Journeys Rediscovered – Culinary Journey of Iran


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Culinary Immersion Tour Unique to Journeys Rediscovered

Culinary Journey of Iran

Small Group Tour of no more than 12 

Shiraz – Perespolis – Yasuj – Yazd – Isfahan- Kashan – Tehran – Qazvin – Rasht – Ardabil – Zanjin - Tehran

14 days/ 13 nights

  • 2 nights accommodation in Shiraz 
  • 1 night accommodation in Yasuj
  • 2 nights accommodation in Yazd
  • 2 night accommodation in Isfahan including a night in a Caravanserai on the Silk Road
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tehran
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rasht
  • 1 night accommodation in Ardabil
  • 1 night accommodation in Tehran
  • Breakfast daily at hotels
  • Other meals & tastings included as per itinerary at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
  • Transportation and transfers as listed
  • All activities included as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide  

Contact Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).

Accommodation twin share is varied including 4 star hotels plus 2 nighst unique accommodation in Yasuj with nomads and a night in a Caravanserai on the Silk Road. Single Supplements available.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).

Accommodation twin share is varied including 4 star hotels plus 2 nighst unique accommodation in Yasuj with nomads and a night in a Caravanserai on the Silk Road. Single Supplements available. 

Day 1 – Shiraz: Welcome to Iran! This morning, arrive into Shiraz from Dubai or Doha. Your guide will meet you at Shiraz’s International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Once in Shiraz, the heart of Fars province, the cradle of Persian civilization, walk through some of Shiraz’s legendry gardens, visit the tombs of Hafiz and Saadi the great Iranian poets, stroll in the covered Bazaar, visit Vakil Mosque, visit Vakil Mosque, and the 19th century Nasir al-molk Mosque with its amazing tile work. 

Culinary part of the day we will try:Kalam Polo (mixed steamed rice and cabbage/ Kohlrabi) this dish is made in almost all Shiraz households. It is a combination of rice, chopped kohlrabi, herbs, small meat balls and seasoning, steamed for about 45 minutes. Faloodeh Shirazi which is made of thin vermicelli-sized starch noodles mixed in sugar and rose water sorbet and it is often served with lime juice. It is so refreshing in the hot and dry climate of the region. It can be served as a dessert of just bought at a local ice cream parlour. We will learn how to make it traditionally. 

Meals included – L D

Day 2 – Perespolis : Visit Persepolis, about an hour from Shiraz, is probably the most impressive pre -Islamic monument in Iran, with its astonishing columns, ceremonial staircases, chambers and stunning reliefs celebrating the triumphs of the Achaemendis. Visit the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam near-by, the burial place of Achaemenids emperors and then drive back to Shiraz for a stroll through the Bazaar and try one of the traditional restaurants in town. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 3 – Yasuj: We start early in the morning to go to Yasuj (176 km). The area is famous for its natural beauty and scenery. In the suburbs of Yasuj, you can see the protected zone, Dena, Zagros Mountains, in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, which is an ideal place for a wildlife photo safari and perfect for eco tour enthusiasts. We will visit nomads of this region, experience their daily life, taste the ir traditonal food and watch them weave carpets on mobile frames

Meals included – B L D

Day 4 – Yasuj/ Yazd: Start your day by baking bread with your hosts and spend the morning involved in their daily milking of their goats/sheep and cooking traditional food. In the afternoon, drive 331 km to Isfahan. Dinner in Isfahan and a well-deserved rest.

Meals included – B L D

Day 5 – Yazd: Yazd has been the centre of Zoroastrian culture. Your day will include visiting the Fire Temple and towers of silence. Enjoy a stroll through the old town and visiting its historical sites, the stunning Friday Mosque, Amir Chachmaq square and pavilion and the magnificent Dolat Abad garden with its unique wind tower. 

