14 Days
Duration
Moderate
Difficulty
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Month
Cultural, Trekking
Activity
Adventure, Classic
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

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

TOUR CODE 175-STN-MLT
START Shiraz
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Central Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 5 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 9 Nights, Local House: 2 Nights, Caravanserai: 2 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: Flight, 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

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 programme 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.

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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- 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)
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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)
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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 local house. (B, L, D)
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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)5
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Day 6: Abarkuh – Yazd

After breakfast you will drive to Yazd which it takes about 5 hours and half. En route to Yazd we will have stop in Eqlid town. 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. (B, L)
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Day 7: Meybod, Na’in and Kuhpayeh

After breakfast and hotel check-out, we will drive to the Zoroastrian sites of Dakhmeh (old cemetery and the towers of silence) and from then take a country road to Kuhpayeh, approx. 250km away. En route we visit the city of Meybod, famous for its mud-brick Narin Castle, believed to be 1,000 years old. We will also stop by a chaparkhaneh (historical post office building), caravanserai, ice house, pottery and handicrafts workshop and then drive on to the historical city of Na’in, where we will visit one the oldest mosque of Iran and a local museum of anthropology. In the evening we arrive in Kuhpayeh where we overnight in a historical renovated caravanserai. (B, D
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Day 8: Drive to Esfahan – city tour

After breakfast, the journey to Esfahan will take approx. one hour. In Esfahan, we start with visiting the city’s UNESCO-listed masjed-e jame (congregational mosque), a stunning example of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries. We will then visit 17th-century Armenian Vank Cathedral and two of the city’s historical bridges – Si-o-se Pol and Pol-e Khaju. Overnight in hotel in Esfahan. (B)
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Day 9: Esfahan walking tour

The entire day after breakfast we spend sightseeing in Esfahan. From the hotel we will walk through the historic bazaar towards the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Ali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heavens) mansions. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and there will be time to shop for Esfahan’s beautiful handicrafts. Overnight in Esfahan. (B)
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Day 10: Abyaneh – Kashan

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. (B, L)
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Day 11: Kashan city tour – Drive to Maranjab desert

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 middle of Dasht-e Kavir desert takes two hours. Overnight stay in historical renovated caravanserai (B, L, D)
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Day 12: Desert trekking –drive to Tehran

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 (B, L)
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Day 13: Tehran city tour

After breakfast in the hotel we will have one full day Tehran city tour. Overnight stay in hotel in Tehran (B)
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Day 14: Departure

According to your flight time you will drive to Tehran IKA to take your departure flight (B)

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