Heart of Iran 16 Days

Tabiat bridge.steptoiran.comDay 1: Arrive to Tehran. Visit Tehran and fly to Shiraz

Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people. A combination of factors make Tehran a pleasant place to visit: The dry climate which is constantly cool (at least in the evenings), the proximity of the mountains, the parks and gardens where flowers blossom all through the year, the alleys of trees in the avenues or even smaller streets, and even the water that runs down from the upper city along deep and wide gutters which look like small rivers during spring. The Alborz range on the north of Tehran, which hosts the highest peak in Iran, provides fantastic conditions for ski lovers in the winter.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Golestan Palace

- Bazar

- Archeological Museum

- Jewels Museum

Note:Jewels Museum is closed on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. It will be replaced with Carpet Museum. Tehran Grand Bazaar is closed on Fridays and official holidays and only some shops are open around the Bazaar.

Tomb of Saadi.steptoiran.comDay 2: Visit Shiraz

Shiraz is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature and flowers.

Shiraz is the birthplace of two famous Persian poets Hafez and Saadi. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Nasir Almolk mosque

- Hafez Tomb

- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh Shrine

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

Persepolis.Steptoiran.comDay 3: An excursion to Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae

Magnificent Persepolis, the center of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenids embodies the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis, Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., was built on a huge terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex. The monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you no doubt how grand this empire was.

Next is Necropolis,the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.

On the way we will have a stop in Pasargadae to visit this world heritage site. The tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemanian Empire, is the highlight of Pasargadae. The wonderful architecture of his tomb, the huge fertile land over there beside the brave personality of Cyrus the Great inspires the visitors.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

- Pasargadae

Maharlo lake.steptoiran.comDay 4: Drive to Kerman via Sirjan

Located west of Kerman Province, Sirjan is the second most populated city in the province and neighbors Shahre Babak and Rafsanjan in the north, Bardsir and Baft in the east, Hajjiabad in the south and Neyriz in the west. Sirjan experiences cold winters and relatively mild summers and springs.

Some scholars believe the history of the city dates back to the Achaemenids or the Parthian era when a king named Vologases was in power. Others believe that the city was founded by the Sassanids.

It is said that due to the presence of several mines and Qanats (underground water management system) in the area, the city was named Sirkan or Sirgan meaning mine-filled or Qanat-filled. After the Arab attack on Iran, as the new rulers of the country could not pronounce ''ga'' the name of the city was changed to Sirjan.O/N in Kerman. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Sirjan Icehouse

- Chopoqi Wind tower

- Two Salt Lakes Maharloo and Bakhtegan

- Jame Mosque of Neyriz

Arge Bam.steptoiran.comDay 5: Visit Mahan, Bam and Rayen

Mahan is a city in Kerman County and is well known for Shazdeh Garden (Prince Garden) which is a historical Persian garden and a world heritage site and the tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali, a poet, sage, Sufi and founder of an order of darvishes.

Bam is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau. The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). Its heyday was from the 7th to 11th centuries, being at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments. The existence of life in the oasis was based on the underground irrigation canals, the qanats, of which Bam has preserved some of the earliest evidence in Iran. Arg-e Bam is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers.O/N in Kerman.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Shazdeh Garden

- Tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali

- Rayen Castel

- Arge Bam

Zeinodin Caravnserai.steptoiran.comDay 6: Visit Kerman and drive to Zeinoddin Caravanserai

Kerman city is located on a high margin of Kavir-e lut (Lut Desert) in the central south of Iran, is the Capital of Kerman Providence. Kermani people are experts of constructing gardens and Qanats. Kerman is counted as one of the oldest cities and its name is derived from the Germaniol race listed by Herodotus, and its construction is attributed to Ardashir I of Sassanid Dynasty (Ardashir-e Babakan) in 3rd century CE. Stay overnight in Kerman.

