Embark on a Pilgrimage: A 15-Day Religious Tour of Iran
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 the Shiite world, with three major cities of Mashhad, Shiraz and Qom.
Tehran Mashhad Shiraz Isfahan Qom Tehran
Arrive, meet and greet at the airport, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Tehran
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.
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. Afternoon pilgrimage to Imam Reza shrine. Overnight Mashhad.
A short trip to Mashhad’s beautiful green areas: Torghabeh and Shandiz. Where many beautiful handicraft products are sold, and you can relax and enjoy the green scenery and food.
City tour of Shiraz: after a leisurely morning, we will start by paying a visit to the Zandiyeh Complex, the residential palace of the Zand dynasty. We continue to the Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar, and public baths remaining from his reign. We will chill out at the traditional tea house of Saray e Moshir to have an entirely Persian experience; a quick visit to Nasirololk Mosque will conclude our morning tour before lunch. Afternoon visit to the Holy Shrine of Shah e Cheragh. Overnight Shiraz.
Excursion to the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis. The area comprises 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.
We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), the square’s southern side with incredible architecture and tile-work. We then visited the multistory Aliqapu Palace, which stood on the western side of the court, 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.
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 see the Vank Cathedral and the city’s Armenian Quarter. We will then head to the banks of the Zayanderud River, the city’s soul. Several historical bridges over this river were 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 paddling on a boat from one to the other. Overnight Isfahan.
* Please note that this is a complete sightseeing and religious tour. We understand that some passengers want a lighter time with fewer activities. You can always pick and choose terms with us; we will change the tour exactly how you would like it. Just contact us, and we will arrange it for you. ( A lighter option excludes the three 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 time, 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 coast of the Caspian Sea. This will be added to your itinerary when you finish visiting Mashhad. (Visiting cities of Kelar-Dasht, Ramsar and Javaher-Deh)
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