Culinary Tour
5/5
Culinary Tour
5/5
Duration

11 Days

Start

Tehran

Finish

Shiraz

Included meals

10 Breakfast

Group Size

Min 2 ,Max 10

The Sense of Persian Taste

Your Detailed Route

hotel

Howeyzeh 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 1: Tehran

Arrive in Tehran and transfer to your hotel to take some rest after the flight.  Hotels are pre-booked from the previous night.

We will meet at around 9:00 a.m. to explore the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Tehran (the capital of Iran).

Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to the World Heritage Site – the former Royal Qajar Complex, Golestan Palace. Then, we will continue to the Iran National Museum and a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the focal point of commerce in Tehran.

The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit to the Azadi Tower, the symbol of Tehran, a wonderful white structure that shines like a jewel on the west side of Tehran.

At night, there will be free time for you to take some rest or possibly visit the Nature Bridge (Tabiat Bridge) which is the largest pedestrian overpass in Tehran.

Overnight: Tehran

Tehran UNESCO Site
Tehran Nature Bridge
Tehran Traditional Bazaar
hotel

Shabestan 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 2: Tehran- Rasht

Today, we leave Tehran for one of the foodie destinations in Iran, Rasht. This city in the north of Iran has a world reputation not only for its beautiful landscape as lies along the Caspian Sea but also for its selection as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. Here, we will visit Gilan Rural Heritage Museum, the first eco-museum in Iran, as well as the Rasht lively local bazaar which you will be fascinated by the colors and flavors. Then, we will go to the hotel. (320km)

Overnight: Rasht

Kashke Bademjan- Persian Eggplant Dip
Rasht Rural Museum
North Iran Local Products
hotel

Ecolodge in the Northern village

meals

Breakfast

Day 3: Rasht- A Northern Village

Today, we will experience an exemplary day by drowning in the tastes and flavors of Gilaki foods.

Early morning, we depart Rasht for one of the green villages of Gilan with its charming scenery and pleasant weather to create a special day by cooking super scrumptious Gilaki foods, including Mirza Ghasemi, Baghala Ghatogh, and Sour Kebab. We will make these yummy grubs in the cozy atmosphere of a beautiful eco-lodge along with tasting the organic tea and homemade cookies. For dinner, we are going to taste our cooking together. What a surprise! (100km)

Overnight: Ecolodge in the Northern village

Mirza Qasemi and Baqala Qatoq
Cooking Class on Iran Culinary Tour
Gilaki Sour Chicken
hotel

Moein 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 4: Masouleh- Fuman

Morning drive to visit a historical traditional village with its eye-catching architecture, Masouleh, the village which is truly worth visiting. Afterward, we will continue our road trip to Fuman to experience a different stay surrounded by tea farms. (200km)

Overnight: Fuman

Harvesting Tea in North of Iran
Stair Step Village in Iran
Harvesting Rice in North of Iran
hotel

Howeyzeh 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 5: Fuman- Tehran

Today, we have the opportunity to explore Qaleh Rud Khan castle, a mysterious monument which is located 25 km southwest of Fuman. After this alluring hiking, we will continue our way to Tehran.

At night, there will be free time for you to take some rest or possibly a visit to one of the shopping centers in Tehran. (336km)

Overnight: Tehran

Qaleh Rud Khan in North of Iran
Iranian Traditional Fuman Cookies
Tehran Shopping Center
hotel

Safir 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 6: Tehran-Kashan-Isfahan

Today, we will start our cultural tour in magnificent Persia with a short stop in Kashan to visit a historical UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Persian Fin Garden beside the spectacular traditional Borujerdi House. Then, we will proceed to Isfahan. If possible, we will spend some time on the historical bridges (Khajoo and Sio-se-pol) over the roaring Zayandeh Rud River. (456km)

Overnight: Isfahan

Kashan Traditional House
UNESCO Persian Garden in Kashan
Traditional Bridge in Isfahan
hotel

Safir 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 7: Isfahan

Our tour for today will include a full-day visit to the eye-catching Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO). We will explore one of the world’s most magnificent mosques, the Imam and Sheikh Lutfullah mosques, the former is the largest and the most splendid monument of the Safavid dynasty, and the latter is the stunning religious structure shining at the eastern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. On the western side of the square, another magic building, Ali Qapu Palace, stands out which served as the official residence of Persian kings during the Safavid reign. We will also have time to visit Chehel Sotoon Palace with its 20 columns that reflect on the water of the pool making it look 40.

In the afternoon, we will not miss the most memorable and artistic treasure of the Armenian Christians in Isfahan, the Vank Cathedral, as well as the pleasant moments of walking in the Armenian quarters with its fragrant smell of coffee.

