10 Days
Duration
Tehran
Location

The northern part of Iran is so popular for Iranians and a fantastic place to experience a different culture through the purity of nature. It is a common belief that only deserts in Iran are worth visiting for tourists; however, the rich green nature including UNESCO World Heritage forests and northern lifestyle according to the ecosystem will be memorable to you.

 

The Beauty of the Caspian Sea and Hyrcanian Forest Through the History and Culture

 

The Route is: Tehran 🚌 Alamut 🚌 Qazvin 🚌 Masouleh 🚌 Anzali 🚌 Ramsar 🚌 Lavij 🚌 Gorgan 🚌 Damqan 🚌 Tehran

Season All around the year except winter
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tehran / Tehran
Style Mix of Culture and Nature
Hotel Rate 3 and 4-star hotels, ecolodge
Vehicle Depends on the size of the group

 

Detail:

The northern part of Iran is so popular for Iranians and a fantastic place to experience a different culture through the purity of nature. Our tour starts with driving to the fantastic valley of Alamut to visit an amazing lake with beautiful nature next to high range mountains, but the main destination is Alamut castle with its amazing structure. The Alamut castle was founded by Hassan-Sabbah for Assassins to defend against their enemy. Next, we drive to Qazvin, which was the capital of Iran for a couple of years in the 16th century by the Safavid dynasty. After driving through Alborz mountains, the scenery becomes different when we get to the ancient Hyrcanian forest landscape and rice farms. Hyrcanian forests cover a unique forested massif that stretches 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The history of these broad-leaved forests dates back 25 to 50 million years when they covered most of this Northern Temperate region. This forest was recognized as a natural world heritage in 2019 by UNESCO.

The first destination in Guilan province is the rural museum, which presents the culture of the people in that region and then we drive to the heart of the Hyrcanian forest to have a hike to a high fortress, Roud-Khan, an ancient fortress with amazing scenery and unconquerable towers. Spending one night in Masouleh, the most beautiful vertical village in Iran would be a memorable experience for everyone. After Masouleh, we drive to the sea to visit Bandar Anzali (Alzani Port), riding a boat in the lagoon and have a walk in the seaport to complete your fourth day in the north. 

Our journey continues on the coast road and passing by several towns to reach Ramsar, the most beautiful town in the north, where the forest and the sea join together. There,  you will experience riding a cable car from the seashore to the top of a mountain through the forest. Also visiting the palace of Reza-Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty in the 20th century, is in your itinerary in Ramsar

After driving for a couple of hours on the coast road, the next destination is Lavij, a high village in the heart of Alborz mountains and famous for having a hot spring and natural spa. This natural spa is the best way to relax and refresh you for the rest of the tour. After leaving Lavij, we drive to the eastern part of the northern line and before arriving at Gorgan province, we visit a UNESCO world heritage; Abbas-Abad garden of Behshahr. This Persian garden has a complicated hydraulic system and it is very different from other Persian gardens. 

The sightseeing in Gorgan province includes Gonbad-e-Qabus, the highest brick-made tower with an impressive structure and a UNESCO world heritage. Also the ancient cemetery of Khaled-Nabi with ancient gravestones, which have a peculiar and exotic erotic style.

After leaving Gorgan, our route to coming back to Tehran is on the ancient Silk Road and before arriving at Damqan for overnighting, we visit Bastam, an ancient and important town located on the Silk Road and there we visit Bazayid-Bastami mausoleum, which was a famous Sufi. Then we take a look at Kashaneh tower, an amazing structure from the Mongols era. Visiting Jame mosque of Bastam, will complete our city tour in Bastam. On the last day of your tour, we will visit Tarikhaneh Mosque in Damqan, which is the second oldest mosque in Iran and also Jame mosque of Semnan before reaching Tehran.

Highlights

  • Stop by 3 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Driving in some parts of the ancient Silk Road
  • Walking into the fantastic ancient Hyrcanian forest 
  • Alamut, the mysterious castle of Assassins
  • Driving through Alborz mountains with spectacular sceneries 
  • Being amazed at the incredible fortress of Roud-Khan 
  • Caspian sea with amazing sandy seashores 
  • Visiting the highest brick made tower in the world 
  • Discovering Masouleh, an ancient vertical village  
  • The erotic style gravestones in Khaled-Nabi cemetery 
  • Being amazed at the scenery of the Caspian sea while riding the cable car in Ramsar
  • Swimming in a natural spa in the Lavij village 
  • Visiting the second oldest mosque of Iran

 

 

1

Day 1 : Driving to Alamut 🛏️ in Alamut

Welcome to the northern part of Iran. This part of the country is completely different from the others. The high ranges of Alborz and ancient Hyrcanian forests (UNESCO World Heritage site) are making this land beautiful and spectacular. Also, the culture of the people who live here is different. On the first day, we drive to Alamut valley to see amazing scenery of Alborz mountains and also to visit a beautiful lake there and spend a memorable night in a traditional guest house.

