12 Days
Activity Level
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Best Months
Trekking & Hiking, Multi-Activity
Soft Adventure
Travel Styles

Iran multi-activity customized tour including Iran’s main UNESCO sites, hiking in non-touristic region and staying in Maranjab caravanserai in the heart of Dasht-e Kavir desert

START Shiraz
REGION(S) Central Iran
MEALS: 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 5 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 7 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
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 trip is a cultural and historical sightseeing tour of Iran combined with short hiking in Zagros mountains and exploration of Maranjab region which is part of the Dashte Kavir Desert. “Discovering Iran” is one our company’s best soft adventure tours during spring and autumn seasons. You will have the chance to see all of UNESCO world heritage sites in the main touristic cities of Shiraz , Esfahan, Yazd and Kashan. In addition, you will walk through the famous village of Abyaneh which is in the list of Iran’s tentative UNESCO heritage villages. For the hiking part of the trip you will participate in a short hiking trip in the foothills of the massive Dena mountain chain. This will go through the Dena National Park exploring some of the remote and seldom visited villages in this region. The last full day of the itinerary will be spent hiking inside the Dasht-e Kavir desert, with overnight lodging at one of the most important Silk Road caravanserais close to the salt lake. We operate this tour through 2 vastly different ecosystems and climatic conditions. The travelers therefore must be prepared for cold mountain temperatures as well as hot desert conditions.
The best time for this trip is in April-May and October-November time period. If you would like to come in summer or winter please get in touch with us and we will offer you a better and more suitable itinerary for those seasons.

The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Maranjab desert with free transfer to Tehran IKA airport.


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, L)

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

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)

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)

Day 6: Drive to Yazd- Visit Eqlid- Yazd city tour

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)

Day 7: Yazd city tour - Meybod & Naeen - Kuhpayeh

After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit the rest of the attractions of Yazd. First we will visit the historical city of Meybod. There is an old historical mud-brick fort called Narin Castle (Narin Qal’eh) back to one thousand years ago. After Meybod we will drive to historical city of Naeen. Then we will visit one the oldest mosque of Iran. Also there is a museum of Anthropology which we spend time for visit. Overnight stay in Kuhpayeh Caravanserai. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Varzaneh Desert- Drive to Isfahan

After breakfast, we will visit some sites in Varzaneh desert. On the route we will visit Ghurtan Citadel, dated back to 1100 years ago, Deylamian era, registered in National heritage. We will continue to visit Guvchah, Asiab Shotor with a background of 300 years. In the late afternoon we will drive to Isfahan. Overnight stay in hotel. (B, L)

Day 9: Isfahan City 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 10: Abyaneh – hike to the top of the village – drive 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)

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 middel of Dasht-e Kavir desert takes two hours. Overnight stay in historical renovated caravanserai (B, L, D)

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 and drive to IKA airport takes 3 hours (B, L)

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Dena national park Iran off the beaten track tour
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Persian Restaurant Shiraz
Persepolis Pasargadae World Heritage Site
Persepolis World Heritage Site
Nasir al-Mulk PINK Mosque - SHIRAZ IRAN
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Shiraz
Abyaneh historical village
Abyaneh historical village
Abyaneh historical village
Kashan historica mosque
Tehran landscape view
Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
Pasargadae World Heritage Site
Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
Kuhpa Caravanserai Esfahan
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Iran off the Beaten Track Destinations
Bageh Dolat Abaad Yazd
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Jame Mosque of Naiin
Kabootar kahneh Varzaneh Dasht-e Kavir
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Iran off the Beaten Track Destinations
Iran off the Beaten Track Destinations
Desert Trekking Tour Dahst-e Kavir Iran
kuhpa Caravanserai Esfahan
Kabootar kahneh Varzaneh Dasht-e Kavir

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