Private Tour
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Services

Easy

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights Caravanserai

Meals

  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners

Transport

  • Bus
  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • One day and a half exploring in Iran Central Desert
  • Visit desert oases and local people
  • Taste local cuisine
  • Qehi historic town & Ghurtan Citadel
  • Walk through flat desert
  • Visit dry Salt lake
  • Gavchah & Asiab shotor

Included

  • 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 private vehicle (limited by 15kg per person)
  • Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows

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.

During the spring time (from Mid-March to end of May) we might experience rain and wind in the desert so you should be prepared for occasional rains and winds.

This tour is a desert exploring tour for who travel from Esfahan to Yazd and would like to get a taste of Iran central desert (Dasht-e Kavir desert).  In this desert detour you will have a short visit of Iranian central Desert “Dashte-e Kavir” on your Iran classic route between Esfahan to Yazd. The journey will start from Esfahan at noon and after two days you will finish your trip in Yazd. The region of the desert was the center of camel breeding industry many years ago. Trading on this route goes back to more than 2000 years as it was a part of the Silk Road. The accommodation is a cozy historical caravanserai which is renovated as a boutique hotel that would give you the feeling of staying at thousand years ago in ancient Silk Road period. In the night in the caravanserai you will have amazing night. This is an opportunity to touch the stars in the clear sky, or watch the mysterious moon in the silence. A chance to watch the astonishing view of sunset without any human made hurdle.  Also there will be a couple of interesting villages to see such as: Qehi and Varzaneh. We will try to cover most of attractions of villages according to the season and our daylight. Each of these locations will have something interesting to offer. During this journey we want you to try many different Persian foods and one of the highlights of this journey is tasting the local cuisine. We will travel to a viewpoint for watching sunset and if you wake up in the early morning you will have the chance to watch the desert’s amazing sunrise.

Itinerary

  • Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Transport
    Bus
Iran Central Desert, Kavir Markazie Iran,  Dasht-e Kavir, also known the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau, about 300 kilometers east-southeast of capitol of Tehran. The desert is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers wide, and composed of mud and salt marshes (kavirs). Tens of millions of years ago, this region was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surrounds a small piece of continent in what is now central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a layer of salt as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick.
Over time, the layer of salt was buried under a thick layer of mud. But salt has a fairly low density — lower than the layer of mud and rocks underneath which the salt layer lay. So it started pushing up through the overlying sediment and eventually, over millions of years, the salt broke through and formed domes. The salt domes of Dasht-e Kavir are probably some of the best examples of this geological phenomenon.
Geologists have identified about 50 large salt domes in this region. Some of the domes have been eroded away by wind and rain exposing its cross-section.
Although it looks like a hard surface, the salt crust is only a few inches thick, below which lies soft grease-like mud the Iranians called “Charbeh” that is extremely difficult to get out of if one were to get stuck. Because of this travelling in Dasht-e Kavir is extremely dangerous. The soil is sterile and not suitable for cultivation. The desert is almost uninhabited and only partly explored. Human settling is restricted to scattered oases, where wind-blocking housing constructions are raised to deal with the harsh weather conditions. Some live in the hills and the surrounding mountains. Wild sheep, camels, goats and Persian leopards also live in the mountainous areas.