Through this tour, we take you on a journey to Safavid capitals. This tour includes visiting National, Golestan Palace, Jewelry or Carpet Museum of Tehran, Soltanyeh Tomb of Zanjan, Qazvin, Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Kandovan Village of Tabriz, Persepolis and Necropolis, Eram Garden, and Ali ibn Hamze holly shrine of Shiraz, Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, Abbasi Jame mosque, Sheykh Lotfollah mosque, Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotun, Vank Cathedral, Bazaar, historical bridges of Isfahan, the historical village of Abyaneh, the amazing architecture of Kashan, Sa’ad Abad Palace of Tehran
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Fairly Easy
- Group Size Small Group
Ṣafavid dynasty ruled from 1501 to 1736 and was the ruling dynasty of Iran whose establishment of Shi’a Islam as the official religion of Iran was one of the main factors in the manifestation of a unified national consciousness among the diverse ethnic and linguistic elements of the country. The Ṣafavids were descended from Sheikh Ṣafi al-Din of Ardabil, head of the Sufi order of Ṣafaviyeh, but later they converted their opinions from Sunni to Shi’a.
The founder of the dynasty, Ismail, was the head of the Sufis of Ardabil. But the most important king in this period of Iran was Shah Abbas the Great who expanded the limits of Persian territory to a greater scale. It is also worth mentioning that the Safavid Dynasty in Iran had a big rival and that was the Ottoman Empire.
Through this tour, we take you on a journey to Safavid capitals. This tour includes visiting National, Golestan Palace, Jewelry or Carpet Museum of Tehran, Soltanyeh Tomb of Zanjan, Qazvin, Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Kandovan Village of Tabriz, Persepolis and Necropolis, Eram Garden, and Ali ibn Hamze holly shrine of Shiraz, Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, Abbasi Jame mosque, Sheykh Lotfollah mosque, Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotun, Vank Cathedral, Bazaar, historical bridges of Isfahan, the historical village of Abyaneh, the amazing architecture of Kashan, Sa’ad Abad Palace of Tehran.
- Day 1 Arrival in Tehran
Day 1, Tehran, Arriving in Tehran and transferring to the hotel for a short rest, then a short excursion in Tehran, including National museum (closed on Mondays), Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (closed on Sundays), Jewelry (open from Saturday till Tuesday) or carpet museum, O/N Tehran
- Day 2 Zanjan and Qazvin
Day 2, Morning drive to Zanjan (333.4 km from Tehran) crossing Qazvin, after lunch driving to visit Soltanyeh Tomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site); which after the domes of Santa Maria Del Fiore and Sophia is the third largest one of the world, O/N Zanjan
- Day 3 Tabriz and Kandovan
Day 3, Morning drive to Tabriz (297.8 km), a short excursion in Tabriz, consisting of the Bazaar(UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Blue Mosque (closed on Mondays), after lunch drive to Kandovan village, O/N Tabriz
- Day 4 1st Day in Shiraz
Day 4, Fly to Shiraz (takes around 1 hour and 55 minutes), short excursion in Shiraz, encompassing Vakil complex, O/N Shiraz
- Day 5 2nd Day in Shiraz
Day 5, Morning Drive to Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and necropolis outside the city and then returning to Shiraz, and visiting some highlights of Shiraz, including Eram Garden, plus Ali ibn Hamze holly shrine, O/N Shiraz
- Day 6 1st Day in Isfahan
Day 6, Morning drive to Isfahan (482.5 km) and arrival around afternoon, O/N Isfahan
- Day 7 2nd Day in Isfahan
Day 7, Full day City tour of Isfahan, encompassing Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, Abbasi Jame mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu, & Chehel sotun Palaces, Bazaar, plus historical bridges of Isfahan (UNESCO World Heritage Site), O/N Isfahan
- Day 8 Isfahan and Abyaneh
Day 8, Full day city tour of Isfahan, on spring or summer after lunch driving to Abyaneh village; In the winter visiting Vank Cathedral, then driving to Abyaneh (182.6 km) for lunch(on April, and it may not be possible on Fridays), and then going to Kashan (87.2 km), O/N Kashan
- Day 9 Excursion in Kashan
Day 9, Half-day excursion in Kashan, including the visit of Traditional houses, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and depending on the time Fin Garden might also be visited, O/N Kashan
- Day 10 Excursion in Tehran
Day 10, Driving toward Tehran (243.3 km), half-day excursion in Tehran, consisting of Sa’ad Abad Palace (closed on Mondays), then transfer to the airport to board the return flight
Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.
Guns and ammunition, alcoholic drinks, narcotics, , all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil; aerial photo cameras, transmitter-receiver apparatus, pornography, most films, cassettes, CDs and videos and any kind of fashion magazine. Of course, hunters who are travelling to Iran for hunting can get necessary permits for carrying their guns and ammunition via their travel agents beforehand.
Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.
If your group wants to take some adventure on the trip linked to the activities or destinations in which we operate, please do not hesitate to communicate with us and we will try to create exactly what you desire. We are keen to help you in this way, as we have done in the past, this has pushed us forward towards making permanent tours based on your interests.
It is easy and simple. Just follow the four-step instruction:
- Step One: choose your destination
If you are ready to begin your trip to Iran, we are ready to help. It is really important to do some research and decide where do you want to go and what you want to do according to your age and interest. Our travel specialists are ready to provide you with the information you need to make your decision. A variety of catalogs of trips to different cities with destinations and purposes are also available on our website.
- Step Two: Send us a request
Tour packages are presented in four main categories: Cultural tours, Eco tours, Adventure tours, and Event tours. These packages have various destinations, duration and purpose to serve different interests. Just take an overall look at the travel packages and choose your tour. Remember that the prices can be modified according to the chosen standards of hotels and transportation. If you didn’t find the package that interest you, contact and inform us about cities that you are interested in and the sites you want to visit (see tailor-made tours). We can make your dream trip come true.
- Step Three: book your tour
After choosing your ideal package and specifying the number of travelers who come with you just set a date for it so that we can inform you of the required price of the package. Then a contract will be sent to you. Please print the contract, read it carefully, sign it and send us an image of the signed contract and images of the passports and of the tour participants via e-mail. Payment procedure will be announced at the time of booking.
- Step Four: get a visa
We have made this process easy for you. An information form will be sent to you by the agency. Return the filled form with an image of your passport attached to it. Leave the rest to us. You can get your visa in 10 working days. Your visa fee is 35 USD.
For more information take a look at our Visa page
Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.
Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.
Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.
Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.