PERSIAN CULINARY EXPLORATION

10 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Fr. 1300 €/pp

10 DAYS

8 NIGHTS

27 LANDMARKS

7 UNESCO SITES

GROUP SIZE

2- 12 PERSONS

8 NIGHTS

8 NIGHTS IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS

EXPERIENCES

7 BREAKFASTS, 1 LUNCH, 8 DINNERS

TRANSPORTATION

PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR

TEAM

CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER

Tour Overview

On this ten-day Persian Culinary Exploration Tour and cultural journey across Iran's most famous cities, you will discover the cuisine of Persia while also revealing cultural insights and visiting historical and natural treasures. The secrets of Persian cuisine will be revealed to you as you take a walking tour through the best food street that Tehran has to offer. Attending at an interesting Persian hands-on cooking class, visiting the best tea houses, sweet shops, and confectionaries, fine dining at authentic local restaurants and wandering through local markets in Isfahan and Shiraz will also give you a taste of authentic Persian cuisine. Then, you will also be treated to a guided tour of Persian historical landmarks from the Golestan Royal Palace complex, Naghshe Jahan Square, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Shah Mosque, towers of silence and much more.

Highlights at a Glance:

  • Many photo-stops along the way
  • Small-Group Size Now capped at 12
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Marvel at the intricacy of Iranian Bazaars
  • A brand-new itinerary that professionally planned
  • Attend an authentic Persian hands-on cooking class
  • Admire the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan
  • Discover 7 astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Versatile local guide with in-depth insider knowledge
  • Indulge in 27 iconic landmarks & enriching cultural experiences
  • Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and admire its ancient holy fire
  • Stock up on saffron and other spices at the Grand Bazaar in Isfahan
  • Explore bustling bazaars with colorful produce and hand-woven carpets
  • Discover the winding alleys and adobe architecture of Yazd's Old Town
  • Explore the secrets and tales of the Persians while exploring Isfahan
  • Discover the charming town of Isfahan, once home to the Safavid royal family
  • Guided tour of the impressive ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
  • Sample a dizzying variety of street foods and local dishes at a night food market
Step back in time to the cradle of Persian civilization! Explore, discover, and dream where history began in the Land of the Persians. Stand in awe before the fascinating scenery and ancient wonders of the Kingdom of Achaemenid. Embark on one of your life’s greatest journeys.

Itinerary Details

Today you will make your own way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Tehran, Iran. Embark on an inspirational journey through Persia and discover this country's deep and rich history and its archeological wonders. Upon arrival at Tehran International Airport, meet and greet by an Irangard Travel local guide and be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Tehran. You will have time to refresh before embarking on an enthralling tour of this city brimming with Persian literature, culture, and history on the following day.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals:

Welcome to the Iranian capital city, Tehran. A megacity which generously replete with history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in the Middle East, where there is much to be discovered. Enjoy your first taste of Iran's capital with a visit to the sumptuous The Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you will enjoy visiting some wonderful buildings of the Qajar era. After that, enjoy visiting the Nature Bridge, the most beautiful one in the capital city, for lunch, you will head to the famous Moslem Restaurant, which serves various types of Persian cuisine. Enjoy your choice of kebabs at this restaurant in the heart of Tehran bazaar. It serves as a place to socialize and do business as much as it is a place to eat. Over lunch, you will see many bazaaris and locals gather here to chat and eat. After your delicious meal, spend the afternoon taking a stroll around the Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is one of the largest covered ones in the world. Next is a pleasant break for tea, coffee and some sweets in one of the most famous Iranian teahouses, Naderi Café. It is a coffee house, which is known worldwide as a hangout for Persian authors and poets and nostalgic elderly in the 1940s and 50s. In the evening, you will wrap up your food tour with one lively night in the heart of the capital city. At the crossroads of Persian culture, religion, and food, 30 Tir Street, you can enjoy wandering through the most delicious street food night market in Tehran. The street is surrounded by delectable smells wafting from family-owned food stalls and carts. Your guide will introduce the best regional dishes to you. Here you can find everything from traditional Iranian dishes to western favorites, freshly squeezed fruit juices to coffee and tea. After this wonderful evening, you will return to your hotel with a full stomach and vivid memories.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals: lunch dinner

This morning commences on a breathtaking drive south to Isfahan. On the scenic route along the salt desert before the holy city of Qom, first, you will visit a Sweet Factory to explore how this traditional Persian Brittle candy made. Sohan, as the Qom's most famous confection, is a saffron brittle made with wheat sprout, eggs, rosewater, sugar, butter, and cardamom. After that, you move to Kashan, a fantastic oasis city to visit the Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is one of the most beautiful Persian gardens date back to the 17th century. Then continue visiting a Rosewater Extraction and production center since Kashan is the most crucial hub for the distillation of the highest quality rose water and herbs in Iran. In the afternoon, you reach Isfahan.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

