Every year in Iran, Christmas is celebrated bigger and grander than before, especially by the Armenian communities. Snowy rooftops, green trees, flickering lights, and the yummy smell of freshly baked Armenian sweets; the only thing missing is a little bit of sunshine. In this tour, we’re going to take you from Tehran’s snow to the warm waters of southern islands, all the while learning about Christmas celebrations in this untouched country.
11 lunches or dinners, all breakfasts
1 domestic flight, 1 private driver-guide for the whole trip
A three or four star hotel (5 nights), a luxury traditional house (6 nights)
- Additional Services
Guided tours of Tehran, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Qeshm; All entrance fees; Visa authorization letter; Insurance costs
- Not Included
Internatioal flights, other meals, personal expenses (like shopping), visits and activitie snot included in the plan
Day 1: Tehran
Welcome to Tehran, where traditional and modern culture have mingled to create a capital denser than Seoul; you name it, Tehran has it. The capital is home to the majority of Iran’s Christians and has many quarters and churches dedicated to this group. On your first day in Tehran, you can head to the Christmas Bazaars held in various Armenian quarters of the town where the local Christians go to buy their Christmas trees, ornaments, and gifts. The most popular Christmas Bazaars are in Saadi Street, Vanak Square, Mirzaye Shirazi Street.
Day 2: Tehran
A City in Celebration
Today you head to the Armenian quarters of Tehran. These are neighborhoods where a majority of Iranian-Armenians have called home for centuries. One of the most well-known ones is Villa Street, a street lined with handicraft stores and cozy cafes in which you get to taste the highlights of Armenian sweets. Next, you can visit Saint Sarkis Cathedral, the biggest and one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Iran. For the evening, we can celebrate the nightlife and its merry spirit in either the Tabiat Bridge or the Milad Tower.
Day 3: Tehran
As palaces and museums are open during business hours and take longer to visit, we suggest you dedicate a full day to such sites. If you didn’t have the chance to visit Tehran’s Grand Bazaar on your first day, going there in the morning is also a great option, as it will be less crowded. Other possible attractions: Golestan Palace, Sa'dabad Complex, Niavaran Palace, The National Jewelry Treasury, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Day 4: Isfahan
Historical Sites and Palaces
Rise and shine early morning and have a ride to Isfahan, a city nicknamed “Half the World” by Iranians because its variety of historical, architectural, natural, and religious sites. On your first day here, we recommend you visit Chehel Sotoun, Isfahan Music Museum, and Si-o-se-pol Bridge; each is a fantastic opportunity to get intimately familiar with this happy city and its party people.
Giuliana on May 22 , 2023