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Iran Vacation

A CULTURAL TOUR IN NORTHERN IRAN

Sample Itinerary

Welcome to what is considered to be the friendliest country on earth, Iran!

Iran’s greatest attraction could just be its people and that’s why we’ve designed a tour where the traveller doesn’t just meet locals, they stay at their homes. More than a cultural tour, it is a chance for the traveller to authentically experience Iran.

The Iranians, a nation made up of numerous ethnic groups and influenced over thousands of years by Greek, Arab, Turkic and Mongol occupiers, are endlessly welcoming. Offers to sit down for tea will be an everyday occurrence, and if you spend any time at all with Iranians, you’ll often find yourself invited to share a meal in someone’s traditional home.

Say yes whenever you can, and through it experience first-hand, Iranian culture, ancient, sophisticated and warm. It’s these experiences that will live the longest in the memory.

Highlights

  • Staying in the traditional guesthouse and local homes accommodation with local families in Iran
  • Sampling delicious Persian cuisine
  • Visiting several UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Exploring small Iranian villages and learning about their traditional way of life
  • Connecting and laughing with like-minded travellers
  • Wandering around Isfahan and admiring its incredible architecture


STARTS AT

$ 1925

USD per Person

THIS IS A CUSTOMIZABLE ITINERARY FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES.
DATES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

  • 12 nights accommodation at a combination of hotels and local homes
  • Local adventures and lessons
  • Breakfast, meals as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Sightseeing and entrances as per itinerary
  • Local bi-lingual guide

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TEHRAN, IRAN

Late-night arrival transfer to airport hotel Novotel. Welcome to what could be the friendliest country on earth, Iran.

Located on the lower slopes of the beautiful, snowcapped Alborz Mountains, Tehran is Iran’s most secular and liberal city.

  • Overnight: Tehran Novotel

DAY 2: TEHRAN TO KHUR

Drive to Khur visiting Kashan (200km – 2 hours) Fin Gardens (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Anarak (270 km – 3 hours) en-route to Khur (170 km 2 hours).

Fin Garden (known also in Persian as ‘Bagh-e Fin’) was completed in 1590 and is the oldest extant garden in Iran. The Fin Garden is a traditional Persian garden located in Kashan, in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

Today, the Fin Garden is one of the nine gardens that form the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the ‘Persian Garden’. Arrive in the evening.

  • Overnight: Local house in Khur – Negarin Local House

DAY 3: MESR VILLAGE

lm gardens and farms surrounded by sand dunes. Return Khur for having lunch.

After a short rest, drive toward the the east (40 Km- 40 min) to visit Polygons in the desert of Tabagheh until dusk.
Drive back to Khur and have dinner.

  • Overnight: Local house in Khur – Negarin Local House

DAY 4: VISIT BAYAZEH AND GARMEH VILLAGES AND DRIVE TO YAZD

In the morning, have local breakfast and then leave Khur, drive to Yazd (320 Km – 4 hr). En route, visit Bayazeh Castle, Garmeh Village and have lunch in Kharanagh. Arrive in Yazd and have free time until dinner.

The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 km southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. The ancient city of Yazd can lay claim to being one of the oldest, continuously inhabited places on earth. Rising out of the desert, the winding alleys and high mud walls of the houses of the town are straight out of the pages of a fairy tale.

Yazd is famous for its ancient ventilation system of badgirs (wind towers), designed to catch even the faintest of breezes and channel them to the buildings below. Yazd is also famous for its skilled qanat or water-channel diggers and the Yazd Water Museum pays homage to their ingenuity.

Yazd is Iran’s first city recognized by UNESCO

  • Overnight: Traditional guest house in Yazd – Kobeh or Badgir

DAY 5: YAZD

In the morning, have breakfast in the hotel and start a full-day sightseeing in Yazd including Zurkhaneh ritual and Jomeh Mosque, then have lunch.

After lunch, visit Dowlat Abad Garden, Amir Chakhmakh Complex and Bazaar and Fahadan traditional neighbourhood.

  • Overnight: Traditional guest house in Yazd – Kobeh or Badgir

DAY 6: KERMAN AND MAHAN

In the morning, have breakfast and leave Yazd.
Drive to Kerman (375 Km – 4:15 min). En route, stop in Rafsanjan for lunch.

Dating back to the third century AD, Kerman is best known today for its world-famous, elaborately designed carpets, including kelims (goats hair carpets), jajims (silk and wool rugs) and shawls, which are hand-woven in hundreds of small workshops dotted around the city.