This morning, as soon as we have had our breakfast, we start to devote our day to the exploration of the most glorious cities of Iran, Isfahan. Following breakfast, your guide leads you for a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Isfahan historical sites. Immerse in Isfahan sophisticated charms and discover the UNESCO heritage-listed Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, the world's second-largest one with three amazing landmarks at different sides; the iconic Shah Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace. After that, you can head out to wander around two the Zayande roud River Bridges (Si-o-Se Pol and Khaju Bridges) that are the ideal meeting points for the locals. In the late afternoon, you learn about the products, spices, and herbs sourced from nearby towns and villages that are offered in the market. Your local guide will give you his best tips to pick spices and ingredients for Persian dishes as you visit the Grand Bazaar, get ready for a highlight of this Persian culinary tour. Your Iranian tour guide leads you to the venue of your Persian hands-on cooking class. The chef will first explain the techniques of preparing and cooking two or three authentic Persian specialties, loaded with different spices, fresh meats, and vegetables. Then, you will learn through hands-on instruction on how to cook some favorite Persian cuisine. For dinner, you can dine on your freshly prepared dishes with the rest of the group. After this exciting cooking class, which marks the end of today's tour, you will be driven safely back to the hotel.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

After breakfast, you meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby and go on a guided city tour of the magnificent Isfahan located in the lush plain of the Zayande Rud River. This beautiful city was the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Dynasty. Today you start your exploration of the city with visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a graceful pavilion that Shah Abbas II built for court receptions. After a short break for tea and some sweets in the most beautiful Traditional Teahouse of Isfahan, you take a relaxing walk through the Isfahan Grand Bazaar and explore elaborate conventional Persian handicrafts, artworks, and lovely souvenirs of the city. From here, you will continue the culinary adventure with a visit to a Gaz Sweet Workshop; Gaz is Isfahan's specialty sweet - chewy nougat filled with almond and pistachio. This visit is designed to give an insight into local culture through one of its most traditional confections.  For dinner tonight, you dine at Shahrzad that is an award-winning restaurant and one of the most popular ones in the city. It is a perfect setting for ordering one of the most favorite Iranian dishes, Fesenjan, Persian chicken stew made with chicken breasts or thighs, slowly cooked with walnuts and pomegranate molasses. After this delightful evening well spent, either return to your accommodation or continue to explore the city independently.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

We start the day early and head out from Isfahan on a five-hour drive east to the desert city of Yazd.  You are stopping off at the fascinating ancient city of Naien along the way. This city also offers several fascinating historical sites to visit, including its ancient Friday Mosque and the old town. Then continue your trip to Yazd, one of the most alluring cities in Persia. The ancient desert city of Yazd is well known for its unique desert architecture, regarded by UNESCO as one of the old towns on Earth, perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the surrounding desert. The Zoroastrian religion also survives in here where you visit the Temple of Eternal Fire. Next, you set out for the old Towers of Silence on the edge of the city, where in the past centuries, the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were placed and exposed to scavenger birds, which as per their beliefs, is the most sacred method of dealing with the dead. Next up is the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, where you will admire an awe-inspiring and prominent landmark comprising of a large square, a caravanserai, a mosque, a water reservoir, several wind catchers and a portal for Shia religious gatherings and ceremonies. Yazd is also renowned for its sweets and pastries. All Iranian and foreign visitors to this desert city must visit the local treasure of Haj Khalifa Confectionery in the Amir Chakhmaq Square. Here, you can try the famous Iranian baklava pastries, Ghotab (doughnut hole-shaped cookies), Lozenârgil (coconut diamonds), and Pashmak (cotton candy). Then in the old historical Fahadan District, you have the chance for a stroll through the winding alley of the Fahadan Old Town. After meeting the tour highlights, you will spend your overnight at Yazd. At the end of your today's adventuring, you will be transferred to the hotel to enjoy an evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast dinner

You will leave the Yazd behind this morning as you head out of the city on a seven-hour drive to Shiraz. This memorable day takes you to one of the oldest Persian highlights; Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site) was once the capital city of the Achaemenid Empire and Cyrus, the Great King of the Achaemenes, built this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. After admiring highlight today, you will continue driving to Shiraz and stay at your hotel for two nights.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast dinner

