11 Days
Activity Level
Best Months
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Cultural & Heritage, Train Journeys
Travel Styles
Off the Beaten Track, Adventure Travel

Discover the footstep of the Ancient Silk Road and Turkmen Plain in the north east of Iran in Golestan province and visit different tribes

START Tehran
REGION(S) Gorgan Province (North East of Iran)
MEALS: 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS:Hotel: 3 Nights, Guesthouse: 3 Nights, Local House: 2 Nights, Sleeper Train: 2 Nights, Boutique Hotel: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Night Train, Boat, Private vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
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


  • Explore Golestan Province through a multi-activity tour of northeastern Iran
  • Travel via Trans-Iranian Railway (UNESCO) towards the Caspian Sea
  • Bandar Gaz & Torkmen, the two main Caspian Sea ports
  • Sighseeing and Photography of Miankaleh, the Lonely Caspian Sea island
  • Visiting Esteraband (Gorgan), the ancient city of Golestan
  • Ziarat Forest, the most popular touristic village of Golestan in Hyrcanian rain forest
  • Walking through the best part of Hyrcanian Forest, East of Alborz Muntain (UNESCO)
  • Socilaize with nomadic tribe of Turkmen near the Torkmenistan border
  • Visit the Sasanian-era historical site of Great Wall of Gorgan “the Red Snake Wall”
  • Visit Gonbad-e Qabus, the seconde talest brick tower in the world (UNESCO)
  • Visiting Maraan Castle on top of a mountain, one of Parthian dynasty capitals
  • Visiting the most famous horse race of Iran (Turkmen horse)
  • See Khalid Nabi historical cemetery in Turkmen Sahra
  • Pass through Golestal National Park and do Landscape photography
  • Experince staying in Gareh Oee “the traditional Turkmen Yurt in central Asia”
  • Taste of homemade turkmen cuisine in traditional house of the locals
  • Visiting different tribes of Baluchis, Kazakh (Qazaq), Qizilbash and Turkmen

This is one of the Adventure Iran tailore made trips which is designed for those who are interested in having a combination of natural attractions, anthropology, cultural and historical sites, photography and short walking tours in this untraveled route of Iran in Golestan Province. This province is not famous among travellers as most of the guide books don’t cover this part of the country compared to other main famous destinations of Iran in the Classic Route. Meanwhile, there are a lot of attractions located in Golestan province. The Golestan Adventure Travel tour give you a general idea of this exotic region and would be a very good first impression. If you have a special interest or interested in having an activity based tour, Adventure Iran has categorized and designed different types of tours for different people. Below are the list of main interest and the tours that we are doing on this region:

For more information or any special request please send your requirement through this Link

This multi-activity trip takes you to Golestan province which is one of Iran’s Off the beaten Track destinations. This destination is located in the northeast of Iran in the southern part of Turkmenistan country. The tour is a combination of different attractions, visiting cultural-historical sites of Golestan, a couple of UNESCO sites like Gonbad-e Qabus and the Hyrcanian forest. Experience a train journey in Iran through a branch of Trans-Iranian Train which is registered in the list of Iranian UNESCO sites from Tehran to Gorgan, visiting diffirent untraveled routes of this amazing province, visiting Turkmen tribes in a few regions, exploring a historical cemetery and Portrait and Landscape Photography in special locations that we have marked on your travel itinerary.The main highlight of this trip is the people which are a verity of Baluchis, Kazakh (Qazaq), Persian, Qizilbash, Mazandaranis, Azeris, Kazakhs, Kurds, Armenians, Georgians and Sistanis who are living in the Golestan province. Along the above different attractions of this trip, you will also visit two historical Iranian Caspian Sea ports of Bandar Gaz and Bandar Turkmen as well. You will have a short walking trip through the forest to learn more about the different type of trees in the Hyrcanian Forest. The type of accommodation is a combination of traditional guest houses, classic hotels, historical houses renovated as boutique hotels and Turkmen Yurt houses. The type of food is also a combination of local meals, Iranian Kabab which is famous in this region and Persian cuisine. You will travel to Golestan with a night train and you will continue your trip with a local transport. You will start your tour from Tehran and finish it in Tehran as well.


