This 30 hours Tour nearby Shiraz is a unique journey with a real concept of Nomad life in Iran.
What an irony it is that Persian Nomads which are known as “the most spectacular attraction of Technology Age” are living without any kind of technology!
Far from the city facilities and all the pre-made products, Iranian nomadic Tribes live on their own in un-settled tents with no electricity, water, and gas pipeline! Twice a year after winter and summer, they immigrate to the better climate regions with all their properties and their animals like goats, herds of sheep, birds like chicken, dogs, horses, and donkeys. Can you imagine how difficult would it be to carry all your belongings and walk for miles? And assume there are elderly people, sick people, pregnant women, and children in the tribe as well.
By taking care of their needs on their own, like consuming the mountains herbals, the meat of their animals, self-made medicine and hand-made clothes, rugs, and food, Iranian Nomads are the most independent societies in the world.
Nomadic Iranians live in different tribes, e.g. Qashqai, Bakhtyari, Shahsavan, Kurds, Turkmen, etc. and they have distinguished summer/winter quarters, language, and clothing, culture, and festivals.
Moreover, Persian Nomads are preservers of ancient Persian culture, traditions, music, handicrafts, and foods. In this tour, you will be familiar with all these aspects of the Qashqai tribe’s lives.
Who are Qashqai tribes? Qashqai tribe are Turkish- Iranian people who used to be the first power in south Iran from early times. Qashqai tribe, being one of the most populated tribes in Iran, are famous for patronizing their traditions and ceremonies. Qashqai is a fan of partying and celebration in large numbers. They play music, dance, smoke water pipes, drink herbal tea, eat delicious kebab, and chat with each other from evening till night.
More than all other Iranians with different origins, Qashqai people are genuinely hospitable. They devote everything they have for their guests’ comfort.
This day tour with supporting the local community and considering the expenses to preserve the environment is the right choice for Eco-Friendly Travellers and Responsible traveling.
Our quick Nomad tour in 30 hours starts at 4 pm from Shiraz or Isfahan. (Based on the season, departures from Shiraz might be the only choice)
Transfer to the Nomads’ location, we will pass from mountains and fields to reach their tents. After the greeting with the family, we’ll enjoy a walk nearby and watch the sun drowning! That’s almost the time that the herds of sheep are coming back from the pasture, while happy little sheeps fool around and it’s hard to guide them.
Coming back to the tent, we’ll gather to have a delicious dinner, made with fresh ingredients and professional mom chef!
Nomadic foods are made with meat or chicken since they believe it gives them the strength and keeps them healthy. Different kebabs like Kenjeh made from small pieces of meat barbequed served with bread, Roasted meat with stew and rice, and chicken soups as a great healer for broken bones and wounds! These are served with side dishes like herbs, bread and cheese, yogurt, and a beverage made by yogurt called doogh!
After dinner, it’s time to smoke heavy hookah, drink herbal tea, and have an intimate talk.
This night you have time to gain more information about the family, how they married, how many children they have, do they live here or far from the family in town, or the tribe history.
(As you know, the Senior-aged Nomads are not familiar with English and the English knowledge of most of the young people is at a primary level, so your tour guide will be the one who helps)
Late at night don’t forget to check out the stars on the sky and go for a relaxing sleep under a warm blanket in a tent. As the next day coming and you should Rise and Shine a little before the sunrise! Making breakfast ready is the first thing to do, squeezing milk of the sheep, putting bread, cheese, butter, dates, nuts, and herbs on the tablecloth.
Then the men and boys leave the tent for guiding the herds to the pastureland and we will accompany them. Meanwhile, we pick herbs on the way for our teatime. Returning to the tents for a tasty lunch, we’ll see women's occupation and art of the day. Whether they are weaving the Qashqai rug, which is one of the most beautiful and expensive carpets in the world, or if they are weaving kilim, felt shoes or hats, etc.
In the afternoon we’ll participate in baking bread and making dinner. The tribe old ladies always have the hidden secrets of cooking a perfect Persian food, so we enjoy the cooking and learn the nomadic food recipe in person.
Making doogh is another fun thing to do with the Nomads! Doogh is a Sauer beverage made by yogurt in the skin of sheep. To make the best doogh you need to intensely move the sheepskin which is heavy by carrying the yogurt for hours.
Based on time or your request you can enjoy the Nomadic music, Nomad school, the Mourning ceremony, Wedding, or other traditions.