Western Iran and Centre
If we compare the trip to Iran to a soup for your soul, the central Iran and desert cities are like the main ingredient of a recipe and the rest parts of Iran are like salt, spices and seasoning. That's why we always put central Iran in our itineraries.
This tour is ideal for those who have seen the main desert city sites and want to see some thing more than classic Iran. The route over mountains and valleys boasts 3 World Heritage Sites on western Iran including Bisotun in Kermanshah, Soltaniyeh in Zanjan and Golestan Palace in Tehran.
In the centre as the seccond part of the trip, you will see the jewels of Iran rich history, Pasargadae and Persepolis in Shiraz, The ancient Qanat system and The Historical City of Yazd, The Masjed-e Jāmé (‘Friday mosque’) and The Meidan Emam in Esfahan and The Persian Garden in Kashan.
UNESCO Highlights :
Behistun in Kermanshah , Soltaniyeh in Zanjan and Golestan Palace in Tehran, Persepolis and Pasargadae in Shiraz, Yazd Historical City, The Persian Gardens in Yazd and Esfahan, , The Masjed-e Jāmé of Esfahan, The Meidan Emam, Golestan Palace, The Persian Qanat
Alisadr Cave, Zagros Mountains, Ovan Lake, Beautiful Landscapes, Desert
Culture and Architecture :
Kermanshah Bazaar, The Temple of Anahita, Kurdish People life style in Kermanshah, Tomb of Esther and Mordechai , Tomb of Avicenna, Ancient inscription of Ganjnameh in Hmedan, Tomb of Baba Tahir the poet in Hamedan, Rakhtshooy Khaneh eddifice and Jaame Mosque in Zanjan, Alamut Castle in Qazvin, Bazaars in Tehran, Shiraz, and Esfahan, Blue Domes and Tiles of the old mosqesin Esfahan
Persian arts and handicrafts like Filigree and Old style knives made in Zanjan, Hamedan Potteries, Prsian Carpet, Persian Miniature, Khatam, Mina
Kermanshahi cookies, Almond stew , Jaghoor Baghoor in Zanjan, Dizi, Lamb Chops, Fesenjoon Stew, Kashko Bademjan, Mirza Ghasemi, Eggplant stew, Yazdi Shouli, Esfahani Beryani, Sour cherry rice, Sweet Rice, Shirazi Kalam Polo, Shirazi salad, Shirazi Ranginak, Kashani Shefte Somagh
Fly from home to Iran, Arrival to Tehran, check in and take rest.
walk in the Grand Bazaar , the best place to interact with locals and be introduced to economy system in Iran and change some Dollars to spend in the rest of the trip and learn about Iranian currency, Rial and Toman. Have lunch in busy bazaar with locals. After Bazaar, visit Golestan palace where You will be astonished by mirror , brilliance and reception halls as well as history that this site has to offer , then go back to the Hotel
We will go to North of Tehran, close to Alborz mountain where the rich and modern Tehran is explicitly seen. Walk in Tajrish bazaar And then go to Saad abad palace where the last Shah lived, You can visit lots of things, furnitures, decorations, paintings, carpets and ect. here is a good place to know about persian Ryal life. then have lunch in Drband in northern of Tehran near the mountains where you can run away from air pollution.
We will fly to Kermanshah in the morning, and we will go to Taghe Bostan that means "Arch of the Garden" is a site with a series of large rock reliefs from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia , carved around 4th century AD. This carvings in the Zagros mountain is around 1700 years old and goes back to the ages when Sassanid Empire ruled Persia. then we will drive 35 kms to Behistun inscriptions The relief carvings in the impressive cliff face and elsewhere at Bisotun have UNESCO World Heritage status and you should not miss the famous relief of Darius receiving supplicants, with its inscription in 3 languages. It's high up on the cliff, however, so take binoculars or a camera with an excellent zoom lens and viewscreen. (Other Bisotun sights don't require these) . We will go back to the city to see Tekye Moaven al-Molk , the Shi'ite mourning site, this site is well known for its exclusive tilings which picturing Islamic battles, Battle of Karbala and pictures of Iranian kings such as Achaemenid kings.
we will walk in Kermanshah Bazaar and taste Kermanshahi cooki
Today morning we
Drive 370 kms to Rasht via Qazvin and visit Rasht Bazaar and The Shahrdari square that ts colonial style is tempered by a token mini dome topping a severe block-like clock tower. The whole area is floodlit at night and the square is a popular people-watching viewpoint. Then drive 30 Kms to Fuman to taste Fumani cookies cooked feshly there , then go to Masouleh village where the buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. While in Rasht or Anzali we can taste delecious Gilani food such as Mirza Ghassemi and Baghala Ghatogh
Today we will go to Anzali and we will stop and see rice farms on our way to Anzali and then go to Anzali Lagoon on a boat. We can walk in the fish market and join groups of people in a tea house to drink a cup of tea with locals. Anzali is the center of caviar production.
