There are around 200 million Shia Muslims in the world today. Between 70 million and 75 million Shias live in Iran, representing nearly half of the world's Shia population. This has made Iran the spiritual center of Shiite’s world. With 3 major cities of Mashhad, Shiraz and Qom.Tehran Mashhad Shiraz Isfahan Isfahan Qom
Day 1 - Tehran
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight Tehran
Day 2 - Tehran
Visiting the holy shrines of Shah-Abdol-Azim and Imam Khomeini in Tehran. Followed by a light tour of natural beauties of Tehran, such as Darakeh and Darband. Overnight Tehran.
Day 3 - Mashhad
Morning flight to the holy city of Mashhad. Pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him). Spending a wonderful evening at the shrine. Overnight Mahshad.
Day 4 - Mashhad
Full day 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). Overnight Mashhad.
Day 5 - Mashhad
On our second full day in the beautiful city of Mashhad, you will be going to Ghadamgah, mausoleum of Ferdowsi the grate 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. Afternoon pilgrimage to Imam Reza shrine. Overnight Mashhad.
Day 6 - Mashhad
A short trip to Mashhad’s beautiful and green areas: Torghabeh and Shandiz. Where many beautiful handicraft products are sold and you can relax, enjoy the green scenery and food.
Day 7 - Shiraz
Free day in Mashhad. Evening flights to Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 8 - Shiraz
City tour of Shiraz, after an easy morning we will start by paying a visit to Zandiyeh Complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. We continue to Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath that are remaining from his reign. We will chill out at the traditional tea house of Saray e Moshir to have a fully Persian experience, a quick visit to Nasiro - Molk Mosque will conclude our morning tour before lunch. Afternoon visit to the Holy shrine of Shah e Cheragh. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 9 - Shiraz
Morning tour to Eram Garden, tombs of poets Hafez and Saadi, Jahan-nama Gardens and the Holy Shrine of Ali ebn e Hamze. Free afternoon. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 10 - Shiraz
Excursion to the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis. The area is composed of various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications. We continue our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) before returning to Shiraz. Free afternoon in Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 11 - Esfehan
Morning drive to Isfahan (we will fly to Isfahan if there are any flights available on the 11th day of your tour). Overnight Isfahan.
Day 12 - Esfehan
We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multistory Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and is visited next. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 13 - Isfahan
Starting another wonderful day in Isfahan, we start in the morning by visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then visit Vank Cathedral and the Armenian quarter of the city. We wil then head to the banks of Zayanderud river, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Siosepol (33-arch) and khaju bridges are the most famous ones. We enjoy visiting these two interesting bridges, drinking tea at the tea house below the bridge, walking along the river bank or paddle on a boat from one to the other. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 14 - Qom
Morning drive to holy city of Qom. Transfer to hotel. Evening visit to the holy shrine of Fatima Masuma. Overnight Qom.
Day 15 - Tehran - Depart
Last visit to the holy shrine of Fatima Masuma. Transfer directly to Tehran’s international Airport for your departure flight home.
* Please note that this is a fully sight-seeing and religious tour. We understand that some of our passengers would like to have a lighter tour with fewer activities. You can always pick and choose tours with us, we will change the tour exactly the way you would like it. Just contact us and we will arrange it for you. ( A lighter option is excluding the 3 days in Isfahan and the passengers will only visit Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad and Qom).
** Spa and Relax extension tour can be added to this tour. If you choose our beautiful Spa and Relax tour we will add this to your itinerary when you are in Tehran or Mashhad. (This can include: Masouleh ,Rasht, Ardebil or Sar Ein)
*** Caspian sea extension tours can also be added to this tour if you wish to enjoy the beautiful and magnificent coast of the Caspian Sea. This will be added to your itinerary when you finish your visit to Mashhad. (Visiting cities of Kelar-Dasht, Ramsar and Javaher-Deh)
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