Yomadic Iran Tour Sep 29 – Oct 10, 2018
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12 days – Tehran to Shiraz
On this page are all the tour and booking details. Your seat can be securely booked using any major credit card (for direct bank deposit, contact us). We promise your journey will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we’ll take care of you, and show you the very best of Iran.
IRAN TOUR ITINERARY
September 29th to October 1st, Tehran, Iran
Bustling, stylish, ancient, and modern. Your journey commences here – we’ll get you lost in the enormous Tehran Grand Bazaar, admire Azadi Tower, dine in the foothills of cool North Tehran, and keep one eye on the outlandish propaganda artworks and the other on exceptionally stylish locals. Tehran is a MONSTER sized city – constantly evolving and changing – but we have enough time to show you the best from North to South. We’ll be sure to visit the classic Tehran highlights, and use our local knowledge to show you some of the secrets this enormous city holds.
In Tehran, you will stay at a modern, comfortable, centrally located hotel, walking distance to a leafy park, the former US embassy AKA “The Nest of Spies”, and many other attractions. On day three of your Iran tour, we’ll leave Tehran and travel to the city of Kashan – stopping in the city of Qom en route.
October 1st to 2nd – Qom / Kashan / Abyaneh, Iran
We’ve been visiting Kashan since 2012, and it’s become our favourite small city in Iran. Hosting an array of historical sights and the coolest Bazaar in Iran – but – before we even arrive in Kashan, we’ll stop for a private guided tour around the city of Qom. Considered the birthplace of the Iranian revolution, it’s a great example of how we break up our Iran journey, making the most of our travel time to see more. After spending the night in Kashan, we’ll head high into the mountains to wander through Abyaneh – one of the oldest and most visually scenic villages in Iran – famous for colourful head scarves and segregated door knockers. Uh huh.
In Kashan, your accommodation is a beautifully restored classical Persian building (with an unbelievably great chef), and the owner will donate all profits to local orphanages. Win/win. On the morning of day four, we’ll continue our journey heading south to the city of Isfahan.
October 2nd to 4th – Isfahan, Iran
Third largest city in Iran, home of “Gaz” (Persian nougat, oh yes), and the unbelievably magnificent Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan is known as “half the world” and will be your home for two nights. There’s so much to do here – browsing the huge local bazaar, visiting the architecturally perfect Shah Mosque, listening to men sing classical Persian songs underneath Khaju bridge, strolling the varied neighbourhoods getting plenty of hang-time with the hugely friendly locals. You’ll soon discover why Isfahan is one of the favourite cities of all Iranians.
In Isfahan, we will occupy the majority of a well-maintained, very central, apartment building. You’ll really feel like a local with your very own Persian apartment near the main square – with a hot breakfast including freshly squeezed juice and coffee delivered to you, at the time of your choice. The morning of day six sees us leave Isfahan behind, and we’ll make our way to the desert city of Yazd.
October 4th to 6th – Yazd, Kharanaq, Iran
Heading further towards the South of Iran, we’ll arrive in the desert city of Yazd. We’ll get some roof-top action in your own UNESCO-listed neighbourhood, explore the enticing lane-ways, and wander around historical mud-constructed buildings topped with architecturally stunning “wind-catchers” – ancient air-conditioners designed to keep one of the hottest and driest cities in Iran cool. We’ll try the finest “Pashmak” (Persian cotton candy), maybe even a Camel burger, and check out performances of ancient martial arts set to funky drum beats. We won’t miss the incredible Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, and with two nights here, we have time for a day trip to explore an ancient abandoned town. Yazd has it all – and for some reason, the food here is really good (and we know the best places to take you).
In Yazd, your accommodation will be in the most centrally located hotel in the city – an authentically restored classical Persian building known locally as a “living Museum”. On day eight we’ll enjoy one last Yazd lunch, then take a short drive to a nearby historic town – I don’t want to list the name here, because it’s really special, there’s never any tourists around, and I want to keep it that way.
October 6th to 7th – Caravanserai, Iran
An ancient Silk Road inn or “Caravanserai”, is a truly amazing experience straight out of the long-gone days of old Persia. Wifi, not available, night skies, woah. Stargazers, romantics, and just those who need a tasty meal and a great rest, you’re going to love it here. We now have two different Caravanserai’s to choose from – both are exceptional – we’ll make our choice based on the time of year, and what’s on the home-cooked menu for dinner. No matter which Caravanserai we stay at, we have a special surprise that you won’t soon forget…
On day nine, we will make our way to Persepolis and Shiraz.
