Culinary tour of Iran | Persian Food Tour
Tehran > Shiraz > Persepolise > Yazd > Isfahan
Food is a wonderful vehicle for discovering Iran, with its fabulous regional produce featuring in stews, rice dishes, kebabs, and desserts. Join us on this journey.
Itinerary in details:
Today, you will arrive in Iran from Tehran Intl airport.
The guide would be already waiting to see you in front of the gate with a sign including our company’s name at the international airport. Please do not go around when you arrive at the airport and stand up near the gate till your guide arrives, this way, he/she can find you easier.
Finally, you will meet your guide and great each other. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest for some hours if needed.
What to do or see in Tehran?
Highly recommended attractions to visit in Tehran are:
- Tehran Bazaar is a place where you can get involved more with locals.
- Golestan Palace is a place where you can get familiar with the culture and history of Iran.
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.
The cheesecake factory
If you would like to taste Iranian fast food, it is highly recommended to go to the cheesecake factory, this fast-food restaurant has 3 branches and has a European style which serves a variety of delicious food, beverage, and desserts. You will have the chance to eat in the place with a nice ambiance, and modern design.
Address Food Hall
This restaurant is one of the most unique and nice restaurant complexes located in the Royal address complex in Fereshteh Avenue. The meals are prepared by professional cooks with the freshest ingredients.
There is a variety of delicious food in Hetooran. The meals in this restaurant are prepared with a creative way of serving.
A list of the best restaurants with live music:
- Ali Qapo traditional restaurant
- Hoz Khone traditional restaurant
- Shabhay-e Sarv with live music
- Gilar with live music
And the best vegetarian restaurants in Tehran are:
One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Tehran in which you can have 100% vegetarian food is Zamin Restaurant. This restaurant has a very good and attractive environment and it has a complete menu that includes all burgers, pizzas, sushi, kebabs, etc.
Ananda is another vegetarian restaurant in Tehran that is famous for cooking traditional Iranian and foreign vegetarian dishes.
And Derakht-e Banian, Teleet and peur and ….
Beverages (soft drinks)
Tehran like other cities of Iran does not have any special drink, but the city has a lot of nice cafes. For example, Naderi cafe is one of the first cafes of Tehran and it is believed that cafe-glass was introduced to people of Tehran by Naderi cafe, Gol-e Rezaieh cafe restaurant that was the meeting place of Sadegh Hedayat and Forough Farrokhzad, Masoudieh palace cafe, Lamiz coffee, Iranian artists home cafe restaurant, Cinema cafe and Azari traditional cafe which is a 140-year-old monument and registered as cultural heritage of Iran.
Culinary tour in Tehran
Based on your flight time to Shiraz, if the time permits, you will go to Tajrish Bazaar in the north of Tehran, then go to Darband to be among people in this picturesque place to taste some delicious food, or you can have (Picnic Time), your guide arrange a picnic for you in a beautiful and picturesque garden in Tehran and your guide will teach you how you can make one the most famous food in Iran which is called Kebab.
Shop, Cook, Feast
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)
This tour is arranged according to your interests. No matter what your diet is, the only thing you need to do is to tell us about your eating habit.
Then you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Shiraz in the evening. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 2&3 in Bushehr
Morning fly to Bushehr, 1 night & 2 days city tour in Bushehr
In the morning, you will fly to Bushehr, and transfer to your hotel to rest for some hours.
Where to go and visit in Bushehr?
Bushehr has many attractive places that you can go visit such as Sa'adat school which is known as the mother of schools in the South of Iran, Malek edifice that is 100-year-old and was built by French architects, Rafael ship which is called " Iranian Titanic ", Rais Ali Delvari museum that was the house of a Bushehr's hero who fought against England and Portugal, Persian Gulf seafaring museum where the first battlecruiser of Iran is in, Rishar ancient city that is related to 3rd millennium BC, Gargoori Armenian cemetery, Shaghab cemetery, Dehdashti edifice, and English grave cemetery.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Seafood is the best choice in Bushehr because you cannot find the delicious fishes of Bushehr like Narrow-Barred Spanish mackerel, tiger tooth croaker, and silver pomfret, that are cooked by skilled cooks anywhere else. Since Bushehr in near the sea and fishing is common there, seafood is considered as the main traditional food of the city. Ghalieh Mahi, Fried fish, Mahiye Shekampor, Tah Andaz (Bottom cooked fish), and Khoresh-e Gheimeh are the famous foods of the city that you can try them in Qavam restaurant and Jafreh Alibash Hookah Bar. Gargoor, Khadem, and Ostureh are other good restaurants of Bushehr. For those who interested in eating fast food, Rafael and Pedare Khoob restaurants are the best choices. And if you like to eat foreign foods, we recommend you to go to Gano Italian restaurant in Bushehr.
