23 Day Tour in Iran

23 Day Tour in Iran

Accompany us on a 23 day tour in Iran to see a lot of pictures through which you can see Iran, its ancient civilization and rich history in greater details. The journey is designed to portray cultural attractions embedded in various ethnic groups throughout this vast land with a huge history and civilization. In this tour to Iran you will witness the magnificence of ancient Persian Empire etched in royal reliefs, pillars of palaces at Persepolis in Fars Province that were once glorious realm of Cyrus the great and his descendant.

Tourist Attractions to Visit in this 23 day tour in Iran

We will travel to the angelic city of Isfahan to see what is left of Safavids Dynasty’s art at every corner. We will walk in various big bazaars with long galleries where the smell of oriental spice and food possess the air, where the intricate alluring patterns of Persian carpets will dazzle your eyes.

In this 23 day tour in Iran, we will set out from the bustling mega-city of Tehran, the capital of Iran unto lush green mountains in the north of Iran and along the churning Caspian Sea‘s coast. Here you will be accommodated in one of the most bewitching cottages in an alluring village.

Afterwards, we set out to universally-renowned Assassins Castle or the Alamut Castle in Qazvin. Then we continue toward Kashan and visit charming Persian gardens and historical houses. In Yazd, we visit the enamoring attractions and spend a night in a salt desert and let our soul to embrace the bottomless infinitude of desert nights where copious gleaming stars have seated radiantly and beautifully against palpitating dark sky. Kharangah is where we will stay for the night.

On this 23 day Iran tour, staying in the valley of Bavanat and witnessing the lives of Khamse nomads gives a special flavor to the journey as visiting Bakhtiari nomads who have been migrating from Khuzestan province to Fars province for centuries. Visit our nomads tour in Iran for more information on various nomadic tribes. In most of the places that we have set for you, we have also come forth with some complementary excursions that can add a new color to you 23-day tour in Iran.

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A Brief Look at ITINERARY of this 23 Day Tour in Iran

Day 1: Reaching Tehran
Day 2: Visiting Tehran and attractions in Tehran
Day 3: Tehran to Lahijan through Kelardasht and Chalous Road
Day 4: Lahijan, then Masuleh
Day 5: Masuleh , then Qazvin through Soltaniyeh
Day 6: Qazvin then trekking up onto Alamut Castle or Worldy-renowned Assassins Castle
Day 7: Qazvin, then unto Kashan through Qom
Day 8: Visiting Kashan and alluring attractions in Kshan
Day 9: Kashan then unto the UNESCO registered Abyaneh Village
Day 10: Kashan then unto Kharanagh through Nain and Meybod
Day 11: Kharanagh then unto Yazd
Day 12: Visiting Yazd and attractions in Yazd
Day 13 Yazd, then unto Bavanat and visiting nomads in Iran
Day 14: Bavanat, then unto Shiraz through Pasargadae & Persepolis
Day 15: spending time in Shiraz and visiting Shiraz highlights
Day 16: still in Shiraz
Day 17: Shiraz – Yasuj through Margoon
Day 18: Yasuj then unto Shahr-e kord through Chogsakhor
Day 19: Shahr-ekord then visit Bakhtiari Nomads (Chelgerd)
Day 20: Chelgerd then unto Isfahan
Day 21: visting Isfahan and Isfahan points of interest
Day 22: still in Isfahan
Day 23: leaving Isfahan

 

23 Day Tour in Iran details:

Day 1: Reaching Tehran

Upon your warm arrival at International Imam Khomeni airport in Tehran (mostly after 12 am), you will be welcome by our agent and then he/she will take you to your hotel in Tehran. The day after, we will start the legendary 23 day tour in Iran.

Day 2:  Visiting the huge Tehran

Tehran, the first city to visit in our 23 day tour in Iran, keeps the legacies of several ruling dynasties. Historical monuments like Golestan Palace from 200 years ago which in this melee and crowd have remained unknown to the inhabitants of this city and the neighbors and people have neglected them. Among the cities of Iran and even in the bigger scale among all countries of the world, Tehran is a city with unique features with most cultural and environmental diversities.

