Tours to Iran : Holy Sites

  • HOLY SITES

    Tours To Iran

Holy Sites

Travel ID: RT/02

Persia once was a land with great unity over the world’s most multi‐national, multi‐lingual, multi‐cultural, multi‐religious, and multi‐ethnic region. Iran is the pilgrimage destination for those who worship Christ, Allah, Moses, or those who are fascinated by rich ancient culture, history, and art. Let’s become the pilgrim and visit the numerous holy sites of ancient Iran for the next 13 days. The tour starts in capital by seeing Tehran’s Christian churches. Fly to Shiraz, the city that raised the greatest Persian poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi and today their mausoleum is the Promised Land for literature lovers. We will visit gorgeous reliefs, impressive gateways, and massive columns of Persepolis (UNESCO heritage) the great Achaemenid legacy and tomb of Cyrus the great the king who was the author of first human rights 20 centuries ago. Then we will go to Yazd the birthplace of Zoroastrianism to visit fire temples and Towers of Silence and Isfahan the masterpiece of Safavid monuments, mosques, churches, and bridges. Then we head to Churches of St. Mary in Lorestan province and then Kurdistan province. We will continue the journey toward the northwestern Iran to visit Takht e Soleiman in Takab and Church of St. Thaddeus both UNESCO heritage sites.

Tour Itinerary Duration

14 Days & 13 Nights

  • Tehran
    Day 01
    Arrive in Tehran Airport, greetings & transfer to the hotel.
  • Tehran-Shiraz
    Day 02
    In the morning we have full day city tour in Tehran including St. Sarkis Cathedral, Church of St. Mary. Then a visit to Archaeological Museum of Iran. In the evening flight to Shiraz.
  • Shiraz
    Day 03
    Full day city tour of Shiraz.
  • Shiraz- Perspolis-Pasargadae-Yazd
    Day 04
    Early morning drive to Yazd. En route visit former Achaemenid capital Persepolis with Naghsh-e Rostam Necropolis (UNESCO World Heritage sites) in Marvdasht and Pasargadae with Cyrus Tomb (UNESCO World Heritage sites). Continue to Yazd
  • Yazd-Isfahan
    Day 05
    Half day city tour in Yazd . Then drive to Isfahan.
  • Isfahan
    Day 06
    Full day city tour of Isfahan.
  • Isfahan
    Day 07
    In the morning, visit Vank Cathedral, Church of Bethlehem, Synagogue of Davood or Molla Yaghoub and Friday mosque (UNESCO World Heritage site).
  • Isfahan-Boroujerd
    Day 08
    Drive  to the Armenian village of Khoygan near Faridan to visit the exquisite Churches of St. Mary and St. John. Continue to Boroujerd.
  • Boroujerd-Hamedan-Sanandaj
    Day 09
    In the morning drive to Sanandaj via Hamadan. En route will visit Esther & Mordekhay-Mausoleum, Gandj Nameh, as well as Gonbad Alavian. Continue to Sanandaj.
  • SANANDAJ-TAKAB-ORUMIYE
    Day 10
    Morning after early breakfast drive to Orumiye  and en route will visit Takht e Soleyman in Takab. Continue to Orumiye.
  • ORUMIYE
    Day 11
    Full day city tour.
  • ORUMIYE-MAKU-JOLFA-TABRIZ
    Day 12

    In the morning drive to south of Maku and visit the spectacular Church of St. Thaddeus (Qarah Kelissa) (UNESCO World Heritage sites). Then drive towards Jolfa, the main centre of Armenian Persians prior to their 17th century displacement to Isfahan, to visit St. Stephen’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage sites) in its majestic mountain setting. Continue to Tabriz.

  • TABRIZ-TEHRAN
    Day 13
    Full day city tour of Tabriz. In the evening flight to Tehran.
  • TEHRAN-QOM-DEPARTURE
    Day 14

    Morning drive to holy city of Qom and visit Fatima Holy shrine, The Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library (the third largest library in Iran) and Theological Islamic School to meet with The Shia cleric. In the evening transfer to the International Imam Khomeini Airport for return flight.

Tours to Iran

Tour highlight

  • Archaeological museum
  • Sarkis Cathedral
  • Church of St. Mary
  • Narenjestan or Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage
  • Karim Khan Citadel
  • Tomb of Saadi or Hafez
  • Ali Ebne Hamzeh Mausoleum
  • Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage sites)
  • Naghsh-e Rostam Necropolis (UNESCO World Heritage sites)
  • Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage sites)
  • Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, fire temple
  • Old Quarter and traditional Takiyeh Amir Chaqmaq arcade building
  • Chehel Soton (UNESCO World Heritage
  • Imam Square with Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques
  • Ali Qapu palace (UNESCO World Heritage sites)
  • Vank Cathedral
  • Churches of St. Mary and St. John
  • Esther & Mordekhay-Mausoleum
  • Gandj Nameh
  • Gonbad Alavian
  • Takht e Soleiman
  • Nana Maryam Church
  • Assyrian-Christian Maryam Church
  • Church of St. Thaddeus (Qarah Kelissa)
  • Stephen’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage sites)
  • Churches of St. Mary and St. Sarkis, Blue Mosque
  • Tabriz Bazaar (UNESCO World Heritage sites)

Services included

  • Visa
  • Transport
  • Tour guide
  • Accommodation

The prices include

  • Accommodation in the hotels as per program
  • Generally half board or full board
  • All transfers
  • All land transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees according to program
  • Visa support
  • Tip and portages in restaurants and hotels

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Tour Code: RT02

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