YOMADIC

2019 - 2020 tours Iran - Ukraine

Yomadic Iran Tour Sep 29th – Oct 10th, 2019

12 DAYS – TEHRAN to SHIRAZ
LAUNCH DISCOUNT – €2690 €2290
BOOK WITH 50% DEPOSIT €1245

On this page you’ll find the Yomadic Iran tour itinerary, inclusions, and answers to common questions. You may reserve your seat using any credit card (contact for direct bank deposit).

Note: the itinerary below is just the starting point – you’ll see and experience significantly more of the real, authentic, Iran. Every Yomadic journey is unique – curated, but spontaneous. We’ll take advantage of any special events happening at the time you’re in Iran, and we’ll enjoy the adventure as much as you will…

Itinerary

September 29th – October 1st (two nights), Tehran, Iran

Azadi Tower Tehran Iran TourBustling, 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. We’ll see inside the former USA Embassy (AKA “The Nest of Spies”), eat the most authentic lunch in the city, and check out intriguing local neighbourhoods. Captivating Tehran is constantly evolving and changing, and we’ll have enough time to show you the best secrets.

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.

October 1st – 2nd (one night) – Qom / Kashan / Abyaneh, Iran

kashan bazar iran tour

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.

October 2nd – 4th (two nights) – Isfahan, Iran

Imam Mosque, Esfhan IranThird 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.

October 4th – 6th (two nights) – Yazd, Kharanaq, Iran

iran tour - view minaret yazd 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 hotel. 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).

October 6th – 7th (one night) – Caravanserai, Iran

iran caravanserai tour

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.

October 7th – 10th (three nights) – Shiraz, Persepolis, Iran

iran-visaShiraz – 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. After closing, 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.

shiraz tours iranRefreshed 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).

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, tears optional.

BONUS…


There will be some great surprises. Iran is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we will never skip anything “unmissable”.

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So, what’s really included?

  • All accommodation – quality, centrally located, hand-picked – classical and modern.
  • Every breakfast, every lunch (we’ll take you to the best local restaurants), and the occasional fancy dinner.
  • Entrance fees to sites, museums, parks, and more.
  • Private, comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout Iran with a dedicated driver.
  • Any other forms of transport that may be necessary to complete our itinerary.
  • Personal assistance and travel guidance – with the gang, or doing your own thang.
  • It’s Iran, sorry, no alcohol – but 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.
  • The same, experienced, professional, friendly guides will be with you for the entire journey.
  • We never do large groups – an average size of just eight guests (maximum twelve).
  • Visa assistance with your Iranian tourist visa (from beginning to end).
  • And much more – we pride ourselves on being the best value trip through Iran, and will gladly assist you in comparing Yomadic with any other Iran “tour”.
  • Finally, it wouldn’t be a Yomadic journey without including a few extra secrets…
  • NEW FOR 2019 UNLIMITED FALAFEL SANDWICHES.

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 in Iran 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 cancelling 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 airport taxi is not included – but we’ll help 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. Don’t believe the hype – 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 for the best possible visa-application experience. If you’re unsure of whether your nationality is entitled to a visa, just ask – we really are Iran visa-experts.

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 have inspected (and stayed) in each and every property. Accommodation will include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, great food, and you will always be served breakfast. You will enjoy the variety, and always get 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.

Who are our guides?

Our local guides are genuine experts. We only use guides who are independent, freelance, and love their job. They have fluency in English (and other languages), and always a friendly and relaxed disposition. Qualified in areas such as architecture and Persian history, they’re highly experienced and happy to provide guidance for tourists of all nationalities.

Most importantly, our guides understand the atmosphere and experience of a Yomadic “untour” – when you want to relax and take in Iran in your own way, they’ll give you plenty of time and space. When you need info or advice, they’ll be magically nearby. Prediction: you’ll want to spend as much time as possible with your guide.

About your guide(s) for this tour:

On this tour, you will exclusively have the dream-team. Nate and Phillipa (founders of Yomadic), will be joining in with Vahid (our number one Iranian guide). For sure you’ll have the Iran experience of a life-time. We’ll be onboard to make sure the YOMADIC “untours” remain the best available, and to have as much fun exploring Iran as you will.

 

iran tour guide nateNate Robert, founder of YOMADIC, is an Australian travel writer and photographer who spends half his year in Iran. Since 2014, he has been leading tours through Iran, specialising in both classical and lesser known sites. Locals and foreigners alike have recognised the creativity of his Iran explorations, carving out new routes, and introducing travellers to Iran in a way that wasn’t previously possible.

A valued consultant to local Iranian tourism organisations and service providers, and when not in Iran, Nate can often be found in Eastern Europe, guiding tours through Chernobyl, Ukraine, and Bessararabia.

 

iran tour guide phillipa

Phillipa Jane is a New Zealand photographer and extensive full-time traveller, visiting over 70 countries so far. Having organized logistics and guided over 20 tours through Iran, she also has extensive experience in tours through Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.

An Iran specialist, Phillipa spends months in Iran each year, exploring remote locations, developing cultural knowledge, and creating unique journeys for travellers from around the world.

 

 

iran tour guide vahidVahid Negahbanfard was born and lives in Shiraz, and has led over 300 groups through the most famous sites all over Iran. As a qualified architect and avid researcher, Vahid has unique insight and knowledge on both historical Persia and contemporary Iran. Recognized as one of the leading guides in Iran, Vahid is a sought-after guide, speaker, and mentor, and also leads tours through Russia, Turkey, Mauritius, Spain, Hungary, and Italy.

Vahid is a key part of the Yomadic team, having been with us since the very first Iran tour, way back in 2014. He’s our number guide, and a lot of fun to be around.

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 €650, 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. What 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 multiple flights daily 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 pre-book 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). 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 cancelled by us (we’ve never cancelled 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.
  • We have five years of Iran tour experience, we are genuine Iran-tour-experts.

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 cancelled. 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 uscontact 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. If you would like to pay with a direct bank deposit, please ask for our details.

I need a little more convincing…

There’s a secret page, that up until now we’ve only shown to people who have already booked in on a Yomadic Iran tour. It’s a great insight into the way we work… check it out.

Enjoy Iran!

Nate Robert, YOMADIC

BTW… Iran is what inspired all of the Yomadic “Untours” (we also run tours 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.