If you are a Vegetarian, do not worry. Iranian food is mostly made with meat or chicken, but many of those can be made without meat too. And also, we have a lot of delicious traditional food in which you can not find any animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, and Gelatinous products.
Culinary tour in Bushehr
On this day, you will be supposed to learn how to cook another Iranian cuisine, this food is especially for Bushehr and have many fans in this city and also those who have traveled there. Its name Dampokht-e Mahi Bushehri and its ingredients are rice and fish, cowpea, coriander, and Fenugreek.
But if you are a person who has an especial diet for example if you are a vegan, Yatimak could be a good choice to make and have it in the culinary tour of Bushehr. This food has no meat and is not fried. For this reason, it can be put in the category of healthy and diet foods. Also, due to the presence of beans, Yatimak has good protein, and the use of eggplant in its composition has made it delicious and tasty.
Where to stay in Bushehr?
There are a lot of hotels in Bushehr, but they are not luxurious. Delvar hotel in Rais Ali Delvari Boulevard and Pasargad hotel in Imam Street are good three-star hotels of Bushehr. If you prefer to stay at less expensive hotels, Aseman hotel 1 in west Hafez Street, Aseman hotel 2 in Safavi Street, Siraf hotel in Imam Khomeini Street, and Saheli hotel in SaheStreet can be good choices for you.
Overnight in Bushehr.
On the next morning, after walking and spending some time on the beach, you will be driven toward Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 4 & 5 in Shiraz
(2 night & 2 days city tour)
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 the Hafez's book randomly and try to find a connection between the meaning of that poem and their wish.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Kalam polo is the most popular local food in Shiraz and you can eat the best kind of it in Soofi restaurant. In addition to Kalam polo, other local foods are cooked in Shiraz such as Shekar polo, Dopiyazeh Alu, Lari Kebab, Ash Sabzi, and Ash Kardeh. Don't forget to try them. Ash Sabzi is a kind of vegetable soup that is cooked in Shiraz and served as breakfast. If you want to try this kind of soup and other local soups of Shiraz, you just need to go to Shams restaurant early in the morning.
If you prefer to eat fast food we recommend you to go to Crispy land, Davenico, and Napel.Namak, Zaver, and Ayot restaurants.
Note 1: If you travel to Iran as a Vegetarian, do not worry. Your guide helps you to find a good restaurant in which you can order food according to your diet.
Note 2: Iranian food is mostly made with meat or chicken but many of those can make without meat. And also, we have a lot of delicious traditional food in which you can not find any animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, and Gelatinous products.
Note 3: There are many shops in which you can buy whatever you need to make a portion of food according to your eating habit.
Culinary tour in Shiraz
After finishing your city tour of Shiraz, your culinary tour starts: As we are from Shiraz, we hold a culinary tour free of charge for people who are interested in culinary. On this day, my family and I will be your host in our home for the culinary tour. On this day, we will go shopping together and buy the ingredients. Then we start cooking together and spend some time at my home with my family and my friends. We will cook Kalam Polo, it is a traditional Shirazes food that includes mixed rice, cabbage, some herbs with meatballs. For dessert, you will eat Faloodeh Shirazes which is made of noodles, this kind of dessert eat usually with lemon juice or rose water.
Please notice that before starting your culinary tour, we will talk to you about the food you would prefer to eat, this tour is arranged according to your diet.
Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 6: Shiraz-Persepolis-Abarkouh
On day 6, you will have a stop to visit Persepolis, then drive toward Abarkouh.
On the way, you will have a stop to visit Persepolis. It is one of the historical and ancient cities in Iran and was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire for many years. There is a magnificent palace in this city which is named Persepolis and was built during the reign of Darius I, Artaxerxes I, and Xerxes I.
You will stay in this small and beautiful town when you want to go to Yazd because it is located on the way of Shiraz and Yazd.
What to see in Abarkooh:
Sarv-e Abarkuh Cedar: One of the oldest cedar trees in Iran and also in the world is located in the city of Abarkouh.
