A short 4x4 trip into the desert with camping in the sand dunes

Private Tour
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  • 1 Night Camp
  • 1 Night Guesthouse


  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners


  • 4WD
  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • 4x4 off-road driving and desert safari in Dashte Kavir
  • Staying a night in heart of the desert in the tent
  • A short visit of Na’in and Anarak towns
  • Dry Salt Lake and flat desert
  • Staying in traditional guest house with Persian hospitality and local foods
  • Sunrise and sunset in the sand dunes

Service Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)
  • Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows

Service Excluded

  • Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
  • laundry
  • mini bar used in the room
  • Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Tips (optional)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Bottled water
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

This is a desert journey start from Esfahan to the desert and ends to Yazd. You will be picked up by a driver (non English spoken) from your hotel in Esfahan to the desert by sedan, van or minibus and in the desert. The drivers are local and mostly they can’t speak English or any second language. You will meet your English guide upon arrival to local house in the oasis. The next day you will have desert safari with 4x4 car through Iran central desert (Dashte- Kavir). After desert and camping, you will be transferred again by a sedan, van or minibus all the way to Esfahan. There are many attractions inside of the Dashte-e Kavir which is hard to see them with foot with trekking journey.  A 4WD car will enable you to drive in remote areas and explore unknown and non-toursitc places. In this short and tight travel plan, we will cover most of these attractions. During this tour, you will see many oases, small towns such as Naiin and Anarak en route between Esfahan and Yazd. In 3 days, we will drive approximately 1000 km on asphalt and dirt roads in desert. Photography and nature lovers will see sand formations, flat desert and salt lake. This tour is performed from Yazd to Esfahan as a group tour and per on your request as a private tour, we can tailore made it from two different origins of Tehran or Esfahan/ Yazd and finish in Yazd/ Esfahan or Tehran upon request.


  • The journey will start from Esfahan historical city. After breakfast at your hotel, a local driver (non-English spoken) will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the old city of Na’in to visit the old mosque. Thare is a local guide at mosque to give you explanation. En route you will have a stop on the historical village of  Anarak.The views are spectacular. The tour will continue to Farahzad oasis which is in the desert. We will stop some where to have our packed lunch. We will arrive to our guest house late afternoon. We will check-in and take some rest. You are free to walk around the village and see the beautiful sunset of the oasis. In the evening, you have a locally made dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. Overnight stay in the traditional guest house

    Private vehicle
  • Early morning rise up; after breakfast, we will have a short walk around the oasis before off-road driving towards sand dunes and hills. Our local driver will pick you up from the guest house and we load all of the camping gears. Also you will collect your essencial luggages for camping and you will start your 4x4 desert tour.  You can stop at some points on the way to take a few shots of photography and short walks. We will give you plenty of time to wander around and enjoy this specific place. We will have lunch in the desert and then continue off road till late afternoon. We will find a good place for camping and the camp will be setup before darkness. Afterward for sunset we will send you to a viewpoint and we will have a good view of central desert. Overnight stay in the camp.

  • 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 we will have trekking toward oasis or 4x4 collect you toward local house.  We will return to the oasis where our vehicle (non-spoken English driver) will pick up us to Yazd. We will have lunch at the guest house before driving to Yazd city. We will be there around evening and drop off in your hotel.

Iran Central Desert, Kavir Markazie Iran,  Dasht-e Kavir, also known the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau, about 300 kilometers east-southeast of capitol of Tehran. The desert is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers wide, and composed of mud and salt marshes (kavirs). Tens of millions of years ago, this region was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surrounds a small piece of continent in what is now central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a layer of salt as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick.
Over time, the layer of salt was buried under a thick layer of mud. But salt has a fairly low density — lower than the layer of mud and rocks underneath which the salt layer lay. So it started pushing up through the overlying sediment and eventually, over millions of years, the salt broke through and formed domes. The salt domes of Dasht-e Kavir are probably some of the best examples of this geological phenomenon.
Geologists have identified about 50 large salt domes in this region. Some of the domes have been eroded away by wind and rain exposing its cross-section.
Although it looks like a hard surface, the salt crust is only a few inches thick, below which lies soft grease-like mud the Iranians called “Charbeh” that is extremely difficult to get out of if one were to get stuck. Because of this travelling in Dasht-e Kavir is extremely dangerous. The soil is sterile and not suitable for cultivation. The desert is almost uninhabited and only partly explored. Human settling is restricted to scattered oases, where wind-blocking housing constructions are raised to deal with the harsh weather conditions. Some live in the hills and the surrounding mountains. Wild sheep, camels, goats and Persian leopards also live in the mountainous areas.