10 Days
Activity Level
Best Months
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep
Trekking & Hiking, Multi-Activity
Travel Styles
Off the Beaten Track, Classic

An active moderate hiking tour in two different off the beaten tracks of the Zagros mountains through nomadic mountain regions and visiting Shiraz and Esfahan

START Shiraz
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Central Iran
MEALS: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 5 Nights, Local House: 4 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: Private 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
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
  • Visit Iran’s most famous UNESCO site of Persepolis
  • City of Shiraz and UNESCO Persian Garden of Eram
  • Two days off the beaten track hike through Dena UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Local home stay inside the National Park
  • Two days hiking through the territory of Bakhtiari nomadic tribe
  • Overnight stay with the Bakhtiari tribe
  • Visit Masjed-e Jame (mosque) of Esfahan (UNESCO designated)
  • Visit Esfahan’s Meidan Emam (Nagsheh Jahan square) heritage site

At Adventure Iran we try to excel at offering suitable and appropriate tours for each season. This tour is designed for late spring, summer and early autumn time period. One of the key reasons that we offer this tour during this period is to be able to meet and follow the nomadic tribes during their seasonal migration. This is a short trip but we try to include as much activity as possible during these 10 days.
In the cultural and historical part of the trip we cover 4 UNESCO sites in Esfahan and Shiraz provinces. In the active part of your journey we include two regions in Zagros range. The first region is Dena Mountain chain which is a national park and protected area. The second hiking activity takes place in Zardkuh Mountain chain, which is part of the territory of the Bakhtiari nomadic tribe. The grade of difficulty is moderate which is suitable for most hikers. However as a private tour, it’s possible to modify the hiking route, and make it more challenging and longer according to the desires of our customers.
We start this trip from Shiraz and end it in Esfahan, airport transfer included. We operate this trip from May to end of September. For more information and questions, please contact us.


Day 1: Arrival to Shiraz

Depending on your arrival time you’ll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore the famous city of Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (-,-,-)

Day 2: Shiraz- Persepolis excursion

In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past by visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)

Day 3: Shiraz City tour- drive to sisakht

In the morning we will start a walking tour to visit Karimkhan citadel, Vakil mosque & baths, Nasirolmolk mosque, the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. Afternoon we will spend a while for visiting Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet and Eram garden registered in UNESCO World Heritage sites. late afternoon we will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 216 km away. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, D)

Day 4: Enter to Dena national park

After breakfast start your long day trekking. Starting point is national park’s gate for 6 days. The altitude of starting point is 2500m from sea level. More or less we will traverse around 15 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Dinner in the camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Passing by villages & farms

Second day walk is also around 7.5 km passing forest and mountain foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Drive to Nomadic region of Zardkuh mountains

After breakfast, we will pack our bags and we will drive to a cave around the region to explore hidden attraction of the mountains. Afterward, we will have a long drive to Mt Zardkuh, the nomadic region of Zagros takes about 5-6 hours. We have two hours mountain off road in the last part of the road. We reach to a nomadic region of Bakhtiari tribes and we will wall to the village. We stay the night in the village. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Nomadic Hike

After early breakfast with local in the house, we will start our hiking through the nomadic tents of Bakhtiari who they moved from low land up to highland during spring and summer. We are going to have between 6- 8 hours hike. In the late afternoon you will arrive to another nomadic region. You will stay in the tent or a very basic house for this night. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Explore nomadic village – drive to Isfahan

We will have early breakfast in the camp and continue our hiking toward another region. In the afternoon we will finish our today hike in a village. Afterward a local vehicle pickup us and we have off road driving towards a main town. Afterward we will drive to Isfahan city take 4-5 hours. In the evening we will be in Isfahan. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B, L)

Day 9: Isfahan city tour

A full day Esfahan city walking tour to visit all of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites on Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Aali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Day 10: Departure

According to your flight time you will drive to Isfahan airport to take your departure flight. (B)

Shiraz Adventures

Explore Shiraz and Persepolis, Capital of the Ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire

Nasir al-Mulk Pink Mosque Shiraz Iran
Iran Off the Beaten Track Traveling
Iran Off the Beaten Track Traveling
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Naghshe Rostam Shiraz
Iran Off the Beaten Track Traveling
Shikh Lotfollah Mosque Esfahan
Imam mosque Esfahan
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Iran historical tour
Hafeziyeh Shiraz
Imam mosque Esfahan
Karimkhan Sitadel Shiraz
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Imam mosque Esfahan
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Nasir al-Mulk PINK Mosque Shiraz
Sioseh pol Esfahan
Nasir al-Mulk PINK Mosque Shiraz
Naghsh-e Jahan Square
Vakil mosque Shiraz
Vakil mosque Shiraz

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