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Cultural Tours, Solo Woman
Solo female travel is rising strongly and women all over the world are searching for the best destinations to travel alone and make the most of solo traveling. The most important factors are comfort and safety when we, women, decide to explore other locales and cultures alone. So, can you imagine solo female travel in less-traveled paths such as IRAN? A country where has been accused many times by international media of not to fulfill safety standards…
Visiting the tourist areas where people speak English and the travel services can be booked via international websites is getting easier day by day, but what if a woman prefers to take the extra challenge and experience more pure cultures and non-touristy communities? places where organized tours are mostly dominating…At friendly Iran, we have tried our bests to provide Iran women solo travelers with a specific half-organized tour package that covers the classic route and its highlighted attractions plus a paradise for solo female travelers, Hormoz Island, where you can set up your private camp on its colorful beaches. Hormoz is also a desired destination for Iranian girls who have started to travel alone. In this tailor-made Iran Tour, you can find the best stops, activities, and experiences for a female solo traveler.
Despite all western media, based on hundreds of opinions, Iran is one of the best countries for female travelers to travel alone and also the best option in the Middle East where solo travelers and backpackers can experience its rich history, mouthwatering food, its unique varied landscapes and also ski resorts. Iran is a destination with friendly people where it is so easy to meet and make local friends for a more immersive cultural experience; so, solo travelers can have a true experience of everyday Persian life, eat like the locals, sleep like the locals, participate in activities like the locals… Compulsory Hijab is one of the issues which prevents female travelers from adding Iran to their bucket list, but surprisingly most of the travelers have different ideas about it. Here you can check out a foreigner’s detailed view on the Islamic hijab in Iran.
Arrive in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Meet the friendly driver at the airport, holding your name and waiting to welcome you...transfer to the hotel, check-in, and first Overnight in Tehran
In the morning we start our city tour to visit the capital’s highlights. A local guide will be at your hotel for your first day Tour. Visiting the Golestan complex (UNESCO heritage site) includes Shams ol Emareh and other Qajarid palaces with their unique architectures. Afterwards, we go to visit the National Museum, Sardar Baghe Meli and finally we explore the traditional grand bazaar to see colorful Persian handicrafts. During the evening flight to Qeshm island.
Overnight in Qeshm hotels
* Having a local guide at the beginning of your Iran journey gives you a general understanding of the country, people, currency, transportation, and many other aspects, you can ask for a male or a female guide.
Today you'll explore the Qeshm islands on your own unless you ask for a local guide. Here are different ideas for one day tour in Qeshm:
Visiting Berkeh Khalaf Village, Khorbas Cave, Star Valley, Geopark museum, and Portuguese castle.
Visiting Hengam island, Simin coast, or Harra jungles with small ferries and alos spending time or swiming on women's beache.
Visiting Chahkooh valley which needs about an hour's drive from the city of Qeshm.
Overnight in Qeshm Hotels
Today belongs to visiting and also camping in magnificent Hormoz Island. Going to Hormoz island is possible by ferries from Qeshm island. There you can enjoy colorful beaches, and also Nad-Alian museum. You can ask for a local guide if you prefer to.
Overnight in Hormoz; based on your interest you can camp there or ask for local house accommodation.
Back to Qeshm with ferries. One of the beloved activities for women travelers is the traditional Henna decoration on hands in Qeshm Island. Have you chosen the design for your henna tattoo??
you'll also have some extra time before your flight to shiraz to visit any attraction you miss on your first day in Qeshm, flight to Shiraz from Qeshm, or Bandar abbas.
Meet the local guide at the hotel and have a Full day tour of Shiraz to visit the city of love, starting with the Nasiralmolk Mosque with the beautiful sun reflection in the morning. Then we visit the Zand complex consist of the Citadel, Bath, mosque, and traditional Vakil Bazaar. Narenjestan e Ghavam is our next destination, a garden full of sour orange trees and a magnificent edifice located at the end of the garden with special interior decoration. Afterward, we visit the tombs of Hafez and Saadi, the great poets of Iran based on time.
we can remove some of our Shiraz visits and have a deep look into Shirazi women's life, we can go to a hair salon and join the fashion lovers or experience the traditional bath (Hamam).
Overnight in Shiraz boutique houses
In the morning a diver-guide will meet you at the hotel. We drive to Persepolis and Necropolis, visiting the masterpiece of ancient Persian empires that is a UNESCO heritage site. Where you can visit ancient reliefs. Keep going to Pasargad to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Back to Shiraz.
Morning bus to Yazd which takes about 5-6 hours. You'll be on your own in the afternoon to explore the adobe ancient city of Yazd.
Yazd old town has been registered as a UNESCO heritage site. Visiting Amir Chakhmaq square, Zoroastrian fire temple, and Zoorkhaneh (a place for ancient sport). Overnight in Yazd traditional hotels
* you can also ask for a dessert tour near Yazd for trekking, doing a safari, camel riding, and star observing during the afternoon.
You will have your morning for continuing your Yazd tour on your own. You can visit Dowlat Abad garden and tower of silence.
We will have a but to Isfahan which takes about 4 hours.
Overnight in Isfahan
Isfahan is one of the largest cities in the world with many glorious monuments. The Naghsh-e Jahan Square is registered by UNESCO as an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. A full day city tour with a local guide to visit Naghsh-e Jahan Square surrounded by Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Aliqapu Palace, and Qeysarieh bazaar and Chehel Sotoun Palace. In the end, visiting Vank Cathedral in the Armenian Jolfa quarter where you can feel a different atmosphere from other parts of the city.
In the morning we have a bus to Kashan, about 2 hours. In Kashan you will be on your own to explore the lovely attractions such as Fin Garden (UNESCO heritage site), Aqa-bozorg mosque and Madrassa, and two glorious traditional residences, Borojerdi, and Tabatabai House.
Overnight in Kashan traditional hotsels
Today we leave Iran. Based on the departure time we can plan your last day. Drive to Tehran International airport directly for your departure flight (2-hour drive). OR Based on time add En-route visits; we can visit Nooshabad underground city or Hazrat-e Masoomeh holy shrine.