Short tour of Iran | Experience oriented tour in Iran
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Let’s go Iran team have tried to arrange an itinerary including most of the main historical sites, you are also able to go beyond the boundaries of visiting historic and natural monuments and experience a varied and special trip to get involved more in the people’s daily life
Day 1 in Tehran (Iran)
Today, you will arrive in Iran from Tehran Intl airport.
Tehran is a great combination of tradition and modernity. This city has old monuments, splendid mosques, magnificent buildings, great parks and also modern buildings.
The guide is already waiting to see you in front of the gate with a sign including our company’s name at the international airport. When you arrive, the guide as a representative of all Iranians welcomes you with a Rose.
What to do or see in Tehran:
If you are interested in culture and history, you can see:
1. Sa'dabad Complex
2. Niavaran Palace
3. Golestan Palace
4. National Museum of Iran
If you are looking for a mixture of adventure and nature, you can go to:
1. Dizin Ski Resort
2. Chitgar forest Park
3. Tochal Complex
And the last, we have some offer for those who would like to Get Involved with Local Activities in Iran
1. Tehran Bazaar
2. Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine
3. Culinary tour in Tehran
A walking tour of Tajrish bazaar where we’ll introduce our guests to exceptional ingredients and spices unique to this part of the world while we experience shopping for a few fresh ingredients like the locals. Then we’ll head over to the kitchen where Shirin will show you her magic in creating the most delectable Persian dishes. We’ll be cooking a 5-course meal adjusted to the season and enriched with the freshest ingredients. (Provided by Persian food tours)
Or going to Darband to be among people in this picturesque place to taste some delicious food.
How to get to Tehran:
When you arrive at Tehran International airport) IKA), you will have three options to get into Tehran city:
- Pre-book private car and driver
But it is highly recommended to pre-book your car and driver from our company. This way, when you arrive, your driver and guide will be waiting for you in front of the gate in the arrival hall with a sign including our company’s name and without any waste time, transfer you to your hotel.
Where to stay in Tehran?
You should not be worried about the place to stay in Tehran, because this city has many hotels in various categories and prices.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Despite other cities in Iran, Tehran doesn't have any special local food. Different kinds of foods are common in Tehran that you can eat them in famous restaurants in the city.
There is also another nice restaurant in Tehran in the grand Bazaar which name is “Moslem" where you can eat the most delicious Iranian food especially Tahchin. Neshat, Zeytoon, Khatun, and KFC restaurants are good choices for those who are interested in eating fast food.
What do we buy from Tehran?
Although souvenir is a part of Iranian culture, Tehran does not have any special souvenir. Some people think that the new things that are not found in other cities of Iran are souvenirs of Tehran. The new things that persuade people from different cities to travel to Tehran can be considered as Tehran's souvenirs. Tehran Grand Bazaar, Tajrish Bazaar, and Crystal Bazaar of Shoosh are the most popular and important shopping centers in Tehran. Tandis, Tirajeh, Milad Noor, Palladium, Goldis, Vanak, and Diamond are also the most famous modern shopping centers in Tehran.
On the evening of day one, you have a domestic flight to Shiraz
Day 2 in Shiraz (Iran)
(A domestic flight to Shiraz, one full-day and 2 nights)
You will be transferred to the Mehrabbad domestic airport, and fly to Shiraz.
Shiraz which is known as a city of lovers is a land full of worth seeing things. It is believed that Shiraz is the most beautiful tourist city in Iran.
Where to go and visit in Shiraz?
In Shiraz, you're going to visit the city of easy-going people, great poems, beautiful gardens and fruits. Shiraz is the center of Fars province which is the central province of Iran in agriculture. A lot of vineyards are around and within this city made this city famous for its red wine before the revolution. Today, you will see the Vakil complex including Arg of Karim Khan which is one of the most beautiful and unique monuments of Shiraz, Bazaar, Bathhouse, and Mosque. Nasirolmolk Mosque which is a 1000-color mosque of Iran, and where you will change your idea about colors. You are surrounded by different colors there and feel you are flying over a big rainbow. After visiting these sights, you will eat your lunch at a traditional luxury restaurant. In the afternoon, you will have a walking time in the old part of the city and then will see Hafez and Saadi tombs. Iranians believe Hafez's poems can tell them what is going to happen for them in the future. That is why they first focus on their wish, close their eyes, and open Hafez's book randomly and try to find a connection between the meaning of that poem and their wish.