This memorable day takes you first to three incredible Persian highlights. Your guide will explain the history of Persia through the various styles of Persian architecture across the centuries from the Achaemenian to the selukids dynasties. You will wander through 2500 years of Persian history of Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Darius the Great founded this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. Persepolis embodies all the glory as well as the fall of the Persian Empire. It was here that the Achaemenid kings received their subjects and celebrated the Persian New Year. You can explore all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in Persian civilization. Then you will proceed to Naghsh-e-Rostam, the ancient Achaemenid Necropolis where you will visit four gigantic royal tombs and some Sassanian rock reliefs. In the afternoon, back to Shiraz and in this most elegant city, you will visit the Quran Gate. Next, enjoy a relaxing afternoon back at your hotel.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast dinner

You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shiraz today. In this charming city with iconic sites to visit, you will first visit the Tomb of the Persian mystic Poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens. Next, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling the Vakil Grand Bazaar. Before leaving the Bazaar, sample the local Saffron ice cream and the Shirazi Faloodeh. It is a delicious combination of rice noodles, iced rosewater, and sugar, then mixed with a touch of lemon juice. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the colorfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its large colored glasses and windows. Next up is a beautiful visit to the Naranjestan Garden, an architectural marvel from the Qajar era and a shining gem among all the typical Persian gardens in Shiraz with its sour orange and palm trees. Time permitting; the rest of the afternoon, you will visit Hamzeh Shrine, a revered Shia shrine noted for the glittering mirror work adorning its central dome. This evening, enjoy a well-earned dinner in a top restaurant arranged by your guide. After admiring the landmarks of Shiraz, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast dinner

It is time to leave this beautiful and diverse country behind today, hopefully with plenty of memories!

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals:

Itinerary Map

Travel route

Tehran 450 KM 3
Isfahan 450 KM 3
Yazd 450 KM 2
Shiraz 450 KM 2

A Rough Idea of Price

We are one of the few Iranian tour operators to include as many inclusions as possible into our tour packages. There are no hidden charges on your tour. The list of inclusions is very abundant and covers entrance fees, meals, transport, accommodation, and tour guiding, to name a few! Our quest is to limit the group size to a maximum of 12 guests! This will surely give us great flexibility in our itineraries, and we can adjust our tours depending on the group interests.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation in 3 * or 4 * hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities (8 nights)
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in a modern air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Half board throughout (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners)
  • Professional Iranian English-speaking tour guide
  • Organization of the whole trip
  • Visa support- reference code

Tour Excludes

  • Other personal expenses such as soft drinks, laundry, etc.
  • All optional excursions, tours, and visits
  • Gratuity for local guide and driver
  • International air ticket
  • Travel insurance

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The single supplement refers to a travel industry premium surcharged to solo travelers to compensate for a hotel for losses incurred because only one person is staying in a room. Our tour prices are calculated based on the standard-room charge that is divided between two persons sharing a twin or double room during the tour. If a solo traveler prefers to stay in their own hotel room, the single supplement is then an additional charge to cover the full cost of the room. Please bear in mind that paying the price of a room's single supplement reserves the right to occupy a single room alone, without any room sharing. In some cases, the rooms available are of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some rare cases, they may be smaller. Kindly check the amount of single supplement for every Iran trip that you intend to join!
In 2019, IrangardTravel accepted only about 60% of Tour leader and tour guide applicants. Applicants for the leader/guide position have to endure a strict process of selection that entails an all-around application review, different stages of interviews with the top managers of our travel company. Many of our present leaders are teachers, lecturers, and professionals with a bachelor's and often a master's degree in history, architecture, art history, tourism management, etc. Candidates who have already been selected as our tour guides/leaders are familiar with their tasks; they are committed to being professional, friendly, flexible, resilient, resourceful, and proactive. We at IrangardTravel endeavor to provide you and your group with the services of an experienced and certified tour guide who serves you from the very first seconds of your arrival to the last ones of your departure. Once your adventure in Iran starts, our tour guide is there to serve you. The tour leader's main task is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best moments of your trip to Iran. Your appointed local guide has an excellent command of English, is specially trained for our tour programs. Your guide will provide unique information on every place of interest and sightseeing you are going through, offer the best possible suggestions for things to do, and visit, recommend best local venues for eating-out, and introduce you to the widespread norms, values, and customs of the Persians. You can expect your guide to having a vast specialized knowledge of the places visited during the trip, including cultural, religious, and social, historical aspects. Meanwhile, to serve our clients better, our tour guide staff is fluent in several languages such as English, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.
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