Qazvin Daily Tour

Qazvin Treasures: A Guided Day Tour

Qazvin, located just northwest of Tehran, is a city steeped in history, serving as a significant cultural and commercial hub over the centuries. This itinerary provides a comprehensive experience of Qazvin’s rich cultural heritage and historical significance, blending it with natural beauty and relaxation. Each day introduces different facets of the city and its surroundings, ensuring a memorable visit. Here’s a detailed 5-day itinerary to explore Qazvin and its surroundings:

5 Days



Day 1: Explore Historical Qazvin

Morning: Begin your visit at the Qazvin Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in Iran, where you can explore traditional crafts and sample local delicacies. Don’t miss the Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai, a beautifully restored marketplace.

Afternoon: Visit the Chehel Sotoun Palace, a Safavid-era palace with a stunning hall decorated with colorful frescoes and mirrored mosaics.

Evening: Stroll through the Sabzeh Meydan, the main square, and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants offering traditional Iranian dishes.

Day 2: Museums and Cultural Sites

Morning: Head to the Qazvin Museum of History, located in a historic bathhouse, to learn more about the region’s rich past. Then, visit the Qajar Bathhouse & Anthropology Museum to see how bathhouses played a role in everyday Persian life.

Afternoon: Explore the Jameh Mosque of Qazvin, one of the oldest mosques in Iran, featuring stunning architecture and a blend of pre-Islamic and Islamic design.

Evening: Relax in the beautiful Bagh-e Melli Park and perhaps enjoy a light evening meal or tea at a café nearby.

Day 3: Day Trip to Alamut Castle

Full Day: Take a day trip to the historical Alamut Castle, the legendary fortress of the Assassins located in the Alborz Mountains. The journey offers breathtaking scenery and a peek into medieval Persian tales.

Evening: Return to Qazvin and spend your evening at leisure, perhaps trying out another traditional dining spot.

Day 4: Nature and Recreation

Morning: Visit the Barajin Park, located on the outskirts of Qazvin, for a morning in nature. The park offers walking trails, picnic spots, and beautiful landscapes.

Afternoon: Explore the nearby Caravanserai of Sa’d al-Saltaneh, if not fully explored on the first day, or head back to the city center for some souvenir shopping.

Evening: Enjoy cultural activities or a live performance at the Mir Emad Cultural House if available.

Day 5: Artistic Endeavors and Departure

Morning: Visit the Calligraphy Museum of Qazvin, which showcases Persian calligraphy from various eras, housed in a historic building.

Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxed lunch in the city center, and make sure to visit any sites or shops you may have missed during your previous days.

Evening: Prepare for your departure from Qazvin.

Qazvin, with its rich history and strategic location, serves as an excellent base for exploring a variety of cultural and natural sites in northern Iran. Here are some recommended excursions from Qazvin:

1: Behestan Castle

Distance: About 20 km from Qazvin.

Highlights: Explore the ancient Behestan Castle, located in the Mahneshan district. It’s an archeological site known for its historical significance and scenic beauty, ideal for those interested in history and nature.

2: Ovan Lake

Distance: Approximately 75 km north of Qazvin.

Highlights: Ovan Lake is a small alpine lake situated in the Alamut region. It’s a perfect spot for picnics, hiking, and enjoying the tranquil nature away from city life. The area around the lake is picturesque, especially during spring and summer.

3: The Dragon of Andabil

Distance: About 90 km northwest of Qazvin.

Highlights: Visit the Dragon of Andabil, a natural rock formation that resembles a dragon, located near the village of Andabil. It’s a fascinating site for nature lovers and those interested in unique geological formations.

4: Historic Churches of Qazvin Province

Distance: Various distances, with several located around 50-100 km from Qazin.

Highlights: Explore historic churches like the Cantor Church, which reflects the diverse cultural history of the area. These sites are especially significant for their architectural beauty and the peaceful rural settings in which they are located.

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