The Best of Western Iran

Departure Date:
Tuesday 14 April 2020
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Starting price:
1299
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This journey is designed for those who are visiting Iran for a second time, especially those who are into nature, culture and history at a same time. In this journey we will be discovering some astonishing sceneries and so many historical places. Moreover you will get to know about Turk Azeri people living in the Northwest of Iran, Kurdish people living in the west of Iran and Arabic people living in the Southwest of Iran. All of these cultural and historical experiences will come together with one fascinating cave which is considered as the biggest water cave in the world, Ali Sadr Cave.
Tour names
The Best of Western Iran
Operator
Departure date
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Return date
Saturday 25 April 2020
Starting from
Tehran
Starting Price
1299 Euro
Nights
11
Discount
75 Euros discount until end of December purchase
accommodation
5 - 4 - 3-stars hotel or boutique hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
Age range
19 to 85
Travel style
Small Group Tour/Guaranteed Departure
Transportation
Transportation by deluxe vehicle
Group size
Small groups (6-12 Paxs)
Deposit
30%
Contact
+1-778-833-0241
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Address
Head office location: Vancouver, Canada

The Best of Western Iran Tour Overview: 

This journey is designed for those who are visiting Iran for a second time, especially those who are into nature, culture and history at a same time. In this journey we will be discovering some astonishing sceneries and so many historical places. Moreover you will get to know about Turk Azeri people living in the Northwest of Iran, Kurdish people living in the west of Iran and Arabic people living in the Southwest of Iran. All of these cultural and historical experiences will come together with one fascinating cave which is considered as the biggest water cave in the world, Ali Sadr Cave.

Highlights:

  • Soltaniyeh mosque (UNESCO)
  • Colorful Mountains of Zanjan and Tabriz
  • Biggest Covered Bazaar in the world in Tabriz (UNESCO)
  • Ancient city and temple of Shahr Yeri (1450-7000 BC)
  • Shekh Safi-ad-din mosque (UNESCO)
  • St. Stephanus monastery (UNESCO)
  • Kandovan village
  • Takht-e Solyman Fire Temple (UNESCO)
  • Ali Sadr Cave
  • Tagh-e Bostan and {Bisotun (UNESCO)}
  • Susa and Apadana Palace (UNESCO)
  • Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Complex (UNESCO)
  • Karun River

Included services:

  • Accommodation: 5 - 4 - 3-stars hotel or boutique hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Transport: Private first-class vehicle
  • Domestic flight: Ahvaz to Tehran
  • Visa Reference Code: Required to apply for your Iranian Visa
  • Guide: English-speaking Local Guide
  • Refreshment: 250 ml bottled water and juice per person, once a day
  • One Special Dinner in Tabriz

Excluded services:

  • Flight: International flight
  • Visa: Your Iranian Visa
  • Insurance: It will be upon arrival at the airport (about 15 Euros)
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees: Mentioned monuments

We have an avaliable extension to this tour as well.

Itinerary

Day 01: Tehran (arrival with International flight) (-,-,-)

On your arrival to Tehran, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Tehran.
Depending on your arrival, we will have some city tours for you.
Overnight: Tehran

Day 2: Tehran – Soltaniyeh - Tabriz (650 km / Duration 8 hours / Highway) (B,-,-)

Today we will drive to Tabriz, to the biggest and the most historical city in North West of Iran. Tabriz is a gate between Europe and Asia, North and South, and with its biggest covered Bazaar in the world is a must to do in Iran.
On our way to Tabriz, we will visit Soltanyeh mosque (World Heritage Site), the widest brick made dome in the world and the third highest. This gigantic mosque is visible almost from 10 km away. After our visit to Soltaniyeh mosque we will continue to colorful mountains on the way to Tabriz, these mountains are like a rainbow on the mountains along the road. We will have a short but spectacular stop for photography.
On your arrival to Tabriz, we will visit the most famous park in Iran, Elgoli Park, formally called Shah Goli, this park is a place for Tabrizi people to spend their free time with their friends or families.
What you will explore today:
• Soltaniyeh Mosque (World Heritage Site)
• Colorful mountains
• Elgoli Park
Overnight: Tabriz

Day 3: Tabriz (B,-,-)

Tabriz is a home to Turk-Azeri speaking people with their own tradition and culture different than the rest of Iran. Today our tour will start with Constitution House of Tabriz, Tabriz and its heroes, Satar Khan, Bagher Khan and people of Tabriz fight against central government for a year to their deaths for having parliament in Iran and they succeeded. By visiting this house, you will get to know about this history and its heroes, after our visit to this place, we will continue to Tabriz Jameh mosque. Tabriz Jameh mosque with its forty stone columns is defiantly worth visiting.
Now is the time to step to the biggest covered historical bazaar in the world, Tabriz Bazaar (World Heritage Site). In this bazaar you will get to know about bazaars and how they work and all the elements of the Bazaars and most importantly, you may get to buy Persian Carpet from the World Carpet City, yes, Tabriz is officially accredited with the title ‘World Carpet City’ by the World Crafts Council (WCC).
We will continue our tour to Tabriz City Hall and from there to Blue mosque of Tabriz. There are few famous blue mosques around the world which Tabriz Blue Mosque is truly an exception among all of them with its unique turquoise tile work. Azarbaijan museum is next to the blue mosque so the best way to explore the history of Azerbaijan provinces is here in the second biggest archeological museum of Iran.
The tour will continue by visiting Tabriz city hall and from there to the Arg-e Alishah.
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Day 4: Tabriz – Ardabil – Tabriz (500 km return / 5 hours / Road) (B,-,D)

Today we will drive to Ardabil one of the historical cities in Northwest of Iran, we have custom-crafted this tour in a way that you go through one circle road and visit some amazing stops on both ways.
So on our way to Ardabil, we will have a short stop to visit colorful mountains of Ahar and Tabriz along the way; these colorful mountains are similar to the ones that you have visited. Then we will continue our way to ancient city of Shahar Yeri an archeological site with more than 7 thousand years history and a unique temple from Iron Age period.
Once we arrive to Ardabil we will visit Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardabili Complex recorded as a world heritage site, this complex has so many things to offer and show to its visitors.
On our way back we have chosen different way back, so you will see different scenery. Return to Tabriz.
What you will explore today:
• Colorful mountains
• Ancient city of Shahar Yeri
• Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardabili Complex
Overnight: Tabriz

Day 5: Tabriz – Jolfa – Kandovan (360 km / Duration 5 hours / Road) (B,-,-)

After having your breakfast in your hotel we will hit the road towards Jolfa city to visit St. Stephanus monastery which is located 160 km North of Tabriz. This monastery is one of the two most important monasteries in Iran. On our way we will have a short stop to Khaje Nazar Caravansary and Chupan chapel.
Then we will drive back to go through Tabriz to get to the Kandovan village. Once we arrived there, we will start our exploring by having a little 15 minutes hike to the high hill across to the village to have a panorama view of Kandovan village. Here you can take lots of great shots and enjoy fantastic view of the village.

Then we will walk back to the village and start discovering each neighborhood of it and visit some local houses and make some shopping for a sustainable tourism: it can be dry fruits, nuts or handicrafts. Our last but least experience of a day will be enjoying delicious tea at local house.
What you will explore today:
• St. Stephanus monastery (World Heritage Site)
• Khaje Nazar Carvansary
• Chupan chapel
• Kandovan village
Overnight: Kandovan

Day 6: Kandovan – Urmia Lake – Takht-e Soleyman (350 km / Duration 6hours / Road) (B,-,-)

Getting up early in Kandovan can be rewarding to enjoy quietness of the village, and listen to the birds singing. Today we will head more south towards Takht-e Soleyman Fire Temple(World Heritage Site) and our way we will have off side road trip towards Urmia lake to visit the second salty lake in the world which unfortunately it is drying out due to many reasons.
What you will explore today:
• Kandovan village
• Urmia Lake
Overnight: Nosrat Abad village

Day 7: Takht-e Solyman

Takht-e Solyman (World Heritage Site) was one of the three most important Zoroastrians fire temples during Sasanian kingdom (1800 years ago). This huge temple and palace is surrounded by high walls with a big natural mineral spring and pool in the middle of it. Walking to this temple will give you a sense and feeling of traveling back in time.
After our visit to this archeological site we will visit Solyman prison and then hot mineral swimming pool to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
What you will explore today:
• Takht-e Solyman (UNESCO)
• Mineral Swimming Pool to swim

Overnight: Takht-e Solyman

Day 8: Takht-e Solyman – Ali Sadr (230 km / Duration 3.5hours / Road) (B,-,-)

After our breakfast we will head towards Hamadan where you can find one of the most amazing caves in the world and the largest cave in the world. Evidence from the cave indicates that Ali Sadr Cave has been used as a shelter by primitive men.
What you will explore today:
• Ali Sadr Cave

Overnight: Ali Sadr

Day 9: Ali Sadr – Hamadan – Bisotun - Kermanshah (230 km / Duration 3hours / Road) (B,-,-)

Today we will leave towards Kermanshah with one incredible stop on the way. We will visit Bisotun which has the biggest inscriptions in the world and the most important inscriptions of Darius the Great. After our visit we will continue toward Kermanshah and visit Tagh-e Bostan and amazing inscriptions and carvings from Sasanian dynasty.
Then we will continue to visit Tekyeh Moaven al-molk, one of the elegant and magnificent monuments that has remained from Qajar period in Kermanshah. Next, we will visit Shafei-ha mosque and then Kermanshah bazaar.
What you will explore today:
• Bisotun (UNESCO)
• Tagh-e Bostan
• Tekyeh Moaven al-molk and Shafei-ha Mosque

Overnight: Kermanshah

Day 10: Kermanshah – Shushtar (410 km / Duration 6hours / Road) (B,-,-)

It is time to head more south where you will see a big change in the weather and landscape, totally different world than the rest of Iran. Our next destination is Shushtar but before Shushtar we will have some amazing stops in Susa and Chogha zanbil. In Susa we will visit Apadana Palace of Darius the Great and French castle. Then we will continue towards Chogha zanbil to visit Ziggurat, the largest ziggurat in the world (1250 BC).
What you will explore today:
• Apadana Palace (UNESCO)
• French castle in Susa
• Chogha Zanbil (Ziggurat) (UNESCO)
Overnight: Shushtar

Day 11: Shushtar

Shushtar is one of the oldest cities in Iran with few incredible tourist attractions in it, which one of them is Shushtar water mills, the biggest industrial complex before industrial revolution in Europe. In Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Complex you will visit more than 40 water mills, natural refrigerator and lots of other things. Perhaps this will be one of top 3 places you will visit during this trip. After our visit to Shushtar water mills we will visit Salasel castle and Dariun water channel before heading to Karun river speed boat experience.
What you will explore today:
• Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Complex (UNESCO)
• Salasel castle
• Dariun channel
• Karun river speed boat experience
Overnight: Shushtar

Day 12: Shushtar – Ahvaz – Tehran (By flight)

Today after our breakfast, we will get transfer to Ahvaz city for our flight to Tehran.
End of our service


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