How to get to Shiraz:
When you want to come to Shiraz from Tehran, you will have three options:
1. VIP bus
3. Domestic flight
But it is highly recommended to book a domestic flight. This way is not tiring for you and also, it causes you to save your time to see more sites in Shiraz.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets.
For example, Zandieh and Grand’s hotel are the best 5 * hotels in Shiraz. Zandieh is located in the old part of the city so you need to walk only 5 minutes to get the sightseeing, and the Grand Hotel located near the Qoran gate in a nice location. If you chose this hotel for your stay in Shiraz, you will have the chance to see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you sit on your room’s terrace.
But if you prefer to spend less money and stay in a good quality hotel, we recommend hotels like Karimkhan and Arg hotels, these hotels are the best 3 & 4* hotels in Shiraz.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Shiraz has many different kinds of food. One of the most popular local food is Kalam polo. You can find it in all restaurants in Shiraz, but if would like to eat the best one, I suggest you eat at Haftkhan restaurant. Haft khan restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Shiraz that has seven floors and you can eat different kinds of food there. Haft khan restaurant is also famous because of serving delicious Shirazi Halva. Soofi, Shater Abbas, Shandiz, Berentin, Sharzeh restaurants are among the best restaurants in Shiraz.
As far as I have been working in tourism which is a long time, we have had many clients who came to Iran from different countries, and most of them liked Iranian fast food a lot so we recommend you to taste it at least once.
What do we buy from Shiraz?
If you want to buy a special souvenir of Shiraz, you will have two options: Mahestan Bazaar and Vakil Bazaar
You can go to Mahestan Bazaar on Anvary Avenue, this Bazaar includes many workshops which are making many handicrafts. You can see the people who are making the souvenirs and also buy them.
Vakil Bazaar where you can find different kinds of famous handicrafts of Shiraz like the rug, Khatam, Carved wood, Silver, Kilim and Gabbeh, and Saffron. To buy the rug, our professional expert will help you to find the best rugs with good quality and the best price.
Day 3 & 4 in Isfahan
(One full day and 2 nights)
Isfahan (Sepahan) is also known as half of the World by Iranians.
As soon as you arrive in this city, and you are going to see many people at Emam Square. After many years, the Qaysarieh bazaar is still one of the most important places for selling and buying goods. You will see how people enjoy their time not only by shopping but also having fun together. Youngers come to take beautiful pictures with tile working backgrounds to post on Instagram or WhatsApp profile pictures. Old people come to make their memories alive and meet their friends and have some time together. You will see a lot of colorful and handmade souvenirs. When it is time to pray, people, especially those who work at the bazaar go to the mosques to pray. You can see the old mosques of Imam and Sheikhlotfollah.
What to do or see in Isfahan?
Most of Isfahan's historical sites date back to the Safavid Era and they are situated near Zayanderud River.
Ali Qapu, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Shah (Imam) Mosque, Vank Cathedral, Menar Jonban, Chehel Sotoun (forty columns), Hasht Behesht Palace, Allahverdi Khan bridge, Four gardens, Fire temple, Takht-e Foulad Old Cemetery, Isfahan's Historical Bazaar, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, The Bird Garden, Khaju Bridge, Shahrestan Bridge, si-o-Seh Pol (thirty-three Bridge) are among the attractions and historical sites in Isfahan. You can learn more about Isfahan's sightseeing from the below link:
How to get to Isfahan:
The best way is doing pre-book your driver-guide. This way, you can have a stop in Marvdasht to visit Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage), and your guide will explain this historical and architectural background. Then, continue your way to Isfahan.
Please consider that you will have approximately 5 hours driving to Yazd so we recommend you visit only Persepolis, but if you are a very energetic person, you can see Necropolis and Pasargadae too.
Where to stay in Isfahan?
