An old woman wearing green spins thread in an Iran cultural tour at Eghlid in Shiraz.

Iran Cultural Tours

Explore Diversity in a New Way

Traveling in Europe is very interesting. You can go from Hamburg to Paris in half a day while experiencing 4 countries. However, Iran is the 18th largest country in the world, and you can’t travel its full length in half a day. What makes Iran interesting is the diversity of ethnicities and cultures you’ll come across, giving you the sense that each region is its own country.
While Persian art and history are popular, the diverse ethnicities, cultures, and different food cuisines are not as well known. We want to show you the real Iran in our Iran cultural tours. You’ll not only get to visit the popular places you’ve already heard of but also experience special moments that will take you deep into the mystery of this land. You’ll get to adventure through what many tourists have not gotten to see from this land!

Four Amazing Facts

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People and Local Life

Iranian people are popular for their hospitality. Persian culture is intertwined with the diversity of rituals, beliefs, and festivals. The vast array of local communities will also give you a sense of these diverse cultural spaces that have led to Iran’s hospitality. These tours will take you deep into the understanding of Iranian culture from ancient times to this day.

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History and Archeology

The ancient Persian civilization and empires have left many historical heritages behind for us. Iran has 24 UNESCO world heritage sites from different eras located in diverse regions all around Iran. Iran historical tours will take you deep into the understanding of the story behind these heritage sites. They will enable you to walk through historical heritages and get to know one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

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Art and Architecture

From the unique ancient handicrafts such as Persian carpets to the beautiful mirror works and paintings in Iranian architecture, you’ll be surprised by the beauty and diversity of art. The Iranian gardens and museums are also where art and architecture are woven together, keeping them both alive through history and time. Iran local tours are designed to connect you with the local art during your trip.

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Persian Cuisine

From the different regional dishes to the specialized Persian drinks and desserts, Iran is full of delicious delights. Secret recipes have been passed through generations and time. The variety of food will make it easy for any traveler to enjoy fresh meals based on their personal preferences everywhere they go on their Iran culture tour.

A man sitting and holding a hammer to put a nail on a silverwork at Naqshe Jahan square in Isfahan.
Tourists take photos at Persepolis in Shiraz during an Iran cultural tour.

Iran Cultural Tour Packages

5 Days

A Glimpse into the Unknowns

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5 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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A Glimpse into the Unknowns

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This package is the most comprehensive and optimized one to know Iran

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7 Days

A Week to Remember

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7 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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A Week to Remember

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Visit the Glory of Iran in Isfahan and Persian Empire at Persepolis

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9 Days

An Adventure to Real Iran

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9 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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An Adventure to Real Iran

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Experiencing most famous cities of Iran including Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd

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12 Days

Get on A Time Machine

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12 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Get on A Time Machine

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Travel with peace of mind on the silk road to explore Iran in depth

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14 Days

Mysterious Persian Odyssey

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14 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Mysterious Persian Odyssey

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Iran two weeks tour through the classic path

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21 Days

Touch the Diversity

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21 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Touch the Diversity

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To explore Iran's people and its ancient civilization, architecture, mountains, deserts, jungles and seas

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What’s the Best Time for Iran Culture Tours?

Iran covers a wide area of land that sees all four seasons, meaning tourists can visit Iran all year long. In each season, there are many regions that one may visit and enjoy weather that is suitable for a variety of activities. The main touristic cities of Iran include Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, and Kerman. These places have decent weather during spring and fall, making it the best time to visit Iran. However, during these high seasons, naturally, it’s more crowded than the rest of the year.

The cities by the south coastline of Iran and also the islands of Qeshm, Hormoz, Kish are extremely hot during summer. Therefore, the best time to visit this region is during fall and winter from September to March. The northern and northwest cities of Iran, such as Rasht, Anzali, Tabriz, and Ardebil, are very cold during fall and winter. Even though it could still be a memorable experience to visit them during that time, the best time to visit these regions is during spring and summer.

A man sitting and holding a hammer to put a nail on a silverwork at Naqshe Jahan square in Isfahan.

Unique Aspects of Our Iran Cultural Tours

Guides are Everything

You’ll be diving deep into the local cultures of Iran experiencing interactions with locals and living like locals. You get to explore all the hidden gems, which will be possible because of our knowledgeable local guides.

Delicious Persian Cuisine

You’ll be having authentic Persian dishes specific to each region in local restaurants. We recommend several high-quality restaurants, and you can choose your meals based on your personal preferences.

