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One of the most fascinating activities in old age is travel. Grandmothers and grandfathers are keen to travel with their peers on the retirement days of their lives and enjoy.
Retirement is when a person is relieved of stresses and worries about his or her job and is looking for an experience of relaxation to enjoy his or her time. Surely, traveling is one of the most popular and healthy activities for seniors.
Life Begins At 50
Travel is one of the best gifts you can give to an elderly person.
We have tried as much as we can to arrange an extraordinary travel program that is suited to the ability and spirit of the elderly.
At first, let's read a few key points:
1. Keep your medicine pack in your handbag. This way, you will prevent getting lost and damaged them, and the medicine will be available for you whenever you need it.
2. Please label on the medication package and write down how many times you need to eat them. This way, it causes you to not to forget the time of consuming, you can ask your guide to remind you of the time of consuming.
3. At the airport and during the inspection, you may not be allowed to carry the medication. If possible, bring your doctor's translated prescription.
4. For your domestic flight, please let us know If you need a wheelchair in advance, I will prepare it for you.
5. The day before your international flight, you need to check with the airline to ensure that your flight is not delayed.
6. Your plans are flexible, and your guide will run the tour according to your energy, and usually, our packages for the elderly are lighter than regular tour packages.
Day 1 & 2 in Tehran (Iran)
(One full day,a half-day and 2 nights)
Today, you will arrive in Iran from Tehran Intl airport.
Tehran is the largest city and capital of Iran. It is the 25th most populous city and the 27th largest city in the world. The most important governmental and judicial institutions, including ministries, the Islamic Consultative Assembly, etc., are located there, and the most influential officials in Iran live. Now people from different ethnic groups live in this city.
North of the city has cool and dry weather and south of it has hot and dry weather. The structure of the city is a great combination of tradition and modernity.
Based on your arrival time in the morning or the evening, you will stay in the capital Tehran for two nights. 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 to explore Tehran
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. 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.)
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.
What to do or see in Tehran?
We offer the below attractions for your tour in Tehran:
Tehran Bazaar is an old bazaar located in the center of Tehran City. This bazaar is in Molavi Street, Mostafa Khomeini Street, 15th Khordad Street, and Khayyam Street
There are two entrances of the bazaar in 15th Khordad Square and Sabze-Meydan Square. One of the main pathways to Tehran Bazaar is the Louti Saleh passage.
This shrine belongs to one of the descendants of Imam Hassan. It is located in Ray city, south of Tehran. This shrine dates back to the third century and is one of the famous pilgrimage places for Iranians.
Another activity we recommend you is to spend a day at the Hana Spa Center. This center is one of the best spa centers in Iran.
The Complex of buildings located in Arg Square in Tehran. The buildings of these palaces have been constructed at different times.
The name of the palace was taken from the name of a hall in an exterior building of the palace which is also called Golestan.
Sa'dabad Complex is located in the north of Tehran and is 300 hectares in the area. It has soothing weather because 180 hectares of it is natural forest, spring, aqueduct, gardens, greenhouse, a river and streets full of trees and flowers
Niavaran Palace is located in Niavaran Garden and is the main palace in Niavaran Complex. This complex was constructed by the order of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the construction lasted 9 years. Niavaran Palace has the area of 9000 square meters and is two and a half stores high
Azadi Tower is the symbol of Tehran and was designed and made by the order of Farah Pahlavi, the Queen of Iran of the time.
This tower is a great multipurpose skyscraper located in the North-West of Tehran, the capital of Iran. This tower is the highest in Iran, the fourth-highest telecommunication tower, and the nineteenth highest tower in the world.
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.
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.
Our suggestion hotels:
Espinas Palace (5*)
One of the best hotels in Tehran is Spinas Palace Hotel. The hotel has a very stylish appearance, equipped suites, and great recreational facilities.
The Espinas Palace Hotel has several stylish and luxurious restaurants. Also, guests can enjoy the hotel's varied leisure facilities for relaxation and leisure. The water features are swimming pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi.
Foreign and domestic guests have described the stay as excellent and impeccable.