You will see:
Alborz mountains, Alamut valley, Evan lake

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing nature and landscape of Alamut valley as well as spending a night in a traditional house there. Enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Alborz extended on the sides of the road.

Distances:
Tehran to Alamut is 250km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Alamut valley

2

Day 2 : Visiting Alamut castle and driving to Qazvin 🛏️ in Qazvin

In the morning we will visit Alamut castle, which is a high and unconquerable fortress made by assassins to survive from the enemy’s attacks. After visiting this unique castle, we drive to Qazvin and have a look at the Safavid complex from the 16th century as well as a magnificent Bazaar and Caravanserai with amazing architecture and tiling art. Also, we visit a huge cistern in Qazvin.

You will see:
Safavid complex, Sa’d-al-Saltaneh Bazaar and Carvansarai, Sardar-Bozorg cistern

You will Experience:
Being exposed at the beauty of art and architecture of the Safavid dynasty.

You will know:
More about Assassins and their way of living and their kingdom

Distances:
Alamut to Qazvin is 100km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Qazvin

3

Day 3 : 🚌/🚗 Driving to Masouleh 🛏️ in Masouleh

A fantastic drive through Alborz mountains to reach Guilan province with the scenery of the Hyrcanian forest. The first stop would be in Saravan to visit the rural heritage museum of Guilan. In this museum, you will find the lifestyle and culture of people who are living there and the special type of building and farming would amaze you. The next stop would be for visiting the fortress Roud-khan fortress. After hiking for one hour in the forest we will reach the fortress, which goes back to the Sassanid era and was used by Assassins later. After a beautiful drive, this day will finish in Masouleh.

You will see:
The rural heritage museum, Roud-Khan fortress

You will Experience:
The difference of culture of people in the north
Hiking in Hyrcanian forest and the amazing landscape from the fortress

You will know:
More about the culture of living in the northern part of Iran

Distances:
Qazvin to Masouleh, including Roudkhan is 255km (about 3.5 hours)

Accommodation:
A guest house in Masouleh

4

Day 4 : 🚌/🚗 Driving to Bandar-Anzali 🛏️ in Bandar-Anzali

After a pleasant walk in Masouleh village and having a delicious breakfast in an amazing café, we leave to drive to the Caspian sea and visit Anzali seaport as well as riding a boat in Anzali lagoon. At the end of the day, you will have a memorable accommodation next to the sea.

You will see:
Masouleh village, Anzali seaport and lagoon

You will Experience:
Walking in fantastic alleys of Masouleh village
Spending the night next to the Caspian sea

Distances:
Masouleh to Bandar-Anzali is 100km (about 2 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Anzali

5

Day 5 : 🚌/🚗 Driving to Ramsar 🛏️ in Ramsar

After a couple of hours on the road next to the Caspian coast to reach the central part of the northern provinces, we will visit Ramsar, the most beautiful town in the north, where the forest and the sea join together. At first, we try a famous cable car from the seashore to the top of a forest mountain to have the spectacular view of the Caspian sea. Then we will visit the Pahlavi palace and museum in Ramsar.

You will see:
The Caspian sea, The cable car, Pahlavi palace

You will Experience:
Feeling the sandy seashores of the Caspian sea and the fantastic view of the sea on top of the mount. Riding in a cable car from seashore to top of a forest mountain

You will know:
About Pahlavi family, the last royal family before the 1979 revolution.

Distances:
Bandar-Anzali to Ramsar is 150km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Ramsar

6

Day 6 : 🚌/🚗 Driving to Lavij village 🛏️ in Lavij

Continuing on the coast road to reach to a lovely village, Lavij. On the road, we visit Sisangan national forest park, the biggest natural habitat for boxwood trees in the country next to the sea. Lavij village is known for an amazing natural spa and fabulous landscapes of Alborz mountain. We try the spa and a pleasant night to be fresh for the rest of the tour.

You will see:
Sisangan national forest park, Lavij village

You will Experience:
Relaxing in the famous natural spa in the Lavij village, Being amazed at the forests of northern Iran, different in style and beauty

Distances:
Ramsar to Lavij is 180km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A local guest house in Lavij

7

Day 7: 🚌/🚗 Driving to Gorgan via Abbas-Abad garden 🛏️ in Gorgan

The tour continues by going to the eastern part of the northern line. But the last place we visit in the central province is a UNESCO world heritage site: Persian Garden of Abbas-Abad. Compared to other Persian gardens, this is a particular one. This garden has a beautiful lake and a fantastic hydraulic system from the Safavid era in the 17th century. In the evening, after checking in to your hotel, we have an evening walk on the wooden path of Alang-Darreh forest in Gorgan.

