Urmia Daily Tour

Urmia Treasures: A Guided Day Tour

Urmia, a city in northwestern Iran, offers a mix of cultural heritage, historical sites, and stunning natural landscapes. This itinerary offers a blend of cultural, historical, and natural explorations, making your stay in Urmia a well-rounded and memorable experience. Here’s a detailed 4-day itinerary to explore Urmia and its surroundings:

4 Days



Day 1: Discover Urmia

Morning: Start your day at the Urmia Bazaar, an excellent place to immerse yourself in local culture and pick up some unique souvenirs, like local spices or hand woven crafts.

Afternoon: Visit the Urmia Museum, which showcases archaeological finds from the region including pre-Islamic and Islamic artifacts.

Evening: Take a stroll around Urmia Lake Park, a popular spot among locals for its beautiful sunset views over what remains of Lake Urmia.

Day 2: Urmia Historical Sites

Morning: Visit the Church of Nane Maryam, the oldest church in Iran, dating back to the Sasanian period. It’s an important historical site that reflects the city’s diverse religious history.

Afternoon: Head to the Se Gonbad, a Seljuk-era tower with a unique conical dome, located near the city center.

Evening: Enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of Urmia traditional restaurants, trying local dishes such as Dizi or Kebab.

Day 3: Day Trip to Kandovan

Full Day: Take a day trip to the ancient village of Kandovan, about 130 kilometers southeast of Urmia. This unique village is famous for its homes carved out of volcanic rocks, somewhat similar to those in Cappadocia, Turkey. Explore the village, meet local artisans, and perhaps sample some of the herbal honey or handcrafted items sold by villagers.

Evening: Return to Urmia.

Day 4: Nature and Adventure

Morning: Travel to the Silvaneh area, located in the mountains east of Urmia. It’s ideal for hiking and enjoying the lush greenery during the spring and summer months or for snow sports in the winter.

Afternoon: Visit the Hasanloo archaeological site, home to the famous “Lovers’ Gold Cup” dating back to the 1st millennium BC.

Evening: Prepare for your departure from Urmia, reflecting on the memories of your travels through this diverse and historical region.

Urmia, located in northwestern Iran, is surrounded by some fascinating destinations that are perfect for day trips and excursions. Here are some recommended excursions around Urmia:

1: Lake Urmia National Park

Distance: The park surrounds Lake Urmia, just a short drive from the city.

Highlights: Once one of the largest salt lakes in the Middle East, Lake Urmia has significantly reduced in size but remains a significant ecological area. The national park offers opportunities for bird watching, especially during migration seasons, and beautiful landscapes for photography.

2: Maku Free Zone

Distance: About 220 km northwest of Urmia, near the borders with Turkey and Armenia.

Highlights: This free trade zone offers not only shopping opportunities with a range of imported goods but also stunning natural scenery. Nearby attractions include the Qareh Kelisa (Black Church), an ancient Armenian monastery listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

3: Salmas

Distance: About 70 km north of Urmia.

Highlights: Visit the historical city of Salmas, which is known for its diverse cultural background and significant archaeological sites. It’s a great spot to learn more about the various ethnic groups that have influenced the area.

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