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Itinerary in details
Day 1&2 in Tehran (Iran)
(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 the 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 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. Many flights enter and leave Iran through different cities. By attending an open-jaw itinerary, you can save more money, time, and energy. You do not need to repeat away and it causes you not to feel boring. Another good reason is that you do not need to have a domestic flight, which needs more money and arrangement.
Based on your arrival time in the morning or the evening, you will stay in the 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 on the second day in this city to explore Tehran.
The guide is already waiting to see you in front of the gate with a sign including our company’s name at the international airport. When you arrive, the guide as a representative of all Iranians welcomes you with a Rose.
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, he will transfer you to your hotel to rest for some hours. (Please do not forget to talk with your guide about the hour you should be present at the lobby of the hotel to start your tour).
There are many options you can choose to see, I have put here the important ones. But please tell me if you would like to add other sightseeing.
What to do or see in Tehran:
If you are interested in culture and history, you can see:
- 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 are natural forest, spring, aqueduct, gardens, a greenhouse, a river, and streets full of trees and flowers.
- 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.
- Golestan Palace is a complex of buildings located in Arg Square in Tehran. The buildings of these palaces have been constructed at 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.
- The National Museum of Iran was the first museum in Iran and is located in Tehran. This museum has an area of 5500 square meters.
And we have some offer for you to get involved with local Activities in Tehran:
- Tehran Bazaar
- Azadi Tower
- Milad Tower
- Tabiat Bridge
Your guide will take you to a very popular green place in the north of Tehran where you can see an interesting scene of nature and people both. Many people are spending their time together and are out to enjoy nature and eat traditional food. You can take many pictures there too.
Day 3: Kashan
On the morning of day 3, drive toward Kashan and see lovely gardens and houses that are a good subject for taking pictures and see people in traditional Bazaar of this city.
It's about two hours driving to Kashan. Kashan is a city of Isfahan province and it is one of the historical cities of Iran. The city is located in 220km from Tehran, between the Karkas Mountains and the central Iranian Plateau. Kashan has a warm and dry climate. Tepe Sialk (Sialk hill), which is the oldest place of residence in Iran, is located in Kashan. Archeologists think that Kashan is more than 15000 years old and it is related to the Paleolithic era. Kashan has a lot of attractions for tourists. Walking in old alleys of the city is like real history.
City tour of Kashan:
The most important tourist attraction of Kashan that you shouldn’t lose is Fin garden that has a bath (Fin Bath) where Amir Kabir the Qajarid chancellor of Nasseredin Shah was murdered, Tabatabaei house which is known as the greatest house of Iran, Jame mosque of Kashan that was built before Islam. Agha Bozorg mosque which is one the most magnificent Islamic monuments, Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse that is one the most beautiful baths of Iran, Kashan traditional Bazaar, Borujerdis, Abbasi, Ameri, Al-e Yasin, Raheb, Manouchehri houses that are the greatest instances of Iranian merchants ‘ houses in the 19th century.
Where to stay in Kashan:
Kashan has many good traditional hotels so we will include traditional accommodation overnight in this city. Traditional hotels are the best choice for staying in a historical city like Kashan. Because you cannot experience such places anywhere else.
Drive toward Abyane, you will be 1 day & 1 night in this amazing city.
This old village where looks red because the builders use red soil for construction. There are lots of old men and women that all wear the same local clothes. Abyaneh village has a temperate climate. Abyane people speak Farsi in a particular Abyane dialect that differs substantially from other dialects in the area.
Most people are working in animal husbandry, horticulture, and agriculture. The village also has 30 carpet weaving workshops.
Note: for taking pictures of people there, please first get permission. They were colorful floral clothes that reflect beautifully in pictures.
The best season to visit Abyane:
Spring and summer are the best seasons to travel to Abyaneh, though Abyaneh village has beautiful autumn and winter. This village also has many visitors during Nowruz, Tasoa, and Ashura.
Day 5 & 6 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, 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. Older 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 to pray, people, especially those who work at the Bazaar go to the mosques to pray. You can 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, 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 see 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 can drink traditional drinks.
In addition to main sites, you will have other options to see or do on Isfahan:
- Carpet Workshop
We can 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 powerful in this industry. You will see how carpets are made and designed and colored.
- Picnic in Hasht Behesht or Nazhvan
- 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 can 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.
Day 7 & 8 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.
