10 Days Along the Silk Road
Silk Road, a herald of relationships among nations, played an essential role in the transfer of culture and goods to other countries, and Iran was a part of this ancient road with its rich cultural relics, ancient civilization, the vastness of land and climatic and geographical varieties has a lot of attractions to offer.
With over 6,000 years of history and tradition, breathtaking landscapes of desert, mountain, and steppe, and glorious ancient cities home to the world’s warmest people. Visit Iran, discover a new place, and find yourself.
Mashhad Shahrud Damghan Tehran Qazvin Zanjan Tabriz Kandovan
Arrival in Mashhad, meet and greet, transfer to hotel. City tour of Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan province in northeast Iran and the second largest city in the country, Mashhad is best known for its beautiful pilgrimage shrine of Imam Reza. The shrine was built on the site of the village of Sanabad, where Imam Reza died in 818 AD (some sources say 817). We will also visit Torghabeh and Naderi Museum in Mashhad on our first day. Overnight Mashhad.
On our second full day in the beautiful city of Mashhad, you will be going to Ghadamgah, the mausoleum of Ferdowsi, the great Iranian epic poet, as well as a sightseeing tour in the urban areas of Mashhad, where you can witness breathtaking scenes of thousands of pilgrims in one of the holiest cities of Shiite Islam. Overnight Mashhad.
Excursion to Bastam to visit Bayazid Bastami Tomb, then drive to Damghan; in this city, you will see the oldest mosque of Iran, which is Tarikhaneh, the ancient town of Hecatompylos, tapped hear and Aramgah-e- Pir Almdar round tower, overnight Damghan.
Morning drive to Tehran. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Tehran.
Drive to Zanjan via Soltaniyeh. The city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, was founded by the Mongols. Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture. The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of a double-shelled dome in Iran. Upon arrival to Zanjan in the afternoon, we will visit Rakhtshoor-Khanh, Jameh mosque, its two pleasant teahouses and fantastic bazaar. Overnight Zanjan.
Drive to the magnificent Kandovan Village, a Rocky Architectural Oddity in Iran. Kandovan is an ‘off the touristy track’ hub in Iran that is not only famous for its scenic beauty but also its uniqueness, which comes from the fact that many of its homes have been made in caves located in cone-shaped rock-formation. Thus making the complete village look like a gigantic termite colony. Transfer to Tabriz international airport for your evening flight home.
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