Taste of Iran Tour (14 Oct-21 Oct)

Join us on our 8 days cultural expedition to IRAN, where we visit:

SHIRAZ…. Known as a city of poets, lovers, and exquisite architecture with a treasure trove of Persian culture with stunning mosques and palaces.

The Ancient City of Kings, the world heritage site of Persepolis, one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world!

YAZD…. located smack in the middle of a desert and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We visit one of the most interesting sky burial grounds in the world and explore the narrow alleyways and charming streets, within the walls of the old city.

ISFAHAN… we explore the glass-stained mosques and lavish palaces that have stood here for centuries

We are having FUN…

We’re going on a culinary adventure… we’ll head to the garden where we’ll cook a Zoroastrian feast while being educated on the faith, it’s cultural traditions and rituals.

We head to the Desert in a 4×4 Jeep…. where we will cruise to the top of the highest sand dunes and walk bare feet on the soft sand, enjoy the scenery at sunset as the glimmering red sand fades into darkness and then marvel at the magic of the stars.

We will have fun shopping in the historical Grand bazaars.

We catch an Evening SHOW at Zurkhaneh…. we will watch the ancient tradition of  Zurkhaneh in a local gym.

Si O Se Pol / Khajoo Bridges…. In the evening we will head to the banks of the river, which is a favourite spot to hang out, just relaxing there and having a good time.

We are NOT going to miss:

Naqshe Jahan Square…the second-largest square in the world after Tiananmen Square.

The Nasir al Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) which erupts into a riot of kaleidoscopic colour, as the first light of day streams in through its stained-glass windows.

The religious site Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine which is incredibly atmospheric and spiritual, full of energy and calmness.

The fascinating and “spookily beautiful” Towers of Silence”, used by Zoroastrians for sky burials up till the 1970s.

Exploring the Fahadan Neighbourhood in Yazd…. the narrow alleyways of this stunning neighbourhood that take you back to the old times.

The Chehel Sotoun Palace, which is so famous for its reflection of its columns into the the pool in front of it.

The majestic Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque which leaves every visitor speechless with surprise, as it is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world!

Day by Day

Day 1 » Flight(s) Transfer to Shiraz
Day 2 » Shiraz full day visit

Shiraz is known for its treasure trove of Persian culture, where mosques are covered in pink and blue windows, parks and gardens are perfumed with the fragrance of orange trees and roses.

We’ll take advantage of the gentle morning light to see the Nasir al Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque). Every morning the ornately columned prayer hall erupts into a riot of kaleidoscopic colour, as the first light of day streams in through its stained-glass windows. (Probably one of the most photographed spots in all Iran)

Hopefully we will attend a service at Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine which is not only incredibly atmospheric and spiritual, but full of energy, calmness, and tranquility. This is a religious site and therefore we need to treat the place with the utmost respect.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Vakil Bazaar, which is truly alive as many local people shop in the bazaar and is the economic heart of the city. We will admire the beauty of the vaulted-arched, domed roofs as well as getting some good Iranian souvenirs.

Our visit to Shiraz is certainly incomplete if we don’t visit the spiritual Hafeziyeh, the tomb of the legendary classic Persian poet, Hafez. The place is very popular with locals who find the essence of life in Hafez’s poetry. There is always light classical Persian music in the background, which creates a very calm atmosphere, ideal for romantic walks or self-reflective moments.

Day 3 Persepolis » Transfer to Nartitee, Yazd » Zoroastrian feast

In the morning (8.00am) we visit the unmissable Persepolis, an absorbing complex of columned palaces, halls and cliff-carved tombs, one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world.

After lunch (1.30pm) we transfer to Nartitee, Taft, Yazd (5 hours, 361 km) arriving at 6pm.

In the evening we’ll eat a Zoroastrian feast while being educated on the faith, it’s cultural traditions and rituals of persian cooking

Day 4 » Zoroastrian Culinary Adventure » Sand Dunes

Culinary Adventure:  Nothing is more enjoyable or genuine than home cooking, especially if it is Persian cooking! That’s why we’re going on a culinary tour. We’ll start our culinary adventure with a walk around the bazaar. Our Persian chef will enlighten us on local food culture, bringing the atmosphere of the good old days into life. We’ll also have stops to taste delicious Iranian bites.