October 7th to 10th – Shiraz, Persepolis, Iran
Shiraz. The cultural center of Iran, and our base until the end of your Iran tour. The last leg is a long drive – so we decided to make the journey shorter by stopping en route at the ancient city of Persepolis and the tombs of the Persian Kings at Naqsh-e Rustam. After an expert overview, you can explore Persepolis at your leisure. Eventually, you’ll be kicked out (after closing time), but your comfortable hotel with great shady outdoor areas is just a short walk away. Enjoy the sunset view with a cool drink, before getting a great nights sleep – you’ll be right on the very grounds of magnificent Persepolis.
Refreshed and relaxed, the next morning we’ll head into Shiraz, check out historic and modern sites around downtown, sample the best ice-cream I’ve ever had, and spend two more nights in the gem of Iran. We’ll show you around, introduce you to our local friends, and on our last night together enjoy a meal in my favourite restaurant in all of Iran (don’t worry, we’ll pay) – reminiscing about all the good times from our Iran tour, and tears, are optional… (sniff).
In Shiraz, we will stay at a centrally located, independently owned hotel, nearby to attractions, restaurants, cafes, chai-houses, and the Vakil Bazaar (great for last-minute souvenirs).
October 10th – Departure
After one last Persian breakfast, the final day is all yours. Whether you decide to stick around Shiraz some more, or just need us to organise your transport to the airport, we’ll be there for you. Hugs, high fives.
So, what’s really included?
- All accommodation – quality, centrally located, hand-picked.
- Most meals are included – every breakfast, every lunch, and the occasional fancy dinner.
- Entrance fees to sites, museums, parks, and more.
- Private, comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout Iran.
- All other forms of transport that may be necessary to complete our itinerary.
- Personal assistance and travel guidance.
- It’s Iran, sorry, no alcohol – we’ll include water, juice, tea, coffee etc.
- FREE airport pickup on arrival and we’ll organise a low-cost option for when you depart.
- Western AND Iranian guides will be at your disposal.
- Small gang – an average size of just eight guests.
- Visa assistance with your Iranian tourist visa.
- And much more – we pride ourselves on being the best value trip through Iran.
- Finally, it wouldn’t be a Yomadic journey without including a few extra secrets…
And what’s not included?
- Airfares to and from Iran are not included – but we can assist you with booking your flight.
- Travel insurance is not included and is mandatory.
- When you’re out choosing to do your own thang, you pay for it.
- Any fees or charges that you incur as a result of you canceling this trip once you have made a booking, we are not responsible for – including for example airline or transport provider charges.
- If you arrive on a different day from the commencement of the tour, or very early that same day, you will need to pay for an airport taxi (but we will assist with the arrangements).
- If you arrive early or depart late, you will be liable for all expenses.
- Your final taxi to the airport is not included – but we’ll organise a low-cost option for you.
- You are responsible for the fee of your Iranian tourist visa (which varies by nationality).
Is Iran Safe?
Forget the media, forget what you’ve heard from people who have never visited Iran. You’ve heard the saying “don’t believe the hype” and nothing could be truer here. Iran is probably safer than the country you live in. Iranians are friendly, hospitable, and welcoming – you’ll be invited to meals, they’ll chat with you on the streets, and welcome you with open-arms at every opportunity. Tourists are treated with respect – by the locals and the authorities. Many of our solo-female guests have said: “Iran is the safest country I’ve ever visited”.
Will I get a Visa? I heard it was impossible for my nationality?
We partner with a respected Iranian visa agency, so getting your tourist visa will be simple. If you’re unsure of whether your nationality is entitled to a visa, just ask – we really are Iranian-visa experts. NOTE for United States citizens, currently, there are no problems in obtaining visas for US citizens.
Where will we sleep?
From hand picked traditional guest-houses to memorable hotels, all centrally located and within walking distance of the heart of each city we visit. We really have inspected (and stayed) in each and every property. Most accommodation will include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and you will always be served breakfast. We like variety, and a great nights rest. You’ll have a private bathroom with a western-style toilet. If you’re sharing, it will be a maximum of two people in each room.
What if I’m travelling solo, will I need to pay extra?
You pay the same price whether you’re solo or not. There is no single supplement fee or charge – if you’re happy to twin-share with a maximum of one other person. If you do want your own room…
What if I would like my own room?
Don’t want to play bunk buddy? Prefer your own privacy? No problems, for a single supplement of €500, you will have your own room every night. Just let us know, we’ll arrange it. If not, you will share with a maximum of one other person.
What if I get sick of hanging out with you guys?
We’ve designed the trip so you have plenty of time to do your own exploring – day and night. Make sure you’re back by the time we drive to the next city, or else we will kill you.
The tour ends up in Shiraz. WTF will I do now?
