13 Days
Activity Level
Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Best Months
Off the Beaten Track
Travel Styles

 A long trip from Esfahan to Kerman and passing undiscovered parts of Dasht-e Kavir and Lut deserts

START Tehran/Esfahan
REGION(S) Iran Central Desert
MEALS: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 3 Nights, Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 1 Night, Local House: 2 Nights, Caravanserai: 2 Nights, Cave: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Private vehicle, Night Train
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
  • Real Desert Tour for real adventurers, visit villages, tribes and local people in two vast deserts of Iran
  • Visit special villages in Iran Central Desert
  • An attractive journey through the ancient Persia, exploring its old civilization
  • A trip to historic places of Persia
  • Visiting Yazd & Kerman old cities along with smaller towns of Toudeshk, Na’in, Anarak, Meybod and Koohpayeh
  • Visiting historic villages of Qehi, Bayazeh, Garmeh, Kharanaq, Iraj, Fahraj and Meymand
  • Visiting Chack Check Zorastian fire temple and Zien-o-din caravanserai
  • Experiencing one night stay in a hand made cave
  • Visiting few oases such as Mesr and Farahzad
  • An opportunity to taste local food of people living in deserts
  • Two days and one night camping and trekking in the heart of the Iran Central Desert
  • Off-road driving by 4×4 vehicle in the desert

After many years of experience in travelling around the world we know that most tourists travel according to classic itineraries; only professionals and real adventurers take the adventure and travel to untouched and non-touristic areas. In Iran classic routes consist of towns, cities and monuments visited by anyone but you wouldn’t have the chance of being in touch with locals and experience their real way of life. One of the main highlights of Iran in terms of nature can be its deserts. As Iranian deserts were part of the “Silk Road” there are many historical monuments and sites left from that era worth paying a visit. There are many different flora and fauna living in this hot place and many caravanserais still accepting guests and tourists. This tour is NOT only a desert tour we have combined sightseeing in small towns, exploring rural areas and some activities such as a short hiking on a small mountain along with desert trekking and a short 4×4 off-road desert tour in the heart of the desert.
This tour has been designed to take you away from major touristic cities of Tehran, Esfahan or Shiraz … into the real life of locals. On this trip you will not only see the main attractions advised in the Desert Detour guidebooks, but also you will have the chance to visit many untouched and unknown attractions on this route that the book missed. You will see the historic villages and stay with local people enjoying their homemade food, become familiar with their customs and way of life.
The trip will take 13 days. The total route travelled to the ground in 13 days will add up to 2500 Km but the distance would be divided in such a way not to be tiresome for travelers. The type of vehicle used in this trip depends on the number of tourists, mostly we use comfortable tourists vans and minibuses. This is a group tour and the travelers coming from different countries with different airline and our meeting point will be in the afternoon of the first day of the tour. We will give you more information when you booking the tour.
We will start from Tehran on the first day of the tour by train towards Esfahan and there is a possibility of traveler join us on the second day from Esfahan as well. The tour has two parts and each part takes around a week. The first part is Central desert of Iran “ Dasht-e Kavir” From Esfahan to Yazd and takes one week and the second part is Lut Desert and start from Yazd and take you to Kerman. On this trip from Esfahan we will go the Southern East direction of the country. We will see many small desert town, villages, oases and caravanserais. We will reach to Yazd after a week and after visiting Yazd ancient town we will continue the journey to Kerman “the southeast” one week more. Most of the time on the desert we have live music performance, handling by locals and also for the camping night depend on the visibility of the desert we have astrology observing for a couple of hours as well.
The difficulty range of the trip is easy, but all attendees must have prepared for this trip. Every day we have a lots of exploring and short hiking on the remote area and every day we have to check out from their accommodations. This is a tight tour and we have many places for visit. Only one part of the tour is moderate (trekking in the desert) but we can transfer those who wish to skip trekking by a 4WD vehicle to the camp. Accommodations on this trip are shared rooms in guest houses or local home stay in villages and countryside, one night in a tent, and one night in hand made cave. All accommodations in villages are clean local lodgings renovated for the purpose of hosting national and international tourists. The tour guides are all experienced individuals with a very good knowledge of villages and visiting places.
During the trip, there are clean hygiene services available in all staying places in villages. All accommodations have shared toilet and bathrooms and some of them have seat type toilet.


Day 1: Friendly meeting – Train to Esfahan

Upon arrival to Iran our representative will meet and greet you in the airport. In the afternoon of first day we will have a friendly meeting at our office.

Day 2: Visiting desert hot spots

Our vehicle will pick you up from bus terminal and your one day exploring starts from Esfahan towards east to cover main spots and interesting places between Esfahan to Na’in. On this day we have a tight journey. We will visit all attractions around three different desert spots

Day 3: Na’in & Anarak – Desert exploring (150 Km)

After breakfast we kick the road towards the historic city of Na’in in 70 Km. We visit a historic mosque, anthropology museum and Narin Castle.

Day 4: Anarak sightseeing & Drive to an oasis (165 Km)

After breakfast we have Anarak sightseeing & exploring tour to visit anthropology museum and its towers . Coming back to the guest house, we will check out and drive to an oasis in the desert.

Day 5: Desert trekking & camping

Today is the highlight of the trip. After breakfast we will start trekking into the desert. The length of trekking is between10 to 20 km which would take about 4-8 hours depending on the fitness level of the group but for those who do not wish to participate in trekking there is a 4×4 vehicle to take them to our camping area.

Day 6: Desert, Salt Lake –Garmeh (Ateshooni guest house)

We will wake up at the crack of dawn (optional), walking about 10-15 minutes to watch the sunrise view of desert and walking back to our camp for having breakfast. After, the camp will be collected and trekking will continue till noon time.

Day 7: visiting some desert villages-drive to Yazd

early in the morning there is an optional plan to visit the village. We will explore the village and visit its spring water. There is a small mountain in the village that by hiking up you will have the best view of Garmeh and villages around to see the sunrise view.

Day 8: Yazd city tour

After breakfast you will have a day sightseeing tour in Yazd to visit its attractions such as Zoroastrian site of Dakhmeh (Old cemetery & tower of silence) and the Fire temple

Day 9: Zien-o-din caravanserai- Drive to Meymand & trekking to the cave

Today we will visit one the oldest mosques in Iran. Then we will drive to Meymand historic village. Meymand is famous for its handmade caves with more than 4000 years old, in fact for the night we will stay in one of these caves.

Day 10: Drive to Kerman

After breakfast in the cave we will explore the village before driving to Kerman.

Day 11: Desert tour to Lut desert

After breakfast we will drive towards east to explore the Lut desert.

Day 12: Drive back to Kerman- Night train to Tehran

Today we will visit some attractions of Kerman. In the afternoon we provide train ticket for travelling back to Tehran.

Day 13: Arriving Tehran- (Departure Date)

we arrive to Tehran in the morning. If your flight time is at night or evening you can leave your luggage at our office and have a Tehran sightseeing tour on your own and collect them at a later time otherwise you can leave right away to the airport.
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