get to Isfahan.
The first way is to hire a private car and driver. We suggest the first option because you are able to ask your driver to have a stop on the way to visit Meybod and Naein villages. Visit pigeon tower, Narin castle and visit cotton waving workshop and Jame mosque in Naein.
The second way is to catch a VIP bus that departs every hour of the day.
Third and the last option is to book a DMC flight, but please notice that there are not daily flights in this route. And another point you need to know about choosing first and second options is to missing Naein and Maybod which is on the way of Isfahan and Yazd...
Where to stay in Isfahan?
As it was mentioned earlier, Isfahan is a touristic city and it has a lot of both modern and traditional hotels with high quality and reasonable price. Abbasi Guesthouse or Shah Abbas Hotel is one of the great hotels of Iran and the city of Isfahan. This hotel is famous due to its architecture, which is modeled on the Safavid architecture, and its location among the historical context of Isfahan. CNN reports Abbasi hotel as Middle East's most beautiful hotel in March 2017 report. Kowsar, Piroozy and Aseman are the best high-priced hotels in Isfahan that offering the best facilities. Zohreh, Part, Setareh and Mahan are three-star hotels in Isfahan that offering good facilities at lower prices. The best suitable hotel in terms of price is Azadi hotel that can be a good choice for those who prefer a low cost travel. Atigh, Isfahan and Toloo Khorshid are the best traditional hotels in the city.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Isfahan like other cities of Iran has its own local foods such as Kabab, Biryani, and Khoresh-e Mast that you should try them in Khan Gostar restaurant in the city center and Jolfa, Shahrzad and Biryani Azam restaurants. If you want to experience a peaceful traditional place, we recommend you to go Khansalar and Ashti traditional restaurants in the city.
What do we buy from Isfahan?
Isfahan is famous for its handicrafts such as etch, inlay and cashmere. If you are looking for souvenirs from Isfahan, you can buy them around Naqsh-e Jahan Square or at the old Isfahan bazaar.
Day 8 Fly back to your country
Transfer to Tehran Intl by taxi or your driver to fly back to your country out and leave your hotel 5 hours before your departure flight.