21 Day Silk Road

Destinations Covered

Tabriz、Kandovan、Zanjan
Tehran、Isfahan、Shiraz
Kerman、Zeinoddin、Yazd
Damghan、Shirvan、Mashhad
Tehran

(21 days/ 20 nights)

All year round and can be tailored in accord with your travel plan

Day 1: Tabriz

Drive from Bazargan or other borders to Tabriz (if you start from Tehran, you can take a flight from Tehran to Tabriz). Visit Tabriz and see the impressive tomb of Shahriar, the most famous Persian and Azeri poet. You will also visit the exotic bazaar with an interesting array of ethnic crafts on sale. See the exquisite Jameh and Kabood Mosques and explore the interesting collections of the Azerbaijan and Constitution Revolution Museums. The province of Azerbaijan is home to one of the most cultured and bravest races in Iran, the Azaris. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to rub shoulders with the Azaris and learn more about the origins of the Constitution Revolution.

Days 2: Tabriz/Kandovan

Visit Kandovan volcanic village (approx 152 km roundtrip). After passing the city of Oskoo and beautiful mountainous scenery we will reach this marvelous village. The special architecture of Kandovan is the reason of its universal reputation. Its dwellers carved the rocks of mountains and settled their lives there. The archeologists have estimated the antiquity of this village to 3000 years ago. The main activities of people in this splendid village are ranching, husbandry and gardening. The scene of piping in the rocks of the mountain indicates the co-existence of human being and its surrounding environment. Kandovan is a beautiful sample of presence and using of nature in men’s life.

Days 3: Zanjan

Drive to Zanjan. Visit the world heritage site of Gonbad-e Sultanieh as the second biggest brick dome structure in the world. Visist Zanjan Bazzar and enjoy a traditional dinner at Safavid Caravanserai. Take the overnight bus to Tehran.

Day 4 : Tehran

See Iran National museum and be amazed at its priceless pieces, spend your time in the busiest Bazaar in Iran and maybe sip some tea in a nice tea-house. Discover the eye-catching precious collection of Jewels of Iranian 2500 years of Monarchy in the Iran Jewels museum.

Day 5 : Tehran

Today at your own leisure in Tehran. Overnight Train/bus to Isfahan.

Day 6 : Isfahan

Visit the historic Royal square of Isfahan registered as a world heritage. Visit picturesque Royal mosque, Sheikh-Lotfollah mosque and Aliqapoo palace. Visit Chehelsotoon and Hasht Behesht palaces.

Days 7 : Isfahan

Ponder on the breathtaking Armenian Vank church In Isfahan and marvel around Isfahan Armenian quarter, Jolfa. Stroll aside Isfahan river and admire the masters who built several bridges over it through the history. This afternoon is at your own leisure.

Days 8 : Isfahan

Today at your own leisure in Isfahan. Overnight Train or bus to Shiraz.

Days 9 : Shiraz

Head to the Zand complex including the castle, gardens and mosque to get a sense of Shiraz as a capital 250 years ago.

Days 10 : Shiraz

Drive to Persepolis and Necropolis (Naghshe Rostam) and Unearth the ruins of Persepolis as a world heritage. Meet warm Iranians in Hafez tomb reciting his poems.

Days 11 : Kerman

Drive to Kerman to discover how people adapted their life to a desert city surrounded by mountains.

Day 12 : Kerman

Visit Moshtagh Alishah tomb, uncover Iranian old style hammams in Ganjalikhan hammam of Kerman, see Kerman Jame mosque and its majestic Persia structure. In the afternoon drive to Mahan. Meet Sufis who have travelled a long way to pay homage to their Sufi master Shah Nematollah Valiin his shrine. Laze in Shahzadeh Gardens and admire a great example of Persian gardens that depicts a high contrast between a green garden and a harsh dessert at the background.

Day 13 : Zeinoddin

Drive to Zeinoddin desert and ponder life in Zeinoddin Carevanserai and its scenic surroundings.

Days 14 : Yazd

Drive to Yazd and get into the mysterious world of Zoroastrians by visiting their fire temple and towers of silence there. Admire people of Iranian plateau by visiting Yazd water museum and learn about the underground water canals, Qanats. Gaze at the high minarets and nice brick and tile work of Yazd Jame mosque and visit the marvelous Islamic Amirchaghmagh complex.

Days 15 : Yazd

Today is at your own leisure.

Days 16 : Mesr

Drive to Mesr in Persian central desert. Enjoy the beautiful sand dunes, Qanats and amazing scenery of Kavir. On the way visit Bayazeh village.

Days 17 : Damghan

Drive to Damghan, the Parthians capital in the first century. It is the border of dry Iran of central desert and green Iran of the Caspian sea. Visit the oldest mosque of Iran, Tarikhane mosque. Visit Chehel Dokhtaran tower, Jame mosque and Pir-e Alamdar shrine.

Days 18 : Shirvan

Drive to Shrivan on the way visit Golestan national park and Mofakham mansion and museum in Bojnord.

Days 19 : Mashhad

Drive to Mashad, the holiest city in Iran that holds the shrine of the eight Imam of Shiites.  Visit the mausoleum of Imam Reza.

Days 20 : Mashhad

Visit Ferdowsi tomb and Harounieh site in Tous. Drive to Bajgiran border to leave Iran to Turkmenistan or fly back to Tehran.

Days 21 : Tehran

Departure day – airport transfer after breakfast at hotel

Included in the price are –
  • Invitation letter for Iran visa
  • All airport transfers
  • All transport across Iran
  • Domestic flights
  • Daily breakfast
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • All Accommodation
  • All taxes
Not include in the price –
  • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Tips to guide and drivers
  • International flights

Above services shall be tailored in accord with your travel plan.