Tehran hears a history of over eight thousand years and it is the only city in Iran which stayed as the capital for more than two centuries after Islam. In 19th and 20th century this city has gone through major urban changes. Therefore, quantity wise it has a very rich cultural heritage where can be found in Iran’s National Museum.  If you travel to Tehran, you’d better know existing of twenty synagogues, thirty churches, more than forty fire temples and one Sikhism temple along with hundreds of mosques and chapels.

To know about detailed itinerary, visit our 1-day Tehran Tour:

Day 3:  Tehran unto Lahijan

After having breakfast, we leave the bustling mega-city of Tehran to start the third day of our 23 day tour in Iran. So, we take our way through the lush green valleys of the Alborz mountain range unto the churning Caspian Sea. In terms of natural scenery, this lush green road, I mean Chalus Road we take is one of the most gorgeous ones  in Iran.

You will find coast stretching along the Caspian Sea as one the greenest strips throughout Iran, and it is so cherished among Iranian people who dwell in desert areas and regions that are dry. We visit the enchanting city of Lahijan which famous is for its cookies and tea plantations. In this picturesque area, we saunter through the tea plantations on the hill of  “Sheitan Kuh” and get a kick out of the spectacular attraction. From above Sheitan Kooh, the city looks just like Venice.

Day 4:  Lahijan to Masuleh

We start the fourth of our 23 day tour in Iran by taking route along the Caspian Sea unto the enchanting village of Masuleh which lies 26 kilometers southwest of Foman in a mountainous region with mild climate. This village is famous for retaining original traditions and culture, and the harmony of architectural style of buildings with its beautiful natural environment.

Although the buildings and houses of this village are not older than the Zand period, the present architecture is based on to the rural architecture of Sassanid era. Considering this feature, it is comparable to the village of Abyaneh. Houses of Masuleh have two or three floors consisting of a summer and a winter section. The rooftop of each house forms the entrance and yard of upper houses.

Day 5:  Masuleh to Qazvin through Soltaniyeh

On the 5th day of our 23 day tour in Iran, we will traverse the Alborz Mountains on your path unto Qazvin, and we will stop to visit the Mausoleum of Oljaitu at Soltaniyeh en route. The enamoring and majestic Dome of Soltaniyeh is one of the biggest brick domes in the globe. This grand dome was built during the Mongol period when it was the capital of Iran. After visiting here, we will go to the city of Qazvin to visit Jame Mosque of Qazvin, the ancient city gate, the Shrine of Shazdeh Hossein and the Chehel Sotoun Palace of Qazvin.

Day 6:  Qazvin then unto trekking to Alamut or the Castle of Assassins

From the city of Qazvin, we continue unto Alamut which almost lies eighty kilometers through a green and in some spots barren mountain range. The famous Castle of Assassins lies atop a ridge and you need to trek for about half an hour. This castle is famous for Hassan Sabbah who promoted Esmaeeli-ye sect in the Seljuk era. He chose this castle as his base. The construction date is not clear but it is attributed to the early Islamic period. The castle is erected on a cliff with an altitude of 2100. The only entrance to the fort is a gate at the end of the southwestern wall. A tunnel is dug parallel to the southeastern wing of the castle in a rock. We stay in a Persian hostel in Alamut for the night, and this is the end of the day 6 of our 23 day tour in Iran.

Day 7: Qazvin to Kashan through Qom

On the 7th day of our 23 day tour in Iran, we drive get back to Tehran, midway between Kashan and Tehran, we will visit the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini who led Islamic revolution to its triumph Iran in 1970s. After that, we will visit Qom, which is considered as one the most significant Islamic city in Iran. Here lies the tomb of Masumeh, Fatemeh, Sister of Imam Reza. This tomb is the most significant pilgrimage spot following the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashahd and annually there are thousands of pilgrimages from neighboring cities such as the countries lying around Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, central Asia, Pakistan to visit this mausoleum.

You will be allowed to visit the interior side of shrine but you cannot take any photos. This shrine is a huge complex with a lot of akhoonds (Muslim clergy), women clothing themselves with the veils like traditional chadors, and pilgrims. Mausoleum of Fatemeh lies at the very center which is circled by mirrored walls. By the dusk or before it, we will reach Kashan, a lovely oasis town with bewitching historical houses and the Fin Garden, one of the most well-known and alluring Persian gardens. For detailed information about tour in Kashan, desert tour in Kashan and Kashan attractions, click here.

