Iranian Saffron

Iranian Saffron Tour Guide

What’s Included

  • Domestic flight(s)
  • Accommodation in standard hotels and local houses for the nights
  • A.C vehicles for traveling the lands
  • English tour guide

What’s Excluded

  • International airfares, taxes, and surcharges
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
  • Visa process fee
  • Visa costs
  • Tips to local guides and drivers

Highlights

Iranian Saffron tour is a one-of-a-kind experience where you get to know about Saffron by visiting Saffron farms and meeting the farmers.

This is a guided tour that starts from Tehran, the capital of Iran, and then leads you to different cities of Iran where you get the farm experience and the insights into how, when, and where in Iran does the saffron grow?

This is a great learning experience of the rural lifestyle where the world’s best high-quality saffron flower, the delight of Moroccan cuisine cultivates and how the saffron products taste in the localities where they grow.

saffron fields
Travel Itinerary

DAY 1: Tehran to Mashhad

On the first day, we will start our trip from Mehrabad International Airport and land at Mashhad and accompany you to your hotel. You can freely roam in the city and explore Mashhad bazaar on your own until the night.

DAY 2: Mashhad Tour

On the first day, we will start our trip from Mehrabad International Airport and land at Mashhad and accompany you to your hotel. You can freely roam in the city and explore Mashhad bazaar on your own until the night.

DAY 3: Mashhad to Torbat-e-Heydarieh

This day is the day of moving from Mashhad to Torbat-e-Heydarieh to see the fields of Saffron and enjoy the taste of the products made by this expensive spice in the heart where it grows.

The day starts with the visit to the saffron garden where we get to know the culture of these beautiful purple flowers with golden and red stigmas to add more beauty and earthy smell to it. You will learn some amazing facts about saffron cultivation and how you get the spice from the crocus flower.

The hosts will share the knowledge, processes, and stories of Saffron in Iran while guiding you and you will enjoy these stories with a hot cup of saffron tea in your hand. This is not just an entertainment trip but an experience that is equally informative and interactive as well. The best part buying the saffron directly from the far owner. After the saffron field trip, we will go back to Mashhad in the afternoon.

DAY 4: Flight from Mashhad to Shiraz

This morning you will fly from Mashhad to Shiraz.

Here at Shiraz, you will first visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) which was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir-al-Mulk. He was one of the lords from the Qajar Dynasty. 

The mosque was built in 12 years and completed in 1888, the interiors were beautifully designed with impressive color choices. These colors start twirling just when the sun rays come in and roll throughout the day, making the visitors amazed. The reflection of colors on the ground and the visitors from the arches make a kind of explosion of colors like pearls spreading over the ground or fireworks in the sky.

From the mosque, you will go to visit and explore Vakil Bazaar which is a few steps away from the mosque with hundreds of shops, an ancient caravanserai, and beautiful courtyards.

From the bazaar, now it’s time to move ahead towards Karim Khan Citadel, a museum once a prison and a fortress built in the 12th century during Zand Dynasty. The museum was built by the top architects and artists of its time that can be seen clearly.

The day ends at shiraz with the visit to Narenjestan Garden, a beautiful garden of the 19th century.

DAY 5: Shiraz

On day 5, we will first visit the Eram Garden which has beautiful flowers, aromatic myrtles, fruit trees, and almost 3000 years old cypress trees.

After watching the beautiful colors of nature at Eram Garden, you will visit the Holy Shrine of Shaha-e-Cheragh, the most important place of pilgrimage in Shiraz. In the 14th century, Queen Tashi Khatun ordered the building of a mosque and theological school in the district. The tombs were supposed to be pilgrimage centers at that time. 

At the beginning of the third Islamic century (around 900 A.D), Ahmed, the Shah-e-Cheragh came to Shiraz. He lived and died there. During the Zengid Dynasty, Atabeg Abū Sa’id Zangi (1130s A.D) was the ruler and Amir Muqarrab-al-din Badr-al-din was the chief minister. Amir built the tomb chamber, the dome, and the colonnaded porch of Shah-e-Cheragh.

