Iran Bicycle Tour
Day 1- Arrival-Tehran
Welcome to Iran. Tehran, Iran’s capital, locating on the slopes of snowcapped Alborz mountains, is the nation’s dynamic beating heart and a combination of modernity and history. You will be met on arrival at Tehran International airport and transferred to your hotel. After taking a short rest, head to the downtown Tehran and explore its different cultural layers. We visit national museum of Iran, aging more than 70 years. It is not only the largest museum of History and Archaeology of the country, but ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums of the world in regard to grand volume, diversity and quality of its huge monuments. soon after, we head to 30 Tir street. Though being brimmed with cultural features, the street had lost its heydays hustle and bustle. In spite of being located in the heart of Tehran’s old district and as a result lined with museums and culturally remarkable landscapes, it wasn’t until recently that 30 Tir street became one of locals’ favorite hangout spots. It boomed once again and become Iran’s first food street. People line before every shop patiently to get their order ready. Our next stop is Abgineh museum, at the end of this historical street. It is full of pottery works and ceramics. The last place we visit on the first day of our tour is Golestan palace and museum (UNESCO world Heritage Site). We can review Qajar history by walking through the Halls and Gallery and a stunning Garden inspired by the European architecture.
Hopefully after taking enough rest we get ready to start our biking journey. Head to north, bike the scenic as well as picturesque roads to Caspian Sea coastal cities. Unlike southern and central Cities, northern ones are pretty close to each other in a way that a street begins in one city and ends in the other. Labyrinth Chalous road takes us to our first stop, Gachsar. Usually, mostly in spring, roaring Karaj river is in our earshot the whole trip. Passing by the Amirkabir dam, we sometimes during the way get the chance to see the river and walk at its banks. During Iran bicycle tour we can join local’s traditional gatherings and learn more about deeper layers of the Iranian community.
Tehran-Gachsar: 2 Hours 107 Km
Altitude: 1146 m to 2245 m
Day 3- Gachsar-Valasht
After an energy boosting breakfast we hit the road and cycle to the Valasht lake. A charming lake, sharing border with two of the northern cities, Kelardasht and Marzanabad form one side. Alamkouh, Iran’s second tallest peak, dominates the lake on the other side. We will eat by the lake and enjoy its stunning nights. In Iran bicycle tour, we ride up the hills and down the mountain side or circle the lakes on the way.
Gachsar-Valasht: 2 Hours 24 minutes 85 Km
Altitude:2245 m to 915 m
Head north and a bit turn to west then continue our way to Tonekabon. We take a flat road along Caspian Sea and pass by many villages which connect cities like a bridge. You may get shocked when you are invited to drink tea with locals in their house while Iran bicycle tour. In fact doors are open and in some places you can’t determine the exact border between houses. You are warmly welcomed on the way and will feel at home as soon as you get to the place.
Valasht –Tonekabon: 2 Hours 9 minutes 94 Km
Altitude: 915 m to 12.5 m
Day 5- Tonekabon-Ramsar
Ramsar which is said to be the most beautiful city among northern cities, is Iranian first choice. Spellbinding natural scenes, mesmerizing landscapes as well as historical attractions, made it the most popular destination. Tranquil country sides, cone-shaped peaks, citrus and tea farms, rice fields, numerous waterfalls, forest parks, caves, springs, lake, appealing beaches, and well preserved city’s old hotel, to cable car and theme park, Ramsar has something to offer to different tastes. While riding from Tonekabon to Ramsar ,we enjoy charmful landscapes and finally settle in this beautiful city.
Tonekabon-Ramsar: 32 minutes 25 Km
Altitude: 12.5 m to 20 m
Day 6- Ramsar-Lahijan
Every city on our way is naturally fascinating. Fortunately northern face of Alborz and its wet weather left no place deserted and fruitless. Lahijan is located in Gilan province and is one of the biggest cities. Same as yesterday we ride the distance between two cities. The way is almost flat and we can enjoy the scenery while biking through quiet and untouched villages where we can feel the true nature of the region.
