Private Tour
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Services

Easy

Accommodation

  • 4 Nights Hotel
  • 1 Night Guesthouse
  • 2 Nights Local House

Meals

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners

Transport

  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • Visiting the remains of Lambesar Castle
  • Sightseeing & photography around Ovan Lake & village
  • Photography from Andej canyon”Red-rock”
  • Visiting the fabled ruins of the Alamut historic castle “Eagle Nest”
  • Local home stay & socializing with locals
  • Exceptional trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery of Damash
  • Explore the historical village of Masuleh

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Provided gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows, duffel bag for non-trek items left at our office in Tehran

Excluded

  • Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
  • laundry
  • mini bar used in the room
  • Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Tips (optional)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Bottled water
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season.

This tour is a combination of trekking (in the river), cultural & historical exploring, hiking on three castles and city tour. In this tour you will explore a number of villages by tasting their cuisine, socialize with local people and experience their life style by staying in their homes. However in historic terms the highlight of this tour can be visiting the historic castle of Alamut and find out more about its history but you will also visit the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar. In the second part of the trip for a couple of days we explore Damash sanctuary. We will have one full day hiking in the river exploring a few villages. In the last phase we will visit Masuleh historic village which attracts many tourists because of its architecture and people. Masuleh is surrounded by forest from valley to mountain and fog is the predominate weather feature of Masouleh. In this trip you will also have the chance of visiting Rudkhan castle. This castle is a medieval brick and stone castle built on two tips of a mountain.
Finally we will visit Rasht the capital of Gilan province by far the largest city of the Shomal (Caspian littoral) region. Gilan is very famous for its cuisine and one of the best places in Iran in terms of vegetarian foods.

Itinerary

  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Accommodation
    Guesthouse
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast

Alamut is a region situated on the western edge of the Alborz Mountains (northeast of Qazvin province) between the dry and barren plains of Qazvin in the south and densely forested slopes of Mazandaran in the north.
Historically, the mountains of this area were ideal for construction of castles because of its natural heights that could be used as a section of the defensive structure of the castles. The nature of this area is covered by hills, curvatures, forms, scars and wrinkles. Two big citadels of the Ismailis (a branch of Shia Muslims whose adherents are also known as Seveners), Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. Hassan-e Sabbah (1050-1124) and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.  
Hassan-e Sabbāh was an Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains, later he seized a mountain fortress called Alamut and used it as the headquarters for a decentralized Persian insurrection against the dominant Seljuk Turks. He formed a group of fadaiyan (those who sacrifice themselves) whose members are often referred to as the Hashshashin or "Assassins" in the western literature.