Iran Culinary Tour

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Our Iran culinary tour is recommended for travelers who want to explore and taste traditional Iranian dishes , culture and history all together.

Iranian cuisine is one of the most delicious and mouthwatering style of cooking. This country is a multicultural country and its food is heavily influenced by climate, culture, history, religions and traditions. Therefore, rich and fresh ingredients and the variety of culinary delights, make Iran, a wonderful and remarkable destination for food trips. So in this culinary tour we put our main cities including the highlights to explore the rich history and culture. besides you can taste the local foods and sweets of each city.

Fresh green herbs, rice, vegetables, lamb, fish, chicken, saffron, dried lime, mint…are main Iranian food ingredients. Tea, coffee and Dough (a sour drink made from Yogurt and water and mint) are common popular beverages here.

We want you to see how our main fresh bread, and sweets are made in the bakeries and workshops. You will experience common foods Like Dizi, Kebab (Barg, Koobideh,Joojeh, Sheeshlik) at restaurants and some of the traditional local dishes at an Iranian house’s kitchen like Fesenjan, Ghormeh Sabzi and Kalampolo. Our clients are able to choose their own menu or leave it to us to arrange it in the best way.

During your culinary tour, you will learn how to make your own Iranian food by helping the Iranian family or you can just sit back and see the procedure and then come to the table to enjoy your meal.

So if you are looking for something different take our Iran culinary tour and join us for a surprising holiday, full of local cuisine, traditions, culture, laughter and friendship…You won’t regret it.


  • Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

Day 1

Arrival in Shiraz

When you arrive in Shiraz, you will be transferred from airport to your hotel by our driver. Depending on your arrival time, you can have a breakfast in the hotel, and after that your adventure starts. We selected the famous Pink mosque of Shiraz for the first site. Nasir Al Molk mosque (Pink mosque) is a magical place of faith, colors and lights that you can take beautiful pictures there. Then you can walk to the Naranjestan or Qavam house, which was built in Qajar era and has a tiny colorful rooms in a quite garden. Then you see Madres e Khan, one of the first religious schools from 16th century. Next we head to the Vakil Complex including a Bazaar, Bath, Mosque, Citadel and Saray e Moshir (locating in the Bazaar). All of the complex has built during the ruling period of Karim Khan e Zand. At the time you spend in the Complex you will find out about the society of past Iranians life such as trading, ruling, praying and health care. Your afternoon will start with Eram Garden, the most beautiful garden in south of Iran. Eram Garden’s building has the most magnificent plaster works at its palace. You will enjoy the noiselessness and lovely atmosphere of the garden since it has been the lovers place in Shiraz as Love Lock bridge for Paris. Then we go to the Hafez tomb. Hafez is one of greatest poets in the history of literature of Iran. He was a Persian poet who "lauded the joys of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy” (Drake, Diana). Continuing Shiraz’s cultural rout will take us to Saadi tomb. He is known for the depth of his social and moral thoughts. The first day in shiraz will end by visiting Ali Ebn e Hamzeh Shrine. You can forget about all of your worries and tiredness in the pacification of the shrine.
Day 2

Shiraz

The second day will start by an excursion to Persepolis. You will be welcomed by the great stairway of Takht e Jamshid with the shape of two hands waiting to embrace the hosts. You will notice the low riser of the stairs which provide many people to go upstairs together. This design is referred this fact that the Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of Achaemenid Empire. The next stop is Naqsh e Rostam, a cliff that has crafted by hand, with several figures at the height of 10 to 15 meters. Also we go to Naqsh e Rajab which is a very similar place to the Naqsh e Rostam because of its design. But the difference between these two places is that the Naqsh e Rostam is a multi-tomb place but the Naqsh e Rajab figures describe a coronation ceremony for three kings of Persia. And then you will have a culinary night at an Iranian traditional house for dinner. You can cook your first Iranian meal by help of our chef.
Day 3