You will see:
Abbas-Abad garden of Behshahr

You will know:
More about Persian Gardens.

Distances:
Lavij to Gorgan is 275km (about 4.5 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Gorgan

You will see:
Blue Mosque, Azerbaijan Museum, Tabriz Bazaar

You will experience:
Walking in the largest Bazaar in Iran. Shopping Iranian souvenirs

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

8

Day 8: 🚌/🚗 Sightseeing in Gorgan province 🛏️ in Gorgan

A full day excursion in Gorgan province including the Gorgan anthropology museum. Then we drive to the eastern part of the province to visit the highest brick tower in the world and a UNESCO world heritage. The structure and the age of the tower would amaze you. We will then drive through Gorgan plains to an exotic ancient cemetery with erotic style gravestones and a unique mausoleum.

You will see:
Gonbad-Qabus tower, Khaled-Nabi cemetery and Gorgan museum

You will Experience:
Standing under the highest brick tower in the world
Discovering an exotic cemetery in Iran, which will amaze you deeply with its structure

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Gorgan

Note:
Visiting Khaled-Nabi cemetery and Gonbad-Qabus tower may replace one another according to the season.

9

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

Leaving northern part of Alborz mountains and Gorgan province to continue the tour through the ancient Silk road. In Bastam, an important town in history and on the Silk Road, we visit the mausoleum and monastery of Bayazid-Bastami, a famous Sufi in history. Also we have a look to Kashaneh tower, an amazing structure from Mongols era as well as the Jame mosque. At the end we leave for Damqan.

You will see:
Bayazid-Bastami mausoleum, Khashaneh tower, Jame mosque of Bastam

You will know:
The story of Sufis and a mystic man, Bayazid, about Silk Road

You will experience:
Being on the world-known Silk Road and imaging the aliven history on it

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

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Damqan

10

Day 10: 🚌/🚗 Driving to Tehran via Semnan

We continue on the road to Tehran through the ancient Silk Road and the border of the central desert and Alborz mountains. But before leaving Damqan, we visit the second oldest mosque in Iran. On the way to Tehran, we have a stop in Semnan to have a look at another beautiful mosque. In the evening the tour would finish in Tehran and you would have amazing memories from the northern part of the country. At the end we will go to IKA airport for your departure.

You will see:
Tarikhaneh mosque, Jame mosque of Semnan

You will know :
How were the primary mosques in Iran

Distances:
Damqan to Tehran is 340km (about 4 hours)
From Center of Tehran to IKA: 50 minutes

Welcome to the northern part of Iran. This part of the country is completely different from the others. The high ranges of Alborz and ancient Hyrcanian forests (UNESCO World Heritage site) are making this land beautiful and spectacular. Also, the culture of the people who live here is different. On the first day, we drive to Alamut valley to see amazing scenery of Alborz mountains and also to visit a beautiful lake there and spend a memorable night in a traditional guest house.

You will see:
Alborz mountains, Alamut valley, Evan lake

You will Experience:
Watching the amazing nature and landscape of Alamut valley as well as spending a night in a traditional house there. Enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Alborz extended on the sides of the road.

Distances:
Tehran to Alamut is 250km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A traditional guest house in Alamut valley

In the morning we will visit Alamut castle, which is a high and unconquerable fortress made by assassins to survive from the enemy’s attacks. After visiting this unique castle, we drive to Qazvin and have a look at the Safavid complex from the 16th century as well as a magnificent Bazaar and Caravanserai with amazing architecture and tiling art. Also, we visit a huge cistern in Qazvin.

You will see:
Safavid complex, Sa’d-al-Saltaneh Bazaar and Carvansarai, Sardar-Bozorg cistern

You will Experience:
Being exposed at the beauty of art and architecture of the Safavid dynasty.

You will know:
More about Assassins and their way of living and their kingdom

Distances:
Alamut to Qazvin is 100km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Qazvin

A fantastic drive through Alborz mountains to reach Guilan province with the scenery of the Hyrcanian forest. The first stop would be in Saravan to visit the rural heritage museum of Guilan. In this museum, you will find the lifestyle and culture of people who are living there and the special type of building and farming would amaze you. The next stop would be for visiting the fortress Roud-khan fortress. After hiking for one hour in the forest we will reach the fortress, which goes back to the Sassanid era and was used by Assassins later. After a beautiful drive, this day will finish in Masouleh.

You will see:
The rural heritage museum, Roud-Khan fortress

You will Experience:
The difference of culture of people in the north
Hiking in Hyrcanian forest and the amazing landscape from the fortress

You will know:
More about the culture of living in the northern part of Iran

Distances:
Qazvin to Masouleh, including Roudkhan is 255km (about 3.5 hours)

Accommodation:
A guest house in Masouleh

After a pleasant walk in Masouleh village and having a delicious breakfast in an amazing café, we leave to drive to the Caspian sea and visit Anzali seaport as well as riding a boat in Anzali lagoon. At the end of the day, you will have a memorable accommodation next to the sea.

