Iran is a huge country of very high biodiversity. 16 days in not enough time to experience all the beauties and tourist attractions in Iran. However, Iran Last Minute Group does its best to shed a vast light on the spectacular and remarkable points of interest in Iran in this 16 day tour in Iran. In this 16 day Iran tour, we will visit Tehran, Hamadan, Kermanshah, Khoramabad, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Yazd, Na’in, Isfahan, Abyaneh and Kashan.
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Day 1: Tehran, Let’s Start 16 Day Tour in Iran
When your plane lands at Imam Khomeini Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide in Iran. Then, you will be transferred to your specified hotel in Tehran and stay there overnight. Tomorrow we are going to start our magnificent 16 day tour in Iran.
Day 2: Tehran unto Hamedan
After we have breakfast in the morning, we hit the road to start the second day of our 16 day tour in Iran by driving for 322 km to reach Hamedan. The first tourist attraction in Hamedan to visit is Ali Sadr Cave which is a cavern or a huge subterranean water cave. We will be traversing darkened cave by paddling a boat for about 90 minutes. 40 meters high are the caverns and the river goes 14 meters deep. Ali Sadr Cave is believed to connect to Katale Khor Cave in Zanjan province. We stay overnight in a specified hotel in Hamedan.
Day 3: Hamedan City Tour
On the third day of our 16 day tour in Iran, we have a full Hamedan day tour. We will visit some of the famous attractions in Hamedan such as Avicenna Tomb, Baba Tahir Tomb, Hegmataneh pre-Islamic Museum, Ganj Nameh Inscription, and Tomb of Esterr and Mordkhani. We will stay overnight in a hotel in Hamedan.
Day 4: Hamedan to Kermanshah
Kermanshah used to be the land and the house of the people living in paleolithic and Neolithic age. In National Museum of Iran, you will see a lot of artifacts and ancient objects which are found in Kermanshah. There are some historical monuments found in this ancient city which was of paramount importance in the history of Iran such as Achaemenid and Sasanian eras. The points of interest we will visit in the 4th day of our 16day tour in Iran in Kermanshah are Anahita Temple, Bisotun, Taq Bostan. We will stay overnight in a specified hotel in Kermanshah.
Day 5: Kermanshah to Khoram Abad, Shush
On the morning of the 5th day, we drive to Dezful through Khorramabad in Lorestan Province. Falak-ol-Aflak is a grand castle sitting on hilltop in Khoram Abad. This is where we stop and visit such glorious castle. We stay overnight in a hotel in Shush to put an end to the 5th day of our lovely 16 day tour in Iran.
Day 6: Khoramabad to Shushtar
In the morning, we set out to the ancient cities of Shushtar and Shush to begin the 6th day of our 16 day tour in Iran. We will visit Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System which is one of the most significant tourist attractions in Iran. This famous tourist site used to be a complex for irrigation. After that, we drive to visit Chogha Zanbil which is an ancient Elamite Temple which is one of the rare Ziggurat or a massive structure built on a raised area. Another famous point of interest to visit is the tomb of Daniel, the Jewish prophet. We will stay overnight on a hotel in Ahvaz.
Day 7: Ahvaz to Persepolis
On the 7th day of our 16 day tour in Iran, we drive from Ahvaz to Shiraz. On route, we stop to visit the remains of what is left of the ancient city of Tang-e Chogan (the Valley of Polo) where a collection of bass reliefs tell the olden tales of Sassanid Empire, the second great empire after Acheamenids. We reach Shiraz by the evening and stay overnight in a hotel in Shiraz.
Day 8: Full Shiraz Day Tour
After 2000 years of history, Shiraz has gained the title of the heartland of Persia. The name Shiraz evokes many beautiful things in mind: nightingales, poetry, wine and education. Two great and universally known poets ‘Sadi and Hafiz’ are from Shiraz. The points of interest in Shiraz, the hub of culture, we visit are Narenjestan Ghavam, Karimkhan Citadel, Nasir Almolk Mosque, Vakil Complex (Vakil Mosque, Bazaar and Bathhouse), Eram Garden, Vakil Bazar, Hafez and Sadi Tombs, and Shah Cheragh Shrine. We stay overnight in a specified hotel in Shiraz to finish the 8th day of our 16 day tour in Iran.
Day 9: Shiraz to Persepolis, then unto Yazd
In the morning, we hit the road to Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persian Empire. We visit the palaces of Persepolis, whose remains still evoke the wonder and admiration of all tourists. The site of Persepolis is the best known of the period. Projecting from the cliffs to overlook a wide fertile plain is a great rectangular terrace with masonry sustaining walls, whose construction was begun by Darius and influenced by Xerxes and Artaxerxes I. After visiting these famous Iran highlights, we drive to Yazd and stay overnight in a specified hotel in Yazd.
