I am finally sharing a detailed itinerary of our Iran trip! This trip was very special to me, specially for the fact that we traveled with our friends for the very first time. In a short period we managed to “tick off” so many amazing places in different parts of Iran, with that in mind I have decided to split our itinerary into two parts (read part 2 here) because I have so much I want to share and otherwise it would be too overwhelming! There will also be a post with all the photos I took during my trip which you can find here.
I would like to start by saying that we were very lucky to have our dear friend Salar Bahadori showing us his country and organizing the best tour guides in each town we visited. This made our trip so much more enjoyable and highly educational as well. There is much to be learned about the culture and history of Iran.
Day one: Beginning with a little hick-up as we did not make it on our flight from Dubai to Tehran, we proceeded with plan B, which was flying to Shiraz followed by a 6 hour drived to Isfahan. We arrived in the evening in time for dinner at Keryas Traditional Hotel where we stayed for 2 nights.
Day two: We woke up early for breakfast, made our way to Shah Mosque (only a few steps from our hotel.) It was one of the most beautiful mosques I have ever seen and a perfect example of Iran’s Islamic architecture. The Shah Mosque is located at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square where we visited the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace. Both should not be missed.
Lunch at Atigh Traditional Restaurant, in close proximity to Naqsh-e Jahan Square followed by coffee at Emarat-e Namakdan. An old mansion renovated into a restaurant with a huge outdoor area, where we had the most delicious flat white. We continued exploring many sights in Isfahan, Chehel Sotun Palace and Mollabashi Historic House were some of the highlights! Make sure to visit the Mollabashi Historic House in the afternoon so the sun hits the stained glass windows (trust me on this!) We ended our evening at Si o Seh Bridge watching a local band perform.
Day three: After breakfast we packed for our next town. We spent our morning in Isfahan seeing a couple more places, the Jameh Mosque and Abbasi Hotel before driving to Kashan. This is a a 2:30 hour drive. Even though we were in Kashan for only a few hours, we were able to do so much. First stop was Mahinestan Raheb Hotel, famous for it’s beautiful courtyard where we enjoyed some local drinks. We then explored every single part of Abbasian House, a large historic house museum built in the 18th century. Tabatabaei House is another historic house museum we saw, a masterpiece of the Iranian architecture with many stained glass rooms. We managed to make time to see the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse before leaving for Ardakan where we spent the night. A traditional Iranian public bathhouse built on the 16th century.
I hope you have enjoyed our trip to Iran thus far, on part 2 I will share all the places we visited in Yazd and Shiraz along with many exciting stops along the way!