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The Taste of Iran

Overview

As your flight descends towards the capital city of Tehran, your mind conjures up typical images of Iran – vibrant bazaars, Islamic architecture, iconic landmarks of Persian culture and of course, Iranian food.

For a land that is blessed with sprawling farmlands, dry fruits and spices, it is no wonder that the aromas of Iranian cooking fill up the streets and alleyways of cities and villages alike. A country with a rich history, Iran produces some mouth-watering dishes and desserts created through thousands of years of perfected techniques. Saffron, cheeses, crispy rice and succulent meats all contribute to full flavoured meals capable of taking anyone to another place.  As you dine on tah chin, fesenjan or relish a refreshing faloudeh, it’ll only take a hint of saffron to throw your thoughts back into the depths of that bazaar or the farms of Iran.

So, join us as we take your Iranian holiday to the next level by showing you the soul of Iran – its unparalleled gastronomy and a world of typical Iranian ingredients.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Tehran

Touchdown at Tehran International Airport. Our on-ground coordinator will receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

Welcome to Tehran, the capital of Iran. This marvellous city sits at the bottom of the Alborz Mountains – their snowy peaks serving as a photogenic backdrop for the colourful buildings below. Tehran is commonly known as one of the country’s most liberal metropolitan areas and this may become obvious through an adventure into the depths of their hospitality scene. Lamb, chickpeas, tahdig (crispy rice pies) and potatoes are all big staples in Iranian cuisine and they’re best washed down with a cup of doogh (minty yoghurt drink).

We kickstart this adventure with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at the Rastan Restaurant, which is just a quick walk from your hotel.

Post the meeting, head back to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Tehran.

 

Day 02: Explore Tehran

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

We begin our Iranian food adventure by heading straight to the market. As we watch the vibrant, bustling market with an array of fruits, vegetables, spices, condiments and meat, we begin to survey the stalls to gather the ingredients to prepare today’s lunch, tahchin. Translating to ‘arranged at the bottom’, this traditional Persian dish consists of crisp saffron-infused rice layered with onions, chicken, rice, yoghurt, eggs, oil, salt and pepper. It’s often made for special occasions; the layer of rice at the bottom (known as tahdig) becomes crispy and crunchy as it bakes against the pan and it’s often said to be the best part of the meal. A cooking class at a local house gives us a chance to learn how to cook this Persian favourite – right before tucking in to their delicious dishes.

 Afterwards, take to the streets of Tehran on a guided tour of the city. Our first stop is the Golestan Palace. Its dazzling colours and stained-glass window are fascinating to watch.

Our next stop is the bustling Tehran Bazaar.

You have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Tehran.

 

Day 03: Explore Esfahan

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today, we head to Esfahan.

Known as a top destination for travellers to Iran, Esfahan has a lot to offer for those looking to explore Persian culture. The gardens, Islamic buildings and the UNESCO heritage-listed Naqsh-e Jahan Square are just a few of the highlights the city has to offer – it’s hard to miss something that isn’t full of colour or boasting some gobsmacking architecture. We start our  journey through one of the country’s largest metropolises with a guided walk past the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and its resident mosque before heading onward to the Sheik Lotfollah Mosque and the palace of Ali Qapu.

Once the evening kicks in, prepare to cook up a delicious homemade Persian biryani. The delicate layering of rice interspersed with spices and meat relies on a Persian steaming method known as ‘dam pohkt’, meaning ‘steam-cooked’. While it can be served up with a variety of meats and spices, tonight’s dish consists of shoulder lamb, onions, Iranian sangak bread, cooking oil, salt, black pepper and turmeric. Fill up, hit the hay and prepare for more adventures through Esfahan once the sun rises tomorrow.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Esfahan.

 

Day 04: Explore Esfahan

We start the day with a scrumptious breakfast.

