15 Days
Duration
Tehran
Location

Gate of Nations is proud to be the first Iranian tour operator to focus on Geo-tours and the geomorphological features of Iran, which are less known and less emphasized upon, yet drastically important. Here, in this experiential journey, the main themes are geology, archaeology, and art, along with other cultural and natural discoveries, adding more excitement to this exploration.

 

The Most Spectacular Geological and Archaeological Sites of Iran

 

The Route is: Tehran Dezful 🚌 Hamedan 🚌 Zanjan 🚌 Tehran Qeshm Shiraz 🚌 Rafsanjan 🚌 Kerman 🚌 Tabas 🚌 Mesr 🚌 Damqan 🚌 Sari 🚌 Tehran

Season Spring and Autumn
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tehran / Tehran
Style Geo-Tour and Archaeology
Hotel Rate 3, 4 and local houses
Vehicle Depends on the size of the group

 

Detail:

Gate of Nations is proud to be the first Iranian tour operator to focus on Geo-tours and the geomorphological features of Iran, which are less known and less emphasized upon, yet drastically important. Here, in this experiential journey, the main themes are geology, archaeology, and art, along with other cultural and natural discoveries, adding more excitement to this exploration. 

               At first, in Khuzestan province, three UNESCO World Heritage sites are located, indicating the rich history of civilization in this area. On the second day through Zagros mountains with spectacular scenery, we pass by Kabir-Kooh anticline and the huge landslide of Seimareh. Having visited Afrineh Waterfall, we arrive at Hamedan, the city of mystic people and different religions. There we visit Ganjnameh inscriptions and waterfall. On the way to the northwest of Iran, we pay a visit to Alisadr Cave, which is a candidate as the longest water cave on the earth and just before to arrive at Zanjan, Soltanyeh dome would catch your eyes with a spectacular turquoise color on the dome (UNESCO World Heritage). A full day of excursion around Zanjan would amaze you; Takht-e-Soleiman, another UNESCO World Heritage with ancient temples of Zoroastrian people and also a travertine mount with a fantastic view and the castle of Behestan are another places in your itinerary. Having driven from Zanjan to Tehran, we visit the Geology Museum and then fly to Qeshm island from Mehr-Abad airport. 

      In Qeshm, which is a world geo-park, we visit some geological attractions. Chahkooh Gorge, Stars Valley and Hara Forest and also a full day of excursion in Hormuz island would complete our two days in the southern part of Iran. After flying to Shiraz, we start a full day of archaeology sightseeing with Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam bas-reliefs and Pasargadae. Having spent the night in a local house in Bavanat, we drive to Kerman province, and before arriving at Rafsanjan, we visit a Troglodyte village, Meymand, which is a UNESCO World Heritage because of the cultural landscape of the village. In Rafsanjan, we visit a beautiful gorge, Rageh, shaped by natural forces like erosion. 

        We have a full day of excursion in Kerman with amazing places to see; the day starts with visiting Rayen Citadel, the biggest survived adobe-made town in the world. Then we drive back to Mahan and after visiting Shazdeh garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Persian garden, In the afternoon, we drive to Lut desert, the natural UNESCO World Heritage, to have the amazing sunset through the desert. Dig-Rostam hot spring, Nayband and Esfahak villages and experiencing an overnight in Esfahak are the great experiences of this trip. 

          Around Tabas we have a look at the ancient dome of Kurit and Morteza-Ali gorge a beautiful canyon that leads you to a hot spring. Mesr desert, our next item, is the most beautiful desert in the central area. After Semnan, and Damqan , we drive to Sari, the capital of Mazandaran province next to Caspian sea and we visit Badab-Soort spring with amazing travertine terraces en-route including roads through Hyrcanian forest, a natural UNESCO World Heritage in Iran. 

      The last day of the tour belongs to the north to visit the Caspian sea, which is the biggest lake on the earth and on the way back to Tehran, we pass by mount Damavand, the highest pick of the middle east and the highest volcano mount of Asia. 

