21 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Best Season
Cultural, Trekking
Activities
Adventure
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • 3 weeks Iran combo tour with a cultural, historical and hiking travel

  • One week Iran main classic highlights

  • Sightseeing of Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and Tehran

  • Visit most popular Iran UNESCO world heritage sites

  • One week hiking in heights of Zagros mountains

  • Crossing Dena National Park and protected areas

  • One week best site of west Iran and the Caspian Sea

  • Sightseeing cities of Hamedan, Zanjan, Takab, Ardebil, Marivan

  • Masuleh village and Rudkhan castle

  • Boat trip in Anzali Lagoon and the Caspian Sea coast

  • Taste local cuisine

  • Experience different climate of Iran in one journey

TOUR CODE 181-STN-MLT
START Shiraz
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Central Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 20 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 10 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 13 Nights, Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 2 Nights, Local House: 3 Nights, Shelter: 1 Night
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
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

Zagros Mountain:

Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia (sixth) after the Himalaya, Kunlun Mountains, Tian Shan Mountains, Altay Mountains and Ural Mountains.

Zagros forms the largest mountain range in Iran and Iraq, spreading across the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, beginning in northwestern Iran and ending at Strait of Hormuz. Zagros range is about 932 miles (1,500 km) long and more than 150 miles (240 km) wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges and organically have the same age as the Alps. Zagros is also home for rich and complex flora widely oak-dominated.

Dena Mountain Chain:

Dena is the name for a sub-range within the Zagros Mountains. Dena is in the middle part of Zagros with 90 km length and 15 km average width which is the main important sub range of Zagros Mountains. Dena Mountains are the home of some of the highest mountains in the entire Zagros with more than 40 peaks rising to elevations of 4,000 meters or more above sea level. Ghach Mastan in Dena is the highest peak in Zagros with an elevation of 4,450 meters.

This vast area with its beauties is ideal for many adventure activities like mountaineering, hiking, wildlife adventures, river hiking, river swimming, climbing and nomad adventures.

Dena National Park

Dena is a protected area by the Iranian Department of Environment because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while pistachio and almond are common at lower elevations. Hackberry, walnut, and pear trees are scattered throughout this eco-region. A variety of animal life, such as brown bear, eagles, wolves, various wild cats including caracals, lynxes and leopards, wild goat have long made their homes in the region. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from the area flowing into the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea. Scenic waterfalls, pools, and lakes add beauty to the mountainous landscape.

The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) was registered by UNESCO on their list of Biosphere Reserve sites. A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest. It is a label given by UNESCO to help protect the sites in the world.

Until now the vast majority of people living in the area practice a nomadic lifestyle.

The cultural diversity of the local communities, including the nomad communities are manifested by their languages, traditional production activities, herding, food products, dresses, festivals and dances folklore.

More info:

https://en.unesco.org/biosphere/aspac/dena

This is a three week active holiday in Iran with combination of hiking and Iran sightseeing. In Iran there is two mountain ranges of Alborz and Zagros mountains and we will cover both mountains on this trip. In Zagros you have one week hike in north of Shiraz in DENA national park, which is listed on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve destination. The mountain route crosses a couple of interesting villages and you will have the interesting night with local Bakhtiari tribes in their house and at the end of this one week hike you will have a challenging ascent to climb one of the highest mountains in the Zagros mountain chain. In another region in Alborz mountains, we will have a famous hike from the Valley of the Assassins in Alamut Castle towards the Caspian Sea which is a 3 day hike. Also you will visit the most attractions of Iran in famous touristic cities of the country in Iran classic route and you will visit all UNESCO sites of Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd, Tehran. At the end of the trip you will have an exploring tour in the Caspian Sea and you will visit a couple of the famous villages like Masuleh and short trek in Rudkhan Castle as well as boat trips in Anzali lagoon. The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Tehran.

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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. (-,-,-)
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Day 2: Shiraz City tour

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.(B, L, D)
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Day 3: Persepolis excursion- Dena mountains

Drive to Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past and visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the afternoon we will leave Perspolis towards Sisakht “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 216 km away. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, L, D)
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Day 4: Enter to Dena National Park- Hike day 1

After breakfast start your long day hiking. 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 18 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Overnight stay in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: Passing by villages & farms- Hike day 2

Second day walk is also around 20 km passing forest and Mountain Foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. Overnight stay in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: Walking on a river through the canyon - Hike day 3/Camp

Third day walking length is also approximately 14 km crossing some rivers and visiting another waterfall. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the 1st camp, having dinner in our tents. (B, L, D)
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Day 7: Descending to Sisakht- Hike day 4

After breakfast we will collect our camps and continue hiking towards a shelter at 3780m height. Hiking will start from 2580m from sea level, the length of Hike is around 10Km and the end of the Hike leads us to Sisakht. Overnight stay in the guesthouse. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: the highest Zagros peaks- Hike day 5

6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast to get ready to start at 7.00 A.M. We will hike to the shelter and after lunch to the shelter we continue ascending to the summit to reach the peak of Hozdal (4350 m). Descent to the Shelter. Overnight stay in the shelter (B, L, D)
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Day 9: descend to the base - drive to Yazd

After breakfast we will leave shelter and decent to the basecamp. From there you will back to Sisakht and then you will be picked up by our vehicle to drive towards Yazd. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)
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Day 10: Yazd city tour