Overnight: Isfahan

Naqshe Jahan Square in Isfahan
Vank Church in Armenian District of Isfahan
Iranian Craftsman Making Enamel Works
hotel

Royal 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 8: Isfahan- Izadkhast- Shiraz

In the morning, we head for Shiraz, however, we plan to stop at Izadkhast to visit the magnificent castle, the first five-story building in Iran, dating back to the Sassanid era.

Then, we make our way to Shiraz to be immersed in the beauty of the city of astonishing gardens and renowned poets.

At night, we are going to spend some time beside the tomb of Hafez. (485km)

Overnight: Shiraz

Old Persian Caravanserai
Hafezieh in Shiraz
Old Sassanid Castle on the Ancient Silk Road
hotel

Royal 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 9: Shiraz

Today, we have another culinary tour in a well-equipped kitchen with a professional chef to taste Persian food, the magic world of fragrant, diverse, and highly refined dishes. We are going to have a joyful day full of sweet experiences.

The afternoon will be dedicated to visiting Narenjestan Qavam, the traditional and historical house and garden in Shiraz.

Overnight: Shiraz

Iran Culinary Tour
Traditional Persian Dessert
Traditional Persian Mansion in Shiraz
hotel

Royal 4*

meals

Breakfast

Day 10: Shiraz- Persepolis- Shiraz

In the early morning, we are going to be surprised by sunlight passing through the colorful windows at the mesmerizing Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, which is also known as the Pink Mosque. Undoubtedly, this mosque is one of the astonishing sites in Shiraz to make you get lost in colors.

Then, we will have an excursion to visit the awesome ruins of the ancient world, Persepolis. It is considered the highlight of Iran. Without question, here is the symbol of glory and strength of ancient Persia, admiring this precious civilization and history with every step you take.

Moreover, we will visit the elegant Achaemenid tombs at Naqsh-e Rostam and the archeological site of Naqsh-e Rajab.

Back to Shiraz to visit the Vakil Complex (the bath and bazaar) in the afternoon.

This interesting day will be finished by tasting one of the famous grubs of Shiraz, Faloodeh.

Then, turn back hotel to take some rest. (100 km)

Overnight: Shiraz

Persepolis Columns
Pink Mosque in Iran
Karim Khan Complex- Shiraz Tour
hotel

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meals

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Day 10: Shiraz
Take a flight back home.

Included

  • Hotel accommodation with Breakfast
  • Licensed Tourguide
  • A.C. Minibus / Van
  • Entrance Fees for Mentioned Sites
  • Visa Authorization Code

Excluded

  • Visa Fee at Iranian Embassy
  • Lunch - Dinner
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FAQ

  • What is the best time to visit Iran?

    The best time to visit Iran is normally from April to May and from September to early November. However, Iran, as a vast country is a destination for all four seasons. For instance, in July and August, the west and northwest of Iran are the best choices due to cooler weather, mixed with classic routes, such as Tabriz, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Hamedan. The months of November, December, January, and February are the best time for traveling to south Iran and visiting the islands of Qeshm, Kish, Chabahar, and Bushehr.

  • What is the main currency in Iran?

    The national currency in Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). However, due to the dramatic decrease in Iran’s currency value, Iranians informally use Toman to make daily transactions easier. Each Toman equals 10 Rials and you just need to omit one zero to find out the value in Toman.

  • Is it safe to travel to Iran?

    Iran is generally safe for foreign travelers and Iranians are well-known for their warm hospitality. But if you are still in doubt, let a licensed Iranian tour operator or travel agency organize a hassle-free tour for you.

  • Can American, British, and Canadian citizens get a visa for Iran?

    Yes, they absolutely can! They are just required to travel with a licensed local guide across the country and arrange their visas in advance.

  • Should I wear a hijab in Iran as a woman?

    Foreign women should wear hijab in Iran according to the country’s laws. But just a loose hijab covering their hair, neck, arms, and legs is enough. Chador and burqa are not mandatory. Chador is just mandatory in some religious sites, including some mosques or shrines, and is offered to the visitors at the entrance.

  • Is my credit card accepted in Iran?

    Credit cards and debit cards do not work in Iran, unfortunately, due to the sanctions. So, you can either bring enough cash with you during your trip to Iran or exchange money at the airport or exchange offices across the cities. Iranian debit cards are also available.

  • Is there internet access in Iran?

    Yes, you can access Wi-Fi in most public places, such as hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. However, due to filtering on some social media and websites, you should use a VPN to unblock them. You can also use data internet by buying a local SIM card in the airport or mobile shops.

  • Can I drink alcohol in Iran?

    Alcoholic drinks are forbidden according to the country’s laws.

  • Can I find vegetarian restaurants in Iran?

    You can find a great variety of vegetarian meals in the Persian culinary, as well as vegetarian restaurants in larger cities. If you are going to travel to Iran on a tour, you’d better inform the tour operator or the travel agency in advance.

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