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Music and Art as a form of communication:
Day 1 & 2 in Tehran (Iran)
(Two full days and 1 night)
Today, you will arrive in Iran from Tehran Intl airport.
Tehran is the capital of Iran. This city is a great combination of tradition and modernity. Not only has Tehran old monuments, splendid mosques, magnificent buildings, great parks, and modern b buildings, but also it has many amazing sites for those who would like to know more about the Iranian art.
Based on your arrival time in the morning or the evening, you will stay in the capital Tehran for a night. So you will have a half-day tour for the first day of your trip, and also have a full day tour on the second day in this city before your domestic flight to Bushehr on the second day of your trip.
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.
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.
You will meet your guide and great each other. Then, he will transfer you to your hotel to rest for some hours. (Please do not forget to talk with your guide about the hour you should be present at the lobby of the hotel to start your tour).
What to do or see in Tehran:
1.Iranian art museum
3.Cinema Museum of Iran
4.Museum of music
These mentioned sites in the above are the main artistic sites. On this day, you will have the chance to visit the museum of music where you can see all kinds of Iranian instruments from the old days. It is a unique place if you want to learn about Iranian instruments, then you will go on to visit Art museum, Iranian gardens are among the most famous gardens in the world, some of them are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Garden of Iranian Art Museum is one of the tourist attractions of Tehran which is so famous because of the beautiful replicas of Iran's tourist attractions. In this museum, you can have an overview of our country.
Then, you will visit the Iranian Cinema Museum to get acquainted with Iranian cinema, the first cinema equipment, international honors of Iranian artists, and visit the collection of artists' memorabilia and achievements.
Let’s Go Iran team have decided to introduce other special places below for people who are interested in getting to know more about Iranian art and music.
For those of you who love music, going to a concert can be a wonderful experience. Tehran has many concert halls where concerts are held every day. Milad Hall is used for most of the pop concerts, but Milad Tower, Vahdat Hall, and Rudaki are used for traditional and classical concerts.
Except for mourning days, you will have the chance to go to this concert halls in the other days of the year, and enjoy because there are countless concerts is held in every genre during the year.
If you are looking for a place to see a good Iranian theater, you can go to the Vahdat hall located on Hafiz Avenue. This hall has hosted many performances from Iran and other countries around the world.
There are some buffet outside of the hall and offers you hot and cold drinks and light snacks during breaks between performances.
Painting and Calligraphy:
There are many galleries in Tehran that you can visit. One of its most famous is the Art House where most of the artists gather together there. The Artist's House is located in the Artist's Park on Iranshahr Ave. You can easily go there by metro, and you do not need more than 15 minutes to get to the Artist's House. The Artist's House has seven galleries, where you can see the works of Iranian artists every day from 14:00 to 21:00.
Another famous art house in Tehran is the Tehran museum of contemporary art. There are many works of art in the Museum of Contemporary Art. These artworks include both paintings and statues of contemporary Iranian and European great artists. You will have the chance to see amazing and unique collections of 19th and 20th century's world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures.
Here, you can see a list of other galleries where you can find other good works of Iranian artists:
1. Shirin Gallery
2. Mohsen Gallery
3. O Gallery
In addition to all the above suggestions, there are also many cozy and nice cafes where the artists and art lovers gather together and spend some time there to talk about the arts and show their works. Café Cinema is one of the best cafes located in Ferdows Garden, this café has become one of the artists' favorite cafes. But please do not forget to reserve before going there because this café is always busy especially at the weekend.
How to get to Tehran:
When you arrive in Tehran International airport(IKA), you will have three options to get into Tehran city:
3.Pre-book private car and driver
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you chose.
It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, it would be less and more.
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.
If you wouldn’t like to pre-book driver, there is another alternative way. You can get an airport Taxi.
For the convenience of dear passengers, the airport taxi system provides all-day service to the entire country with the most up-to-date cars. So you can find its counter outside of the terminal and get a taxi to go to your destination.
The last and the cheapest way is Metro. The first train departs from Imam Khomeini Airport at 6:50 am. But please keep in mind that if you have big luggage and are tired and also jetlagged from your flight, I do not recommend this way.
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.
Espinas Khalij-e Fars, Espinas palace, Visteria, and Persian Azadi are the most famous and expensive hotels in Tehran, Shahr and Saina hotels are the hotels with more affordable price. But, if you want to stay in a cheap hotel, Hafiz hotel can be a good choice for you.
