Iran’s main historical highlights with hiking in Dasht-e Kavir desert and Zagros range

Fixed Departure
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Services

Moderate

Accommodation

  • 9 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Nights Local House
  • 2 Nights Caravanserai

Meals

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners

Transport

  • Sedan

Trip Highlights

  • Iran’s main cultural and historical highlights
  • Visit most of the world famous UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Hiking in Zagros mountains & Central desert
  • Walk through non touristic, remote villages in the mountains
  • Socialize with locals, with overnight lodging in their houses
  • Once in a lifetime chance of spending the night in renovated, historical caravanserais
  • Taste of Persian homemade, local cuisine in people’s private houses
  • Walk and explore Abyaneh historical village
  • One unforgettable night staying in heart of Dasht-e Kavir

Service Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • local guide for mountain
  • Backpack is handled during the trek in the mountains and the desert

Service 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

  • Dena and Lar National Park are protected area and we have to apply for entry permit 1 month earlier than the tour starts. 
  • For seasonal tour options, please contact us for more information and booking the suitable seasonal active excursion.

This new tour, that we in Adventure Iran have recently put together, offers a great opportunity for first-time visitors to Iran to get acquainted with the country, its history and geography. The programme includes a visit to Iran’s main attractions in historical cities as well as a few days of hiking in the mountains and in the desert. The best and most pleasant season to do the tour is spring and autumn, when the weather is mild and gently cool. The degree of difficulty is moderate and the program that we have created is suitable for novice fit travelers. The tour starts in southern Iran, in Shiraz, the city of poets and Persian gardens, and ends in the north at the foothills of Alborz Mountains, in Tehran, the bustling and spectacular capital of Iran.The cultural/historical part of the tour takes you via Iran’s main highlights, namely the cities of Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan, Kashan, Abyaneh and Tehran, as well as the country’s main UNESCO World Heritage Sites en route. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the history of the cities themselves on a city tour with a local guide.The hiking part of the tour covers two different regions in central Iran – Dena Mountain Range in the Zagros Mountains and the Dasht-e Kavir Desert. The planned two-day hike off the beaten track goes through the UNESCO-listed Dena Biosphere Reserve and includes a hike through mountain villages and overnight stay within the National Park itself. In the desert, we will do off-road driving and hike to the Salt Lake and sand dunes. Here, we will overnight in a beautiful renovated caravanserai in the middle of the desert and the following day continue on towards the historical village of Abyaneh. As the tour spans across different weather and climate conditions, be prepared for the temperatures in the mountains and the desert to differ significantly. If doing the same trip in the summer, we skip the desert and spend more time hiking in the mountains.

For more information, please contact Adventure Iran.

Itinerary

  • 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.

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Transport
    Sedan
  • In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past by visiting Naghshe-Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • In the morning we will start a walking tour to visit Karim khan citadel, Vakil mosque & baths, Nasirolmolk mosque, the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. In the afternoon we will visit Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet and Eram garden registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Late afternoon we will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht situated right next to Dena Mountains, a 216 km journey. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse.

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Dinner
  • After breakfast start your long day trekking through the national park. The altitude of the starting point is 2500m. More or less we will traverse around 15 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Dinner in  local house.

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    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Second day walk is approximately 17 km walking through forest and mountain foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region.

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    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast you will drive to Yazd which it takes about 5 hours and half. En route you will visit “Abar Kooh” the location for a 4000 year old Cedar. It has been said that the tree was planted by Zarathustra the ancient Persian prophet. Then we drive to Yazd to have a half 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 bazaar.

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • After breakfast, we will visit the rest of the attractions of Yazd and then a short drive to the historical city of Meybod. In Meybod there is an old historical mud-brick fort called Narin Castle (Narin Qal'eh) around one thousand years old. After Meybod we will drive to historical city of Nain. Then we will visit one of the oldest mosques in Iran. Also there is an interesting museum of Anthropology to spend time in. Overnight stay in Kuhpayeh Caravanserai.

    Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast, we will visit some sites in Varzaneh area. On the route we will visit Ghurtan Citadel, an 1100 year old structure, registered as a National heritage site. We will continue our journey to Gaav-Chah, Asiab Shotor, both about 300 years old. In the late afternoon we will drive to Isfahan. Overnight stay in hotel.

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • A full day Esfahan city walking tour to visit all of UNESCO’s world heritage sites in Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Aali Qapu Palace, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillars) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. Overnight stay at hotel.

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • After early breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and drive to Abyaneh historical village taking two and half hour (180 km).In the late late afternoon we will continue the journey to Kashan taking one hour (90 km). Overnight stay in a traditional Hotel.

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • After breakfast in the hotel you will have Kashan tour. . After visiting all of the important sites in Kashan, we will drive to Maranjab caravanserai which is in middel of Dasht-e Kavir desert takes two hours. Overnight stay in historical renovated caravanserai

    Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast in the caravanserai, we will walk toward the sand dune and having enjoyable time inside of Dashte- Kavir desert. In the afternoon we will have another walk toward the Salt lake in different direction. After explore and photography we will walk back to the caravanserai and check out to drive to Tehran takes 3.5 hours. Overnight stay in hotel in Tehran

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • After breakfast in the hotel we will have one full day Tehran city tour.Overnight stay in hotel in Tehran

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    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • According to your flight time you will drive to Tehran IKA to take your departure flight.

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    Breakfast

Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia and it forms the largest chain in Iran, 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 (1500 km) long and more than 150 miles (240 km) wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges. Geologically it is about the same age as the Alps. The forest cover is oak dominated. It is also home to rich and complex flora.

 

Dena is a protected area because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while wild pistachio and almond plants 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, and wild goat have long made their homes in the region. Dena is home to a vast range of plant species and several endangered and endemic mammal species. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from this area flowing into the Persian Gulf. 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.

Up to the present time, 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.

Lar National Park is a protected area around the massive Mt Damavand (5610 m) including a number of impressive 4000m+ peaks; all located in Central Alborz mountain range. It is in two provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran. Lar is a high altitude mountainous ecosystem only 70 km north east of the capital.

The Park is around 30,000 hectares in size. There are no residential areas in or around it. During the summer when the national park opens for local herdsmen, you will see semi nomadic shepherds from the warmer regions further south take their herds to graze in the summer months. You may also see some a variety of tribes making KOOCH (move to high altitude and cooler places in the hot season) in the park territory. Different species live in this park such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and aquatics (brown bear, viper, partridge, gamma and red-spotted trout). This area is also utilized by beekeepers due to the abundance of a variety of wild flowers. The park opens strictly from May to Mid- August and then is closed to the public. The best time to visit is beginning of May to the end of June when the land is covered with wild flowers. Visitors need entrance permit. We will obtain the permits for our guests. Since it is a bureaucratic and time consuming procedure we need sufficient time so there will be no delays.

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 4000 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, trekking and mountain biking. In addition there is also the possibility of the extremely exotic chance of observing tribal nomadic life styles.

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