In the afternoon, we will head to the Desert in a 4×4 Jeep…. where we will cruise to the top of the highest sand dunes and walk bare feet on the soft sand, enjoy the scenery at sunset as the glimmering red sand fades into darkness and then marvel at the magic of the stars.

We arrive back in Taft at 9pm 

Day 5 » Yazd day visit » Evening show – Zurkhaneh

YAZD: The beautiful old city of Yazd (5th Century) is located smack in the middle of a desert and surrounded by beautiful mountains. 

We visit one of the most interesting sky burial grounds in the world and also explore the narrow alleyways and charming streets, within the walls of the old city.

We first visit the “spookily beautiful ”Towers of Silence”, used by Zoroastrians for sky burials up till the 1970s. Because of beliefs, that the earth is a holy element and it must not get dirty, they put the dead bodies in the tower, where the vultures ate them, followed by dissolving the bones in acid .

After we explore the Fahadan Neighbourhood on foot, it is like walking through history! The narrow alleyways of this stunning neighbourhood take you back to the old times. There are cafes in the back streets where you can have a break and most of them have great views for pics.

In the evening we will watch the ancient tradition of Zurkhaneh in a local gym, playing to traditional music

Day 6 » Jolfa Square  » Evening walk along riverbanks

After early morning breakfast (9am) we will transfer to Isfahan (4 hours, 340 km) arriving at 2pm.

Upon arriving in Isfahan we first visit Jolfa Square which was founded by Shah Abbas as a settlement inhabited by the Armenian Christian minority of Isfahan, 

It is a place full of vibrancy and activity and the square is the main place where this happens. There are a lot of nice little cafes and a number of art shops from which you can get your souvenirs home.

Later we hope to visit the Isfahan Music Museum, a museum dedicated to Iran’s classical musical heritage. Regular performances by top musicians are staged throughout the day and we hope to catch one of these.

In the early evening we will walk along the banks of the river to admire the floodlit bridges Si O Se Pol Bridge/Khajoo Bridge. These bridges are not only a true engineering masterpiece but a favourite spot with locals to hang out, just relaxing there and having a good time..

Day 7 » Naghsh Jahan Square – Isfahan » Farewell Dinner

At 9am we visit the largest historic public square (Naghsh Jahan Square) in the world, where we explore the glass-stained mosques and lavish palaces that have stood here for centuries.

First, we want to see the majestic Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, before most of the tour groups descend. This Mosque with its wonders leaves every visitor speechless with surprise, as it is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. The circular dome is decorated with Islamic motifs, and according to the sun’s position, the colour of the dome changes.

We will visit the architectural marvel Ali Qapu Palace, where we capture a glimpse of old Iranian art and culture! We will also go up to the upper terrace where there are amazing views over Imam Square.

We will visit Chehel Sotoun Palace, where the Safavid rulers used to entertain visiting dignitaries. This palace has wonderful architecture but is famous for the reflection of its columns in the water inside the pool in front of it.

We will then visit the Isfahan Grand Bazaar

In the evening we have our farewell meal in Isfahan

Day 8 » Departure to Tbilisi

8 Days / 7 nights Tour

Dates: Friday 14 Oct – Friday 21 Oct 

Cost: 890 Euros per-person

INCLUDED:

  •   8 days in Iran
  •   Accommodation for 7 nights on twin-share
  •   Bed & Breakfast tour package
  •   All transportation in Iran.
  •   All cultural activity fees / entrance fees.  
  •   Experienced English-speaking guides
  •   VISA CODES – We apply and get the Visa Code for you (Using our registered and  certified officers)
  •   Iranian Medical / Travel insurance
  •   Weekend Travelers Host (Anousha)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International Flights.
  • Visa on arrival (price varies on nationality).
  • Drinks, personal expenses.
  • All that’s not mentioned as included

US/UK/Canadian citizens are welcome….the good news is that we are using Iran’s top certified experts to process and manage everyone’s Visa application. They have a great success rate with ONLY 2 rejections in 7 years.

The bad news is that there is a lot of form filling (like the US EESTA visa application) and it takes time < 8 weeks for group visas. But we will complete this on your behalf and the costs are included.

Payment method: Bank transfer. NO CASH.