8-Day Silk Road Tour in Iran (north-western part)
A Captivating Journey Through Historical Sites, Cultural Treasures, and Scenic Landscapes.
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Starting in Tehran by a comfortable couch, you will journey through beautiful landscapes and some of the world’s oldest archaeological sites, arid mountains, and rural villages. You will learn about the traditions and cultures of a land whose influence felt for thousands of years. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Persia.
On this trip, we will explore the beautiful cities of Tehran, Qazvin, Zanjan, Tabriz, and Maku and uncover the Silk Road history at the most famous Caravanserais, Mosques, Castles, Bazaars and many more.
DAY 1: Tehran (Arrival)
Upon your arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), our representative will meet and greet you; and then, Move to the Hotel.
After a short rest, we will explore today’s capital of Iran. Tehran is the most populated and the largest province of Iran.
We will start our day by visiting the lavish Golestan Palace (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.
The last one is the Iran National Museum. Where we could find thousands of objects from 800,000 years ago until the presence of Islam.
(Today’s plan might be changed according to your flight details)
DAY 2: Tehran
After breakfast, we will visit Rey. This city is among the oldest (8000- year- old) and the most important cities in 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 years old. Then, the Great Wall of Rey, the Relief of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, the Bahram Fire Temple (from the Sasanid Dynasty), and today’s sightseeing will end in the Traditional Bazaar of Rey.
DAY 3: Tehran- Alamut Castle- Qazvin (340 KM)
Check out after breakfast, we will proceed to Qazvin. Qazvin is one of the oldest cities in Iran and was the capital in part of the Safavid period. Qazvin, because of the Silk Road, was a place for traders and merchants to pass through for many years.
On the way to Qazvin, we will go to the mysterious Alamut Castle. This world-famous castle is well-known for the story of Assassin’s Creed. It is located at an altitude of 2163m. After that, we will back to the city and visit the Monument of the Silk Road, the Aali Qapou Gate, and Tehran’s Gate.
DAY 4: Qazvin- Dashkasan- Zanjan (222 KM)
Check out after breakfast, and proceed to another significant city along the Silk Road. Before leaving Qazvin behind, we will go to explore more about Qazvin. During the Safavid dynasty Qazvin was the capital of Iran.
There, we could find a lot of monuments, structures, and buildings from that era. The historical Bazaar of Qavin, Saad al Saltaneh Caravanserai, Jame Mosque, and Chehel Sotoun Palace will be our next sightseeing.
After lunch, we will move to Zanjan. This city also was one of the most important cities during the Ilkhanid period (Mongols in Iran). On the way to Zanjan, we will have a short stop at Dashkasan Temple, there, we could see two Dragon Relieves from the Mongol era.
Right after Dashkasan Temple, there is a huge building from the Ilkhanid dynasty called Soltanieh Dome ( UNESCO World Heritage Site). This octagonal building was erected in 1302 and has one of the tallest domes (50m) in the world. Then continue to Zanjan.
DAY 5: Zanjan- Tabriz (300 KM)
Check out after breakfast, we will continue our journey to the city of Tabriz. Before leaving Zanjan, we will visit the Rakhtshur Khane Museum and Stone Caravanserai. Then, continue to Tabriz. Spend our evening at Il Goli (King’s Garden).
DAY 6: Tabriz
After breakfast, start our tour to explore this historical city. Tabriz was the capital of Iran during the Safavid era. Marco Polo in his travelogue in the 13th century wrote: “Tabriz is beautiful and vast and business is booming in this city”.
Our first place to visit is the Tabriz Grand Bazaar (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This Bazaar is the second largest traditional bazaar in the world, after the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Then, visit the Blue Mosque (Turquoise of Islam), Azerbaijan Museum, and Arg-e Ali Shah.
DAY 7: Tabriz- Kandovan- Maku
Check out after breakfast. Today is our last day of the Silk Road Tour. Proceed to Maku.
En route, we will visit the Kandovan Rocky Village a journey into the ancient cave dwellings of Iran. Then continue to St. Stepanos Monastry (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and arrive in Maku.
DAY 8: Maku (Departure)
Depending on your travel plan, you may continue your journey to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey or back to Tabriz and fly back home from the Tabriz International Airport (TBZ).
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We were also lucky that we were the only ones registered in our time slot, so we had an excellent guide, Mehdi, all to ourselves. He knows a lot about Iran’s rich history and current social and cultural life and he willingly answered all our questions.
We visited a lot of very interesting places, learned a lot about the rich historical background of Iran, the hotels were very luxurious, comfortable with fabulous breakfasts, people were very friendly, they smiled at us, established communication, were interested in where we came from and wanted to take a photo with us.
Back at home we recommended Iran to all our friends.
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We visited Iran on October 2016 with SURFIRAN travel and tours company. Organization of round trip, hotel accommodation and flights were perfect. Our guide Mostafa was absolutely excellent, helpful, friendly and his information about Iran were very informative. Thanks a lot ! Will come back soon.
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Dates & Prices
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 and Visas
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.
Booking & Payment
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