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Christian Churches Tour

13 Nights / 14 Days
Christian Churches in Iran
Christianity has a long history in Iran, dating back to the early years of the faith. It has been practiced in Iran longer than the state religion, Islam. It has always been a minority religion, with the majority state religions — Zoroastrianism before the Islamic conquest, Sunni Islam in the Middle Ages and Shia Islam in modern times — though it had a much larger representation in the past than it does today.

Day 01 ) Arrival
 Arrival Tehran, meet at the airport, transfer to the hotel and rest.
Day 02 ) Tehran
Full day tour program in Tehran visiting :
National Museum (Islamic & Pre-Islamic), Golestan palaces (2 Museums) and Bazar of Tehran, then transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 03 )  Tehran – Qazvin ( 190 Km )
Drive to Qazvin the second capital of Safavid dynasty  and visiting :
Jame mosque, the foundation of the mosque is laid on a Zoroastrian fire temple, Cantor Church which is also known as  Borg-e Naqus made by Russian (world war II), Chehel Sotoon and Alighapoo palace(Safavid era), then transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 04 ) Qazvin – Zanjan ( 200 Km)
Drive to Zanjan on the way visiting Soltanieh dome the largest Mausoleum Of Oljaito the Mongol King, then continue to Zanjan and visiting old Bazar, Jame mosque and Washing-House then transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 05 ) Zanjan - Urmia( 400 Km)
Morning drive to Urmia, on the way visiting Takht-e-Solomon or Azar Goshnasp the most famous Iranian Zoroastrian fire temple and Sassanid era, then continue to Urmia, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 06 ) Urmia – Tabriz ( 155 Km)
Morning visiting the holy Mary Church the first East Assyria Churches in Iran, then visiting a local church and then driving to Tabriz on the way visiting Urmia salt lake the second salt lake of the world with unique landscape, arrival Tabriz, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 07 ) Tabriz – Julfa – Makou
Full day tour program and visiting the most  famous Christian Churches in Iran and world, Qara Kelisa or Black Church or Saint Thaddeus is one of the oldest and most notable surviving Christian monuments of Iran and then visiting St.Stepanos monastery along the Arax river, belong to the 7Th century ,then back to Tabriz and on the way visiting Chapel Dzordzor on the Zangmar  river,arrival Tabriz,t transfer to the hotel and over night.

Day 08 ) Tabriz – Isfahan
Half day tour program in Tabriz the first Capital of Safavid dynasty (1502–1736) and visiting Tabriz Museum, Blue mosque and Bazar then transfer to domestic airport for fly to Isfahan, arrival, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 09 )Isfahan
Full day tour program in Isfahan and visiting:
 Naghsh-e Jahan sq, Alighapoo palace, Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotfolah mosque, Qeisarieh Bazar, Chehel Sotoon and Hasht Behesht palaces, then transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 10 ) Isfahan
Full day tour program in Isfahan known as half of the world or museum city.
The bridges over Zayande Rood, Jame mosque and then Julfa the Christian area of Isfahan and its old churches as; Vank church, St.Marry church (17th ), the Bedkhem church the  Armenian Apostolic then transfer to the hotel and rest.

Day 11 ) Isfahan – Shiraz ( 480 Km)
Morning drive to Shiraz on the way visiting Passargad, visit “Pasargad” Complex (the tomb of “Great Cyrus”, Achaemenid King(UNESCO world heritage), then continue to Shiraz, arrival Shiraz, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 12 )  Shiraz
Full day tour program in Shiraz the city of nightingale and flower.
Eram garden, Karim Khan tower, Pars museum, Bazar of Shiraz then visiting Nasir-Ol Molk Mosque and Saadi and Hafez mausoleum the great Iranian poets, then transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 13 ) Shiraz – Persepolis – Tehran
Morning drive to Takht-e Jamshid or Persepolis and visiting the Achaemenian palaces then visiting Naghsh-e Rajab and Naghsh-e Rostam the Sassanid bas-relief, then transfer to domestic airport for fly to Tehran and Int airport of Imam Khomeini.

Day 14 ) Departure
Departure to your country and end of the tour.

• A complete all-inclusive tour at an honest price.
• Maximum sightseeing with minimum traveling time.
• Enjoy daily breakfast at the hotels.
• Stay at conveniently located hotels with international standards.
• Explore the unique Iranian culture and heritage.
Visiting the most important Iranian Christian churches.
Visiting the best historical sites of Iran.
Discovering the culture and customs of Christians in Iran
• Enjoy a city tour of Tehran.
• Enjoy a city tour of Isfahan.
• Enjoy a city tour of Shiraz.
• Enjoy a city tour of Zanjan.
•Enjoy a city tour of Qazvin the second capital of Safavid.
•Enjoy a city tour of Tabriz the first capital of  Safavid.
•Enjoy a tour of Persepolis the official capital of Achaemenid.
• A professional, friendly, Iranian tour guide accompanies you for the whole trip.
• Air-conditioned car with an experienced driver.

Tehran: National Museum”, “Golestan Palace (UNESCO world heritage), grand bazar, and “Jewellery National Museum.
Kashan: Fin Garden” (UNESCO world heritage) and “Broojerdi” traditional house
Isfahan: ChehelSotun” palace, “HashtBehesht” palace, “Aaliqapu” palace, ”Imam” square(UNESCO world heritage) “Imam” and “Sheikh Lotfollah” mosques, “Vank” church, “Khajoo” and “Si o se pol” bridges.
Shiraz: Pasargad” (UNESCO world heritage) Persepolis” (UNESCO world heritage, Palaces, and temples of the Achaemenid Empire built 2500 years ago) Naghsh-e-Rostam” (the tombs of Achaemenid and Sassanid Emperors), and “Naghsh-e-Rajab” Nasirolmolk” mosque, “Narenjestan-e-Ghavam” (UNESCO world heritage), “Arg-e-Karimkhani” (Karimkhan Castel), “Grand Bazar”, “Shah Cherag” mausoleum, “Hafezieh” and “Sa’dieh” (the mausoleums of two of the greatest Iranian poets)
Qazvin: Cantor  Church Shahzadeh Hussain (a Shi’ite Saint), and the extensive Friday Mosque of Qazvin,chehel Sotoon and Alighapoo
Zanjan: Soltanie dome, Jame mosque, Bazar and washing-house, Takab the most fire temple Takht-e Solomon.
Tabriz: The first capital of Safavid, Bazar, Blue Mosque, Museum, Qara Kelisa or Black Church or Saint Thaddeus and St.Stepanos monastery churches
• A professional English- Speaking tour guide.
•Transfers & sightseeing by AC vehicle as per the itinerary.
• Accommodation on the double basis in hotels mentioned or similar (as per the itinerary).
• Meeting at the airport and all the transfers.
• All entrance fees.
• Iranian Visa Code.
• Daily Breakfast at Hotels

Not included:
• International Airfares
• Domestic Airfares
• All meals
• Laundry and telecommunication services
• All personal expenses
• Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above-specified itinerary

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