Day 1: Arrival Tehran

An Adventure Iran representative will pick you up from the IKA airport and transfer you to your hotel in Tehran downtown. (-,-,-)

Night Train to Golestan

You will be free in the hotel and in the evening you will travel to Golestan by a night train. Overnight stay in a private compartment. (B,-,D)

Day 3: Caspian Sea ports and the island

You will arrive early morning by train and have a full day of exploring including visiting a couple of historical ports in the southeast of the Caspian Sea and a boat trip to Miankaleh protected island. Also we will visit a village and photograph the people involved in their daily life. Overnight stay in a historical house in a village.  (B, L, D)

Day 4: Gorgan and Ziarat

Today’s plan is to visit two special villages and an open air Turkman local market and Gorgan city “Estarabad” the Capital province. Overnight stay in a local house in the touristic village of Ziarat. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Hyrcanian Forest

Today we will have a walking tour in the most important forest of Iran which is the Hyrcanian Forest (UNESCO). We will also visit a couple of handicraft workshops and a few villages and beekeeping regions in the forest. Overnight stay in a mountain in a house in the forest. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Gonbad and Ramian

Today plan is visiting the historical city of Gonbad with its UNESCO site of Gonbad-e Qabus and a half a day short hike to a mountain to visit Maran Castle. Overnight stay in traditional guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Turkman plain and Khalid Nabi historical cemetery

We will travel to another region which is in the northern part of Golestan province and we will explore a few remote villages along the famous historical cemetery of Khalid Nabi. Overnight stay in Turkman yurt in a village in the plain. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Golestan National Park

Today plan is drive to high mountains through a forest and visit an amazing landscape of Golestan natiolan park and do some photography of the villages and people. Overnight stay in a local house in the village near the park. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Train to Tehran

We have a short walking around the village and visit the life style of the locals working on the fields. We will drive back to Gorgan and from there you will have a night train toward the Capital. Overnight stay in private compartment in the train. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Tehran city tour

You will arrive to Tehran in the morning. Check in to the hotel and after a short rest you will have an optional city tour of Tehran. Overnight stay in hotel in Tehran. (B, -, D)

Note: on this day we will book your hotel from the night before for you to be able to check in early morning of the 10th day.


Day 11:Departure

According to the flight time we will transfer you to IKA airport to fly back home. (B, -, -)

For having full detail itinerary please contact us.

  • If your travel time is limited and you would like to have a shorter trip in this region, please Get in Touch.
  • As we have included two train on this trip, you will have to send your inquiry two months before the start of the journey to book your train ticket, otherwise if we couldn’t find your train ticket we will do this trip by bus or airplain according to your request.
  • The itinerary according to the season you travel could be change. For more information and getting the full detailed itinerary according to your travel time, please contact us.
Turkmen Sahra-Golestan-Province-Iran Tour
ziyarat tourist village-Gorgan Caspian Sea Iran
Traditional House -Gorgan-Golestan Province.JPG
Torkoman sahra map
Ashuradeh - Mian Kaleh wetland-Gorgan Golestan
Historical House -Gorgan-Golestan
Turkmen traditional House
Turkmen Girls Portrait Photography
Turkmen Ceremony Iran people Photography
Turkmen horse- Turkmen Sahra-Golestan
khalid nabi historical cemetery-Turkmen Sahra
Horse Racing in Turkmen Sahra
Turkmen Sahara plain Photo Tour
Golestan Photography Tour-Iran
Jahan Nama National park Golestan Province
badab Sort Iran
Jahan Nama National park Golestan Province
Jahan Nama National park Golestan Province
Turkmen local house

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