 

Highlights

  • Stopping by 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Being surprised at a huge Ziggurat from 2000 BC  
  • Exploring the fantastic ancient hydraulic system of Shushtar
  • Walking in Susa, the first civilization place in Iran 
  • Driving through Zagros mountains with spectacular sceneries 
  • Walking into one of the longest water caves on the earth 
  • Visiting the biggest brick dome in the world 
  • Visiting Qeshm Island, the lonely Geopark of Iran
  • Looking at the huge landslide of Seimareh
  • Strolling in Hormuz Island, a huge salt dome with different sceneries  
  • Discovering two spectacular deserts of Iran, each unique in style
  • Experiencing overnight in local houses in different areas 
  • Standing in awe of Rage Valley, a magnificent natural structure
  • Touching the sands of the Caspian sea and looking at the highest volcano mount in Asia in one day

 

 

1

Day 1 : ✈ to Dezful 🛏️ in Dezful

After arrival at Dezful by flight in the morning, we start having a full day sightseeing in Khuzestan province. Visiting 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in a single day makes your first day a memorable day. One of the oldest civilizations and a huge ziggurat, as well as Shushtar hydraulic system, would be a big surprise for everyone who is interested in historical wonders.

You will see:
Susa ancient hill and museum, Choqa-Zanbil ziggurat, Shushtar hydraulic system, Dezful ancient bridge

You will Experience:
Walking around a ziggurat from 2000 BC and some very old heritage in Susa. Being amazed at how the hydraulic system works for 2000 years in Shushtar.

You will know:
How the ancient watermills are working.
More about the first civilization area in Iran.

Distances:
The duration of the flight from Tehran is 1 hour.

Accommodation:
A 3-star hotel in Dezful.

2

Day 2 : 🚌/🚗 to Hamedan 🛏️ in Hamedan

After leaving Dezful, drive-through Zagros mountains with spectacular sceneries and beautiful landscapes await you. We will pass by the longest anticline of Zagros mountains with 200km length as well as the huge landslide from 11 thousand years ago. Also, we visit Khazineh gorge and Afrineh waterfall. In the evening in Hamedan, the second day would finish with having a look at the ancient inscriptions and waterfall of Ganjnameh.

You will see:
Kabir-kooh anticline

You will Experience:
Visiting the spectacular landscape of the Zagros mountains.

Distances:
Dezful to Hamedan is 450km (about 6 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Hamedan

3

Day 3 : 🚌/🚗 to Zanjan 🛏️ in Zanjan

A wonderful day starts with visiting the Alisadr limestone cave, which is a candidate as the longest water cave on the earth. At this cave, we will ride boats and walk 1km inside the cave with amazing limestone-made structures. The day continues by visiting the biggest brick-made dome in the world with amazing turquoise color and huge structure, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You will see:
Alisadr cave, Soltanyieh dome

You will Experience:
Boat riding in the cave and marveling at the features of Alisadr cave and the peaceful space of the cave with its mysterious paths.

You will know:
The Mongols capital in Iran and their art

Distances:
Hamedan to Zanjan is 250km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Zanjan

4

Day 4 : Excursion to Takht-Soleyman 🛏️ in Zanjan

This day starts with a drive to Takht-Soleyman, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Iran, the remnants of a huge shrine of the Zoroastrians with a huge travertine spring next to its ancient site. Also, on the other side of the site is a dried travertine spring mount and a couple of hot water springs. On the way back, we will visit Behestan castle, which is a mesa with human-made caves inside. Finally, we will pass by a huge zinc mine en-route.

You will see:
Takht-Soleyman, Behestan castle

You will Experience:
Discovering the mysterious area of Takht-Soleyman and the fantastic sceneries.

You will know:
More about the temples of Zoroastrians and the culture of primary habitats.

Distances:
The entire day drive takes about 6 hours.

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Zanjan

5

Day 5 : 🚌/🚗 to Tehran and ✈ to Qeshm island 🛏️ in Qeshm

We will leave Zanjan to Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. At the airport, we will visit the Geology Museum of Tehran and then we fly to Qeshm Island, the lonely geo-park of Iran.

You will see:
The geology museum of Tehran

Distances:
Zanjan to Mehr-Abad airport is 320km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Qeshm

6

Day 6 : Excursion in Hormuz island 🛏️ in Qeshm

Hormuz Island, a geological wonderland. To get there, we will take a ferry from Qeshm. Hormuz is located in the east of Qeshm and closer to Bandar-Abbas seaport. The island is covered by sedimentary rocks and layers of volcanic material on its surface. Due to a lack of precipitation, the soil and water are salty. In Hormuz, we discover the rainbow valley with various shapes of the sediments and the colorful soil. Also, we visit the salt dome, which is called by local people the salt-goddess. The red-soil beach will amaze you with its red and silver sand. Also, there is a historical background about this island and our day would be complete by looking at the Portuguese castle and the old town.

You will see:
The rainbow valley, the salt-dome, red beach, and Portuguese castle

You will Experience:
Being amazed at the variety of colors of the soil on the island; feeling the local lifestyle of Southern Iranian people.
Riding a ferry in parts of the Persian Gulf.

You will know:
More about the history and the cultural background of the island.

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Qeshm

7

Day 7: Excursion in Qeshm island and ✈ to Shiraz 🛏️ in Shiraz

We will have a full day of sightseeing in Qeshm island, the great Geopark of Iran including Chah-Kooh Gorge, shaped by erosion due to heavy rains and stormwater. However, erosion is the secondary factor in forming this beautiful valley. In fact, it has primarily been affected by the Salt Dome and related anticline. The next geo-site is Stars valley, which is at present the most visited among all Geo sites on the island. The Star Valley is a unique example among all Geo-sites to study erosion. The local name for this area is “Estalah-kaftah” which means “the Fallen Star”. The reason for naming this area as such is that the locals believe that once upon a time a star (commit or meteor) hit the earth at this site. As a result of this collision, the stones and soil have been thrown in the air and been frozen, forming these geological structures. Hara forest (Mangrove trees), a unique wetland ecosystem, will be our next plan. In the evening, we leave Qeshm to Shiraz by a domestic flight.

You will see:
Chah-Kooh gorge, Stars Valley, Hara forest

You will experience:
Walking amongst the beautiful and strange naturally shaped structure and hearing local beliefs and stories about these phenomena

Distances:
flight from Qeshm to Shiraz: 45 minutes.

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Shiraz

8

Day 8: 🚌/🚗 to Bavanat 🛏️ in Bavanat

Leaving Shiraz in the morning to visit three ancient archaeology sites, surviving from the Persian Empire in 500BC is our first plan: Persepolis, the most glorious royal complex in the Persian Empire history with amazing structure and detailed bas-reliefs and inscriptions. We will then visit Naqsh-e Rostam, the magnificent tombs of Achaemenids kings and Sassanid bas-reliefs and after one hour on the road, we arrive at Pasargadae to visit Cyrus the Great’s tomb.

You will see:
Persepolis, Naqsh-Rostam bas-reliefs, Pasargadae

You will Experience:
Witnessing the first outstanding embodiment of the Achaemenes, and the tomb of Cyrus the Great

You will know:
More about the Persian Empire in 500BC.

Distances:
Shiraz to Bavanat is 230km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Bavanat

9

Day 9: 🚌/🚗 Driving to Damqan via Bastam 🛏️ in Damqan

We will drive to Kerman province and before arriving at Rafsanjan, we will have a stop in the Meymand Village, It is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique cultural landscape, it is also a troglodyte village with hand-digged rooms and spaces under the sedimentary ground. An excursion to Rageh gorge in the afternoon is what we experience next. This gorge was unknown until a few years ago. Some features of the valley are sharp conical peaks, blades and strip wise walls. Rageh valley is about 20 km in length containing beautiful shapes being made by several thousand years of erosion.

You will see:
Meymand village, Rageh gorge

You will Experience:
Meeting people in one of the oldest villages of Iran; exploring Rage Valley, a recently discovered natural structure

Distances:
Bavanat to Rafsanjan is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Rafsanjan

10

Day 10: Excursion in Kerman province 🛏️in Kerman

Rayen, the second biggest adobe citadel in the world from the Sassanid era, is our first visit. Then we drive to Mahan to have a Mahan Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Persian Garden and after a drive through central mountains with spectacular sceneries, we reach the Lut desert, a natural UNESCO World Heritage site. There, we visit Kaluts (the Iranian name for Yardang). Sands transported by wind and washed in by intermittent streams have accumulated in the south and east, where huge sand-seas have formed across 40% of the property. These areas consist of active dunes some reaching heights of 475 m and are amongst the largest dunes in the world. The Lut Desert displays a wide variety of forms, including linear-, compound crescentic-, star-, and funnel-shaped dunes.

