Tehran > Shiraz > Sepidan > Esfehan
Be among many Iranian families who are spending their day with their children, enjoy music with your kids, visit dolls museum, enjoy seeing colorful fishes in Isfahan Fish Tunnel.
Day 1: Tehran
(Two full days and one night)
Arrive in Tehran, you and your lovely family welcome by your guide and transfer to your hotel. After some hours rest and eating breakfast, your guide arranges you a visit of Iranian doll and culture museum, there is someone who narrates the stories of behind the dolls, this way your children can learn many things about the Iranian culture.
Then you and your kids spend sometimes to enjoy in Ab-o Atash Park located near the Tabiat Bridge, one of the best and prettiest parks in Tehran, There are a lot of art and several recreational activities to see and do in this park.
You will eat your lunch in one of the famous traditional restaurants located near this park. Most of our clients from different countries liked Iranian fast food taste so if your children and you are interested in eating fast food (Pizza or sandwich), I highly recommended tast it at least once during your trip to Iran. Your day will finish by going to the Shaparak kid’s city, a wonderful place including many shopping centers where you can buy everything you need for your children. Overnight in 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.
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:
Iranian doll and culture museum:
There is many different dolls, and also someone who narrates the stories behind them, this way your children are able to learn many things about the Iranian culture.
Ab-o Atash Park
This park located near the Tabiat Bridge, one of the best and prettiest parks in Tehran, There are a lot of art and several recreational activities to see and do in this park.
Shaparak kid’s city
A wonderful place including several shopping centers where you can buy everything you need for your children.
Golestan Palace is a 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.
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.
There is an amusement park (Fun time) located in this luxury and modern complex for your children. While they are playing there, you can explore the palladium mall and buy whatever you want.
How to get to Tehran:
When you arrive in Tehran International airport(IKA), you will have three options to get into Tehran city:
- 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.
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.
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.
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 2, you will have a domestic flight to Shiraz.
Day 3: Shiraz
Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran that many titles are assigned to it, for example, "city of lovers" and it is due to the matter that Shiraz is the hometown of great poets like Hafez and Saadi. The city also has many historical and natural attractions that you will become interested in them. People of Shiraz are warmhearted. Traveling to Shiraz can be one of your most memorable trips.
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 Sa'di 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. You can also go to the Negin shopping center including shops, restaurants, and Amusement parks, and enjoy and have fun with your family there.
How to get to Shiraz:
When you want to come to Shiraz from Tehran, you will have three options:
- VIP bus
- 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 Shiraz
If you wouldn’t like to use a flight, there is another way. You can choose the train, it costs you less than the flight. There is a daily train from Tehran to Shiraz, it departs at 4:10 pm and arrives in Shiraz at 7:00 am.
The last and cheapest way is the VIP bus. There are many VIP buses depart Tehran to Shiraz 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 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 3and 4* with a more affordable fee.
These days, some of our clients like to stay in hotels which have a traditional style, many traditional hotels can be the best choice for those who interested in staying in this kind of traditional place.
What to eat? Where to eat?
In the below, you can see the list of restaurants with good quality in Shiraz:
- If you are interested in eating Kebab, you can go to Sharze's traditional restaurant which is located in the old part of the city near Vakil Bazaar. Great kinds of Kebabs are served there, the restaurant also has a great environment.
- 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.
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 go to the Crispi Land, Davenico and Lavia restaurants.
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 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.
On day 4, you will have an excursion to Sepidan.
Today 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, go hiking and climb the 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.
On the morning of day 5, you will drive toward Isfahan. On the way, you visit Persepolis.
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.
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 Setoun palace.
As soon as you arrive in this city, and you are going to see many people at Emam Square. After many years, 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 background to post on Instagram or WhatsApp profile picture. 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.
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 you about this historical and architectural background. Then, continue your way to Isfahan.
Note: 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.
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.
You can go to the picnic in the mid-day, you are going to go to a beautiful park called Hasht Behesht or Najvoon. So you will be among many Iranian families who are spending their weekend with their children. You are able to experience the real weekend time in Iran and will have some tea, fruits, and snack. After a lovely lunch together, you can have a walk around the park and then you will have more free time to visit a unique place called Pigeon house where you will see a lot of birds coming to you to be fed. You can take some pictures.
The Bird Garden
There is a different attraction in Isfahan located in Najvoon area. There are more than 130 species of birds. This garden has other facilities and sights such as Isfahan Aquarium, Reptile Garden and cycling route, etc.
You can enjoy listening to all kinds of Iranian musical instruments and also there is a live show which you and your children really will enjoy.
It is an interesting place to visit especially for families with children. You can enjoy seeing colorful fishes and even feed them.
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. Kowsar, Piroozy, and Aseman are the best high-priced hotels in Isfahan that offering the best facilities. Zohreh, Part, Setareh, and Mahan are three-star hotels in Isfahan that offering good facilities at a lower price. The best suitable hotel in terms of price is the Azadi hotel that can be a good choice for those who prefer a low cost journey. Atigh, Isfahan, and Toloo Khorshid are the best traditional hotels in the city.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Isfahan like other cities of Iran has its own 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 Khansalar and Ashti traditional restaurants in the city.
What do we buy from Isfahan?
Isfahan is famous for its handicrafts such as etch, inlay, and cashmere. If you are looking for souvenirs from Isfahan, you can buy them around Naqsh-e Jahan Square or at the old Isfahan bazaar.
In the afternoon of day7, you will drive toward Tehran.
Day 8: Depart
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.