The last Nomads of Iran


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The last Nomads of Iran

Iran's nomads have roamed the harsh deserts of southwest Iran for hundreds of years. Most of these tribes are of pure Aryan stock or remnants of races that have passed through Iran at various periods of history. Some like Qashqai, are part of the Turkic peoples from Central Asia, who settled in Iran during the 11th and 12th Centuries. Since they have taken seasonal migrations extending 550 km between the highland summer pastures in the Zagros Mountains to the lowlands near Shiraz in winter, where they sell their produce. 

Begin in Tehran and journey south to Shiraz. Stop enroute to explore adjacent valleys and meet with one of the most well-known nomadic groups; the Qashqai, who practice a mixed economy of nomadic pastoralism (sheep and goats, with camels used as transport), cultivation and weaving. Continue to Shiraz, one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world. Then to the city of Yazd located on the high, desert plateau and to Isfahan once the pearl of Persia.

And, visit Chelgerd to interact with the great Bakhtiari nomads.

What We Love
  • The ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in the Golestan Palace, inspired by the Shah's visit to Versailles in France
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
  • Walk in the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise) in Shiraz, one of the most beautiful gardens
  • In Yazd, experience the epitome of Zoroastrian and traditional Persian architecture 
  • The Imam Square in Isfahan is the second largest square in the world, after the Tiananmen
  • Explore the city whose wealth and grandeur inspired the proverb "Isfahan is half the world"
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  • This is a relaxed tour and designed for maximum outdoor experience.
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The Last Nomads of Iran

Kashan, Isfahan, Yasuj, Shiraz, Firouzabad
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Tehran Meet and greet at Tehran’s international Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – City Walking Tour
Tehran Take a walking tour with your own private guide and visit the Golestan Palace, a world heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in Tehran. Next to the National Museum which houses objects from prehistory to Islamic era and the Crown Jewels Museum which has an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world. The majority of the items on display were given to Safavid kings as gifts but many pieces were taken by Nader Shah on his conquest of India are also exhibited. These include the Darya-e Nur diamond, The Peacock Throne and the Jewelled Globe. Other pieces include the crowns of the Qajar and Pahlavi Kings.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Explore Local Towns
Chelgerd Take a private transfer to Chelgerd, passing through local towns with a stop enroute to take a walk in a side valley. In spring you can see wild tulips on the hill sides and summer camps of the great nomad tribes of the Bakhtiari Lors. Continue to Daymeh Spring, the starting point of Zayandeh Roud/River which flows through Isfahan. Continue our drive to our hotel located near a major spring that feeds the Zayandeh and Karoon, the two major rivers in the west of Iran.
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Day 4 – Experience Nomadic Life
Chelgerd Today we will see the Sheikh-Ali Khan waterfall and enjoy the interaction with Bakhtiari nomads in their black tents near Chammah Valley, one of their main summer settlements. The Bakhtiari Nomads start their migration in spring, and the timing can slightly change each year, depending on weather. In the afternoon we drive back to our hotel and overnight.
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Day 5 – Transfer
Yasuj Today we will drive via the mountain roads to Yasuj, the Boyer-Ahmadi and Ghashghai Nomads area. Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – Transfer
Shiraz Check out after breakfast and drive to Shiraz via Nurabad Mamasani and visit Kazerun, Tange-Chogan and Bishapour. Bishapor is another site dedicated to the deity Anahita. Continue to Shiraz, and if time permits visit the Vakil Bazza.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – Persepolis Tour
Shiraz Today we will visit the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, now a Unesco site. During the Achemaenian era (550-330 BCE), Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, the largest empire the world had yet seen. Today it boasts impressive ruins of a cosmopolitan nature, including original palaces, carvings and massive bas-reliefs from the Sassanian period. The city was largely destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. We continue our excursion to the nearby Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) , the rock-cut tombs of the kings Xerxes and Darius.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Pasargadae Tour
Yazd Take a private transfer to Yazd and enroute visit Cyrus the Great's capital of Pasargadae. Thought to have been built to commemorate King Cyrus' victory over the Medes, the city dates back to the sixth century BC. Visit the king's tomb and the remains of his private palace, all set amid a verdant plain scattered with wildflowers. Continue on to Yazd, another four and a half hours away.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – City Highlights Tour
Yazd Yazd is an oasis town surrounded by mountains, its roofscape a plethora of blue domes, soaring minarets and hundreds of wind towers. The old town of Yazd is a labyrinth of secret passages, bazaars and mud brick streets, unchanged for centuries. It was, and still is, an important centre for Zoroastrinism. The shrine of Duvazdah Imam, (the 12 Imams) from the 11th century Seljuq period, the ’Towers of Silence’, pits where the bodies of the dead were left for the vultures and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple are all possible visits.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 10 – Desert Town
Isfahan We will depart Yazd for Isfahan this morning. Enroute stop over at Na’in, a charming desert town, half way between Yazd and Isfahan, to visit the 10th century Friday Mosque, with a walk through the old part of the town, continue to Isfahan.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 11 – City Highlights Tour
Isfahan Take a private transfer to the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World). With your private guide, visit one of the world's grandest squares; the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan. Once a royal polo court and the centre of the city, during the Safavid period (17th Century), the Maidan is the location of the Ali-Qapu Palace with its magnificent architecture and tile-work. The two most awe-inspiring mosques in the Islamic world, Abbasi Mosque and Sheikh Lotfolla Mosque (or Ladies Mosque), along with Ali Qapu Palace have given the square its allure. These attractions are connected via a row of two-story traditional shops where we can acquire the best handicrafts in Iran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 12 – The Surrounds
Isfahan Half day tour. In the 16th century, Isfahan flourished due to the will of “Shah Abbas the Great” and the trading skill of Armenian settlers. An outstanding heritage of Isfahan’s Armenian community is 17th century Vank Cathedral with its beautiful frescos and a treasure of historical objects and religious artefacts in its museum. The next stop is a true time travel! You can behold the evolution of art, architecture and imagination in will visit historical bridges lined with tea houses where we will drink tea and then walk along the river bank or paddle on a boat.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 13 – Transfer
Tehran This morning we will depart very early to drive to Tehran. En-route you will have a brief stopover at the charming town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic complex. Continue to Kashan for short visit to the historical garden of Fin which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. This beautiful garden was expanded by the Zand and Qajar monarchs, with many open pavilions added. We will also see some of the best examples of existing "badgirs" (wind-catchers). Continue on to Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Tehran Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight.

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When to go Visits to the south coast of Iran are best made in the winter months of December, January and February when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest, while spring (March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September and October) are the best times to travel around central and northern Iran. Tourists visit Iran during the summer months (June - September) for the sunshine and regional festivals, and during the winter months (November - March) for skiing. So no matter what time you choose to go, Iran is a great place to travel all year round.

Getting There The vast majority of travellers fly to Tehran and return from there but some travellers end their trip in Shiraz, saving some backtracking. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) sees most of Iran’s international air traffic. It’s small, so delays are possible. Elsewhere, Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish are (in that order) potentially useful arrival or departure points. Iran Air, the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should lodge your visa application with the Iranian Embassy in the UK, well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable.