Join us on a 13-day journey to discover the rich and diverse Persian carpet culture that extends far beyond the central Iranian regions. Our itinerary is designed to offer an educational and artistic experience, taking you to the most valuable and authentic carpet workshops in central Iran.
Explore the history and production of Persian carpets in each region and gain a deeper understanding of this ancient art form that is deeply rooted in Persian lifestyle and culture. Our itinerary includes workshops where you can experience the process of making these beautiful carpets and interact with local artisans.
If you’re passionate about authentic Persian art and want to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Persian carpets, this tour is perfect for you. Join us on this unforgettable journey to discover the true beauty and value of Persian carpets in different regions of Iran.
Welcome to Iran! Arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport; greeted by the guide and transferred to the hotel. We will meet again in the early evening for a briefing of our Persian Carpet Tour and a welcome dinner.
In Tehran, we will visit the Carpet Museum to familiarize ourselves with Iranian Carpets. Then we pay a visit to Tehran’s Carpet Bazaar in Tehran Grand Bazaar.
In the morning take a flight to Shiraz, one of the greatest cities in carpet weaving. In Shiraz, we will visit its carpet and rug Bazaar called Vakil Bazaar. It is located in the old part of the city. So, besides of carpet, we will visit Vakil Complex (Bath, Bazaar, Arg, and …).
We will visit a Carpet workshop and atelier and familiarize ourselves with techniques of carpet weaving. Then visit Fars Carpet Museum, The museum whose historic building dates back to the Safavids period, to see the traditional carpets. At the end of the day, we will visit some carpet galleries.
The carpet of Shiraz is woven with an asymmetric knot and has an average of 120 knots per square inch (KPSI 120) and its knot density is KPSM 160,000 (up to 80000 knots per square meter). However, the density of the knot is higher, and the quality of the carpet is also higher. All carpets of Shiraz are carefully woven with all tastes, and even the carpets with a lower number of knots are of no lower quality.
In the morning we drive to Yazd. En route depending on the season, we may be able to visit the nomad’s campsite and explore their carpet weaving handicraft. After checking into the room in Yazd Traditional Hotel/House and a short break, we will go to visit the Yazd historic city*. The first place we visit is the Fire temple. It enshrines the Atash Bahram, meaning “Victorious Fire”, dated to 470 AD. Then we visit the Tower of Silence, where the bodies of the deceased were placed, to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition. The Jameh Mosque of Yazd is the grand, congregational mosque (Jameh) of Yazd city. Yazd is best known for carpets with charming patterns, pile less carpets, tirma, brocaded silk, velvet, blankets, and bed-cloths.
Today is Yazd Carpet material tour. We will pay a visit to a carpet and brocaded silk workshop in the town’s surroundings. In the afternoon after having a traditional Yazd lunch, we will visit Carpet Bazaar.
In the morning we will drive to Ardakan, a small town known for its great kilim and rugs and will visit workshops of handicrafts like carpet, rug and Clay in Ardakan. After a traditional lunch in Ardakan, we move towards one of the Iranian carpet piers, the Naein city. In the textile industry, Naein’s reputation in the previous years was a very delicate special wear texture that was woven from camel wool, but at the same time it lost its boom and the people of this city also replaced carpet weaving.
In the morning we will drive (2 h) to Isfahan, one of the oldest cities in Iran which is famous for silk carpets and handicraft weaving. In Isfahan, we can find Carpet weaving, brocade weaving, kilim (or a coarse carpet), enamel work, and some other handy craft workshops. You can have your own free program in the afternoon and visit the Naqshe Jahan Square. On Thursday night, I suggest that you do not miss the bridge of Si-o-Se-Pol and Khaju Bridge and sing indoors under the bridge. Due to the architecture of the bridge and the ability to play the sound of it, on Thursday night music enthusiasts come together in this place.
Today, we will visit Carpet Bazaar, and have a chance to be familiar with different types of carpets, rugs and etc. waved in Isfahan and visit ateliers and carpet weaving workshops available. Also, you can join the artists and try your ingenuity in carpet weaving.
Today we have a half-day of free time to shop and enjoy. After lunch, we drive to Kashan (2.30 h) a desert city with a variety of attractions. In the afternoon we will visit the Ouyi Underground City. It would be so interesting to see a city that was built underground that dates back 1500 years to the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.
