One of the main highlights of Iran in terms of nature can be its deserts. As Iranian deserts were part of the “Silk Road” there are many historical monuments and sites left from that era worth paying a visit. There are many different flora and fauna living in this hot place and many caravanserais still accepting guests and tourists. This tour is NOT only a desert tour we have combined sightseeing in small towns, exploring rural areas and some activities such as a short hiking on a small mountain along with desert trekking and a short 4x4 off-road desert tour in the heart of the desert.
This tour has been designed to take you away from major touristic cities of Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz or Yazd… into the real life of locals. In this trip you will not only see the main attractions advised in guide books but also you will have the chance to visit the historic villages and stay with local people enjoying their homemade food, become familiar with their customs and way of life.
The trip will take 7 days. The total route travelled on the ground in 7 days will add up to 2000 Km but the distance would be divided in such a way not to be tiresome for travellers. The type of vehicle used in this trip depends on the number of tourists, mostly we use comfortble touristic vans and minibuses.
The difficulty range of the trip is easy; only one part of the tour is moderate (trekking on the desert) but we can transfer those who wish to skip trekking by a 4WD vehicle to the camp. Accommodations on this trip are shared rooms in guest houses or local home stay in villages and countryside, one night in a tent. All accommodations in villages are clean local lodgings renovated for the purpose of hosting national and international tourists. The tour guides are all experienced individuals with a very good knowledge of villages and visiting places.
During the trip, there are clean hygiene services available in all staying places in villages. All accommodations have shared toilet and bathrooms and some of them have seat type toilet.
Day 1: Joining tour in Esfahan- Arrival and check in to the caravanserai
Travelers coming with different airlines with different schedule and the meeting point of our sojourn in the journey ahead will be in the amazing KuhPa caravanserai located in kuhpayeh town only 80 km east of Isfahan. The caravanserai is between Isfahan and Nain. To know the exact location, please have a look to the hyperlink: Kuhpa caravanserai
The travelers coming from different locations traveling around Iran they can check-in to the caravanserai any time after noon. For those who would like to start from Isfahan we will send a vehicle to pick them up. The departure time will be at 12:00 pm (noon) towards the Caravanserai. The accommodation of this night is included in the tour package. (-,-,-)
Day 2: 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 historical town, an old Caravanserai and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Then we will drive to the 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 historical 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 3: Desert trekking & camping
Today is the highlight of the trip. After breakfast we will start trekking into the desert. The length of trekking is between 10-20 km which would take about 4-8 hours depending on the fitness level of the group but for those who do not wish to participate in trekking there is a 4×4 vehicle to take them to our camping area.We will start from caravanserai at 6 AM driving around 300 km taking approximately 3 hours and half to the starting point of the trekking. You will have breakfast in Nain and continue the journey towards Anarak town. We have short time to see the main highlights of the town. We will continue the road towards the desert and commence trekking immediately after arriving. We will set up our camp in the desert and after a short rest; we would go to watch the sunset in the heart of the desert. Then we will make fire spending some time around it. We will have dinner in our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky and you can see the millions of the stars in the desert night. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D).
Day 4: Desert, Salt Lake)
We will wake up at the crack of dawn (optional), walking about 10-15 minutes to watch the sunrise view of desert and walking back to our camp for having breakfast. After, the camp will be collected and trekking will continue till noon time.
Day 5: Yazd city tour
After breakfast you will have a day sightseeing tour in Yazd to visit its attractions such as Zoroastrian site of Dakhmeh (Old cemetery & tower of silence) and the Fire temple.
Day 6: Zien-o-din caravanserai- Drive to Maymand & trekking to the cave (UNESCO world heritage site)
Today we will visit one the oldest mosques of Iran in Fahraj. Visiting Zinoldin caravanserai on the way. Then we will drive to Maymand historic village. Maymand is famous for its handmade caves with more than 4000 years old, in fact for the night we will stay in one of these caves.
Day 7: Drive to Kerman
After breakfast in the cave we will explore the village before driving to Kerman. Visiting the castle on the way and overnight stay at Kerman.
Day 8: Desert tour to Lut desert & Kalut (UNESCO natural world heritage site)
After breakfast we will drive towards east to explore the Lut desert. Trekking through the Kaluts and explore the desert.
Day 9: Drive back to Kerman- Night train to Tehran
Today we will visit some attractions of Kerman. In the afternoon you will back Tehran with train. The next day you will be arriving Tehran (on Day 10). (B)