• 12-Day Discovery of The Silk Road in Iran (Southern Part)

    Follow in the Footsteps of Ancient Traders Along the Silk Road’s Historic Route

  • Uninterrupted Odyssey

    Traverse the Legendary Silk Road and Unravel Its Captivating History

  • In The Footsteps of Silk Road Traders

    Retracing the Steps of Traders in Iran

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Start

    Qeshm Island

  • Finish

    Tehran

  • Group size

    On request

  • Physical rating

  • Included meals

    Breakfast

  • Accommodation Grade

    Budget

  • Transport

    A.C. Minibus / Van/ Sedan

  • Internet

    Free Wi-Fi While Traveling

  • SIM Card

    Free 100 min national call and 3 GB data

12-Day Silk Road Tour in Iran (Southern Part)

An Enthralling Expedition Across Historic Sites, Cultural Gems, and Breathtaking Landscapes

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Overview & Trip Highlights

The journey begins on the Qeshm Island and takes you through beautiful landscapes and some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world, through barren mountains and rural villages. You will learn about the traditions and cultures of a country whose influence has been felt for thousands of years. Welcome to Persia, the land of tourism.
On this trip, we will explore the beautiful Qeshm Island and Hormuz Island, and also historical cities of  Bam, Yazd, Isfahan, Matin Abad, and Tehran and uncover the history of the Silk Road at the most famous caravanserais, mosques, castles, bazaars, and much more.

  • Discover the Two Extraordinary Islands of Qeshm and Hormuz
  • Immerse Yourself in the History and Architecture of Iran by Visiting Bam and Kerman
  • Discover Isfahan, Half of the World
  • The Pleasure of Watching the Stars in the Desert
  • Stroll in Tehran, Delve into the Capital of Iran

Our representative will meet and greet you after arriving at Qeshm Island Intl Airport (GSM).

Check-in at the hotel. We will visit the Laft Historical Village and Port (2000 years old).

Then, Chahkooh Canyon is our next stop. Chahkooh is one of the world’s wonders which is the result of erosion from the rainwater on sedimentary stone.

After that, have a visit from Hengam Island. By chance, we can observe Dolphins playing in their natural habitat (depending on the weather). Hengam Island is the best place to meet local people and taste their food. There is an old Bazaar where you can buy small souvenirs from locals.

Last is the wonderful experience of watching the sunset from the amazing Naz Island Beach.

(Today’s plan might be changed according to your flight details)


ACCOMMODATION

  • Nakhl-e Nakhoda Eco Resort or a similar one in Qeshm Island
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Our second day starts by visiting Hormuz Island.  We will take a ferry from Qeshm to Hormuz Isand. Hormuz was visited by Marco Polo in 1290 while he was traveling on the Silk Road.

There, we will visit the Red-Stone Portuguese Fortress. One of the last surviving monuments of Portuguese colonial rule in the Persian Gulf. Then, the majestic Red Beach, Statue Valley, and the Mangrove Forest will be our sights on this wonderful Island.

Back to Qeshm Island by ferry.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Nakhl-e Nakhoda Eco Resort or a similar one on Qeshm Island
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out after breakfast, and head to the city of Bam. Bam played a significant role in the history of Iran. It was one of the most important cities along the Silk Road.

On the way to Bam, we will have a short stop in Jiroft. Jiroft is called the paradise for archeologists as they have found evidence from 7000 years ago. There, we have a chance to visit another important city on the Silk Road which is Daghyanoos. Daghyanoos was one of the richest cities of ancient Iran. There we visit the Archeological Museum of Jiroft. Then continue to the Bam.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Arg-e Jadid 4* Hotel or a similar one in Bam
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

First, we will visit the Bam Citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site), this 2000-year-old historical citadel was destroyed after 2003 massive earthquake. Soon after, most parts of that area were very well renovated. After visiting the citadel, we will go to Kerman. Upon arrival, we will go to the Ganj Ali Khan Complex to visit the Old Bazar of Kerman, the Ganj Ali Khan Traditional Bath, and the Caravanserai.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Tourist Inn 3-star hotel or similar one in Kerman
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out after breakfast, we will head to the city of Yazd. This mud-brick city has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Yazd is famous for its wind-catchers, Qanats, sweets, and of course kinds of Silk matts called “Termeh”. Yazd also played an important role in the history of Iran and obviously, it was one of the most significant cities along the Silk Road.

On the way to Yazd, we will pass many cities such as Mehriz, and Sar Yazd. There is only one circle caravanserai in Iran which is called Zin Al-din Caravanserai. we will have to look at it and continue to Sar Yazd. This historical village (3,000 years old) used to be a famous one during the Sassanid dynasty. There, we will have a chance to visit the Old Castle, Robat-e No (New Caravanserai), Chaparkhaneh, and the Water Reservoir.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Firouzeh 3-star hotel or a similar one in Yazd
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, started our day by moving to the city of Fahraj.

There, we will visit the second oldest mosque in Iran, Fahraj Jame Mosque.

The Old Castle is the next. There, we might have a chance to ride Camels as our grandparents used to ride on the Silk Road in the past (depending on the availability).

We will back to Yazd and visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the Amir Chakhmagh Square, Jame Mosque, and lastly, the Fahadan Old District.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Firouzeh 3-star hotel or a similar one in Yazd
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out after breakfast, we will head to Isfahan. Isfahan is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities of Iran and it is called the capital of arts of Iran.

