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21 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Parents Are Right

“Wait; what? Do you have forests in Iran? I thought it’s just desert everywhere!”

That’s what they asked me every single time I showed my friends in California a photo of Iran!

Even though both my parents were from Iran, I never got to go there as I was busy traveling around the world, leaving my heritage behind.

My parents repeatedly kept telling me how beautiful their country is and what I am missing out not going to Iran! But, I was always annoyed with how insisting they were for me to visit where they came from so once and for all I decided to travel to Iran, so they stop talking about it for the rest of my life!

I had three weeks of spare time. So, I decided to take a tour through 9 villages they said were so unique!

The variety of landscapes this country held within astonished me. From the greenery of the forests in the north to the colorful mountains of the south and the deserts and historic villages in central Iran, I was worried about the many stories my children had to hear from me about Iran wondering how annoying of a mother I could become!

I got to explore wonders beyond the picture that was drawn in my mind by the mainstream media. I was diving deeper into the unique places I only had time to visit this time! Would you tag along this special tour next time?

Does Iran have a forest?

Starts in:

  Tehran

Ends in:

  Tehran

Destinations:

  Tehran, Kashan , Abyaneh, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Southern Islands, Rasht, Tabriz, Ardabil

Duration:

  21 Days

Age Range:

  7 - 80

Physical Rating:

1/5

Group Size:

  2 - 10

Accommodation:

  14 nights at 4-star hotels, 1 night at the eco-lodge, 5 nights at a traditional guesthouse

Itinerary

Story of the Day

Tehran, the city my father was from, a bridge between modernity and history. A glance at Iran’s diversity before starting to explore deeper what makes this country special beyond what I have already seen on the TV and all.

Experiences

  • Airport pick up
  • Tabiat Bridge
    Tehran’s Largest Pedestrian Overpass
  • Bame Tehran
    (Depending on arrival time)
  • Saadabad Palace
    (Depending on arrival time)
  • Welcoming Dinner
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tehran

Story of the Day

My father always told me how special Grand Bazaar was to him. Also, he kept telling me the many memories he had there since he was a child. The smell of Kebab with the many colors of the handicrafts hanging on the little stores’ walls. The old generation hand in hand with the young walking through the narrow alleys of Bazaar made me understand why it is damn special.

Experiences

  • Golestan Palace
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Tehran Bazaar
    City life & crowded streets, shopping, modernity intertwined with the history
  • National Museum of Iran
    Historical ancient monuments, oldest artifacts date back to Lower Paleolithic period
  • Treasury of National Jewels
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tehran

Story of the Day

Looking through the windows, I wondered how Kashan is a combination of everything I was hoping to explore in Iran. Exploring the nature of Fin garden, to the historical 5000 years old Sialk hills, the architecture of ancient houses, and the culture of everyday life.

Experiences

  • Borujerdi House
    Features of Iran’s traditional residential architecture
  • Puppet Museum
  • Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
    Traditional Iranian public bathhouse
  • Tepe Sialk
    Ziggurat dates back to 3000 BC, oldest settlement dates to around 6000 BC
  • Fin Garden
    The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star boutique hotel in Kashan

Story of the Day

To be able to carry the old traditions and lifestyle of their ancestors in their daily lives is what made Abyaneh so unique as a stop. At night, I walked around the bridges in Isfahan. Therefore, I got to see people of all ages sing and dance next to each other until the sunrise. It brought so much joy to my heart. Oh, the sound of Setar under the starry sky.

Experiences

  • Abyaneh Village
    A symbol of the rural lifestyle of Iran
  • Khaju Bridge and Si-o-se-pol Traditional Bridge
    A walking tour of Zayanderud river and bridges, Gathering of songs and music
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Isfahan

Story of the Day

I always wanted to find local stores to shop souvenirs for my friends in California. Imam square was where I found it all! The traditional shops in the historical bazaar are where I found many unique vintage handicrafts. Oh, the old knowledgeable owners were the bonus to buying not just a souvenir but the story of where the handicraft had come.

Experiences

  • Naqsh-e Jahan Square
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
    An architectural masterpiece of Iranian architecture. First built of the four monuments of Naqsh-e Jahan square during the Safavid Empire
  • Shah Mosque
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Ali Qapu Palace
    The official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty. Historically valuable paintings and mosaic work, acoustic rooms
  • Chehel Sotoun Palace
    Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Grand Bazaar of Isfahan
  • House Dinner
    An Iranian family invites us to their home for a homemade dinner
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Isfahan

Story of the Day

You know that feeling when you want to rest after a few days of traveling?

