Trip Highlights

  • A combination of city sightseeing and adventure
  • Experiencing different IRAN through Central Desert
  • Thorough cultural, architectural and historical tour
  • Trekking plus one night camping in the desert
  • Watch the astonishing view of sunset and sunrise
  • A possibility to see semi-wild camels pacing on the sand dunes
  • Visit remote and non-touristic areas with a touch of the Silk Road
  • Visit Noosh Abad underground town
  • Six days in most visited cities of Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz
  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Trip Code: 168-STN-MLT
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Activities: Trekking, Cultural-Historical,
  • Regions: Farahzad, Isfahan Province, Iran
  • Start From: Tehran Province, Iran
  • End: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
  • Service Level: Standard
  • Group Size: ( 5 - 15 )
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Price: On Request
  • Single Supplement: N/A

A memorable journey through central Iran from Tehran to Shiraz. This tour is a combination of sightseeing in main spots in large cities and visiting/trekking in oases of Iran central desert and exploring unkown villages and camping with Iran Nomads. The planned itinerary will start and end in Shiraz but if you prefer you can finish in Tehran after finishing the tour. You will visit main touristic cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Esfahan along with some ancient towns and villages such as Qehi, Na’in, Anarak, Garmeh, Mesr, Farahzad and Kharanagh. In this program you will enjoy two days of trekking in the desert and one night camping. Those who do not wish to stay in camp will have the option of staying at the guest house.
The total route travelled on the ground in 14 days will add up to 3000 Km but the distance would be divided in such a way not to be boring.
The designed itinerary will enable you to visit most possible attractions in 14 days. The difficulty range of the trip is easy except for one part which is moderate (trekking in the desert) however we can transfer those who wish to skip this part to our camp area.
You will stay two nights in a hotel in Tehran which will give you enough time to explore the city. Then you will be transferred to Esfahan where the real journey will begin following a day of sightseeing in Esfahan. In this program you will visit Garmeh village and historic towns of Na’in and Anarak. An astonishing day of trekking in the desert towards the camping site is also included. If you are an early bird and wake up on time in the morning you will have the chance to trek to an amazing viewpoint to watch the life giving sun rising. This tour will finish with a day of Shiraz city tour.


Tents, Mattresses, Sleeping bags, Pillows, Torches

Meal Abbreviations (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

11 B

3 L

2 D

During transfer city to city we serve you snacks and mineral water

2 nights in Tehran, 2 nights in Esfahan (Kuhpa Caravanserai), 2 nights in Yazd (Traditional hotel), 2 nights in the desert (camp & traditional guest house), 2 nights in hotel in Shiraz

Private vehicle depending on the group size, Carrying all camping gears and equipment by 4WD car or camel.

Desert guide, Iran English Map, Snacks, local English speaking guide in Tehran, Esfahan and Yazd

Not included: Camel for riding (optional on your request), All entrance fees for the sites, Travel insurance

Day 1: Arrival to Tehran - Depending on your arrival time you'll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore the capital. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Tehran city tour– After breakfast we will have Tehran sightseeing and city tour. We spend all day visiting the capital attractions. Before noon we will visit the National Museum of Iran and Golestan Palace. In the afternoon we will go to Artists Park (Park-e Honar Mandan) for a vegetarian meal. You will be able to spend some time walking around the park after lunch visiting its attractions depending on your interest. We will spend a couple of hours there. Most of the times there is painting and photography show/exhibition inside the park as well as a theatre and cinema hall. Also there are a few good coffee shops for refreshment. In the late afternoon we will drive from downtown to the northern part of Tehran to see the capital from a mountain view. In the evening we will return to the hotel. Overnight in Tehran. (B)

Day 3: Tehran – Kashan – Esfahan- Today we drive south towards Esfahan into Iran's mountainous and desert region. On the way we will visit Noosh Abad ancient underground city and its castle. We will also visit the significant ancient site of Sialk dating back to 3000 – 4000 BC and the historic royal gardens of Fin where was built for Shah Abbas. In the late afternoon we will arrive Esfahan and check in to hotel. After refreshing we will go for a short walk and dinner in the old part of the town. Overnight stay in hotel. (B)

