|We offer comprehensive tours in Iran covering areas of great historical and educational interest. As Iran is geographically enormous, putting a single itinerary to cover all the areas of importance is not practical. We have covered areas of greater interest giving a brief synopsis on each and their most historical sights.
Tehran is always a good place to start and from here your journey could take you either northeast to Mashad, west to Hamadan and south to Shiraz and Isfahan through Kerman, Bam, Yazd and Ahwaz.
In Tehran you can visit the old city of Rey, the original capital of Iran. Visit the University of Tehran and the archaeological and art museums funded by the local ministry of Culture and Education.
The Zoroastrians’ history in Iran began in the cities of Kerman and Yazd some 3,000 years ago. There are many historical sights to see in this area which are of great interest including the Ibrahim Khan Theological School which was used up to the late 17th Century. The Ganj Ali Khan, an ancient complex including a caravansary, school, bazaar and bath dating from 18th Century, and of course the Bam Citadel south west of Kerman.On to Yazd, a city that has resisted the modern urbanization changes and still maintains its traditional structure.
From Yazd visit Shiraz and see the 5th BC giant complex of Persepolis built by Darius the Great. In Shiraz City center are the Tombs of Saadi and Hafiz, two well-known Iranian poets. Shiraz is also home to the Shrine of Shah Cheraagh – a mosque of splendid interior design. In the Karim Khan citadel, the Shiraz ministry has relocated the various museums from around Shiraz – exhibiting artifacts dating from as early as 5000 BC.
Taking the route from Shiraz to Isfahan you can visit Pasargade, the resting-place of Cyrus the Great – on through Izadkhast, the Sesanian citadel. The University of Isfahan is open to visitors and those with an archaeological interest must see both the Imam Mosque, which is an unusual four-porch mosque with beautiful tile work, the Friday mosque and the beautiful bridges of the Zayandehrud.
In Ahwaz, south west of Shiraz, are the 5th Century BC ruins of Suza and here also is the famous ziggurat of Choga Zanbil which dates from the 13th Century BC, during the time of the Elamites. UNESCO has now registered this as a historical monument. Also to be seen here is the mausoleum of Daniel (A Hebrew prophet during Babylonian captivity) and the relics of the ancient temples in Haft Tappeh.
East from Tehran lies the holy city of Mashad. The city attracts millions of Muslim pilgrims from inside Iran and overseas who come to visit the holy shrine. The complex covers the shrine of the holy Imam is the largest and most magnificent architectural structure. This complex houses an important museum containing among other attractions old and hand-written Qorans, and a large library.