Extraordinary Accommodations

You’ll be staying a night at a high-quality traditional lodge in different cities. In all of our packages, there is at least one night when you’ll have this authentic local experience in a cozy Iranian guesthouse. These could have been a site to visit on Iran heritage tours before they were turned to guesthouses.

Moments and Flexibility

We offer a wide range of moments in Iran, which covers a variety of activities during our Iran cultural heritage tours. “Moments” is a feature that defines six different categories for the sites and experiences you’ll have on your journey. It is to ensure the flexibility and diversity of the travel plan whether before or during your trip.

Best Destinations for Iran Cultural Tours

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Six Iran city tours are fit into our destinations for Iran classic tours. These are chosen as the main tourist destinations in Iran. These cities contain UNESCO’s world heritage sites and also showcase a wide range of ethnic, culinary, and landscape diversity. Many other cities in Iran could have attractions for tourists as well but these are the cities that summarize the essentials of this country. It’s only to get a glimpse of what this ancient civilization has to offer so you come back and explore the off beaten tracks of Iran later on.

The cars on the streets of Tehran with the Milad tower in the background during a sunset in Tehran.

Tehran

Tehran green location pin show Tehran location in Iran map
The Capital city of Iran. Tehran is the most populated city located in the north-central part of Iran at the foot of the Alborz mountain range. This metropolitan is where the modern present and likely future of Iran is nestled between family traditions and historical streets. Diversity is at its heart. People come from all different regions to experience Tehran....
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An old woman sitting on a step looking down by the red clay walls of Abyaneh in Kashan.

Kashan

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It’s a city full of historical houses at the edge of the Dashte-Kavir desert. It’s small in size but rich in culture and wonders to explore every time. An oasis with clay villages that take you back to ancient times. It has a Bazaar worth taking many photos inside with shops that have beautiful Persian carpets and handicrafts inside....
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Naqshe Jahan square with its water fountain and the blue sky full of clouds in Isfahan.

Isfahan

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Stretched along the Zayandeh rud river, Isfahan used to be the historical capital of Iran. They say if you visit this city, you’ve visited “half of the world”. As it has the historical square of Naqshe Jahan with mind-blowing art and architecture of mosques, buildings, and the bazaar. A city of historic bridges that take you through ancient times....
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The interior of the Nasir Al-mulk mosque of Shiraz during the day.

Shiraz

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To feel the presence of the Persian empire and one of the oldest civilizations of the world is what makes Shiraz bold for tourists. From Perspolis and Pasargad to the breathtaking mosques filled with colorful lights, shiraz weaves together different eras to bring forth a diversity of Iranian culture in each of its corners....
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People sitting at a roof café in Yazd with a blue lightened up mosque in the background.

Yazd

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This historical city is located at the heart of central Iran. The city dates back to the 5th century, located close to the silk road at the time. Yazd is listed as a UNESCO world heritage city. It is a brilliant example of how our ancestors used their limited resources in the desert for survival....
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man standing near the Persian gulf and his wooden small ship in the back in Qeshm island

Southern Islands

Southern Islands green location pin show Qeshm, Hormuz and Hengam locations in Iran map
Whether it’s the red sand of the beaches of Hormuz or the unusual sounds heard from the middle of the Star Valley in Qeshm, many have believed the southern islands of Iran come as close as it gets to another...
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Professional Cultural Tour Guides

We first started our own journey as tour guides, as well. Therefore, we know how much your guide’s personality can influence the quality of your experience. We also understand what essential attributes make the best guides who can create the most memorable experiences for travelers. Also, we’ve learned based on our experiences what expectations tourists usually have from their guides. All in all, we have chosen guides who share these three key qualities besides their own unique characteristics.

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Local and Knowledgeable

Our knowledgeable guides for our tours are locals who know all the hidden gems of the places you’ll get to visit. They are not just guides but also travelers themselves. They will take you deep into experiencing the local life to have a unique journey while getting to know the past and the present of this ancient civilization.

Flexible and Adaptable

Our guides are flexible and will adapt the tour schedule to match your preferences. Based on the moments and categories of activities you’d connect with most, they have the adaptability to change our tour to make it the best Iran tours for you.

Customized and Personalized

We choose the guides that are suitable to your likes and dislikes. We’ll ask you to tell us your preferences in the booking form of Iran cultural heritage tours before your trip. Therefore, we’ll have an understanding of what guide matches your travel style and needs best, and we’ll match you with the right person.

How Are We Responsible in Our Iran Culture Tours?

