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Taste Iran in 14 Days Through Experience

Taste Iran in 14 Days Through Experience

Go further than Marco Polo and discover through Persia
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Are you willing to discover the best that Iran has to offer from its exceptional landscapes to its warm-hearted people and fascinating culture? Then, this complete experience throughout the country is made for you.

Explore the great lands of Persia in a journey that will take you to the most famous sights of Iran, from the beautiful blue mosques of Isfahan to the sand dunes of the desert, while discovering hidden gems, to bestow a unique perspective of Iran.

Meeting locals in small villages, cooking delicious traditional dishes in home stays, discovering lifestyle of nomadic families and the beliefs of Zoroastrians in their pilgrimage sites, this experience gives the true authentic taste of Iran.

What you experience
  • Visiting six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as several Persian Gardens and Qanats, also on UNESCO's list

  • Exploring Shiraz, the city of poetry and Persian gardens, and grandeur of Persia in Persepolis

  • Visiting the exceptional monuments of Isfahan's Naqsh- e Jahan Square

  • Having the best of the buzzing capital of Iran, Tehran, and its distinction modern life

  • Experiencing the sand dunes of the Desert, on foot or by riding camels

  • Getting familiar with the spirit of Zoroastrianism in Yazd

  • Meeting Nomadic families with their rich unique lifestyle

  • Enjoying the atmosphere of lush lands of Caspian Sea in Gilan Province

  • Sleeping in thousands-year-old human-made caves in the world heritage village of Meymand

  • Experiencing Local's lifestyle and tasting various tasteful Local dishes of Iranian villages

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Features
  • Meals: All breakfasts in hotels or traditional home stays
  • Accommodation: 14 nights in the hotels and local lodges
  • Transport: Transport between cities and within them with a sedan car , 8-seat IVECO van, 14-seat Hyundai H350 van
  • Other Services: Full time licensed experienced English-speaking tour guide, All expenses of driver/guide like food and accommodation, fuel and road tolls, Airports pick up/drop off, Entrance fees to all historical sites and villages mentioned in the itinerary, Iranian SIM card
  • Not included: Lunch and dinners, laundry, mini bar in the rooms, entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary, travel insurance, international airfare, excess baggage charges, airport and departure taxes, tips (optional), cost of medical immunizations, phone calls, any other services not mentioned in the itinerary
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  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal items
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Whoever pronounces the name of Persia has the glorious legacy of its empires in the mind. On the tracks of the History in Persepolis return to the time of Achaemenids by visiting Ceremonial Capital found by Darius the Great in 518 B.C. .The impressive columns of the Gate of All Nations stand proudly to welcome the visitor to world's great archeological site; one of the many Iran has to offer, among which Necropolis nearby, the final resting place of four great kings of Ancient Persia.

Iranian architecture and culture
A glimpse of culture and architecture of loaded arts in Iran, Hamed Dastpak | TasteIran

The magic spirit of the Silk Road

The vast land of Iran holds many traces of the Silk Road, the most famous historical trading route, which once linked Europe to China. On your way between Iran's most famous cities, you can visit a caravanserai which has been an oasis for so many merchants carrying the finest good travelled far and long. Follow this thread to arrive in the beautiful city of windcatchers, Yazd. This ancient prosperous city has kept an enchanting atmosphere, with its ochre mud-brick walls and narrow alleys. It's an invitation to get lost in time, admiring the view from its rooftops to sunset.

Amir chakhmaq complex in Yazd
Amir Chakhmaq complex is noted for its symmetrical sunken alcoves, Daisy Lorenzi | TasteIran

The testimony of the history

There are so much more historical experiences waiting for you in Iran, a land where you can stay overnight in a 3000 years old human-made caves, in the ancestral mountainous village of Meymand. Go forward in time, to climb up to Rudkhan fortress, whose brick walls defended the Persian Empire against invaders in the fifth century. Finally, enjoy the restoration of marvelous historical houses in Kashan, built in the early 19th century by prosperous merchants and local notables.

Meymand cave village, Iran
The rocky village of Meymand, a World heritage site in Iran, Hamed Dastpak | TasteIran

Famous landmarks speak to your heart

A real experience of Iran cannot go without unraveling its most iconic spots, such as the colorful Pink Mosque of Shiraz. The morning light reflected through the colored glasses has created the sense which has kept all its magic. What about the collection of masterpieces in Isfahan's Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, with its blue-domed mosques known throughout the world? They are only a glimpse of the wonders this iconic city has to reveal to you.

Pink mosque, Nasiralmolk in Shiraz
Dancing of lights with colorful windows in Nasir-al Molk mosque of Shiraz, Lina Miltinyte | TasteIran

A land of spirituality

Even if Iran's mosques are among the jewels of the Islamic architecture in the world, it's far from being the only religion to excel with stunning holy sites. The Vank Cathedral is the best example of a remarkable architectural blend between Islamic and Armenian Orthodox traditions. As for the unique Zoroastrian FireTemple and Towers of Silence in Yazd which are the vivid testimonies of one of the world's oldest religions.

Vank cathedral in Isfahan Iran
The dazzling Vank cathedral of Isfahan, Kate Boardman | TasteIran

From the wide desert to the Caspian Sea and green Hyrcanian forests

Wandering through Iran also means experiencing a land of four seasons. Here, you can feel the warmth of the sand dunes under your foot, by visiting the silent desert of Varzaneh. Later in your trip, get ready for lush and humid landscapes, while discovering the Caspian Sea: in the heart of the dense forest, one of the Iran's most beautiful villages is located; it is Masuleh. Nestled in the green mountain, visitors can walk on its houses' roofs, forming the narrowpaths of the village.