Taj Mahal hotel apartment
Taj Mahal Apartments Hotel with a beautiful and attractive mansion is one of the best hotels in Tehran. In addition to all the landmark features, the hotel's Indian restaurant has made it famous. The hotel's cozy and intimate surroundings, favorable access to northern areas of Tehran, and full facilities make the Taj Mahal an ideal hotel for short or long-term trips.
Howayzee hotel (4* hotel)
Howayzee hotel is a 4* hotel. It is a great hotel and offers excellent value for money. This modern hotel is centrally located close to sightseeing in Tehran. Perfect for relaxing after a full-day tour. The rooms are large, comfortable, and have an excellent breakfast.
Its distance to the international airport is around 1 hour 10 minutes and its distance to the Mehrabbad domestic airport is about 25 minutes.
Saina hotel (3* hotel)
For those who would prefer to stay in a hotel with mid-range, our suggestion is Saina 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 in the center of 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 modern with very comfortable beds. The staff is very helpful.
For day 3 & 4 & 5, you will have two options:
If you plan to travel to Iran in the summer, we suggest you go to the north of Iran for example (Ramsar)
But if you come to Iran in autumn and winter, we suggest you choose traveling to the south of Iran, for example, Kish Island.
Day 3 & 4 & 5 in Ramsar (Iran)
(2 nights and 3 days)
Ramsar is the bride of the cities of Mazandaran. In Ramsar, you have access to both the beautiful Caspian coast and the Mazandaran forests. The city has become a tourist hub for the country and even the world for a variety of reasons, including geographical location, tourist and accommodation locations, airports, and mineral hot water. Citrus, tea, and, rice are the city's products. For this reason, the presence of rice, tea, and citrus gardens has added to the beauty of the city.
Ramsar attracts many tourists from home and abroad due to the proximity of the sea to the forest.
How to get Ramsar?
In the morning you will be driven to Ramsar from the beautiful Karaj-Chalous road and cross Abbas Abad to Tonekabon and then Ramsar.
What to do or see in Ramsar
Ramsar is one of the places with many hot springs. These hot springs can be found in Sadat Mahal, Ramsar, and Katalam. These hot springs are a great place to spend your leisure time in addition to health.
Javahereh is one of the most beautiful areas of Mazandaran and Ramsar province.
The best time to travel to Javahereh Village in June, July, August and, May because the snow has melted and the region's greenery is at its peak. Along the Jewel Road, many waterfalls that make the route attractive.
If you wish, you can take a few minutes to relax and take some photos and enjoy the scenery.
Swan Lake is an incredibly beautiful lake formed by the development of a small pond.
There are pavilions by the lake that you can enter. There are pedal boats by the lake that can be used to cross the middle of the lake to approach the ducks.
Undoubtedly, here is one of the most beautiful lines of a Tele cabin in the world. From the top of the station, you can enjoy watching sea and mountain views. This Tele cabin connects the sea to the mountain.
Dalkhani forest is one of the prettiest and most popular forest paths in Iran. As you enter the Dalhani forest, you feel like you are out of the world. The Dalekhani forest is also known as the Paradise Hallway. One of the special features of this forest is the thick fog that gives it a special beauty.
Where to stay in Ramsar?
Ramsar Grand Hotel or Parsian Azadi
The experience of staying in a classic Iranian palace between the jungle and the sea with a breathtaking view can be obtained by staying at the historic 4-star hotel (Persian Ramsar Azadi). Azadi Hotel is located in the heart of the city of Ramsar, so you can easily go to the natural attractions of the city.
Green Roof Hotel and Ashk Hotel are other four-star and good hotels.
But if you prefer to spend less money and stay in a medium quality hotel, we recommend you the hotels like: Kosar Hotel apartment, Paradais, Niestan, Khazar, Lian.
What to eat? Where to eat?
There are many restaurants that serve local northern cuisine, don't forget to go to the hotel’s restaurant because it would be always a good and safe option for travelers.
The Kosar Hotel Restaurant and Il Milli Restaurant on the fifth floor of the Green Roof Hotel are the best and luxurious restaurants.