Culinary part of the day: Yazd is famous for its range of sweets and confectioneries. You will go to see how they are made and try some scrumptious cookies and candies. You will also visit traditional Henna and spice mills. Let's not forget to try Ash-e Shooli in Yazd. Ash is like a potage and all regions have their own version of it. The main ingredients in Shooli are beet, mint, spinach, parsley, lentils and it is has a soft sour taste using vinegar. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 6 – Isafan: This morning, we will drive to Isfahan. We will start an unrushed day in Isfahan, Nesf -e Jahan (Half the world) which is full of architectural jewels and also a great centre for trade and handicrafts. During your stay in Isfahan, visit the highlights of the city with time to explore the bazaar and shop in the many boutiques of the great square. The great Naqsh-eJahan Square (Maidan-eImam) is surrounded by the 16th and 17th C Mosques, a magnificent palace and arcades and the entrance to the 17th century bazaar, full of life and things to buy and an architectural gem in its own right. In the evening, visit the famous Khaju and Si-o-se pol Bridges. 

Culinary part of the day we will try:Beryani is a speciality of Isfahan. This dish is made of lamb meat, liver, onions and seasoning served with a flat bread baked on hot pebble stones called sangak. We will try Douq the Iranian yougurt drink and pickles with it. Gaz is popular Iranian candy and a sumptuous nougat originated in Isfahan. The name gaz comes from the Persian gaz-angebin, meaning “sap of angebin”. Angebin is a kind of wild tamarisk tree that grows in the Zagros Mountains in Isfahan. Gaz is often assumed to be the sap of that tree and is combined with other ingredients including chopped pistachios or almonds rosewater and egg white. Modern versions of gaz may not contain gaz of Khunsar and may use sugar and corn syrup as substitutes.

Meals included – B L D

Day 7 – Isafan: Today you will visit the Jame Mosque - a magnificent complex, built from the 10th to the 17th C - a miracle of space and decoration and Chehel Sotoun Palace. Continue to Julfa, the historic Armenian neighbourhood with churches displaying a disorienting mix of Christian symbols and liturgy with Islamic architectural style. Culinary part of the day: Taste Iranian food made by the Armenians of Iran.Then we drive 75 km out of Isfahan to spend a night in a Caravanserai on the Silk Road.

Meals included – B L D

Day 8 – Kashan: Drive to Kashan to see its famous garden and although it is not the season for making rosewater, we can visit one of the distilleries and learn about making rose water and essence of other herbs and plants. Continue driving towards the city of Tehran for a late evening arrival. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 9 – Tehran: In Tehran, you will have a free day. You may wish to visit the National Museum, Glass and Pottery Museum or even the Golestan Palace. Or simply go to Tajrish Bazaar north of Tehran and watch people shop fresh produce for household consume. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 10 – Qazvin: A drive of 390 km takes us to Qazvin. Foodies visiting this city can enjoy the rice cookies, bakhlava and also its Gheimeh Nesar a meat dish spotted with almond and pistachio slivers, barberries served on a bed of plain steamed rice. Then drive to Rasht. We follow a scenic road to Rasht which is nestled on the Caspian Sea has been recognized by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy. On the way, we can visit Anzali Lagoon and taste the fresh fish from the Caspian Sea. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 11 – Rasht: The food in the Gilan province and Rasht is great for vegetarian and fish lovers. A lot of herbs, vegetables, rice from local rice fields and regions special sweets await food lovers. We will cook with a local chef in their local house. You will also visit one of the local produce markets and drive to Lahijan where Iran tea is planted and cultivated. 

Meals included – B L D 

Day 12 – Ardabil: Drive to Ardabil and visit the magnificent tomb of Sheikh Safi (Founder of Safavid Dynasty). Once in Ardabil we can try Ash-e Dough the regions speciality, visit Sar-Ein and its hot springs.

Meals included – B L D

Day 13 – Zanjan/ Tehran: Today you will drive to Zanjan. In Zanjan, visit the famous Soltanieh Dome. Then we will try the delicious Dizi (an Iranian meat soup) and learn how it is cooked. Continue to Tehran for a late evening arrival at Tehran International Airport.

Meals included – B L D

Day 14 – Tehran: Following breakfast, transfer to Tehran International Airport for your onward flight. 

Meals included – B

Travel Dates

Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.

Terms & Conditions

Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group - Culinary Journey of Iran, will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.

Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.

Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.

International & domestic airfares are additional, please contact Journeys Rediscovered for international flight options and prices.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended and can be arranged for you for an additional cost.

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