Day 10: Yazd City Tour
The 10th day of our 16 day tour in Iran is dedicated to the gorgeous and ancient city of Yazd. About 200 hectares of the city of Yazd is registered as UNESCO World Heritage. Yazd is considered as an adobe city where people still live. It is so exciting experience to walk through alleys that wind through brown mud houses which have still the look and aura of past to themselves. Zoroastrianism which is an ancient Persian religion is still practiced by some people in Yazd. We will visit Zoroastrian Fire Temple. There are a lot of other beautiful attractions in Yazd. The points of interest in Yazd we will visit are as follows:
- Dowlat Abad Garden, which is an authentic Persian Garden
- Jameh Mosque, a peak of Persian architecture
- Art gallery,
- Amir Chakhmaq Complex,
- Yazd Water museum,
- Tower of Silence,
We stay overnight in a traditional hotel in Yazd.
Day 11: Yazd to Nain, then unto Isfahan
In the morning after breakfast we set out to Isfahan and on route we stop at Nain city. We visit Nain Jameh Mosque which is one of the oldest and most important mosques in Iran in terms of design and architectures. The Pigeon Tower and Weaving Workshop are two other beautiful tourist attractions in Iran we visit. By the evening we reach Isfahan, the half of the world and stay in a hotel in Isfahan overnight.
Day 12: Full Day Isfahan City Tour
Many consider Isfahan as the most beautiful city in Iran. Just a visit to Naqshe Jahan Square or Imam Square will prove the beauty if this city right. There are a lot to visit in Isfahan and cherish. Some of the points of interest we will visit are as follows:
- Sheykh Lotfolah Mosque,
- Emam Mosque,
- Ali Qapu Palace,
- Qeysarieh Bazaar,
- Chehel Sotun Palace,
- Khaju Bridge,
- Siosepol Bridge,
We stay overnight in a hotel in Esfahan.
Day 13: Isfahan, then to Abyaneh Village and unto Kashan
After breakfast, we visit some of the other attractions in Esfahan such as Jameh Mosqhe of Isfahan, Vank Church, a super beautiful Armenian Church. After that we drive to Abyaneh Village whose very foundation goes back to 2500 years ago. People still live in the same old simple ways. After visiting Abyaneh, we drive to Kashan and stay overnight in a hotel in Kashan.
Day 14: Kashan then to Tehran the Capial
Kashan is a small but a lovely city which can turn out to be so poetic to every traveler’s eyes. There is Fin Garden, an authentic Persian Garden we visit, Tabatabaeiha House, and old traditional house with a soulful beauty. Soltan mit Ahmad Bathhouse and Aqa Bozorg house are two of the other beautiful attractions in Kashan we will visit and then drive to Tehran. We stay overnight in a hotel in Tehran.
Day 15: a Full Tehran City Tour
On the 15th day of our 16 day tour in Iran, we dedicated a full day for sightseeing Tehran. The points of interest in Tehran we will visit are the remrarkably beautiful Golestan Palace, the huge Tehran Grand Bazaar, Jewelry Museum, Nature Bridge and Azadi Tower. We stay overnight in a hotel in Tehran.
Day 16: Half-Day Tehran City Tour
After breakfast, we leave our hotel in Tehran at 9:3 for a half-day Tehran city tour. Other Tehran highlights we will visit are Carpet Museu on Keshavarz street, Darband and Saadabad Palace in the north of Tehran. Then transfer back to IKA.
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If you travel to Iran, like most of travelers, Tehran might not be your prime destination, but we have to say there are gorgeous sights in Tehran which are worth visiting like the Sa’d Abad Cultural and Historic Complex. Tehran The founder of the Sa’dAbad palace complex was Reza Shah Pahlavi (reigned 1926 – 1941) who erected all the palaces and pavilions except for one old, Qajar period building that already existed. After the Islamic Revolution (1979) some of the palaces were converted into ‘Palace Museums’ and others became simply museums. 1-The Green Palace Museum (Shahvand Palace) was built to a traditional Iranian plan – in marked contrast to the other palaces – and is decorated with stucco work, wall illuminations and Khatam (inlaid) work. The majestic interior contains fine furniture, Iranian carpets, porcelain vessels and splendid chandeliers brought from abroad; 2- The People’s Palace Museum (White Palace) is a three-storey building with 54 halls and chambers. The exterior design was inspired by German architecture. The interior architecture is a fusion of Iranian, Russian and Byzantine styles. The beautiful white plaster paneling and stucco work have given the palace its name; 3-The Abkar Museum houses a collection of miniature paintings, hairpin ornaments, illuminations, trellis work and album covers by the famous Isfahani artist Clara Abkar and also a collection of her ethnographic works; 4-The Museum of Fine Arts, formerly the building of the royal court ministry, houses a collection of valuable paintings by Iranian artists and 16th Century AD European artists; 5-The Mir Emad Museum of Writing and Calligraphy; 6-The Museum of Ethnographic Research – formerly Princess Shams’ residence;?-The Military Museum – formerly Prince Shahram’s residence; 8-The Hossein Behzad Museum of Miniature Painting; 9-The Iranian National Museum of Water; 10-The Farshchian Picture Gallery.
