Culinary Adventure Through Iran

Rani Cheema
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Oct 2 - 13, 2019
Group size: 10 - 10
Culinary Adventure Through Iran

Rani Cheema
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Deposit: $1250
Oct 2 - 13, 2019
Group size: 10 - 10

About this trip

Picky eaters be warned.

Cheema's Travel trips are for eaters, chefs, the curious, & seekers who want meet like-minded travelers.

Prepare to feast, cook, and connect with the locals all across Iran. Not only are we going to visit Iran's culinary hotspots, but we will also get to see some of the countries most beautiful sites. Not only will we visit Iran’s most important culinary hubs, we will also get the opportunity to visit the country's most important sites like the island of Qeshm.

This is truly a once in a lifetime trip! I may never do this one again.

Our culinary adventure begins at the beautiful waters of the Persian Gulf. Then we travel to the heart of the Iranian Plateau, and finally to the Caspian Sea,. We finish our journey in the Northwestern valleys of the Zagros Mountains. Along the way we will experience Iran’s incredible cultural, ethnic, landscape, and culinary diversity.

What Should Your Tastebuds Expect?

Iran's food is just as divine as its people. We will get to tase some of the most aromatic and rich dishes in the world. Iranian cuisine revolves around the flavors of some of the worlds favorite spices like saffron, cardamom, turmeric, rosewater, and nutmeg. These are flavors that cooks admire and cherish most.

We will enjoy traditional Iranian and Azeri breakfasts, snack on street foods, and experience both home cooked meals and high end restaurants.

The history of Iran and its food spands centuries and has been inspired by many cultures across Asia and Europe. Iran's culinary culture has historically interacted with the cuisines of the neighboring regions, including Caucasian cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Levantine cuisine, Greek cuisine, Central Asian cuisine, and Russian cuisine. Through the Personalized Central Asian Mughal dynasty, aspects of Iranian cuisine were also adopted into Indian cuisine and Pakistani cuisines.

Food allergies? Cheema's Travel's culinary trips usually have you covered... except for this trip. Unfortunately avoiding nutes and gluten will be near impossible. Please check out my other trips if you still want to join me!

The Concept

I'm inviting you to join me on this once-in-a-lifetime small group culinary trip . This trip along with all my other trips are a culinary dream itinerary that I personally curated with my preferred partners to make sure it is the perfect experience for all parties involved.

Please understand that the concept of these adventures is similar to traveling with friends,  like-minded individuals who not only love to eat, drink, make, and have immersive experiences, they want to connect with our "cousins" on the other side of the planet. If you love eating, drinking, adventure, laughs, and great company... this adventure is like no other.

Cheema's Travel is a travel agency, not a large group tour operator so no umbrellas or flags to locate our local guide.

Are We The Right Fit?

If you've read this far than, most likely. Since this is a very small group who I'm allowing to travel with me, I must make sure this trip is perfect for you.

Iran is honestly on of the safest and friendliest countries you can travel through. 

Iran is a very conservative country, with that said, woman must wear a headscarf and must have their arms and legs covered. Men must be conservatively dressed. Yes, it will be very warm during the day.

Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden. There are severe penalties for anyone attempting to bring it into the country. Obscene material (do I really need to go into details?) and controversial literature will all be confiscated by custom officials. 

Walking in and around Iran (especially around ancient ruins) might be rocky and uneven. Please be prepared to wear comfortable footwear.

We will be covering the entire country in just less than 2 weeks, there is no rest for the weary, unless we are taken our 6 hour car ride through epic landscapes.

Though Cheema's Travel trips are all inclusive (tax, tip, all meals, etc.), you might want to shop, so please note that travelers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran.

Getting a visa for Iran can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Thats why we are here for you. Myself and my contacts in in Iran and Colorado will be part of the process and take care of things for you. Please understand that  rules can and do change often with this destination. 

Why Is The Trip Different From Most?

While other trips are ran by large tour companies, have 16+ people, with shared rooms, single supplements, and additional costs (tips, visas, "lunch not included", etc), Cheema's Travel trips are all inclusive. Rani has designed a trip that for 10 or less people, no shared rooms, no single supplements, and no additional costs. This is a more luxurious way of exploring the world without blowing your travel budget (unless you decide to shop... I cannot account for that).

What’s included

  • Meals
    All meals & beverages mentioned in itinerary.
  • Accommodations
    Own room at 4-5 star properties and Mansion. No single supplement.
  • Classes
    All classes.
  • Entry Fees
    All mentioned sites.
  • Transfers
    Domestic air and land transfers.
  • Visa Process
    Yes, I'll take care of this for you.
  • Tips
    Tips for guides only and drivers.
  • Taxes & fees
  • International air
    This can be booked via Cheema's Travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • MISC
    Anything not mentioned in the itinerary


Day 1 – October 2, 2019
Arrival into Shiraz

Today you will visit some of the impressive sites in the historic center of the city. Start your day basking in the beautiful sea of morning light, which reflects through a brilliant arrangement of stained glass that covers the windows inside the Nasir-al Mulk Mosque. The mosque is also known as the Pink Mosque because its exterior is decorated in distinctive pink tiles. 

You will continue your walking tour of the city’s historic center by visiting the Vakil Bazaar where you will sample local delicacies and shop for ingredients for your Shiraz cuisine workshop tomorrow. You will then continue to a Faloudeh workshop. The famous Shirazi Faloudeh is one of Iran’s most popular desserts. Frozen noodles are served in different flavors of syrup. In the evening you will have a feast of local specialties at the Haft Khan Restaurant. 

Your Organizer

Rani Cheema
Rani Cheema, is the Founder & CEO of Cheema's Travel, a travel agency for the modern traveler. Rani has been recognized as a... Travel + Leisure Rising Star at ILTM Cannes Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine Trendsetter Bloomberg Pursuits South Korea expert New York Times South Korea expert "My goal isn't to visit as many countries as possible, but to truly understand the place I'm visiting, the food, and the people that I meet." - Rani Cheema Rani's mission on this planet is to inspire everyone around the world to see, eat, drink, smell, and meet their world, their home, Earth. She believes that the ability to travel is a human right. We dream about going to exotic lands like Laos, India, Nebraska... but too frequently feel held back by fear, finances, or work (take your PTO people!).