12 nights, and 13 days, Minimum 2 Participants, 3*, BB
Tehran (2N), Masuleh (1N), Anzali (1N), Sarein (1N), Tabriz (3N), Takab (1N), Kermanshah (1N), Hamedan (2N)
The western part of Iran is known for having beautiful mountain views and gardens and vast plains. Having a trip to this part of Iran not only reveals the unique nature to the tourists, but also shows the culture along to hard-working, hospitable and kindness of people of this region.
The first city to visit is Tehran, moving westward to, Qazvin, one of the three capitals of the Safavid empire. Driving from Qazvin towards northern part of Iran and moving through Alborz foothills, the Hyrcanian forest will appear in the horizon. The Roodkhan Castle, the Masouleh village and Anzali lagoon are the places you must visit during your stay in northern Iran. Tabriz is the greatest city among western Iran cities, which had and still has a great impact on the Persian culture and history as well. Alongside with the constitutional revelation heritage this city has unique natural sites to offer, including the Kandovan village, a village which its houses are carved into the mountain by villagers some of these houses are dated back to at least 100 years ago. After driving about 150 KMs we arrive to Jolfa near the Aras River, this River divides Jolfa into halfs which one part of it is in Iran and the other part is in Azerbaijan republic.
Uremia Lake is one of the great phenomena in the west of Iran, despite of the environmental problems in recent years, it still retains its beauty.
After visiting the lake, visiting two more world heritage sites is on the to go list, the ancient tomb of Solomon, as well as the Behistun inscription, ancient monuments that will take us to the depths of the ups and downs of Iran history, the Achaemenid and Sassanid eras of the pre-Islamic period.
Day 1: Tehran
Arriving to Tehran, meeting the Tour Guide & transfer to Hotel. After a short rest at the hotel we will have an excursion to the city starting from the north of Tehran Where Sa’dabad Palace is, moving on to Tajrish to have lunch there. Now the best place to go is fire & water Park which is next to Nature Bridge, overnight in Tehran.
Day 2: Masuleh
After breakfast, we go to Masouleh. Going through the road to the historical city of Qazvin and spend some hours there. From the historic sites of the city like Chehelsotoun Palace, the Qazvin market and the Saad al-Sultana palace, the Qajar bath and... we visit. After lunch, we will continue the journey. At sunset we arrive to Masouleh, a historic and touristic village that is known as an example of a world-class staircase architecture.as we enjoy the night in the village we get ready to stay the night there.
Day 3: Anzali
Today is a day of walking in nature. The daylight gives us another glimpse of the beauty of this area. We leave Masouleh to the largest brick castle in Iran, the Rood Khan castle. The only available way to reach this spectacular castle is through a magnificent road and going deep into the jungle. The pavement on the river next to it leads you to the place is behind the ricks and ramps where you have to get off the car and take a walk to the starting point of the massive forest. The difficulty of the way starts from here, which should be a thousand steps up. Of course, the road, with the roaring of the river and the presence of trees, is so beautiful that you have to stand over and over again to watch the scenery so no need to worry about fatigue. After spending one full day in nature, we go to Anzali and stay there for the night.
Day 4: Sarein
Before moving to the next destination, we take a boat ride in the Anzali lagoon and sail between the blue lilies and then go to Sarein. The road passes through the mountains and forests, seeing the beautiful scenery around, does not feel the passing of time. We have lunch along the way, and a brief stop in Ardabil. 25 km from Ardebil, there is a city called Sarein which is famous for spa springs. Warm mineral waters are waiting for us to remove our fatigue. Overnight in Sarein.
Day 5: Tabriz
After breakfast we move toward Tabriz. Tabriz is one of the major cities in Iran and the land of Azeri-speakers. But before that, we take an excursion to Kandovan, a village known for its honey beehive houses in the rocky cliffs. From here on, we will experience a different program. In addition to visiting the sights and attractions of Tabriz, we plan to familiarize you with the western Iran with short trips around Tabriz. You will also enjoy delicious food in Tabriz. Overnight in Tabriz
Day 6: Tabriz
Early in the morning drive to the border town, Jolfa. This city is located on the edge of the Aras River and the border between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which has brought this area closer to the region. Visit historical monuments and natural attractions such as the Church of St. Stephenos, Julfa's historic bathhouse, the "broken mill" waterfall. We also cross the road from the historic city of Marand, and visit places like the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, the vault and castle of Holakou, the Old Mosque, or the market mosque (the mausoleum of Noah's wife). Return to Tabriz and stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Tabriz
Today we are planning to visit Lake Urmia. So we move towards Urmia. The lake is the largest and saltiest lake in Iran, and it is also considered the second largest lake in the world. The lake is located a short distance from the city so we can see the city itself and its market. We return to Tabriz in the afternoon and if we are going to buy souvenirs we have a good opportunity to do this. Overnight in Tabriz.
Day 8: Takab
After breakfast we go to Takab. In the long run we stop in the city of Maragheh and visit some of its historical monuments such as the red dome, dome, Ghafariyeh dome, Shoorsou spring and Maragheh Observatory. Have lunch in Maragheh and continue our journey. By sunset we arrive to Takab. An excursion to Takab, Stay overnight.
Day 9: Kermanshah
Early in the morning, driving 15 kilometers to Takht-e-Suleiman, to see this historic complex. The complex includes the natural lake, the Azargushtasb fire temple, the Anahita Temple, the Chahartaghi building, the Hall and the Shah's palace. It is said that the date of residence on the throne of Solomon returns to the first millennium B.C. and its peak is due to the Sassanid regime. Returning to Takab for lunch and then going to Kermanshah. We spend the night in Kermanshah.
Day 10: Hamedan
Kermanshah is the largest Kurdish city in Iran. The history of this land dates back to centuries. Kermanshah is famous for local music and folkloric songs, unique souvenirs and specialties, great cuisine, religious diversity and warmth and the innumerable hospitality of its people. Starting the day with a city tour and visit Tagh-Bostan. In the following, drive to one of the most important collections of Iranian monuments, enclosures, stones and inscriptions of Bisotun, located near the city. After lunch we move to Hamedan. Overnight in Hamadan.
Day 11: Hamedan
Hamedan is known as the capital of Iranian history and civilization. First we go to Alisadr Cave in Hamedan province, which is located in Alisadr village. The cave is one of the few water caves in the world and the largest of them. Return to Hamedan to have lunch at Ganjnameh Tourist Recreation Complex. Then we go to the tomb of Ibn Sina, the most famous Iranian doctor in the world, next stop is traditional market to buy souvenirs. Overnight in Hamadan.
Day 12: Tehran
After breakfast driving to Tehran, by noon we arrive to Tehran to have lunch, visiting some museums, Overnight in Tehran.
Day 13: Tehran, Departure
Today is the last day of our trip, so we are going to visit places where we hadn’t have opportunity to visit. Our trip will end here and you will leave us with a treasure of so many sweet experiences and memories. Hope to meet you again in Iran.
Visits and entries as indicated in the program.
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