The Rose Harvest | 12 days

Tehran ➛ Shiraz ➛ Isfahan ➛ Kashan ➛ Tehran

Every year around the villages of Ghamsar & Niasar, five hundred tons of roses are produced, distilled and turned into rosewater and rose oil. Flowers bloom between late April and June, depending on the spring weather. Our Rose Harvest tour departs in May to be sure of catching the roses at their peak.

The entire family including children the old folk gather in their rose gardens each day to pick the flowers before sunrise with the first dew still on the petals. This way they ensure none of the fragrance is lost.

The roses are picked swiftly, before the sun’s heat sets in, and collected in bags made from large pieces of cloth tied around the picker’s necks. The bags are then taken to the distillation workshops, where they will be turned into rose water the same day. Eventually, the distilled rose essence will be exported to France and Bulgaria for perfumes, and to Saudi Arabia, to bathe the holy Kaa’ba curtain in Mecca.

Magic Carpet Travel’s 12-day tour is organized around the harvest but also takes in Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and Tehran.

Day 1
London

Tehran
Depart London Heathrow in the afternoon.
Day 2
Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to the hotel. Morning visit to the Sa’ad-abad Palace complex, and a holy shrine in local bazaar of Tajrish. Afternoon visit to the National Jewels treasury and on to Golestan Palace. Dinner at a traditional Persian restaurant.
Day 3
Tehran

Shiraz
Iran Air flight  to Shiraz. In Shiraz visit the Nasirol Molk Mosque, Eram Gardens and Narenjestan Palace. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 4
Shiraz

Persepolis
Morning visit to the wind swept ruins of Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam. Drive back to Shiraz after lunch. Visit Nasir Mosque, then on to the Mausoleum of the poets Saadi and Hafez. On to a traditional tea house to enjoy tea and ice-cream.
Day 5
Shiraz

Samirom
Isfahan
Leisurely drive to Isfahan via Samirom, driving through stunning scenery including small villages and many nomad tents. Picnic lunch. Arrive in Isfahan and transfer to hotel.
Day 6
Isfahan
Explore the Royal Square, Shah & Sheik Lotf-Allah Mosques, Royal Ali-Qapu Palace. Lunch in a traditional Persian restaurant. Visit the beautiful Khaju & Si-o-se Bridges. Tea at the Under-the-Bridge Tea house. Evening visit to the House of Strength to watch this traditional Iranian sport : a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics.
Day 7
Isfahan
Morning visit to Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace & the Shaking Minarets. After lunch visit the 4500-year-old Zoroastrian Fire Temple. On to Vank Cathedral. Onto Jame mosque Evening option to visit the bazaar.
Day 8
Isfahan

Nain
Yazd
Drive to Yazd via Nain, where you can visit the Jame Mosque and a traditional textile workshop.
Day 9
Yazd
Full day tour of Yazd including the Atashkadeh (fire temple) where the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. On to Jame’h mosque. On to visit to the Towers of Silence, the ancient Zoroastrian burial grounds.
Day 10
Yazd

Kashan via Abyaneh
Early morning drive to Kashan via Abyaneh, a picturesque village dating back 1600 years & UNESCO protected world heritage site. After lunch sightseeing in Kashan including the beautiful Fin Garden, the old houses of Borujerdi (Samovar merchant) and Tabatabaei (carpet merchant).
Day 11
Kashan

Tehran
Early morning visit to the village of Niasar to watch and take part in the rose picking and see the distillation process. After lunch, at leisure to explore the village including the best preserved Sassanian fire temple in Iran dating back 1600 years. Afternoon drive to Tehran. Farewell dinner at a traditional Persian restaurant.
Day 12
Tehran

London
Depart from Tehran to London early morning.

TOUR DATES:

There are no set dates for this tour, which we can arrange on a tailor made basis to suit your individual requirements.

Cost indications for a tailor-made trip based on 2, 4, 6  or 8 persons 

15 day tour price  per person, based on:

  • 2  persons   £3900
  • 4 persons    £2800
  • 6 persons    £2450
  • 8 persons    £2300
  • Single room supplement £600
  • Visa stamp fees for UK passports £170

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • English speaking national guide throughout the trip and all  his expenses
  • Driver with air conditioned private vehicle  throughout the trip
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in best available (three/four/five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flights to Iran
  • Internal flights
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • All personal extras such as laundry, tips and porterage
  • All optional excursions, tours and visits
  • Travel insurance

Cost Indication on British  Airways for return Economy flight £650 per person including airport taxes.

 

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