Northeast & Center
If we compare the trip to Iran to a soup for your soul, the central Iran and desert cities are like the main ingredient of a recipe and the rest parts of Iran are like salt, spices and seasoning. That's why we always put central Iran in our itineraries.
Our experts would call this itinerary , " The persian Poetry and Suffism " . This itinerary focuses on Iran's wholiest site in Mashhad, the grand tomb of Imam Reza, where you can get the true depth of religious feeling in Iran, it is extremely sacred to Shiites. 40 kms away from Mashhad there is Mausoleum of Ferdowsi, where the most famous epic poet , the witer of " Shah-Namah," or " Book of Kings", is burried. On the way from Tehran to Mashhad we will stop in Damghan to see the Tarikhaneh Mosque one of the oldest surviving mosques in Iran, Damghan is known for pistachios. In Bastam village, Bayazi Bastami monastery complex is worth to visit. In Neishabur we will see Omar Khayyam's Tomb the poet known for its quatrains and there is a popular claim that Khayyam believed in heliocentrism. When in Neishabur you can't ignor the Tomb of Attar of Neishabur theoretician of Sufism and the writer of the Conference of the Birds. It is said his works were the inspiration of Rumi and many other mystic poets.
In the centre as the seccond part of the trip, you will see the jewels of Iran rich history, Pasargadae and Persepolis in Shiraz, The ancient Qanat system and The Historical City of Yazd, The Masjed-e Jāmé (‘Friday mosque’) and The Meidan Emam in Esfahan and The Persian Garden in Kashan, The Tomb of Hafez, and Saadi , two most famous Persian poets burried in Shiraz
Iran works in a unique way and planning a visit requires a certain degree of expertise in the quirks of the local system. The language barrier and cultural differences can be intimidating at first and having your holiday planned by someone with in-depth local knowledge can vastly simplify the process. Our specialists have travelled extensively around Iran and can provide valuable advice on the most convenient ways to get around, the best guides to use and the best places to stay. Their itinerary ideas work as a starting point when planning your route and can be tailored to your interests to create a bespoke tour of the country.
Day 1 Tehran
Day 2 Tehran
We will go to North of Tehran, close to Alborz mountain where the rich and modern Tehran is explicitly seen. Walk in Tajrish bazaar And then go to Saad abad palace where the last Shah lived, then have lunch in Drband
Day 4 Esfahan
Drive 200 kilometeres to Kashan and see Fin garden, the best example of a Persian Garden. then walk to an old mansion called Taatabai house, one of the nicest and biggest mansions in Iran. meanwhile taste and smell pure rose water and rose oil, since Kashan is known for its rose water . Drive 140 km to Esfahan, well known for its blue domes and beautiful mosques, carpets and handcrafts and old Jame mosque
Days 5 Esfahan
Visit The second biggest square in the world, Naghshe Jahan or Imam square where art, architecture, history, ancient and modern Iran come together; on four corners you can see two Beautiful Mosques, one Palace and the grand Bazaar, built in Safavid era 400 years ago
Shops in this square have the best collection of handcrafts from all around the country, from carpets, enameled plates ,wood block print fabrics, filegry and etchings . not only can you do shopping but you can see tens of workshops, young boys and girls working there. Have lunch in a Traditional restaurant and then visit Chehelsotoon Palace and Royal garden built in Safavid era , 400 years ago
Day 6 Esfahan
Today we will See the Jame mosque, then Armenian church and Khajoo Bridge and Sio seh pol bridge.
Day 7 Yazd
Drive 330 km to Yazd via Naein, well known for its silk carpets and old Jame mosque, have lunch in Naein in a restaurant which was designed and built by Farah Diba, the last queen before revolution. arrive to Yazd in the afternoon
Day 8 Yazd
City tour of Yazd, including the Fire Temple of Zoroastrians, claimed as the most ancient monotheist religion , then the Tower of silence, where Zoroastrians exposed the dead bodies to vultures to be eaten.
then visit Amirchakhmagh complex and then Water Museum. see Dolat abad garden as it stands out from the rest of the gardens for its tallest wind tower in Iran . then walk in the old town and see how the high mud wind towers work to cool down the houses naturally, we will see the Jame Mosque
Day 9 Shiraz
Drive 150 kilometers to Abarkuh and see the oldest cypress tree in the world, aged 4000 years .
