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North and Northwest Iran Tour

Tehran to Tehran
Duration: 10 Days
Code: PISW
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Tour highlights

Visiting Ramsar Palace, Rasht traditional bazaar and cooking class, Anzali Lagoon, Masoule Village, trekking on Masal heights, Sheikh Safi Al-din Khanegah (UNESCO world heritage), Visiting Tabriz Grand Bazaar (UNESCO world heritage), Kandovan Village

What you need to know about this tour

  • Besides old mosques and ancient constructions, Iran has other dimensions like dense rainy forests in the north, over 4000-meter-high mountain peaks in west and undiscovered villages with unknown cultures. Join PackToIran and explore north to northwest of Iran during a 10-day leisurly tour.

What is Included

  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels and village stays
  • Private vehicle
  • Visa service
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Professional English speaking guide

Tour accommodations

Tour Meals

10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Itineraries

Arrive in Tehran, the capital of Iran in the morning, transfer to your hotel and meet your guide. Today you will visit some of the cultural attractions in this city. First view the Iranian handwoven carpets in the Carpet Museum of Tehran, then visit Saad Abad Palace. This palace has a unique garden and 18 palaces dating back to the 19th century, that once were the Summer houses of the Qajar and Pahlavi kings. After that, browse throughTajrish Bazaar. Then take a walk on the Tabiat Bridge (Nature Bridge) to have a view over the city.

Included Excursions

  • Carpet Museum
  • Saad Abad Palace
  • Pol e Tabiat (the Nature Bridge)

Accommodation: Hotel in Tehran

Meals: Breakfast

Leave in the morning and drive along the scenic Chalus Road to arrive in Ramsar, the charming city which lies on the coast of the Caspian Sea. In the evening enjoy a walk on the beach and relax in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ramsar

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning join your guide for a trekking experience in Javaher Deh village. This village is hidden high in the foggy Alborz mountains, where local people live far from city chaos and sell their home-made pickles, honey and handicrafts. Then drive to Rasht (113 km) and visit the city’s traditional bazaar and enjoy its thriving atmosphere with locals selling colorful and aromatic vegetables and other fresh products. You will also visit the famous Rasht Municipality Square. Rasht has been identified as a city of creative gastronomy. Do some shopping with your host and join a cooking class to learn some traditional cuisine.

Included Excursions

  • Javahaer Deh Village tour
  • Rasht Bazaar
  • Rasht Municipality Square

Accommodation: Hotel in Rasht

Meals: Breakfast Dinner

Drive for 40 kilometers towards Bandar-e Anzali. This port is a crucial spot in trading and tourism, especially bird watching. Here you’ll visit a most beautiful lagoon with lotus flowers and watch birds flying in the sky. You will also visit the old lighthouse and then taste local sea food for lunch and wander in the Bazaar. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset in the beach and drive back to Rasht for the night.

Included Excursions

  • Anzali Lagoon
  • The traditional bazaar

Accommodation: Hotel in Rasht

Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Continue towards Fuman and enjoy another trekking experience to reach the Rudkhan Castle, a medieval brick and stone castle which once was a military complex. Then visit Masouleh village and explore its unique architecture. The buildings are interconnected and have been built into the mountain. The yards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. No vehicle is permitted to enter the city. Then drive towards the high altitude city of Masal. Arrive and relax in a wooden cottage eco-lodge and enjoy a local dinner.

Included Excursions

  • Rudkhan Castle
  • Masouleh Village walking tour

Accommodation: Ecolodge

Meals: Breakfast Dinner

Surprise! When you rise in the morning you will find yourself up in the clouds. Enjoy your breakfast among the clouds. Masal is famous for its waterfalls and today you’ll experience interesting sightseeing and trekking for some hours. Then depart to Ardabil (219 km) and enjoy this charming road. Arrive in Ardebil in the evening and check in to your hotel.

Included Excursions

  • Trekking in Masal

Accommodation: Hotel in Ardabil

Meals: Breakfast

Ardabil is a historical city in the north west of Iran, from where the noble Safavid Dynasty originated in the 15th century and Shiekh Safi al-Din (the ancestor of the Safavid Dynasty) raised the importance of this area. In the morning, visit the Sheikh Safi Al-Din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, which is protected as a world heritage by UNESCO. Ardabil was built as a microcosmic city with bazaars, public baths, squares, religious buildings, houses, and offices. After lunch move to Sarein city. The Sarein springs are near an inactive volcano in Mount Sabalan. Its water contains sulphur particles and it is known for its therapeutic properties and positive effects on bone and joint pains. The word Sarein in Persian means “Spring’s Outlet”. You can enjoy bathing there. Spend the night at an ecolodge in Sarein and treat yourself to a local dinner.

Included Excursions

  • Sheikh Safi Al-Din Khanegah

Optional Excursions

  • Sarein springs

Accommodation: Ecolodge

Meals: Breakfast Dinner

Continue your road trip to Tabriz (225 km). Visit the Kaboud Mosque (literally meaning the blue mosque). This magnificent landmark was once damaged by an earthquake during the 18th century but it is still standing and you can enjoy its original and brilliant blue tilework and calligraphies. Near the mosque you can visit the Tabriz Museum. In the afternoon, walk through the Tabriz Grand Bazaar, the only bazaar on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, which includes a vast maze of bricked lanes and arches and vaulted passageways, still evoking the spirit of its earliest days when Tabriz was one of the most important commercial centers along the ancient Silk Road. End your day by visiting Shah Goli (El-Goli), a large park with an artificial lake and a charming mansion.

Included Excursions

  • Kabud (blue) Mosque
  • Tabriz Museum
  • Tabriz Grand Bazaar
  • Shah Goli (El-Goli) Mansion

Accommodation: Hotel in Tabriz

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, take a 50-minute trip to the Kandovan Village. This village exemplifies manmade cliff dwellings which are still inhabited. Houses here are carved from rocks and some of them are 700 years old. The Kandovan village is said to have been partially formed by volcanic remains from strong Mount Sahand eruptions hundreds of years ago. If your departure flight is from Tehran you can take a domestic flight to Tehran today and have an overnight stay in this city, but if you are departing Iran from Tabriz, enjoy a free afternoon here and prepare for your flight back home.

Included Excursions

  • Kandovan Village walking tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Tehran

Meals: Breakfast

Check out from your hotel in Tehran or Tabriz, get transferred to the airport and say goodbye to Iran.

Meals: Breakfast

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