The organizers of the tour seemed to have known that feeling as I got to enjoy the silence of Varzaneh desert lying down, looking at the sky. What’s the closest you’ve ever felt to the stars? It felt as if I could stretch my arms and pick my favorite one!

Experiences

  • Vank Cathedral
    Jolfa Square is the heart of the Armenian community in Isfahan.
  • Varzaneh Desert Camp
    Desert magic of Iran along with a Salt Lake and a starry sky
  • Overnight stay at an eco lodge in Varzaneh

Story of the Day

Yazd, Chack Chak, tower of silence, fire temple! Zoroastrian exploration all around. How special is it to get to learn about one of the most ancient religions of the world through the lens of my own eyes?

At that moment, I closed my eyes and sent my gratitude to my parents for making me experience this magic with their insistence all my life!

Experiences

  • Chak Chak
    Most sacred of the mountain shrines of Zoroastrianism
  • Tower of Silence
    Zoroastrian ritual exposure of the dead bodies to carrion birds
  • Fire Temple & Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture
    The only one of the highest-grade fires in ancient Iran where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion since 400 BC
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Yazd

Story of the Day

The windcatchers and the clay walls of Fahadan as I took a walk in the narrow historical alleys of Yazd known as “peace alleys” brought joy to my eyes as I realized how beautifully we interacted with nature in the past.

Experiences

  • Jameh Mosque of Yazd
    One of the tallest minarets among Persian mosques
  • Fahadan neighborhood
    Walking tour of the old city of Yazd, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Amir Chakhmaq
    Symmetrical sunken arched alcoves
  • Water Museum
    The Persian Qanat, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh
    Iranian martial art, a traditional system of athletics
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
    The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Yazd

Story of the Day

Nomads. The lifelong travelers without fixed habitations. I got to hear what it feels like to travel according to the seasons all their lives. I call it the ancient form of immigration by listening to nature!

Experiences

  • The Cypress of Abarkuh
    Oldest living lifeform in Asia, 4000 to 5000 years old
  • Abarkuh Ice House
  • Overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse in Pasargadae

Story of the Day

The glory of the Achaemenids empire! Have you ever felt the presence of kings in the magnificence of what they built thousands of years ago? I wondered how many people it took to create this historical capital in old times!

Experiences

  • Pasargadae
    The capital of the Achaemenid empire dating back to 559–530 BC, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Persepolis
    A grand ceremonial complex, The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Necropolis
    A group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods, Also known as Naqsh-e Rostam
  • Tomb of Hafez
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Shiraz

Story of the Day

This day was all about peace. Peace in the mosque, citadel, and garden and then sitting to have an authentic Persian dish with a local family. Peace through it all.

Experiences

  • Pink Mosque
    The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Orsi stained glasses create a colorful spiritual feeling of awe
  • Arg of Karim Khan
    Citadel in downtown
  • Vakil Complex
    Including Bazaar, Bath house, and Mosque
  • Shah Cheragh Shrine
    Persian for “King of the Light”, a funerary monument holy to the Shia Muslims
  • Eram Garden
    Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Shiraz

Story of the Day

I thought I could only experience the mysterious feelings of Indian temples in India. Bandar proved me wrong with the Indian temple at its heart.

Experiences

  • Fly from Shiraz to Bandar Abbas
  • Indians Temple
    A worshipping temple for Hindus of Iran
  • Cruise to Qeshm Island
  • Portuguese Castle
    One of the last surviving monuments of Portuguese colonial rule in the Persian Gulf
  • Overnight stay at a Guest House in Qeshm

Story of the Day

I was walking on the many untouched beaches of Hengam. I could not how many shades of blue and green there was in the Persian Gulf of Iran!

Experiences

  • Star Valley
    The unique geological phenomenon with statues made due to the erosion of sand, earth and stone
  • Naz Islands
    Two tidal islands, especial ecosystem for invertebrates and other aquatic animals
  • Cruise to Hengam Island
    From the beautiful beach life to the interactions with local island people at the local bazaar
  • Overnight stay at a Guest House in Qeshm

Story of the Day

It was like a sweet dream sitting in a private boat. Wandering through the sea forest waving hands to the pelicans and beautiful, unique birds I had not seen before. How happy I was at that moment that I listened to what my parents wanted me to do once in my life!

