North Of Iran
Package ID: #5
A trip to the pleasant green north of Iran when the heat have conquered this great plateau while the north remains as an exception. We have designed the XXX package for those who aim for experiencing a combination of Iranian culture and nature during a summer time. The start of the tour is in Tehran and then by passing through the tall mountain range of Alborz we reach to the pleasing green plain of the north of Iran. Afterwards, we move towards the west of the country and visit the fair cities one by one; historical cities such as Rasht, Ardabil, Tabriz, Urmia, Kermanshah, and Hamadan.
♦ 1 Work Shop (Carpet weaving or Pottery)
11 Days / Price ~ 1420$
Based On 4-star Hotels
9 Cultural Cities | 3 Villages | 1 Workshops
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After your arrival to the Imam Khomeini International airport in Tehran, with a transfer we go to hotel for check-in and a rest.
We spend the night in Tehran. In the morning of the next day, our journey begins by going to the Rasht as our first northern destination.
Early in the morning, we move toward Rasht. Rasht Museum of Anthropology is your best chance to get to know the northern residents of Iran. It is a mixture of old houses and local farming mechanisms that altogether display the way of life of the northern people. After our visit, we go to Masuleh Village (Masooleh/Masouleh).
The gorgeous village of Masuleh in the heart of the northern mountains is, without a doubt, one of our astonishing destinations in this trip. Masuleh Village is a national registered site thanks to its unique architecture. A staircase village that still booming after being built 100 years ago with such hospitable locals.
We spend the night in the historical village of Masuleh.
The shore of the Caspian Sea has been the habitat of many ethnic groups in Iran since thousands of years ago. On our third day of travel, we go to one the most beautiful shores of this sea. The Gorgeous Gisoom Beach resting aside the forest is a top-notch example of the ancient friendship of the old sea and the Hyrcanian forest.
On the road to Ardabil, we drive by the summer terrain of the KhalKhal. Farming is the main occupation of the locals. As for the amusing weather of the county, it has turned into a popular summer destination of the Iranians. The unbelievable KhalKhal-Ardabil road is a must-see itself.
We spend the night in Ardabil.
In case you are interested in the eastern religious stories and heard of the Sufism, an excursion in the city of Ardabil would be a delightful one for you. Sheikh Safi al-din, one of the most powerful religious leaders of Iran, lived in this city around 700 years ago.
His magnificent tomb is the major site we visit in Ardabil; a UNESCO world heritage site.
We go to Sarein (Sareyn) after paying a visit to the old Bazar of Ardabil. With the numerous hot springs, Sarein has become a jewel in the heart of the cold mountains of Iran. after having lunch in Sarein, we drive to Tabriz.
We spend the night in Tabriz.
Welcome to Tabriz! We begin our day by visiting the ancient biggest roofed bazaar of the world. The grand bazaar of Tabriz is an excellent example of traditional bazaars of Iran located in the heart of the city. As our next stop, the congregational mosque of Tabriz is a fine mosque indeed.
It is time to go the famous mosque of Tabriz. The blue mosque of Tabriz still counts as the finest tilework of Iran within the passage of centuries. This azure blue charming mosque has faced many events throughout history; however, its attractiveness remains.
If you ask the locals where the best place is to spend a joyful evening, they would probably suggest El Goli Park. The manor in the middle of the lake has quite a view for a memorable meal.
We spend the night in Tabriz.
Imagine a village in which the houses are carved inside the mountain by hand of the people. The historical village of Kandovan where people still live in some of the houses is our first stop of the day.
By the moment we are done with the excursion in the village and walking down its alleyways, it is time to visit the Lake Urmia. The Lake Urmia is one of the biggest salt lakes of the world that is located between Tabriz and Urmia. If you intend to swim in the lake, you don’t have to worry about drowning; because the water is so salty that nothing can drown and stays floated!
After the lake, we reach to the Urmia.
We spend the night in Urmia.