We also can book hotels which are close to your interests. If you are OK, we book an especial hotel with artistic decoration for you.
Hanna boutique hotel
For those who would prefer to stay in a hotel with an artistic style, our suggestion is Hanna boutique hotel. We have had many clients who stayed at this hotel in the last months and loved it! First of all its location is so great because it is located near the sites which are mentioned in your plan in Tehran. Its distance from the International airport is 50 minutes and it takes about 25 minutes to get the MahrAbbad domestic airport.
It could be a perfect place where you can start exploring Tehran. The rooms are new, clean, and has very comfortable beds. The staff is very helpful and its style is so nice because it is designed as an art gallery.
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 of the city like Nayeb that has several branches, Alborz and Raftari. 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. If you like to eat your food in a luxurious restaurant, we recommend you to go to Divan restaurant in Fereshteh st. and Tamasha restaurant in Milad Noor shopping center.
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 other 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 other restaurants with live music:
1.Ali qapo traditional restaurant
2.Hoz Khone traditional restaurant
3.Shabhay-e sarv with live music
4.Gilar with live music
What do we buy from Tehran?
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.
Day 3 in Bushehr (Iran)
(A domestic flight to Bushehr, one full day and 2 nights)
Bushehr is one of the happiest cities in Iran, Its reason could be the style of their music. Bushehr music was formed by fishermen and sailors in this coastal city, they were playing music or singing song while working or rowing, they used to play or sing to increase working efficiency or relieve their fatigue.
There is an especial music festival which is held in this city, this festival is held every year in March. So if you come to Iran at the right time, you can participate in it and listen to their unique folk music and know more about Busher music and its musicians. In addition to Bushehri music, there will be held other concerts from different regions of Iran such as Azerbaijan, Khuzestan, Lorestan, Gilan, and Kurdistan.
If you have time, we suggest you have a light city tour in this city too. There are some worth visiting sites you can visit such as:
1. Dehdashti Edifice
2. Malek Mansion,
3. and the old district of Bushehr.
At the beach, we will arrange you an amazing plan for a night:
Do not forget to go to the beach a little time before the sunset. There, you enjoy watching a sunset, walking on the beach, have a night gathering, set on fire and drink a cup of tea that is made on the fire. Listening to traditional music which is played by young people.
How to get to Bushehr:
When you want to come to Bushehr from Tehran, you will have two options:
1. VIP bus
2. Domestic flight
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you choose
But it is highly recommended to book the domestic flight. This way is not tiring for you and also, it causes you to save your time to see more sites in Bushehr
If you wouldn’t like to use a flight, there is another way. You can choose the VIP bus, it costs you less than the flight. There are many VIP buses depart Tehran to Bushehr each day so you can buy the ticket from the website, please make sure to buy the tickets from the company which is located in the nearest terminal of Tehran to your hotel. You will be on the way around 12 hours to get Bushehr.
Where to stay in Bushehr?
Hotels are not so different in Bushehr, and most of them are three stars and have similar facilities.
But below, we have introduced some of the best ones.
One of the most prestigious hotels in Bushehr is the Delaware Tourism Hotel. You need the only 5-minute drive to Bushehr Airport and also you need to walk only 2 meters to get the beach.
Hotel Plus is the most modern hotel in Bushehr which could be your choice if you would like to stay in a room with a view.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Traveling to Bushehr is meant by tasting different seafood. If you decide to travel to this seaside town and want to make your trip more exciting, you should eat its food.
Please be with us at let’s Go Iran, we have provided a list of best restaurants and fast foods in this city. Please have a look at them below:
Qavam and Midaf are the best restaurants in Bushehr.
This restaurant could be a good choice for you if you would prefer to eat and spend your time in a traditional place. This restaurant has built into an old watering-place, and its interiors were decorated with photos of old and new Bushehr.
Fish and shrimp are among the most popular dishes in this restaurant.
Midaf’s restaurant has 4 floors consists of a traditional restaurant, classic restaurant and coffee shops. The highest floor of the restaurant has a nice view of the Persian Gulf. The most popular dishes at this restaurant are shrimp and rice, crispy shrimp. In addition to excellent food quality, having a salad bar and trained staff cause that Midaf Restaurant has become one of the best restaurants in Bushehr.
