Experience that famous, wonderful Persian hospitality Dine on a delicious home cooked meal in a village outside the city Learn about traditional nomadic life in Iran Spend some time with local children who are learning English Take in the breathtaking view of the mountains beyond Shiraz
Your Shiraz tour will begin in front of the main entrance of Hafez’s tomb — the memorial site for one of Iran’s most revered poets, who's words are still honoured today. After some brief introductions and a chance to get to know each other a bit, we’ll head to our car and set off on our journey beyond the city! We’ll ride two hours westward, approximately 100 kilometres from Shiraz. We’ll drive through spectacular mountains, eventually arriving at Kahkarān, a mountain village some 2,100 metres above sea level. This elevation makes the location cool and pleasant during the hot summers that the region normally experiences; however, it also makes for bitterly cold winters for the locals. The views will be spectacular, and there will definitely be some photo stops along the way — after all we can’t let you take in the scenery without the chance to snap some Instagram-worthy pictures (hashtag #localsknow, remember!). On route to Kahkarān, we’ll also travel through the Qashqai territory — home of the Persian nomadic peoples. These populations still maintain their nomadic lifestyles and migrate to this region from March through to September. If possible, we’ll stop to meet a nomadic family in their Bedouin-like tents and learn about their traditions. Upon arrival in Kahkarān, we’ll be welcomed into the home of a local family, where we’ll enjoy chai and herbal drinks. Our hosts are former nomadic people who have adopted the village as their home. They will show us how they make Persian carpets, as well as some specific local designs and the meanings behind them. Following a delicious lunch of local, traditional fare, we’ll tour the village and attend an English class held in a tent. Here, we’ll sit in on the class and get the chance to talk with the children. This won’t only be a a rewarding experience for the children who get to practice their English, but for you, too, as you get to find out about their local life in the mountains. Following afternoon tea, we’ll say goodbye to our new friends and head back to Shiraz, exhausted and exhilarated from exploring this area not typically seen by tourists. Please note that it is Iranian custom to bring a small token of thanks when you are a guest in someone’s home or community, and it will be greatly appreciated by the hosting family and the class we visit. (If it’s possible, bring something small from your country – the more personal the better!)
Local, English-speaking guide, transportation, lunch with a local family.
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your tour guide and driver, gift(s) for the local family (sweets or small souvenirs from your country, etc.), gifts for the students (pens, notebooks, etc.).
Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
We will be sitting on the floor, as is custom typical Iranian villages.
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
For your Urban Adventures tour, you will be placed in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Please wear proper walking shoes and bring some warm clothing, as the village is often much cooler than in the city. Both men and women should avoid wearing shorts; women must wear long-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts or tank tops/singlets!).
It is recommended to bring something as a gift for our host family. It is Iranian custom to bring a small token of thanks, and will be greatly appreciated by the hosts. (If it’s possible, bring something small from your country – the more personal the better!) As well, if you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
In front of the main entrance to the Tomb of Hafez. Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the Urban Adventures logo.
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Tomb of Hafez
Beyond the city (ie. the tour leaves the city to explore other areas); Culture tour
01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
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