The next visit of the day is the lovely Garden of tomb Hafez and Sa’di. These two were the most outstanding poets who loved Persian Literature. Hafez’s poems have a special feel, a mastery in his writing and the peace in his tomb can amaze anyone.

At night, we will visit the Qur’an Gate, a majestic gate that stands at the northeastern end of Shiraz. It was constructed in the 10th century and was restored several times.

Eram Garden

DAY 6: Shiraz – Persepolis – Pasargadae – Yazd

Day 6 is a day of driving to reach the destination i.e., Yazd, and the journey can become more delicious if you stock up on the local dates and pistachios.

We will stop while traveling to Yazd to see the city of Persepolis, the former capital of Darius the Great, founded in 512 BC. The time when just one or two impressive constructions can be seen in the world including the Karnak in Egypt.

The construction done in the time of Darius included the terrace, the Apadana (great audience hall), the Tachara (a palace), and the monumental staircase. After Darius, his son, Xerxes, added the construction of the harem and the hall based on 100 Columns. In 330 BC, Alexander the Great came to Persepolis and destroyed the city to the ground. 

You can see the destroyed sculptures and pillars of Persepolis standing but the impressive thing is the bas reliefs which tell the story of the ancient emperors and governors to pay them a tribute.

At last, we will visit Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, and the former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and then will continue towards Yazd, while driving through a desert we will see the beautiful, lined mountains that are mostly covered with the snow.

DAY 6: Shiraz – Persepolis – Pasargadae – Yazd

Day 6 is a day of driving to reach the destination i.e., Yazd, and the journey can become more delicious if you stock up on the local dates and pistachios.

We will stop while traveling to Yazd to see the city of Persepolis, the former capital of Darius the Great, founded in 512 BC. The time when just one or two impressive constructions can be seen in the world including the Karnak in Egypt.

The construction done in the time of Darius included the terrace, the Apadana (great audience hall), the Tachara (a palace), and the monumental staircase. After Darius, his son, Xerxes, added the construction of the harem and the hall based on 100 Columns. In 330 BC, Alexander the Great came to Persepolis and destroyed the city to the ground. 

You can see the destroyed sculptures and pillars of Persepolis standing but the impressive thing is the bas reliefs which tell the story of the ancient emperors and governors to pay them a tribute.

At last, we will visit Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, and the former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and then will continue towards Yazd, while driving through a desert we will see the beautiful, lined mountains that are mostly covered with the snow.

DAY 7: Yazd

The day starts with Yazd which is the oldest town of Iran which is continuously populated. It has minarets and wind towers that cool homes by the breezes coming from the desert in summer. The sightseeing will begin with the Zoroastrian community, the oldest remaining religious community in Iran.

In ancient pre-Islamic religion, there were some traditions followed until the mid-1900s. You will learn one of those traditions at the Tower of Silence in which the dead were left to the tower to decompose and be devoured by birds.

In Zoroastrian tradition, the dead bodies were left unclean. There is more you will get to know about how the dead are treated in the history of Zoroastrian tradition. Zoroastrian Fire Temple is still there where the fire is said to have been burning for the past 1500 years.

The next site is Amir Chakhmaq Square where you will see a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies called Hussainia. This is one of the most photographed landmarks with three tiers of recessed alcoves. From there, we will go to visit the Friday Mosque built-in 1324 with the tallest minarets of the country.

Zendan-e-Eskandar will be the next location which is a complex made to hold the prison during his conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great. But this is not confirmed as there are more beliefs that say the complex was constructed to hold Alexander himself.

Dowlat Abad Garden is another beautiful old home among many other historic sites in which there is a ling reflected pool and ancient cypress trees. There is an 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with stained glass windows and the tallest wind tower in Iran that is beautified by the many fruits and ornamental trees. 