Aghazade house: Aghazade's house with its windcatcher is from the Qajar period. It is one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture that is eighteen meters high and has nineteen valves.
Day 7: Yazd
You will spend two days in Yazd, so you will have enough time to explore the city.
Today, the Zoroastrian city is welcoming you. The city of friendly people, old contractures, delicious sweets, and great Qanats. As this city is a desert city, people in the past had to conserve water and keep it eatable and clean. That is why they made many Qanat, where they could keep water, in Yazd. Since the city is located in the desert region, it has a dry and hot climate.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Since Yazd is located in a dry area, it has a long cool, and relatively damp winter that caused the people of this city to follow a special eating custom. They eat different kinds of Ash in summer and sweat foods and pastry in winter. In Yazd, each food has its meaning and used for special purposes. Ashe Sholi and Khoresh-e Gheimeh are the most famous food of Yazd and you can eat them in Talar-e Yazd restaurant that is also called “Haji Ashpaz”. Moshir, Khan Dohad, Adib Al-mamalek, Mahoor, Abul Maali, and Malek Al-Tojar are other great traditional restaurants in Yazd that you can go and enjoy eating delicious foods. If you are interested in Italian food you can go to Ceasar Italian restaurant where both Italian and Iranian foods are served. You can also eat the best kind of fast food in the Zhuan restaurant.
Beverages (Soft Drinks)
Don't forget to try Faloodeh with Chia and Maquet in Yazd. You can eat the best kind of them in the Shir Hossein ice cream store that is located in Shehneh crossroads. We recommend you go to Alma cafe, Dowlat Abad garden’s coffee shop, and Belenci cafe in Yazd. If you want to drink a cup of tea in a traditional environment, the tea house of Khan Bath can be a good choice for you.
Culinary tour in Yazd:
You will eat your dinner in a restaurant in Yazd to taste its traditional food. Yazd is so popular for having several kinds of soup, soups often are made of rice, vegetables, and beans. We recommend you to taste some of them which are more popular than the others: Ashe Shooli, Ash-e Gandom, and Ashe Aloo.
Note: In Yazd, there are many delicious foods made from vegetables, rice, and beans so you can have them without any worries and enjoy.
Day 8 & 9 in Isfahan
(One full day and 2 nights)
Drive toward Isfahan. In the morning, on the way to visit Meybod and Naein villages. Visit pigeon tower, Narin castle, and visit cotton waving workshop and Jame mosque in Naein.
Isfahan (Sepahan) is also known as half of the World by Iranians. Emam Square is waiting for you to take you somewhere you have not been before. You can see nice Mosques and Aliqapou, you can also see Chehel Seton palace.
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, 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 see Iranian old gymnasium, which is called Zoorkhane in Persian. There you get familiar with the rich culture of Iranian and its tradition. You will have some time in Sharbatkhane, where you can drink traditional drinks.
Culinary tour in Isfahan:
On this day, after finishing your city tour of Isfahan, you will participate in a cooking class in a friendly atmosphere to learn cooking some popular food of Isfahan such as Biryani is made of lamb meat, liver, onions that are eaten by a kind of bread called sangak. Before start cooking class, you will go to the Bazaar of Isfahan to buy Gaz which is a traditional sweet of Isfahan.
Beverages (Soft Drinks)
One of the most popular local food of Isfahan is Gosh-e Fil which is eaten with local Doogh. You can try it in one of the oldest cafes of Isfahan that is called “Chahe Haj Mirza" and related to the Safavid era. Don't forget to try Rahnan ice cream that won first place in the ice cream festival of Switzerland. The main Rahnan ice cream shop is located in Shahed square of Isfahan. Ice cream is famous all over the world because of the fresh milk that is used to make it. Isfahan also has many good cafes like Fun Glas, Roozegar juice bar, Firouz Sharbat house, Radio, Time, Ahang, Toranj, Kama, Royal, Neghab, Limo, Daal, Dou, Gilas, Spadana, Kazheh, Zhino, Simon, Mozhan, Q, Jazzveh, Banu, Amordad, Moon and Blanche cafes.
Note: The mentioned dishes in the culinary Tour will change according to your diet.
After eating lunch, you will be driven toward Tehran. Overnight in Tehran
Day 10: Tehran
Transfer to Tehran Intl. airport for your return flight.