As it was mentioned earlier, Isfahan is a tourist city and it has a lot of both modern and traditional hotels with high quality and reasonable prices.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Isfahan like other cities of Iran has its local foods such as Kabab, Biryani, and Khoresh-e Mast that you should try in Khan Gostar restaurant in the city center and Jolfa, Shahrzad, and Biryani Azam restaurants. If you want to experience a peaceful traditional place, we recommend you to go to Khansalar and Ashti traditional restaurants in the city.
In the afternoon of day 4, you will drive to Tehran.
Day 5:Depart day, Fly back to your country
Transfer to Tehran Intl by taxi or your driver to fly back to your country out and leave your hotel 5 hours before your departure flight. If there is any unpredictable happen such as traffic or car breakdown, you will have enough time to get to the airport.
If you would prefer to stay more than one week in Iran, we can expand this itinerary to a two, three, or more week’s trip, the only thing you need to do is to tell us about your interests. As soon as we receive your request, our professional experts in Let’s Go Iran arrange what is in your mind.
Iran Travel FAQ
Is it safe to travel to Iran now?
In general, Iran is much safer than many from the West might believe. Most people are genuinely friendly and interested to know about you and your country, so leave aside your preconceptions and come with an open mind.
Iran is still a relatively low-crime country, although thefts and muggings have been on the increase in recent years. Keep your wits about you, and take the usual precautions against pickpockets in crowded bazaars and buses, for sure much safer than any other touristic city.
Ignore the media hype, your chances of facing anti-Western sentiment as a traveler are none. Even hardline Iranians make a clear distinction between the Western governments they distrust and individual travelers who visit their country.
Is it possible to use a credit card in Iran?
No. It is not possible. Because of the sanction against Iranian banks, you are not able to use a credit card in Iran so you need to bring cash with you. Alight there are some new solutions for you to open an account and have a local card.
When is the best time to visit Iran?
March, April, and May are in the peak season of the year. Persian New Year starts on March 21st, or 22nd. There are many travelers not just from Iran but also from all over the world who are eager to see Persian ceremonies and the like.
For those who like to have a more relaxing time and to stay in cozy places and a more affordable fee, quiet sights, more relaxing time, and less hustle and bustle visits, we do recommend June, July, and August.
Is there any limitation on travel to Iran as an unmarried couple?
No, do not worry at all. There is no limitation for unmarried couples to travel to Iran. They can stay at the hotel in the same room without any problem because the hotel won’t ask about your relationship.
What to wear in Iran?
Obeying Islamic rules including Hijab or Islamic dress code is necessary for Iran. However, these rules are not observed very strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. You must not worry about maintaining your hijab since in times you have forgotten about it, the maximum penalty will be a request (usually in a kind way) to make it correct.
Is there Internet access in Iran?
Internet access is pretty good with lots of coverage everywhere and for sure cheap. All the hotels, restaurants, and cafes+ in Iran have WIFI so you can access the Internet when you are at your hotel in all cities.
Additionally, Let’s go Iran will give you an Iranian sim card upon your arrival. This way, you will have Internet access in the streets during your tour. If your data is finished, you can ask your guide to help you to recharge it.
Please keep in mind a point regarding the social Apps (Media) in Iran: You can use What's app, Linkedin, and Instagram in Iran easily and without any restrictions. BUT Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter are blocked in Iran. To use them, you need to install apps to bypass the filtering.
What are the extra costs you need to pay during your trip to Iran?
The entrance fee is approximately 1 to 10 US$ per person for each site. Some sites are less expensive and some sites are more expensive.
A very good traditional meal in a good restaurant is almost 7 US$ per person,
You are able to bring your money in Euro or Dollars and exchange your money in the reliable exchange offices in main cities, and at the airports.
Please notice that it is not necessary to pay tips to the persons who meet during your trip in Iran, but if you are interested to pay tips to them, you can pay 10 US$ per day
What can I buy as a souvenir in Iran? Can I buy souvenirs like Persian rugs in Iran?
Because of the rich culture of Iran, you can find various handicrafts there. You will have many options to choose as a souvenir in each city in Iran such as Iranian rugs, saffron, pistachios, and handmade crafts.