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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
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 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 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 an open jaw itinerary. There are many flights that 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 away. 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 the capital of 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 on the second day in this city to explore Tehran.
1.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.
2.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.
3.You will meet your guide and greet 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
2. Niavaran Palace
3. Golestan Palace
4. National Museum of Iran
If you are looking for a mixture of adventure and nature, you can go to:
1. Dizin Ski Resort
2. Chitgar forest Park
3. Tochal Complex
And the last, we have some offer for those who would like to Get Involved with Local Activities in Iran
2. Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine
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
2. Milad Tower
How to get to Tehran:
When you arrive at 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 of time, transfer you to your hotel.
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, Espina's palace, Visteria, and Persian Azadi are the most famous and expensive hotels in Tehran, Shahr and Saina hotels are the hotels with more affordable prices. But, If you want to stay in a cheap hotel, the 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 to 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 is 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.
Ferdowsi Hotel: (4* hotel)
The hotel is located at the cultural center of Tehran near museums of Archaeology, Glass, and Royal Jewelry and the historic Golestan Palace and Museums as well as near the old and Grand Bazaar of Tehran.
45 min. from the airport.
This hotel is the first five-star hotel in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in Tehran. It is located almost in the center of Tehran.
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 in Iran. Shiraz is also one of the biggest cities in Iran.
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. The people of Shiraz are really warmhearted. Traveling to Shiraz can be one of your most memorable trips.
Where to go and visit 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 vineyards are around and within this city made this city famous for its red wine before the revolution. Today, you will see the 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 Saadi 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 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 that you will have to see in Shiraz.
Shah Cheragh Shrine
Quran Gate (Darvazeh Quran)
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 a domestic flight. This way is not tiring for you and also, it causes you to save your time to see more sites in Shiraz
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets.
For example, Zandieh and Grand's 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 hotels like Karimkhan and Arg hotels.
These days, some of our clients like to stay in hotels which have a traditional style, there are many traditional hotels that can be the best choice for those who interested in staying in 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 restaurants in 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 in Shiraz.
In addition to Kalam polo, other local foods 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. Ashe 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 soups of Shiraz, you just need to go to Shams restaurant early in the morning.
Below, you can see the list of other restaurants with good quality in Shiraz:
1. If you are interested in eating Kebab, you can go to 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 in 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 a 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, the 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 the 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 the desert region, it has a 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 it enough.
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.
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 on 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?
- Private driver
- Vip Bus
- Pre-book driver-guide
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 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 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 historic 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 stay at the traditional hotels in the city because staying at such hotels is not possible in any other city. 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 in modern hotels in the city like Arg, Jahangardi, Zanbagh, and Karavan.
What to eat? Where to eat?
We recommend you to try Ashe 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 to and enjoy eating deliciously 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 to traditional Bazaars because when you go to 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 the 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 Seton palace.
As soon as you arrive in this city, and you are going to see many people at Emam Square. After many years, the 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 backgrounds to post on Instagram or WhatsApp profile pictures. 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.
You are able to see the Iranian old gymnasium, which is called Zoorkhane in Persian. There you get familiar with the 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 weekends 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
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 on this route. And another point you need to know about choosing the first and second options is to missing Naein and Maybod which is on the way to Isfahan and Yazd...
Where to stay in Isfahan?
As it was mentioned earlier, Isfahan is a tourist city and it has a lot of both modern and traditional hotels with high quality and reasonable prices. 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 the 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.
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 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 to 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.