Islamic Tour – 15 Days

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.

15 Days



Day 1: Tehran

Arrive, meet and greet at the airport, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Tehran

Day 2: Tehran

We visited the holy shrines of Shah-Abdol-Azim and Imam Khomeini in Tehran. A light tour of the natural beauties of Tehran, such as Darakeh and Darband, followed us. Overnight Tehran.

Day 3: Mashhad

In the morning, take a flight to the holy city of Mashhad. Pilgrimage to the sacred shrine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him). Spending a wonderful evening at the shrine. Overnight Mashhad.

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, 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.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: Shiraz

Free day in Mashhad. Evening flights to Shiraz. Overnight Shiraz.

Day 8: Shiraz

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.

Day 9: Shiraz

Morning tour to Eram Garden, tombs of poets Hafez and Saadi, Jahan-nama Gardens and the Holy Shrine of Ali Ebne Hamze. Free afternoon. Overnight Shiraz.

Day 10: 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.

Day 11: Isfahan

Morning drive to Isfahan (we will fly to Isfahan if any flights are available on the 11th day of your tour). Overnight Isfahan.

Day 12: Isfahan

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.

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 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.

Day 14: Qom

In the Morning, drive to the holy city of Qom. Transfer to hotel. Evening visit to the sacred 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.

Here are a few tips about the itinerary!

* 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)

What does a religious tour in Iran entail?

A religious tour in Iran refers to trips made to visit sacred and religious sites. Iran, a country with deep religious and historical values, hosts numerous places of significant importance to Muslims, especially Shiites.

The cities of Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, and Tehran are primary destinations for religious tours in Iran due to the presence of Imamzadehs and sacred sites. Mashhad with the Imam Reza (AS) Shrine and Qom with the Hazrat Masoumeh (SA) Shrine are among the most important of these cities.

While religious tours can be undertaken at any time of the year, the spring and autumn seasons are more comfortable for pilgrims due to the milder weather. Additionally, special religious days like Muharram and Ramadan are significant times for pilgrimage.

Before the trip, gather sufficient information about pilgrimage destinations, weather conditions, cultural features, and dress code guidelines. Also, ensure necessary documents like visas and travel insurance are arranged.

While religious tours are primarily designed for Muslims, non-Muslims can also enjoy the cultural and historical aspects of these trips. Visiting these sacred places offers an opportunity to familiarize oneself with Iran’s rich culture and history.

Respect and attention to local customs and traditions are paramount in religious sites and shrines. Wearing respectful clothing in accordance with Islamic principles is necessary. Interactions with others should be polite, and photography in prohibited areas should be avoided. Additionally, following local guidelines and the advice of guides to maintain the sanctity of pilgrimage sites is important.

Having a local guide can help gain a deeper understanding of the significance of pilgrimage sites and their histories. Moreover, a guide can assist in observing the laws and specific conditions of each shrine or Imamzadeh.

Frequently Asked Questions About Religious Tours in Iran

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