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Iran Women-Only Tour is the best and most superb opportunity to discover culture and camaraderie in Iran through the lives of the women who live there on a female-only expedition.
Spend 12 days exploring with a local female leader and a group of female travelers and partake in a range of experiences otherwise off-limits to mixed-gender groups.
Step inside the hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon, wander through a women-only park and travel by public transport in the women-only carriage of the metro, local buses, and an overnight train.
Experience rural nomadic life with Qashqai people, meet female entrepreneurs and hear secret recipes from those in the know. Learn from inspiring Iranian women young and old, religious women and young generation girls.
All this tour would be a new experience for those visiting Iran for the first time. Unlike what you can see in the media, Iran is one of the friendliest countries. There’s so much to see that even if you spend a month traveling around the country, you won’t see everything that the country has to offer.
Because Iran has it all. Iran women-only tour is one of our most sold tours during the last decade. This tour is like a precise map with a perfect timetable, making it an enjoyable time for you. On Iran women-only tour you will visit fantastic and historical cities of Iran and get familiar with Iranian people and their costumes.
Iran women-only tour offers you an unforgettable freedom to be able to allocate your time to visit better and both orientation and flexibility that you can see many attractions on your own feet.
1- See a different side of Iran as you travel with an all-women group and a local female leader, allowing you to forge connections with the women who call this country home.
2- Enjoy a picnic in one of Iran’s women’s-only parks, one of the few places women can enjoy the sunshine without a hijab.
3- Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life on a beautifully remote homestay with the Qashqai people. Enjoy a meal, sing songs, try on the local dress, and give bread-baking a go.
4- Step inside the fascinating hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon. You’ll see that these are oases for many local women, providing a safe space for them to relax and (literally) let their hair down.
5- Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the center of the known world.
6- Take part in a hands-on cooking class where your local hosts will share age-old secret recipes and techniques before you feast on the fruits of your labor.
1- Part of traveling with Sinar Gasht Travel Agency means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with locals.
people and environments. It is very important that you adhere to a strict dress code regardless of the weather. Upon arrival in Iran, all women must wear a headscarf and must also have their arms and legs covered.
2- Getting a visa for Iran can be a time-consuming process. It may take a couple of weeks to get your authorization code, and then it can take up to 30 days to receive your visa back from the embassy or consulate. But our agency (SinarGasht Travel Agency) can make it easy for you with less time process. Please read the visa information and entry requirements at the link below.
3-The village homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday life outside the city. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable. Please see Day 8 of the Itinerary for more details.
4- In 2023, Ramadan will take place from 22 March to 02 April. Traveling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience. However, some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.
Arrive at IKA International Airport, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before our late-morning tour of Tehran begins.
Sightseeing: Iran National Museum, Golestan Palace, Tajrish Bazaar and Darband
In the morning we take the subway and charter taxis so that we make the most of the day and visit as many sites as possible. As a result, we will have a much better chance to get more acquainted with Iranian people.
We leave the hotel at 9:30 for a trip to the Iran National Museum, here we will get a chance to see a variety of Persian Civilizations and cultures during different ages and become familiar with Iranian history.
Then, we pay a visit to Golestan Palace. Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. This amazing Palace 2003 was designated a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Afterward, we will visit Tajrish Bazaar and Darband, a cute village in the mountains north of Tehran. Overnight in Tehran. Attention: The priority of sightseeing may be changed due to the time of your arrival, the preference of your guide, and also the official and unofficial holidays of some museums.
Sightseeing: Azadi Tower, Tabatabai, and Boroojerdi Houses, Fin Garden, Si-o-Se- Pol
We will leave Tehran and drive to Kashan, stopping to admire Azadi Tower as we depart Tehran.
Kashan is a popular tourist destination in Iran and attracts a large number of tourists each year. Kashan has a 7000-year history and we will visit the beautiful UNESCO REGISTERED SITE ( Fin Garden ) during our stay.
Also, we will visit both Tabatabai and Boroojerdi Houses, outstanding examples of upmarket historical houses typical of Kashan.