The city of the most beautiful silk carpets in Persia. Kashan carpet has a global reputation and is the brand of this city. We will visit Kashan Carpet Bazaar and Workshops as well. Besides that, we try to visit some tourist attractions of the city such as old historical houses like Tabatabaei, Borujerdi, or Abbasian and Fin Persian Garden*.
In the not early morning, we go to visit a couple of shops in Kashan, and after that drive to Qom one the best city in silk carpet weaving. We will pay a visit to Qom’s Bazaar, and the Holy Shrine of Fatima Masumeh.
As Tehran’s IKA is near Qom, we will transfer to the airport directly. Flight back home.
_ Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality
– Hotel check-in time generally is at 2:00 PM. So, according to your arrival time, if you need early check-in you must book an extra day.
– Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.
– Use Minibus / Van / Private car depending on your group size
– Vegetarian dishes are also possible upon request.
High season (Mar-May & Sep-Oct):
You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 45 days before the start date of your tour.
45-30 days prior to arrival: 5%
29-15 days prior to arrival: 15%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 25%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 50%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No show
Low season (Nov-Feb & Jun-Aug):
You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 30 days before the start date of your tour.
29-15 days prior to arrival: 5%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 15%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 25%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: 75%
– The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.
– The priority of sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and the official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.
_ All sites with * sign are submitted in UNESCO World Heritage.
You can book the tour by clicking the “Proceed Booking “button in the price box or sending an inquiry on the “Enquiry Form”.
If you have questions or concerns about the tour, contact us on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or email us at [email protected].
Yes, you need a visa to enter Iran as a visitor. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival.
To obtain an Iranian visa, you must first get a visa authorization code that proves your visa application is approved by the Iranian MFA. Once you have this code, you will be able to collect your visa at any embassy or airport. Apply for your Iran Visa and get it in less than 3 days. Please be noted that if you are buying a tour package from us, the visa authorization code is also included and you do not need to apply separately. For more information read our article about How to get Iran visa.
It’s not compulsory, but since you need to have access to the Internet, having a SIM card will be necessary. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has a SIM card for travelers.
Yes, having travel insurance is required at passport control when you are entering Iran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has travel insurance for travelers. For more information please read about Iran Travel Insurance.
Where to change somehow depends on the amount of money you’d like to exchange. If it’s a small amount you can change at the airport or your hotel after getting to Iran. But for larger amounts, we suggest exchanging at an exchange store in the city, while you are visiting the downtown with your guide. Your guide will also assist you in choosing the best place for doing the exchange.
Yes, To Iran Tour offers airport transfers. The distance from IKA to Tehran downtown is about 50 km and having an airport transfer will be a great solution when you just arrive in Tehran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has Airport transfers for travelers.
International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran, so you must bring cash and conduct frequent exchanges.
However, there is a solution to this problem: the “Iran tourist Card”. You can use this prepaid debit card for tourists instead of cash. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has tourist cards for travelers.
According to To Iran Tour’s terms and conditions, cancellations must be made by the customer in writing to To Iran Tour before the tour departure is confirmed.
Applied cancellation fees are mentioned in the cancellation box of each tour. It differs between packages and day tours as in high and low season.
You can contact To Iran Tour on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or by email at [email protected] for more information
All non-Iranian nationals older than 12 years, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a valid vaccine certificate on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English, showing full vaccination of 2 doses. However, there are no obligations regarding the date of the vaccination. Or they should present a negative PCR test.
Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality. Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Single rooms cost an extra fee.
Considering the locality and having an authentic experience, some traditional hotels or ecolodges do not have beds. But they all have sleeping equipment with comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.
Based on the group size or the road quality and the tour type, minibusses, vans or VIP buses will be used for the tour which are all private vehicles. All the vehicles are AC equipped and have the standard of EURO5 or EURO4.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us and our travel expert will get in touch with you shortly. Please also call us or email us before visiting to make sure that you will be served with our best services.
This tour’s itinerary was carefully designed to include visits to carpet production workshops in different regions of Iran, as well as historical sites and museums related to Persian carpet culture. Hotels were comfortable, and the food was delicious. Recommended!