Explore IRANIAN life style and Anthropology in 12 days with Tlocals!
Day 1: Your arrival to Gorgan international airport. We will transfer you from the airport to Golestan where we are going to spend the night for the first day of our journey.
Day 2: Golestan, around this city we are going to meet a nomad clan called Torkaman. Torkamans were nomads till 20th century and after that they turn to live in villages and cities. They have a special music instrument called Do-tar-e-Torkamani. They are famous for raising horses with one of the noblest race called Torkaman. We will spend the day with this nomads; we will see their traditional dancing with their costumes. You can buy their clothes as a souvenir of this special area and help their local economy. Their special local food which is Tegdermeh will be served with the cooked by local women in Torkaman. After dinner Ghatlama will be served for you as their local sweet. If you are lucky we will see their wedding ceremonies, they have special traditions and costumes for this night which you can hear the stories from the locals.
We will head toward Tabriz around 3am.
Day 3: Our commencement for Tabriz is from Qajar museum. Qajar museum is one of the numerable museums which show the glory of Qajar era architecture, you can see artworks of music, knitting, khaatam and etc.
Since this museum will be closed at 7, we will go to Maqbaratoshoara which is near. It is the tomb of almost 400 poets and literary scholars of Iran. We will try to go back to our hotel soon, so you can take a rest after a long day.
Day 4: In east Azerbaijan, there are nomads, who are a combination of two big clans Called Shahsavan and Arasbaran. Shahsavan’s way of living and their cultural characteristics differ from other nomads in Iran. They speak Turkish. In Persian Shahsavan means King Lovers, after the Islamic revolution this name changes to Savan which means lovers. They dress as locals of Azerbaijan people but the women somehow keep on their traditional costume.
Their handicrafts which are made by the women are carpets, Gelim, gloves, socks, Giveh which is a special kind of shoes and etc. But between these all there is one thing which is knitted by their heart and that’s Jajim, it’s a kind of thick fabric made by sheep wool and it has different colors which are mostly natural colors. We will spend one day in nature with this clan. For lunch we will have Oumaj pottage which is the local food of Tabriz. The stories of proposals, Nowruz and Chaharshanbe soori are the ones you should heard from the locals. At night we go back to our hotel.
We will head toward Isfahan at 3 am.
Day 5: Tehran as the capital has many places to see, but since our tour is specified to anthropology we will head toward Isfahan, The Capital of culture and art in Iran. At noon as we arrive we will go a restaurant for Beryani the local food of Isfahan. In the afternoon we will go to Amini’s house. This house belongs to Qajar era. This emirate includes some houses and some baths. There is an inscription in the main hall which shows that this house was built during a year. The architecture of this house is in such a way that you may find some similarities between this emirate and Shiraz Eram garden.
We will spend the rest of the day in Naqsh-e-jahan which is the biggest square in Isfahan; there you can see handicrafts and delicious souvenirs of Isfahan.
Day 6: Two nomads which their summer and winter quarters is Isfahan are Bakhtiari and Ghashghaei. Bakhtiari is other great clans in Iran; they speak Bakhtiari which is one of the dialects of Lorish. Their capital settling place is Masjed Soleiman city. They play different musical instruments like Sorna and Korna. Stone lions are symbols of these nomads. They usually put a stone lion at their younger ones and their champion’s graves to remind their greatness. Almost all nomads are popular for being tenacious, but Bakhtiari people are brave warriors, too. Along with their tenacity they are great bowmen, as well.
After their catering by their famous Kebab and dairies, we will head toward Najafabad museum of Anthropology. Mehrparvar house which now is an anthropology museum of Isfahan is a house with a unique architecture. The colors of glasses, the little pool inside the yard along with trees makes an unbelievable view of this house, especially at nights when a glowing of light from inside makes the beauty of colored window double. Moreover this house has been designed by the statues of old men and women in different rooms. After this visit will go back to our hotel for the night.
Day 7: Yazd is our next destination. The architecture of this city goes back to Atabakan dynasty, the minarets and domes architecture is in a way that the moving of air makes the city cool, as it is located in the central part of the country where a desert is near.
There, our first destination is Heidarzadeh museum of coin and anthropology. This place which is in Arabzadeh house dates back to Qajar era. The house is famous for its unique ceiling woodwork and glass windows. Since 1956 this house was donated by a jeweler, 5000 pieces of different items which he collects over his lifetime.
At night, after a great local food called Ghemeih Nokhod, we will go to Dowlat Abad garden which includes the country’s tallest wind catcher, and fountains.
Day 8: From Yazd we will go to Shiraz, the historical city of Iran.
Zinat Al-moluk house is our first destination in Shiraz. This house belongs to Qajar era, and the ceiling is wooden with the paintings of animal, birds and flowers. In the basement there is a museum of anthropology of great people of Iran.
Day 9: Costume museum in Salehi house is our destination for today. In the morning we will go to this place so you can see different clothes belongs to different races of Iran.
At noon we will go to visit Khamseh tribe in Fars province. These nomads, unlike Ghashghaei clan never abandon their way of living. This tribe consists of 5 races; Pars, Baseri,Arab, shibani and Jibareh Arabs. Like other nomads they are moving from Khuzestan to Fars. They speak Persian, Turkish and Arabic. Their main job is animal husbandry. So we can have their dairies and their local food called Esfandi polo which will be our delicious experience of meeting this clan.
Day 10: In the morning we will head toward Booshehr. This seaport city has an anthropology museum which is our first destination. In this museum you can see the difference between clothing and decorating the houses and their differences with other area. Men and women have different costumes.
In the afternoon we will go to Bazaar. The old bazaar of Bushehr like all other cities is still busy and it provides people’s needs and help their economy. The magnificent architecture is from Qajar era and its architecture is in a way that there is enough light but no rain or snow can infiltrate this place. You can buy souvenirs and handicrafts to help the economy of people in this area. Their economy is running on fishing and planting dates.
Day 11: From Booshehr we will go to Ahvaz in Khuzestan. This city is a mixture of different nomads. Lor, Bakhtiari, Dezfooli, Behbahani, Abadani and Mahshahri. They have different dialects and different customs from each other. As you saw in Salehi costume meuseum, In Khuzestan people dress differently and this can be one of their attractions.
The moderation of climate causes the people of this area to live like nomads and choose animal husbandry as their jobs. Some of the people are Arabs who emigrate during year from Arabic desert. Being the guest of one of these nomads, you will hear lots of stories about their different customs in birth time, proposal and wedding, having the first tooth and even they have a special custom for choosing spouses. You can see their costumes during all these celebrations and the casual ones, which their women made them. We will eat Panirak and Oopizi which are their local foods. And after a long way with these hospitable nomads, we will go to our hotel.
Day 12: In the morning we will go to Cable bridge of Khuzestan which is the country biggest one. After enjoying of a walk there we will head toward Tehran for your flight to your country.
The experience of hang out with Iranian people can be the best one you ever had, as their friendly attitude and generous behavior makes everything brighter.Hope you enjoy this trip!