Drive toward Yazd in the morning, on the way to visit Meybod and Naein villages. Visit pigeon tower, Narin castle, and visit cotton waving workshop and Jame mosque in Naein.
Today, the Zoroastrian city is welcoming you. The city of friendly people, old contractures, 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 season to visit Yazd:
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 the 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 water well, a bazaar and most importantly a mosque in Yazd.
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 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.
Day 9: Yazd-Abarkuh
In the morning, after eating breakfast, you will be driven toward Abarkouh.
Abarkooh is a town located near Yazd province.
You can stay in this small and beautiful town when you want to go to Yazd because it is located on the way of Shiraz and Yazd. Also, this small town could be an important place to stay for one night because of its good geographical location, and this ancient touristic city is among the three historical cities of Isfahan, Yazd, and Shiraz. So Abarkouh could be a good choice for those who would like to have a stop to rest when traveling to these three cities.
The city has more than 400 monuments, 123 of them are listed in the National Iranian List of Works.
What to see in Abarkooh:
Abarkuh Cedar: One of the oldest cedar trees in Iran and also in the world is located in the city of Abarkouh. The oldest and tallest tree in the world, Abarkuh, is for 4500 years old.
Aghazade house: Aghazade's house with its windcatcher is from the Qajar period. It is one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture that is eighteen meters high and has nineteen valves. The design of the windcatcher is printed on the back of two thousand Toman.
Where to stay in Abarkuh:
We recommend you to stay in Aghazadeh house. The traditional architecture of the courtyard and interiors and the presence of tall arches and elegant stuccoes and tinted glass will bring back the good memories of the past to you. The experienced and trained staff is ready to welcome you.
Day 10 & 11 & 12 in Shiraz (Iran)
(One full day and 1 night)
Today, you will be driven toward Shiraz. On the way, you will have a stop to visit Persepolis and Necropolis.
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 is the provincial center of Fars province and located in the 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 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 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 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 can 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.
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 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.
Quran Gate is one of the old gates in Shiraz and today is known as a historical monument.
There are 2 options for the day of 12:
Please check the below options and tell me which one you would like more, thanks.
Option 1: Sepidan
Today you can experience the North of Iran in the South of Iran with a green environment, the pleasant weather even in summer. Here you can get familiar with two different cultures at the same time, simple rural life next to Nomadic life, you see that these two tribes have remained for many years next to each other and some of them got married, so that’s why there are many things in common between them. Sepidan is surrounded with lots of apple, nut, apricot, plum gardens that you can visit. Yellow, red, orange leaves of trees, the rustling of leaves in the breeze, the roaring river, and the other natural sounds inside of the gardens make you feel safe and free. Also, Sepidan with its villages has a high capability of professional eco-tours. You can walk through the jungles to see the springs, waterfalls, etc like Sheshpir Spring, go hiking and climb the mountain. The local people are welcoming, and this is the time for you to communicate them in their houses that are filled with the smell of traditional foods and bread. Overnight in Shiraz
Option 2: Qalat
After eating breakfast, you have an excursion to Qalat. This beautiful village located near Shiraz.
Your guide will wait for you in the lobby of the hotel in the early morning on the day 12th. He will take you there. It takes about an hour. As soon as you arrive, you will have a delicious breakfast that is made by famous Shirazi vegetables (Ashe Sabzi). After eating breakfast, your tour starts by going to its top where you can see an amazing view, then continue to walk through the pristine nature of this village and finish your tour by visiting waterfalls.
And the last point is:
Let's Go Iran to have a surprise for you.
Due to the geographical location of our country, you can taste lots of various traditional foods favored by Iranian spices, so I suggest that you try a culinary tour to add some spice to your trip to Iran.
Let's Go Iran offers you to have a family dinner in a local house where you can experience friendly moments to eat with a local family.
On this day, you will be invited by a nice Iranian family to join them for dinner and see the daily life of Iranian.
But if the time and your itinerary allow us, we are also able to arrange a half-day culinary tour. This way, not only will you have the opportunity to dine with the family, but you will also enjoy home-cooked Persian food and learn about different tastes and spices used in Iranian dishes. Additionally, you will have the chance to get familiar with anything you would like to know about their Iranian cuisine, lifestyle.
Day 13: Depart day from Shiraz
You will be transferred to the airport of Shiraz to fly back to your country.
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 and their culture in our beautiful country Iran. 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 two weeks 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 two weeks in Iran, we can expand this itinerary to a 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.