Salam! Welcome to Iran. You will be met on arrival at Tehran International Airport and transferred to your hotel for an important welcome meeting at 6 pm today, where you will meet your female leader and fellow travellers joining you on this adventure. Many people have a preconceived idea on the appearance of Iranian women; however, once you start exploring the country, you’ll notice a diversity and range of clothing, facial coverings and styles on display. Tonight, be hosted by local Iranian women for a dinner with your group. Each night is never the same and so it will feel like a very personal experience with these women – learning about their lives while tasting different Persian specialties.
Head out on a leader-led orientation walk this morning, checking out the Imam Khomeini Mosque and the labyrinthine maze of the Grand Bazaar. A real highlight of this morning is gazing at the 182-carat pink diamond of Darya-ye-Noor and the sparkling 26,733 jewels of the Naderi Throne at the Treasury of National Jewels. Afterwards, pass by a small fashion boutique where you’ll learn different techniques of tying a headscarf, then continue on to the lively Behjat Abad Market for a food adventure. You’ll shop for fresh seasonal produce and fragrant spices, then head over to a cooking school where a local female cook will teach you how to create some of the most delectable Persian dishes. This class will include tahchin (Iranian savoury rice cake), morasa polo (jewelled rice), mirza qasemi (grilled eggplant), and the Iranian dessert of Sholeh Zard (saffron rice pudding). Take in the flavours and aromas of these delicious meals as the wafts fill the kitchen, then set the table and gather for a huge Persian feast as you chat and exchange stories.
Rise and shine nice and early for a 6 am train bound for Yazd (approximately 5-6 hours). Do not fear – the train is very comfortable and there will be time to rest on your way, if you can keep your eyes off the magic desert landscapes! One of Iran’s most alluring cities, Yazd is the heart of the Zoroastrian religion and was a major stop on the Silk Road, and still retains its old-world charm. On arrival, get exploring with your leader, perhaps stopping off for a sweet snack as you walk – Yazd is well-known for its range of confectionary featuring plenty of nuts, rosewater and flaky pastry. Continue the Jameh Mosque, notable for its fine mosaics and beautiful exterior. From here you are ideally placed to explore the older parts of the city, walking the narrow kuches (lanes), past simple courtyards and the ornate doors of the mud brick buildings. You will also visit the Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, both vestiges of the city’s Zoroastrian heritage.
Go beyond the landmarks of Yazd to discover the real life of the largest community of Zoroastrians in Iran. Make the short journey to the village of Taft, and spend some time discovering Zoroastrian culture and how to prepare some of their delicious local cuisine. Today, you also have the choice of taking an optional excursion outside of Yazd to Kharanak, Chak Chak and Meybod. The town of Kharanak is believed to be 1000 years old and you can explore the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, peering into the houses of wealthy merchants and hammans (bathhouses). Chak Chak is one of the most important Zoroastrian pilgrimage sites in Iran, and you can climb up the mountainside to reach the fire temple – your efforts rewarded with wonderful views. The tour will also take you to Narin Castle, thought to be the oldest mudbrick structure in Iran, and the still growing citadel of Meybod before returning to Yazd. If you’re after a more relaxing day, you can stay around your hotel – a traditional 19th-century traditional mansion – puff on a qalyan or try some camel fesenjun in the shady courtyard.
After breakfast, get on the road and head towards Shiraz (approximately 5.5 hours). An hour into the journey, stop by the town of Abarqu in the Zagros Mountains to explore its historic sights, including an ancient ice house, the 11th-century Gonbad Ali Dome, the Qajar-era mansion Khan-e Aghazadeh and a 4000-year-old cypress tree. Load up on some snacks and continue to Shiraz, arriving mid-afternoon. After checking in, head with your group leader to get your bearings around the local neighbourhood. In the early evening, head to a popular gym to join in on a yoga class with local women. This is one of the ‘private’ spaces that Iranian women can safely and legally remove their Islamic dress to exercise and be themselves without any issues. Relax with these women and enjoy some time to be part of their day-to-day. Afterwards, perhaps discover some popular local street food with your leader – they’ll know of all the good spots to eat.
Today, explore what’s often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Persia’ with your group leader. Shiraz is a city of poets, philosophy and art, and has been considered as the centre of Persian romance and culture for thousands of years. Visit the glittering mosque and funerary monument of Shahcheragh – the holiest site in Shiraz, then continue to the Jame Atiq Mosque – parts of which date back to the ninth century. Shiraz is also known for its parks and gardens, and just like the rest of Iran, female-only parks are popping up to allow women to exercise, picnic or just enjoy the sun without a hijab. You’ll head to one of these today for a chat to the locals and enjoy a small picnic. With some free time this afternoon, you may like to head to Bagh-e-Eram Gardens – conceived to symbolise Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements (air, water, earth and fire). Otherwise, the tomb of Hafez is highly recommended, and if you go with your leader, you may just catch a poetry recital!
