4 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
Month
Adventure
Travel Style

Trip Highlights:

TOUR CODE 081-STN-BIK
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Alamut Valley, Caspian Sea
INCLUDED
MEALS: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local House: 3 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: Private vehicle, Support vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
NOT INCLUDED 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

This tour is a combination of two different activities, the main activity is mountain biking for nature lovers (moderate to challenging) and second part would be an exploring tour to main attractions of northern Iran, The Valley of assassins, Alamut castle & the Caspian Sea. The biking route is between central Alborz mountains to the Caspian Sea. This route follows millennia old routes that have been established in humans, which their origins are lost in the fog of time. More recently our journey was made famous by a British lady who came to these parts about one hundred years ago in search of the valley of the assassins and wrote a book about her adventures. Her name is Freya Stark and her book is available in English. This is a memorable trip not only because of biking in extraordinary landscapes and the variety of terrains, but also because we cross paths with history and myth some of which have acquired world renown. This is a voyage through a region that was the territory of Ismaelies and the famous Hassan Sabbah and his infamous Alamut Castle. The castle and quite a few other fortifications belonged to the Hashashin or what in the west is more commonly known as the Assassins. Biking will start from around 1200m altitude from the sea level and we will bike up some hills and mountains on the way. The highest point of the trip would around 3100m and when the tour finishes, we will be at sea level in the Caspian sea.
This tour will start from Tehran to Tonekabon on the shore of the Caspian sea. You will be back to Tehran from Tonekabon by VIP bus. In this Biking and sightseeing tour, you will have the chance of performing an activity and enjoying beautiful landscapes. Although the highlight of this tour can be biking but visiting the castle of Alamut and knowing more about its history, visiting the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar, visiting the beautiful “Ovan” lake and the chance of staying with local people and tasting their food are all advantages of the trip. Also, the route encountered in this itinerary is a mountainous scenery with many beautiful spots ideal for photography. North of Iran around Caspian Sea is an ideal climate for planting rice, tea, fruits and so on, that’s why one day of this tour has been allocated to an exploring day visiting pottery workshops, rice farms and a tea factory giving you the maximum time to mix with local people and know more about their culture and customs.

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Day 1: Tehran to Alamut Valley

Depart at 6.00 A.M and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. It is about 300 km. Half of the road is highway and the other half is curvy mountainous. We will stop every now and then have a quick shot of photographs. Visiting Alamut castle and Andej canyon. Overnight stay at local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 2: Mountain Biking

After checking bikes, we will start biking at 7.00 A.M. Picking an old historic trail through the mountains would take us to a historic village where we will have lunch. Continue biking to the next village. Depending on the group fitness we will bike between 30- 50 km on the road. Overnight local home stay. (Average 40 km biking), (B, L, D)
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Day 3: Mountain Biking

After breakfast, we will bike our way through some spectacular scenery towards the next village. On the road to this village we will pass a beautiful and breathtaking canyon and a grand waterfall. It is truly an exceptional day of the trip. (Average 45 km biking), (B, L, D)
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Day 4: biking to the Caspian Sea, back to Tehran

After breakfast, we will continue biking to the Caspian Sea. Our vehicle pick up us in the coast and drive to Rasht. From there we will back to Tehran. (Average 45 km biking), (B, L)
Iran Mountain Biking Holiday Caspian Sea

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