What better way to understand the agricultural produce of a country than with a visit to a local farm. Thanks to a variety of diverse factors such as climate, regional soil and altitude differences throughout the region, the Esfahan Province is widely regarded as one of the most important agricultural sites in Iran. This means there’s plenty of fresh produce growing in the area outside the city, just waiting to be harvested.  We visit the nearby farm during the day and get a feel how the local farmers work these lands. We then travel back into town for a visit to the famous bazaar of Esfahan, located in the old part of the city. Fresh fruit, rugs, trinkets, memoirs and entire shops dedicated to saffron are hallmarks of the typical Persian bazaar.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Esfahan.

 

Day 05: Explore Yazd

Today, post a hearty breakfast, we head to Yazd.

With mazes of streets, winding lanes and archways upon archways, Yazd is much of a city as it is a labyrinth.

We begin our adventure through the City of Windcatchers on an orientation walk. Visit the Masid-e Jameh, a stunning example of an Azari mosque that boasts of the tallest minarets in the country. Next, we will check out the symmetrical alcoves of the Amir Chakhmaq Complex and then head on to the Water Museum to experience some impressive architecture before arriving at the old mud brick city.

Tonight’s dinner consists of a Yazd favourite – a delicious, traditional Iranian stew called gheimeh yazdi. Pop into a local house before digging in. Your hosts will lay out a tablecloth on the carpeted floor, the way most Iranians still dine.  Watch how all the ingredients – turmeric, onions, peas and meat come together beautifully to create this dish. Relish this amazing dinner with your friends and the hosts over stories of Iran’s glorious past.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Yazd.

 

Day 06: Explore Yazd

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today, we explore the sweet side of the Iranian cuisine. We head out to the  streets of Yazd for a stroll through the finest sweet stalls in Iran. Many generations of confectioners have operated in this area for centuries, selling treats unlike anywhere else in the world. There’s haji badam, small round balls made with chickpea flour, eggs, sugar, almonds, cardamoms and nutmeg; nan berenji, a round cookie made with rice flour, cardamom and rosewater and sprinkled with poppy seeds and souhan, a grainy version of brittle made with pistachios instead of peanut. There’s also the flour-based baqlava, made with almonds, pistachios, cardamom and rosewater. The best seller of all is qottab, an almond-shaped and infused cookie with a crispy shell rolled in powdered sugar.

After loading up on sweet treats, visit a local workshop that makes sugar cubes before heading on to a traditional bakery for a bite of gata or koloocheh.

You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the streets of Yazd on your own.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Yazd.

 

Day 07: Explore Shiraz

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today’s adventures begin in Shiraz with an orientation walk through the town, visiting locations such as the Karimkhan Citadel and the Pars Museum. We stop at the Vakil Bazaar that offers a taste and an insight into the making of traditional Iranian ice cream and faloudeh, a delicious cold desert consisting of noodles and frozen rose water syrup with limejuice.

While the city may have once played namesake to Shiraz wine – not a drop of the stuff has come from the area since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Yet the region is still full of master beverage producers with some of the local non-alcoholic drinks boasting of an unmatched flavour using unexpected ingredients. Different plants such as rose, mint, musk willow, walnut and more are distilled to create drinks with both medical and gastronomic uses – learn more about this in a visit to a large workshop where some of these beverages are kept and produced.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Tehran.

 

Day 08: Explore Shiraz

We start the day with a scrumptious breakfast.

Today, we drive 60 km northeast of Shiraz into the countryside of the Fars Province on a hunt for the ancient city of Persepolis. The former capital of the Achaemenid Empire, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site holds some of the earliest examples of the Achaemenid style of architecture – hallmarked by intricate carvings, flat surfaced structures and intricate carvings of humans. A few more kilometres north of Persepolis lies the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam, the next stop on the journey. Though parts of this ‘city of the dead’ are said to have suffered major damage over the last millennium, the impressive stone carvings on the side of the necropolis’ massive cliff face are still a spectacular site to this day.

After exploring these ancient cities, we head back to the city to understand the cheese making process. Persians are love their cheese, so expect some excellent flavours. A traditional panir cheese recipe creates a very delicate, mild-tasting cheese with hints of mint and lime. Lighvan cheese is a little more sour – it’s covered with holes and usually ends up served at breakfast or dinner with a piece of fresh bread. An Iranian favourite is Persian feta, which involves taking a block of Greek style feta, drying it out, brining it for a day before serving it up dry with sunflower oil, lime zest and garlic – it’s a flavour you can’t beat.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Tehran.

