Night, Silence and Desert

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In this spiritual journey we go among people and visit amazing mystical sites of Iran. We start our journey by visiting different monuments and historical places in Tehran. We learn Sama dance or visit Safi Ali Shah Khanqah. Then we move to Hamedan and visit the Baba Tahir Tomb. We go to Kangavar and Fash Village, watch the steps of making Tanbur and Daf mystical music Instruments. The next day we visit Sultan Sahak Tomb and practice concentrating and silencing alongside Yarsans. We move to Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, experience Jam Khaneh’s Atmosphere. We Visit the underground city of Samen and other places in Arak. We visit the important spots in Kashan and Abyaneh village. Then we visit the mystical Islamic architecture of Isfahan.We meditate near Chak Chak. After that we visit the historical city of Yazd and go to the desert at night and listen to the silence of the desert. We visit different sites in Kerman. We move and visit to Shah Nematollah Vali Tomb and Shazde Mahan Garden. Then we see Kaluts and practice concentrating in the desert.

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    • Group Size Small Group
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    All about the Night, Silence and Desert.

    Sama, Dance of the Soul

    Sama dance is a sort of Sufi dance which encompasses of whirling of the body along with an enigmatic mood in order to reach spiritual goals. Sama has an old background and is the story of elevation of the soul. In Sama ritual, in that whirling and absolute obedience state, exists a hidden keenness that exhilarates both the whirling dervish and the observer. Sama is the manifestation of Rumi’s thoughts. He chose poetry, music, and dance to describe what is indescribable. Sama is a symbolic dance. In this dance, the dervish spreads his arms and starts whirling. While performing Sama the right hand is up like he the dancer is praying and the left hand is inclined downwards. Dervishes are the mediators between God and people, or the sky and the earth. They receive from God and bestow upon people and they would not hold anything for themselves. You can learn Sama dance, the meaning and its principles from the masters of this field and perform this dance under their supervision.

    About Tour

    In this spiritual journey we go among people and visit amazing mystical sites of Iran. We start our journey by visiting different monuments and historical places in Tehran. We learn Sama dance or visit Safi Ali Shah Khanqah. Then we move to Hamedan and visit the Baba Tahir Tomb. We go to Kangavar and Fash Village, watch the steps of making Tanbur and Daf mystical music Instruments. The next day we visit Sultan Sahak Tomb and practice concentrating and silencing alongside Yarsans. We move to Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, experience Jam Khaneh’s Atmosphere. We Visit the underground city of Samen and other places in Arak. We visit the important spots in Kashan and Abyaneh village. Then we visit the mystical Islamic architecture of Isfahan.We meditate near Chak Chak. After that we visit the historical city of Yazd and go to the desert at night and listen to the silence of the desert. We visit different sites in Kerman. We move and visit Shah Nematollah Vali Tomb and Shazde Mahan Garden. Then we see Kaluts and practice concentrating in the desert.

    1. Day 1 Arrival in Tehran

      Day 1: Tehran: Visiting the capital city of Iran, on this day we get acquainted with the modern day Iran. This city has been formed on the southern foothills of Alborz Mountains 250 years ago. On this day we visit sites such as The National Museum of Iran, Islamic arts, Fire Temple and church.

      We spend the afternoon learning preliminary Sama dance or visit Safi Ali Shah Khanqah (Persian monastery). O/N Tehran

    2. Day 2 Hamedan

      Day 2: Departing from Tehran toward Hamedan (319.4 km), visiting Ali-Sadr Cave, one of the natural wonders of Iran, Baba Tahir Tomb, great Iranian poet, and mystic. O/N Kermanshah

    3. Day 3 Kangavar and Fash

      Day 3: Visiting Kangavar, Fash Village, different steps of making Tanbur musical Instrument, visiting the scene of making Daf instrument. O/N Kermanshah

    4. Day 4 Sultan Sahak

      Day 4: Moving toward Sultan Sahak, visiting Sultan Sahak Tomb, concentrating and silencing alongside Yarsans. O/N Kermanshah