Brother’s restaurant, Akbarjoje, Traditional Tele-bam restaurant with its own atmosphere, Kashti (ship) restaurant with its completely different appearance, Melal restaurant, Mazaheri restaurant would be other options for you...
On day 5 you will be driven back to Tehran, and then, you will have a flight to Shiraz in the late evening.
Option 2 for day 3 & 4 & 5:
Day 3 & 4& 5 in Kish (Iran)
(A domestic flight to Kish, two full day and 3 nights)
Today, you will be transferred to the Mehrabbad domestic airport, and fly to Kish.
You will spend three nights in Kish. So you will have enough time to explore the island. Kish is the most beautiful island in Iran that has become a tourist destination. That's why there are a variety of leisure activities available.
In Kish, you can find suitable entertainment for all tastes of all ages.
The best time to visit Kish is December, January, February, March, and April, October, November because the hot weather in summer might bother you and it doesn’t allow you to enjoy enough.
What to do or see in Kish?
If you are a bird lover, visiting the Kish Bird Garden is one of the places you need to visit during your trip. Bird gardens are one of the largest and most special places for keeping of various bird species collected from all over the world. This beautiful park is located in the Kish Dolphin Park complex where you can visit the beautiful bird park and dolphinarium.
Here you see the birds in two ways: Some of them are in large cages and others are kept in open, simulated environments in their real habitat. It is interesting to know that the Kish bird garden is not limited to its birds, as it will certainly surprise you to see the crocodiles in this garden. You can take beautiful pictures.
If you're tired of walking, take the buses to continue. Pick a suitable chair and sit by the window and enjoy the views of Palm Trees, Benjamin, Laur, Eucalyptus, and Acacia. Various plant species are planted here due to the climatic conditions. There is also a restaurant and a coffee shop in this complex where you can relax there.
One of the most powerful and best ways to achieve relaxation and a happy feeling is massage therapy. A good professional massage can heal you for a few days. We recommend you to use Massage Therapy in Kish.
If you have no problem with getting a boat, boat riding is a great idea. Put yourself in the heart of the beautiful Persian Gulf. If you are not interested in, we suggest you go to the aquarium boat, because that's no need to walk and just you need to sit and enjoy watching underwater life.
There are many shopping malls on the island that have become a strong point for the island.
Pardis Bazaar 1& 2, and Royal Mall
One of the oldest shopping centers is Pardis in Kish. The architecture of this mall is stylish and modern and is one of the most popular shopping malls among travelers. You can buy all kinds of quality clothing, cosmetics, audio and video accessories, home appliances, perfume, and cologne, etc.
At Damon Shopping Center, you can find all kinds of clothing, bags, shoes, cosmetics, gold jewelry, chocolate, food, and … On the second floor of the Damon Shopping is an ice skating rink.
Sarina is one of the other shopping malls in Kish, close to Pardis and Kish Shopping Centers, and close to both Dariush and Eram Hotels.
If you have more time to shop, please do not forget to go Roya mall.
Where to stay in Kish?
Toranj Hotel is the first maritime hotel in the Middle East that has 4 floors and is unique in its type and consists of two hotel suites, one on land and another on the sea, which are interconnected with glass floors.
Dariush is 5* Hotel with unique architecture is one of the famous hotels with 160 rooms with different views. In the design of this hotel, Persepolis symbols have been used as a symbol of honor and dignity of ancient Iran. At Dariush Hotel you can experience different accommodations in history.
Marina Pak Hotel
Marina Pak Hotel, the 5* hotel offers a magnificent view of the surroundings of a variety of natural plants.
The four-star Flamingo Hotel is a stylish hotel designed in the form of a dolphin. One of the most important reasons for choosing this hotel is the reasonably priced, hotel location and service. Parmida, Gardenia, Parmis, Maryam Sorinet, Shaian, Panoroma, and Helia are the best hotels with good quality.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Kish Island has many good restaurants and cafes. They are in different styles. Modern & Luxury Restaurants, Traditional Restaurants, European Style, Seafood, Fast Foods, and…
One of the best fast food restaurants is the Hashtag food hall.
This restaurant has all kinds of meals (Traditional and fast food) so it could be a good choice for those who want to taste different food.