After breakfast you will have full day sightseeing tour visiting its touristic attractions such as Zoroastrian sites of Dakhmeh (old cemetery & tower of silence), the fire temple, Amir Chakhmagh complex and the main Grand Mosque next to bazar. (B, L, D)
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Day 11: Drive to Esfahan

After breakfast drive to Esfahan and en route we will visit the historical city of Meybod and Naeen and Varzaneh desert. Overnight stay in Esfahan. (B, L, D)
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Day 12: Isfahan walking 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, L, D)
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Day 13: Abyaneh and Kashan

After breakfast in the hotel you will drive to Kashan, First you will visit Abyaneh village Afterward we will drive to Kashan. you will check in the hotel. In the afternoon you have a half day Kashan tour. visit a couple of historical houses as well as Aghabozorg old mosques and the Grand Bazaar. We will visit Fin garden and bath before leaving the city by drive to outside of the town. Fin garden is one of the Persian gardens UNESCO world heritage list.. Over night stay in a hotel. (B, L)
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Day 14: Qom and Hamadan

After breakfast we will countinue our trip to Hamedan. On the way we will stop in Qom and visit the holy shrine of Hazrat-e Masumeh. Afterward we will drive to Hamadan. After some rest we will have sightseeing with a visit to Avicenna Mausoleum, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Base of Hegmataneh (Site of an ancient city, with archaeological ruins & a museum showcasing found artifacts) and the Tombs of Esther, the Jewish wife of Xerxes I and Mordecai, her uncle. Continue a short drive to Ganjnameh, the Treasure Book. Overnight stay at hotel in Hamadan. (B, L)
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Day 15- Iranian Kurdistan- Marivan

In the morning we will drive to Marivan. we will stop in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province. We will visit the local Bazaar in the town and Kord house (Kurdish ethnology museum). Afterwards we will drive to Marivan town. There is a beautiful lake of Zarivar and we have a boat trip on the lake with spectacular view of the mountain. Overnight stay in Marivan. (B)
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Day 16- Karaftu cave and Takhte Soleyman complex (UNESCO)

After check out the hotel we will drive the Karaftu cave in divandarreh city. The Caves of Karaftu is a lime cave created in the Cenozoic Era. Some parts of the cave are carved and different inscriptions and reliefs of animals are visible in them. There is a Greek inscription above the entrance door of one of the rooms on the third floor of the cave that has mentioned this cave as “The Temple of Heracles”. Afterwards we will drive to Takhte Soleyman, one of the three main Zorastian fire temples in Iran and it’s the birthplace of Zoroaster. Also we will visit Solayman prison. Overnight stay in hotel. (B)
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Day 17- Zanjan & Soltaniyeh (UNESCO)

Drive to Zanjan and we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Soltaniyeh, stopping to see the 13th-century mausoleum of Oljeitu, the IL-Khanid sultan. We will also visit the dragon temple, Zangan Bazazar and historical edifice of Rakhtshooy Khaneh which translates to the wash-house. This place was used for washing clothes by women around the city. After short walking tour of the city, we will visit the local ethnographic museum. Dinner this evening is in an atmospheric converted caravanserai.Overnight in a hotel in Zanjan (B)
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Day 18- Ardebil & Sarein

In the morning we will drive to Hashtjin and from there we will walk towards Pir Taqi spectacular suspension bridge. Then we will continue to drive to Ardebil city which is the capital of East Azerbaijan province. We will visit Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil which is one the world heritage UNESCO site in Iran. Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble was built as a small microcosmic city with bazaars, public baths, squares, religious buildings, houses, and offices. Also we will visit the old Bazaar of Ardebil. Afterward, we will drive to Sarein town which is the center of the mineral hot spring and spa of Iran which is useful health and pain therapy. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B)
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Day 19 - The Caspian Sea & Anzali lagoon

We will continue our trip to Astara in the Caspian Sea and on our way to the coast we have to cross Heyran pass which is one the most beautiful Iran roads. After short stop in Astara, we will continue the trip through costal road towards Anzali port. En route we will have another stop in Talesh and having a short visit of the town. When we arrive Anzali we will check in to the hotel and in the afternoon we have a visit of the lagoon by boat and after photography and explore the nature we will have a nice view of the sun set in the porter near the beach. Overnight stay in hotel. (B)
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Day 20- Rudkhan castlte, Masuleh and Tehran

Today we will drive to Ghaleh Rudkhan (Rudkhan Castle). After exploring the castle thoroughly,we will drive to Masuleh historical village which is one the most beautiful village of Iran. In the late afternoon drive to Tehran. Overnight in a hotel. (B)
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Day 21-Tehran city tour– departure

After breakfast there will be Tehran sightseeing and city tour. It will be a walking tour and we will include all of important sites of the capital on it. Golestan Palace world heritage site, Iran anthropology museum and the Grand Bazaar are the sites till afternoon. Drive to Tehran IKA to take departure flight. (B)

Shiraz Adventures

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

Persepolis UNESCO World Heritage Site
Iran Tailor-Made hiking Tours
Persian Cuisine
Shah Abbasi Great Mosque Isfahan UNESCO
Nasir al-Mulk PINK Mosque - SHIRAZ IRAN
Persepolis UNESCO site
Iran Camping Trekking tour
Iran Hiking Holiday National Park Tour
Amir Chakhmaq Complex Yazd UNESCO City
Dowlat Abad Garden Yazd UNESCO City
Perspolis UNESCO
Esfahan Ground Bazaar

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