When you hear the name Iran, pictures of ancient civilizations and architecture come into the mind and the country is world famous for its culture. Iran has a strong influence on the international economy because of its rich energy reserves, particularly fossil fuels. In recent times, the tourism sector in the country is making a strong comeback because of the huge number of ancient sites and the many historical stories and cultural history.
Some homework should not be sidelined
Working out what to do and see in the county is not that viable when you are only visiting for a short number of days. To see and understand this World Heritage Site, you can cover a lot in 7 days as long as you work out a very satisfactory itinerary. It is obvious that a majority of the attractions will revolve around historical spots, religious monuments, and museums, Iran is also home to well-preserved parks and natural engraves. By law, Iranian women have equal rights but they don’t even have half of the rights. As a western woman in Iran, you should wear a hijab everywhere and ensure that you know of all the etiquette before you travel to Iran. If you are going to travel with Children make sure in your home country that the children are inoculated before you travel.
Travel safe and planned
Let us quickly sum up an outline of meeting Iranian geography and culture in just 7 days. Pack your bags, procure your visas and confirm the air tickets. To start from your place of arrival, you can start your journey by exploring historic Tehran. Car rental services are available from the airport and the taxis give you an extra advantage of an unprofessional tourist guide in the form of the driver. The carpet museum, Laleh Park and the adjoining Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will fill up your time table for the first day. Finish off the day by staying in hotel suites and ensure that you taste the reputed local cuisines like abgoosht.
After a good night’s rest, you should be ready to do some local shopping and sight-seeing at the Tehran Grand Bazaar, and the Golestan Palace which is in close proximity to the bazaar. On your second day do not miss seeing the largest pedestrian overpass known as the Tabiat Bridge which connects two parks.
On the third day from Tehran airport, take a 2-hour flight to the former capital city, Shiraz which is rich in Persian history. Taking a bus takes almost 6 hours, but you can utilize the time by finalizing the locations you wish to see and the places to eat, shifting the sight-seeing to the fourth day. Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque are good sources to understand the culture and ancient stories of the Persian civilization. The architectural designs of these monuments are symbols of Iranian supremacy.
Enjoy the historic Persian Eram garden in Shira and Vakil Bath and also the well-known Tomb of Hafez and the Tomb of Saadi to pay tributes to the poetic excellence of the Persian poets.
After a couple of days in Shiraz, take a road drive of one hour to the nearby city of Persepolis. A familiar name for most of us, this ancient city houses many significant remnants of the famous Achaemenid Empire (First Persian Empire) and the power of Cyrus the Great. The heritage sites in this city and the nearby Naqsh-e-Rostam will finish off the seventh day and leave you to repack your bags and get your return tickets to travel home.