If you are looking to have a nice day at a seaside restaurant, we suggest Totti Fruity, this restaurant every morning provides the best material and makes a variety of Iranian and international dishes to restaurant guests.
Mir Mohanana Restaurant, if you go to this restaurant we recommend a shrimp mix plate. Along with delicious food, you can enjoy live music at the restaurant.
Shandiz Safdari Restaurant
Shandiz Safdari Restaurant is also one of the oldest seaside restaurants on the island with live music. Other Restaurants to recommend to you are Keral Kish, Bam Land, Ghasr sefid, Darchin, and Damon food Kurt.
Day 6 & 7 & 8 in Shiraz
(A domestic flight to Shiraz, three full-day and 2 nights)
Today, you will be transferred to the Kish airport, and fly to Shiraz.
After spending memorable days in Kish, you will go to visit another fantastic city in Iran.
Shiraz is a city full of Iranian historical and cultural beauties that tempt everyone to take a memorable trip to this city. A Journey through History from Ancient Iran to the Unique Architecture of Zandieh and Qajar Periods. You can walk on the streets for hours and enjoy the sweet taste of its falude.
Listen to Hafiz’s beautiful lyrics.
All of this together will give you an unforgettable experience.
People in Shiraz are easygoing. A large number of vineyards around the city have made it famous for its red wine before the revolution.
Where to go and visit in Shiraz?
Based on your flight time, you will start your Shiraz tour by visiting:
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.
Vakil complex including:
The Vakil Bazar is located near the municipal square near the Arg Karim Khan citadel.
This beautiful traditional market was built in Zandieh with plaster and brick and is still the economic center of Shiraz.
In the bazaar, you will enjoy seeing colored fabrics and spices and if you are interested in cooking, you can shop to make delicious food for your family and friends.
We suggest you go to the Sharzeh traditional restaurant after visiting the vakil complex (Bath, Bazar, and Mosque) for lunch or dinner and enjoy delicious food with live music. You can find great kinds of Kebabs there.
The pleasant atmosphere of this tomb can bring you peace and create happy hours. 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.
It is not clear exactly when this garden was initially made but this garden is mentioned in the itineraries of the 10th and 11th centuries. The variety of plants is significant and is similar to an exhibition of flowers and plants.
Shah Cheragh Shrine
Shah Cheragh Shrine is a famous and marvelous site in Shiraz. The son of one of the Shiite Imams was buried there and thus a shrine was built. This shrine was built in the 6th century and its sanctuary is designed with beautiful tiles.
In the second day of your trip to Shiraz, I recommend you to have an excursion to Persepolis (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE)
Persepolis 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. Persepolis or Parseh is 10 kilometers North of Marvdasht and 57 kilometers from Shiraz.
You can spend a day visiting the tourist villages around Shiraz:
After eating breakfast, you have an excursion to Qalat. This beautiful village located near Shiraz.
Your guide will wait for you in the lobby of the hotel in the early morning on the day 12th. He will take you there. It takes about an hour. As soon as you arrive, you will have a delicious breakfast that is made by famous Shirazi vegetables (Ashe Sabzi). After eating breakfast, your tour starts by going to its top where you can see an amazing view, then continue to walk through the pristine nature of this village and finish your tour by visiting waterfalls.
You can experience the North of Iran in the South of Iran with a green environment, the pleasant weather even in summer. Here you can get familiar with two different cultures at the same time, simple rural life next to Nomadic life, you see that these two tribes have remained for many years next to each other and some of them got married, so that’s why there are many things in common between them. Sepidan is surrounded with lots of apple, nut, apricot, plum gardens that you can visit. Yellow, red, orange leaves of trees, the rustling of leaves in the breeze, the roaring river, and the other natural sounds inside of the gardens make you feel safe and free. Also, Sepidan with its villages has a high capability of professional eco-tours. You can walk through the jungles to see the springs, waterfalls, etc like Sheshpir Spring, Margon waterfall, go hiking, and climb the mountain through the Ronj Mountain. The local people are welcoming, and this is the time for you to communicate them in their houses that are filled with the smell of traditional foods and bread.