Arriving in Kerman, visit Ganj Ali Khan Complex and Grand Bazaar.

Drive to Mahan (38 Km – about 30 min) and check-in.

  • Overnight: Iyvan traditional hotel in Mahan – Ivan Traditional House

DAY 7: KALUTS AND SHAFI ABAD VILLAGE

In the morning, have breakfast and leave Mahan.
Drive to Shahdad (85 km – about 1:15 min) and walk-in Lut Desert to see Kaluts (Yardang). Return to Shahdad and a short drive to Shafi Abad (20 km – about 20 min) to visit Caravanserai and have lunch in a local house, and then have free time for taking a rest.

In the evening, visit palm gardens, enjoy the landscape until dusk.

After dinner, it is a good time to take a look at the beautiful night sky.

  • Overnight: Local house in Shafi Abad

DAY 8: MEYMAND VILLAGE AND SHAHR-E BABAK

In the morning, have local breakfast and drive to Shahr-e Babak (380 km – about 4:40 min).


En route, visit Meymand Historical Village near Shar-e Babak to see hand-dug houses amid the rocks. Meymand is an ancient rock village enlisted in Iran’s national heritage sites (as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). When you look more closely at the village, you can see its dazzling fortress, tower, and gorgeous houses dispersed in different directions.

Have lunch in Meymand and keep driving to Shahr-e babak (35 Km – about 30 min) and have free time until dinner.

  • Overnight: Traditional guesthouse in Shahr-e Babak

DAY 9: SHAHR-E BABAK TO SHIRAZ

In the morning, have local breakfast and leave Shahr-e Babak, drive to Shiraz (360 km – 4:30 min), and have lunch. Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry and wine.

It was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (AD 1747–79) when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored.

After a short rest, visit Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Narenjestan-e Qavam and Hafez Tomb.

  • Overnight: Traditional guest house in Shiraz – Setayesh Traditional House

DAY 10: SIGHTSEEING IN SHIRAZ

In the morning, have breakfast and start a full-day city tour in Shiraz including Bazaar and shopping, Vakil Bath, Sara-ye Moshir, Kari Khan Citadel; and then have lunch.

After lunch, visit Eram Garden and Tomb of Saadi, and then enjoy free time until dinner. Learn more about Shiraz HERE.

  • Overnight: Traditional guest house in Shiraz 2

DAY 11: PERSEPOLIS AND PASARGADAE TO ISFAHAN (ESFAHAN)

In the morning, have breakfast and leave for Isfahan, drive to Isfahan (485 km – about 5:45 min). En route, visit Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site), also have lunch.

Arrive in Isfahan and visit the iconic Si-o Se Pol (bridge) at night. Four hundred years ago, Isfahan was larger than London and more cosmopolitan than Paris. The city’s most famous bridge, Si-o Seh Pol (Bridge of 33 Arches) is nearly 1,000 feet long and 45 feet wide. (Ghaith Abdul-Ahad)

  • Overnight: Traditional guest house in Isfahan Traditional House

DAY 12: ISFAHAN TO MATINABAD

In the morning, have breakfast; and then visit Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Gaz (Iranian nougat) manufacturing workshop, have lunch and visit Vank Cathedral and the traditional Armenian quarter of Jolfa.

Handicrafts in Isfahan. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city, and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture.

Late afternoon transfer to Matinabad Desert Eco Lodge.

  • Overnight: Matinabad – Traditional House

DAY 13: MATINABAD TO TEHRAN AIRPORT

Visit Natanz and Abyaneh during the day, lunch in a local home.
Evening transfer to IKA Tehran airport for departing flight.

All of the structures have traditional and western toilets, serve local food and are located in town but are totally traditional constructions (earthen architecture).

Clients sleep on the floor using Iranian bedding, mattresses, sheets, as Iranian families do.

Local House Tour:

  • Tehran: 1 night
  • Khur: 2 nights
  • Yazd: 2 nights
  • Mahan: 1 night
  • Shafi Abad: 1 night
  • Shar-e Babak: 1 night
  • Shiraz: 2 nights
  • Matinabad: 1 night

Tour Exclusions

  • International Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Services and entrances not mentioned above
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Tips/Gratuities for housekeeping, service staff, drivers, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTES

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary, due to the ever-changing nature of Morocco, activities, hotels, and visits are subject to change due to forces beyond our control.

FLIGHTS: Please do not purchase your flights until this tour is confirmed.

PASSPORTS: Must be valid for at least 6 months upon return date to your home country. Proper documentation is the responsibility of each traveller.

VISAS: (responsibility of the traveller)

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

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