Day 8: Kashan

We dedicate a full day visiting Kashan — the cradle of Sialk civilization on the 8th day of our 23 day tour in Iran. This marvelous oasis is a beautiful setting of country from ancient Kashan which is the fine desert city with original customs, beautiful nature that surrounded by Kavir from west and is next to the high mounts from west and south. What we call cultural region is a spot consists of Kashan, Aran and Bidgol, Ardestan, Golpayegan Natanz and Khansar that originally are extensions of Sialk civilization. The attractions Kashan we visit are Fin Garden and Fin Bathhouse, traditional Tabatabaeeha’s House and Borojerdis House.

Tabatabaeeha’s House is one of old houses of Kashan that sits in Sultan Amir Ahmad Quarter of Kashan and adjacent to the mausoleum of Imamzadeh Sultan Mir Ahmad. It belongs to the Qajar era. This house has originally been built in 1298 AH. It consists of two nonindependent parts — two houses that are beautifully joined. The main entrance is in the southeastern corner of the building and consists of several consecutive spaces that connect the portal to the yard.

Day 9: Kashan toward Abyaneh Village

The historical village of Abyaneh lies 40 kilometers northwest of Natanz at the foot of Mount Karkas. The houses are built on is slope bank of Barz Rud River in a step-architecture. The roofs of houses below provide the yard for the house above facades of houses are faced with kind of red soil found in a mine nearby. The simplicity and beauty of traditional architecture of this village has made it one of wonderful attractions of rural architecture in Iran. This is one of the rarest spots humans have mingled beautifully with nature. At the end of the day, you can either return back to Kashan or spend your night in this enchanting village.

Day 10: Kashan to Kharangah through Nain and Meybod

On the 10th day of our 23 day tour in Iran, we will set out to Dasht-e-Kavir, one of the two huge deserts in Iran. The Great Salt Desert is what Dasht-e-Kavir means. On the path, we will stop to visit the desert city of Nain with its well-know Masjide Jameh or Jame Mosque. The next destination is Meybod where we will visit a very old ice house that was used to store ice cubes, very significant in the very heart of the desert.

While we are in Meybod, we will visit one of the well-protected mud castles which was built during Sassanid era which is 1800 years old. From Meybod, we will take the desert highway unto Tabas and then unto Mashhad. This road is a bustling with a lot of trucks. The landscape is impeccably gorgeous and uniformly changing. We will dedicate the night in the captivating desert town of Kharangh, where you will dwell in caravansary belted by desert and rough mountains.

Day 11: Kharangah unto Yazd

On the 11th day of our 23 day tour in Iran we drive from Kharanagh to Yazd. The province of Yazd is one of important ancient regions of Iran that has been at the center of attention for thousands years. This city in the very heart of Iran with rich history and culture. The historical relics and ancient remains of this land is the sign of its antiquity. The handmade tools discovered in Shir Kuh Valley, the stone relief figures of Arnan Mount, the Elamite over-glazed shreds found in Narin Qal’e, etc. are some of these remains. The points of interest in Yazd we will visit are Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Jameh Mosque, Alexander’s Prison, etc.

Day 12: Visiting Yazd

Yazd is famous for being the heart of Zoroastrianism which is an is embedded in old Iranian religion. In this alluring city, we will visit the Atashkade or Zoroastrian Fire Temple (House of Eternal Fire) and Borje Sokot or the Tower of Silence, a burial place dedicated to Zoroastrians. In the evening will visit a Zoorkhaneh (strength ritual) to watch a traditional Iranian dance-like sport led by the beating of drums, yet this is optional. We will stay in a desired hotel in Yazd for the night and the 12th day of this 23 day tour in Iran will come to an end.

Day 13: Yazd unto Bavanat

For some hours we drive to reach  Bavant, a brilliant valley in the Zagros Mountains. We drive through the mountains to spot the Khamseh nomads in the afternoon. In general, we will be able to spot their tents from April to October; it depends on the weather. In fact, the Khamseh tribe is comprised of five tribes: the Nafar, Inalu, Arab, Baharlu, and Basseri, which were bound with each other in the 19th century. In the small village of Bazm, we will sleep in a lovely local house. Here, we will have a local dinner.

