Maranjab Desert 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. Tomorrow we are starting our Maranjab desert tour.
Day 2- Tehran-Aran-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 which is, along with the specific flora surrounding it, like an oasis. Maranjab desert tour can open doors to your of travelling ever you had.
Day 3- Aran-Kashan
After almost an hour driving we enter Kashan. This small city has amazing stories to tell and awe-inspiring detailed stucco of town’s influential families houses has got millions of secrets to reveal. 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. During Maranjab desert tour we not only explore the eye catching deserts but we delve into once historically and culturally hobs and review their hustle and bustle story.
Day 4- Kashan-Abyaneh-Isfahan
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. Houses are built with red clay and 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. Abyaneh is one of the most outstanding attractions during Maranjab desert tour. 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.
Day 5- Isfahan
On 5th day of our Maranjab desert tour and in order 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 Mosque) 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, believes in this rhythmic proverb. 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.
Day 6-Isfahan-Rig-e Zarrin
If you are not a desert expert, you may find them all similar while deserts are totally different and has quite special characteristics. Heading east toward Yazd province, we are going to spend a full night in desert and under the starry sky. Stars are so close you can catch them if stretch your hand. During the tour we visit most important deserts and get familiar with their flora and fauna. No one can even tell you how amazing the sunset and sunrise is in desert but your eyes. You can hardly find any sabulous hills as beautiful as Rig-e zarrin in Iran. Some look like a mountain in the distance. Those who are into nature and are wildlife buff, can kill two birds with one stone. There we can enjoy activities such as safari, camel riding, stellar observation and so on. There’s no cellular signal in most parts so you can’t be haunted by work or whatever it is you’re running away from. After dinner we can gather around a bonfire and share the photos and wonders we experienced. These two deserts in Maranjab desert tour are two of the most beautiful ones.
Day 7- Rig-e Zarrin-Yazd
We recommend staying for at least three days in desert to properly experience all its wonders at a relaxed pace. But anything shorter will do too. As our trip goes, we leave Rig-e Zarin and head to Yazd. The city may seem quite old at the first glance but 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. Today we visit some of the highlights. 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 get chance and 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.
Day 8- Yazd
We continue exploring the Middle east Jewel, Yazd. A city gets along with the strict nature so perfectly that you can see the influence on culture, lifestyle, food and architecture. City’s architecture gives everything out as soon as you enter the city. Backed clay facades left behind, catches your eyes. To get better insight we head to Amirchakhmaq complex, Jameh mosque Zoroastrian fire temple and in the end Dowlatabad Garden where the tallest wind tower is located. Each one is a true architectural masterpiece, and tourists can’t help but admiring the art filled the city even smallest allies catches your eyes from the moment you enter the city. Maranjab desert tour is ending but you have created many memories and have got stories to tell.
Day 9- Yazd-Tehran (By Train)
We finish our amazing Maranjab desert tour and get back to Tehran by train.