Iran Desert Tour
Welcome to Iran Desert tour. Your tour guide will meet you on arrival at Shiraz International airport and transfer you to your hotel. Shiraz is famous for many things. Once you enter the city, you can feel the friendliness and hospitality among locals. In Shiraz, city of flowers, nightingales and poets, you won’t have trouble finding things to do. Whether you are a history buff or into culture and nature, you won’t be disappointed. You can wander its streets, stroll in gardens, delve into the astonishing traditional bazaars while admiring intricate architectural relics. Today and as the first day of our trip, we visit Vakil complex which is named after the popular Zand-era king’s nickname Vakiloroaya. Soon After, enjoy walking in Arg of Karim khan whose bitter orange trees smell fills the whole city during spring.
Day 2- Shiraz
We recommend staying for at least three days in Shiraz to properly experience all its wonders at a relaxed pace. But anything shorter will do too. In order to get the most out of our stay in Shiraz, and to know why Persian Gardens are listed in UNESCO, we visit Eram Garden (UNESCO world Heritage Site), One of the best examples of Persian garden. Then we visit Nasirolmolk mosque, small but by far the most sought after place in Shiraz. Shiraz is home to some of Iran’s greatest poets such as Hafez and Saadi tombs. We start our Iran desert tour tomorrow.
Day 3- Shiraz-Kerman
After a long road trip, we enter Kerman. The route is long but its worth to take the adventure to visit one of the most awe-inspiring wonderlands on earth. Despite sharing border with Shiraz, Kerman is such a big province that we have to drive almost 6 hours to reach. Due to water shortage and deserts covering the area, finding an oasis in the heart of desert was a tough job. So people have to take the chance to find a habitable piece of land. As a result, cities are almost twice as big as northern ones. Consequently, the distances double. To get ready for our expedition we take rest at hotel. Iran desert tour a organized so carefully to fit everyone who wish to visit its wonders.
Day 4- kerman-Shahdad
If you’re looking to get away, unwind, and reconnect with nature, you really can’t beat a barefooted stroll on golden sands. Lut and its mysterious starry nights, being listed as the UNSCO natural heritage site recently, is the most amazing desert in Iran. Some extraordinary stunning phenomena in Lut such as Shour river, mighty Yardangs and desert’s specific vegetation Nebkas and Shafiabad Palm trees, weird houses which are called kootoos leave everyone speechless. For those who love to discover everything quite exciting, we recommend testing Safari here among Yardangs. Trek across Iran’s Lut desert (UNESCO world Heritage Site) and discover an otherworldly landscape of star dunes, shifting sands and wind-hewn Yardangs. Stare at Ginger horizon near sunset and golden waves of sand dunes. Admire all these natural wonders specifically when the sun sinks, and the great wash of blue sky turns pink, then red, and finally coal-black. we end fourth day of Iran desert tour lying under the crystal clear sky of desert.
Day 5- Shahdad-Yazd
The city may seem quite old at the first glance however after hanging some time out, you will discover it pretty live. Locals with their distinguishable accent are proud of their ancestors who has solved the water shortage problem by inventing Qanats. Dating back around 3,000 years, the Qanat is an ingenious and sustainable solution to Iran’s dearth of easily accessible water. People pump water from deep down the ground to the surface and then pipe it to farms and whole city. This chain of Qanats, listed as UNESCO heritage, continue to eastern cities. The old neighborhood, historic city of Yazd (UNESCO world Heritage Site) is lying down calmly for ages in the middle of the city. Along these decaying maze of narrow alleys, inside Ziaeyeh school (Alexander’s prison) and old houses turned into tea houses old stories are still whispered. If you walk into one of these houses, you can distinguish the distinctive architecture of the place and secrets which were once part of the daily life of the owners. During Iran desert tour we not only explore unknown lands of deserts but also we learn how cultures can get affected by the nature.
Day 6- Yazd-Meybod-Kuhpayeh
Owing to the years of being in the center of attention, Iran is teemed with a bunch of things to visit. Consequently, we have a short stop in different places en route. A tiny town on the way to Isfahan full of historical monuments can tell you how active this part of Iran used to be. Pigeon tower (an old post office), Narin Qaleh, Jameh Mosque of Meybod, Ceramic shops where you can find the best pottery works made by locals who learn to make it from early childhood. We head to a different place to spend the night. Well-restored caravanserai in Kuhpayeh, a city close to Isfahan, is our host tonight. High walls, spiral, baked-clay stairs to the rooftop comprise the old structure. Don’t miss to ascend to the rooftop from spiral where you can see the horizon easily since it is not very tall city. Kuhpayeh caravanserai is well restored and preserved recently. Sleeping in chamber-like rooms where once people used to spend the night after a long trip, gazing at arched-shaped ceiling and brick walls on which, despite restoration, you can trace the historical footprints, throw you back in time. Lie down and stare at starry sky from rooftop is an amazing opportunity you may never get again. You have to admit so many things change after Iran desert tour.
