Shiraz is a beautiful city located in Fars province in the south of the country, is a tiny earthly paradise to people, that have been given it as a gift. When you are going to start planning to visit Iran, there is a number of places that you should include in your itinerary without a doubt. You can visit some cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, or some single places like Soltanie dome, Zanjan- Kandovan village, Tabriz- Kashan city or ... but Shiraz is a city that you should see, you should visit.
Shiraz is one of the destinations that you will definitely want to visit while traveling in Iran. With historical and cultural monuments from thousands of years ago up to recent decades like Persepolis, Pasargadae, Hafez Tomb, Saadi Tomb, and so many other historical and cultural attractions, we can call Shiraz the beauty of Persian culture and history. This city is known not only for its historic houses, gardens, and mosques but also for the famous poets (Hafez and Saadi) who were born and raised in the city, and shiraz has taken one of its titles from them (Shiraz the city of poets).
At the heart of Persian civilization, Shiraz the capital of Fars Province and the cradle of Iran's Great Empire laid one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iran.
Thank God for this tiny earthly Paradise land with a Pleasant and mild climate in all seasons. Shiraz is charming in all seasons but spring is the best time to evoke all the pictures of which Iran is famous: streets scented with jasmine, tea with orange blossom, poets, and nightingales. Sink yourself in its lush gardens, join Iranians' poets' lovers, read Hafez's poems while sitting on his grave, and let yourself to intoxicated by the smell of herbs and spices in the old bazaar of the city. It will not take you long to realize that the few days you allotted to Shiraz are finished and have hundreds of places to visit.
When you arrive in Shiraz on the first day's morning Nasir Ol Molk Mosque or Pink Mosque is the first place that is calling you. The smallest Qajar-era mosque with mesmerizing decorations and sophisticated carvings that captures your heart immediately. But why the early morning? If you go by 9 am, you will enjoy a wonderful interplay of lights and shades caused by the sun rays seeping through the colorful stained glass of doors and windows.
After a colorful morning enjoys the nature of the Eram Garden. Shiraz is known as the city of flowers and Nightingale. Enjoy the Shiraz Gardens and especially the Eram Garden which was started by the Seljuq rulers in the eleventh century and renovated by the Qajar rulers. This garden has been registered in UNESCO world heritage sites, due to show the importance of water in Iranian gardens and the design of this garden. Various historical gardens with Persian design, tall and lush trees, streams, and a fountain in the middle of them, and finally besot yourself with the smell of different flowers.
After a colorful and fragrant visit, we move to the historical area of Shiraz and feel like a king at the Karim Khan Arg. Karim Khan's citadel is the residence of Karim Khan the most famous and powerful king of the Zand dynasty, who chose the title of Vakil Ol Roaya or the People's Advocate. Walk like a king at an eighteenth-century citadel and visit the facility of it. Inside the building, visit the large courtyard, the frescoed rooms, and the fascinating baths, traditional hammam with all the architectural features and decorations typical of local culture and nature. These are obviously the royal family's private baths, but nearby there are also the Vakil public baths where you can see a slice of ancient local life.
With the same royal feeling, stroll in the Shiraz Bazaar. Talk to people and do shopping. Be sure you will enjoy it.
Spend a poetic sunset in the tomb of Hafez or Saadi, these great poets of Iran's literature. The tomb of Hafez the beloved 14th-century Shirazi poet, this mausoleum is a pilgrimage destination for the Iranians. More than just a poet, Hafez still has a role in the daily lives of Iranians when they need mental relaxation, advice for the future and during night's family party, Yalda Night( the longest of the year), they read his poems.
Soak yourself in Persepolis' history, a trip to Shiraz is not complete without a day tour to Persepolis. The symbol of power - greatness - glory, and architecture of the most powerful empire in the history of Iran. Founded by Darius The Great around 518 BC, the city was the ceremonial seat of the empire, where leaders, kings, and the official came from all over the world to pay their respect to the head of what was one of the greatest empires of their time. Persepolis was huge and majestic, and still today we can grasp its grandeur already from its entrance, known as the Gate of All Nations, where mythological figures welcomed the visitors and protected the city from all evils.
Be amazed at the Vakil Mosque, one of the eye-catching sites in Shiraz is the Vakil Mosque, a 17th-century monument with 11000 sqm and 48 pillars carved in spirals surrounded the minbar (pulpit), built with fourteen marble stairs. Before leaving the central district of Vakil, spend another hour in the fascinating traditional baths just in front of the Vakil Mosque to get a glimpse of life at the time, the role of public baths, and the different figures of ancient Persian society. To visit all attractions and historical sites of Shiraz you need to spend at least 5 days. So you need a careful and regular itinerary for your trip. For this purpose, you can visit our programs.