Experiences

  • Chahkooh Canyon
    The unique geology of the erosion of sedimentary rocks along with ancient local wells
  • Mangrove Forests of Qeshm
    An important ecological resource, A filtration property which allows the plant to absorb sweet water while salt is eliminated
  • Laft Village
    Ships construction
  • Overnight stay at a Guest House in Qeshm

Story of the Day

I had never seen mountains made from salt rocks and rainbow colors next to each other until I visited Hormuz! I felt like I was visiting another planet in space!

Experiences

  • Cruise to Hormuz Island
    A rainbow on the earth
  • Red Soil Beach
  • Silence Valley
  • The Valley of the Statues
  • Rainbow Cave
  • Hormuz Carpet of Soil
  • Turtles Beach
  • Overnight stay at a Guest House in Hormuz

Story of the Day

I had heard from my mother that Iran has all seasons in different regions at once! However, I did not know how special that was until leaving from the warm south to the cold northwest feeling the diversity of not just the weather but how weather affects people’s lives!

Experiences

  • Fly to Tabriz
  • Blue Mosque
    Splendid examples of fine Islamic calligraphy
  • Azerbaijan Museum
    Major archaeological and historical museum
  • Iron Age Museum
    A 4000 years old cemetery full of dead bodies along their ornamental accessories
  • Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Arg of Tabriz
    The Great Wall, One of the tallest and oldest walls of Iran
  • Poets Tomb
    A modern example of Iranian architecture, a graveyard belonging to classical and contemporary poets and mystics
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star Hotel in Tabriz

Story of the Day

Walking in the cave-like houses built in the heart of the mountain by hand thousands of years ago in Kandovan along with the authentic way of people’s lives in these houses today was what made this day so special on my trip!

Experiences

  • Kandovan Rocky Village
    Cave Houses, Dated back to 3000 years ago around the time when the Zoroastrian Medes and Persians inhabited the region.
  • Eynali Mount
    Red Soil Mountains, Impressive views of Tabriz from the mountains that are sacred to the Zoroastrian community
  • Shahgoli Park
    A large historic park, Locals and tourists can connect together in this park with its beautiful artificial lake
  • House Dinner
    An Iranian family invites us to their home for a homemade dinner
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star Hotel in Tabriz

Story of the Day

Soaking in the natural hot springs of Sarein, I got to close my eyes, relax, and settle down. Letting the medicine of mineral water wash away all the tiredness of traveling out of my body and soul. The warmth of the springs in the cold weather of Ardebil was so soothing!

Experiences

  • Meshgin Shahr
    The longest Suspended footbridge of the world and the nearest city to the Sabalan high mountains
  • Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble
    Use of Iranian traditional architectural forms to maximize the use of available space to accommodate a variety of functions, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Sarein Hot Springs
    From mount Sabalan
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star Hotel in Sarein

Story of the Day

Road tripping in the middle of jungles and mountains of the north of Iran. It made me realize how some parts of Iran are very similar to California!

Experiences

  • Road Trip, Hyrcanian Forests
    Dates back 25 to 50 million years ago, The scenic road of Khalkhal to Asalem, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Gisoom Beach
    The unique feature of having both the Caspian Sea and the Gilan forests in one place
  • Anzali Port
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star Hotel in Anzali

Story of the Day

Ah- how special it was for me to see a staircase village, cave house village, and a desert village all in one trip! Masuleh made my trip complete. It showed the possibility of how much more diverse Iran can get as I sipped on some popular Gilan tea taking my last steps through this journey!

Experiences

  • Anzali Lagoon
    A great location for bird watching and spotting unique wildlife
  • Rasht
    One of the liveliest cities of Iran with a unique nightlife
  • Masuleh
    Interconnected buildings in the mountains of Masuleh date back to around 10 AD
  • Drive to Tehran
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star Hotel in Tehran

Story of the Day

It was time to say goodbye and keep this memory in my mind until I come back next time, hopefully with my parents this time. I had some free time to do some last shopping in Tehran!

