Saffron is a distinctive flavor in much Persian cuisine and has featured widely in recipes by some of the world’s most famous chefs, but its exports sank under a decade of sanctions as the west severed economic ties with Tehran.
Iranian Saffron And barberry tour is an opportunity to experience, consider taking our private Iran Saffron Farmand tasting some of the main products contains Saffron like tea, Cakes and Rock candy.
Southern Khorasan 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 barberries, from planting, to harvesting, to production and packaging.
Morning Fly from Tehran Mehrabad Airport
and transfer to the hotel.Full day city tour of Birjand to visit: Shokatieh School
(the 3rd European School in Iran, built in 1905), Birjand Castle
, a 16th Century building and The Shokatieh Gardens
(A UNESCO World Heritage site).
Early morning drive from Birjand hotel to Ghaenat (1 h 24 min (107.0 km). Stay at an old local house, which has been turned into a guesthouse. We will be welcomed by saffron tea, fresh squeezed barberry juice and some local pastries and sweets. After a short rest and refreshment, we will drive to a barberry orchard to participate in barberry picking. Our next destination will be one the largest barberry production facility in Iran.
Early Morning like 5:00 a.m to drive for a Saffron field. We will accompany by the local women folk for a morning of saffron picking. You will have your breakfast in the field. It will be one of the most unforgettable breakfasts of your life: Iranian sweetened tea served with homemade cheese, fresh, hot milk, hot loaves of flat bread flavored with walnuts and garlic, mountain honey, fresh cream, butter, sesame Halva, rice halva, eggs and chamomile and finally a cup of hot local Aash will turn this cold morning into a warm memory. 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. After a short rest, we will visit the nature of the desert and do some other sightseeing around the city.
Drive to Mashhad to visit the mausoleum to the eighth Imam of Shia Muslim. Then we move to visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi. Ferdowsi, the influential Persian poet and author of the Persian epic, Shahnameh died in 1020 A.D. Tomb of Ferdowsi is a tomb complex composed of a white marble base, and a decorative edifice erected in honour of this Persian poet located in Tus.
Time permitting we will have a half day city tour of Mashhad to visit: Nader shah mausoleum,Transfer to the airport, flight to Tehran. Transfer to hotel.
- Domestic flights.
- All nights accommodation in standard grade hotels and local houses.
- Land travel by A.C vehicles.
- Services of an Iranian tour lecturer throughout the tour.
- International air fares, taxes and surcharges
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
- Visa process fee
- Visa costs
- Tips to local guides and drivers
Accommodation : local houses – hotels
Duration : 5 Days
Min Age : 10 years old