13 Days
Duration
Easy
Difficulty
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Month
Cultural
Activity
Classic
Travel Style
Group Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • Shazdeh Garden (Persian garden)- (UNESCO world heritage site)

  • Expedition desert safari to Lut desert (UNESSCO world heritage site)

  • Khansharaf historical windmills

  • Explore Sistan civilization

  • Ghale No in Zabol

  • The ancient city of Mt. Khaje (Kuhe Khajeh), (tentative UNESCO list)

  • Shahr-i Sokhta (Burnt City) UNESCO world heritage site

  • Hozdar historical complex

  • Visiting Zahedan historical city, the province’s capital

  • Mt. Taftan, active volcano mountain (4050 Mts)

  • Bampour castle (Qale Bampour)

  • Visit Wet land of Bahukalat and its Mugger crocodiles

  • Visit Chabahar port by the ocean

  • Visiting amazing Makran Coast (southeast Iran)

  • Visiting a couple of fishing villages in Indian ocean

  • Boat trip through Mangrove forest

  • Birdwatching in the Gwater bay

  • Spectacular view of Martian mountains

  • Explore west to east coast of Chabahar port

  • Walking in organic banana orchard

  • Visiting junction of ocean and sand dunes in west of Chabahar

  • Mud volcanoes (Gel Afshan)

  • Darak village and Bandare Tang beach

  • Tasting Balochi special food

  • Socialize with local Sistani and Balochi ethnic

TOUR CODE 178-STN-XPL
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Southeast Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 7 Nights, Guesthouse: 3 Nights, Local House: 2 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: 4WD, Flight, Boat, Private vehicle
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
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

With this trip you will discover one of the least visited regions of Iran, which is still very much unknown to both visitors and Iranians. It’s a 12-day exploration of the Sistan and Baluchistan province (the 2nd largest of Iran. For those who want to complete this adventure, there’s an option of a week further west on the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm.

You will arrive in Tehran and continue with a morning domestic flight to Kerman (1.5 hour-1000 km) in the center of the county. Here you will start by visiting one of the driest and hottest (70.8°) places in the world, the desert of Dasht-e Lut and finish the trip on the Gulf of Oman on the Indian Ocean in the city of Chabahar in southeastern corner of Iran

We shall head for our first overnight location with on the way a visit to the UNESCO listed gardens of Shazdeh near Mahan.

On the 2nd day with 4X4n we head into the one of the driest and hottest (70.8°) places in the world, the desert of Dasht-e Lut and afterward you will finish in the ocean (Oman Sea), which is a city called Chabahar in southeastern corner of Iran in. Chabahar is the only seaport in Iran which has access to Indian Ocean. After a couple of days exploring in the coast, you will back to the capital with another long domestic flight takes 2 hours and 15 minutes (1800 Kilometers).

From the desert to the ocean you will experience a combination of history, civilization, culture, history of religions, a variety of local foods, different local traditions, a diversity of architecture, mythology, visiting local tribes as well as seeing the amazing landscape of mountains and desert both inland as well as the coast of Gulf of Oman. As the length of this overland trip is long (2000 km) in 13 days you will encounter different climates and temperatures from the desert to the ocean. In some regions you will even experience a tropical climate. One of the highlights of your adventure will be when the desert sands meet the ocean. This region has a number of UNSECO listed sites, and you shall visit three; Shahr-e Sukhte (known as the “burnt city), Dashte Lut desert and Shazdeh Gardens.

For those who want to complete the route its possible to continue west with one week extension by travelling from Chabahar along the ocean road all the way to Bandar Abbas port, the capital of Hormozgan province. In the optional week you will have a chance to see different tribes of the locals who live in Minab and Bandar Abas as well as exploring Qeshm, Hormoz and Hengam Islands in Persian Gulf. At the end fly back to Tehran from Qeshm island.
We recommend to take your binocular which is so useful in most part of the trip.

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Day 1: Arrival Tehran

With late arrival, overnight stay at a hotel near the airport.
2

Day 2: Fly to Kerman

Transfer to domestic airport for morning flight to Kerman. Transfer to Shahdad, with en-route visit Mahan (Shazadeh Gardens, UNESCO site). Overnight in traditional guest house in Shahdad (B, L, D).
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Day 3: Lut desert (world’s hottest!) UNESCO site

Full day off road tour with 4X4 cars to Lut desert, with plenty of photo opportunities. We will see the sun set over the desert before driving to a traditional Guesthouse. (B, L, D).
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Day 4: Zabol

After breakfast in the guest house we will drive to Zabol and visit some villages on the way. Afterward we will drive to ancient town and a village to stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: Sistan civilization & Burnt city (UNESCO site)

spending a couple of hours to explore a part the civilization of Sistan. After the visit we shall continue our trip to Hozdar historical complex including Rostam castle, Machi castle and Sistan windmill. After we shall continue to Zahedan city which is the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan province. Overnight stay in a hotel in Zahedan. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: Zahedan, Mt. Taftan volcano

Today we have full day city tour of Zahedan.Drive to a village at the foot of Mt. Taftan volcano (4,050 mts,). Overnight in a local village house. (B, L, D)
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Day 7: Iranshahr

We wil drive to Iranshahr city. Overnight stay in a hotel at Iranshahr. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: Wet land of Bahukalat and its Mugger crocodiles, Chabahar

Drive from Iranshar to Sarbaz town with its castle. Continue south to meet the Mugger crocodiles of Sarbaz river. Then drive south to the Indian Ocean and Chabahar. Overnight in hotel. (B, L, D)
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Day 9: Chabahar port, by the ocean

City tour of Chabahar.Overnight hotel in Chabahar. (B, L, D)
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Day 10: Eastern coastal road

Today head through beautiful east costal road of Chabahar.. In the late afternoon we will arrive to Chabahar and short rest in the hotel. For dinner we will go outside for dinner in a famous sea food restaurant. Overnight in Chabahar. (B, L, D)
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Day 11: Western coastal road & Darak village

Today we will take the west coast of Chabahar and will end in Darak village.overnight in local house in the village of Darak. (B, L, D)
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Day 12: Back to Tehran

After breakfast in the local guest house according to the flight ticket we will drive to the airport of Chabahr to have a to the Capital which is a longest domestic flight in Iran takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. You will arrive to Mehrabad airport of Tehran which is in the town and with a short transfer you will be in your hotel in Tehran downtown. Overnight hotel in Tehran (B, L, D)
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Day 13: departure

According to your return flight ticket we will transfer you to Tehran IKA international airport and from there you will fly back home. End of the tour (B)

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