7 days 6 nights
Shiraz the city of love, literature, history, culture, and beautiful gardens is one of the best destinations in Persia. Here is a 7-day mixture Shiraz itinerary to get the most out of this ancient city. For sure, Fars province and its central city, Shiraz, always have something new for offering and have the potential for more than 1-week tours.
In the morning we start our city tour with Nasir al Molk Mosque named in popular culture as the “Pink Mosque”, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design. Then we go to visit Narejestan e Ghavam and Zandiyeh Complex that includes Citadel, Bath, Mosque and the traditional Bazaar. In the bazaar, you can buy beautiful handicrafts, including Kilim, Gabe, Carpet, Mina, Khatam and silver accessories.
An excursion to visit some parts of the Sassanid archaeological and historical landscape that is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2018. We drive about 3 hours to reach Bishapur Ancient City to visit ancient reliefs, Sassanid Anahita Temple, and Tang e Chogan. We will have a picnic near the river. Drive back to Shiraz during the afternoon.
Today we hold a culinary tour to enjoy cooking Iranian traditional foods. Every traditional Iranian food has a story behind it that could make your trip more memorable. If you love cooking and learning the recipes of Iranian food, it is an opportunity to experience this. At the morning we will buy ingredients in the local bazaar, then a local chef will show us how to cook Iranian dishes in addition to how they serve the food locally on a Persian tablecloth called Sofreh.
In the morning we drive about 1:15’ to Sassanid castle in Sarvestan (UNESCO heritage site). Afterwards, we drive to Estahban (about 1 hour) for trekking the nature and visiting saffron, pomegranate and fig farms based on the season. Then we will go to Eij, a village near Estahban with its wonderful scenic landscapes. we will return to Shiraz during the evening.
Shiraz is the birthplace of first paradigms of marvelously attractive Persian Gardens. Visiting Eram garden the UNESCO heritage site in the morning, then going to Ghasredasht Gardens and walking in the winding alleys, visiting Afif Abad garden. During the afternoon we will explore the modern shopping centers.Option*: During the afternoon we can drive to mountainous recreation site of Derek, with a marvelous view of the whole city, for hiking trekking, doing the zip line and spend time with locals. Then based on time exploring Hyperstar modern shopping center nearby.
In the morning Drive to Marvdasht to visit Persepolis (about 1-hour driving). Persepolis or Takht_e Jamshid is one of the masterpieces of Iran that UNESCO declared its ruins as a World Heritage Site. Then we visit Necropolis or Naqhshe Rostam located near Persepolis. Drive to visit Pasargadae, the UNESCO heritage site and the earliest capital of the Achaemenid Empire in Persia (about 1-hour drive). The excavated sites that you can visit are the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the remains of the Tall-e Takht fortified platform, the remains of Private and Audience palaces within the Four Gardens and Mozafari Caravanserai near the tomb. Return to Shiraz.
In the morning, we’ll drive to mountainous village of Ghalat (about 40-minutes driving from Shiraz), enjoying the blue sky, mountains, old trees and stair structure of the houses. You can walk in beautiful winding alleys and have warm and cold drinks in the cozy cafes. Returning to Shiraz in the afternoon. In shiraz, we visit the Tomb of Hafez, Saadi and Khajooye Kermani the Iranian world-famous poets.