You will see:
Masouleh village, Anzali seaport and lagoon

You will Experience:
Walking in fantastic alleys of Masouleh village
Spending the night next to the Caspian sea

Distances:
Masouleh to Bandar-Anzali is 100km (about 2 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Anzali

After a couple of hours on the road next to the Caspian coast to reach the central part of the northern provinces, we will visit Ramsar, the most beautiful town in the north, where the forest and the sea join together. At first, we try a famous cable car from the seashore to the top of a forest mountain to have the spectacular view of the Caspian sea. Then we will visit the Pahlavi palace and museum in Ramsar.

You will see:
The Caspian sea, The cable car, Pahlavi palace

You will Experience:
Feeling the sandy seashores of the Caspian sea and the fantastic view of the sea on top of the mount. Riding in a cable car from seashore to top of a forest mountain

You will know:
About Pahlavi family, the last royal family before the 1979 revolution.

Distances:
Bandar-Anzali to Ramsar is 150km (about 3 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Ramsar

Continuing on the coast road to reach to a lovely village, Lavij. On the road, we visit Sisangan national forest park, the biggest natural habitat for boxwood trees in the country next to the sea. Lavij village is known for an amazing natural spa and fabulous landscapes of Alborz mountain. We try the spa and a pleasant night to be fresh for the rest of the tour.

You will see:
Sisangan national forest park, Lavij village

You will Experience:
Relaxing in the famous natural spa in the Lavij village, Being amazed at the forests of northern Iran, different in style and beauty

Distances:
Ramsar to Lavij is 180km (about 4 hours)

Accommodation:
A local guest house in Lavij

The tour continues by going to the eastern part of the northern line. But the last place we visit in the central province is a UNESCO world heritage site: Persian Garden of Abbas-Abad. Compared to other Persian gardens, this is a particular one. This garden has a beautiful lake and a fantastic hydraulic system from the Safavid era in the 17th century. In the evening, after checking in to your hotel, we have an evening walk on the wooden path of Alang-Darreh forest in Gorgan.

You will see:
Abbas-Abad garden of Behshahr

You will know:
More about Persian Gardens.

Distances:
Lavij to Gorgan is 275km (about 4.5 hours)

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Gorgan

You will see:
Blue Mosque, Azerbaijan Museum, Tabriz Bazaar

You will experience:
Walking in the largest Bazaar in Iran. Shopping Iranian souvenirs

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

A full day excursion in Gorgan province including the Gorgan anthropology museum. Then we drive to the eastern part of the province to visit the highest brick tower in the world and a UNESCO world heritage. The structure and the age of the tower would amaze you. We will then drive through Gorgan plains to an exotic ancient cemetery with erotic style gravestones and a unique mausoleum.

You will see:
Gonbad-Qabus tower, Khaled-Nabi cemetery and Gorgan museum

You will Experience:
Standing under the highest brick tower in the world
Discovering an exotic cemetery in Iran, which will amaze you deeply with its structure

Accommodation:
A 4star hotel in Gorgan

Note:
Visiting Khaled-Nabi cemetery and Gonbad-Qabus tower may replace one another according to the season.

Leaving northern part of Alborz mountains and Gorgan province to continue the tour through the ancient Silk road. In Bastam, an important town in history and on the Silk Road, we visit the mausoleum and monastery of Bayazid-Bastami, a famous Sufi in history. Also we have a look to Kashaneh tower, an amazing structure from Mongols era as well as the Jame mosque. At the end we leave for Damqan.

You will see:
Bayazid-Bastami mausoleum, Khashaneh tower, Jame mosque of Bastam

You will know:
The story of Sufis and a mystic man, Bayazid, about Silk Road

You will experience:
Being on the world-known Silk Road and imaging the aliven history on it

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

Accommodation:
A 3star hotel in Damqan

We continue on the road to Tehran through the ancient Silk Road and the border of the central desert and Alborz mountains. But before leaving Damqan, we visit the second oldest mosque in Iran. On the way to Tehran, we have a stop in Semnan to have a look at another beautiful mosque. In the evening the tour would finish in Tehran and you would have amazing memories from the northern part of the country. At the end we will go to IKA airport for your departure.

You will see:
Tarikhaneh mosque, Jame mosque of Semnan

You will know :
How were the primary mosques in Iran

Distances:
Damqan to Tehran is 340km (about 4 hours)
From Center of Tehran to IKA: 50 minutes

  • 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
9 nights in comfortable 4 and 3-star hotels and guesthouses
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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