 

Day 09: Shiraz to Tehran

Today, post a hearty breakfast, you have the morning at leisure before you head to the airport to catch your flight to Tehran.

The final meal today will most likely be the most memorable one, fesenjan, a rich tangy chicken stew with walnuts and pomegranate sauce. This dish is typically served as a holiday favourite during Shab-e Yalda, a winter solstice tradition that predates Islam by thousands of years. We learn how to make this delicious dish at a typical Iranian house with a local family. Enjoy dinner sharing laughs, aromas and tastes on the final night of your journey.

Overnight stay at the plush hotel in Tehran.

 

Day 10: Depart from Tehran

Today marks the end of your food adventure in Iran.

Post a hearty breakfast, bid goodbye to Iran and head to the international airport to catch your flight back home.

Package Rates

On this tour of Iran, we take you on a spectacular food journey as you explore the aromas and taste of Iranian cuisine.

Our package ensures that you have a wonderful trip right from the start to the end. The transfers are smooth, the stays are luxurious, the experiences are impeccable and the memories are incredible.

We offer all of the above at 13,600 per person.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Travel with Air Arabia
  • Luxurious stays at plush 3-star hotels:
  • Hotel in Tehran for 03 nights
  • Hotel in Esfahan for 02 nights
  • Hotel in Yazd for 02 nights
  • Hotel in Shiraz for 02 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch(Day 02)
  • Dinner( Day 03,05,07,08,09)
  • Private transfers on ground
  • Travel in a public bus
  • Domestic flight from Shiraz to Tehran
  • Sight-seeing in Tehran
  • City walking tour
  • Tah-Chin Morgh, Cooking Class
  • Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
  • Sight-seeing in Esfahan
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
  • Biryani Cooking Class (Dinner)
  • Gaz Tasting and Bazaar Visit
  • Sight-seeing in Yazd
  • City walking tour including Jameh Mosque
  • Gheimeh Yazdi, Cooking Class (Dinner)
  • Amir Chakhmaq Complex & Square
  • Water Museum
  • Food Focused City Orientation Tour
  • Traditional Sweet Shop & Bakery Tour
  • Sight-seeing in Shiraz
  • City walking tour
  • Traditional Beverage Demonstration
  • Karimkhan Citadel
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Pars Museum
  • Persepolis guided tour
  • Naqsh-e Rustam necropolis

 

Package Rate Exclusions

  • Visa charges
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in the inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Departure dates
 
Multiple Departure dates between May to November every year
 
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost
Departure dates
 
Multiple Departure dates between May to November every year
 
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Travel with Air Arabia
  • Luxurious stays at plush 3-star hotels:
  • Hotel in Tehran for 03 nights
  • Hotel in Esfahan for 02 nights
  • Hotel in Yazd for 02 nights
  • Hotel in Shiraz for 02 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch(Day 02)
  • Dinner( Day 03,05,07,08,09)
  • Private transfers on ground
  • Travel in a public bus
  • Domestic flight from Shiraz to Tehran
  • Sight-seeing in Tehran
  • City walking tour
  • Tah-Chin Morgh, Cooking Class
  • Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
  • Sight-seeing in Esfahan
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
  • Biryani Cooking Class (Dinner)
  • Gaz Tasting and Bazaar Visit
  • Sight-seeing in Yazd
  • City walking tour including Jameh Mosque
  • Gheimeh Yazdi, Cooking Class (Dinner)
  • Amir Chakhmaq Complex & Square
  • Water Museum
  • Food Focused City Orientation Tour
  • Traditional Sweet Shop & Bakery Tour
  • Sight-seeing in Shiraz
  • City walking tour
  • Traditional Beverage Demonstration
  • Karimkhan Citadel
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Pars Museum
  • Persepolis guided tour
  • Naqsh-e Rustam necropolis

 

Package Rate Exclusions

  • Visa charges
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in the inclusions
45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost