Tabriz Daily Tour

Tabriz Treasures: A Guided Day Tour

Tabriz, a city steeped in history with a rich cultural tapestry and a bustling bazaar that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers visitors a unique blend of ancient and modern attractions. This itinerary covers the cultural, historical, and natural highlights of Tabriz and its surroundings, providing a comprehensive experience of this fascinating part of Iran. Here’s a detailed 5-day itinerary for exploring Tabriz and its surroundings:

5 Days



Day 1: Discover the Heart of Tabriz

Morning: Start your exploration at the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world. This bazaar is perfect for experiencing the hustle of local life and for purchasing traditional handicrafts, including famous Persian carpets.

Afternoon: Visit the Blue Mosque (Masjed-e Kabul), renowned for its intricate blue tiles. Follow this with a walk to the Azerbaijan Museum, the largest museum in northwestern Iran, which houses a collection of historical artifacts from the region.

Evening: Dine at a traditional restaurant and try local dishes such as Kofte Tabrizi.

Day 2: Architectural and Historical Sites

Morning: Head to Arg of Tabriz, an impressive citadel that was once the heart of the city. Next, visit the nearby Behnam House, a beautiful historical mansion showcasing traditional Iranian architecture.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at El Goli (Shah Goli), a large historic park with a picturesque artificial lake at its center, ideal for a leisurely walk or a boat ride.

Evening: Experience the vibrant nightlife of Tabriz by exploring its cafes and enjoying some local snacks.

Day 3: Day Trip to Kandovan

Full Day: Take a day trip to Kandovan, an ancient village about 60 km south of Tabriz, famous for its extraordinary troglodyte dwellings that are carved into volcanic rocks and are still inhabited. The village is also known for its scenic beauty and therapeutic hot springs.

Evening: Return to Tabriz and perhaps enjoy a performance at the Tabriz Opera House, if available.

Day 4: Religious and Cultural Exploration

Morning: Visit the Saint Mary Church, also known as Tabriz Armenian Church, which is one of the oldest churches in Iran. Then, explore the Constitution House of Tabriz, which illustrates the city’s pivotal role in the Constitutional Revolution.

Afternoon: Spend some time at the Tabriz Art Museum, housed in a Qajar-era mansion, to see a collection of modern and contemporary Iranian art.

Evening: Visit one of Tabriz’s traditional tea houses and listen to local music.

Day 5: Nature and Recreation

Morning: Travel to Meshkin Shahr Suspension Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the Middle East located about 130 km from Tabriz. The area offers stunning views and numerous recreational activities.

Afternoon: On the way back, stop by the colorful Sarein Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal and mineral springs known for their therapeutic properties.

Evening: Return to Tabriz. Wrap up your trip with a farewell dinner at one of Tabriz’s best restaurants, enjoying traditional Azerbaijani cuisine.

From the cultural hub of Tabriz, there are several intriguing excursions you can take to explore the natural beauty and historical sites of the region. Here are some worthwhile day trips and excursions from Tabriz:

1. Jolfa and Saint Stepanos Monastery

Distance: Approximately 140 km northwest of Tabriz, near the border with Azerbaijan.

Highlights: Visit the Saint Stepanos Monastery, a beautiful example of Armenian architecture nestled in a deep canyon. The area around Jolfa, with its rivers and green valleys, is scenic and offers several other Armenian churches and chapels.

2. Arasbaran Forest

Distance: About 130 km northeast of Tabriz.

Highlights: The Arasbaran Forest is a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes. Ideal for trekking and wildlife spotting, the region offers a stark contrast to the urban environment of Tabriz.

3. Lake Urmia

Distance: Around 120 km west of Tabriz.

Highlights: Once the second-largest salt lake in the Middle East, Lake Urmia has significantly shrunk in recent years but remains a site of immense natural beauty and ecological importance. The lake and its surrounding areas offer spectacular scenery, especially at sunset.

4. Maragheh

Distance: About 130 km south of Tabriz.

Highlights: Explore Maragheh, known for its historical observatory ruins. The city also boasts several ancient tombs and mausoleums from the Seljuk era, set against a backdrop of rolling hills.

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