Wake up early for some fresh bread tasting at a local bakery before driving to Persepolis (approximately 1 hour). Once the centre of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the great cities of the ancient world, Persepolis took more than 150 years to build. It was designed primarily to be a centre for the events of the kings and their empire, and its grandiosity and architectural marvel is still on show today. Afterwards, head back to Shiraz and step inside the hidden world of an Iranian hair salon. The hijab comes off, the conversation is lively, and the music is blaring. Treat yourself to a manicure, or perhaps a wash and blow wave. In post-revolution Iran, opening a beauty salon was one of the most conventional ways for Iranian women to have financial independence. Often the basement of a building, or an extra room in the house was used, and off limits to men, these salons have become oases for many. In the evening, head to a local home to help cook dinner and experience, once again, an insight into the daily life of Shiraz locals.
Embark on a morning visit of the Nasir al Molk Mosque to see the intricate rose-coloured mosaic and shimmering sunlight streaming through multicoloured windows, before returning back to your hotel for some breakfast. In the mid-morning, travel towards Bishapur – located 130 kilometres from Shiraz, Bishapur was once the centre of one of the five ancient provinces of Fars. Bishapur has also acted as the summer home of migrating nomadic tribes over the centuries, and although most nomads are more settled in villages nowadays, many of the customs and traditions live on. You’ll spend the afternoon and evening in a simple local village home, where you can discover traditional costumes, share a meal, some stories, a song or two and perhaps even learn how to make local bread with your host.
Today is a long travel day (approximately 6 hours) but will be broken up with some stops along the way – you’ll get to enjoy the natural surroundings and perhaps stop off for a picnic lunch, before cruising into Esfahan in the late afternoon. Simply put, Esfahan is one of the finest places in the Islamic world. There’s an abundance of fine Islamic buildings, most of which are covered with the blue mosaic tiles Iran is renowned for. There’s also an enormous bazaar – an ideal place to shop for exquisite Persian carpets, or you can relax by the tranquil gardens, picturesque bridges and superb palaces around town. This evening, take a stroll down to the Zayandeh River and have a look at its historic bridges, which appear to have been lifted straight out of a fairy tale. At several of the bridges, local people gather to talk, drink tea and sing beautiful folk songs. It’s a magical place to while away some time, and one of the most atmospheric places in all of Iran.
Embark a half-day tour of the city, visiting the World Heritage-listed Imam (or Naqsh-e Jahan) Square. Here, your guide will you give you an insight into life under Persia’s greatest ruler, Shah Abbas. Surrounding the square are several grand buildings, such as the Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysarieh Portal and the majestic Imam Mosque. Located in the west of Imam Square, the Ali Qapu Palace covers six floors and was originally built as the main palace of Shah Abbas. In the afternoon, explore the bazaar with its wonderful scents and spices, musical merchants’ cries and, of course, thousands of locals bargaining for their goods. Walk the covered lanes, where shafts of light filter through ceiling and lattice, and browse for fabrics, spices, jewellery and other treasures. Stop by the Music Museum – a privately-run space showcasing over 300 traditional Iranian musical instruments.
Later in the afternoon, perhaps head out with your local Leader to visit the magnificent Armenian Vank Cathedral, wander the bazaar or just relax with your travel buddies.
This morning, drive around 2 hours to Kashan – a merchant town known for its high-quality ceramics, silks, carpets and fine houses. On arrival, take a walk in the local market for some lunch, and perhaps visit the grand Borujerdi House (Khan-e Borujerdi) with your leader. Built in the 1857 by the famed Persian architect Ustad Ali Maryam, this private residence was a gift to the new bride of a wealthy merchant. Continue to Tehran, arriving in the evening. Spend tonight with your group celebrating your unifying and enlightening Iranian journey.
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policies (usually 12 pm).
- Schiras - Café-Besuch
- Schiras - geführte Tour in Persepolis
- Schiras - Shahcheragh Besuch
- Schiras - Bäkerei-Besuch
- Schiras - Women's only Yoga Unterricht
- Isfahan - Khaju & Si-o-seh Pol Brücken
- Isfahan - Jameh Moschee
- Isfahan - Safavid Chehelsetoon Palastbesuch
- Teheran - geführter Rundgang
- Teheran - persische Shopping- & Kochtour
- Yazd - Besuch des Feuertempels oder der Towers of Silence
- Jameh Moschee von Yazd
- Yazd - Gheimeh Yazdi, Kochkurs (Abendessen)
- Eghlid - geführter Rundgang
- Schiras - Nasir al Molk Moschee-Besuch
- Schiras - Women's only Park
- Schiras - Women's only Schönheitssalon
- Schiras - selbstgekochtes Abendessen
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