Then drive 200 Kilometers to arrive to Passargadae and then 100Kms to Shiraz
Day 10 Shiraz
Today we will Visit Vakil Hammam, the best example of a Persian hammam, nicely preserved, then we will see Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar that were built as a service complex about 250 years ago. in the evening go to Hafez Tomb where you can walk and talk with young Iranians who go there to be chanted with the Love and positive feelings in the air . Hafez was a love poet and for many lovers his tomb is the symbol of love
Day 11 Shiraz
In the morning we will drive to the ancient times, 2500 years ago to see The ruins of the ancient capital of the Achaemenid kings of Persia , Persepolis and the royal Necropolis. Be prepared by bringing sunscreen creams and sun glasses and hats for 3 hours of walking in Peresepolis then go to Necroplois where you can see the tombs of Achaemenids kings carved in the mountains.
Then drive bak to Shiraz in the aftenoon and get ready to fly back home
Travel exclusion dates
*Except travel between 22/06/2018 and 22/08/2018
The experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. There are some activities to do and some places to visit while you are visiting Central Iran which are not included in the tour, you can make an enquiry for the one you like, our specialists will consider your request and put them in your itinerary
If you are planning to visit Yazd, don't hesitate to visit bafgh desert when you come. there you can see a really beautiful view of the stars during the night . you can enjoy also camel riding there.
It is a temple of Zoroastrians just 1 hour far from Yazd. if you want to go there you have to take a tour for Kharanaq, chak chak and meybod
The peace and calmness you can find here is excellent because of the great view and also being away from city
Shabneshini (Iranian Night Gathering) is one of Iran's long-standing traditions which has left many sweet and memorable memories for Iranians. Iranian families night gatherings have certain customs that are a symbol of Iranians’ family reunion
Be sure to book a visit sunset in Zeinodin caravanserai which doubles as a unique landmark in the daytime and a stargazer’s paradise at night. you can see the milky way and listen to the astrologer stories
When is the best time to visit the Central Iran
During spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) Iran is at its most vibrant, this is the best time to travel if you want to see flowers everywhere or bright red leaves which add contrast to the scenery. To visit central Iran , June, July and August weather is hot and dry an it can be considered as the low season of tourism in Iran. The rest of the year, even in January and February which is considered to be winter , the weather is nice and warm in the day time, though it is highly recommended by travel guidebooks that the best time to travel to Iran is in April and October, the russh of tourists in these two months increases the cost of the services and the rate of the hotel prices. our epecialists who have been all around Iran in four seasons suggest you to avoid waiting in the long lines to visit tourist attractions , consider off season times to visit Iran
The weather is usually cool, dry and sunny during January and sites are much less crowded than later in the year. In northern Tehran there is a heavy snowfall in the mountains making conditions good for skiing.
you can go to Shemshak and Dizin ski resort for skiing.
February is the peak of the ski season in north Tehran. Across the Central Iran days are generally cool, dry and sunny and many attractions are less busy than at other times of the year.
The weather starts to get milder in March and blossom on the plum and almond trees marks the beginning of spring. As this month is a popular time to prepare for Nowruz holidays, the bazaars gets very busy towards the end of the month. The last week of May is a national holiday and one of the busiest weeks of the year for domestic travelers.
This is the peak viewing time for visiting Iran as the trees start to bloom. The gardens during this time is beautiful and provides a magical experience, but if you travel during this time you have to expect everywhere to be very busy, and hotel rates escalate too.
The weather in May is pleasantly warm and usually dry, and the vegetation is green and vibrant. deal temperatures in most of Iran with generally mild, clear weather
This time of year is getting a bit hot and dry .Warmer weather in June means fewer travellers.
Temperatures are high but dry. women do not have to be covered. only a scarf and long sleeves.. loose slacks and a long shirt.You can easily walk around Yazd, Isfahan, Tehran and Shiraz in the middle of the day. But there is rarely anything open from about 2 till 5pm, so it makes a great time to have a sleep/ visit a museum. Most Iranians eat very late at night so most places are open till 12 midnight and the night is more exciting and great for people watching.
It is a busy domestic travel period as it is the school holidays. The weather is generally hot and dry across the country, Central cities are a little warmer during August but it is not intolerably hot. There is an advantage of going during the summer there, as the top sights are opened longer
Skies are often clear and blue, although the weather can still be hot . In the second and third week of September many Iranians travel to the North, near the Caspian sea, during which prices increase . Septebmber is the beginning of the pistachio harvest
This is the start of the autumn season for the Cenrral part of Iran and brings striking red and gold hues to the landscape. The weather begins to cool down from the heat of the summer, making October a pleasant time to visit.
This is the peak time to see the colourful leaves in Central Iran, it is the harvesting time for pomegranate. you can drink fresh pomegranate juice everywhere
The weather is cool and typically dry in December, and the country isn’t busy for the first couple of weeks which makes it a good time to visit if you don’t mind the cold temperatures. it will snow in the mountains and if you are lucky you might see rain during your visit to Central Iran.
Staying in a traditional hotel, is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the ancient Iranian history
Clean and simple but limited facilities.
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