Zeinoddin Caravanserai built on the orders of Shah Abbas the great in the 17th century. It is located 60km south of Yazd in a vast desert plain. It is well renovated and the accommodation style is almost restored to its original state. Lonely in the heart of the desert, Zeinoddin Caravanserai is the only circular caravanserai left from the Safavid period. It really gives you a taste of a caravan traders life on the Silk Road. O/N in Zeinodin Caravanserai.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Ganjali Khan complex

- Kerman Bazaar

Saryazd Citadel.Steptoiran.comDay 7: Drive to Yazd via Saryazd Village. Visit Yazd

The city of Yazd is located in the eastern part of central Iran situated on the high, desert plateau that forms much of the country. Amidst the immense desert, Yazd retains its sterling of old in religion, traditions and architecture. Recognized by UNESCO as holding one of the oldest architecture all over the world. The word Yazd means, feast and worship. The city of Yazd has resisted the modern urbanization changes and maintained its traditional structure. The geographical features of this region have made people developed special architectural styles. For this reason, in the older part of the city most houses are built of mud-bricks and have domed roofs. These materials served as insulation preventing heat.O/N in Yazd.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Saryazd Village

- Towers of silence

- Fire Temple

- Jame Mosque

- Old part of city

Pirnia house.steptoiran.comDay 8: Drive to Isfahan via Meybod and Naein

Meybod in Yazd Province is a desert city with an ancient past. Meybod’s proximity to Dasht-e Kavir has bestowed desert climate on the city and as a result it experiences extremely hot summers and cold winters with mild springs and falls. Meybod is rich in historical sites that are scattered in and around the city. Narin Castle is one of the major attractions of the city. This mud brick Parthian structure, which has been built in five stories.

Naein is a desert city in Isfahan Province, which has desert climate and experiences extremely hot summers and relatively cold winters. The history of the city dates back to the Achaemenid and Parthian eras when Naein served as an administrative center for Yazd. Naein is the producer of one of the finest and most sought-after Persian carpets. The Naein is made of high quality wool or silk and has a Shah Abbasi design. The Naein rug often has blue highlighting on cream or ivory backgrounds. The city highlight of attractionsin Naein is the Jame Mosque, which is one of the first Islamic places of worship built in the country.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Meybod Narin Castel

- Ice House

- Shah Abbasi Caravanserai

- Naein Jame Mosque

Imam Mosque.steptoiran.comDay 9: Visit Isfahan

A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Isfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. Nesf-e Jahan, Half the world, is a popular rhyme with the name of Isfahan and an example of praise lavished by the inhabitants and poets on their city. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the Unesco-listed central square are sure to be highlights of your holiday. O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes:

- Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan Square)

- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Imam Mosque

- Aliqapu Palace

- Chehel Sutoon Palace

- Bazaar

Vank cathedral.steptoiran.comDay 10: Visit Isfahan

One of the oldest and most important religious structures of Iran, the Jame Mosque of Isfahan is magnificent example of the evolution of mosque architecture as well as the development of Islamic arts over twelve centuries.

Archeological findings suggest that the mosque was built over the ruins of a Sassanid (226-651 CE) Fire Temple during the Buyid era (934 - 1062). After the Seljuq conquest (1038-1118) when Isfahan became the capital of the new empire, much importance was placed on embellishing the city's Jame Mosque. When a fire damaged the mosque, a new four-iwan plan was given to the mosque during reconstruction efforts, making it the first Islamic building to adapt the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture. The Jame Mosque of Isfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Jame Mosque

- Armenian Quarter

- Vank Cathedral

- Khaju Bridge

- Si-o-Seh Bridge

Borojerdi house.steptoiran.comDay 11: Drive to Tehran via Kashan. Fly to Mashhad in the evening

The city of Kashan, which lies in a desert at the eastern foot of the Central Iranian Plateau, 220 kilometers south of Tehran, was once a popular vacation spot for Safavid Kings.

The pearl of Iranian deserts is the birthplace of many arts and crafts. Tilework or Kashi-kari is one of the many arts perfected by Iranians and it is notable that the Persian word for tile (kashi) is derived from the name of this city. Zari bafi or the art of weaving with a gold string has been passed from fathers to sons in Kashan for over 2,000 years which you can eye witness in Kashan Bazaar .

