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
Car based on number of travelers
20 nights accommodation