Yomadic Iran tours are for people who love the spirit of independent travel, and the camaraderie of a small group of travelling friends, but really wouldn’t enjoy a typical “corporate” group tour. Since 2014, our Iran tours have combined the best aspects of freestyle travel, wrapped inside a curated (but flexible) itinerary – we call it the “untour”.
These are the best available small-gang Iran tours, and we would like to personally invite you to join us.
From Tehran to Shiraz we’ll be sure to visit the big UNESCO heritage sights. Our local connections will get you experiencing the real Iran – exploring hidden café’s deep inside atmospheric bazaars, meeting the locals, and checking out fascinating lesser-known places that don’t appear on other itineraries.
We always have comfortable private transport, but don’t mind the little adventures of catching a city-subway or shared-taxi. Our accommodation is independently owned, perfectly located, and handpicked – we’re chasing an experience, a good nights rest, great breakfast, and an interesting neighbourhood to explore day or night.
You’ll have both local Iranian and Western guides – relaxed and friendly – with up-to-date local insight and historical expertise. We’ll ensure you see the best of Iran – and have the freedom to explore and let Iran come to you. You’ll make the most of your time, but you won’t feel rushed…
tehran / shiraz / isfahan / yazd / persepolis / qom / kashan
abyaneh / kharanaq / caravanserai over-nighter and more
full information on all 2018 yomadic iran tours is here
seats are purposefully limited
Modern cities, ancient citadels, wonderful architecture, delicious food, the most welcoming people on Earth – Iran is safe, friendly, incredible, and open for tourism. Now is the time to visit – Iran will be swarming with tourists in the years to come. Here’s what previous trippers said about their Yomadic Iran “Untour” experience (and almost 30% booked another adventure):
“BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.” – Hanif C., Canada
“There are many unbelievable moments in that trip that never would have happened had we gone by ourselves… one of the best things I’ve ever done.” – Kate M., Australia
“Trip of a lifetime… I’d do it again.” – Melissa B., USA
“…would do it all over again right now.” – John G., USA
“…single best travel experience of my life!” – Rachel W., Australia
“…one of the best, if not the best trip I’ve ever made” – Serge B, Luxembourg
“I was so glad that I came along as I was never really into guided tours. This was definitely the most interesting and fun vacation I’ve ever had.” – Bryan G, Australia
“Yeah, it really was that amazing.” – Lara K., USA
2018 Iran Tours
***update: ONE seat remaining for April 16th tour
▹ small gang ▹ private transport ▹ central hand-picked accommodation ▹ delicious meals ▹ up-to-date curated but flexible itinerary ▹ we’ll take advantage of special events and hot local tips ▹ friendly and knowledgeable Western and Iranian guides ▹ no-tourist-traps ▹ classic UNESCO and unique lesser-known destinations
FULL details of all Yomadic 2018 Iran tours – itinerary and inclusions – below…
Yomadic Iran Tour Itinerary
We minimise driving time, avoid airports and flights, and your accommodation is ALWAYS centrally located – with the best of each destination within easy walking distance. We keep up-to-date with what’s happening in Iran, and take advantage of any special events that may be happening at the time you visit. You’ll be with a small group of experienced, relaxed, and dedicated people who know Iran and will love the journey as much as you. Our Iran tours are considered the best possible – and you’ll see far more than the itinerary listed below…
Two nights – Tehran, Iran
Bustling, stylish, ancient, and modern. Your Persian journey commences here. We’ll get you lost in the enormous Tehran Grand Bazaar, admiring the modernist architecture of Azadi Tower, exploring UNESCO listed Golestan Palace, and dining in the cool foothills of North Tehran. Our connections will get you inside the former USA Embassy, AKA “The Nest of Spies”. Beyond visiting the classic Tehran highlights, we’ll check out intriguing local neighbourhoods, and show you some of the secrets this enormous city holds. Captivating Tehran is constantly evolving and changing, and we’ll have enough time to show you the best of the best.
In Tehran, you will stay at a modern, comfortable, centrally located hotel. 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.
One night – Qom, Kashan, Abyaneh, Iran
Kashan is our favourite small city in Iran. Famous for Persian architecture – picturesque bath-houses, magnificent historical mansions, the oldest Persian garden, and the most spectacular Bazaar in Iran – and we’ll see them all. 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. And after Kashan, we’ll head high into the mountains to wander through Abyaneh – one of the oldest and most visually scenic villages you will ever see – famous for segregated door knockers. Uh huh.
In Kashan, our serene centrally located accommodation is a beautifully restored classical Persian building (with a great chef!). 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.