We will start our day by visiting the historical village of Kharanagh, region is famous for its Caravanserai, Castle, Bath, and Minaret which will visit before leaving the Yazd Province behind.

Then, continue to Isfahan. After arriving in Isfahan, we will visit the two famous bridges of Isfahan the Khajoo and 33-pol.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Setareh 3-star hotel or a similar one in Isfahan
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Our exploration starts at the Chehel Sotun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions.

Next is the Naghsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, we will visit the Ali Qapu Mansion, we will marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below.

Then, the 17th-century Shah Abbasi Mosque was revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile work and soaring cupola and minarets.

After lunch will continue our  sightseeing by visiting the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, also known as the Royal Mosque, as it was built for the Shah’s harem, renowned for its brightly colored domed ceiling, where the light creates the image of a peacock.

We will end our exploration of the square by visiting the Qeisarieh Bazaar. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry, and delicately inlaid board games.

Just beside the Bazaar, there is the Assarkhaneh Museum. In ancient Iran, the special mills used to grind certain ingredients such as turmeric and pepper were called Assarkhaneh. Also, distilleries were used to extract the extract of oily substances such as castor. The word Asarkhaneh means a place of extraction, and the function of these distilleries can be considered similar to oil extraction factories.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Setareh 3-star hotel or a similar one in Isfahan
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out after breakfast. We will proceed to Kashan. There we will visit the Old Bazaar of Kashan, the Fin Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Tabatabaei House, and the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bath. Then we will proceed to Matin Abad Desert Eco-Camp. We will stay one night in a caravanserai and will have a chance to observe the stars (depending on the weather).


ACCOMMODATION

  • Matin Abad Eco-Camp
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Check out after breakfast. Move to Tehran. Tehran is the capital of Iran and the most populated province of Iran.

Before reaching Tehran, we will have a chance to visit Shahr-e Rey. This city is among the oldest (8000- year- old) and the most important cities of Iran. Rey used to play a significant role on the Silk Road.

In Shahr-e Rey we will visit the Gabri Castel (from outside), this castle is 2000- year- old. Then, the Great Wall of Rey, a Relief of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, Bahram Fire Temple (from the Sasanid dynasty), and today’s sightseeing will end in the Traditional Bazaar of Rey.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Howeyzeh 4-star hotel or a similar one in Tehran
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

We will start our day by visiting the lavish Golestan Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Golestan Palace is famous because it was the residence of all the kings of the Qajar dynasty for about 150 years.

Then, the Tehran Grand Bazaar is the next. This bazaar is the second-largest in Iran and the third-largest traditional bazaar in the Middle East.

Later is the Iran National Museum. Where we could find thousands of objects from 800,000 years ago until the presence of Islam.

The last visit in Tehran is the Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran.


ACCOMMODATION

  • Howeyzeh 4-star hotel or a similar one in Tehran
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your departure time, our representative will transfer you to the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) to fly back home.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

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What’s Included

  • Visa Authorization Code
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation (B&B)
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Accompanying the Certified Tour Guide from Beginning to End
  • A Bottle of Water Per Day/ Per Person
  • Free SIM Card (100min national call and 3GB data)

What’s Excluded

  • Visa Fee
  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Tips to Local Guide and Driver
  • Personal Expenses

Customer Reviews

Highly Recommended Tour with SurfIran

Such a fantastic tour! I was unsure about traveling to Iran as a solo female, but I felt confident going with SurfIran. Hamed in SurfIran was extremely helpful in assisting me to secure a travel visa, travel insurance, and in answering all of my queries to prepare me. He was even helpful in tailoring the tour to my needs (as I could not arrive on the first day in Tehran) and I was still welcomed at the airport by a different guide to take me to the hotel and get set up in Shiraz. Read More

All Fine

All fine. Good communication in the setup. The visas, payment, and flights etc went smoothly.

The most important aspect of a tour is the guide and Nima excelled. A great networker with sophisticated english he understands his mainly western audience well and does in depth historical research for his own interest. Read More

Go! Don’t listen to the media

I cannot express my gratitude to Paria, my guide Ali and SURFIRAN for my tour around Shiraz and Isfahan. As a European and solo travelled , safety was a worry but it was great. Iranian people are so welcoming. I would love to join them again soon. Thanks a lot.

Iran adventure

ran is an amazing country and so glad that I went for it!

Stunning architectures, rich history, friendly & helpful people. Surprisingly, very safe too. Read More

Put Iran on your bucket list.

A fabulous tour of a small slice of Iran. Thanks to Saya from Surfiran who helped with our private tour arrangements and visas. She was helpful with all of our pre tour needs.
Iran is definitely a country with SF o much to experience – friendly, safe, and do much history and beauty.

Important Notes

  1. Arrival & departure transfers are included on this trip.
  2. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 17 kg per person plus hand luggage.
  3. Please note that deposits for this trip are refundable and transferable (we only deduct the bank transfer fee) as per our terms and conditions.

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Good to Know

The spring (mid-March to May) and fall (September to mid-November) are generally considered the best times to visit as the weather is mild and comfortable, perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Read more about the best time to visit Iran.

The price will vary based on the number of people and any additional services requested. Therefore, please submit your request so that the details regarding the price can be sent to your email address within one business day.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller. For more information about how to get an Iranian visa please visit this page.

In our premium tours, we book the best 5-star hotels available in each city.

We use a private AC van, middle bus or bus throughout this tour, subject to the final size of the group.

The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

If you would like to book this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by making a bank transfer. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

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