Tabriz & the Silk Road of Iran



Tabriz & the Silk Road of Iran

Tabriz is the most populated city in Iranian Azerbaijan, one of the historical capitals of Iran. Its known for its magnificent, Tabriz bazaar with caravanserais and timches (domed halls). At its western end, is the impressive Seljuk-era Masjed-e Jameh, with twin, multi-turreted minarets. Blue Mosque or the Goy Masjid with its intricate turquoise mosaics dates back to 1465. Few blocks west, Arg-e Tabriz is remnant of the city’s early-14th-century citadel. Iran’s east and north-eastern provinces are situated along the ancient Silk Road. 

After exploring Tehran, visit Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city and a place for pilgrimage for Shite Muslims. Further East, the town of Damghan, owes its fame to the Masjid-e-Tarikhane, the oldest Islamic structure in Iran. Qazvin, the old Safavid capital has several fine historic relics including the Jame Mosque, boasting the largest mihrab of any mosque in Iran. Continue to Tabriz, known for its Blue Mosque, and the covered bazaar which preserves the flavour of old Tabriz.

What We Love
  • Experience a very special atmosphere in Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city for Shite Muslims
  • Learn about Shiite architecture, history and culture as well as the impact of Sufism in Iran
  • See the transformation of the ancient Sassanian architecture into the modern Islamic architecture.
  • Drive along the ancient trade route, once known as the ‘Valley of the Assassins’
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
  • Leisurely explore the Tabriz Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East
What to Know
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Tabriz & the Silk Road of Iran Tehran, Mashhad, Shahrud, Damghan, Qazvin, Zanjan, Tabriz
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Tehran Meet and greet at Tehran’s international Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Walking Tour
Tehran Take a walking tour with your own private guide and visit the Golestan Palace, a world heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in Tehran. Next to the National Museum which houses objects from prehistory to Islamic era and the Crown Jewels Museum which has an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world. The majority of the items on display were given to Safavid kings as gifts but many pieces were taken by Nader Shah on his conquest of India are also exhibited. These include the Darya-e Nur diamond, The Peacock Throne and the Jewelled Globe. Other pieces include the crowns of the Qajar and Pahlavi Kings.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Pilgrimage Site & Caravan Sarai
Mashhad Mashhad, is Iran’s holiest city and a place for pilgrimage for Shi’ite Muslims from all over the world. The city is well known for the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shi’ite Imman, who died here in 818 A.D. With your private guide explore local museums and visit Tous, city on the Silk Road some 20 miles from Mashad. We will also visit one of the oldest and most elaborate caravan sarai and a masterpiece of Seljuk architecture.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – City Highlights Tour
Mashhad A full day tour with your private guide to the beautiful city of Mashhad. You will visit Ghadamgah, mausoleum of Ferdowsi the grate Iranian epic poet as well as a sightseeing tour in the urban areas of Mashhad where you can witness breathtaking scenes of thousands of pilgrims in one of the holiest cities of Shiite Islam.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – City Tour
Shahroud Early morning drive to the city of Shahroud, an afternoon tour of Amirieh and the city.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – Iran's Oldest Mosque
Damghan We take an excursion to Bastam to visit Bayazid Bastami Tomb then drive to Damghan. In this city you will visit the oldest mosque of Iran which is Tarikhaneh, the ancient city of Hecatompylos, tappeh hessar and Aramgah-e- Pir Almdar round tower, overnight Damghan.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – Historic Relics
Qazvin Drive to Qazvin, the old Safavid capital has several fine historic relics including: the Jame Mosque, dating back to the Seljuk period and boasting the largest mihrab of any mosque in Iran; the Shrine of Shahzadeh Hossein, a Muslim saint; and the Heydarieh Theological School. The castle of Alamut in the legendary Valley of the Assassins, which is accessible from Qazvin, was once home to the notorious sect created by Hassan Al-Sabbah in 12th century.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Persian architecture
Zanjan Drive to Zanjan via Soltaniyeh. The city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, was founded by the Mongols. Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture. The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran. Upon arrival to Zanjan in the afternoon we will visit Rakhtshoor-khaneh, Jameh mosque, its two pleasant teahouses and fantastic bazaar.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – Half-Day City Tour
Tabriz In the morning we will drive to Tabriz. In the afternoon you will have a half day city tour of Tabriz to visit blue mosque, Shah-Goli Pavilion, Azerbaijan museum and the world heritage site of the magnificent grand bazaar. If time permits, we will also visit Azerbaijan Museum, the oldest museum in Tabriz and the Constitution House which was used as the commanding headquarters by the movement of Tabriz people almost a century ago.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 10 – via Kandovan
Tehran Drive to the magnificent village of Kandovan Village, a rocky architectural oddity in Iran. Kandovan is an ‘off the touristy track’ hub in Iran that is not only famous for its scenic beauty, but also its uniqueness that comes from the fact that many of its homes have been made in caves located in cone-shaped rock-formation. Thus making the complete village look like a gigantic termite colony. Transfer to Tabriz international airport for your evening flight to Tehran. Depending on your departure flight home, you can either stay an extra night in Tehran or connect with your international flight.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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When to go Visits to the south coast of Iran are best made in the winter months of December, January and February when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest, while spring (March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September and October) are the best times to travel around central and northern Iran. Tourists visit Iran during the summer months (June - September) for the sunshine and regional festivals, and during the winter months (November - March) for skiing. So no matter what time you choose to go, Iran is a great place to travel all year round.

Getting There The vast majority of travellers fly to Tehran and return from there but some travellers end their trip in Shiraz, saving some backtracking. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) sees most of Iran’s international air traffic. It’s small, so delays are possible. Elsewhere, Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish are (in that order) potentially useful arrival or departure points. Iran Air, the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should lodge your visa application with the Iranian Embassy in the UK, well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable.