Immerse yourself in the flavours and fragrances of the Persian kitchen on this unique culinary and cultural tour to Iran, hosted by cookery expert Simi Rezai-Ghassemi. Over 10 days we will take in the highlights of Iran’s stunning artistic and historical sites, wander bustling food markets and visit family gardens to learn about Iranian culinary traditions.
There will be opportunities to participate in cookery classes to learn the secrets of Persian recipes, and feast our way through one of the most sophisticated cuisines in the world. Under Simi’s guidance we will take a journey through Iran’s most famous culinary delights including its subtle use of flavours such of dried limes, saffron and orange blossom. We will sample the delights of the Persian breakfast, with its sumptuous flatbreads, seasonal jams and fresh cheeses; the Persian dinner with its succulent cuts of meat, marinated in yoghurt and spices, threaded onto skewers and barbecued over hot coals and the Persian dessert with its saffron and rosewater ice-creams, pistachio nougat and walnut baklavas. Alongside the food tours, we will visit majestic historical and architectural sites in Shiraz, Isfahan and Persepolis, taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and gazing upon some of the most stunning artwork in the Islamic world.
Book now for a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s most ancient, beautiful and enigmatic countries.
Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.
You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.
These tours are not particularly physically demanding but you should still be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. Any longer walks are likely to be optional.
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.
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Iranians are amongst the friendliest people you can meet - be prepared for lots of fascinating conversations with strangers and offers of tea!