Day 7- Kuhpayeh-Isfahan
Put all the wonders aside, nowhere in Iran can even get close to Isfahan. Four hundred years ago, Isfahan was larger than London and more cosmopolitan than Paris. Elegant bridges crossed its modest river, lavishly outfitted polo players dashed across the world’s largest square and hundreds of domes and minarets punctuated the skyline. To get the most out of our day in Isfahan, we first visit Naqsh-e Jahan (Meidan Emam) square (UNESCO world Heritage Site) where once polo players boasted about their horse riding abilities in matches to entertain the ruler, Shah Abbas. Breathtaking mosques Shah (Imam) and sheikh lotf-ol-lah, Ali Qapu palace and entrance to a vast bazaar embrace the square. Locals call Isfahan half the world and who ever visited the shining capital of Persia, believe in this rhythmic proverb. A combination of natural and cultural attractions in Iran desert tour, is a strength point in this tour.
Day 8- Isfahan
If you feel like a challenge, extend your excursion toward more historical masterpieces. The city’s most famous bridge, Si-o Se Pol (Bridge of 33 Arches) is nearly 1,000 feet long and 45 feet wide. Another as eye catching, Khaju bridge and delightful coffee shops are a common gathering place in the evenings. Another outstanding masterpiece of Isfahan is Jameh Mosque (UNESCO world Heritage Site). Its yard and azure-tiled arches make you take photos to record the beauty even after leaving the city. To end our fantastic excursion in culture-ridden streets of Isfahan we head to Chehel sotoun Palace (UNESCO world Heritage Site) Where 20 pillars double by reflection in the pond in front. We will take you every where during Iran desert tour.
Day 9- Isfahan-Abyaneh-Kashan
After breakfast, head to an exotic village, a red village on the way to Kashan. Some of the best things to do in Kashan are, ironically, not in Kashan. Locating 70 kilometer southeast of Kashan, Abyaneh is like a red diamond, an oasis, in the middle of desert context. Red clay houses bear an ancient architectural style. Women mostly wear red knee-length skirt and white floral long scarf. Usually in spring you can take a leisurely walk among the narrow and sloped lanes, pass the village only Jame Mosque with a big decorated wooden door and greet with old women sitting in a group of two or three in the region’s custom. You can’t see them anywhere in Iran but in this small village. After almost an hour driving we enter Kashan. This small city tells amazing stories and awe-inspiring detailed stucco of town’s influential families’ houses reveals millions of secrets. Tabatabaei and Borujerdi houses are bearing most of these stories. The later one is said to be built for the sake of a passionate love, where you can still feel its sweetness. Another Iranian garden with high walls and higher cedars, quite visible from behind wall, is our next stop. Fin Garden (UNESCO world Heritage Site) and its famous historical bath in which one of Iran’s greatest prime ministers has been murdered has buried stories for years. We are almost at the end of Iran desert tour.
Day 10- Kashan-Maranjab-Aran
If you’re looking to get away, unwind, and reconnect with nature, we recommend to spend days or hours in desert. Being only 2 hours away from Kashan, we can visit some most eye catching sandy hills in Maranjab. While most of Iran’s deserts are salty, rocky or covered by the region’s flora, we can feel the true desert here in Maranjab. We can visit Salt Lake form atop sandy hills; it feels as if the whole of desert is stretched out before you. Nothing comes close to seeing in person the 16-century caravansary in the middle of this vast ginger-colored expanse. To track how life exactly looked like here we take a tour around and inside. Ease our muscles beside the pool in front of the caravansary.
Day 11- Maranjab-Tehran
Welcome to Tehran, Iran’s capital. Locating on the slopes of snowcapped Alborz mountains, Tehran is the nation’s dynamic beating heart and a combination of modernity and history. After taking short rest, head to the downtown Tehran and explore its different cultural layers. We visit Iran national museum, aging more than 70 years, 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.
Day 12- Tehran- International Airport
Transfer to the airport and fly back home.