Destination: Tabriz – Ardabil – Masouleh - Tehran
Duration: 7 Days
Day 1: Tabriz
You will visit Tabriz and see the impressive tomb of Shahriar, the most famous Persian and Azeri poet. You will also be able to visit the exotic bazaar with an interesting array of ethnic crafts on sale. See the exquisite Jameh and Kabood Mosques and explore the interesting collections of the Azerbaijan and Constitution Revolution Museums.
Day 2: Tabriz/Kandovan
Visit Kandovan volcanic village. After passing the city of Oskoo and beautiful mountainous scenery we will reach this marvelous village. The special architecture of Kandovan is the reason of its universal reputation. Its dwellers carved the rocks of mountains and settled their lives there. The archeologists have estimated the antiquity of this village to 3000 years ago.
Day 3: Tabriz
Take a trip to the historical border city of Jolfa which is located near the Aras River and the fascinating forests of Arasbaran. Jolfa is the stronghold of the Armenian Christians who possess a rich and unique culture of their own. You will visit Church of Saint Stephanos there. The church of Saint Stephanus is among a handful of magnificent churches that were built between the tenth and twelfth centuries AD. The church's architectural style is a mixture of Urartan, Parthian, Greek, and Roman styles that came to be known as Armenian subsequent to the construction of the fantastic structures of Echmiadzin, Thaddeus, Akhtmar, and indeed Stephanus.
Day 4: Ardabil
Drive to Ardabil. Get acquainted with the historic and picturesque tomb of the Sufi master named Shei Safi Ardabili, registered as a world heritage. On the way, on the slopes of the second highest mountain of Iran Sabalan Near Ardabil (25 KM) is the city of Sarein which is well-known for its spas. There you can enjoy the remedial benefits of the spas.
Day 5: Masouleh
Enjoy the scenic driving alongside Caspian Sea. Masuleh architecture is unique and is registered with UNESCO. The buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masuleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. However, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn't make it possible for vehicles to enter. This makes the town wonderful to explore on foot and gives opportunity to meet and enjoy the hospitality that Iran is renowned for.
Day 6: Masouleh
Drive to Roodkhan castle in Fooman about 30 Km from Masooleh, climb through the densely forest of Roodkhan mountain and see this Seljuk 1000 year old castle. Drive back to Masouleh.
Day 7: Tehran
Drive to Tehran. Departure at night.