But if you are a person who wouldn’t like to eat seafood, Rafael Fast Food restaurant is the best one with its varied menu. Turkish kebabs and chicken steaks are highly recommended for those who want to eat in Rafael.
What do we buy from Bushehr?
The most famous souvenir and handicraft products of Bushehr are Gabbeh and Gillim. Gabbeh and Gilim of Bushehr are so popular in the world. That is why they are exported to many foreign countries.
Day 4 & 5 in Shiraz (Iran)
(One full day and 2 nights)
Today, you will be driven toward Shiraz which is famous as a city of lovers.
You're going to visit the city of warmhearted people, great poems, beautiful gardens and fruits. A lot of vineyards are around and within this city made this city famous for its red wine before the revolution. Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities which is the hometown of great poets like Hafez and Saadi.
People who come to Shiraz will have the chance to have a walking time in the old part of the city and then see Hafez 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. Do not forget to do it. It is could be interesting for you as an artist because you can listen to a person who read the poems for you and you try to realize what is going to happen in the future.
Where to go and visit in Shiraz?
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.
Then, your tour of art and music in Shiraz starts to visit:
You will be supposed to visit the Pars museum. This museum is known as the oldest museum in Fars province where you can see the works of famous Zandieh painters such as Agha Sadegh, Mirza Baba Pashki and Ja'far, and also works of Contemporary painters Like Sadruddin Shayesteh and Mir Mansour (Students of Kamal al-Molk).
Music museum (Manteghi Nezhad house):
Museum of Music of Shiraz is in the Manteghi Nezhad house which is one of the monuments of the Qajar era. The Museum of Music has many rooms, each of which is used as a special work in the field of music.
Yazdanpanah Music institute:
There are many music institutes and music workshops in Shiraz. We will arrange a meeting at one of the best ones. On this day, you will be supposed to see people who are learning different kinds of musical instruments. Also, you can talk with some professional musicians and get to know more with Iranian instruments and enjoy listening to all kinds of Iranian musical instruments.
How to get to Shiraz:
When you want to come to Shiraz from Bushehr, you will have three options:
1. VIP bus
2. Private driver
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you choose
But it is highly recommended to pre-book your car and driver from our company. This way, your driver will take you to Shiraz in a comfortable car.
If you wouldn’t like to pre-book driver, there is another alternative way. You can catch a VIP bus, it costs you less than hiring a private driver and car.
There are many VIP buses depart Bushehr to Shiraz each day.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets.
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 the chair in your room’s terrace.
This hotel is another best 5 * hotel in Shiraz. Zandieh is located in the old part of the city so you need to walk only 5 minutes to get sightseeing.
Elyzee, and Karimkhan hotel:
If you prefer to spend less money but stay in the hotels with good quality, we recommend you the hotels like Karimkhan and Elyeze hotel, these are the best 3* & 4* hotels in Shiraz.
These days, some of our clients like to stay in hotels which have a traditional style, many traditional hotels that can be the best choice for those who interested in staying in this kind of traditional place.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Shiraz has many different kinds of food. There are many good restaurants in Shiraz to taste this delicious food.
7 restaurants which you should go when you come to Shiraz:
And the last one 7: As far as I have been working in tourism which is a long time, we have had many clients who came in Iran from different countries, and most of them liked Iranian fast food a lot so we recommend you to go to the Napl fast-food restaurant.
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 in 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 6 & 7 in Isfahan
(One full day and 2 nights)
Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan province. Isfahan was chosen as the first cultural capital of Islamic countries in 2005. This city has welcomed many tourists from Islamic countries and many other visitors from different parts of the world. You can feel the art in all parts of Isfahan, this is famous for its handicrafts such as etch, inlay and cashmere.
Isfahan is known as the cultural capital of the Muslim world, the haft of the world and the turquoise gem of the world. Isfahan is an ancient city in the center of Iran. Isfahan is a four-season city; it has mild cool spring and autumn, hot summer and cold winter. Isfahan is still a glorious city. In Iranian culture, the city is known as half of the world because of its beautiful Islamic architecture, great boulevards, roofed bridges, palaces, mosques, and unique minarets.
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 art and music by visiting the below sites:
1. Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan
2. Music Museum of Isfahan
Then, after finishing your city tour in Isfahan and eat lunch, you will be driven toward Tehran.
How to get to Isfahan
2. DMC Flight
3. VIP Bus
There are 3 ways to get to Isfahan.
The first way is to hire a private car and driver. We suggest the first option because you can ask your driver to have a stop on the way to visit Persepolis.
