9 days 8 nights
Cultural Tours, Open Jaw, Special Interest
Iran is the birthplace of many arts such as different kinds of music, architecture, and literature. some of these ancient arts were dead but some are still alive.
There are several traditional Persian pieces of music that belong to different parts of Iran such as Khorasani, Torkaman, and Mazandarani in the northeast, Yazleh, Bandari, Dashti and Zaar in the south, Kurdish, Bakhtiari, Lorestani, and Gilaki in the west, and northwest of the country and many other Iranian local music.
Arrival at Tehran international airport. Transfer to hotel.
Visiting capital attractions such as Golestan Palace includes several palaces (UNESCO heritage site), jewelry museum, National Museum and grand bazaar of Tehran a place to buy Iranian handicrafts. During the afternoon we will visit Tehran Museum of Music to know more about different kinds of traditional musical instruments.
Drive toward Sari (about 4-hour drive), visit Veresk bridge on our way. Then we will continue to Sari to meet the folk musicians of Mazandaran.
Drive to Bandar Torkaman in the morning (about 1:40’ drive), where you can meet Turkaman folk musicians based on availability. There is a traditional restaurant in Turkaman called Agh Bibi Khan where they serve traditional foods like Chegdermeh and they perform folk music and dance. We also, explore the coastal market.
Overnight Bandar Turkaman
Driving to Gonbade Kavus (about 2-hour drive). Visiting Gonbad Qabus Tower (UNESCO Heritage Site) and Khaled Nabi Cemetery (a Unique ancient cemetery).
Overnight Gonbad Kavus
Drive toward Bojnoord in Golestan National Park (about 3-hour drive), visiting the unique nature of that region and Mofakham pavilion.
We will drive to Radkan village in the morning (about 2:30’ drive). There, we will spend a day in Arge Radkan ecolodge one of the best in Iran where we meet Khorasani musicians. They perform different kinds of Khorasani music and dance.
Overnight Radkan in Arg-e Radkan ecolodge
In the morning we visit the Radkan Jame mosque. Then we drive to Mashhad (1:22’ drive). In Mashhad we’ll go to Imam Reza Holy Shrine (the biggest shrine of Iran), visiting Goharshad Jame mosque and the beautiful shrine.
Today is our last day in the land of Persia! The memories of the land of art and culture will stay in our heart forever. Transfer to Mashhad international airport for your departure flight.Option*: if your departure flight is from Tehran, you can have a domestic flight to Tehran and afterward be transferred to Tehran international airport for your departure flight.