Culinary Tour 13 Days

fesenjan.steptoiran.comDay 1: Arrive to Tehran. Visit Tehran

Tehran is a young capital for an ancient land. In the middle Ages it was a small settlement and came to prominence in the Safavid era (16th century) as a result of its strategic situation and became Iran's capital in 1795.

The city's older landmarks suffered under the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah. The Shah believed that ancient buildings such as large parts of the Golestan Palace, Takieh-ye Dowlat, the Toopkhaneh Square, the magnificent city fortifications and the old citadel among others should not be part of a modern city. They were systematically destroyed and modern 1950s and 1960s buildings were built in their place.

Tehran bazaar was divided in half and many historic buildings were destroyed in order to build wide straight avenues in the capital. Many excellent examples of Persian Gardens also became targets to new construction projects. The decision to carry these out is presently largely seen as a foolish mistake that hurt the visual fabric and the cultural identity of the city beyond repair.O/N in Tehran.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Iran National museum

- Bazaar

- Iran Jewels museum


Iranian Cooking Section
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For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Fesenjan. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Bozghorme.steptoiran.comDay 2: Fly to Kerman. Visit Kerman

Capital of a sparsely populated province far from the rich farmlands and industrial centers, the city is remarkably cosmopolitan and dotted with monuments attesting its place in Iranian history. For centuries the region was an important junction on the caravan routes between Iran and India.

Kerman has suffered repeated invasions and destruction-the last at the hands of the founder of the Qajar Dynasty during his attempt to overthrow the Zand prince. Capturing the city he treated the inhabitants with barbaric cruelty for their support of the prince.O/N in Kerman.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Ghanjalikhan Complex

- Shazdeh Garden

Iranian Cooking Section:

For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Boz Ghormeh. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Day 3: Drive to Shiraz via Sirjan and Neyriz

Located west of Kerman Province, Sirjan is the second most populated city in the province and neighbors Shahre Babak and Rafsanjan in the north, Bardsir and Baft in the east, Hajjiabad in the south and Neyriz in the west. Sirjan experiences cold winters and relatively mild summers and springs.

Some scholars believe the history of the city dates back to the Achaemenids or the Parthian era when a king named Vologases was in power. Others believe that the city was founded by the Sassanids.

It is said that due to the presence of several mines and Qanats (underground water management system) in the area, the city was named Sirkan or Sirgan meaning mine-filled or Qanat-filled. After the Arab attack on Iran, as the new rulers of the country could not pronounce ''ga'' the name of the city was changed to Sirjan.O/N in Kerman. Today's tour includes visiting:

- Two Salt Lakes Maharloo and Bakhtegan

- Jame Mosque of Neyriz

- Sirjan Icehouse

- Chopoqi Wind tower

Kalam Polo.steptoira.comDay 4: Visit Shiraz

Shiraz is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature and flowers.

Shiraz is the birthplace of two famous Persian poets Hafez and Saadi. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city.O/N in Shiraz.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Karim Khan Citadel

- Vakil mosque

- Vakil Bazaar

- Nasir Almolk mosque

- Hafez Tomb

- Qoran Gate

Iranian Cooking Section:

For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Kalam Polow. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Day 5: Drive to Zeinoddin Caravanserai via Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae

Magnificent Persepolis, the center of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenids embodies the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis, Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., was built on a huge terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex. The monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you no doubt how grand this empire was.

Next is Necropolis,the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.O/N Zeinodin Caravanserai.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Persepolis

- Necropolis

- Pasargadae

Ghormeh Sabzi.steptoiran.comDay 6: Drive to Yazd. Visit Yazd

Visiting the desert city of Yazd on his way to China Marco Polo described it as a good and noble city. According to UNESCO it is one of the oldest towns on earth.

The architecture is perhaps the most traditionally Persian to be found, preserved by the hot, dry climate and spared the devastation of Arab, Mongol and Timurid invasions. Of particular note are the badgers, wind-catchers.

Yazd is also the center of Iran's small remaining Zoroastrian population. There are numerous fire temples and other Zoroastrian places of pilgrimage. O/N in Yazd.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Towers of silence

- Fire Temple

- Old part of city

Iranian Cooking Section:

For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Khorsht-ghormeh-sabzi. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Day 7: Yazd

Free time in Yazd.O/N in Yazd.

Day 8: Drive to Isfahan

A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Isfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. Nesf-e Jahan, Half the world, is a popular rhyme with the name of Esfahan and an example of praise lavished by the inhabitants and poets on their city. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the UNESCO-listed central square are sure to be highlights of your holiday. O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan Square)

- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

- Imam Mosque

- Aliqapu Palace

beryani.steptoiran.comDay 9: Visit Isfahan

One of the oldest and most important religious structures of Iran, the Jame Mosque of Isfahan is magnificent example of the evolution of mosque architecture as well as the development of Islamic arts over twelve centuries.

Archeological findings suggest that the mosque was built over the ruins of a Sassanid (226-651 CE) Fire Temple during the Buyid era (934 - 1062). After the Seljuq conquest (1038-1118) when Isfahan became the capital of the new empire, much importance was placed on embellishing the city's Jame Mosque. When a fire damaged the mosque, a new four-iwan plan was given to the mosque during reconstruction efforts, making it the first Islamic building to adapt the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture. The Jame Mosque of Isfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.O/N in Isfahan.Today's tour includes visiting

- Jame Mosque

- Armenian Quarter

- Vank Cathedral

- Khaju Bridge

- Si-o-Seh Bridge

Iranian Cooking Section:

For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Beryani. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Day 10: Isfahan

Today is free time.O/N in Isfahan.