You will see:
Rayen Citadel, Mahan garden, Lut desert

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing sunset in the Lut desert and The spectacular sceneries of central mountains in Kerman; Visiting Kaluts of Shahdad, famously called the little Grand Canyon

You will know:
The style of huge adobe-made citadels in the Sassanid era.

Distances:
The entire driving takes about 5 hours.

Accommodation:
4-star hotel in Kerman

11

Day 11: 🚌/🚗 to The central desert 🛏️in Esfahak

We leave Kerman to the north to reach the central desert (Dasht-Kavir). We have a couple of stops on the way to visit a hot sulfur spring, which is located on one of the longest faults of Iran in the name of Nayband with hundreds km length from Lut desert to the central desert. Then we visit Nayband village, an old village with a unique landscape and culture. In the end, we arrive at Esfahak village, a very old one with adobe houses, where we stay for one night.

You will see:
Dig-Rostam hot spring, Nayband, and Esfahak villages

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing landscape of villages at this part of the country, staying in a local house in the heart of the desert and feeling local Iranians’ lifestyle

Distances:
Kerman to Esfahak is 450km (about 5 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Esfahak village

12

Day 12: 🚌/🚗 to Mesr desert via Tabas 🛏️in Mesr

A full day in the central part of Iran, a mixture of desert and central mounts. At first, we visit the oldest arch dam in the world. The arch‐gravity dam is especially remarkable for its extraordinary height of 60 m. This dam was to remain a world record for any type of dam from 1350 until the early twentieth century. Then we drive to Tabas to visit Morteza-Ali Gorge, another erosion-made gorge with a unique phenomenon: inside the gorge, there are two springs next to each other with cold and hot water at the same time. In the afternoon, we derive to the most beautiful desert of the central desert of Iran with amazing sand dunes.

You will see:
Kurit dam, Morteza-Ali gorge, Mesr desert

You will Experience:
Walking in a cool gorge with amazing springs of simultaneous hot and cold water;
Relaxing in the Mesr desert and watching the magnificent sunset

Distances:
Esfahak to Mesr village is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Mesr village

13

Day 13: 🚌/🚗 to Damqan 🛏️in Damqan

Leaving the Mesr village to head north, we will pass by the northern part of the central desert through the basin of Semnan’s salt domes. In Damqan, the border of the desert and Alborz mountains, we visit the second oldest mosque in Iran and spend one night in Damqan to be fresh for the next two days, which are very different from the other parts of the tour.

You will see:
The salt domes of Semnan, Tarikhaneh mosque

You will know:
About the primary mosques of Iran

Distances:
Mesr village to Damqan is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Damqan

14

Day 14: 🚌/🚗 to Sari 🛏️ in Sari

The northern part of Alborz mountains is different from the other parts of the country. Because of the humidity from the Caspian sea and being blocked by the Alborz high mounts, the climate and sceneries are completely different: the land is home to the Hyrcanian forest, one of the oldest forests on the earth and a natural UNESCO World Heritage. Our route is through Alborz mountains and we have a stop to visit the extraordinary travertine terraces made by a travertine spring. The road continues through the Hyrcanian forest to Sari.

You will see:
Badab-Soort travertine spring, Hyrcanian forest

You will Experience:
Being exposed to different sceneries and landscape in the north in the very same trip; discovering extraordinary travertine terraces called Badab-Soort

You will know:
The geographical face of the north and Alborz mountains

Distances:
Damqan to Sari is 200km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Sari

15

Day 15: 🚌/🚗 to Tehran via Caspian sea

The last day of the tour belongs to the north and the Caspian seashore: walking in the coast; driving through the Alborz mountains; having a look at mount Damavand- the highest peak in the middle east and the highest volcano in Asia with 5670m elevation from sea level and full of sulfur hot springs. The journey would finish in Tehran and according to your departure flight, you would be transferred to the airport.

