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Anal-Indian, Best of Iran in a week

A little bit about Anal:

Anal, a 37 year old from India, along with his two friends has decided to visit Iran in September , 2022. He was looking for a short trip to Iran and heand he had two itineraries in mind which he shared with us. Since Anal and his friends ar all foodies, they wanted to explore the best restaurants in Iran as well. The followings are their general preferences for this trip:

  • Cultural and Historical tour of Iran.
  • 4 or 5-star hotels, preferably traditional ones
  • Private driver-guide and a comfortable car .
  • Airport transfers .

What we did for Anal and his friends:

After consulting with him through email, we suggested him to go with the version one of his own proposed itinerary as it was more convenient and we also gave him some suggestions for their hotels. In addition, we also suggested him some of the most popular restaurants we knew in each city so they can try out Persian dishes.

This is the itinerary that we designed for him, in a glance:

Now, let’s dive-in to his day to day destinations:

Day 1 and 2: Tehran

They will start their trip from Tehran. On their first day they can visit the central parts of the city such as Golestan Palace, National Museum of Iran, Treasury of National Jewels, and last but not least the Grand Bazaar. On their second day, they can visit the northern parts including Niavaran and Sa’ad Abad Palace, and Darband area.

Accommodation: Espinas international hotel

Day 3 and 4: Shiraz

In the afternoon of their third day, they will have a flight to Shiraz and when they get there, they will visit Hafez Tomb, Quran Gate, and Khajou Kermani Tomb. On their second day in Shiraz, they will get to visit Nasir-ol-Molkmosque, Vakil bath, Vakil bazaar, and Saraye Moshir.

Accommodation: Iranmehr Boutique Hotel

Day 5 and 6: Isfahan

After spending two nights in Shiraz, they will leave for Isfahan in the morning. En-route they can also visit Persepolis, Pasargadae, and Naqsh-e-Rostam. While in Isfahan they will visit Naqshe Jahan Square, Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Si-O-Se Pol, Khajoo bridge, Vank Cathedral.

Accommodation: Ghasr Monshi Boutique hotel

Day 7: Kashan

Departing Isfahan in the morning, they will head to Kashan to explore its amazing historical sites including Fin Garden, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bath house, and its historical houses.

Accommodation: Firoozeh Traditional Hotel

Day 8: Tehran

Finally, they will leave Kashan for Tehran and then go straight to IKA for their departure flight back home.

Accommodation: No overnight stay

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Lucas- Brazil, From capital to the islands

A little bit about Lucas:

Lucas, Brazilian and 30 years old, contacted us at February, 2022 for arranging his trip to Iran. Lucas and his girlfriend Paula, were looking to spend around two weeks in Iran and they were very interested in visiting Hormoz island specifically. The following are their requests about the kind of trip they wanted to have:

  • Duration of stay: two weeks
  • Preferably Economic
  • Private driver-guide for the entire trip
  • Skiing in Shemshak or Dizin area

What we did for Lucas:

We immediately started the planning process since there was not much time left until their desired arrival date to Iran. After discussing different options on Whatsapp, we designed a plan for them which started in Tehran, had a full day of skiing in Shemshak resort included, and then they would head all the way down on the classic route, towards Qeshm and Hormoz islands.

This is what their itinerary looked like in a glance:

Now let’s dive-in to his day to day destinations:

Day 1: Tehran

On his first day, Lucas and Paula visited Tehran city center and some of its most well-known tourist attractions such as Golestan Palace, Treasury of National Jewels, Grand Bazaar, and Azadi Tower.

Accommodation: Ferdowsi Grand Hotel

Day 2: Shemshak ski resort

On their second day, after having breakfast, Lucas and Paula headed to Shemshak ski resort with their driver/guide and spent a full day skiing there.

Accommodation: Shemshak Hotel

Day 3: Kashan

On the morning of thier third day, they left Tehran for Kashan with their driver-guide and explored Kashan for the entire day. Some of the placesthey visited are Fin Garden, Tabatabaei Historical House, Agha Bozorg Mosque, and Sultan Amir Ahmad’s bath.

Accommodation: Morshedi House

Day 4: Abyaneh Village

Abyaneh, an ancient village in Iran, is known for its bloody red earth and its unique architecrure. On thier way from Kashan to Isfahan, Lucas and Paula had a stop at the village for one day to enjoy the village’s traditional bread and buy some handicrafts from the locals. They went back to Kashan for spending the night.

Accommodation: Morshedi House

Day 5 and 6: Isfahan

The next morning, they headed to Isfahan. Isfahan holds some of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Iran and therefore, we suggested them to stay there for two nights so they can visit all of them including Naqshe Jahan Square, Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Si-O-Se Pol, Khajoo bridge, Vank Cathedral.

Accommodation: Khajoo Hotel

Day 7 and 8: Yazd

After visiting Isfahan, they left for Yazd, the city of glorious architecture. In Yazd, they got to visit its Jameh mosque, Zoroastrian fire temple, Towers of silence, and Dowlat Abad Garden.

