Start and end in Tehran! With the adventure tour Authentic + Classic Iran, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Tehran, Iran and 9 other destinations in Iran. Authentic + Classic Iran is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Covering 5 Cities of Ahvaz, Isfahan, varzaneh, Kashan and the capital Tehran + an authentic Experience you find just in Iran. This Trip is for those who want to experience a deep Culture/Nature Trip and also want to see main city’s of Iran in a short visit.
first 7 days tour is mostly dedicated to Nomadic culture. Which is not a small part of Iranian culture. Less than 100 years ago 25% of Iran were living in nomadic tribes. One of this tribes was Bakhtiari Nomads; an ancient tribe in West of Iran, living in Zagrous mountains. They migrate twice a year to provide their flocks with fresh grass. In winters, they stay at lower altitudes in plains of Khuzestan. Then in spring, when the weather is getting warm and the winter rain is over, they cross Zagros Mountains to their summer pastures. Move their sheep and goats, walking up to 500 Km and passing around 4000 meters peaks. we will accompany them during this jeurney.
Ahvaz is a city in the southwest of Iran and the capital of Khuzestan province. Ahwaz’s population is about 1,300,000 and its built-up area with the nearby town of Sheybani is home to 1,136,989 inhabitants. It is home to Persians, Arabs, Lurs (Bakhtiaris), Dezfulis, Shushtaris, etc. and different languages are spoken in it, such as Persian, Arabic, the Persian dialects of Luri (Bakhtiari), Dezfuli, Shushtari, etc.
Iran’s only navigable river, the Karun, passes by the middle of the city. It has a long history dating back to the Achaemenid period. In the ancient times, it had been one of the main centers of the Academy of Gondishapur. Ahvaz has an international airport so you would find flights to Ahvaz. If you want to fly from Tehran to Khuzestan (The province) then we will make sure that you have a booked ticket for a flight from Tehran to Ahvaz. For the first day it will be mostly relaxing and wandering in Ahvaz city. We will have a lovely stay in a hotel by Karoun river and watching sunset on one of the famous bridges in Ahvaz city.
There are a number of exciting things to do in Khuzestan. From historical sites to cultural attractions. For the second day in the tour we will be visiting world heritage sites Tchogha Zanbil and Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System. We also will visit Nomadic Museum as an introduction to Nomadic life. We will end up this lovely day by staying in a rustic house near Masjed Suleyman.
After breakfast we do a sight see in the village, then drive to Negin waterfall and we will see the Mausoleum of ‘Shazdeh-Abdullah’ on a dirt road and have lunch there. Then it is time to get familiar with the nomad family that we are going to migrate with. For dinner and sleeping we are with the nomad family. We eat what they eat.
During three days we have an overall of 40-60 km trekking (depending on your choose), accompanying the tribal family. There is no fixed plan due to the nomad’s decision which is depended on the weather & lambs’ status. They might decide that the lambs need more relaxing and eating in a day and walk slowly or maybe in another day they find no grass field so they go a bit faster… The most important factor for the decision of the Nomad family during the migration is their Sheep and goats. We do not want to change their priorities so our plan will be compatible with theirs. Transportation: Nomads’ mules carry our lodging but they could support up to 5 kilograms for each person so we do recommend to not bring heavy backpack. Our extra stuffs which we don’t need during the trekking days can be put in the car. For the 6th Night we go to a beautiful village just beside the Bazoft or Dez river (depending on the choice) Sar-Agha-Syaed or mavarz village.
In the Morning we will see around the village and then leave to lovely Isfahan. For lunch we would arrive to our hotel. for the sunset we will go beside the river. Isfahan is an important city as it is located at the intersection of the two principle north–south and east–west routes that traverse Iran. It was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid dynasty when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, having many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets, and the city also has many historical buildings, monuments, paintings and artefacts. The fame of Isfahan led to the Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast”: Isfahan is half of the world .
Visit the salt lake and after lunch in varzane, we will Go to Kashan and Staying at a very nice old house and museum: Puppet Museum and guest house and getting to know about Puppetry art!
City tour in Kashan and Leaving to Tehran after lunch in manuchehri house. Staying at Heritage Hostel 10 minutes walking from Tehran Grand Bazzar!
After your Iran adventure, you have one more stop before you set off to home. You have a full day to spend in Tehran the capital of Iran. There are many things to do in Tehran; with this in mind we will make sure you are not missing the bests. Visiting another world heritage site: Golestan palace and have a glance to the grand Bazar in Tehran. And lunch time! What about Iranian traditional food in an old restaurant close to Bazar?
The last day in Tehran would be a relaxing day and will be planned regarding your flight schedule.
Nick and I had the most wonderful trip, tailored, often spontaneously, to our last minute requests. Saba, Hossein and Navid were charming guides often going out of their way to give us a more authentic experience. Due to weather conditions we were unable to do the full few days with the Nomads, instead we were presented with wonderful solutions. Leave all your preconceived ideas behind and allow this young team to show you with pride their wonderful country. I wish them every success.