A historical-cultural journey plus hiking in Dena mountains and Maranjab desert

Private Tour
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Services

Moderate

Accommodation

  • 7 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Nights Local House
  • 2 Nights Caravanserai

Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners

Transport

  • Sedan

Trip Highlights

  • Iran combo cultural-historical and hiking tour
  • An active journey through Central Iran
  • Dena National Park and protected areas
  • Visit Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd and Kashan UNESCO world heritage sites
  • lodging in historical renovated caravanserais and boutique hotels
  • Hike in the foothills of Zagros mountains
  • Interaction with local people in non touristic remote regions
  • Taste local Persian cuisine
  • Visit historical village of Abyaneh
  • Maranjab desert hike
  • Experience two totally different climatic regions in one short journey

Service Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • local guide for mountain
  • Entrance fee for all the sites according to the itinerary

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 trip is a cultural and historical sightseeing tour of Iran combined with short hiking in Zagros mountains and exploration of Maranjab region which is part of the Dashte Kavir Desert. “Discovering Iran” is one our company’s best soft adventure tours during spring and autumn seasons. You will have the chance to see all of UNESCO world heritage sites in the main touristic cities of Shiraz , Esfahan, Yazd and Kashan. In addition, you will walk through the famous village of Abyaneh which is in the list of Iran’s tentative UNESCO heritage villages. For the hiking part of the trip you will participate in a short hiking trip in the foothills of the massive Dena mountain chain. This will go through the Dena National Park exploring some of the remote and seldom visited villages in this region. The last full day of the itinerary will be spent hiking inside the Dasht-e Kavir desert, with overnight lodging at one of the most important Silk Road caravanserais close to the salt lake. We operate this tour through 2 vastly different ecosystems and climatic conditions. The travelers therefore must be prepared for cold mountain temperatures as well as hot desert conditions.

The best time for this trip is in April-May and October-November time period. If you would like to come in summer or winter please get in touch with us and we will offer you a better and more suitable  itinerary for those seasons.

 

The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Maranjab desert with free transfer to Tehran IKA airport. 

This trip is a cultural and historical sightseeing tour of Iran combined with short hiking in Zagros mountains and exploration of Maranjab region which is part of the Dashte Kavir Desert. “Discovering Iran” is one our company’s best soft adventure tours during spring and autumn seasons. You will have the chance to see all of UNESCO world heritage sites in the main touristic cities of Shiraz , Esfahan, Yazd and Kashan. In addition, you will walk through the famous village of Abyaneh which is in the list of Iran’s tentative UNESCO heritage villages. For the hiking part of the trip you will participate in a short hiking trip in the foothills of the massive Dena mountain chain. This will go through the Dena National Park exploring some of the remote and seldom visited villages in this region. The last full day of the itinerary will be spent hiking inside the Dasht-e Kavir desert, with overnight lodging at one of the most important Silk Road caravanserais close to the salt lake. We operate this tour through 2 vastly different ecosystems and climatic conditions. The travelers therefore must be prepared for cold mountain temperatures as well as hot desert conditions. The best time for this trip is in April-May and October-November time period. If you would like to come in summer or winter please get in touch with us and we will offer you a better and more suitable  itinerary for those seasons.

The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Maranjab desert with free transfer to Tehran IKA airport.

Itinerary

  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Transport
    Sedan
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Accommodation
    Caravanserai
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch

 

Dena is a protected area because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while wild pistachio and almond plants are common at lower elevations. Hackberry, walnut, and pear trees are scattered throughout this eco-region. A variety of animal life, such as brown bear, eagles, wolves, various wild cats including caracals, lynxes and leopards, and wild goat have long made their homes in the region. Dena is home to a vast range of plant species and several endangered and endemic mammal species. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from this area flowing into the Persian Gulf. Scenic waterfalls, pools, and lakes add beauty to the mountainous landscape.

The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) was registered by UNESCO on their list of Biosphere Reserve sites. A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest. It is a label given by UNESCO to help protect the sites in the world.

Up to the present time, the vast majority of people living in the area practice a nomadic lifestyle.

The cultural diversity of the local communities, including the nomad communities are manifested by their languages, traditional production activities, herding, food products, dresses, festivals and dances.