Ramsar-Lahijan: 1 Hour 18 minutes 65 Km
Altitude: 20 m to 4 m
Day 7- Lahijan-Anzali harbor
Similarly today we ride to the most western city of Gilan province. A harbor city being famous for its beautiful lagoon, covered by water lilies in pink and white. Unlike Valasht lake, we experienced flat biking till now. We can take a breather to explore and see the beautiful lagoon and simultaneously relax our muscles to get ready for tomorrow. Iran bicycle tour is a perfect challenge during the tour we can have unforgettable memories.
Lahijan-Anzali: 1 Hour 16 minutes 69 Km
Altitude: 4 m to 23 m
Day 8- Anzali Harbor-Asalem
In order to get inspired more by Iranian culture we leave Gilan and enter Ardebil. Northwest of Iran is not only as green, but also represents a quite culturally different context.Therefore if you feel like a challenge, we extend our ride toward ups and downs of the hills on our way. Passing by one of the most beautiful beaches, for some time we can take in all the beauty of the place and continue riding to Asalem.
Anzali-Asalem: 1 Hour 14 minutes 61 m
Altitude: 23 m to 42 m
Day 9- Asalem-Khalkhal
Today’s ride is a scenic but challenging route from Asalem to khalkhal. According to the reviews of majority of travelers, this road is the dreamiest one. A big challenge is ahead of us today. We have to ride a defile for about 50 Km but the effort is worth it. We can rarely find such a great landscape to be able to ride through.
Asalem-Khalkhal: 1 Hour 48 minutes 78 Km
Altitude: 42 m to 1796 m
Day 10- Khalkhal-Masuleh
We still have some more challenges ahead. For instance, to ride through the exotic village of Masuleh, we have to hit the road to south and cycle about 100 Km. The altitude declines. By the time we arrive Masuleh we are still 1000 m above sea level. In the afternoon we arrive in Masuleh. In short, this village is around at least a thousand year. It’s one of the most important as well as spectacular villages in Iran. Rural houses are locating on a mountainside so steep that roof of the lower ones are pathway of the uppers. once we enter the village explore it on foot and go pass the houses decorated by colorful Geraniums.
Khalkhal-Masuleh: 2 Hours 26 minutes 93 m
Altitude: 1796 m to 990 m
Day 11- Masuleh-Qazvin
Iran is not only big, but full of diversity. After some 10 days of biking, now we take the advantage and rest. We take the trip to Qazvin by car and enjoy our stay in a cozy, lovely traditional hotel.
Masuleh-Qazvin: 3 Hours 26 minutes 223 Km
Altitude:990 m to 1224 m
Day 12- Qazvin-Alamut
If you’re up for an adventure, tackle the heights of Alamut, a climb well known to the riders of Alamut. The more we get to the center, the better we can feel the Alborz south and north changing faces. Qazvin is locating in south face and we are going to venture it’s challenging route today . A mysterious and a bit creepy castle with many stories to tell is one of our stops during Iran bicycle tour. It used to be the place where Hasan Sabah and his followers lived for years and kept the territory under his reign safe.
Qazvin-Alamut: 1 Hour 40 minutes
Altitude: 1224 m to 1305 m
Day 13- Alamut-Taleghan
If we pick Iran bicycle tour in spring, we can experience the best of Iran. Despite being green in spring, two completely different faces of Alborz leave you speechless. Little by little we descend from higher altitudes. Taleghan is valley surrounded by Gardens and riding through the amazing blossomed trees would be a great end to our cycling tour.
Alamut-Taleghan: 2 Hours 45 minutes
Altitude:1305 m to 1826 m
Day 14- Taleghan-Tehran
As the last day of our Iran bicycle tour, we have to return to Tehran. We are at the lowest altitude during the trip. Once again Tehran is our host and after getting there we are transferred to the hotel.
Day 15- Tehran-International Airport
Transfer to the airport and fly back home.