Iran is a vast country with plenty of tourist attractions. Biodiversity in Iran is among top 5. If you go to the north, you will enjoy lush green landscape. There are a lot of beautiful attractions in Gilan, Mazandaran and Golesran Province. Qale Rudkhan and Masuleh are two of the marvelous attractions in the north of Iran whose tour are in this link. The center of Iran is dry with beautiful deserts and oases. Cities like Yazd, Isfahan and Shiraz are the adobe of not just Persian but eastern art and architecture, handicrafts in their superiority. Thus, let us embark on our 12 day tour in Iran to cherish all these beauties.
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Duration and Itinerary of 12 Day Tour in Iran
Day 1: Tehran
First, when you reached International Khomeini Airport, you will be welcomed and transported to hotel by our Iran tour guide. Then, prepare yourself to visit the land of mysteries and olden tales. You will stay overnight in Tehran.
Day 2: Tehran to Kashan
After we have our breakfast, we start the 2nd day of our 12 day tour in Iran. We hit the road unto Kashan for about 244 kilometers. Then, we will visit this historic city which dates back to more than 6000 years ago. Some of main attractions in Kashan we will visit are as follows and we stay overnight in Kashan:
Day 3: Abyaneh Village, then to Isfahan
On the morning of the 3rd day we drive to Abyaneh Village which is a 2500-year old village. We walk around this super beautiful village and visit people whose life style is as beautifully as old as the village itself. Following that, we hit the road to Isfahan, the pearl of Iran. In this magnificent city, we visit Isfahan Jame Mosque and Vank Church. We stay overnight in Isfahan.
Day 4: Full Day Isfahan Tour
We start our Isfahan Day Tour by visiting Naqshe Jahan Square which is one of the most gorgeous squares in Iran. Furthermore, we visit magnificent mosques, beautiful bridges and palaces arrayed wooden columns. You will be amazed by the tile works and architectures of this awesome city. We stay overnight in Esfahan. The name of the some of the points of interest in Isfahan are as follows:
- Naghshe Jahan Square,
- Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque),
- Sheykh Lotfolah Mosque,
- Ali Qapu Palace,
- Qeysarieh Bazaar,
- Chehel Sotoun Palace,
- Khaju Bridge,
- Siosepol Bridge,
Day 5: Isfahan, Nain, Yazd
After having breakfast, we drive for 300 kilometers to reach Yazd. Before we reach Yazd, we stop in Nain and visit some of the attractions in this very old town. Some of the attractions in Nain we will visit are:
- Jame Mosque of Nain,
- Pigeon Tower,
- Weaving Workshop,
Day 6: Yazd
Yazd is registered as UNESCO world heritage and is an adobe city where people still live. The old and traditional part of Yazd is of soulful beauty of the past. It is so joyful to walk in the winding alleys with mud houses and wind catchers above them. In Yazd, you will witness the epitome of Islamic Persian Architecture. We stay overnight in Yazd. The attractions in Yazd we will visit are as follows:
- Zoroastrian Fire Template,
- Dolat Abad Garden,
- Jameh Mosque of Yazd,
- Art gallery,
- Amir Chakhmaq Complex,
- Yazd Water museum,
- Tower of Silence,
Day 7: Yazd, Persepolis, then Shiraz
After eating breakfast, we start the 7th day of our 12 day our in Iran by hitting the road to Persepolis, the heart of ancient Persian Empire and the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings in Fars province. In this top attraction in Iran, we visit some Persian Kings’ Palaces. Then we drive to Necropolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam) the magnificent tomb Achaemenid kings. After that, we hit the road to Shiraz and stay there overnight.
Day 8: Shiraz
On the 8th day of our 12 day tour in Iran, we visit Shiraz, the heart of heart of Persian poets, culture and literature in general. We stay overnight in a hotel in Shiraz. The points of interest we visit in Shiraz are as follows:
- Nasir-ol-molk Mosque,
- Narenjestan Ghavam,
- Karimkhan Castle (Arg of Karim Khan),
- Vakil Mosque,
- Vakil Bazar,
- Eram Garden,
- Hafez Tomb,
- Shahcheragh Shrine,
Day 9: Shiraz, Bishapur, Ahvaz
We hit the road to Ahvaz for about 565 kilometers. On the way we visit the remnants of the city of Tange Chogan and its reliefs. This city is known as the ‘Valley of Polo’ and used to be the land of the second biggest Persian Empire, the Sassanids. We stay overnight in a hotel in Ahvaz. The attractions we visit are:
Day 10: Ahvaz to Tehran
After having breakfast in the morning we continue our 12 day tour in Iran by visitting Shush and Shushtar. One of the points of the attractions in Shushtar is Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System. This attraction in Shushtar was used by Persians for managing water for different purposes. After that we drive to visit Elamite temple, Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil which is among the first attractions registered in UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. The last attraction to visit is the tomb of Daniel the Jewish prophet. Then we will get back to Ahavaz and prepare ourselves to fly back to Tehran. We stay overnight in a hotel in Tehran.
Day 11: Tehran
On the 11th Day, we will have a Tehran Day Tour visiting Tehran Highlights which are as follows:
We stay overnight in a hotel in Tehran.