Storey village of Masuleh face to face with forest
Masuleh is a gem back and forth to the green Hyrcanian forest in Gilan, Hanie Rahmati | TasteIran

Meet with the friendliest people of the world, Native Iranians

It's precisely in the life of small villages that you can take the pulse of the country, discovering its best asset: Iranians. Being hosted by local families in guesthouses will show the true face of Iran, as Iranians are known for being the warmest and most welcoming people in the world. Getting to know the people also means discovering the diversity of cultures and traditions of its different ethnic groups, among which nomads, customs, clothes, food and languages.Meeting with them each time is like experiencing a new trip.

Milad tower, the terrace of Tehran
At the foot of Alborz mountain range, Tehran and its Milad tower, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

Brief Itinerary

On the First day in Tehran we will visit Golestan Palace Complex (World Heritage): Main palace, Wind tower building, National Museum of Iran, Islamic Era Art Museum, National Jewels Museum, carpet museum and Milad Tower Complex.

Golestan palace, Qajar palace
Golestan palace has something other world's palaces can not offer, Hamed Dastpak | TasteIran

On Second day leave to Kashan and going to stay overnight and get to see Abbasiyan and Tabatabaie Historical Houses, Soltan Amir Ahmad Historical Hammam (old bathroom), Kashan old Bazaar, Aqa Bozorg Mosque-Madrasa, Fin garden (WH).

The Third day leads us to Badgir city of Yazd but enroute to mud-brick city we visit Varzaneh to meet locals, eat with them and visit the nice camel farm and some very unique anthropological attractions in central desert in Iran like Camel-mill, Bull-well. Enjoy desert and sand dunes, Safari by 4wd cars and camel riding before staying overnight in Yazd.

National museum of Iran
National museum of Iran has inspired by Taq Kasra at Ctesiphon, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

The next day is to be named Zoroastrian day with a visit to a Zoroastrian family and knowing about the first monotheist religion of Iran while we will benefit of beauties of Old city of Yazd (WH), Great Mosque of Yazd, Amir Chakhmaq Square, Water Museum, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Yazd Grand Bazaar.

On day Five just enroute to 8000 year old human made furnished caves in Meymand (WH), we pay a visit to incredible ruins of Kharanaq old city, Saryazd fortress and Zeinoddin Caravanserai and on the way visit semi-nomads to be hosted by delicious cuisines in their wooden shelters.

Having breakfast with locals in the cave we start sixth day of tour by an excursion through stone village and know about unique lifestyle of natives in Meymand. Heading to Passargad (WH)", "Persepolis (WH)" and "Necropolis" historical sites en-route to shiraz, today comes to end with unforgettable memories.

Mud-brick city of Yazd
On the roof of Yazd, the badgirs city, Hamed Dastpak | TasteIran

The whole Seven day spends for poetry city tour to see Nasir Al Molk Mosque (Pink mosque), Narenjestane Qavaam garden, Zinat Al Molk historical house, Vakil Bazaar, Eram Garden (WH), Shah Cheragh and Ali Ibne Hamzeh holy Shrines and Hafeziyyeh (Mausoleum of Hafez, most famous Iranian poet).

Day eight is devoted to have a journey near Saadat Shahr, its pomegranate and grapes gardens watering with Iranian masterpiece of engineering, the world heritage invention which is Qanat. Later on visiting the Qashqaei nomad family and sharing our evening in a nomadic aco lodge will grant golden sleep in eco lodge.

While we passed half of the tour, on next day it is finally time to call for gorgeous Isfahan, the pattern of the world. Being well settled in Isfahan night life of city asks for your company to pleasure and tomorrow is to be for Isfahan alone to pierce into Naqshe Jahan Square (WH): Imam Mosque,  Aali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysariyyeh Bazaar, Chehel Sotoun Palace Garden (WH), Khajou and Sio Se Pol Historical Bridges, Great Mosque of Isfahan (WH), Vank and Bethlehem Churches, Garden of Abbasi hotel.

Sio se pol in Isfahan
Dramatic vaulted bridge of Si-o-se-pol in Isfahan, Kate Boardman | TasteIran

On eleventh day you get on the slope to head toward north. The rosy mud village of Abyaneh will catch your heart and letting a part of your heart there, visit holy shrine in Qom en-route having lunch with local family and then joing the capital of Iran stands at mountain foot.

Next day is an epic. Leaving desert and earthy architecture behind and welcome to green forest of Hyrcania, blue shore of Caspian sea and snow-capped Alborz mountain in Gilan province, having lunch in Rash which is the creative city of gastronomy according to Unesco, Astara opens door for a delightful stay with local family.

Astara, a city at Caspian shore in Iran
Peace and harmony is a part of Astara city at the shore of Caspian sea, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

On thirteenth day we go to Fuman region to have a hiking in Rud Khan Fortress through a dense forest. Then we will visit "Masuleh village" and overnight in a hotel which is located in the middle of a tea farm.

Drive back to Tehran and after farewell lunch or dinner, transfer to Imam Airport in the evening to catch your departure flight on the last day.

Caspian sea at Iran
To ultimate peace at Caspian beach, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

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