The second way is to catch a VIP bus that departs every hour of the day.
Third and the last option is to book a DMC flight, but please notice that there are not daily flights on this route. And another point you need to know about choosing first and second options is to missing Persepolis which is on the way of Isfahan and Shiraz.
Where to stay in Isfahan?
As it was mentioned earlier, Isfahan is a touristic city and it has a lot of both modern and traditional hotels with high quality and reasonable price. Abbasi Guesthouse or Shah Abbas Hotel is one of the great hotels of Iran and the city of Isfahan. This hotel is famous due to its architecture, which is modeled on the Safavid architecture, and its location among the historical context of Isfahan. CNN reports Abbasi hotel as the Middle East's most beautiful hotel in March 2017 report.
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 them 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.
What do we buy from Isfahan?
Buying souvenirs from Isfahan is very desirable. Gaz is one of the traditional pastry of Isfahan that you can buy the best kind of it from Kermani Gaz shop in Abdolrazagh Street. Poolaki and Rock candy are other famous pastries of Isfahan. Different kinds of calico tablecloths and dishes, curved wood and Khatam dishes are famous souvenirs of Isfahan that you can buy all kinds of them from handicraft's Bazaars in Isfahan like Qeysarie Bazaar, Grand Bazaar of Isfahan and Naqsh-e Jahan Bazaar. If you like to go to modern shopping centers, Kowsar trade center, Park Mall, and the city center of Isfahan are good choices.
Day 8 & 9 in Mazandaran
(One full day and 2 nights)
Greenness at its best, take a tour of amazing nature in the North of Iran. Visiting local villages and enjoying the traditional life from inside. Spending time with locals while enjoying the incredible weather and scenery and beautiful nature.
Like most parts of Iran, in Mazandaran, music is associated with people's lives. In the rice fields, forests, the sea, local celebrations, and the funerals, and religious rituals, the music of Mazandaran plays a significant role.
The most common music styles in Mazandaran are:
Amiri, Katoli, Chavoosh khani, Nowrooz khani
The most common instruments which are used by Mazani’s musicians are:
Reed, Timpani and Horn
In addition to the mentioned instruments above, the use of setar, tar, and tombak are also common among the people of Mazandaran.
What to do or see in Mazandaran:
Music of Iran especially music in Mazandaran is an ancient traditional art. To have a better understanding of its history, and getting know more about it, your guide will take you to the special places in Mazandaran. There, you can see the local people when they are playing music, you will be able to learn how the local’s instrument work and enjoy listening to what people play.
The vast and lush area of Mazandaran is an important part of the northern beauty of our country. In addition to its unique forests, mountains, and beaches, there are many villages with their beauties and attract many domestic and foreign tourists each year. So you can paint a wonderful painting there as a painter who is looking for creating a unique work.
Mazandaran is a part of paradise for photographers especially its nature and also its villages. Visit the most wonderful places in this part of your trip- without the crowds to take a photo of the most extraordinary wildlife, landscape, and cultural experiences.
How to get to Mazandaran:
When you want to come to Mazandaran from Tehran, you will have two options:
2. Private driver
The time of arrival can be changeable depending on the type of vehicle you choose, and it takes about 5 hours.
When to go:
In the coastal areas of the Caspian Sea, the climate is moderate and humid.
The best time to travel to the city for swimming is traveling in the summer, but if you would like to enjoy nature, you should travel to Mazandaran in the spring and autumn.
Please notice that summer is not a good time for nature hiking because of the warm and humid air
What to eat:
Mazandaran has a variety of local cuisine which are made by fish, vegetables, and rice, but the meals we suggest you taste are:
1.Mirzagasim (eggplant, egg, garlic)
2.Sour Kebab: (Kebab, Pomegranate paste, rice),
3.Baghali Qatoq: kalebagh (northern green bean, egg, garlic),
If you want to travel to Mazandaran, do not forget to taste its special cake and also buying it as souvenirs.
Go back to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 10 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.
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 and their culture in our beautiful country Iran.
This is the best package to get if you decide to come to Iran for the first time. As you saw, you will have many things to do on your To -Do list in Iran. I assure you that you will love this country and have an amazing trip.
If you would prefer to stay less than 10 days in Iran or you want to experience things a bit slower, you need to cut down the number of places to visit.
BUT if you would prefer to stay more than 10 days 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.