You will see:
Caspian sea, Damavand mount

You will Experience:
Walking in the seashores of Caspian sea; driving through the Alborz mountains; having a look at mount Damavand

You will know:
More about the culture of living in the north

Distances:
Sari to Tehran via Caspian sea is 250km (about 5 hours)

After arrival at Dezful by flight in the morning, we start having a full day sightseeing in Khuzestan province. Visiting 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in a single day makes your first day a memorable day. One of the oldest civilizations and a huge ziggurat, as well as Shushtar hydraulic system, would be a big surprise for everyone who is interested in historical wonders.

You will see:
Susa ancient hill and museum, Choqa-Zanbil ziggurat, Shushtar hydraulic system, Dezful ancient bridge

You will Experience:
Walking around a ziggurat from 2000 BC and some very old heritage in Susa. Being amazed at how the hydraulic system works for 2000 years in Shushtar.

You will know:
How the ancient watermills are working.
More about the first civilization area in Iran.

Distances:
The duration of the flight from Tehran is 1 hour.

Accommodation:
A 3-star hotel in Dezful.

After leaving Dezful, drive-through Zagros mountains with spectacular sceneries and beautiful landscapes await you. We will pass by the longest anticline of Zagros mountains with 200km length as well as the huge landslide from 11 thousand years ago. Also, we visit Khazineh gorge and Afrineh waterfall. In the evening in Hamedan, the second day would finish with having a look at the ancient inscriptions and waterfall of Ganjnameh.

You will see:
Kabir-kooh anticline

You will Experience:
Visiting the spectacular landscape of the Zagros mountains.

Distances:
Dezful to Hamedan is 450km (about 6 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Hamedan

A wonderful day starts with visiting the Alisadr limestone cave, which is a candidate as the longest water cave on the earth. At this cave, we will ride boats and walk 1km inside the cave with amazing limestone-made structures. The day continues by visiting the biggest brick-made dome in the world with amazing turquoise color and huge structure, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You will see:
Alisadr cave, Soltanyieh dome

You will Experience:
Boat riding in the cave and marveling at the features of Alisadr cave and the peaceful space of the cave with its mysterious paths.

You will know:
The Mongols capital in Iran and their art

Distances:
Hamedan to Zanjan is 250km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Zanjan

This day starts with a drive to Takht-Soleyman, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Iran, the remnants of a huge shrine of the Zoroastrians with a huge travertine spring next to its ancient site. Also, on the other side of the site is a dried travertine spring mount and a couple of hot water springs. On the way back, we will visit Behestan castle, which is a mesa with human-made caves inside. Finally, we will pass by a huge zinc mine en-route.You will see:
Takht-Soleyman, Behestan castleYou will Experience:
Discovering the mysterious area of Takht-Soleyman and the fantastic sceneries.You will know:
More about the temples of Zoroastrians and the culture of primary habitats.Distances:
The entire day drive takes about 6 hours.Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Zanjan

We will leave Zanjan to Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. At the airport, we will visit the Geology Museum of Tehran and then we fly to Qeshm Island, the lonely geo-park of Iran.

You will see:
The geology museum of Tehran

Distances:
Zanjan to Mehr-Abad airport is 320km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Qeshm

Hormuz Island, a geological wonderland. To get there, we will take a ferry from Qeshm. Hormuz is located in the east of Qeshm and closer to Bandar-Abbas seaport. The island is covered by sedimentary rocks and layers of volcanic material on its surface. Due to a lack of precipitation, the soil and water are salty. In Hormuz, we discover the rainbow valley with various shapes of the sediments and the colorful soil. Also, we visit the salt dome, which is called by local people the salt-goddess. The red-soil beach will amaze you with its red and silver sand. Also, there is a historical background about this island and our day would be complete by looking at the Portuguese castle and the old town.

You will see:
The rainbow valley, the salt-dome, red beach, and Portuguese castle

You will Experience:
Being amazed at the variety of colors of the soil on the island; feeling the local lifestyle of Southern Iranian people.
Riding a ferry in parts of the Persian Gulf.

