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Firuzabad Tour: A Journey Through Time

  • Tour Type: Private
  • Duration: Daily
  • Start in: Shiraz
  • End in: Shiraz
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Physical Rating: 2 / 5
  • Tour Code: TIT61015
  • Available: All Months


Firuzabad, a city in Fars province, Iran, boasts a rich history and an abundance of ancient landmarks. As you embark on this 1-day Firuzabad tour, you’ll travel back in time to the Sassanid era and explore some of the most famous attractions of this ancient city.

Discover the Ardeshir Babakan Palace, also known as the Fire Temple of Firuzabad, and marvel at the unique architecture and intricate designs of this ancient monument. Take a journey to Milo Sassanid Ancient Tower and experience one of the most impressive structures of the Sassanid period. Don’t miss the chance to witness the relief of Ardeshir’s victory, located just 2 km away from the Tangab relief, and learn more about the history and culture of this fascinating city.

But that’s not all. Our tour offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture by spending some time in a valley close to Firuzabad and visiting the tents of Qashqai Nomads. Experience their intriguing lifestyle, learn about their traditions, and purchase their unique products as souvenirs. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the ancient wonders of Firuzabad and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the ancient Ardeshir Babakan Palace or Fire Temple of Firuzabad
  • Visit the Qaleh Dokhtar (Dokhtar Castle) up the mountain
  • Enjoy spending time in a valley close to the ancient city of Firuzabad
  • Visit the tents of Qashqai Nomads and learn about their intriguing lifestyle



The tour starts in Shiraz, from your hotel at 8 am. There is a 2-hour drive between Shiraz and Firuzabad (120 km). After arriving at the ancient city of Firuzabad, first you visit the Qaleh Dokhtar (Dokhtar Castle) up the mountain. Then, you go to Ardeshir Babakan Palace by car. Then, you will visit the nomads’ tents and have a shortstop to get to know their way of life. In the end, you will be transferred to your hotel in Shiraz.

Included Services

  • All transportations in private vehicle
  • All transfers
  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Daily refreshment (2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks)

Excluded Services

  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips for the tour guide/driver

Important Notes


Free Cancelation 


Transportation will be in a minibus / van / private car depending on your group size

Other Notes

– The priority in sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.

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How can I book this tour?

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].

Do I need a visa to enter Iran, and how do I obtain Iran Tourist Visa?

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.

Do I need an Iranian SIM card?

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.

Do I need travel insurance?

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 should I exchange my money?

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. 

Are there Airport transfers for the tour?

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.

Can I use my credit card in Iran, or do I need cash or a Tourist Card?

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.

How can I Cancel my tour?

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

Are there any health concerns or vaccinations required before traveling to Iran?

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. 

What are accommodations like in this tour and what is their quality and comfort level?

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. 

What are transportation like in this tour and what is their safety and comfort level?

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. 

What products can visitors purchase as souvenirs from the Qashqai Nomads?

It is essential to support the local community and respect their cultural heritage when purchasing souvenirs from the Qashqai Nomads. These handmade products not only serve as tangible reminders of the journey but also contribute to the preservation of the nomadic traditions and way of life.

  1. Traditional Handwoven Rugs and Carpets: Qashqai Nomads are renowned for their skill in weaving vibrant and intricately patterned rugs and carpets, which make for beautiful and authentic souvenirs.

  2. Embroidered Textiles: Visitors can find hand-embroidered textiles, such as scarves, tablecloths, and pillow covers, showcasing the Nomads’ artistic talent and craftsmanship.

  3. Handmade Jewelry: The Qashqai Nomads are known for creating unique and exquisite jewelry pieces, often featuring traditional designs and elements.

  4. Leather Products: Leather goods like belts, pouches, and bags, handcrafted by the Nomads, are also popular choices for souvenirs.

  5. Nomadic Clothing: Traditional clothing items like embroidered dresses, vests, and headwear offer a chance to take home a piece of the Qashqai Nomads’ culture.

  6. Nomadic Pottery: Handmade pottery items, including bowls, cups, and vases, display the Nomads’ artistic expression and are sought-after keepsakes.

  7. Handcrafted Instruments: Visitors may find musical instruments like drums or string instruments crafted by the Nomads, showcasing their artistic traditions.

  8. Decorative Items: Various decorative items, such as wooden carvings and traditional paintings, provide unique reminders of the nomadic culture.

