“The Silk Road” through this tour you can move along the ancient Silk Road which was a path that connected East to the West. It includes visiting Tehran, Varamin, Semnan, Garmsar, Damqan, Bastam, Kharaqan,Mashhad, Neyshabour, Khaf, Khargerd, Tabriz, Kandovan, Zanjan, Qazvin and their important monuments and amazing sites
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As the Persian Royal Road, which would come to serve as one of the main routes of the Silk Road, it was built during the Achaemenid Empire (500-330 BC). The Persian Royal Road was extended from Susa, in the ancient Persia to the Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) and the Mediterranean Sea and featured postal stations beside the route with fresh horses for messengers to quickly deliver messages all over the empire. Herodotus writes about the speed and skillfulness of the Persian messengers.
This opinion, years later, formed the view of the United States of America’s post office. The Persians maintained and protected the Royal Road and later expanded it through smaller secondary paths. These paths later crossed down into the Indian sub-continent, Mesopotamia, and into Egypt. Today this ancient route connects East Asia to Southern Europe.
Besides business, the ultimate goal of establishing the Silk Road was to exchange culture, art, religion, philosophy, technology, language, science, and architecture.
Through this tour, you can move along the ancient Silk Road. This tour includes visiting Tehran, Varamin, Semnan, Garmsar, Damqan, Bastam, Kharaqan, Mashhad, Neyshabour, Khaf, Khargerd, Tabriz, Kandovan, Zanjan, Qazvin and their important monuments and amazing sites
- Day 1 Arrival
Day 1, Arrival in Tehran and transfer to hotel, a short rest in the hotel, full day city tour of Tehran, O/N Tehran
- Day 2 Varamin and Semnan
Day 2, Morning drive to Varamin (60.5 km) visit Jame mosque, Drive to Semnan from Garmsar (113.6 km), visit the important monuments in Semnan, O/N Semnan
- Day 3 Damqan, Bastam and Kharaqan
Day 3, Drive to Damghan (119.0 km) visit Tarikhane mosque one the first mosques that were built after Islam came to Iran, after lunch drive to Bastam (75.1 km) and Kharaqan (20.3 km from Bastam) visit the tomb of Abolhasan Kharaqani a famous Persian Sufi, O/N Bastam
- Day 4 Neyshabour
Day 4, Drive to Neyshabur (368.9 km from Bastam), visit Khayyam, and Attar tombs, two of the most famous poets in Iran, O/N Neyshabur
- Day 5 Neyshabour, Mashhad and Tous
Day 5, Half-day city tour in Neyshabour, and then drive to Mashhad (128.7 km) for hotel check-in, after lunch drive to Tous visit Ferdowsi tomb who kept Persian language and legends alive by his epic poems after Arab invasion, O/N Mashhad
- Day 6 Khaf and Nashtifan
Day 6, Drive to Khaf (264.5 km from Mashhad), visit Khargerd School which is called the tile museum by artists, and then visit windmills of Nashtifan the first turbines in Iran, O/N Mashhad
- Day 7 Mashhad and flight to Tabriz
Day 7, Half-day excursion in Mashhad, flight to Tabriz (takes around 2 hours), O/N Tabriz
- Day 8 Jolfa and Aras, Near the Azarbijan and Armenian border
Day 8, Drive to Jolfa (132.0 km) and Aras visit Asyab Kharabe near the Azerbaijan and Armenian border. After lunch get back to Tabriz and visit ilgoli in Tabriz, O/N Tabriz
- Day 9 Tabriz and Kandovan
Day 9, Half-day excursion in Tabriz, after lunch drive to Kandovan village (56.2 km) with amazing houses that situated inside the volcanic cones, O/N Tabriz
- Day 10 Zanjan
Day 10, Drive to Zanjan (173.4 km from Kandovan), visit Rakhtshuy Khaneh, Soltanyeh cupola world heritage monument, O/N Zanjan
- Day 11 Qazvin and Tehran
Day 11, Morning Drive to Qazvin (177.6 km), half-day city tour with lunch, after that driving to Tehran (153.6 km), O/N Tehran
- Day 12 Full Day City Tour in Rey
Day 12, Full day city tour of Rey, O/N Tehran or depends on the return flight
Tehran: 2 nights (read more)
Semnan: 2 nights
Neyshabur: 1 night
Mashhad: 2 nights
Tabriz: 3 nights
Zanjan: 1 night
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.