21 Days
Activity Level
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
Best Months
Cultural & Heritage, Trekking & Hiking
Off the Beaten Track, Adventure Travel
Travel Styles

Special Iran’s long distance hiking tour through Alborz and Zagros mountains along visiting the main highlights of Iran and the UNESCO sites in major touristic destination

START Shiraz
REGION(S) Central Iran
MEALS: 17 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 9 Nights, Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 4 Nights, Local House: 5 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
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
  • Iran main highlight through an efficient journey
  • An Active journey through central Iran
  • Visiting Dena National Park and protected areas
  • Visit Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and Tehran UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Staying in historical renovated in different region of Iran
  • Explore Dasht-e Kavir “Central Desert of Iran
  • Hike in heights of Zagros mountains
  • Visiting local people in non touristic villages
  • Taste local cuisine
  • Visit historic Eqlid town
  • Explore off the beaten tracks of Iran
  • Hiking through Bakhtiari nomadic tribe
  • Experience different climate of Iran in one journey
  • Hiking from Almut valley towards the Caspian Sea
  • Visit Ramsar royal palace
  • Explore Masuleh historic village and hike in Rudkhan Castle
  • Visit Lahijan the center of Iran’s tea plantation farms
  • Visit Gilan heritage museum & Anzali lagoon

The main concern of travellers who will visit Iran for the first time is how prepares their travel itinerary. As Iran is a vast land with a lot of cultural/natural attraction in different district, travellers most to spent a lot of time for research and read many books to understand how to make their travel itinerary. Also there is plenty of hidden and spiritual attractions that you cannot find it in any guide book or web site and only local expert knows these places.

The regions of the trip is in different district and the climate also will change in every place. Special in early spring and late autumn you will feel this variety very well. If you are going to book this trip during that period you have to be well equip.

Its hard to write such an effect itinerary to cover most of Iran’s attractions in a short trip to save their time and money.  Also if you want to combine Iran’s cultural-historical regions with taste of nature, it makes this itinerary much difficult to make plan.  To resolve this issue we made a multi-activity trip to cover a couple of trekking in different special Iran mountains and main Iran’s UNESCO heritage site.

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.


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)

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- Trek day 1

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- Trek day 2

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: Walking on a river through the canyon - Trek day 3

Third day walking length is also approximately 10 km crossing some rivers and visiting another waterfall. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the 3rd camp, having dinner in our tents. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Descending to Sisakht- Trek day 4

After breakfast we will collect our camps and continue trekking towards a shelter at 3780m height. Hiking will start from 2580m from sea level hiking to a mountain to reach the shelter. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Summits day – the highest Zagros peaks- Trek day 5

6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast to get ready to start at 7.00 A.M. Today we have chosen a couple of peaks to ascend. (B, L, D)

Day 9: descend to the base Trek day 6- drive to Yazd

After collecting our camps we will continue trekking to the base (3000m) to be picked up by our vehicle to drive towards Yazd. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)

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 bazaar. (B)

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)

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)

Day 13: Drive to Tehran – En route Kashan city

After breakfast in the hotel you will drive to Kashan, you have 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. Afterward we will drive to Tehran. Over night stay in a hotel. (B)

Day 14: Tehran city walking tour

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)

Day 15: Tehran to Alamut Valley- Trekking

Departure from hotel after breakfast and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. Start trekking from the canyon to Alamut Castle. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Trekking day

Today we will pick an old trail through the mountains and work our way up to another historic village. (B, L, D)

Day 17: Trekking to the Caspian

After breakfast at 7:30 A.M we will hike our way through some spectacular scenery towards another beautiful and old village. (B, L)

Day 18: Explore the Caspian Sea

We have one day sightseeing and exploring tour in the Caspian sea towards Gilan. There are lots of attractions in the north of Iran, which according to the time of your travel, climate and local situation you will see some of them. (B, L, D)

Day 19: Anzali lagoon, Masuleh

Will drive to Anzali lagoon and having boat. Drive to Masuleh historical village. Overnight stay in the guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 20: hiking in Rudkhan Castle and drive to Tehran

We have 3 hours hiking to the castle and then exploring tour and driving to Tehran in the afternoon. (B, L)

Day 21: Tehran - Departure

Fly back home (B, L)

Shiraz Adventures

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


The Valley of Alamut

Trekking towards the Caspian Sea

Naqsh-e Jahan Square Esfahan UNESCO Iran
Iran off the beaten track travel destination
Yazd zoroastrian fire temple
Tehran landscape view
Sio seh pol Esfahan
Naghshe Jahan Square Isfahan
Kashan historical house
Caspian Sea - Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Anzali Lagoon Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Anzali Lagoon Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Anzali Lagoon Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Yazd UNESCO city
Yazd UNESCO city
Kashan historical house
Kashan historical mosque of Aghabozorg
Alamut Valley trekking
Alamut Valley trekking
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Amir Chakhmaq Yazd
Dolat Abad Garden Yazd
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Naghshe Jahan - Imam Mosque Esfahan
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour
Imam mosque Esfahan
Nasir al-Mulk PINK Mosque Shiraz
Golestan palace - Tehran UNESCO site
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Naghshe Rostan Rajab Shiraz
Naghshe Jahan - Shikh lotfollah Mosque Esfahan
Persepolis - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Iran off the beaten traveling path tour

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