Day 11: Drive to Abyaneh Village. Visit Abyaneh Village

With a history of more than 2,000 years, Abyaneh Village is located at the foot of Karakas Mountain outside Kashan in Isfahan Province. Because of its red soil and the red clay used in the construction of its houses it has been nicknamed the Red Village.

Abyaneh is a tiered village meaning houses are built so that the roofs of the ones built lower on the slope serve as the courtyard of the higher ones. In some parts of the village, there are up to four tiers of houses. The village has several structures surviving from ancient times including a Zoroastrian Fire Temple and a site locals believe was once an Anahita Temple.

The inhabitants of Abyaneh have for thousands of years maintained their culture, customs and costumes, wearing outfits that are said to have been worn during the Sassanid era (224-651 CE) and speaking a dialect that is believed to have been the language of ancient Persia. The traditional costume of the women of Abyaneh consists of a below the knee skirt, cotton stockings made by hand and colorful, floral patterned headscarves that fall below the waist. In this village you will experience the traditional Iranian cuisine.O/N in Abyaneh.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Abyaneh Village

Eggplant stew.steptoiran.comDay 12: Drive to Kashan. Visit Kashan

The city of Kashan, which lies in a desert at the eastern foot of the Central Iranian Plateau, 220 kilometers south of Tehran, was once a popular vacation spot for Safavid Kings.

The pearl of Iranian deserts is the birthplace of many arts and crafts. Tilework or Kashi-kari is one of the many arts perfected by Iranians and it is notable that the Persian word for tile (kashi) is derived from the name of this city. Zari bafi or the art of weaving with a gold string has been passed from fathers to sons in Kashan for over 2,000 years which you can eye witness in Kashan Bazaar .

The city has also found fame for its many traditional mansions. The most delicate of Persian arts and crafts have been employed in the design and decoration of these mansions.O/N in Kashan.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Fin Garden

- Tabatabaee House

- Borjerdi House

- Agha Bozorg Mosque

Iranian Cooking Section:

For today's dinner you will be presented how to cook an Iranian cuisine called Khoreshte Bademjan. Then you will have the Persian dinner you have cooked.

Day 13: Drive to Tehran for departure via Qom

Qom is a major religious center for Shias. It was conquered by Moslem forces around 645 and became a center for the followers of Imam Ali, known as the Alavids. Armies were repeatedly sent against them by the caliphs of Baghdad and the city was sacked repeatedly. Qom again suffered at the hands of the Mongol hordes and Timerlane's forces massacred almost the entire population.

Qom later prospered under the Safavids, becoming a prominent Shia center with numerous theological schools. Imam Khomeini led and uprising from here in 1963 resulting in his exile.

Today it remains one of the most important centers of Shia theological education.Today's tour includes visiting:

- Holy Shrine of Fatima

Note:

- Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room. If you want to book a single room for the tour then additional supplement is charged.

- In Budget tours hotels are 2*. In Budget tours public transportation will be used and you will have guide from arrival till departure. In Budget tours also you can have English speaking driver and in main sights you will have local guide.

- In Standard tours private car will be used and hotels are 3*/4*.

- In Luxury tours private car will be used and hotels are the best options in each city, mostly 4*or 5*.

- We have designed our tour packages to cover a wide-range of tastes and to be fun. If you don't find what you are looking for here please contact us and we will design a package especially for you.


Tour Detail & Price


Duration : 13 Days

Min Group Size : 1

Max Group Size : 20

Locations : Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan, Kashan

Meals : Breakfast and Mentioned dinners

Accommodation : Hotels

Transport : Chartered bus,Private car,Flight

Tour Guide : Included

Entrance Fees : Included for mentioned places

Letter Of Inivitaion : Included

Price : Please Contact Us

Best Seasons :
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Kerman Daily Tour
David From  France
I asked for a tailor made travel in order to visit the south part of Iran, Kerman, Kalut desert and fortress of Bam. All the services were according my requests, the guide by car took me where I wanted, that was perfect. l definitely recommend step to Iran for a good travel experience without worries in this amazing country.


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Edwin & Diana From  The Netherlands
We had a wonderful holiday in Iran en that was also because of our tour guide Shahram Rafie of Step To Iran. He has a lot of knowledge about the history of Iran and it’s cultural heritage and tells enthusiastically about it. Although we had beforehand an itenary, he organized spontaneous things in between: climbing into ancient desert cities, visiting a carpet shop with explanation by the carpet seller, doing a jeep safari, etc. This was of course always in consultation with us. We also had enough time to do things on our own. Furthermore he arranges everything, like a roomchange or a place in a full (!) restaurant; and knows the best restaurants in every town. Last but not least he is a nice guy, which is important when you travel together for a couple of weeks. So we love to visit Iran again, with Step To Iran.


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Anna From  Italy
We had such a wonderful time in discovering the beauty of Persia. Everything was arranged by step to Iran, visa procedure, accommodation, domestic flights. Many thanks to Ali, reliable and capable guide whose precious explanations we appreciated a lot.


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