The city has also found fame for its many traditional mansions. The most delicate of Persian arts and crafts have been employed in the design and decoration of these mansions.O/N in Mashhad.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Fin Garden

- Tabatabaee House

- Borjerdi House

Imam Reza Shrine.steptoiran.comDay 12: Visit Mashhad

Mashhad is considered the Spiritual Heart of Iran, as it is the city where the shrine of the eighth Shia Imam, Reza (PBUH) is located. The life of this Shia Imam, who was one of the top scientists and jurists of his time, was cut short when Abbasid Caliph Al-Mamun gave him poisoned grapes.

Imam Reza (PBUH) was laid to rest in Mashhad, which literally means place of martyrdom, and a magnificent mausoleum was built in his honor to which millions of pilgrims from all over the world flock every year. Those who make this journey are given the honorary title of Mashhadi.

The tomb of epic Persian poet Ferdowsi, whose magnum opus Shahnameh (Book of Kings) recounts Iran mythical and, in some parts, historical past and who is credited for reviving the Persian language, is situated a few kilometers outside of Mashhad.O/N in Mashhad.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Imam Reza Holy Shrine

- Tomb of Ferdowsi

Tomb of Nader Shah Afshar.Steptoiran.comDay 13: Visit Mashhad and move to Shahroud by train

Shahroud is a city in Semnan province which located in north side of Dasht e Kavir and from the north it is surrounded by the Mount Alborz. Therefore it is located in the distance of dry and desert weather and humid rainy weather, so Shahroud is one of the cities of Iran with good weather. Shahroud is the city which locates exactly in the border of desert, mountain and forest. O/N in Shahroud.

Today's tour includes visiting:

- Nader Shah Museum

- Imam Reza Bazar

Shahroud Museum.steptoiran.comDay 14: Visit Shahroud and Damghan

Damghan which is one of the old cities of Iran and was famous as the city of 100 gates. According to archeological findings at Tepe Hissar, the history of this city dates back to 4,000 BCE when the Aryan tribe settled in the Iranian plateau. In the Parthian era, Damghan was part of Qumis Province (modern day Semnan Province) and of the capitals of the Parthians.O/N in Shahroud.

Today's tour includes visiting:

- Bastam

-Tarikhaneh Mosque in Damghan

Day 15: Transfer to Tehran by car or train

Today we will move to Tehran. In the morning we will have a chance to see shahroud Bazar.

Day 16: Departure Iran


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Tour Detail & Price

Duration : 16 Days

Min Group Size : 2

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran-Shiraz-Kerman-Yazd-Isfahan-Kashan-Mashhad-Shahroud

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation :
Hotels 3&4*

Transport : Plane-Bus-Train-Private Car

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included, mentioned sites in itinerary

Letter Of Inivitaion :

Price : 1940 Euros

Best Seasons :

Kerman Daily Tour
David From  France
I asked for a tailor made travel in order to visit the south part of Iran, Kerman, Kalut desert and fortress of Bam. All the services were according my requests, the guide by car took me where I wanted, that was perfect. l definitely recommend step to Iran for a good travel experience without worries in this amazing country.

Helen  From  Lebanon
Many thanks to Shahram from step in Iran, who was reliable, understanding and with his good knowledge made our trip wonderful. Highly recommended.

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Claude Cuny From  France
It was a 25 days tour across Iran with our guide: Sharam, and we enjoyed the country, the tour and particularly our guide.We had a great time, good choice of Hotels, good food, good english, with an expert guy in history of Iran, Amazing country and a nice fellow!

Peyrou From  France
We had been conducted by Mohamed from Chiraz to Yazd through Persepolis and surrounds and Pasagardes and we spend a good day with this good driver and friendly person Bruno

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Edwin & Diana From  The Netherlands
We had a wonderful holiday in Iran en that was also because of our tour guide Shahram Rafie of Step To Iran. He has a lot of knowledge about the history of Iran and it’s cultural heritage and tells enthusiastically about it. Although we had beforehand an itenary, he organized spontaneous things in between: climbing into ancient desert cities, visiting a carpet shop with explanation by the carpet seller, doing a jeep safari, etc. This was of course always in consultation with us. We also had enough time to do things on our own. Furthermore he arranges everything, like a roomchange or a place in a full (!) restaurant; and knows the best restaurants in every town. Last but not least he is a nice guy, which is important when you travel together for a couple of weeks. So we love to visit Iran again, with Step To Iran.


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