Culinary in Shiraz
We recommend you to have a half-day culinary tour in Shiraz. On this day, you will go shopping and buy the ingredients. Then we start cooking together and spend some time in our home with our family. 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. It's an unforgettable experience.
The other Shiraz attraction:
Shapouri House is located in the middle of a garden with an area of 4635 meters. This foundation of this house is about 840 square meters and the building is two stories high. Shapouri House is located in the center of Shiraz City and the old quarters of Shiraz. This house belonged to Abd al-Saheb Shapouri and was built and designed by Master Abolghasem Mohandesi.
Quran Gate (Darvazeh Quran)
Quran gate is one of the old gates in Shiraz and today is known as a historical monument. This gate is located on the North East side of the city and near Chehel Imam Mountain and Baba Kouhi Mountain and it is the city's exit to Marvdasht.
Tomb of Saadi
The tomb of Saadi or Saadieh is where Saadi, a great Persian poet had lived and was buried. This tomb is next to Delgosha Garen and at the end of Boustan Street in Shiraz. Many gravestones of great religious leaders are around the gravestone of Saadi. Among which is Shouride Shirazi's gravestone.
Qavam house or Naranjestan Garden was built in 1257 until 1267 Hijri during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah and by the order of Mohammad Ali Khan. The building of this garden is about 940 square meters and its basement is about 3500 square meters in area.
Jahan Nama Garden
This garden, just like other gardens in Shiraz, dates back to the 8th century and during the reign of Al-Mozaffar and Al-Injo Abad. Then Karim Khan ordered there to be a fence around the garden and a small summerhouse to be built in the center of the garden. Around the summerhouse, there are many trees and streets.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets
If you like to stay in the hotels with traditional style, there are many nice and cozy traditional-style hotels in Shiraz.
But if you want to stay in the hotel with the best quality and services:
Zandieh is one of 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 sightseeing.
Grand Hotel is another 5* 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 you hotels like Karimkhan and Arg hotels, These are the best 3 and4* hotels in Shiraz.
What to eat? Where to eat?
After visiting the historical and natural attractions, it is eating time. The pleasure of tasting new flavors and dishes in a fun atmosphere encourages anyone to seek out the best restaurants in the city.
One of the most popular local food is Kalam polo. You can find it in all restaurants in Shiraz 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. It is highly recommended to try Ash Sabzi. Ashe 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 soup of Shiraz, you just need to go to Shams restaurant early in the morning.
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.
Traditional Sufi Restaurant is a famous restaurant in Shiraz that most domestic and foreign tourists who visit Shiraz know this restaurant.
In the below, you can see the list of another restaurant with good quality in Shiraz:
Shater Abbas, Shandiz, Berentin, Bagh-e Raz and Lotus restaurants are among the best restaurants of Shiraz
Bakooyeh restaurant is another great restaurant in Shiraz that is located near the Qoran gate with a nice view. You can see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you are in this restaurant.
What do we buy from Shiraz?
If you want to buy a special souvenir of Shiraz, you should go to Vakil Bazaar where you can find different kinds of famous handicrafts of Shiraz like Khatam, Carved wood, Silver, Kilim, and Gabbeh. The famous beverages of Shiraz are different kinds of traditional Sharbat, Lemon juice, and Verjuice that you can buy them from the stores located in front of Arg of Karim Khan. Masghati and Kaak (Yukhe bread) are other famous souvenirs of Shiraz that you can buy them from Kamran confectionery cafe and Keshavarz confectionery respectively. Shiraz also has many modern shopping malls such as the Persian Gulf complex, Aftab Fars shopping mall, Zeytoon, Hamoon, and Soltaniye shopping centers.
Mahestan Bazaar is another option to buy a souvenir:
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.
Day 8 Fly back to your country
Transfer to Shiraz Intl airport by your driver to fly back to your country.
Let’s go Iran team have tried to arrange an itinerary including historical and cultural sites along with entertainment, also you can get involved in the people’s daily life in some programs such as culinary. I assure you that you will love this country and have an amazing trip in one week.
If you would prefer to stay less than one week in Iran or more than, we can arrange this itinerary based on your request. 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.