You will know:
More about the history and the cultural background of the island.

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Qeshm

We will have a full day of sightseeing in Qeshm island, the great Geopark of Iran including Chah-Kooh Gorge, shaped by erosion due to heavy rains and stormwater. However, erosion is the secondary factor in forming this beautiful valley. In fact, it has primarily been affected by the Salt Dome and related anticline. The next geo-site is Stars valley, which is at present the most visited among all Geo sites on the island. The Star Valley is a unique example among all Geo-sites to study erosion. The local name for this area is “Estalah-kaftah” which means “the Fallen Star”. The reason for naming this area as such is that the locals believe that once upon a time a star (commit or meteor) hit the earth at this site. As a result of this collision, the stones and soil have been thrown in the air and been frozen, forming these geological structures. Hara forest (Mangrove trees), a unique wetland ecosystem, will be our next plan. In the evening, we leave Qeshm to Shiraz by a domestic flight.

You will see:
Chah-Kooh gorge, Stars Valley, Hara forest

You will experience:
Walking amongst the beautiful and strange naturally shaped structure and hearing local beliefs and stories about these phenomena

Distances:
flight from Qeshm to Shiraz: 45 minutes.

Accommodation:
A 4-star hotel in Shiraz

Leaving Shiraz in the morning to visit three ancient archaeology sites, surviving from the Persian Empire in 500BC is our first plan: Persepolis, the most glorious royal complex in the Persian Empire history with amazing structure and detailed bas-reliefs and inscriptions. We will then visit Naqsh-e Rostam, the magnificent tombs of Achaemenids kings and Sassanid bas-reliefs and after one hour on the road, we arrive at Pasargadae to visit Cyrus the Great’s tomb.

You will see:
Persepolis, Naqsh-Rostam bas-reliefs, Pasargadae

You will Experience:
Witnessing the first outstanding embodiment of the Achaemenes, and the tomb of Cyrus the Great

You will know:
More about the Persian Empire in 500BC.

Distances:
Shiraz to Bavanat is 230km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Bavanat

We will drive to Kerman province and before arriving at Rafsanjan, we will have a stop in the Meymand Village, It is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique cultural landscape, it is also a troglodyte village with hand-digged rooms and spaces under the sedimentary ground. An excursion to Rageh gorge in the afternoon is what we experience next. This gorge was unknown until a few years ago. Some features of the valley are sharp conical peaks, blades and strip wise walls. Rageh valley is about 20 km in length containing beautiful shapes being made by several thousand years of erosion.

You will see:
Meymand village, Rageh gorge

You will Experience:
Meeting people in one of the oldest villages of Iran; exploring Rage Valley, a recently discovered natural structure

Distances:
Bavanat to Rafsanjan is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Rafsanjan

Rayen, the second biggest adobe citadel in the world from the Sassanid era, is our first visit. Then we drive to Mahan to have a Mahan Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Persian Garden and after a drive through central mountains with spectacular sceneries, we reach the Lut desert, a natural UNESCO World Heritage site. There, we visit Kaluts (the Iranian name for Yardang). Sands transported by wind and washed in by intermittent streams have accumulated in the south and east, where huge sand-seas have formed across 40% of the property. These areas consist of active dunes some reaching heights of 475 m and are amongst the largest dunes in the world. The Lut Desert displays a wide variety of forms, including linear-, compound crescentic-, star-, and funnel-shaped dunes.

You will see:
Rayen Citadel, Mahan garden, Lut desert

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing sunset in the Lut desert and The spectacular sceneries of central mountains in Kerman; Visiting Kaluts of Shahdad, famously called the little Grand Canyon

You will know:
The style of huge adobe-made citadels in the Sassanid era.

Distances:
The entire driving takes about 5 hours.

Accommodation:
4-star hotel in Kerman

We leave Kerman to the north to reach the central desert (Dasht-Kavir). We have a couple of stops on the way to visit a hot sulfur spring, which is located on one of the longest faults of Iran in the name of Nayband with hundreds km length from Lut desert to the central desert. Then we visit Nayband village, an old village with a unique landscape and culture. In the end, we arrive at Esfahak village, a very old one with adobe houses, where we stay for one night.