Accommodation: Dad Hotel

Day 9 and 10: Shiraz

Their next stop was Shiraz. En- route to Shiraz they visited Perspolis (the famous UNESCO World Heritage site), Naqshe Rostam, and Arg of Karim khan. While in Shiraz, they enjoyed a fun tour of the city’s main attractions including Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, Tomb of Hafez and Saadi, and Khawju Kermani’s memorium.

Accommodation: Elysee Hotel

Day 11 and 12: Qeshm island

On day 11, they got a flight from Shiraz to Qeshm island to explore its unique natural attractions including the Valley of Stars, Mangrove forests, and Chahkooh Canyon.

Accommodation: Caloudng Dehkhoda traditional homestay

Day 13: Hormoz island

Next morning, Lucas and Paula got on a ferry to get to Hormoz island which is well-known for its red beach and natural marvels such as the Rainbow mountains, and Red Stone fortress. In the evening, they got back to Tehran with a flight.

Accommodation: Ferdowsi Grand Hotel

Day 14: Tehran

On their last day of stay, they explored the northern parts of Tehran, including Saadabad complex, Niavaran Palace, and Darband area.

Accommodation: Ferdowsi Grand Hotel

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Luan-Brazilian, Historic Iran on a budget

A little bit about Luan:

Luan, 27 year old from Brazil, contacted us at March 14th because he was applying for his Iran’s visa and he didn’t have any itineraries planned to submit along his via application, so he asked us to devise a plan for him. He was interested in visiting less cities but having more quality time in each of them so he can explore the local foods, and also historical places without any rush.

  • Cultural, Historical, and adventurous tour of Iran.
  • Mid-range Hotels, or Cozy traditional houses.
  • Combination of public and private transportation.
  • Spending enough time in each city he visits .

What we did for Luan:

After his first request for a trip plan, we designed a plan for him for 21 days. Eventually, after discussing all the details and possible routes together, we narrowed down the final itinerary to 6 cities and 14 days in total.

This is the itinerary that we designed for him, in a glance:

Now, let’s dive-in to his day to day destinations:

Day 1: Tehran

On his first day in Tehran, Luan got to visit the central parts including the Grand Bazaar, National museum, and Golestan Palace.

Accommodation: Tehran Heritage Hostel

Day 2, 3, and 4: Isfahan

On his second day, he left Tehran for Isfahan in the morning by a VIP bus.

In Isfahan which is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran he visited the following places on his own: Ali Qapu palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, Qeysarieh Bazaar, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Khaju bridge

Accommodation: Isfahan traditional hotel

Day 5,6 and 7: Yazd

After visiting Isfahan Luan took another VIP bus to Yazd. While in Yazd he had a chance to visit Yazd old town, Yazd Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmakh mosque, Zoroastrian fire temple, Tower of silence, Dowlat Abad Garden, and Chak Chak.

Accommodation: Firouzeh Traditional Hotel

Day 8, 9 and 10 : Shiraz

After exploring Yazd and its beautiful architecture, Luan headed to Shiraz. While in Shiraz, he visited:
Nasir-ol-Molk mosque (the pink mosque), Narenjestan Qavam Garden, Vakil bath, Vakil bazaar, Hafezieh & Eram Garden.

He also had a one-day private tour of Pasargadae, Naghsh-e Rajab, and Naghsh-e Rostam.

Accommodation: Alan Boutique Hote

Day 11: Susa

On his eleventh day, he took an evening bus from Shiraz to Susa and visited Chogha zanbil, tomb of Daniel, and Apadana castle.

Accommodation: Avan Eco Tourism

Day 12: Susa

For his second day in Susa, he visited the Shush Museum, Shahoor’s Palace, and Shush castle .

Accommodation: Avan Eco Tourism

Day 13: Hamedan to Tehran

On this day Luan had a private driver guide to get bac to Tehran from Susa. En-route, he had a stop in Hamedan and visited Tomb of Esther and Mordechai.

Accommodation: Tehran Heritage Hostel

Day 14: Tehran

On his last day in Tehran, Luan had some free time to explore Tehran a little bit more before it was time for his departure flight back home.

Accommodation: Tehran Heritage Hostel

Luan words:


……… following review on Tripadvisor:

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Marianna-Greece, Iran’s deserts

A little bit about Marianna:

Marianna, 34 years old and from Greece, contacted us through email to request a plan for visiting Iran in April. She and her partner, were looking to cover the most popular cities and tourist attractions of Iran in a 10 or 12 day plan with a reasonable price. The following is their criteria:

  • Cultural and Historical tour of Iran.
  • Cozy and small mid-range accommodations.
  • Private driver-guide for the entire duration of his trip.
  • Overnight camping in Shahdad Kalouts .

What we did for Marianna:

After receiving their initial request, we designed and sent her the first version of the plan. She liked the route, but asked to change the included accommodations to more budget-friendly ones. We also excluded some cities from the plan and instead added an overnight camping in Shahdad Kalouts for her.

This is the itinerary that we designed for him, in a glance:

Now, let’s dive-in to his day to day destinations:

Day 1: Tehran

Marianna and her partner, spent the first day of their trip in Tehran and explored the city center and its main tourist attractions including Golestan Palace, National Museum of Iran, Treasury of National Jewels, and Grand Bazaar.

