Shiraz or Shar-e Raz means the city of secrets is one of the most popular destinations in Iran and famous for its nature, literature, and culture. Here is a 10-hour exploring the city of love.
Length: 10 hours
Transport: walk, drive
Start point: Lotf Ali khan Zand Street
Finish point: Adabiat intersection
Attractions: Nasir al Molk mosque, Narejestan-e ghavam, Vakil traditional Bazaar, Zandiyeh Complex (Citadel, and Mosque), Hafez tomb and Ali-ebne Hamzeh holy shrine
A full-day city tour to visit historical attractions and monuments of Shahre Raz (city of secrets) Starts in the morning at about 9 o’clock with Nasir al Molk Mosque, named in popular culture as the “Pink Mosque”, “Mosque of colors” and the “Kaleidoscope Mosque”, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design and the stained-glass windows that capture the morning light and create a glorious dance of light on the floor with wonderful Color combination. You can take amazing photos there. You can also visit another mausoleum here named Imam-Zadeh Zanjiri with a strange story behind. After a short walk, we reach Naranjestan-e Qhavam Garden at about 10 am. A garden that is full of sour orange trees with a traditional Iranian pavilion full of the mirror, wood tile works, and paintings. After about 15-minute walk in the old quarter of the city, we arrive in Traditional Vakil Bazaar about 11 am. In bazaar, you can enjoy exploring the Iranian traditional trade market and its colorful corridors such as Saray-e Moshir and Saray-e Fil where you can buy beautiful handicrafts, including Kilim, Gabe, Carpet, Mina, Khatam, silver accessories. We will stay at bazaar until lunch time. You can eat launch at different traditional restaurants in the old quarter of Shiraz near the bazaar.
Here are the best restaurants in the zone:
Vakil Cultural House
Kateh Mas Tradition Restaurant
Fathol Moluki traditional restaurant
Saraye Mehr Traditional Restaurant
After lunch, we go to visit Vakil Mosque and Karimhkan citadel from outside. All the mentioned highlights belong to the magnificent Zandiyeh Dynasty, it takes about two hours to visit them. Our next destination is Ali-ebne Hamzeh holy shrine, a sacred mausoleum decorated with splendid mirror works. Hafez tomb, the Iranian world-famous poet, is the final attraction we will be there at about 5 pm. Our day tour will be ended at 7 pm.