21 Days Go West Iran Tour Itinerary

        This intriguing meander west is ideal for those who’ve seen the main desert city sights or are confident in navigating through areas often unaccustomed to foreigners.

The route over mountains and valleys boasts nine World Heritage sites.

The remotest sections will require charter taxis. Note that in winter, mountain roads can be cut off by snow.

Starting in Tehran, head west to Qazvin and spend the afternoon exploring the historic city, before driving into the Alamut Valley and hiking for two days among the ruined Castles of the Assassins.

Continue across to the Caspian, recovering at a homestay near Ramsar, then onto vibrant Rasht, conquering the mountain fortress of Qal’eh Rudkhan before spending a pleasant afternoon strolling the teashops of photogenic Masuleh.

Forsake the dull coast and jump a savari inland, up through nomad country to Khal Khal, then onto Ardabil to visit the magnificent Sheikh Safi-od-Din Mausoleum.

Savari-hop the scenic back route to Kaleybar via Meshgin Shahr. Climb the breathtaking Babak Castle, then hire a driver for the sublime Aras River Valley run to Jolfa and the magnificent Church of St Stephanos.

Complete the Armenian church trifecta of Qareh Kalisa and Dzor Dzor Chapel on your way to Maku, via Khoy and Chaldoran.

An easy half day to Tabriz and its bazaar leaves the afternoon for exploring troglodyte Kandovan.

More savari-hopping across high landscapes due south to Takab and the starkly beautiful Takht-e Soleiman, once the world’s greatest Zoroastrian fire-temple complex.

Continue on across the incredible landscape to Zanjan. Hire a driver for the trip to Hamadan via the magnificent Mongol-era Oljeitu Mausoleum at Soltaniyeh and the remarkable Katale Khor Caves.

Check out the BuAli Sina Mausoleum in Hamadan before taking a speedy savari to hospitable Sanandaj.

Spend an afternoon in Palangan before heading to Marivan and the scenic road thru Howraman to Paveh, via Kurdish mountain villages. At Kermanshah, sneak a peak at Taq-e Bustan’s stone carvings and the scaffolding at Bisotun before you cross the mighty Zagros Mountains to Khorramabad and its fortress.

Savari to Shush to wander ancient Susa, then hire a car to the 3000-year-old ziggurat of Choqa Zanbil and the Sassaniancum-Roman engineering of the Shushtar hydraulic system.

Take a savari to Andimeshk and your evening train back to Tehran.



Day 1: Tehran- Qazvin, Overnight in Qazvin

Arrival to Tehran and we’ll drive to Qazvin, Spend the afternoon exploring the Qazvin historic city,

Overnight in Qazvin


Day 2: Qazvin-Ovan Lake- Alamut Valley, overnight in an eco-lodge in Alamut

Spending some time near Ovan Lake, and keep Driving into the Alamut Valley and hiking for two days among the Ruined Castles of the Assassins, overnight in Alamut


Day 3: Alamut, overnight in an eco-lodge in Alamut

Alamut Valley and hiking, overnight in an eco-lodge in Alamut


Day 4: Alamut- Ramsar, Overnight in Ramsar

Drive next to the Caspian Sea toward Ramsar, Overnight in Ramsar


Day 5: Ramsar-Rasht

An easy day next to beach, enjoying our day visiting Lahijan village and farms, the Caspien sea beach, Ramsar entertainment complex, using a zipline, overnight in Rasht


Day 6: Rasht-Masuleh, overnight in Masuleh

Drive to Masuleh, visiting the nice village, and overnight in Masuleh


Day 7: Masuleh – Ardabil

Drive from the beautiful road of Asalem to Khalkhal, overnight in Ardabil


Day 8: Ardabil- Kaleybar, overnight in Kaleybar

Visiting Sheikh Safi-od-Din Mausoleum, Drive to Kaleybar and overnight in Kaleybar


Day 9: kaleybar – Jolfa, overnight in Jolfa

Early in the morning visiting Babak Castle (it takes 4 hours to visit the castle) then drive to Jolfa, overnight in Jolfa


Day 10: Jolfa – Chaldoran – Maku

Visiting Church of St Stephanos, Qareh Kalisa and Dzor Dzor, overnight Maku


Day 11: Maku – Tabriz

Drive to Tabriz; visit Tabriz Bazaar and Elgoli, overnight in Tabriz


Day 12: Tabriz – Takhte Soleyman- Takab

Drive to Takhte Soleyamn visiting Zoroastrian fire-temple complex, and Overnight in Takab


Day 13: Takab – Zanjan

Drive to Zanjan, visiting Zanjan bazaar and Rakhtshooy khaneh, overnight Zanjan


Day 14: Zanjan – Soltaniye- Katale khor – Hamedan

Drive to Hamedan, visiting Soltaniyeh dome and Katale Khor Cave en-route, visiting BuAli Sina Mausoleum based on time, overnight Hamedan


Day 15: Hamedan- Sanandaj

Hamedan sightseeing and drive to Sanandaj, overnight sanandaj


Day 16: Sanandaj – marivan- Zarivar lake- Uraman

Drive to Marivan, enjoying the Zarivar Lake; keep going to Uraman, overnight Uraman


Day 17: Uraman- Kermanshah

Exploring this amazing village and drive to Kermanshah, overnight Kermanshah


Day 18: Kermanshah- Khoramabad

Visiting Taghe Bostan and Bistoun, drive to khorram abad, visiting falakol aflak castle, overnight Khorram abad


Day 19: Khoramabad– Shushtar- Shush

Visiting Shushtar hydraulic system and Tomb of Danial, drive to shoosh, overnight Shoosh


Day 20: Shush – Train to Tehran

Tour of the unique Ziggurat of Choqa Zanbil and transfer to train station at noon.


Day 21: Arrive to Tehran in the midnight, overnight Tehran or Transfer to IKA, Departure



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