DAY 8: Yazd to Isfahan

The next stop after Yazd is Meybod, an impressive monochromatic architecture built of desert brick. In Meybod, there are several sites to visit including its caravanserai which was built with 100 rooms, shaded passageways, and verandahs. Some of the rooms are now used for artisan workshops. There is a local icehouse where you will learn how food and ice were stored in the intensely hot summer before refrigeration.

Then you will reach the small town Na’in, a community that lived there from the 8th century. There is a local Ethnographic Museum of the Safavid era set in a former private residence where you will see and learn about the cultural traditions of the region.

DAY 9: Isfahan

Isfahan is a city that is the focal point of Iran. In the 16th century, Shah Abbas moved the capital here and the city got a description in the phrase “Isfahan half the world”. While exploring the city, we still can understand Shah’s vision of making this city great.

Imam Square is our focused location which is the world’s largest square which provides mesmerizing views. The Ali Qapu Palace is the best among those views with beautiful mosques and fountains. We will see two of the mosques known as Sheikh Lotfollah and Shah Mosque.

Sheikh Lotfollah is also called the Ladies Mosque which was built for the Shah’s harem. Its domed ceiling is brightly colored where light enters and creates an image of a peacock. Shah Mosque, on the other hand, is a masterpiece of Persian architecture and is the best-known mosque in Iran.

Next on the list is Chehel Sotun, a pavilion built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment. It is located in a forested park in front of the pool. The entrance is made with wooden columns and halls are filled with beautiful paintings, mosaics, and frescoes. There is a hall of mirrors that is most breathtaking among all.

It’s still afternoon and you have time to wander more locations in Isfahan. You can go shop and even barter in a great 4km long bazaar where there is no hassle of negotiation.

DAY 10: Isfahan Day 2

Harun-e-Velayat Shrine is the first destination of day 2 at Isfahan. The shrine was built in 1512, its dome is made of fine tiles and its 11th century Ali Minaret is the oldest in Isfahan that can tell more about the skilled Iranian architects.

One of the several churches of the 17th century you visit is the Vank Cathedral with a lavish interior and the elements of Islamic and European architecture.

The exploration continues but this time you will see the elegant bridges at the Zayandeh River. A 14th-century Shahrestan Bridge and Sio-se-pol and Khaju bridges are built beautifully with stony archways above each gate. You will always find some men here singing the songs of betrayal or love. 

Vank Cathedral

DAY 11: Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran

On day 11, we will move to the next step from Isfahan, which is Abyaneh village. The Red Village because of the red-colored houses and soil. The ancient architectural style house was made with clay for the walls and lattice and wood for the doors and windows.

From the village, we will move to Kashan, a town which was famous for textiles and ceramic production in the past but now, it is famous for Fin Gardens, Bazaars, and Hamams.

The first stop in Kashan is the Fin gardens, wide, relaxing, and visually impressive peaceful Persian gardens with long water channels passing through a central pavilion.

The bazaar area is next on the list. It is a widespread complex with hammams, and mosques built. One hammam is now working as a traditional tea house where we stop to take a break from shopping.

In the bazaar, we will get into the Mosque of Mir Emad and Masjid-e-Jama. At night, we will stay in the traditional hotel that serves Iranian food famous for chicken kebabs and stew.

DAY 12: Tehran

On Day 12, we will take you to the World Heritage Site, the Golestan Palace. The palace was built in the Qajar Dynasty but came into power in the late 1700s. It’s a complex built in the center of tranquil pools and landscaped gardens. This place where you have a lot to admire has a Persian-style construction with some elements of Western and Russian origin. 

The buildings of the Golestan Palace are some of the oldest buildings located in modern Tehran.

If we have time, then we will see the Tehran Bazaar.

Next up is the National Museum of Iran, the building based on two complexes including the institution for today and the museum of ancient Iran and the Islamic Era.

The dinner will be in a local restaurant where you can experience the daily life of an Iranian in Tehran. Before going back to spend the night we will see Tehran Nature Bridge, a bridge where you find couples spending time together.

DAY 13: The day of Departure from Tehran

This is the end of the trip and now our tour guide will take you to the Imam Khomeini International Airport for your flight.

Departure