Shiraz – Zein-O-Din

By the morning you will drive toward Yazd visiting Pasargadae. Pasargadae is one of heritages left behind from Achaemenid dynasty which has the tomb of the Cyrus the Great and his son Cambyses, a Citadel and a Caravanserai. Continuing our way to the Yazd we will visit the Abar Kuh, the city that has the second cypress tree in the world in terms of age. You will accommodate overnight at Zein o din Caravanserai, the first circular caravanserai built in Iran (an isolated caravansary to explore the glamorous of night sky and gazing the stars).
Day 4

Zein-o-din Caravanserai-Yazd

At the morning you will leave the Caravanserai heading to the Yazd. In Yazd you’ll start with the tower of silence, a kind of cemetery that Zoroastrians used to build. You will clearly see how much the nature was important for Zoroastrians according to their traditions for burying corps. The next destination, The Yazd Atash Behram fire temple which is one of few fire temples that is still alive from Sassanid era until now. You can explore the praying ethics of Zoroastrians there. Third destination for you in Yazd will be Dowlat Abad Garden. The most significant thing about the garden is its ventilator tower which has the height of 40 meters! This ventilator tower is the tallest adobe one in the world. After that you will step into the biggest historical sites of Iran with about 890 hectares of area! When you walk in Historic City of Yazd, the walls, the pavement, clear sky, all together does not let you to think of anything but calmness. The next place, the Jame Mosque is a perfect example of Azari genre of architecture. Amir Chakhmagh complex is your next place to visit. Around the square we can find a Tekiyeh which is a place that Shia Muslims gather for mourning of the Muharram. Also a mosque and a bazaar is located around the square. The mosque has a white plastering decoration with blue mosaics. And at last in the square you will visit the Alexander's Prison. After Amir Chakhmagh Square you will go to Saheb a Zaman Zurkhaneh (Iranians historical gym) which is built in the place of The cavernous ab anbar (water reservoir). Next stop is the Water museum which has 124-year-old. The museum shows the techniques that Iranians have used for almost 4 millennia to build subterranean canals naming Qantas. And at the end of the day you will visit a confectionary shop to explore baking sweets like Ghotab & Baghlava.
Day 5

Yazd-Isfahan

By the start of the day you’ll Drive to Isfahan via Meybod to visit pigeon tower & Narin Qal’eh which is another adobe citadel that built 2000 years ago. Then we go to Naiin you to visit Jame Mosque, Pirnia traditional house, trader’s house which was purchased to preserve some of the traditional aspects of Iranian life. Based on the time, we can visit Rigareh Water mill and Aba Bafi workshop and Muhammadieh castle. And depending on your arrival time you will be hosted by Hotel in Isfahan for Breakfast.
Day 6

Isfahan

6th day will start with a world heritage site, Meidan Emam, Esfahan which is recorded by UNESCO. The Meidan was the place where the king and people met so it is also called The Royal Square too. At the western side of the square you’ll find the Ali Qapu palace one of the very first multi floor buildings in Iran. Standing at south side of the square is Shah Mosque one of the Islamic era architecture masterpieces. Then along the Zayanderud River, you will visit Khajoo and Sio She pol bridges, two brick bridges that was made in Safavid era. At east side of the square we have Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with its rich tile works. After that we go to Chehel Sotoun Palace. The palace’s architecture is from Safavid era and it has a specific design with 20 columns which we can see the reflection of them in the pool that is in front of the palace. The day will end by visiting some of the confectionary of famous sweets of Isfahan like Gaz and Sohan.
Day 7

Isfahan-Abyaneh

The last day in Isfahan start with Armenian quarter of Isfahan called Jolfa. Also Vank cathedral with its magnificent architecture and frescos is located in there. Then you will go to the Fire temple of Isfahan. The temple is set on a hill which has the height of 100 meters with its adobe building. After that you go to the Ali Gholi Agha Hamaam from Safavid era. The next destination would be The Jame Mosque of Isfahan which reflects Byzantine and classical art in the form of a traditional Islamic building. You will go to the Monar Jonban for the next place. The most noticeable thing about this place is that if you make a sound in one tower the other tower will make it as well. The last place you will visit in Isfahan is Hasht Behesht Palace. The palace is made of 8 summer houses in two floors. By the end of the day you drive to Abyaneh & will stay overnight in Abyaneh.
Day 8