Two nights – Esfahan, Iran
Third largest city in Iran, home of “Gaz” (Persian nougat, oh yes) and the magnificent Naqsh-e Jahan Square – Esfahan is known as “half the world”. A favourite city of Iranian and foreign visitors, we’ll visit the architecturally perfect Shah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace, and listen to classical Persian songs underneath ancient Khaju bridge. We know a few secrets throughout the varied neighbourhoods (from hidden Chai-houses to “Pigeon Towers”), and it’s around this time of the Iran tour we begin to access places even the locals don’t ever get to see…
In Isfahan, we will occupy the majority of a well-maintained apartment building. You’ll have your own Persian apartment, a short walk to the main square (breakfast will be delivered at the time of your choice). The morning of day six sees us leave Esfahan behind, and we’ll make our way to the desert city of Yazd.
Two nights – Yazd, Kharanaq, Iran
Heading further towards the South of Iran, we’ll arrive in mesmerizing Yazd. Exploring the twisting lane-ways of your own UNESCO listed neighbourhood will be a daily highlight. We’ll visit the incredible Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, check out performances of ancient martial arts set to funky drum beats, learn about the ancient water engineering that allows this desert-city to thrive, and take a day trip to explore the ancient town of Kharanaq. Yazd has it all – and the food here is really good (we’ll take you to the best restaurants – from rooftop dining, to street-food).
In Yazd, your accommodation will be in an authentically restored classical Persian building. After two nights here, we’ll drive to our Caravanserai – located in a small historical town on the edge of the desert (I don’t want to say the name, as it’s a bit of a tourist-secret… for now).
One night – Caravanserai, Iran
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. An ancient Silk Road inn or “Caravanserai”, is a truly amazing experience straight out of the long-gone days of old Persia. We now have two different Caravanserai’s to choose from, and we’ll make our choice based on the time of year, and what’s on the home-cooked menu for dinner.
On day nine, we will make our way to Persepolis and Shiraz.
Three nights – Shiraz/Persepolis, Iran
Shiraz – the cultural center of Iran, and our base until the end of your Iran tour. First up – the ancient city of Persepolis and the tombs of the Persian Kings at Naqsh-e Rostam. 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 a short walk away – perfect to enjoy the sunset view of Persepolis with a cool drink.
Refreshed and relaxed, the next morning we’ll head into Shiraz, and spend two more nights in the gem of Iran. We’ll take you to the best historic and modern sites around downtown (day and night), wake up early for the photo opportunity of a lifetime, and on our last night together enjoy a meal in my favourite restaurant in all of Iran.
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).
Day 12 – Shiraz / 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, tears optional.
We promise you will see more than the list above – more than you would believe is possible. Every Yomadic Iran tour is genuinely unique, we’ll always take advantage of any special events that may be happening in Iran at the time.
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Our coffee guy in Esfahan, Iran. Howdy Miran, we’ll be back soon. BTW, all the info about the Yomadic Iran tour inclusions (spoiler: almost everything) is below (of course we’ll shout you a coffee)…
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Why the Yomadic Iran “UnTour”?
Travelling independently to Iran is great – if you have, time, patience, and a big helping of local knowledge. But, you might miss some of the best secrets. I know – I’ve been in that situation. How do you find a good restaurant, or those places that don’t appear on the “tourist trail”? What should you really spend time seeing? How do you get around? Would you like your transport to stop so you can take a photo, check out a market, or just take in the scenery?
Our Untour concept is simple – a small gang of like-minded travelers seeing the sights, cities, villages, deserts, and mountains worth seeing – and avoiding the tourist traps. We make time to stop and just take it all in, and you’ll enjoy the freedom to enjoy things your own way.
There are many unmissable sites in Iran, and we’ll visit them. We’ll also visit the lesser-known, hidden, and totally memorable places that don’t appear on other itineraries – where local knowledge is essential.
Iran is incredibly alluring but there’s a good reason so few tourists are around (for now). Despite the appeal, Iran seems just too hard. Unknown. Mysterious. Visa issues. And is it dangerous?
For many people, Iran remains forever a dream. We have the solution – we take the best aspects of independent travel, and subtly wrap it inside a curated, but flexible, Iranian itinerary.
This is the Yomadic “Untour”, it’s unique, and the best possible way to get to know Iran.
Inclusions – Yomadic Iran Tours
We include more – we’ve researched our “competition” and we’ll gladly help you compare. We’re certain our value substantially exceeds all others and our tours are the best possible way of experiencing Iran.