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We believe we should prevent our negative impacts on our trips and maximize the positive ones. Therefore, we have a set of responsible travel policies for our company and specific tips for each tour. Being responsible starts before the trip; we provide necessary information such as Iran etiquette and dress code for our travelers before they come to Iran. On our tours, we support local businesses and individuals by working with them.

Also, we facilitate the cultural interactions for our travelers. This will not only provide more in-depth experiences for them but also make sure these interactions are culturally appropriate. Furthermore, our environmental considerations help our tours to be more sustainable. For more information, check out the responsible travel page and responsible travel section in tour packages.

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Iran Cultural Tour FAQ

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What are the moments in these tours?

It’s a feature to ensure the flexibility and diversity of your plan, whether before or during your journey. Please read more about this feature on our Moments’ page.

Are Iran UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in these journeys?

Yes, they’ll be covered to a reasonable extent. Iran has 24 UNESCO world heritage sites from which we’ve fitted the below sites in our tours:

Cultural: Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Golestan Palace, Historic City of Yazd, Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Meidan Emam, Esfahan, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, The Persian Garden, The Persian Qanat

Natural: Hyrcanian Forests, Lut Desert

Are the essentials of Iran covered in these culture tours?

Yes, we have designed tours in a way that fits in as many essentials and diversity as possible, depending on the amount of time you have in Iran.

How is the personality of the guides?

They are all locals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and take you deep into the heart of people’s lives and Iranian culture. They are also flexible and adaptable as they travelers themselves. Also, you could tell us your preferences for your guide on our booking form. We do our best to match a guide that aligns with your likes and dislikes.

Where do we spend our nights?

We’ve arranged 4-stars hotels for your comfort. During some of the nights, you’ll be staying at these unique, high-quality traditional guesthouses, getting to interact with locals, and understand the culture of each region on a deeper level. Also, on the islands in the south, we’ll be staying in cozy and comfortable lodges.

What kinds of food would we have? Are they included in tour price?

Most meals are not included in or tours. The reason is that we want to give you recommendations for the best restaurants but leave the decision to you. We want you to decide based on your food preferences and budget what suits you. So, for example, you do not spend too much money or find better vegetarian options, etc.

How would I need to get a visa?

The process of getting a visa is short and straight forward for most countries besides specific ones such as the United States, England, and Canada. You’ll get your visa approximately in 2 weeks. If you choose to book a tour package with us, we won’t charge you additional charges for the visa as it is included in our services. If you are from those specific countries, then you can visit Iran visa page list to see the process for the visa as it will be different and more prolonged.

Do the cultural tours include insurance services?

You’ll need to have insurance to get a visa to Iran. The Visa process needs insurance as one of the primary travel documents. If you buy a tour from us, we’ll do the visa process for you. If you already have travel insurance, we’ll get that information from you. But if not, we’ll get the insurance for you from a reliable insurance company here. You read more about the coverage and details of the insurance on our insurance page.

Which one of the Iran culture tours is suitable for me?

We’ve tried our best to fit in the most important attractions of Iran in all of our tours. We’ve arranged a variety of moments to make sure there are all kinds of activities in any package you decide to purchase. There is also an option for you to enhance or reduce each category of moments before or during your trip. Also, depending on the amount of time you have for traveling, you can choose from six different tours. We have 5,7,9,12,14,21 day tour packages. Even if none of these work for you, you could tell us your preferences and book tailor-made tour packages with us.

Do we only have cultural activities? Or we have other outdoor activities?

We’ve tried to fit in a variety of different activities into our culture tours. Activities such as trekking tours, desert tours, walking tours, and nature tours are fit into most of the packages. However, if that’s something you’d like to have more of during your trip, you can let us know, and we’ll enhance the moment of nature for you.

Can we add other tour packages such as trekking tours?

Yes, you could book a trekking tour to your culture tour, which would include trekking in different levels to Damavand, Sabalan, Alam Kuh, Tochal, etc. You could learn more by visiting our Iran trekking tours.

How can I participate in Iran festivals during these tours?

One of the unique services we offer is tours for Iran festivals in different regions. You could also book these tours separately. These tours are usually 1-day or several days tour packages. They can be either added to the other tours you are booking with us or be the particular reason you travel to Iran. However, because the festival dates are fixed, please make sure to align the dates of your travels to these dates.

Some of the festivals happen in the classic route of Iran’s attractions. Some others are not on the same route. If you’d like to participate in those festivals, we would have to add a day or several days to your schedule to get you there. You can tell us all these details when you fill out the booking form.

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