Day 4: Esfahan exploring – After breakfast we are going to start our city tour visiting Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque and Aali Qapu Building. All these sites are in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. Around Naqshe Jahan Square there are many shops selling Esfahan’s beautiful handicrafts so it would be a great opportunity for those who wish to buy some of them. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and then will continue towards south of the city to visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building. Later we will go to visit Zayandeh Roud (Zayandeh River) where we will also visit two of Iran’s historic bridges Siose Pol (33 Bridge) and Pole Khajoo (Khajoo Bridge). Zayandeh Roud is an ideal place to take some photos in the river’s sunset along with two bridges. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Day 5: Exploring Kuhpaye, Qehi, Naiin & Anarak on the way to Central Desert

The desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km taking around 9-10 hours. We will visit Kuhpayeh historic town, an old caravanserai and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Then we will drive to historic village of Qehi. In the village you will visit the remains of an old castle in a picturesque location ideal for taking photos. We will also spend some time roaming in the village. The houses, mosque and its underground water (Qanat) are the highlights of the village. Afterward we will drive towards the desert. On the route we will visit historic towns of Naiin and Anarak. In Naiin we will visit its historic mosque, anthropology museum and Narin castle. Following Naiin we will leave for Anarak which is located at the starting point of Iran Central Desert. In Anarak there is a special viewpoint from a tower to see the whole town. We will hike up to the tower for photography and watching the town. We have picnic lunch for this day. Proceeding in the late afternoon towards the desert we will arrive to our guest house in the evening. We will check in taking some rest and prepare for a traditional dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. (L, D)

Day 6: Trekking in the heart of the desert

Early morning rise up. After breakfast we will start trekking. On the trekking route we will stop every now and then to rest and take photographs from spectacular and amazing sand dunes. We will continue walking until late afternoon. After finding a suitable point for our camp and some rest we leave to watch the sunset. We will have dinner at our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D).

Day 7: continue trekking - Drive to Yazd 

We will wake up at the crack of dawn (optional) walking for a while to watch the sunrise view of the desert and will walk back to our camp for breakfast. Next, the camp will be collected and trekking will continue toward the sand dunes. Then we will return to the oasis where our vehicle will pick us up to Yazd. We will have lunch at the guest house before driving to Yazd. Depending on the season there are some attractions on our way that you may visit. We will be in Yazd in the evening. (B, L)


Day 8: Yazd city tour

After breakfast you will have a full day sightseeing tour in Yazd 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. Next comes Rokn-o- din Shrine and the old prison named after Alexander Prison. We stay one more night in the guest house in Yazd. (B)

Day 9Day 9 : Pasargad & Persepolis - After breakfast we will leave Yazd towards Pasargadae to visit the tomb of Cyrus The Great before Persepolis. In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive to Shiraz. After check in to hotel we will have a short walk around the downtown. (B)

Day 10: Shiraz city tour– Morning will be spent visiting Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet, Vakil baths and other interesting sites. In the afternoon we will spend a while for visiting the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. Back to the hotel. (B)

The Iran classic route is the priority of all people who will come to Iran for the first time.  As we are an Adventure Travel operator and specialist of adventure activities mainly in remote and NON touristic areas, we have met in the field many travellers “ NOT a tourist”  that they have no efficient itinerary for the city part of their trip and just follows the guide books or doing the same itinerary like other traveller because there not much efficient itineraries covred Iran classic route including non touristic areas on the way from Tehran to south and they not only lost the money but they also lost the main important thing on traveling and its TIME.

On the other hand, there is a lot of opportunities to have a special plan to do Iran classic route, including a couple of activities with a touch of the silk road. This itinerary is not for tourist and it would be suitable for traveller who want to see Iran for the first time to be connected more with local and people and touch the silk road in Iran central desert. We are trying to add a little salt and pepper to Iran classic route and visiting the spots between the urban. We didn’t write the whole list of places, but we wrote a sense and style of travelling with Adventure Iran.

  • Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season. During the winter an autumn season’s sun light will be scares; this will affect the number of places you will be able to explore during the day.
  • During the spring time (from Mid-March to end of May) we might experience rain and wind in the desert so you should be prepared for occasional rains and winds.
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