Each countries the most valuable and precious heritage is been registered on a list maintained by UNESCO. Iran is among the top 20 countries on the list with 23 sites inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage Sites list. These sites boast awe-inspiring architecture, amazing designs, beautiful mosques and ancient reliefs and the unique natures. On this journey we are inviting you to visit some of the outstanding Persia UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Visiting 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran
- Visiting archeological masterpieces of Iran
- Experiencing universal outstanding sites
- Visiting one of the most important commercial centers on the Silk Road
The tour begins in Tehran. After arriving at the Imam Khomeini International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can take some rest before we go to the first heritage site which is Golestan Palace late in the morning. Then, we head to Tehran’s northern mountainous area Darband for some light trekking and breathing in fresh air.
We leave the hotel early in the morning and have our breakfast at one of the restaurants on the way to Kashan (250 km). After arriving in Kashan, we visit some highlights such as the famous Fin Garden and some of the city’s historical houses. After lunchtime, we get back on the track to Isfahan, one of the most beautiful cities of Iran (220 km from Kashan).
We are going to spend two unforgettable days in Isfahan. First we go to the world-famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square with four highlighted sites located around it: Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, Ali Qapu and the Traditional Bazaar. After enjoying our lunchtime near one of the world’s largest squares, we head to Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotun Palace.
On our second day in Isfahan, or “Half of the World” as its earliest travelers have described, we visit Vank Cathedral and then the minarets which move: Menar Jonban. The city is home to many historical bridges on the Zayandehrud River. We visit two of these picturesque bridges, namely Si-o-se-pol and Khajou Bridge after lunchtime. Then it’s time to visit Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, a stunning example of the evolution of the mosque architecture over twelve centuries in Iran.
We leave the hotel after breakfast to continue our way to one of the most charming cities of Iran, Shiraz (480 km). On our way, we will visit Pasargadae which hosts the remnants of the first Persian Garden and the tomb of the most popular king of ancient Persia, Cyrus the Great. After launch we continue our way to Shiraz where we will have two amazing days.
The first day in Shiraz is dedicated to visiting Persepolis (60 km from Shiraz). It is the site of glorious monumental ruins of the ancient civilization of Persia with a total area of 125,000 square meters. After having lunch and visiting Naqsh-e Rostam relief which is close to Persepolis, we return to hotel while entering the city through Quran Gate.
The second day in Shiraz starts with visiting Karim Khan Citadel right in the center of the city. Then we go to Vakil historical complex with its bath, bazaar and mosque. Enjoying our lunch time in the heart of the city, we then go to Narenjestan-e Qavam garden and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. With its mystic atmosphere at night, the Hafez tomb will become one of the everlasting scenes from Iran in our minds.
Today we start heading west! We leave Shiraz for Ahvaz (540 km) after breakfast and stop for lunch on the way. We arrive at our hotel in Ahvaz early in the afternoon, while having enough time to either have some rest or take a short walk around the city.
On our only day in Khuzestan Province we have planned to visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites. So after breakfast we first head to Shush (Susa – 120 km) and visit Haft Tappeh Archaeological Site & Museum. Then we go to Chogha Zanbil world heritage site and then continuing to Shushtar city. We will visit the city’s historical astonishing hydraulic system before return to the hotel in Ahwaz (95 km from Shushtar).
Today we leave Ahwaz in the morning to go to Kermanshah (470 km). We make a stop in Dezful city on the way in order to both visit some highlights and have lunch.
In order to visit another world heritage site, we leave hotel after breakfast to go to Bisotun historical complex (45 km) and visit its magnificent mythical reliefs. Then we return to Kermanshah to pay visits to Taq-e Bostan area and reliefs, as well as Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk.
Our trip continues to Hamedan. We leave hotel after breakfast and visit Anahita Temple on the way, we arrive in Hamedan at noon (185 km). We have enough time to visit the tomb of Babataher and Ganjnameh Inscriptions by lunch time. To wrap up the day’s visits, we go to the remnants of Ecbatana city, Hegmataneh, the ancient capital of Medians.
In Hamedan, we visit Alavian Dome from the Seljuk period, and Avicenna’s tomb. In the afternoon we visit the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai which is believed to be the most important pilgrimage site for Jews in Iran.
Today we leave to Zanjan (300 km) through a beautiful road and on the way we will visit the world’s largest brick dome of its time, Soltaniyeh dome and then will continue to Zanjan after having lunch. We arrive at the hotel by evening.
After leaving hotel in the morning, we head to Tabriz (470 km). We get some rest after arriving in Tabriz before eating lunch. We then go to the picturesque Kandovan Village (55 km) which is a still-inhabited cliff village with manmade dwellings excavated inside volcanic rocks.
In Tabriz, we visit some highlight as well as the last two UNESCO world heritage sites on our tour. While in the city, we visit Tabriz historic bazaar complex, which is the epitome of traditional Iranian bazaars. We continue our journey through history by visiting the Constitution House, Azerbaijan Museum, Iron-age Archeological Museum and the Blue Mosque. We then take a short walk in El Goli Park, keeping pace with people strolling around its popular artificial lake before returning to the hotel.
After having breakfast at the hotel we head to the north-west corner of the country, Jolfa (140 km) to visit Armenian Monastic Ensemble of Iran, consisting of three edifices with the oldest dating back to the 7th century: St. Thaddeus, St. Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. Then we return to Tabriz in the evening, packing to leave Tabriz the next day.
Our flight to Tehran departs in the morning (1 h 10 min), so after arriving at the hotel in Tehran, we will have some time on our own to take a closer look at the capital’s streets before enjoying our farewell dinner at an Iranian traditional restaurant.
And finally it’s time to bid farewell to Iran as we are transferred to the airport early in the morning for our return flight home.