Iran The Vegan Way
Day 1 - Tehran
Arrive at IKA international airport (Tehran) and transfer to your hotel. Have rest till our evening welcome meeting. Stay the night at hotel in Tehran.
Day2 - Kashan-Yazd
Drive to desert city of Kashan to visit House of Tabatabaei (or House of Borujerdi) and the ancient underground city of Nushabad. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 3 -Yazd
Yazd, once an important station on Silk road, listed as a world Heritage Site, with its well preserved old districts, has so much to illustrate how Persian civilization adapted in such a desert land! Morning visit to Tower of Silence (the amazing burial ground of Zoroastrians), a Fire Temple with a sacred fire kept alive for 1550 years and then visit to the Zoroastrian Museum, tells you a lot about this ancient religion of old Persia. After Dolatabad Garden, off to a nice spot to have a traditional vegan lunch. We enjoy our evening by walking among the old clay buildings with outstanding wind catchers, Jame Mosque and Amir Chakhmagh square.
Day 4 - Kharanagh-Meybod-Yazd
Drive to Kharanagh 85 km from Yazd. Walk up through the maze-like alleys of this abandoned village to travel in the history. Next stop in your Zoroasterian journey is the holy mountainous temple of Chak Chak. Have a delicious vegan lunch and rest in Meybod before visiting the amazing desert adaptive architecture developed by Persians. See how they developed systems to keep ice even in hot summer month (Ice House) or how they fertilized their desert lands for agriculture (Dove Tower) as well as the Narin Citadel and a caravanserai. For your last dinner in Yazd, savour a famous veganized local dish made just for you.
Day 5 - Persepolis-Shiraz
We leave for Shiraz (450 km). short stop in Abarkuh to see the over 4000-year-old “Cypress of Abarkuh” on the way. A Persian vegan lunch beside the ruins of the great Achaemenid capital the “Persepolis” and then visiting this glorious awestrucking Persian capital. Overnight in Shiraz
Day 6 - Shiraz
We start Shiraz city tour by Nasirolmolk Mosque (Pink mosque) and continue with Naranjestan and Eram Garden and an herbal distilling workshop to feel the soothing and relaxing atmosphere of Shiraz for which it is famous for. relax and enjoy a tasty vegan meal with a lovely local family. Evening time in Mausoleum of the great Persian poet, Sadi.
Day 7 - Shiraz
Morning visit to Shahecheragh, a great Imamzadeh shrine. We then head to Vakil complex (bathhouse, Mosque and Bazaar). Spending the afternoon with a local vegan family and have special homemade dishes from Shiraz. in the evening get to know Hafez, in this poet’s Mausoleum, a favorite hangout for local lovers with traditional Persian songs in the air caressing your ears.
Day 8 - Pasargadea-Esfahan
Leaving Shiraz for Esfahan (490 km). On the way there is “Naghsh-e-Rostam” a great necropolis of Achaemenian and Sassanian Kings carved into huge rocks and then “Pasargadae” the Achaemenid capital and tome of Cyrus the Great.
Day 9 - Esfahan
The day starts at fabulous square of Naghshe Jahan, the second greatest in the world. get mesmerized by the surrounding monuments of Aliqapu Palace, Abbasi and Sheikhlotfolah Mosque which might be the most glorious showcase of Islamic architecture in the world. Free time to explore the square and Bazaar for the unique eye-catching handicrafts of Isfahan. Lunch at house of a friendly local vegan family. Evening visit to Shaking Minarets and Fire temple. After dinner we have a memorable night walk between picturesque ancient bridges of Siosepol, Jouei and Khajou.
Day 10 - Esfahan
Onto the Armenian quarter in southwest of the city to see how this minority has survived and flourished through history and visit magnificent Bethlehem Church and also Vank Cathedral. Later onto Music Museum of Iran where most Persian musical instruments are displayed and you can enjoy listening to some pieces in a short live concert. Relax at lunch time at a cozy bower in a garden with special vegan dishes from Esfahan. We then go to Jame Atigh Mosque and after that to a “Zurkhane” where, if we are lucky enough, we can watch the athletes doing the ancient Pahlavani sport.
Day 11 - Barzok-Tehran
We leave Esfahan to Tehran (450 km). on the way we spend the day in “Barzok” a mountainous village where annual Rose Water Festival is ongoing. Great chance to engage in the festival and see the whole process from picking rose flowers from vast colorful scented gardens to finally distilling the finest aromatic Rose water. Overnight in Tehran.
Breakfast and transfer to airport