The Tang e Vashi Bas-relief- Finizkuh, Tehran Province
This beautiful bas-relief, which is one of the beautiful points of interest in Tehran, is located in the Tang e Vashi (Vashi Gorge) west of the village of Jalizjand in Firuzkuh county. It has been carved on a cliff face on the left side of the raging river at a very narrow point of the gorge. The dimensions of the bas-relief are 6×7 metres. There are four rows of inscription in the upper part and two in the lower part in a beautiful Nasta’liq script. They document some of the events of the reign of Fath Ali Shah Qajar (1797 -1834) and include some verses of poetry and some verses from the Koran. In the centre there is an equestrian figure of Fath Ali Shah hunting deer with his Crown Prince Abbas Mirza Nayeb os-Saltaneh and a number of other princes and courtiers in attendance. Some of them are riding horses and some of them are on foot. The names of these personages have been engraved beside their figures.
The Jame’ Mosque – Varamin, Tehran Province
You might be interested in discovering historical monuments which have remained unknown, if so read about this sight in Tehran province. The Masjed e Jame’ (Congregational Mosque) of Varamin is an architectural masterpiece of the 8th Century Al-I (14th Century AD). It is like a museum of various arts and crafts like brickwork, stucco work, tile work and stalactite faience. Its construction was started in the reign of the Ilkhanid Sultan Mohammad Khodabandeh (Uljaitu) and completed in that of his son Abu Sa’id. The master architect was one Ali of Qazvin. The mosque was restored in the reign of the Timurid Sultan Shahrokh (15th Century AD) and the Mihrab (prayer niche) in the dome chamber was probably added in that period. The mosque has a four-Lyvan (iwan) plan. The dome chamber, main Eyvan, entrance portal and forecourt are all aligned on the longitudinal axis of the mosque – a unique architectural design. Unusually, the majestic entrance portal stands out prominently from the main structure.
It is beautifully decorated with azure and turquoise colored glazed tiles and unglazed tiles. A pair of minarets used to stand atop the portal and there is a pool and water storage tank in front of it. These indicate that the mosque once had a vaster forecourt. The main (south) Eyvan and the dome chamber arc also decorated with glazed and unglazed tiles. The interior surfaces of the dome chamber and its Mihrab are covered with beautiful stucco work. The inscriptions, in simple and decorative Kufic, Thuluth and geometric scripts, both within the mosque and on its portal, are particularly beautiful and spiritual.
The Shrine Of Shah Cheragh, Shiraz
This religious and historical sight is also one of the noteworthy attractions of Shiraz that we will visit in our 16 day tour in Iran. The mausoleum of Seyyed Mir Ahmad, son of the Seventh Imam and the elder brother of Imam Reza- popularly known as Shah e Chem (King of the Candelabrum) has given an air of holiness and sanctity to the city center of Shiraz, the shrine was originally built by Amir Mogan-e -Din Mas’ud – a minister of the Atabeks of Fars (7th Century All and 13111 Century AD) – but has been repaired and restored many times since then.
In the most recent restoration an onion shaped dome, built of concrete on a steel framework and decorated with superb mosaic faience, was added to the sanctuary building. The main mausoleum building is on the west side of a very large courtyard. Its main (east) Eyvan (iwan) has a teak wood ceiling on which the Names of Allah and the Prophets have been written with letters carved from maple and bitter orange wood. Its roof supports two small minarets – one at each end. The tomb’s sanctuary is a very large hall with large alcove chambers on all four sides. It is famous for its splendid stalactite mirror work, that covers its entrance, walls and ceiling vaults. The Zarih (votive lattice railing around the grave) was commissioned by Fath Ali Shah Qajar and stands in the hall directly beneath the dome. The floors of the shrine are covered with the same marble that the plinths of the columns in the Eyvan arc made of The sanctuary’s main entrance from the east Eyvan is fitted with a gilt and enamel-work door built by craftsmen from Isfahan. This has replaced the old silver Zell os-Soltani door, now placed in the shrine’s museum.