  9. Camel and Goat Hair Products: The Nomads utilize camel and goat hair to create items like blankets, bags, and cushions, which are both functional and distinctive.

What kind of traditions can we expect to learn about from the Qashqai Nomads?

You can expect to learn about a rich array of traditional customs and practices that have been passed down through generations. Their nomadic lifestyle has preserved unique cultural traditions, and during your visit, you may have the opportunity to learn about:

  1. Nomadic Pastoralism: Discover how the Qashqai Nomads practice a semi-nomadic lifestyle, moving with their herds of livestock in search of pastures throughout the year.

  2. Tribal Structure: Learn about the social organization of the Qashqai tribes, including their leadership structures and the significance of tribal identity.

  3. Traditional Clothing: Explore the significance of traditional clothing worn by the Qashqai, which often reflects their cultural heritage and distinct craftsmanship.

  4. Handicrafts and Artistry: Experience the nomads’ artistic talents in crafts such as carpet weaving, embroidery, and jewelry-making, which are essential aspects of their cultural expression.

  5. Folklore and Oral Traditions: Listen to fascinating stories and myths passed down orally, providing insights into the nomadic people’s beliefs, history, and worldviews.

  6. Rituals and Celebrations: Participate in or observe traditional ceremonies and celebrations that mark significant life events and seasonal changes.

  7. Nomadic Music and Dance: Enjoy performances of traditional music and dance, which play a vital role in Qashqai social gatherings and celebrations.

  8. Culinary Traditions: Taste the unique flavors of Qashqai cuisine, which often includes dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and reflects their nomadic lifestyle.

  9. Livestock Husbandry: Gain an understanding of the nomads’ relationship with their herds, their husbandry practices, and the importance of livestock in their daily lives.

  10. Tent-Making and Architecture: Witness the construction of traditional tents (known as “guls”) and learn about the architectural techniques used by the nomads.

  11. Seasonal Routines: Discover how the Qashqai Nomads adapt their daily lives based on the seasons and the specific needs of their livestock.

  12. Nomadic Language and Dialects: Explore the nomads’ unique language and dialects, which contribute to their cultural identity.

By immersing yourself in the traditions of the Qashqai Nomads, you will gain a deeper appreciation for their way of life, the challenges they face, and the cultural resilience that has allowed them to maintain their heritage in a rapidly changing world.

What kind of cuisine can we expect to find in the region?

In the region of Firuzabad, in Fars province, Iran, you can expect to find a delightful array of traditional Persian cuisine. The local cuisine is known for its rich flavors, aromatic spices, and diverse culinary heritage. Some of the dishes you may encounter during your visit include:

  1. Chelo Kebab: Grilled skewers of succulent meat (often lamb or chicken) served with saffron-infused rice and grilled tomatoes.

  2. Ghormeh Sabzi: A flavorful stew made with herbs (such as parsley, cilantro, and fenugreek), tender chunks of meat (usually beef or lamb), kidney beans, and dried lime.

  3. Fesenjan: A unique dish made with a thick walnut and pomegranate paste, combined with chicken or duck, creating a savory and tangy flavor.

  4. Ash-e Reshteh: A hearty noodle soup enriched with a mixture of legumes, herbs, and often topped with creamy yogurt and fried onions.

  5. Kuku Sabzi: A traditional Persian herb and vegetable frittata, packed with fresh greens and aromatic spices.

  6. Shirazi Salad: A refreshing salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and fresh herbs, dressed with lime juice and olive oil.

  7. Baghali Polo: Fragrant rice cooked with dill and fava beans, often served with lamb or chicken.

  8. Zereshk Polo: A delicious combination of saffron rice with barberries, typically served with chicken.

  9. Maast-o-Khiar: A cool and refreshing yogurt and cucumber dip, seasoned with herbs and garlic.

  10. Bastani Sonnati: Traditional Persian ice cream, often flavored with saffron, rosewater, and pistachios.

  11. Sholeh Zard: A Persian rice pudding flavored with saffron and garnished with cinnamon and slivered almonds.

  12. Doogh: A popular yogurt-based drink, often mixed with mint and carbonated water.

The cuisine of the region reflects a blend of flavors and cooking techniques passed down through generations, making it a delightful culinary experience for visitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor these traditional Persian dishes and explore the rich gastronomic heritage of Firuzabad and Fars province.

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