Then, we Leave Kashan and your overland journey continues in Isfahan.
As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities– architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagination, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians, and Chinese coming to its court– the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan.
Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan Nesf-e Jahan (Isfahan is half of the World).
Together with your expert guide, you will begin your exploration of the city by visiting some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River.
The 14th-century Shahrestan Bridge, for example, evokes the greatest aqueducts of ancient Rome and is the oldest bridge in Iran. Other famous bridges on the Zayandeh River are Sio-Se-Pol and Khaju.
There are sluice gates below the bridge to let the water run off the Zayandeh River in the spring, and there are beautiful stone archways above each gate.
These archways provide a great acoustic place for every man who wants to sing. You can always find a man or a group of men singing under the bridge. The songs are usually about betrayal or unrequited love.
You have the chance to chat with these men and listen to their songs. Stay overnight in Isfahan.
Sightseeing: Vank Cathedral church, Masjed-e Jame’a Hasht Behesht Palace, and Garden.
Continue your exploration in Isfahan at a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jame’a is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historical city.
This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a number of important periods in Islamic architecture.
In the city’s Armenian quarter, you’ll delve more deeply into the region’s complex history as you will visit several churches including the 17th-century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements.
In the same quarter, we will also visit the Music Museum where you will find a collection of local and national Iranian instruments.
In the afternoon, we will visit Hasht Behesht Palace and Garden. At this octagonal palace, you can see gangs of retired men who pass their free time chatting with the visitors.
Sightseeing: Imam Square (Naghshe Jahan Square) Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Shah Mosque and Isfahan Grand Bazaar, and Chehel-s0toon Palace.
As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagination, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians, and Chinese coming to its court– the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan.
Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan Nesf-e Jahan (Isfahan is half of the World).
Imam Square of Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world and was Built by Shah Abbas I the Great at the beginning of the 17th century.
This amazing site in 1979 was designated a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Must see this place. Imam Square is surrounded by important historical buildings from the Safavid era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square.
On the west side, you can find Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and the northern side opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar.
They are an impressive testimony to the level of social and cultural life in Persia during the Safavid era.
Afterward, we will visit Chehel-Sotoon, literally meaning forty columns, which is a royal pavilion that was built by Shah Abbas I as a place to receive ambassadors and international guests.
The Chehel-Sotoon Palace, along with eight other gardens, is registered as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE under the name of the Persian Gulf. Overnight in Isfahan.
Sightseeing: Zurkhaneh and Amir Chakhmagh Square
We take up our tour by traveling to the historical and UNESCO REGISTERED THE CITY OF YAZD. In the evening we will visit Zurkhaneh.
It is a combination of martial arts, strength training, and music. Way before bodybuilding, Persians used to practice weightlifting in Zoorkhaneh. We can see this tradition present in ancient Iranian stories too.
Afterward, we visit Amir chakhmagh square. Overnight in Yazd.
Sightseeing: Jame’a Mosque, Old City, Alexander’s Prison, Tomb of the 12 Imams, Dowlatabad Garden, Yazd Water Museum, confectionary, and handicraft workshops
Yazd is the oldest adobe city in the world and is surrounded by the 4000m summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts of Iran, Dasht-e-Kavir, and Kavir-e-Loot.
This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonishes every visitor.
Today’s tour includes visiting the Jame’a Mosque, the old city of Yazd, and the 15th-century domed school known as Alexander’s Prison because of a reference to this apparently dastardly place in a Hafez poem.
Whether the deep well in the middle of its courtyard was in fact built by Alexander the Great and used as a dungeon seems doubtful, no matter what the guide says.
The building is worth a look for the small display on the old city of Yazd, but mostly the fee covers access to a warren of craft workshops.
Then, we continue with Dowlatabad Garden; an authentic Iranian garden that annually attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists.
This is a complex built according to the original Iranian architectural style and consists of a large garden and some buildings. Afterward, we head to Yazd Water Museum.