Abyaneh-Kashan

By one-day staying in Kashan we will cover Fin Garden, Agha Bozorg Mosque, Borujerdi House and Tabatabaei house, Sialk Mound and a lunch or dinner with an Iranian family. The Fin Garden which is also recorded as a world heritage site by UNESCO has the area of 23 hectares to explore for you. Agha Bozorg Mosque is unique mosque because of its two-floor architecture which is rare in Persian mosques. The Tabatabaei house & Borujerdi House Both built by famous architect Ustad Ali Maryam. Tabatabaei House was built in 1880 for a famous family who had the biggest carpet trading business which still works. The story of Borujerdi House comes from a love story. When Seyyed Mehdi Borujerdi falls in love with Tabatabaei’s daughter, he decides to build a house for her that is more stunning than her father’s house. It is noticeable that Borujerdi House has ventilator towers with a height of 40 meters! One of the oldest Buildings of Iran is Sialk Mound Ziggurat from 3000 B.C. Iranians used to build places to pray for god. Ziggurats are the holiest places for Zoroastrians.
Day 9

Kashan-Tehran

The morning of 9th day will begin with heading your way to Tehran. Golestan palace complex which also is a world heritage site recorded by UNESCO is the first site you will visit in Tehran. The complex includes 13 palaces which are the remaining of 19. The most significant palace of the complex is Shams’ol Emare which has built-in Qajar dynasty. The next place to visit is National museum beside Jewelry Museum Where the Imperial crown jewels of Iran is kept. The Tehran Grand Bazaar is the next place you will visit. Bazaar is more than 10 kilometers long which made it one of longest historic bazaars in the world & as an expression in Farsi “you can even find hen’s milk & humans life” there. The expression refers to the fact that you can find everything in the Bazaar, even the things that cannot be found anywhere else !! and at last you will explore how our Sangak and Barbary bread bakeries work.
Day 10

Tehran-Departure

The last day If you are not vegetarian, you will be served with a delicious dish, Halim (includes meet, wheat, barley) with fresh bread for breakfast. Then starts your tour of Tehran with visiting Tabiat Bridge (Nature Bridge) where is the largest pedestrian bridge in Iran with 270meter/890ft. long with several restaurants and food court. Then you can enjoy the fresh air and rural neighborhood in North Tehran, DThe last day If you are not vegetarian, you will be served with a delicious dish, Halim (includes meat, wheat, barley) with fresh bread for breakfast. Then starts your tour of Tehran with visiting Tabiat Bridge (Nature Bridge) where is the largest pedestrian bridge in Iran with 270meter/890ft. long with several restaurants and food court. Then you can enjoy the fresh air and rural neighborhood in North Tehran, Darband. It’s a trial where you can find Hookah lounges and local Dried Fruit shops while you walk along the river. After hiking you visit Sa’adbad complex, the main house where Reza Shah and his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi lived there. This complex has 18 palaces which turned to the museum after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Before going to the airport for your departure flight, You’ll have Lunch or dinner at a local Iranian house. Darband. It’s a trial where you can find Hookah lounges and local Dried Fruit shops while you walk along the river. After hiking you visit Sa’adbad complex, the main house where Reza Shah and his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi lived there. This complex has 18 palaces which turned to the museum after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Before going to the airport for your departure flight, You’ll have Lunch or dinner at a local Iranian house.

 

Included Highlights
Golestan Palace
Persepolis
Pasargadae
Iranian hospitality
The Archaeological Museum
Optional Activities
Spend Time with Nomads
Traditional Hotel
daily excursion to nature

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