The city of Urmia has been the home to many religions since hundreds years ago. Naneh Maryam Church (Holy Mary) is somewhere that the historians believe is one of the first churches ever in the whole world. It is highly possible that this church, after the “Bayt Lahm” (Beit Lehem) in Palestine, had been the second place of worship for Christians of the world.
An excursion in the city and then a drive towards Marivan; in fact, we leave the Turk cities to the destination of Kurd cities.
Marivan city is our first destination in the province of Kurdistan. We plan for having the dinner by the Zarivar (Zrebar) Lake. The sites on our tomorrow’s itinerary are some of the oldest and richest Zoroastrian destinations of the ancient Iran.
Uramanat is the name of one of the most mysterious places of Iran. An untouched and untamed nature of the western mountain range of Iran has been the ancient habitat of the Kurd people of this nation. Some parts of the myths and religious histories of the Zoroastrian folks of Iran have roots in the heart of this amazing land of Uramanat.
The people of the Uramanat are without a doubt one of the most hospitable and loveliest ethnic groups of Iran. The Kurdish costumes, local foods, and thrilling music are all living proofs of the originality and liveliness of the land of Iran.
After visiting this beautiful historical village, we go to Kermanshah. Ghoori Ghaleh Cave worth a visit on our way.
Welcome to Kermanshah. The city of the kings. Taq-e Bostan and Biston are the two UNESCO registered heritage sites in the city of Kermanshah.
Our day begins by visiting the historical site of Taq-e Bostan; the 2000 years old bas-relief portraying the victories and ruling of the Sassanid kings before Islam era.
The visit of the biggest stone carving of the world, Biston, puts us right in the middle of the thousands of years of Iran’s history. This site maintains one of the most important historical transcriptions of the kingdom of the Cyrus the Great. Your tour guide will inform you with the details of the mythical story of Farhad in the mountain of Biston.
It is good to know that Anahita had been the angel and guardian of the water, abundance, beauty, and fertility among Iranians. A temple was made in the name of this angel on the road between Kermanshah and Hamedan. We pay a visit to the remains of this temple and hear a mythical story or two of the ancient Iranian goddesses.
We spend the night in Hamedan.
The final city of our journey is the city of Hamedan.
It is the best to start our day with the visit of the tomb of Avicenna; the famous Iranian doctor. The museum of Avicenna stores the handwritten scripts of many famous medical books written by the Avicenna as well as the original books of this famous figure whose books have been taught as a source of medical studies.
After visiting this tomb and museum, we head toward the Ganjnameh Waterfall and Historical site. The stone carved script is written in three ancient languages of ancient Persian, Babylonian, and Elamite. This ancient site has survived within the passage of 2500 years of ups and downs. The delightful waterfall resides beside this ancient writing.
We will dine in the heights of Abbas Abad; a place to have a view of the whole city of Hamedan.
Our tour is not yet over!
We have planned for an exciting visit of a cave on our way to the airport. Ali Sadr Cave on the road from Hamedan to Tehran is one of the oldest and biggest caves of Iran. Due to the river inside this cave, you can paddle all the way through. The unearthly geology of the cave created during the course of millions of years as well as the smooth lighting are without a doubt an astonishing end for this journey of ours.
To hotel and airport we go. This is the end of our travel. Bon voyage!
Considering the hotel ratings, you can choose your accommodation from 3 to 5 star hotels. For more details, you should fill out your application form so that we can choose your price packages.
Also, for the desert tours we can provide accommodation in high quality local ecolodges. You can include, in your package, staying in ecolodges in other cities as well.
Our entire tour guides are licensed by the Organization of Cultural Heritage of Iran. We have done our best to select the most professional tour guides of Iran and to assign them to the types of tours that matches their criteria of expertise.
Your tour guide has mastered English specifically in tourism field. However, if you insist on a French or German tour guides, you can include your request in your application form.
We will make every endeavor to make it happen.
Packages include all breakfasts and one dinner. We try to offer the types of Iranian food that match your taste and temperament during the tour.
In order for us to do so, you’d better notify us of any kind of allergies, sicknesses, or special diets in your application.
For vegetarians and vegans, we can provide especial Iranian dishes during the tour.
