This Culinary tour package is a combination of visits to famous tourist destinations and familiarity with Iranian gastronomy style. During this 11-day trip, you will get acquainted with authentic Persian foods that enrich your travel experience with taste and color. At the end, not only have you visited Iran’s historical and cultural monuments, but you have also learned much about the Iranian cooking style.
Visited Cities: Shiraz, Isfahan, Abyaneh, Tehran, Masuleh, Rasht
Upon your arrival in Shiraz you’ll be transferred to the hotel for a rest. In the morning our tour begins with a visit to Nasir-ol-Mulk Mosque (also called the Pink Mosque because of its stained-glass windows); Narenjestan with interesting house-museum; Arg-e Karim Khan; Vakil Bazaar; and Vakil Mosque, famous for its huge prayer hall. Next we visit the Tomb of one of the most renowned Iranian poets—Hafez.
After breakfast, we head out to a fresh market where you are inspired by authentic flavors. Accompanied by your chef, you will become familiar with the ingredients and pick out the items included in the recipe (for example, the ingredients needed for cooking Kalam Polo Shirazi). The next 4-5 hours will be spent among pots and pans where you’ll prepare your tasty Iranian lunch. That would be a unique experience.
In the afternoon you have enough time to visit the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine (a spiritual place with eye-catching mirror tiles). The tour ends by going to the Quran Gate.
We are going to drive to Isfahan visiting— on the way— the UNESCO World Heritage site Persepolis, the capital of the vast Achaemenid Persian Empire for centuries. We continue our trip by seeing Naqsh-e Rustam (a royal necropolis standing as an enduring memory of glorious ancient Persia) in which there are four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings. Within an hour’s drive from Persepolis is another ancient capital, Pasargadae, home to the Tomb of Cyrus the Great. We’ll arrive to Isfahan during evening.
Tour of Isfahan will begin with a visit to one of the largest squares in the world, Naqshe-Jahan (a UNESCO World Heritage site) which are located around the perimeter of the huge mosque of the Imam Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque built without minarets, and Ali Qapu Palace. After lunch we’ll continue our tour of Isfahan by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site Chehel Sotoun Palace and Garden (the best sample of Islamic Persian painting). In the evening, we’ll stroll through the old arched bridge Siosepol.
Today is devoted to a fascinating culinary program (for example, cooking Biryani): a scenic morning walk past a nice local market where you buy all the fresh items needed for for an unforgettable cooking class. Our renowned chef will take you step by step through the entire cooking process. After lunch, you are free at leisure.
In the morning we are going to visit two other major spots in Isfahan: Jame Mosque (a comprehensive book of Iranian and Islamic architecture where you can see step by step development of Persian architecture) and the Vank Cathedral (with astonishing paintings displaying the architectural styles of both Christian and Islamic traditions). In the afternoon we are driving to Tehran visiting Abyaneh (a wonderful experience of the ancient civilization and culture of Iran) on the way.
Our full-day tour of Tehran will take us to the splendid Golestan Palace (a masterpiece of the Qajar period, embodying the fruitful integration of earlier Persian architecture and design with Western impacts site). Next we visit some extraordinary museums: the National Museum of Iran, (consisting of Archaeological Museum of Iran and the National Arts Museum); Glass & Ceramics Museum, (covering a period from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the present); and possibly Treasury of National Jewelry Museum (which houses the largest pink diamond in the world).
Another cooking program, this time in the capital (for example, preparing Fesenjan). Like the other two, it starts in the morning and takes about 6 ours. The result shows the level of your cooking expertise in preparing Iranian delicious dishes. You have reached
It is delightful to find that You have now become somewhat familiar with the Iranian culinary peculiarities which is definitely rewarding.
After the class, you are visiting Tabiat Bridge (the most extensive pedestrian overpass in Iran).
We are on the road to Masuleh (400 km) en route visiting Fuman (the capital of Fuman County, located in Gilan Province) and Roudkhan Castle (with an area of 2.6 hectares). Situated 25km southwest of Fouman city, this remarkable castle is a military complex which had been built during the Sassanid era (224-651), and later reconstructed during the Seljuq period by followers of the Ismaili sect. Due to the natural mountainous features it has been possible to build the castle on two tips of a mountain. We’ll arrive in Masuleh in the evening.
After Breakfast we are driving to Rasht (70 km). Today we’ll take an excursion to Masal, visiting Olasbelanga Countryside (a wonderful place with its mountainous spectacular areas and intact nature) before moving to Talesh (located on the southwest coast of Caspian Sea). It is located 140 km northwest of Rasht, on the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea. We’ll then head back to Rasht. A visit to the local Bazaar and Rasht Museum (a two- storied building comprising three sections: the anthropological, archeological, and an area displaying documents) will close the day.
After breakfast, you are going to a fresh market for buying the ingredients. Your chef will be the guide for your bazaar wanders and help you enrich your knowledge of cooking Persian foods (for example, Kabab Torsh).
The last culinary day ends with your delightful lunch in a friendly atmosphere.
In the afternoon, you are driving back to Tehran Airport for departure.