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Travel Style: Religious
Tour length: 5 Days
Age Range: 1 to 40
Tour Code: re16
Operated in English
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Price
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$1500 $1100

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Itinerary

Mashhad means “place of martyrdom,” referring to the death by poisoning in 818 of the eighth Imam of Twelver Shiites, Imam Reza, by the Abbasid caliph Al-Ma’mun. This poisoning, the second major loss for Shiite Muslims after the “massacre” of Karbala (680), gave Mashhad its role as a religious city and pilgrimage site for all Twelver Shiites. Qom is one of the holy cities of Shiism, where Hazrat Fatimah Masumeh, the sister of Imam Reza, is buried. Visit Mashhad, Qom, and Kish, the most famous island in Iran.

Day 1, Mashhad

Arrive at Mashhad airport, be greeted by your guide and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2, Mashhad

Mashhad is the country's first holy city. Connected to Tehran by buses, trains, and planes, it is now the second-largest city in the country and known for its leather and saffron. Visit the tomb of the eighth Imam Reza, the Gowharshad Mosque.

Day 3, Qom

Visit the tomb of the eighth Imam Reza and the bazaar. In the afternoon, transfer to Mashhad airport. Flight to Tehran. Drive to Qom. Overnight in Qom.

Day 4, Qom

Qom is one of the holiest cities in Iran and the Middle East, rooted in centuries of history. Visit the shrine of Fatima Masumeh, which is a highly respected sanctuary and a clean place. Overnight in Qom.

Day 5, Tehran

The morning is dedicated to visiting the bazaar. After exploring the city, transfer to Tehran airport for the return flight.

Places You'll See

What's Included

Accommodation

4-star and 5-star hotels, traditional houses.

Flights

Domestic flights

Guide

Service of an experienced English-speaking guide.

Meals

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, lunch, and dinner in typical Iranian restaurants.

Transportation

In a recent, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.

Entrance Tickets

Entrance tickets to museums and archaeological sites mentioned in the program.

Map

Good to Know

Visa Requirements

Check visa requirements well in advance and ensure you have all necessary documentation. Iran typically requires travelers to obtain a visa in advance, although some nationalities may be eligible for a visa on arrival.

Dress Code

Respect the local culture by dressing modestly, especially for women. For women, this usually means wearing a headscarf, long sleeves, and loose-fitting clothing that covers the body.

Language

Learn a few basic phrases in Persian (Farsi). While many Iranians speak English, especially in tourist areas, knowing some Persian will enhance your experience and interactions with locals.

Currency

The official currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). It's advisable to carry cash as international credit and debit cards are not widely accepted due to banking restrictions. Be aware of the current exchange rate and exchange money at official exchange offices or banks.

Photography

While photography is generally allowed in tourist areas, it's best to ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially women. Avoid taking photos of sensitive government buildings or military installations.

Transportation

Iran has an extensive network of buses, trains, and domestic flights, making it relatively easy to travel between cities. Consider booking tickets in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

Safety

Iran is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, exercise normal precautions and stay updated on current events. Follow local news and government advisories.
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