Explore Northwest and North of Iran by taking this tour and visit their historic heritage. Beside that Meet Iranian Azaris, Gilakis and Taleshis and get amazed by their rich culture, language and traditions.
Highlights: Marvel at the longest roofed Bazaar in the world in Tabriz, meet Sufis in Sufi master tomb Of Sheikh Safi in Ardabil, discover the step shape village of Masouleh and enjoy the scenic mix of forest, mountain and sea by the Caspian sea. Wonder at the world heritage churches in Jolfa and the volcanic rock houses of Kandovan.Sip tea with Azaris, Gilakis and Taleshis.
weekly tour on Saturdays or private tour on request
min. 2 / max. 8
or private tour on request
private transport, public transport, walking
7 breakfasts, 2 dinner
hotels for 7 nights
included for the mentioned monuments in the itinerary
You will visit Tabriz and see the impressive tomb of Shahriar, the most famous Persian and Azeri poet. You will also be able to visit the exotic bazaar with an interesting array of ethnic crafts on sale. See the exquisite Jameh and Kabood Mosques and explore the interesting collections of the Azerbaijan and Constitution Revolution Museums. The province of Azerbaijan is home to one of the most cultured and bravest races in Iran, the Azaris. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to rub shoulders with the Azaris and learn more about the origins of the Constitution Revolution.
Day 2 Tabriz /Kandovan
Visit Kandovan volcanic village (approx 152 km roundtrip). After passing the city of Oskoo and beautiful mountainous scenery we will reach this marvelous village. The special architecture of Kandovan is the reason of its universal reputation. Its dwellers carved the rocks of mountains and settled their lives there. The archeologists have estimated the antiquity of this village to 3000 years ago. The main activities of people in this splendid village are ranching, husbandry and gardening. The scene of piping in the rocks of the mountain indicates the co-existence of human being and its surrounding environment. Kandovan is a beautiful sample of presence and using of nature in men’s life.
Day 3 Tabriz
Take a trip to the historical border city of Jolfa which is located near the Aras River and the fascinating forests of Arasbaran. Jolfa is the stronghold of the Armenian Christians who possess a rich and unique culture of their own. You will visit Church of Saint Stephanos there. The church of Saint Stephanus is among a handful of magnificent churches that were built between the tenth and twelfth centuries, AD The church's architectural style is a mixture of Urartan, Parthian, Greek, and Roman styles that came to be known as Armenian subsequent to the construction of the fantastic structures of Echmiadzin, Thaddeus, Akhtmar, and indeed Stephanus.
Day 4 Ardabil
Drive to Ardabil. Get acquainted with the historic and picturesque tomb of the Sufi master named Shei Safi ARdabili, registered as a world heritag e. On the way, on the slopes of the second highest mountain of Iran Sabalan (15817 ft / 4821 m) Near Ardabil (25 KM) is the city of Sarein which is well-known for its spas. There you can enjoy the remedial benefits of the spas.
Day 5 Masouleh
Enjoy the scenic driving along side Caspian see. Masuleh architecture is unique and is registered with UNESCO. The buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masuleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. However, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn't make it possible for vehicles to enter. This makes the town wonderful to explore on foot and gives opportunity to meet and enjoy the hospitality that Iran is renowned for.
Day 6 Masouleh
Drive to Roodkhan castle in Fooman about 30 Km from Masooleh, climb through the densely forest of Roodkhan mountain and see this Seljuk 1000 year old castle. Drive back to Masouleh.