Travel Around Iran

11 Days of Wandering: A Tour Around Iran

Embark on an 11-day journey through Iran, starting from Tehran in the North, traveling west to Ahwaz, then heading from Shiraz through southern routes to the southeast, and finally exploring the central heartlands before returning to Tehran. This tour covers 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and numerous other captivating locations, showcasing ancient Persian sites in Susa, the cave-houses of Meymand, the Hydraulic System of Shustar, and Persian gardens. It includes walks through Persepolis and Pasargadae, the grand capitals of the Achaemenid Empire.

11 Days



Day 1: Tehran- Arrival Day

After you arrive at the airport, your guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

O/N Tehran

Day 2: Tehran - Ahwaz

In the morning, you will see the National Museum of Iran, which is over 70 years old and contains 300,000 museum objects. It is not only the country’s largest museum of History and Archaeology. Still, it ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums in the world regarding its vast monuments’ grand volume, diversity, and quality.

After that, you will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace, which has many places to offer: The Marble Throne, Karim Khani Nook, Pond House, Picture House/Gallery, Brilliant Hall, Museum of Gifts, Containers Hall, Ivory Hall, Mirror Hall, Salam Hall, Edifice of the Sun (Shams ol Emareh) and many other places.

Day 3: Ahwaz

Today, you are going to visit 3 UNESCO World Heritages in Iran: Susa (dates back to 5000 years ago), Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2500 years ago), and Chogha Zanbil (over 3000 years ago).

Day 4: Bishapour - Shiraz

Early morning departure to Shiraz (Overland), visiting Bishapur city in the afternoon. On this day, you can see 6 Bas-Reliefs in the valley of Tang-e Chogan, dated back to the Sasanian Dynasty (from 224 AD to 651 AD) and also the ancient city of Bishapur (founded in 266 by Sassanian King Shapur I (241-272)), and the famous Anahita Temple – Anahita is the goddess of water in ancient Persia.

Transfer to your hotel in Shiraz.

O/N Shiraz.

Day 5: Shiraz

Today, you are welcomed in Shiraz, the city of gardens and nightingales.

We will start our Shiraz tour by the Karmikhani complex – Karim Khan Zand, the founder of the Zand dynasty who chose Shiraz as his capital—visiting Zandieh Complex: Karim Khan’s citadel, Pars museum, Vakil bath (traditional Iranian bath), Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai.

You can visit a famous Iranian Muslim holy place: the Shah-Cheragh Shrine, a funerary monument, and a mosque in Shiraz with unique mirror decoration.

In the evening, you can visit Hafez & Saadi’s tomb (Shiraz is famous for these two great Persian poets), Eram and Jahan-Nama Garden, and Quran gate (with a view over Shiraz).

O/N Shiraz

Day 6: Shiraz

Today, you will visit the most famous attractions of Ancient Persia in Iran: Persepolis and Pasargadae, two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

First, you will visit the great Persepolis—the earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. Alexander burned this place as the Persian Empire’s ceremonial capital during the Achaemenid Dynasty. The entrance of this ancient city is The Gate of All Nations, so you are welcomed to this city with every nationality you have. The Apadana Palace, The Throne Hall, and the tombs of Kings are among various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury, and fortifications you can see in Persepolis.

We continue our tour by visiting Naghsh-e Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead). Then you will go to see Pasargadae.

Pasargadae is the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in the time of Cyrus the Great and his tomb (the most famous monument on this site).

In the evening, drive to Shahr-e Babak. You will arrive at another UNESCO World Heritage site at night: Meymand and its cultural landscape.

You can have the experience of spending the night in one of its cave houses.

O/N Meymand

Day 7: Meymand-Yazd

Half-day tour of Meymand. The villagers are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. They change their living place in winter and return to their unusual cave houses carved out of soft rock.

Drive to Yazd, a city in the middle of the desert. Today, you will see Zoroastrian – a religion started in ancient Persia by Zoroaster- culture and life. You will visit a famous Zoroastrian Fire Temple upon your arrival in Yazd.

Then you will visit a traditional house -now the Water Museum -to see how desert people used to find and transfer water. After visiting this unique museum, you will see the famous Amir-Chakhmagh Square.

O/N Yazd

Day 8: Yazd - Isfahan

In the morning, you will visit Masjed Jam-e Yazd with its remarkable minarets and architecture. Then, you will go to Dolat-Abad Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the category of Persian Gardens. This garden has the most giant adobe wind catcher in the world.

Then, you continue your visit to Isfahan (overland). This city is famous for its bridges, minarets, mosques, and palaces. In the evening you will visit the Jolfa district and see the Vank cathedral. This cathedral was built in 1606. The mixture of Iranian architecture and decoration with the Italian painting style creates a unique cathedral.

You can see Isfahan’s famous Bridges, Siosepol, and Khaju at night.

O/N Isfahan

Day 9: Isfahan

Today’s tour of Isfahan starts with the UNESCO World Heritage: Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. Once a royal polo court, this site was the official center of the city when it was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque) on the square’s southern side, which has incredible architecture and tile work. We then visited the multistory Ali Qapu Palace, which stood on the western side of the court, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Then, you will visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) on the opposite side of the square. You can take a tour of a traditional Iranian Bazaar.

Then, you will continue your tour to see Chehel-Sotun Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage site in the category of Persian Garden).

You can also visit Jame Mosque of  Isfahan – a UNESCO world heritage – today, a beautiful mosque with unique architecture (over 12 hundred years ago).

O/N Isfahan

Day 10: Isfahan - Abyaneh - Kashan

Morning drive to Kahsan via Abyaneh.

Morning tour of Abyaneh. This village is one of the most significant villages of Iran- with its unique red soil and colorful women’s dresses.

Then, you will drive to Kashan, which is located near Abyaneh. This city is famous for its traditional houses. After a visit to some of these houses, you will see Tepe Sialk (The Sialk Louvre and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran also verifies the oldest settlements in Sialk, dating back to 5500 / 6000 BC.)

They have a different experience of staying in one of the traditional hotels of this city that is in combination with modern facilities.

O/N Kashan

Day 11: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport for your departure.

Notes: Optional Day

Day 7:  Kerman


After visiting Meymand, we will go to Kerman and start a full-day tour in Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden).

O/N  Kerman.

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