Today we will drive to Ardabil , One of the main sights in the city of Ardabil in north-west Iran is the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili , eponymous founder of the Safavid dynasty. we will have a short walk in the old bazaar of Ardabil and taste Qare halva,
then we go to Sareyn which is known for its hot springs near an inactive volcano in mount Sabalan and its water contains sulphur particles . Sareyn is also famous for its 'Ashe Doogh' (Yogurt Soups), during the busy summer periods, it is not uncommon for many of the local shops to be seen selling and preparing this soup. Honey produced in Ardalbil is of high quality
Today we will drive 220 kms to Tabriz, to see one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. Tabriz bazaar is one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. you can see Azerbaijan museum and Saat tower and Blue mosque while in Tabriz
Tabrizi Kuffte is a special recipe from Tabriz with the appearance of big meatballs, which are prepared with a mixture of ground meat, rice, leeks and some other ingredients.
Today we will go to Kandovan that is a unique historical villages located about an hour drive away from Tabriz.
It is famous because of its strange shape of houses; instead of building houses with bricks, clay, etc. people dug holes inside rocks and made enough space for living area like a house. in the afternoon we will drive back to Tabriz to see El Gulu where we can see Tabrizi people from different walks of life relaxing in the park next to the lake.
Today we will Visit Vakil Hammam, Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar that were built as a service complex about 250 years ago , besides we can see Saray-e Moshir. in the evening go to Hafez Tomb where you can walk and talk with young Iranians who go there to be chanted with the Love and positive feelings in the air . Hafez was a love poet and for many lovers his tomb is the symbol of love
We can taste Shirazi Klaam Polo and Ranginak in Shiraz
In the morning we will visit Pink Mosque, then drive50 kms to see The ruins of the ancient capital of the Achaemenid kings of Persia , Persepolis and the royal Necropolis. Be prepared by bringing sunscreen creams and sun glasses and hats for 3 hours of walking in Peresepolis then go to Necroplois where you can see the tombs of Achaemenids kings carved in the mountains.
Then drive bak to Shiraz in the aftenoon and visit Saadi tomb and Shah Cheragh Shrine
Today we wll go to Passargadae and see the Tomb of Cyrus the Great and ruins of his palaces. then drive 150 kms to Abarkuh to see one of the oldest cypress trees in the world aged 4000 years. drive 150 kms more to arrive to Yazd
City tour of Yazd, including the Fire Temple of Zoroastrians, claimed as the most ancient monotheist religion , then the Tower of silence, where Zoroastrians exposed the dead bodies to vultures to be eaten.
then visit Amirchakhmagh Complex and then Water Museum. see Dolat Abad Garden as it stands out from the rest of the gardens for its tallest wind tower in Iran . then walk in the old town and see how the high mud wind towers work to cool down the houses naturally, we will see the Jame Mosque at the end
Drive 50 kms to Maybod to see Pigeon Tower , the Old Ice House and Pttery Workshops to learn how to use a potter's wheel. Then drive 100 kms to Naein well known for its silk carpets and old Jame mosque, have lunch in Naein in a restaurant which was designed by Farah Diba
we will be in Esfahan in the affternoon
Visit The second biggest square in the world, Naghshe Jahan or Imam square where art, architecture, history, ancient and modern Iran come together; on four corners you can see two Beautiful Mosques, one Palace and the grand Bazaar, built in Safavid era 400 years ago
Shops in this square have the best collection of handcrafts from all around the country, from carpets, enameled plates ,wood block print fabrics, filegry and etchings . not only can you do shopping but you can see tens of workshops, young boys and girls working there. Have lunch in a Traditional restaurant and then visit Chehelsotoon Palace and Royal garden built in Safavid era , 400 years ago
in Esfahan you can try Beryani and Khoresht Mast
Today we will See the Jame mosque, then Armenian church ,This beautiful little cathedral has lovely frescos in a curious blend of Orthodox Christian and Islamic motifs (the decoration of the glorious dome), Khajoo Bridge, a beautifull bridge extending from one side to the other looks awesome at night with colorful lights and water flowing beneath the bridge lots of young couples singing and reciting poems by the famous poets , Sio seh pol bridge is another bridge you should see when you are in Esfahn
Today we will say goodbye to Esfahan and drive 150 kms to Kashan, on our way we will stop in Abyaneh Village,
then go to Kashan to see Fin Garden and Tabtabai House, and Aghabozorg Mosque. in Kashan you can taste Dizi and Lamb and bean which are especialties from this city.
