Religious Tour 1 (9-nights & 10-days) Code 800
Imam Reza’s Shrine, located in Mashhad, is among the most important religious sites of Iran attracting a great numbers of tourists each year. Qom, the center of Shia and the second religious city of Iran, is the home for Imam Reza’s Sister. Shiraz as the Cultural Capital of Iran is the third religious city of Iran. In this tour, you can visit all these religious cities of Iran along with their cultural attractions. The transportation includes flight (Shiraz-Mashhad) and the best quality land vehicles.
Arrival: Imam Khomeini International Airport & Departure: Mashhad International Airport
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After a short rest, you can visit Jewelry Museum to see Persian arts. After visiting the museum, Golestan Palace, the former royal Qajar complex and the oldest historic monuments in Tehran, will welcome you.
In the morning and after eating breakfast, you can drive to Qom. En route you will visit the Iranian leader’s tomb, Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. Afternoon tour in Qom will consist the visiting of Fatemah Masumeh’s Shrine, the sister of Imam Reza and the daughter of the seventh Imam Musa al-Kazim.
In this day, you can visit Jamkaran Mosque, a popular site for Shia. The Muslims believe that the twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, once appeared in this place and offered prayers at Jamkaran. The mosque is really beautiful and its green and blue color is really eye catching. Afterwards, you can visit Imam Khomeini’s House, the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a simple two-storey building. Khezr Mountain is the next destination, a mountain favored by the mystics six kilometers away from Qom.
In the morning, you will drive to Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran. the rest of the day is at leisure.
Early in the morning, you can drive to visit two Persian ancient glorious sites. Persepolis, the glory of Persian empire and the ceremonial capital of Achaemenid empire founded by Darius (486-522 B. C.), and Necropolis or Naghsh-e-Rustam, belonging to both Achaemenid and Sassanid Periods. It has four large tombs cut into the cliffs.
After breakfast, you can visit one of the most elegant architectural site of Shiraz, Zaniyah Complex containing the Arg, Vakil Bath, Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar. Shah-e-Cheragh’s Shrine, Imam Reza’s brother, is also a holy place you can visit. After eating lunch and a short rest, you can visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Shiraz, Ghavam’s house or Naranjestan Ghavam (built between 1879 and 1886), a building full of orange trees. Afterwards, you can visit Hafeziyeh, the tomb of the biggest Persian mystic and sonneteer born in 8th century.
In the morning, you will fly to Mashhad. After lunch, you can visit Imam Reza’s Shrine, the eighth Imam of Shiite. It is also the largest mosque by dimension. It is also a tourist center containing Goharshad mosque, museum, a library, a cemetery, a dining hall, prayer halls, four seminaries, Razavi University, etc.
In the morning and after breakfast, you will drive to Torghabe, a summer resort and an outstanding place located between two beautiful valleys near Binalud Mountain Ranges. You will certainly enjoy its striking natural scenery. You can also find all kind of souvenirs including wooden baskets, carvings, handicrafts, carpets, etc.
In the morning, you have the chance to go to Imam Reza’s shrine again and visit the museums of Astan Qods Razavi which is among the richest museums of Iran. It consists of Central Museum, Quranic Treasure Museum, Stamps and Bank-note Museum, Museums of the Gifts (presented by the Leader, Ayatollah Khameni), Museum of the History of Mashhad, Museum of Carpets, and Specialized Library. Afterwards, you can go to the Bazaar near Imam Reza’s Shrine.
This is the last day in which you will be transferred to the Mashhad International Airport to depart.