This 124- year-old Museum displays the tool, and techniques used for the past 4000 years in Iran in creating underground waterways (called Qanats) and connecting them to the city and field locations for agricultural and other uses.
Yazd water museum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the first international conference on qanat in Yazd. The museum building has once been a merchant’s house built in 1929.
Two qanats are running beneath the museum at different levels, which are reachable through a special stairway called Payab.
This museum has put on display a variety of water objects from Qanat to water ownership documents. The museum is one of the best tourist destinations in Yazd, which receive hundreds of visitors every day. Finally, we pay a visit to confectionery and handicraft workshops. Stay overnight in Yazd.
Sightseeing: Shah Cheragh Shrine.
We move to the historical and beautiful city of Shiraz, a city from ancient times. On the first day of the Shiraz Tour and Excursion, Shah Cheragh Shrine is one of the holiest sites in Shiraz. This glittering mosque and the funerary monument is a popular pilgrimage site and impresses with its beauty and grandeur.
Ladies will need to wear a Chador for visiting the shrine (provided). Tonight, perhaps ask your leader for tips on where to pick up the best street food. Stay overnight in Shiraz.
Sightseeing: Pink Mosque, Narangestan Garden, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bath, Vakil Bazaar, Female Park, Eram Garden, Saadi Tomb, Hafez Tomb.
This morning, take to the streets on a walking tour to visit Narangestan Garden and Pink Mosque and discover the alleys and lanes of the popular Vakil Bazaar, a great spot to sit and chat and enjoy a glass of orange blossom tea.
Then, pop into a local bakery where you can pick up some lunch, which you will enjoy during a visit to one of the female-only parks that are popping up to allow women to exercise, picnic, or just enjoy the sun without a hijab.
After lunch, head out to the vast complex of Bagh-e Eram, known as the Garden of Paradise, where you will have the chance to wander through its beautifully manicured gardens. Then, pay a visit to the ornately decorated tomb dedicated to the poet Saadi, and the tomb built to commemorate the poet Hafez.
Later in the day, spend time with some very talented local women at a carpet weaving workshop to learn about their craft. Overnight in Shiraz.
Sightseeing: Persepolis, Naghsh-e Rostam (Necropolis), Women’s Beauty Salon, and Cooking class.
Today make the short journey to Persepolis a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, approximately 1 hour).
Once the center of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the great cities of the ancient world, Persepolis took more than 150 years to build. Designed as a center for events of the kings and their empires, its grandiosity and architectural marvel are still on show today.
Afterward, head back to Shiraz and step inside the hidden world of an Iranian hair salon.
The hijab comes off, the conversation is lively, and the music is blaring. Treat yourself to a manicure, or perhaps a wash and blow wave. In post-revolution Iran, opening a beauty salon was one of the most convenient ways for Iranian women to have financial independence.
Often the basement of a building or an extra room in the house was used, and off limits to men, these salons have become oases for many.
In the evening, take part in a hands-on cooking class where a local female cook will teach you how to create some of the most delectable Persian dishes. This class may include teaching (Iranian savory rice cake), Morasa Polo (jeweled rice), Mirza Qasemi (grilled eggplant), and the Iranian dessert of Sholeh Zard (saffron rice pudding).
Take in the flavors and aromas of these delicious meals as the wafts fill the kitchen, then set the table and gather for a huge Persian feast as you chat and exchange stories. overnight in Shiraz.
Our representative will transfer you to Shiraz international airport or Imam Khomeini international airport according to your flight time and you will depart Iran, the land of warmth and hospitality with fond memories.
Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost and women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of themselves we give away, and there is no better place than Iran to lose and become familiar with Iranian women.
Most beautiful beaches, most lovely ski resorts, starry sky of desert and highest mountain of Iran.
Experience the history and the glory of ancient Persian empire.
Works of art including traditional music, delicious food and pastry are among things you will enjoy there.
no 18, 1st floor, Hadi shopping center, Serah Bargh, Ghasro-Dasht Ave, Shiraz. Iran