Pilgrimage Iran

6 Cities 11 Days

Cities

Style

  • Architecture
  • History

Age Range

  • 9-99

Service Level

  • Mid Range

Overview

The prevalence of Islam in Iran is reflected in the countless shrines, magnificent mosques, and the holy cities scattered around the country. In this trip, we’re going to visit two of the most pious and religion centers of Iran, namely Qom and Mashhad. Along the way, we’ll also visit the classic must-see’s of the most popular cities among Iran’s tourists. 

What’s included?

  • Meals

    12 lunches or dinners, all breakfasts

  • Transport

    3 private driver-guides to be with you for the whole trip, 2 domestic flights (Shiraz _ Mashhad & Mashhad _ Tehran)

  • Accommodation

    3 to 4 star top-rated hotels, Cozy traditional houses

  • Additional Services

    All entrance fees, Visa authorization letter, Travel insurance, Guided tours of all the cities

  • Not Included

    Internatioal flights, other meals, personal expenses (like shopping), visits and activities not included in the plan

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tehran

    Tasty Nightlife

    Welcome to Tehran! From the Shah to the Jazz, today we’re leaving no stone unturned. Let’s begin this trip at Golestan Palace and shake hands with Iran’s most iconic kings; from the Qajar ones to the Pahlavi Shah. Our next two stops are the National Museum of Iran and the Treasury of National Jewels. Following that, we’ll take selfies with THE Azadi Tower herself. Then we’ll have a tea break in the smallest cafe in the world at Tehran Grand Bazaar. For dinner, we’ll go where the cool kids hang out, at a Rock Cafe or a Jazz Café.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Howeyzeh Hotel
    Transportation: Private driver-guide’s car (to Qom)

  • Day 2: Qom

    Center of Piety

    Despite its fame as the most conservative city of Iran, Qom’s locals love to present their hometown and its famous shrine to all visitors. For a day’s trip, we will check out Fatima Masumeh Shrine, the most important attraction and holy site of the city. Then, for a break from the hustle and bustle of the beloved shrine, we’ll go to Azam Mosque. Last, but certainly not least, we’ll head to Qom Bazaar to see the colorful chadors, try the yummy sweets, and have a bite of the city’s adored souvenir Sohan, a traditional Persian saffron brittle toffee.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Qom International Hotel
    Transportation: Private driver-guide’s car (to Isfahan)

  • Day 3: Isfahan

    Half of the World

    Once we reach Isfahan, we’ll go to Naqshe Jahan Square and up a terrace with the same view of the square as the one in the brochure pictures. Then, one by one we’ll visit its iconic landmarks including Shah MosqueSheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. And while we explore the Grand Bazaar, you get to visit a handicraft workshop in person. Tonight, we’ll have a leisurely stroll and a delicious dinner at a cheerful restaurant near Si-o-se-pol or Khaju Bridge.

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Isfahan Traditional Hotel

  • Day 4: Isfahan

    Dramatic Mosques

    Today we’ll go to the golden girl, the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. Want to have a chat with a real Mullah (an Islamic cleric or mosque leader)? No problem; we’ll arrange that for you! Then, we’ll head to Jolfa Street, the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, where you’ll find cozy cafes, historical city structures, old towns, and of course, the magnificent Vank Cathedral; the highlight of all Isfahan walking tours. After a delicious cup of Armenian coffee, we take you to Isfahan Music Museum, to see Persian musical instruments, learn how to play one, and enjoy a live performance!

    Meals: Breakfast, and lunch or dinner 
    Accommodation: Isfahan Traditional Hotel
    Transportation: Private driver-guide’s car (to Yazd)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I change or modify this itinerary?
  • Can I put off any activities that don’t interest me?
  • How far in advance do I need to book my trip?
  • In which languages do you operate this private tour?
  • What is the required dress code?

Reviews

Latif

Latif

Oman

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I booked this trip to meet the sunni people of Iran, and that's exactly what the say in Torbat-e-Jam did. This tour is great because you can't ignore Islam when you go to Irna so why not see that part too. I visited all the highlights and feel like I saw more than other tourists because I went to religious cities too. Iran has many faces and no city was like another, the culture is diverse and thank god I had a wonderful guide Sima who helped me nabigate it. Expect lots of bazaars, lots of style, and many paradoxes with this tour.I have mor ememories from this trip than from any other travel in my life.
Greta

Greta

Russian Federation

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A one of a kind experience to the more conservative people of Iran. We missed none of the big sites and even got to meet many minorities such as Sufi Muslims and Zoroastrians, which I don’t think would’ve been possible with other tours. The inclusion of Mashhad and Qom was a nice twist, since I hear most tourists either only come for these cities or avoid them altogether, but I felt like visiting them gave me a more holistic view of Iran. Definitely include them in your plan at least. I recommend you pack with these cities in mind since they are more conservative, and they have a lot of nice hills and villages around them which are great fun to visit if you have the time (and comfy hiking clothes!). We had one guide (Mehdi) who was very accommodating, and even helped communicate some of the problems we had with a room in Isfahan. Luckily they changed our room so the next night was just superb. Mehdi also helped a lot with finding terrific restaurants that actually served the local dishes of each city, since most restaurants have a generic menu (lots of kebabs…). You can actually find a lot of vegetarian options with some help. We were very thankful to have him for the trip and hope to get as lucky in our future travels again.
Varban

Varban

Bulgaria

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1stquest was great due to the well trained tour guide and driver Bahar, who made the trip very smooth and enjoyable, they really took good care of us. We will be coming back
Ella

Ella

Australia

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Huge variety and saw a vast amount in sites in such a short space of time.

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