Also Light refreshments during the day are included: coffee, tea and snacks
The normal options of transportation in our tours are airplanes, trains, and VIP buses.
If you are interested in Private Tours, we can provide private cars as well; which in this case, regarding your application and the distance between cities, we will give you the best and most suitable offer.
Including flights during the tour. Domestic flights are generally preferred to optimize travel time during your tour.
During our tour, in case of your energy and desire, we can include more sites to our itinerary.
For instance, at the end of a day in the tour, you might still be interested in excursion in the city; or even a unique place might have attracted your attention during the tour.
We do our best to maximize your experience of Iran with full satisfaction.
Flights before and after tour (concerning your arrival and departure) are not part of our commitment.
You can plan for these flights yourself and we will assist you along the way.
Insurance is on you and necessary. Most countries encourage their travelers to use insurance while travelling abroad. So, make sure to acquire an insurance before travelling to Iran.
The lack of insurance can lead to tour cancellation or losing some parts of tours itinerary.
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In order to do so, we will send your details and information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
After we receive the verification code, we will give it to you and you can apply for your visa by going to the embassy of Iran in your country. It is preferable if you would do this a few months before your trip.
Considering the wideness of Iran and long distances between some cities that we visit, the best and fastest transportation that can be suggested is domestic flights; specially for the beginning and the ending routes of our journey.
We would love to include more precious sites of Iran in your itinerary while saving your time by arranging flights. To achieve this, most of our tours include at least one flight in the beginning and end of each tour.
As mentioned in the Terms and Conditions section, you are inclined to notify us of any special disease or special food habits while reserving the tour.
By the time we are aware of your situation, we do our best to offer you with the most favorable circumstances in which you can have a great time in Iran.
In the event of special weather, our tour guides are inclined to give you the best suggestions to maintain your safety and health.
Our aim is to make your experience of Iranian food a pleasurable part of your trip in Iran.
Iranian foods are entirely cooked with natural and healthy ingredients. All the restaurants that we dine in have valid healthy food certificate from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In case of allergies or special diets, our tour guides will notify you of the ingredients of each meal before reserving it.
Iran with its hundreds of years of making handicrafts is like a heaven of souvenirs for tourists.
If you have intention of buying a carpet, edibles, handicrafts, and etc. you’d better ask for help from your tour guide.
During the tour, we will provide you with the opportunities to visit souvenir shops and to do your shopping. Also, we try to offer the best places and people to do your shopping from based on our years of experience.
In case of exchanging currency in Iran, consult your tour guide before doing anything else. Due to the unstable exchange rate in Iran, your tour guide would definitely give you the best suggestion relating to currency exchange.
You should also know that, unfortunately, it is not possible to use your credit cards in Iran.
It is possible to exchange currency in all cities of Iran; so there is no need in exchanging all of your money in Tehran. You can, however, buy souvenirs with Euros and Dollars in many shops.
Regarding financial issues, your tour guide will brief you before your tour begins; and will remind you whenever necessary.
Iran is a four-seasonal country.
For example, if you travel to Iran in Autumn, you might be surprised with a cold breeze in Imam Khomeini International Airport, while 2 days later, feeling a bit hot in the delightful Shiraz!
Hence, we advise you to bring cloths suitable for both hot and cold weather in case of travelling to Iran in Autumn or Spring. As for the Winter and Summer, you’d better bring the convenient cloths of the season.
One of our concerns as a tour operator is the issue of responsible tourism. Surely, as a responsible traveler you understand our concern and feel the same way.
Regarding this issue, we are effortlessly trying to be considerate and aware of some of the crucial and key points of sustainable tourism and the support of the local communities.
For instance, considering the immensity of the Bazaar of Tehran, all kinds of souvenirs are available for purchase; however, we recommend you to buy each souvenir from its own hometown where it is made in order to support the local community. This is merely a recommendation and we leave the decision making to you.
Other issues such as respecting the environment and the beliefs of the local community are both some of the important factors of sustainable tourism which we would hope you to respect as we would.