Today we will pack our luggages check out and then go to Kashan Bazaar to see Timcheh Amin-o-Doleh , see Broujerdi mansion ,a famous landmark and sample of a traditional persian house then learn how Kashani people make rose water by distillating rose petals, rose water and perfume from Kashan is very famous and known in the world.
in the afternoon we will drive 200 kms to the international airport and fly back home
The experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. There are some activities to do and some places to visit while you are visiting Central Iran which are not included in the tour, you can make an enquiry for the one you like, our specialists will consider your request and put them in your itinerary
If you are planning to visit Yazd, don't hesitate to visit bafgh desert when you come. there you can see a really beautiful view of the stars during the night . you can enjoy also camel riding there.
It is a temple of Zoroastrians just 1 hour far from Yazd. if you want to go there you have to take a tour for Kharanaq, chak chak and meybod
The peace and calmness you can find here is excellent because of the great view and also being away from city
Shabneshini (Iranian Night Gathering) is one of Iran's long-standing traditions which has left many sweet and memorable memories for Iranians. Iranian families night gatherings have certain customs that are a symbol of Iranians’ family reunion
Be sure to book a visit sunset in Zeinodin caravanserai which doubles as a unique landmark in the daytime and a stargazer’s paradise at night. you can see the milky way and listen to the astrologer stories
When is the best time to visit the Central Iran
During spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) Iran is at its most vibrant, this is the best time to travel if you want to see flowers everywhere or bright red leaves which add contrast to the scenery. To visit central Iran , June, July and August weather is hot and dry an it can be considered as the low season of tourism in Iran. The rest of the year, even in January and February which is considered to be winter , the weather is nice and warm in the day time, though it is highly recommended by travel guidebooks that the best time to travel to Iran is in April and October, the russh of tourists in these two months increases the cost of the services and the rate of the hotel prices. our epecialists who have been all around Iran in four seasons suggest you to avoid waiting in the long lines to visit tourist attractions , consider off season times to visit Iran
The weather is usually cool, dry and sunny during January and sites are much less crowded than later in the year. In northern Tehran there is a heavy snowfall in the mountains making conditions good for skiing.
you can go to Shemshak and Dizin ski resort for skiing.
February is the peak of the ski season in north Tehran. Across the Central Iran days are generally cool, dry and sunny and many attractions are less busy than at other times of the year.
The weather starts to get milder in March and blossom on the plum and almond trees marks the beginning of spring. As this month is a popular time to prepare for Nowruz holidays, the bazaars gets very busy towards the end of the month. The last week of May is a national holiday and one of the busiest weeks of the year for domestic travelers.
This is the peak viewing time for visiting Iran as the trees start to bloom. The gardens during this time is beautiful and provides a magical experience, but if you travel during this time you have to expect everywhere to be very busy, and hotel rates escalate too.
The weather in May is pleasantly warm and usually dry, and the vegetation is green and vibrant. deal temperatures in most of Iran with generally mild, clear weather
This time of year is getting a bit hot and dry .Warmer weather in June means fewer travellers.
Temperatures are high but dry. women do not have to be covered. only a scarf and long sleeves.. loose slacks and a long shirt.You can easily walk around Yazd, Isfahan, Tehran and Shiraz in the middle of the day. But there is rarely anything open from about 2 till 5pm, so it makes a great time to have a sleep/ visit a museum. Most Iranians eat very late at night so most places are open till 12 midnight and the night is more exciting and great for people watching.
It is a busy domestic travel period as it is the school holidays. The weather is generally hot and dry across the country, Central cities are a little warmer during August but it is not intolerably hot. There is an advantage of going during the summer there, as the top sights are opened longer
Skies are often clear and blue, although the weather can still be hot . In the second and third week of September many Iranians travel to the North, near the Caspian sea, during which prices increase . Septebmber is the beginning of the pistachio harvest
This is the start of the autumn season for the Cenrral part of Iran and brings striking red and gold hues to the landscape. The weather begins to cool down from the heat of the summer, making October a pleasant time to visit.
This is the peak time to see the colourful leaves in Central Iran, it is the harvesting time for pomegranate. you can drink fresh pomegranate juice everywhere
The weather is cool and typically dry in December, and the country isn’t busy for the first couple of weeks which makes it a good time to visit if you don’t mind the cold temperatures. it will snow in the mountains and if you are lucky you might see rain during your visit to Central Iran.
Staying in a traditional hotel, is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the ancient Iranian history
Clean and simple but limited facilities.
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