Exploring Iran's Ancient Graveyards

Exploring Iran's Ancient Graveyards: A Journey Through Time

Begin on a unique journey across Iran that uncovers the history and stories behind some of the country’s most ancient and significant graveyards. This specialized tour is designed for those with an interest in history, archaeology, and the cultural heritage of Iran, offering an in-depth exploration of its centuries-old burial sites, from the elaborate tomb towers of the Seljuk era to the poignant simplicity of traditional desert graveyards.

11 Days



Day 1: Arrival in Tehran

Arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Welcome dinner and briefing on the journey ahead.

Day 2: Tehran – The Zahiro Doleh Cemetery

Explore the Zahiro Doleh cemetery, the resting place of numerous notable figures in Iranian arts and literature.

Visit the nearby archaeological site of Ray (Shahr-e Rey) for historical context.

Day 3: Tehran to Qazvin – The Alamut Valley

Journey to Qazvin and onward to the Alamut Valley, famous for the Assassins’ fortress. Nearby, explore ancient burial sites that reflect the region’s turbulent history.

Return to Qazvin for the night.

Day 4: Qazvin to Hamedan

Depart from Qazvin to Hamedan. The first stop will be at the Ali Sadr Cave, one of the world’s most magnificent water caves. After exploring the cave, we’ll head to the city of Hamedan. The tour will include a visit to the Ganjnameh inscriptions, followed by exploration of Hegmataneh, featuring the Hegmataneh Museum and the historic Hegmataneh cemetery.

Overnight stay in Hamedan.

Day 5: Hamedan to Kermanshah – Taq-e Bostan and Bisotun

Travel to Kermanshah to visit the historical sites of Taq-e Bostan and the Bisotun inscription. Explore ancient burial practices through rock reliefs and inscriptions.

Overnight in Kermanshah.

Day 6: Kermanshah to Shiraz – Via Flight

Begin with a morning flight to Shiraz. Our first visit will be to the Dar-al-Salam Cemetery, one of Iran’s oldest cemeteries, known for its ancient tombstones adorned with fascinating carvings. Afterwards, we will explore the Vakil Bazaar and Vakil Mosque, immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere and architectural beauty. The day concludes with an evening visit to the Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum, a major pilgrimage site renowned for its history and stunning architecture.

Day 7: Shiraz – Naqsh-e Rostam and Cyrus the Great’s Tomb

Explore Naqsh-e Rostam, an ancient necropolis, and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae, marveling at the Achaemenid burial customs.

Return to Shiraz for the night.

Day 8: Shiraz to Yazd – Tower of Silence

Drive to Yazd. Visit the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, where traditional sky burials were performed. Learn about Zoroastrian funeral rites and the significance of these sites.

Overnight in Yazd.

Day 9: Yazd to Isfahan

Depart for Isfahan. Explore the city’s historical sites, including the Armenian Vank Cathedral in the Jolfa district, reflecting on the city’s multicultural past.

Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10: Isfahan – The Historical Jewish Cemetery ( Pir Bakran)

Visit the historical Jewish Cemetery in Isfahan, one of the oldest in Iran, showcasing the deep historical roots of Jewish communities in the area.

Free afternoon to explore Isfahan at your leisure.

Day 11: Isfahan to Tehran – Departure

Return to Tehran for any last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Farewell dinner and transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport for departure flights.

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