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8 Days Iran Silk Road Tour

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  • Tour Type: Private
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Start in: Mashhad
  • End in: Tehran
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Physical Rating: 2 / 5
  • Tour Code: TIT308009
  • Available: All Months


Explore the legendary Silk Road of Iran and trace the ancient trade routes that once linked the East and West. This 8-day tour begins in the holy city of Mashhad, where you will discover the rich cultural heritage of this pilgrimage site and visit the magnificent Imam Reza Shrine.

Continue on to historic cities with beautiful architecture, ancient landmarks, and fascinating history, including a desert oasis city with striking twin towers. You will also visit a charming city known for its beautiful handicrafts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the largest brick domes in the world.

Throughout the journey, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals, sample delicious traditional cuisine, and immerse yourself in the local way of life. With carefully selected accommodations and transportation, the Iran Silk Road Tour is the perfect way to experience the wonders of Iran’s rich history and culture. Join us on this unforgettable journey and discover the enchanting beauty of the Silk Road.

Tour Highlights

  • This tour offers a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of ancient Silk Road traders while exploring Iran's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.
  • Experience some of the most eminent historical sites across Iran: ancient archaeology, teeming bazaars, majestic mosques
  • A historical exploration of some of the Silk Road’s most forgotten cities
  • Visiting 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Explore the bustling capital city of Tehran and visit its top attractions, including the National Museum, Golestan Palace, and the iconic Azadi Tower.
  • Follow the ancient Silk Road and explore the historical cities of Mashhad, Neyshabour, Semnan, Qazvin, Zanjan, Tabriz, Tehran known for their rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Soltaniyeh Dome and the historic bazaars of Tabriz, which offer a glimpse into Iran's rich history and cultural traditions.
  • Enjoy delicious local cuisine, including traditional Persian dishes and specialties from the Silk Road region.
  • Stay in carefully selected accommodations that blend modern comforts with traditional Iranian hospitality.
  • Travel with experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the region's history, culture, and natural beauty.


Day 1: Welcome to Eastern Part of Silk Road in Iran

Today in Mashhad we visit the UNESCO site, Imam Reza Holy Shrine which is a complex consisting of mausoleums, multiple mosques, and museums. One of the famous ornamental mosques in the holy mausoleum is the Gohar Shad Mosque.

O/N Mashhad

Day 2: Persian Rulers and Poets

City tour of Mashhad to Nader Shah Tomb. Nader was one of the most powerful rulers in Iranian history (18th century). Then drive to Tous to visit Ferdowsi Tomb and Haruniyeh Dome. Ferdowsi was a Persian poet and the author of Shahnameh, which is one of the world’s longest epic poems created by a single poet and the greatest epic of Persian-speaking countries. Excursion to Nishapur to visit the Tomb of the Famous Iranian Poet, Attar. He has been one of the greatest writers and philosophers of Sufism (the inner, mystical, or psycho-spiritual dimension of Islam). Then spend some time visiting the Tomb of Omar Khayyam. He wrote important treatises on algebra and was a famous philosopher, astronomer, and also Poet in Iran and maybe in the world. He also wrote many books in different fields of science, religion, and culture.

O/N Sabzevar

Day 3: The Spiritual East

On the way to Shahrud, we will visit Farumad Jame mosque. The Stucco of this mosque with deep vaults and decorations remaining from different eras can take you on a journey back into history, then Drive you to Shahrud to visit the Amirieh Bath which is an ancient relic from the Qajar era. Then continue to Bastam to visit Bayazid Bastami Tomb one of the Persian sufi or mystics during 9 9th century and Jame mosque. From here, we head to Damghan city to visit Tarikhaneh (home of god) which is the oldest mosque in Iran. We also visit the ancient city of Hecatompylos, Tepe Hessar, Pir-e Alamdar shrine, Cheshme Ali spring, and the Round Tower.

O/N Semnan

Day 4: Excursions and Souvenirs Day

We have a full day of driving today to reach our destination of Zanjan; it is a good idea to stock up on locally bought and easily found dates and pistachio nuts for the journey. On route, we stop at Qazvin for a half-day city tour. In Qazvin we visit the Jameh Mosque and the Safavid pavilion (Chehel Sotoun), this building dates back to Safavid Era (16th century). Later, you arrive at Zanjan where you can find many beautiful handicrafts and also historical attractions.

O/N Zanjan

Day 5: Salt men

We start your full-day tour of Zanjan by visiting the traditional Laundry House that belongs to Qajar Era and is called Rakhtshoor-Khaneh. Then we continue by visiting the Jameh Mosque, and Saltmen museum. The Saltmen was found in the Chehrabad salt mines in the winter of 1993.

O/N Zanjan

Day 6: World Largest Brick Dome

Drive to Soltaniyeh Dome* which is located 35 km from Zanjan to visit another Iran UNESCO world heritage site. Soltaniyeh Dome is the largest brick-made dome in the world. It is not in Zanjan –Tabriz route but worth visiting; then drive back to Tabriz.

O/N Tabriz

Day 7: The Center of Silk Road

Full-day city tour of Tabriz to visit the El-Goli Pavilion, the Mashrooteh House; the Blue Mosque, and the Azerbaijan Museum. We end our tour of the Grand Bazaar*, the only bazaar on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Today’s structure, a vast maze-like complex of bricked arches and vaulted passageways, still evokes the spirit of its earliest days. The days when Tabriz was one of the most important commercial centers along the ancient Silk Road. It’s a wonderful place to chat with engaging merchants and browse for jewelry, carpets, and spices. Later we take you to the airport in Tabriz for your included flight to Tehran and transfer to the hotel.

O/N Tehran

Day 8: Tehran

Half-day city tour of Tehran to visit Golestan Palace* which is both a historic site and museum. It is a complex that consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls. And it is worth spending a few hours visiting its luxuriously decorated dining area and ballroom and well landscaped Gardens and fountains. At the end of the tour, you transfer to the international airport and fly back to your country.


Included Services

  • 7 nights in 4* hotel/traditional house
  • All transportations in private vehicle
  • All airport transfers
  • Visa authorization code fee
  • Daily refreshment (2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks)
  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • All accommodation and meals (B.B)
  • Travel insurance
  • SIM card

Excluded Services

  • Tips to local guides and drivers
  • Visa stamp/ label fee
  • International flights
  • Entrance Fees
  • Meals

Important Notes


_ Hotels are 4* or traditional houses with the same quality

– Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.

_Hotel check-in time generally is at 2:00 PM. According to your arrival time, if you need an early check-in you must book an extra day.


Transportation will be in a minibus / van / private car depending on your group size


_ Different kinds of meals can be found in the restaurants around the street, from fast foods to various local street food.

_Vegetarian dishes are also possible.

Single Supplement

– The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.


High season (Mar-May & Sep-Oct):

You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 45 days before the start date of your tour.
45-30 days prior to arrival: 5%
29-15 days prior to arrival: 15%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 25%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 50%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No show


Low season (Nov-Feb & Jun-Aug):

You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 30 days before the start date of your tour.
29-15 days prior to arrival: 5%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 15%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 25%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: 75%

Other Notes

– The priority in sightseeing may be changed due to the preference of your guide and also official and unofficial holidays of some museums.

__All sites with * sign are submitted in UNESCO World Heritage.

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You can book the tour by clicking the “Proceed Booking “button in the price box or sending an inquiry on the “Enquiry Form”.
If you have questions or concerns about the tour, contact us on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or email us at [email protected].

Do I need a visa to enter Iran, and how do I obtain Iran Tourist Visa?

Yes, you need a visa to enter Iran as a visitor. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival.

To obtain an Iranian visa, you must first get a visa authorization code that proves your visa application is approved by the Iranian MFA. Once you have this code, you will be able to collect your visa at any embassy or airport. Apply for your Iran Visa and get it in less than 3 days. Please be noted that if you are buying a tour package from us, the visa authorization code is also included and you do not need to apply separately. For more information read our article about How to get Iran visa.

Do I need an Iranian SIM card?

It’s not compulsory, but since you need to have access to the Internet, having a SIM card will be necessary. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has a SIM card for travelers.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, having travel insurance is required at passport control when you are entering Iran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has travel insurance for travelers. For more information please read about Iran Travel Insurance.

Where should I exchange my money?

Where to change somehow depends on the amount of money you’d like to exchange. If it’s a small amount you can change at the airport or your hotel after getting to Iran. But for larger amounts, we suggest exchanging at an exchange store in the city, while you are visiting the downtown with your guide. Your guide will also assist you in choosing the best place for doing the exchange. 

Are there Airport transfers for the tour?

Yes, To Iran Tour offers airport transfers. The distance from IKA to Tehran downtown is about 50 km and having an airport transfer will be a great solution when you just arrive in Tehran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has Airport transfers for travelers.

Can I use my credit card in Iran, or do I need cash or a Tourist Card?

International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran, so you must bring cash and conduct frequent exchanges.
However, there is a solution to this problem: the “Iran tourist Card”. You can use this prepaid debit card for tourists instead of cash. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has tourist cards for travelers.

How can I Cancel my tour?

According to To Iran Tour’s terms and conditions, cancellations must be made by the customer in writing to To Iran Tour before the tour departure is confirmed.
Applied cancellation fees are mentioned in the cancellation box of each tour. It differs between packages and day tours as in high and low season.
You can contact To Iran Tour on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or by email at [email protected] for more information

Are there any health concerns or vaccinations required before traveling to Iran?

All non-Iranian nationals older than 12 years, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a valid vaccine certificate on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English, showing full vaccination of 2 doses. However, there are no obligations regarding the date of the vaccination. Or they should present a negative PCR test. 

What are accommodations like in this tour and what is their quality and comfort level?

Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality. Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Single rooms cost an extra fee.

Considering the locality and having an authentic experience, some traditional hotels or ecolodges do not have beds. But they all have sleeping equipment with comfortable Mattresses and Blankets. 

What are transportation like in this tour and what is their safety and comfort level?

Based on the group size or the road quality and the tour type, minibusses, vans or VIP buses will be used for the tour which are all private vehicles. All the vehicles are AC equipped and have the standard of EURO5 or EURO4. 

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    Family Traveller

    I have seen the Silk Road Tour from the inside out and from the outside in. This is such an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see this ancient culture and learn about the history. I went on a tour with my family and we loved it. We had an all-inclusive tour, which included a lot of time to explore the cities.

    May 18, 2018