Follow the Silk Road
The Silk Road was a network of trade routes connecting three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia; from the east to the West in ancient and Medieval times. On its way through Iran, it passes cities like Qazvin, Zanjan , Hamedan, etc. Travelers along the Silk Roads were attracted not only by trade but also by the intellectual and cultural exchange that was taking place in cities along the Silk Roads, many of which developed into hubs of culture and learning.
The Silk Road’s flourishing time was during the Sasanian era. As a matter of fact, the Sasanian Empire had gained their main wealth by exchanging products for silk through the Silk Road. Traders imported and exported many different types of products including various types of carpets, precious stones and gems, fabrics, spices, and all kinds of high-consumption products via this ancient route.
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Your Flight will be landed in IKA (Imam Khomeini airport) in Tehran.
From now on, we host you during your trip in Iran. Our representative brings you to hotel for check-in and rest.
This is the first day visit of Iran. In the morning, we get out of the hotel and drive to the center, the historical part of the city. Our first place of visit is “Golestan palace”. Golestan palace is a complex consists of several palaces which are all gathered to form the Golestan palace. This colorful tiled building has been used for so many important events in the past by previous kings and queens.
Taking a few steps, we find ourselves in hearth of “the Grand Bazaar”, one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. Visiting the oldest bazaar of Tehran would definitely sound awesome. Regarding its traditional architecture, a superb visual pleasure is provided for its visitors.
“Treasury of National Jewels” is our next stop. Here, at the national jewelry museum you would not take your eyes off from one valuable object to another. The treasury of national museum is not just a museum in Tehran; it is among top 10 museums of the world with so many historical and valuable jewelries from hundreds of years ago. Every piece has been collected from different part of the world.
In the evening (not obligated), “Tabiat Bridge” show us a great view of Tehran. The multilevel, sculptural pedestrian bridge, designed by Iranian architect Leila Araghian, is a fun space to relax and, in good weather, it provides superb views of the north Tehran skyline.
Get back to hotel for rest.
Second day in Tehran is for the north.
The first place of visit is “Sa’d Abad palace”. The summer home of royal family from Qajar dynasty to the Pahlavi, who expanded it to the site you see today. Covering 110 hectares and comprising 18 separate buildings, it will take you a good three hours to see everything.
In Tajrish district we couldn’t avoid ”Tajrish Bazaar” and its fresh fruits and dynamic atmosphere. It is a great place for afternoon shopping, relaxing, drinking a coffee and enjoying the weather and the view of mountains.
In the evening, ”Azadi tower” is our must see. The inverted-Y-shaped Azadi Tower, designed by Hossein Amanat, combines modern and traditional architecture of Iranians. It was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian empire and was the scene of much protest during the 1979 revolution.
Get back to hotel for rest.
In our way through the Silk road, we follow the route that brings us to the Zanjan with a short stop in Qazvin.
“Chehel Sotun”, the most important monument of Safavid period will be our first stop in Qazvin. Located in the middle of a large garden, the building was known as Kolah Farangi (when Qazvin was the capital) in the Safavid dynasty.
Zanjan’s attractions are the next. First of all, we will visit “Soltanieh dome”. The 3rd biggest brick dome in the world, the mausoleum is an artistic masterpiece of Iranian and Islamic architecture. Dominating the skyline, Iran’s magnificent ‘Taj Mahal’ rises dramatically 48m above the surrounding dusty archaeological digs and crumbling city walls.
Our next must see is “Rakhtshooy Khaneh”. Literary means a wash-house, this complex is divided to the yard, residential area and the main area for washing the clothes.
Enough for today, we get to hotel for rest.
Day 5 is for driving to Ardebil and exploring the top highlight of the city,” Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili mausoleums”.
Western Iran’s most dazzling Safavid monument, and a World Heritage Site, the Sheikh Safi-od-Din Mausoleum is relatively compact. It is the burial site of Safi al-Din Ardabili, one of the leaders of the Islamic Sufi order. The complex is a fine example of medieval Iranian architecture.
Get to hotel for rest in the evening.
Time’s to go toward the spiritual and healing power of warm waters in “Sarein”, what Sarein is famous for.
Overnight stay will be in Sarein.
On our way along the silk road, we reach to Tabriz city by taking a 3h drive from Sarein.
“Blue mosque” is our first stop. Unfortunately, it was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1773, the Blue Mosque with its intricate turquoise mosaics was one of the most famous buildings of its era. The Blue Mosque is known as Goy Masjed in Turkish, and Masjed-e Kabud in Farsi.
The next is “Traditional Bazzar”. When you stroll through the winding alleyways of the traditional Tabriz Bazaar, you need to know that you are at the world’s largest roofed market. It includes 22 dazzling Timchehs (domed halls) and 24 stunning caravanserais.
Our last place to visit is “Elgoli Goli”.
”Elgoli Park”, 8km southeast of the center, is popular with summer strollers and courting couples. Its fairground surrounds an artificial lake, in the middle of which a photogenic restaurant-pavilion occupies the reconstruction of a Qajar-era palace.
Get to hotel and rest.
Getting a little away from the crowded cities is what we are looking for in 7th day. Jolfa border and its UNESCO registered site have a lot to offer.
“The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran” which consists of “Qara Kelisa” or St.Thaddeus Monastery and “St. Stepanos Monastery“, is located in northwestern of Iran, on the border with Azerbaijan and Turkey. These edifices – the oldest of which, St Thaddeus, dates back to the 7th century – are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. They bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian.
Check-in and rest in Julfa.
Located near Tabriz, “Kandovan village”, known as Iranian Cappadocia is our next destination.
Kandovan Village is famous for its wonderful rocky architecture which is the result of volcanic activities and hand-carved structures. With its at least 800 years existence, this remarkable place is inhabited by 670 people and offers scenic beauty for its travelers.
After a half-day sightseeing in Kandovan, we head to Tekab for check-in and rest.
A visit of the most highlighted attraction of Tekab, “Takht-e Soleyman” and then drive back to Tehran for check-in and rest.
Known as an important historical and cultural complex and, according to legend, the birthplace of Zoroaster, Takht-e Soleyman had been the dwelling of different tribes along history: Mendes, Achaemenian, Parthian, Sassanian and Ilkhanian. It was considered as one of the largest pre-Islamic Iranian instructional, religious, social and worship center.
Another half-day sightseeing in Tehran is scheduled for your last day stay in Iran.
In Tehran, you are free to do whatever you want.
No more time left in Iran, we have to get to the IKA for departure.
Fly back to home.