Day 14: Bavanat-Shiraz through Pasargade, Persepolis and Necropolis

On the way to Shiraz, you will stop to visit Pasargadae where the tomb of Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, and the remains of the ancient capital are located. This is the place where you will witness ancient art in its grandeur. Architecture was the ruling art at the Achaemenid era; sculpture came second to it, and in fact part of architecture one, much better in any aspect than even the metopes, friezes or gable sculptures of Greek temples were. Near Persepolis, the tombs of Darius the Great and Xerex I are carved into the mountain. After visiting these majestic sights, we continue driving unto Shiraz and reach there late in the afternoon. We will stay in a hotel in Shiraz to finish the 14th day of our 23 tour in Iran.

Day 15: Visiting Shiraz

Welcome to Shiraz, the city of rose, nightingales, poems and ancient civilization. The city of Shiraz has been the capital of this province since the Islamic era. The ancient land of Pars has been the prosperous dwelling place of native Iranians including Elamites. Persians were the first community that resided in Fars after the great migration of Aryans to the plateau of Iran. In this vast province, we will visit highlights that are both pre-Islamic and Islamic.

On this day, we take our time to visit the Nasir–ol-Molk mosque where the sun splatters its rays through the colored glass windows and give birth to colorful panorama on the floor of the main hall. After visiting this marvel, we head to the alluring Narenjestan Ghavam Garden which is close to the mosque. It is optional to visit the mausoleum of Shah-e-Cheragh which is considered as the third most significant religious place in the country. The marvelous combination of mirrors and light of this mausoleum make it fabulously gorgeous. The 15th day of our 23 day tour in Iran will be finished by staying in a hotel in Shiraz.

Day 16: still Cherishing Shiraz

On the 16th day of our tour in Iran, we start to visit to the beautiful Vakil Bazaar. We enter the bazaar and let our soul be amazed in the labyrinthine alleys where we lit our eyes be lit on carpet sellers, copper smiths and spice shops, Qashqai women clothed in dazzling colorful costumes, young and old men have lunch and dinner  in traditional dineries where super delicious smell of Persian dish have possessed the air, and in tea houses smoke shisha. After that, we head unto the magnificent Karim Khan Citadel that dates back to the 18th century Zand dynasty and the gorgeous Vakil Mosque.

Day 17: Yasuj unto Shahre Kurd

We set out to the mountains of Fars to spark off our adventure. When it is summer, this gorgeous area with spectacular scenery stretching along the Zagros Mountains is pregnant with the colorful people of Qashqai and Bakhtiari nomads. By winter, these nomads migrate to the southern spot in the Fars province and the Plains of Khuzestan. On route to Yasuj, we pull over to wander near the Margoon Waterfall. During summer,  Qashqai nomads put up their tents in this area.  Between May and September is the perfect time to visit these nomads.

Day 18: Yasuj unto Shahre Kurd

On the 18th day of our 23-Day Iran tour, we continue our path through the Zagros Mountains to Shahr-e Kord which is famous as “the roof of Iran.” Midway between Yasuj and Shahre Kurd, we stop to visit Chogasar Lake. The beautiful blue lake is belted by snow-topped peaks and is a unique place to spend some time. We will reach Shahr-e Kord in the afternoon. This city is the capital of the Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari province and well-known Bakhtiari nomads’ home.

Day 19: Shahre Kurd. Kooh Rang, we will visit Bakhtiari Nomads

Before reaching the Koohrang Mountains, we will take a road surrounded by spectacular scenery for a couple of hours along rolling green fields rife with fruit trees and shepherds. Koohrang is the dwelling place of the Bakhtiari nomadd who are the biggest nomads in Iran. When it is winter, the friendly hospitable Bakhtiari nomads reside in the Khuzestan’s plains, but the moment snow starts disappear, they start to the migrate to their summer place. When we reach Koohrang area, stretching about the Chelgerd we will behold thousands of tents dotted, Bakhtiari  men clothed in their usual Black and white garments and women dressed colorfully.  For the remaining hours of the day, we witness and enjoy the traditional life of Nomdas.
Note that the perfect time to see nomads is between May and September. If we don’t find any nomads, we will stick to our program  in best possible way.  For the night, either we will choose a hotel in Shahr-e kord as an accommodation or if you will, you can choose to be accommodated in a tent near nomads (in season).

Day 20: Shahre Kurd unto Isfahan

After driving 4 hours, we reach Isfahan. This enchanting city is the most gorgeous place Iran and a marvelous conclusion to this unforgettable trip. This beautiful city is the epitome of the Persian art, architecture and culture. The marvelous blue patterns of mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic mosque and edifices, its long bazaars and the city’s beautiful bridges entails us to spend enough time to spend, to linger on every single beauty.  We will dedicate enough time to see every attraction of significance, to talk to hospitable and curious locals and  seek the best possible souvenirs at Naqshe Jahan Square and Bazaar. You might want to buy a Persian carpet in order to take home.

Day 21: in Isfahan

While we are in downtown Isfahan, we visit the extremely beautiful meters Naghshe Jahan square. The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace and the Imam Mosque are placed on two sides of the square. To visit Imam  Mosque at dawn and dusk is a must since it will be amazing the way the Mosque looks in both times. By the afternoon, we will wander in the big bazaar which is split into parts with various products such as clothing, gold, rugs, antique and jewelry and books. You can find everything here. We stay in a hotel in Isfahan on the 21st day of our 23 day tour in Iran.

Day 22: still in Isfahan

On the 22nd day of our 23 day tour in Iran, have a lot to do in this fabulous city. We will take time to visit the Jame Mosque (a grand sight with the Islamic architecture), Armenian and Christian section in Jolfa, the amazing graveyard “Golestane Shohada”  where those who fought and died on the war between Iran and  Iraq are buried. We also visit the Shaking minarets, Menar Jomban. late in the afternoon, we will stop by the Zayande Rud river . Under some historical bridges over the river  we will find very lovely tea houses. apart from tea or drinks, we can also taste various Iranian delicacies.

Day 23: fly back home

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According to ISNA, quoting from Public Relations Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Farhad Zarei Kordshuly announced that: The oldest works of Paleolithic period, a number of outdoor sights (open site) has history between 28 to 12 thousand years ago.

He pointed out that for the first time, Michael Rosenberg succeed to identify this period in the Persian plains and start the excavation in the “Ashkoft-e Gavi Cave ” in the neighboring of Pasargadae Plains, he continued saying:

From New Paleolithic and post Paleolithic period dating back to 12 to 8 thousand years ago, a considerable number of caves and rock shelters were identified.

He said that in this period livelihoods were based on hunting and gathering seeds, mentioned that after this period, people slowly left the caves and shelters and built the first village on the plains.

From this period, he pointed out that some cultures such as the Jerry and black cultures (related to 8 and 7 millennium BC), Bacon culture (A, B corresponds to the 6th millennium to 4 BC) and a number of other cultures till lapui period (third millennium BC) and said:

From this period also a significant number of hills and archaeological prehistoric settlement discovered that is very important in Prehistoric Archaeology of Iran and specially Persia

The archaeologist went on to identify a number of great facilities such as ghasr-e- dasht large  hill (Vakil Abad hill) belonging to the Iron Age 1, 2, 3 .

Mr. Kordshuly Zarei said that historical periods, particularly at Achaemenid period in the city of Pasargadae is very strong.

Of course, this was a very valuable addition to the World Heritage Site of Pasargadae, very valuable works, including a number of dams (earthen dam), mining, platens channels in the rock known as Dokhtarbor, ducts built into the foothills of earthen Mahoori hillside (called the girls stream), bridge, riprap walls, workshops that product food and lots to deploy and valuable satellite as the area of road identified.

Hamid Reza Kamari, MA in Archaeology Database World Heritage of Pasargadae also continued to identify significant number of cemeteries (rock mass, megalith) and the number of the settlement area belongs to the period of post-Achaemenid to the end of the Parthian period and said: a significant number of hills and extensive landscapes, food harvesting workshops, metal melting workshops, inscription and simple ossuary, horizontal and vertical crypts related to the Sassanid era were identified.

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