Fear not – we start and end the tour in different locations so you get the most out of your time in Iran. Shiraz is a well-connected city with many transport options – including regular flights to major airline hubs such as Dubai and Istanbul. If you need to return to Tehran, regular buses, trains, and flights will easily get you there. We will assist you in finding an option from Shiraz, booking transportation that works best for you.
Arriving and departing, early or late?
If you would like to arrive early or depart late, we will organise accommodation for you and provide easy instructions on how to get to your hotel (you’ll need to spring for the cost of the extra hotel nights and the taxi from the airport). We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, please contact us to explain your situation. As for leaving early – you would make us sad, but we’ll make sure you’re safely on your way.
Anything else you should know?
- You are responsible for obtaining any travel visas you may need – of course, we’ll assist.
- You need to have travel insurance, it’s a requirement of this tour.
- Travel can be unpredictable. Things may change. So, in the unlikely event that any major changes to the itinerary are required, we will discuss and keep you in the loop at all times. Our goal is to make all changes for the best, putting you first.
- In the extremely unlikely event that the tour is canceled by us (we’ve never canceled a tour), you will receive a full 100% refund (unless the trip cancellation is due to a “force majeure” event – something beyond our control such as a natural disaster). However – even in that situation – we will always strive to provide you a full refund and go to all lengths to protect our reputation, and your satisfaction.
What if I have paid, and then I change my mind?
We understand – sometimes the best-made travel plans need to be put on hold, or canceled. Unfortunately, we incur very real and substantial costs from the moment you book. However, we don’t want to act all big and corporate, so we promise:
- if you cancel before 100 days of the tour start date, 500 Euro of each ticket may be non-refundable (read on). Due to the increasing popularity of visiting Iran, and the small number of suitable accommodations, we are booking your room well in advance and have genuine non-refundable costs.
- if you cancel between 75 and 100 days before the tour start date you may lose up to 50% of your ticket price.
- if you cancel within 75 days of the tour start date, you may lose up to 100% of your ticket price (this is due to the difficulties in finding a replacement for you at such short notice).
- HOWEVER – WE WILL ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING – so, if we fill your seat after you cancel, we will refund a MINIMUM of 90% of your full ticket price.
Sounds amazing – but why trust Yomadic?
- We can provide you with the contact details of a whole bunch of extremely happy people who came on the previous Yomadic Iran tours and other Yomadic trips. They’re real people, from Canada, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, the UK, Brazil, Sweden, and more. Just ask us and we’ll put you in touch.
- We’re proven, competent, tour operators. We know how to organise a journey. We’ve been running Iran tours since 2014, and spending time on-the-ground in Iran since 2012. We only employ qualified, licensed, and professional, guides, drivers, and assistants. Your travel experience is our reputation, and we don’t take any shortcuts, ever.
- You can talk to us – contact and ask for the number (or if you prefer, we’ll call you).
- Payments are possible only via major credit cards – so all the usual protections you get from your bank or credit card provider apply to all Yomadic travel purchases. This is the safest, most secure way to book your seat.
- Yomadic.com has been live since January, 2012. During that time, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Sunday Times in Australia and England, the Huffington Post and even Lonely Planet have featured the long history of travel knowledge found right here on these pages. These are some of the world’s most well-regarded publishers and travel companies, and I’m happy to have worked with them.
- We have genuine on-the-ground knowledge, experience, and local contacts, throughout Iran. Each year, we personally spend many months on-the-ground in Iran – running tours and furthering our relationships with our contacts and partners. We stay-up-to-date with all things Iran and continue to provide the utmost in reliability, security, value, and of course – fun.
- Yomadic Iran tours only utilise the services of well-established and reliable local partners. And, we’ve got backup plans – spare transportation, a team of drivers and guides, and the local knowledge to figure our way through the stickiest of situations. At all times, we have an eye on safety, security, and reliability. Yomadic is small and independent, but we act with professionalism at all times.
What if I still have some unanswered questions?
Get in touch! Contact via email by clicking here. Alternatively, we love to talk on the phone – contact first via email and let us know if you would prefer to call us, or if you would like Nate (or Phillipa) to call you.
OK. I’m convinced and can’t wait to come along…. how do I pay?
All major Credit Cards or PayPal are accepted – ensuring your purchase is safe and secure.
BTW… Iran is what inspired all of the Yomadic Untours (we also tour in places like Ukraine, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania). When I first visited Iran in 2012, I couldn’t believe it. Instantly, I knew – I needed to bring people here to experience the best travel surprise in the world. So, I started taking notes. Collecting business cards. Making contacts. Checking out hotels, restaurants, cafes. I now spend several months each year on-the-ground in Iran, to make sure our “Untours” remain up-to-date, fresh, and the best possible way to see Iran.