Day 12: Half Day Tehran Tour
This is last day in our 12 day tour in Iran. We wake up and have our breakfast in a hotel in Tehran and leave there at 9:30 to visit some of the other points of interest in Tehran. These attraction in Tehran are:
The group will be transferred back o IKA, and this will be the end of 12 Day Tour in Iran. Wish to see you again soon.
More insight on Attractions in Tehran
The City of Tehran and Azadi Square
Tehran, the huge metropolis that is today the capital and largest city of the Islamic Republic of Iran was once just a village in the environs of the great medieval city of Rey. It began to grow only after Rey was leveled in the Mongol invasion. It became an important city during the rule of Karim Khan Zand – though he moved his court to Shiraz in 1176 AH (1762 AD) leaving one Chafur Khan behind as governor of Tehran. After Karim Khan’s death, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar came to Tehran and chose it as his capital. After fighting numerous campaigns against Lotf Ali Khan-e Zand – the last Zand ruler – he finally gained dominance in Iran. His coronation ceremony was held in Tehran in 1210 AH (1795 AD).
During the long reign of Nasser ed-Din Shah Qajar (1848 – 1896) the city streets and buildings encroached onto the open countryside and fields outside the city walls. A new rampart was erected around the enlarged city. In the Pahlavi period (1925 – 1979) Tehran spread well beyond its ramparts and gates, which were removed. This rapid growth continued after the Islamic Revolution (1979) which is the pivotal change in the history of Iran.
Today Tehran has an area of about 1200 square kilometers and touches the southern foothills of the Alborz mountains. The Borj-e Azadi (Freedom Tower) has become the iconic symbol of the city of Tehran. It was constructed in 1971 on a plot of land measuring 50000 square meters, then at the western entrance of the city. The tower’s design, by the young Iranian architect Hossein Amanat, is a fusion of Sassanid period and Islamic era architectures. The tower is 50 meters high and its main section houses the Azadi Museum.
Besides our 12 day tour in Iran, we also have Damavand tour, so let’s read this small article about the tallest mountain in Iran. The tallest peak of the Alborz mountain chain and the highest point on the Iranian Plateau is located 75 kms to the northeast of Tehran. Its altitude is 5671 meters above the level of the open seas. However, recent measurements have suggested 5628 meters as the correct altitude. The volcano that created the beautiful conical peak of Mount Damavand was active in the Quaternary period but became dormant more than 100,000 years ago.
Its traces can be seen in the sulfurous rocks and abundant bits of pure sulfur and in the crater lake at the top of the volcanic cone of Damavand which is frozen over for most of the year. The air temperature at the Damavand summit could be as cold as -4°C on a summer afternoon. The mountain slopes and surrounding plains are often covered with poppies and other wild flowers enhancing the beauty of the mountain. Some of the headwaters of the Lar river start from the western slopes of this mountain.
Among the most interesting attractions in the slopes and foothills of Damavand are the Ask and Gol-e Zard (Yellow Flower) caves. Another tourist attraction is the Larijan district, which offers a scenic, rustic atmosphere with thermal springs that are either sulfurous or rich In these cold, mountainous villages such as Ab-e Ask (meaning Ask Water), the hot springs have many enthusiasts.
Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli – Tehran
In the years when Reza Khan Pahlavi was Minister of War (1921-1925) a tall and majestic portal was erected at the entrance of the old Meydan-e Mashq – a military ground used for drills and parades since the reign of Fath Ali Shah Qajar (1796 -1834). The portal replaced a similar older portal. After a short while most of the drill ground was converted into the Bagh-e Melli (National Garden) and the portal became known as Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli (The Gateway of the National Garden). The materials used in the construction of this imposing gateway are brick, stone, glazed files, wood and metal – blended harmoniously.
The portal has three rounded archways that stand on piers made of hard stone blocks. Each archway has a large, two-leaf, iron and brass alloy gate – put in place one year after the completion of the edifice. There are eight double columns on the south (outward) face of the gateway beside the archways. Above the larger middle archway there is a small boulevard with slanting roof and rounded arch windows facing both sides. Originally it was used as a Naghareh Khaneh – a place where kettledrums and horns were played to announce sunrise and sunset times. Therefore, the surfaces above the arches are decorated with poly chrome faience panels containing patriotic symbols and verses.
Golestan Palace – Tehran
As we visit this top tourist attraction in our 12 day tour in Iran, we have provided in-depth information about it. The Kakh-e Golestan (Rose Garden Palace) complex is the remnant of the historic Arg (Citadel) of Tehran. It was the main residence of the Shahs of the Qajar Dynasty and one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments in the two hundred year old capital city of Iran. The Safavid Shah Tahmasb I (reigned 1524-1576) had built a defensive wall around Tehran.
His grandson Abbas I (reigned 1587-1629) ordered the construction of a walled quadrilateral garden and plane tree plantation on the inner north side of the Tahmasbian Wall. The enclosure later became the Arg. Today nothing remains of the Safavid period buildings. The oldest standing buildings of the complex are the Eyvan e Takht-e Marmar (lwan of the Marble Throne) and the Khalvat e Karim Khani (Karim Khan’s Private Quarters) – both built in the reign of Karim Khan Zand (1760-1779). All the other sections belong to the Qajar (1795 – 1925) or Pahlavi (1925 – 1979) periods.