Accommodation: Hi Tehran Hostel

Day 2: Kashan

On the morning of their second day of stay, they left Tehran for Kashan. While in Kashan, they got to visit Fin Garden, Agha Bozorg Mosque, and some of its most famous historical houses.

Accommodation: Morshedi House

Day 3 and 4: Isfahan

The next day, they headed to Isfahan, also known as “The half of the World” . They visited
the following attractions during their two-day stay there:
Si-o-Se Pol, Ali Qapu palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, Qeysarieh Bazaar, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Khaju bridge

Accommodation: Isfahan traditional hotel

Day 5 and 6: Yazd

On their fifth day of stay, they had a morning drive to Yazd and got to visit the following attractions there :
Yazd old town, Yazd Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmakh mosque, Zoroastrian fire temple,Tower of silence, Dowlat Abad Garden, and Chak Chak.

Accommodation: Firouzeh Traditional Hotel

Day 7: Kerman- Shahdad Kalouts

Their next destination was the amazing Kalouts of Shahdad, a must-see for anyone travelling to Iran. They stayed in the Kalouts for the night and camped under the flickering of the thousands stars above.

Accommodation: Camping tent

Day 8 : Shiraz

After spending a night in the desert, they headed towards Shiraz in the morning. While driving towards Shiraz, they had a stop at Persepolis and also visited Arg of Karimkhan and Naghsh-e-Rostam.Once they arrived at Shiraz itself, they visited its beauiful attractions such as:
Nasir ol Molk mosque (the pink mosque), Narenjestan Qavam Garden, Vakil bath, Vakil bazaar, Hafezieh & Eram Garden.

Accommodation: Mahmonir Traditional House

Day 9: Shiraz/Tehran

On thier second day in Shiraz, they visited its beauiful attractions such as:
Nasir ol Molk mosque (the pink mosque), Narenjestan Qavam Garden, Vakil bath, Vakil bazaar, Hafezieh & Eram Garden. Later in the evening they took a flight to Tehran and stayed headed to IKA for their departure flight back home.

Accommodation: Hi Tehran Hostel

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Vinay- United States, World Heritage Highlights

A little bit about Vinay:

Vinay, from the United States and 46 years old, decided to visit Iran in April 2022 with his wife and his three kids (12, 11, and 3 years old). So he contacted us in March in order to start planning for his desired itinerary. He was interested in visiting the most important cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd in a luxury private-tour style. Here is a summary of the preferences he had:

  • Cultural and Historical tour of Iran.
  • Luxury hotels.
  • Private driver-guide and a van for the entire duration of his trip.
  • Staying in accommodations where vegetarian options for food is available.

What we did for Vinay:

After consulting with him through email, and considering the fact that he had three small kids with him we tried to design his plan in a way so that they can cover all the well-known tourist attractions during their vacation, and also have enough time to relax and unwind so that kids will enjoy as well.

This is the itinerary that we designed for him, in a glance:

Now, let’s dive-in to his day to day destinations:

Day 1: Tehran

Dear Vinay and his family began this trip at Golestan Palace then they visited the National Museum of Iran and the Treasury of National Jewels. Following that, they visited Azadi Tower and went to Grand Bazaar.

Accommodation: Espinas Palace Hotel

Day 2: Kashan

Early in the morning of their second day, they left Tehran for Kashan in their private van with their guide. Once in Kashan, they got to visit Fin Garden, the shining star of all Persian gardens. they also went to the most beautiful and charming historical houses in Iran, and while there, we’ll visited the ancient Yakhchāl (coolers) of Jalali Castle.

Accommodation: Saraye Ameriha Boutique Hotel

Day 3 and 4: Isfahan

Isfahan, also known as Half of the World, was Vinay’s next destination. In Isfahan, they visited Naqshe Jahan Square and went up a terrace with the same view of the square as the one in the brochure pictures. Then, one by one they visited its iconic landmarks including Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. They also had a leisurely stroll and a delicious dinner at a cheerful restaurant near Si-o-se-pol or Khaju Bridge.

Accommodation: Abbasi Hotel

Day 5: Yazd

After exploring Isfahan, Vinay and his family left for Yazd, also known as the “Bride if the Desert”. They went to Dowlat Abad Garden, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Towers of Silence, and walked through the ancient neighborhoods of Yazd.

Accommodation: Dad Hotel

Day 6: Shiraz

On the next day, they headed to Shiraz’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Persepolis. After visiting Naqsh-e Rostam, they arrived at the main city and took a break.

Accommodation: Zandiyeh Hotel

Day 7: Shiraz/Tehran

On the last day of their stay, they visited the most colorful of all of Iran’s attractions, Nasir-ol-molk Mosque and read Persian poetry at Tomb of Hafez and Saadi, they also
visited Khwaju Kermani’s memoriam. After having dinner, they took their flight back to Tehran adnd went straight to IKA airport for their flight back home.

Accommodation: Zandiyeh Hotel

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