    5. Day 5 Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County

      Day 5: Visiting Baba Yadegar and Dalahu County, concentrating and silencing in Jam Khaneh and listening to the music. O/N Kermanshah

    6. Day 6 Arak

      Day 6: Visiting the underground city of Samen, Chahar-Fasl Bathhouse of Arak and moving toward Kashan. O/N Kashan

    7. Day 7 Kashan

      Day 7: Visiting Tabatabai House, Borujerdi House, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and the historical village of Abyaneh and moving toward Isfahan (215.2 km). O/N Isfahan

    8. Day 8 1st Day in Isfahan

      Day 8: Isfahan: visiting the Mystical Islamic architecture of Naqsh-e Jahan Square and The Music Museum. O/N Isfahan

    9. Day 9 2nd Day in Isfahan

      Day 9: Isfahan: visiting Ali Gholi Agha Bathhouse, Vank Cathedral, and Atigh Jame Mosque. O/N Isfahan

    10. Day 10 1st Day in Yazd

      Day 10: Moving toward Yazd (322.9 km) in the morning and visiting doll farm, dining in Ardakan, visiting Chak Chak and meditating near Chak Chak. O/N Yazd

    11. Day 11 2nd Day in Yazd

      Day 11: Visiting Jame Mosque and Fahadan Neighborhood of Yazd. In the evening moving toward Taft and visiting the desert at night and practicing silence in the desert. O/N Yazd

    12. Day 12 1st Day in Kerman

      Day 12: Departing toward Kerman (368.7 km) in the early morning, dining in Kerman, visiting Ganjali Khan Complex in the evening. O/N Kerman

    13. Day 13 2nd Day in Kerman

      Day 13: Visiting Shah Nematollah Vali Tomb and Shazde Mahan Garden, dining in Mahan, moving toward Kaluts and Visiting Kaluts at dusk, practicing silence and concentration at night in the desert, observing the Stars and camping in the desert till dawn. O/N Kerman

    14. Day 14 Departure

      Day 14: Kerman Bazaar, fly back to Tehran (takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes) and Departure.

    Accommodation

    Tehran: 1 night (read more)

    Kermanshah: 4 nights

    Kashan: 1 night (read more)

    Isfahan: 3 nights (read more)

    Yazd: 2 nights

    Kerman: 2 nights

    Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.

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    Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.

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    If you are ready to begin your trip to Iran, we are ready to help. It is really important to do some research and decide where do you want to go and what you want to do according to your age and interest. Our travel specialists are ready to provide you with the information you need to make your decision. A variety of catalogs of trips to different cities with destinations and purposes are also available on our website.

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    • Step Four: get a visa

    We have made this process easy for you. An information form will be sent to you by the agency. Return the filled form with an image of your passport attached to it. Leave the rest to us. You can get your visa in 10 working days. Your visa fee is 35 USD.

    For more information take a look at our Visa page

    Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.

    Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.

    Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.

    Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.

    Overall Rating
    5/5
    Rolonda W
    Reviewed On 25/06/2019
    5/5

    Reza Is AwesoneFor my very first time to Iran I booked the private customized tour to Iran. Reza was my guide. He was very informative, pleasant, and always willing to take a photo for you. He was just awesome. I learned so much on my tour. I got to see and experience so many things thanks to having Reza as my guide. I strongly suggest booking this tour. It is and was so worth it.

    Kristi Lynn
    Reviewed On 25/06/2019
    5/5

    Highlights of Iran!Our tour guide Reza was incredible from the moment we met him! He was so passionate about each and every sacred site we visited. His passion was contagious. She led us through two beautiful meditations. We ended the day with a deep spiritual appreciation for the Iran and all of its inhabitants. I can not recommend this tour enough. It truly was the highlight of my time in.

    Mariotra
    Reviewed On 23/02/2019
    5/5

    Amazing trip experienceI did the "Night silence and desert" 14-day tour in Sept 15. Hogo Travel did a great job in arranging the travel, itinerary, visa application, answering queries, etc. Could not fault the pre-tour organisation. Once on tour, we had the great fortune to be led by Reza, a highly knowledgeable and professional tour guide. We were cared for down to the smallest detail.

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