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You might not speak Farsi, but everyone can connect through food. Enjoy the seasonal and earthy flavors of mountainous northern Iran, from Qazvin to Lahijan & Rasht. See how Iran’s central desertous landscape inspired dishes in Isfahan, Shiraz & Kashan.
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|2||3 Persons, 2221€ each person||3||3||-1032|
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With over 15 million residents, Tehran is Iran’s melting pot of Fars, Turk, Lor, and many other ethnicities. Start with the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace, then it’s off to the National Museum of Iran. For lunch, try Dizi Sangi (a hearty mutton Persian stew thickened with chickpeas) near the maze-like Grand Bazaar of Tehran. At night, head towards 30th Tir Street for a buffet of street dining selections including sandwiches, kabobs, and sharbats like Basil-seed and Khakshir (Persian Bubble Tea) drinks.
Get out of the city and head northeast towards Rasht, where you’ll be greeted by the fresh Caspian air. Drive through the Caspian region towards Lahijan. Visit black tea production lines from spring to summer. Stop for lunch at Lahijan’s legendary Ziba Restaurant. Try the signature Kebab Torsh (ground beef with pomegranate sauce), the Mirza Ghasemi (smoked eggplant and garlic dip) or the Baghali Ghatogh (fava beans, dill & egg dip). Enjoy the views, then spend the night in Swans Farm Hotel.
Early morning, head to a local Rasht Fishmarket to shop for lunch supplies. Afterwards, load up on Fuman cookies (thick chewy cookies with walnut & nutmeg filling) before heading towards the Instagram-worthy, stepped village of Masouleh. For Lunch, enjoy a home cooked Gilaki Fish (smokey garlic & herbs) using the morning’s fish. Depart for the Saravan Forest Park for a quick hike, and off to Saravan Jungle Lagoon for some paddle boat rides, before coming back to the Rasht guesthouse for the night.
In the morning head towards Qazvin, one of the oldest cities in Northern Iran. Stop by one of the best preserved caravanserais of old, the Sa'd al-Saltaneh Caravanserai. Visit the Negarossaltaneh Cafe for an assortment of Sharbats (extract drinks). For lunch, visit a local establishment to try Gheymeh Nesar (Persian jeweled rice with shredded lamb). Visit the Jame Mosque of Qazvin along with the must-see Chehel Sotoun pavilion, a precursor to the one in Isfahan. Make your way to Kashan for the night.
Explore the earthen charms and quaint streets of the desert city Kashan. For lunch, try locally-made Camel Stew and non-alcoholic malt. After lunch, head towards Agha Bozorg Mosque, a multilevel school that served as the center of local life. Visit the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse for a lesson in classic bathing. You also get to see the fascinating Abbasian House & Tabatabaei House, two examples of opulent homes with exceptional details. Spend the night in Kashan.
In the morning, drive towards Isfahan and visit the 16th c. Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Explore the Qeysarie Bazaar, filled with intoxicating spices, handicrafts & carpets. Visit the Sheykh Lotfollah Mosque, the Shah Mosque, & the six-story Ali Qapu Palace. For lunch, stop at a local diner for an Isfahani beryan (lamb patties & flatbread) along with a dough (yoghurt drink). At night, visit the Khaju Bridge or Si-o-Se Pol Bridge to enjoy a Traditional Saffron Ice Cream (made from the plant sahlab & cream).
Visit the Chehel-sotun Palace, the royal Safavid reception, and a local Carpet Workshop in the morning. For lunch, participate in a Persian Cooking Class to cook classics such as ghormeh sabzi (vegetable & lamb stew) or fesenjoon (walnut & pomegranate stew). In the afternoon, stroll along the Chaharbagh Abbasi St. and enjoy a fereni pudding (rice flour & rosewater). Visit a local gaz (pistachio nougat) production line to see how the treats are made before buying a few as souvenirs. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
In the morning, head towards the World Heritage-listed Persepolis, once the center of the Persian Empire and one of the great cities of the ancient world. Explore the 2,500 year old details of the Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, a royal graveyard of massive tombs, carved straight into the mountainside. Generations of Persian kings have carved their victories and stories within the permanent folds of the rocks. Afterwards, spend the night in Shiraz.
Arrive before 8 am for the best views of the Nasir ol-Molk “Pink” Mosque. Visit the Citadel of Karim khan and enjoy a cool cup of orange blossom sharbat. Stop by the Tomb of Hafez, the worldwide-renowned Persian poet. Visit the Vakil Complex, then try a sweet Faloodeh Shirazi (rice noodle & rose water). Finish the day with dinner with a local Shirazi family. Prepare local favorites such as Shirazi Salad (cucumber, tomato & onion), Kalam Polo, or Shirazi Polo (dill rice & ground meat). Fly to Tehran overnight.
Fly to Tehran in the morning. If you have time, stop by any one of the local cafes for a last-minute breakfast, such as the Persian Omelette (eggs tomatoes), the classic Persian breakfast (flatbread, cheese, butter, walnut, honey, jam), or Halim (porridge & lamb) before your departure. Time permitting, explore the city one last time before heading off towards IKIA.