A memorable journey through central Iran. This tour is a combination of sightseeing in main spots in large cities and visiting/trekking in the oases of Iran central desert. The planned itinerary will start and end in Tehran but if you prefer you can finish in Yazd historic city.ÂÂÂ You will visit main touristic cities of Tehran, 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 exploring in the desert through Iran central desert between Esfahan to Yazd. Those who wish to stay one night in the camp with extra trekking will have the option if they inform us in advance.
The total route travelled on the ground in 9 days will add up to 2000 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 9 days. The difficulty range of the trip is easy and all of people can joing the tour.
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 Yazd city tour.
Day 1: Arrival to Tehran - Travelers arrive with different airlines and check-in to a hotel in Tehran. The first day will be free. Depending on your time of arrival, you'll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore in the town. 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 over the mountains. In the evening we will come back to the hotel. Overnight in Tehran. (B)
Day 3: Tehran – Kashan – Esfahan- Today we drive south towards Esfahan into Iran's mountainous and desert interior. On the way we will visit Noosh Abad Ancient Underground City called Ouee 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 the hotel. After check in we will go for a short walk and having 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 the 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 the two bridges. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day 5: Desert spots, exploring-Qehi, Naiin & Anarak towns & transfer to the desert
The desert journey will start from Esfahan. After breakfast at the hotel we will drive towards east. On this day we will visit the historic villages of Qehi, Naiin and Anarak town. The castle (Kheir Abad) is in a picturesque location ideal for taking photos. We will also spend some time for roaming in the village of Qehi. The houses, mosque and its underground water “Qanat“ are the highlights of the village. Then we will depart for the historic city of Naiin. When we arrive to Naiin we will visit the historic mosque, anthropology museum and Narin castle. Following Naiin we will leave for Anarak town which is located at the starting point of Iran central desert. In Anarak we will visit its 120 years old caravanserai and hike up to the old towers used to be the town’s patrolling points.
We will proceed in the afternoon towards the desert and will arrive to our guest house around late afternoon for check in, taking some rest and prepare to have a traditional dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. We will spend the night in a local house with a friendly family to experience the Iranian hospitality. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Desert exploring, Salt Lake and the oases
Early morning rise up and drive from Garmeh towards salt lake. We will visit the spectacular shapes of salt and walk around the lake. After photography and spending some time in the salt lake we will drive back to the guest house for lunch. After some rest, in the afternoon we will drive toward Mesr (100 km) and Farahzaad (the last village in the desert) oasis. We will have time for walking on the sandy dunes around Farahzaad. You can take some photographs at sunset time and then we will drive back to Garmeh for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Ddrive to Yazd visitin Meybod, Chack Chack fire temple and Kharanaq historical Village
After breakfast we will pack our backpacks and depart for walking around the oasis to see the village. Afterwards we will go back to the guest house. Then, our vehicle will drive us to Yazd. We will have lunch on the road and will drive to the old city of Meybod to visit the 16th Century Marian Qal-eh, the Narin castle complex, Caravanserai, Post House, Water Reservoir, Ice House, storage center and also some old handicraft shops run by local people making fabrics and Clays. Finally we will drive toward Yazd Historical city. We will be there around late afternoon. (B, L).
Day 8: Yazd city tour
After breakfast you will have a full day sightseeing tour in Yazd visiting most touristic attractions such as important 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 9: Transfer to IKIA/Tehran
After breakfast, check out from the guest house. On this day you will be transferred to IKIA / Tehran. The tour will finish in the afternoon in IKIA / Tehran.