You’ll have our own private transport. Modern, spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned. Our own hand-picked local drivers are safe, experienced, and friendly (which reminds me, I need to send a gift to one of our Iranian drivers and his wife, their first child was just born).
Public transport in Iran is an experience – maybe we’ll take the Tehran subway, catch a bus in Shiraz, and you’ll need at least one Iranian taxi ride. But, reliable private transportation is the key to getting around Iran efficiently – it’s a must – along with a calm and professional driver.
From cozy, local, family owned traditional accommodation in Kashan, to stylish hotels in Tehran, your own apartment for a few nights in Esfahan, our hotel in Yazd is known as a living museum, one remarkable, ancient, silk-road, caravanserai – you’ll enjoy the variety. We personally hand-select every hotel, we’ve stayed in them all multiple times (and have played an advisory role in improving the standards). Shared rooms have a maximum of two guests in total. All accommodation is perfectly located, comfortable, quiet, with helpful staff, good breakfast, and the fastest WiFi possible.
We absolutely love Persian food and great restaurants. All Yomadic tours include breakfast and lunch every single day. Order whatever you like, it’s all included. Usually, we’ll be sitting down at a restaurant (we know the best local joints in each city), but we don’t mind the occasional picnic or tasty street-food snacks. Hearty, local, fresh, plenty of variety, and we’ll take care of your dietary requirements. Note: we include tea, coffee, desserts (and deserts), juice, water, and more – but sorry, no alcohol on our Iran tours (thems the local rules).
Most nights we’ll leave you to make your own decisions – dine at the finest in the city, the local hole-in-the-wall, or hit the streets You’re always welcome to join us, it’s always your choice. Either way, we’ll point you in the right direction of a great meal. Also, we’d feel awkward if we didn’t pay for one amazing final dinner.
We’ll use our well-experienced team to assist you with obtaining your Iran tourist visa – for citizens from the USA, Canada, England, Australia, the EU, New Zealand, and more. We do not charge any fee for visa assistance, and will always do our best to make the visa process as fast and efficient as possible.
And more inclusions…
Free airport pickup and transfer to your hotel on arrival. Entrance fees to any attraction we visit. Our bus is connected to the Internet whenever you need it (where available). Coffee and cake. Snacks and drinks. Whatever we can think of to provide the best possible Iran experience – introductions to our local friends, photography tips, fireworks. We’ll help you out with customs, cultures, and currency exchange. Phillipa, myself (Nate) and our friendly and laid-back Iranian guides, are always available. We won’t skimp on inclusions, there really are no “added extras” on our Iran tours.
Solo Traveler? Great!
Unless you prefer your own room, you don’t need to pay a “single supplement”. Male, female, singles, couples, friends – you’ll be surrounded by a gang of like-minded souls, and have time to yourself when you need it. It takes a certain type of person to travel to Iran and we’ll take care of you like family.
Why trust Yomadic?
Sounds amazing, but you’re still unsure about putting your trust with 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. People from Canada, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, Malaysia, the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, and more, and would love to personally tell you all about their Yomadic Iran tour experience.
- We’re proven, competent, tour operators. We’ve been running Iran tours since 2014, and spending time on-the-ground in Iran since 2012. We only employ qualified, professional, friendly, local guides, drivers, and assistants with a verifiable history of providing the best in their field.
- You can always talk to us – contact us, leave your details, and we’ll give you a call.
- Yomadic trip payments are possible via all major credit cards – so all the usual protections from your bank or credit card provider apply to all Yomadic travel purchases. The Yomadic website is 100% secure.
- 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 Lonely Planet have featured the long history of travel knowledge found right here.
- We have genuine on-the-ground knowledge, experience, and local contacts, throughout Iran. Each year, we spend many months on-the-ground in Iran – running tours and furthering our relationships with our contacts and partners. As you’re reading this, we’re probably in Iran today.
- Yomadic Iran tours only utilise the services of well-established and reliable local partners. We have solid backup plans – spare transportation, a team of drivers and guides, a network of partners. We will act with professionalism, safety, security, and reliability at all times. Sure, we have a lot of fun – but our promise is to look after you, no matter what. Your travel experience, is our reputation.
Sounds good, right?
Our Iran tours sell-out fast – and a big reason for that is a high number of repeat-trippers and personal recommendations. These kinds of travel opportunities don’t come along often, and I wish the list below could be longer – but then it wouldn’t be quite so special. I hope you can join us, we would love to show you Iran.
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Nate Robert, YOMADIC