Iran Saffron & Barberry Tour
The best time for
this tour is from 27 Oct. to 21 Nov.
is the first and largest producer and exporter of saffron and barberry in the
and its Ghaenat district produce about 90% of Iran's saffron and barberries. We
shall spend 2 days here and learn about every thing to do with saffron and
barbrries, from planting, to harvesting, to production and packaging.
Ghaenat is a unique
area of Iran and its attractions are not limited to saffron and barberries. It
has an ancient history, desert architecture and functioning ancient irrigations systems. Its proximity to
Afghanistan and India give it a unique geographical location.
8 Nights- 9 Days
Day 1: Tehran
- Arrival in Tehran,
meet guide & transfer to hotel.Afternoon visit some historical site.
Day 2: Tehran
- Full day city tour including: Golestan Palace, Saadabad complex, Ethnological Museum, Carpet / Ceramic & Glassware Museums.
Day 3: Birjand
- Flight to
Birjand and transfer
to Hotel. Full
day city tour
of Birjand to
visit: Shokatieh School,
Birjand Castle, The Shokatieh Gardens.
Day 4: Ghaenat
- After breakfast drive
to Ghaenat (1.5 hours).visiting barberry orchard to participate in barberry picking.
Our next destination will
be the largest
barberry production facility in the world.After lunch you have an
opportunity to visit the many cultural features of a desert city.
Day 5: Ghaenat
- wake up at
5 a.m to drive
for a Saffron
field. We will
accompany the local
women folk for
a morning of saffron
picking. You will
have your breakfast
in the field.After breakfast, we
will visit the women folk in their homes while they are separating the saffron
stigma and we will see the traditional process of preparing the saffron. We will have lunch
at a local family home. You will see the way of life, culture and hospitability
of the people of this land. After a short rest, we will visit the nature of the
desert and do some other sight-seeing around the city.
Day 6: Mashhad
- After Breakfast drive to Mashhad (about
400 KM), en-route
we will visit
the longest Iranian Qanat.Mashhad is
the 3rd biggest city
in Iran (after
Tehran and Tabriz)
and is the
most important religious city in Iran. The 8th Shia Muslim Imam is
buried there.The Shrine of Imam
Reza is one of the most beautiful pilgrimage sites in the world.The shrine also has a carpet museum,
which displays about
200 beautiful and rare examples
of some of the finest Iranian carpets
donated by pilgrims
over the years.
This complex also
includes an important stamp
museum and also a coin museum.
Day 7: Mashhad / Tehran
- Half day city tour of Mashhad.After lunch
Transfer to the airport for flight to Tehran.
Day 8: Tehran
- After Breakfast full day city tour and visit some shopping centers and gift shops.
Day 9: Depart Tehran
- Transfer to
the airport for departure flight.
- The organizer
is totally flexible to the needs of the tourists and could change the