You will see:
Dig-Rostam hot spring, Nayband, and Esfahak villages

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing landscape of villages at this part of the country, staying in a local house in the heart of the desert and feeling local Iranians’ lifestyle

Distances:
Kerman to Esfahak is 450km (about 5 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Esfahak village

A full day in the central part of Iran, a mixture of desert and central mounts. At first, we visit the oldest arch dam in the world. The arch‐gravity dam is especially remarkable for its extraordinary height of 60 m. This dam was to remain a world record for any type of dam from 1350 until the early twentieth century. Then we drive to Tabas to visit Morteza-Ali Gorge, another erosion-made gorge with a unique phenomenon: inside the gorge, there are two springs next to each other with cold and hot water at the same time. In the afternoon, we derive to the most beautiful desert of the central desert of Iran with amazing sand dunes.

You will see:
Kurit dam, Morteza-Ali gorge, Mesr desert

You will Experience:
Walking in a cool gorge with amazing springs of simultaneous hot and cold water;
Relaxing in the Mesr desert and watching the magnificent sunset

Distances:
Esfahak to Mesr village is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Mesr village

Leaving the Mesr village to head north, we will pass by the northern part of the central desert through the basin of Semnan’s salt domes. In Damqan, the border of the desert and Alborz mountains, we visit the second oldest mosque in Iran and spend one night in Damqan to be fresh for the next two days, which are very different from the other parts of the tour.

You will see:
The salt domes of Semnan, Tarikhaneh mosque

You will know:
About the primary mosques of Iran

Distances:
Mesr village to Damqan is 300km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Damqan

The northern part of Alborz mountains is different from the other parts of the country. Because of the humidity from the Caspian sea and being blocked by the Alborz high mounts, the climate and sceneries are completely different: the land is home to the Hyrcanian forest, one of the oldest forests on the earth and a natural UNESCO World Heritage. Our route is through Alborz mountains and we have a stop to visit the extraordinary travertine terraces made by a travertine spring. The road continues through the Hyrcanian forest to Sari.

You will see:
Badab-Soort travertine spring, Hyrcanian forest

You will Experience:
Being exposed to different sceneries and landscape in the north in the very same trip; discovering extraordinary travertine terraces called Badab-Soort

You will know:
The geographical face of the north and Alborz mountains

Distances:
Damqan to Sari is 200km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Sari

The last day of the tour belongs to the north and the Caspian seashore: walking in the coast; driving through the Alborz mountains; having a look at mount Damavand- the highest peak in the middle east and the highest volcano in Asia with 5670m elevation from sea level and full of sulfur hot springs. The journey would finish in Tehran and according to your departure flight, you would be transferred to the airport.

You will see:
Caspian sea, Damavand mount

You will Experience:
Walking in the seashores of Caspian sea; driving through the Alborz mountains; having a look at mount Damavand

You will know:
More about the culture of living in the north

Distances:
Sari to Tehran via Caspian sea is 250km (about 5 hours)

  • The first & last day of the programs depends on your flight time, so the necessary changes will be made accordingly.
  • This itinerary can be tailor-made according to your interests.
  • Possibility of all the visits depends on the week days and flight and train time.

INCLUDED
Visa authorization number fee.
14 nights in comfortable 4-star hotels
All lunches
All internal transportation by private bus/ minibus/ van or normal sedan
Airport transfer
Bottled water while sightseeing and a daily snack
The expertise of Gate of nation’s travel specialists, tour guide
Fuel and road tolls
All expenses of driver and guide like food and accommodation
Travel insurance by R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG
Excluded
International flights 
Entrance tickets for places and monuments
Dinners
Extra services at the hotel like phone calls, laundry…. 
Tips (optional)
  • These prices are in Euro.
  • These prices are for per person in double rooms.
  • 20% will be added for single supplement to package price
  • 10% will be reduced for the 3rd person in TRP Rooms.
  • These prices are for BB (bed & breakfast) accommodation
  • These price includes a guide-Driver.

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