Explore both tourist highlights and Off the Beaten Track regions in northwest Iran through a train journey
|Razi Railway Station on Iran-Turkey Border
|Western Iran, and Tehran
|Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Mini bar used in the room
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- Experience the Ancient Silk Road with modern trains
- Explore Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (UNESCO)
- Stroll in Tabriz and the longest covered Bazaar in the world (UNESCO)
- Spend an unforgettable night in the rocky Kandovan village
- Visit Maragheh historical city, the capital of the Mongols
- Stay in a renovated historical caravanserai in Azarbaijan
- Zanjan sightseeing (hand-made Knives and Saltmen city)
- Visit Rakhtshur Khaneh (the Laundry House museum)
- Admire Soltaniyeh, the largest brick dome in the world (UNESCO)
- Enjoy the main attractions of Qazvin, the capital of the Safavid dynasty, also known as Iran’s Capital of Calligraphy
- Explore the Castle of the Assassins and Alamut Valley (Tentative UNESCO Site)
- Visit the main highlights of the capital
- Enjoy the UNESCO palace of Golestan
Ancient Persia played a main role on the Silk Road that linked the East and West in the old times. The Silk Road was extended from west to east on different routes, and the longest route of this trade and cultural network passed through Iran. So, a considerable wealth of historical structures and cultural elements have been left from the old centuries that are worth visiting. There was a complicated network of overland and sea routes in Iran. One of the most important and shortest ones was the northern route. On Iran’s current map, this route connects the northwest of the country (Tabriz) to the northeast (Mashhad) through the south part of the Caspian Sea. This route, 2000 km long, passes through major provinces of Iran with an amazing variety of ethnic groups, languages, and cultures. The Azaris, Persians (Fars people), Turkmens, Nomadic tribes, and Baluch people are the main ethnicities who live in different parts of this region. There is also considerable diversity in foods, drinks, and landscapes in each region. The route passes along the Alborz mountain range embracing numerous fascinating villages on the foothills of the mountains. It encompasses many caravanserais, some of which are under consideration to be registered on the list of Iran UNESCO Sites. Besides the highlights along the Silk Road, there are plenty of other attractions located in this region of Iran. Tehran, the Capital, is located approximately in the middle of the route between Tabriz and Mashhad. The ancient Ray city, once an important city along the Silk Road, is currently located in the south of Tehran province. On this trip, we are going to travel the west part of this ancient route covering a journey from the Iran and Turkey border to Tehran the capital. We assume the travelers come from Turkey and start their trip from the Iran-Turkey border (Razi Border). There are other options as well. Please have a look at the trip notes.
This tour has been designed for those travelers who would like to travel by train and experience the ancient Silk Road in the northwest of ancient Persia. The tour connects Turkey to Iran to enrich the experience of the tourists who travel from the West to the East of the Silk Road. On this tour, you will be immersed in the cultural and historical attractions in northwest Iran while enjoying the scenic sceneries of mountainous and forest landscapes along the railroads. We will stop, visit, and enjoy a wide range of Iran tourist attractions including Tourist Highlights in the cities as well as Off the Beaten Track sightseeing along the route. We will travel by three-star trains (or any other available high-class train).
This is a special train journey covering the west part of the main Silk Road of Iran at the west of Alborz Mountain Range. We will visit 6 of the main Iran UNESCO sites located on our travel itinerary. The 10-day tour will begin from the Razi border in the West Azarbaijan province on the border of Iran and Turkey. Our representative will pick you up at the border and transfer you to the next destination. We will travel with different modes of transportation to reach the Capital. Some parts are covered by a private car or a van/minibus, and other parts are covered by diffident trains. We will have a short walk in the fortress of Assassins as well. The most prominent churches in Iran are located in the northwest of the country. Due to the lack of a train route, we will visit the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (UNESCO) by road. From there, we will go to Tabriz, one of Iran’s main trade centers along the Silk Road. After walking under the roof of the most important bazaar in Iran, we will stay in the amazing Kandovan village, well known for its ancient manmade cliffs still inhabited. We will continue our train journey to the capital, passing by tourist highlights on the route and visiting the magnificent attractions such as Maragheh Observatory, and Soltaniyeh (UNESCO) in Zanjan. Before arrival in Tehran, we will pay a visit to Qazvin, the former capital of Iran in the Safavid era and the current center of Iran’s calligraphy. We also have an excursion from Qazvin to the high mountains of Alborz to visit the Alamut valley and its famous Castle. Regarding the changing trains timetable, we will move on and arrive at different stops at various times.
This tour has been designed for people of different ages and abilities. You just need to have the ability for daily travels.
For every two people or couple, a private compartment (with 4 or 6 berth sleepers) will be allocated.
A professional tour guide will accompany you throughout the whole journey.
Day 1: Arrive at Border of Iran-Turkey - Transfer to KHOY (65 km- 1 hrs)
Day 2: Travel to the Arminian border (the Church route) – Drive to MARAND (200 km)
Day 3: MARAND to TABRIZ (70 km- 1 hrs)
Day 4: KANDOVAN (56 km – 1.5 hrs)
Day 5: MARAGHEH by Train (150 km- 2.5 hrs)
Day 6: ZANJAN by train ( 260 km –5 hrs)
Day 7: QAZVIN by train (180 km – 3 hrs) – Travel to ALAMUT (105 km- 2.5 hrs)
Day 8: Drive to QAZVIN (105 km- 2.5 hrs) - TEHRAN by Train (150 km – 2.5 hrs)
Day 9: TEHRAN Optional City Tour
In addition, you can choose one of our optional Capital tours according to your interest and type of travel. Overnight stay in a hotel in Tehran. (B, -, -)
Day 10: Departure
Note: many travelers who have time and are interested in train journeys can complete this route (the East part of the Silk Road) from Tehran to Mashhad. For this plan, we continue our journey by train on day 10th according to the itinerary. For more information and a full detailed itinerary, please contact us!
- Regarding to the train schedule time, we are trying to book the train tickets in the morning to be able to visit and do the daily activity of the tour and the sightseeing. As the timetable of Iran is changing, if we can find available train time, we replace a private car instead for operating the tour.
- If you wish, you can fly to Tabriz and start your journey from there. In that case, an extra day would be added to the itinerary.
- If you would like to start this journey from the Capital, please get in touch!
- If you come from Turkey and enter Iran from the land border, you have to get your Iran visa in advance. We will prepare your Visa Reference Number after your tour booking.