Experiences

  • Your Free Time
  • Airport Drop off

Your Flexibility Options

Our Moments

We’ve defined 6 different moments for our Iran tours. All of our Iran tour packages include every one of them. Each site or experience has different aspects. However, each moment makes one of those aspects bolder during your experience. These moments are a way for you to express your preferences and have flexibility. In IranAmaze we’ve designed the most efficient tours based on our previous experiences with other travelers. As you fill the booking form, you tell us what your preferences are and which moments connect to you more deeply. This way, you get to decide to enhance or reduce each moment during your Iran tour. We’ll make any changes necessary to your itinerary to align with your needs.

Our Guides

We have brought together a wide and diverse range of guides on our Iran tours. A huge part of your journey is to connect to your guide and have joyful conversations together. Since we want to organize Iran tours that are experience oriented, we’ve made it possible for you to have a say in choosing your guide. Usually, we would arrange a guide for you based on the knowledge we have from our guides and also you. However, you could also tell us in the booking form your preferences about your guide characteristics or specific knowledge and we’ll make sure to match a guide for you based on your requests.

This Tour's Features

Essential of Iran​

This package of IranAmaze Iran travel agency is the most efficient one for your amount of time. You’ll see all the essentials of Iran while traveling with peace of mind. You’ll also have enough free time to dive deeper into the local culture and Iranian people’s lives. We have put the most important cities of Iran that could have fit into your time limit. All UNESCO heritage sites are fit into your package, as well.

European Deal​

All bookings and contracts are settled through SAE Event GmbH, a registered travel agency in Austria. As a result, all transactions and processes are done based on the European legal system. So you would have the advantage of working with a local tour operator under EU-law. Visiting Iran with locals was never that hassle-free.

Iranian Cuisines​

We care about food. The meals are not full board so that you can choose them based on your personal preferences. Persian cuisine is popular for its diversity and deliciousness. We’ll introduce a wide range of restaurants to you so you could try what best suits your taste. In the end, we’ll expose you to a ray of delicious local Persian dishes during your trip.

Our Service

Transportation

Airport pick-up, drop-off
Domestic flight from Shiraz to Bandar Abbas
Cruise from Bandar Abbas to Qeshm, Hengam and Hormuz Domestic flight from Bandar Abbas to Tabriz
All land transportation by Air-co vehicles

Accommodations

14 Nights at 4-star hotels
5 Nights at guest house
1 Night at eco lodge

Meals

20 Breakfast
3 Dinner
Daily snacks & bottled mineral water

Staff & Experts

Local English-speaking Cultural Guide
Chief Experience Officer
throughout your trip
24/7 Support

Additional Services

Entrance Fees to the mentioned
monuments in the itinerary
Local Debit Card
Iranian Sim Card
Wi-Fi Modem
Official Iran Visa reference number

Exclusions

International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Tips
Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
Travel Insurance
Other expenses such as laundry, mini bar used in the room, etc.

Plan this Trip

Pricing for Private Tours

Months Price / person
March, April, May
€ 2795
Jun, July, August
€ 2575
September, October
€ 2695
November, December, January, February
€ 2575
  • 50% Surcharge would apply for solo travelers.
  • Volume discounts would apply for groups.

Pre-Booking Form

Booking Terms & Conditions

Payment method

After finalizing the price of the tour you have selected, you should pay a deposit equal to 25% of your tour cost. Then, we will issue a booking confirmation. You should pay the rest (75%) in cash at the beginning of your tour in our office in Iran.

Cancellation policy

In case you cancel your tour booking, cancellation fees will apply:

• Up 90 days before arrival: We’ll fully refund the paid deposit.

• 90-60 days before arrival: We’ll refund 50% of the paid deposit.

• 60-30 days before arrival: We’ll refund 25% of the paid deposit.

• From 30 days before arrival to actual arrival: We will hold the deposit (25% of the package price) as a cancellation fee.

How Is This Trip Responsible?

  • Before the tour starts, the necessary information (e.g., Etiquette) is given to our travelers
  • Local guides and drivers collaborate with us
  • We eat at least 3 meals in local restaurants
  • 2 nights we sleep at an eco lodge and nomads’ tent
  • We help you to have a better and easier interaction with locals
  • It is not just sightseeing; we provide true to life experiences
  • We go to local-traditional markets
  • We visit the products of NGOs in Isfahan to support them
  • Cars we use are fuel-efficient
  • We try our best to use less plastic and make less waste in our trip

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