Trip Highlights

Exceptional Biking route through spectacular mountain scenery
2 days mountain biking in the Alborz Mountain range
One day cycling in the Caspian
Visiting the remains of Lambesar Castle
Sightseeing & photography around Ovan Lake & village
Photography from Andej canyon”Red rock”
Visiting the fabled ruins of the Alamut historic castle
Local home stay & socializing with locals
Passing by an old Caravanserai
Crossing 2 vast valleys of Alamut and the valley of 3000
One day exploring tour in the Caspian, visiting tea plantation & factory, pottery workshop, rice farms, local fresh market, Orange & tea garden, Felting workshop
Swimming in the Caspian sea (Optional)
Historical village of Masuleh & Rudkhan Castle
Rasht exploring

This tour is a combination of three different activities. The main activity is mountain biking for nature lovers (moderate to challenging), second part would be an exploring tour to main attractions of northern Iran, the Valley of assassins, Alamut castle, Masuleh exotic village, Rasht sightseeing and Caspian Sea and third activity would be hiking in Gale Rudkhan “Rudkhan Castle”. The biking route is between central Alborz mountains to the Caspian Sea. This route follows millennia old routes that have been established in humans, which their origins are lost in the fog of time. More recently our journey was made famous by a British lady who came to these parts about one hundred years ago in search of the valley of the assassins and wrote a book about her adventures. Her name is Freya Stark and her book is available in English. This is a memorable trip not only because of biking in extraordinary landscapes and the variety of terrains, but also because we cross paths with history and myth some of which have acquired world renown. This is a voyage through a region that was the territory of Ismaelies and the famous Hassan Sabbah and his infamous Alamut Castle. The castle and quite a few other fortifications belonged to the Hashashin or what in the west is more commonly known as the Assassins. Biking will start from around 1200m altitude from the sea level and we will bike up some hills and mountains on the way. The highest point of the trip would be around 3100m and when tour finishes we will be at sea level in the Caspian sea.
This tour will start from Tehran to Tonekabon on the shore of the Caspian sea. You will be back to Tehran from Tonekabon by VIP bus. In this Biking and sightseeing tour you will have the chance of having activity and enjoying beautiful landscapes. Although the highlight of this tour can be biking but visiting the castle of Alamut and knowing more about its history, visiting the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar, visiting the beautiful “Ovan” lake and the chance of staying with local people and tasting their food are all advantages of the trip. Also, the route encountered in this itinerary is a mountainous scenery with many beautiful spots ideal for photography. North of Iran around Caspian Sea is an ideal climate for planting rice, tea, fruits and so on, that’s why one day of this tour has been allocated to an exploring day visiting pottery workshops, rice farms and a tea factory giving you the maximum time to mix with local people and know more about their culture and customs.
In the second part of the trip we will visit Masuleh which is a historical village attracting many tourists because of its architecture and people. Masouleh is surrounded by forest and fog is the predominate weather feature of Masouleh. Hiking in Rudkhan castle which is a medieval brick and stone castle built on two tips of a mountain is the last activity considered in this trip.
Rasht is the capital of Gilan province by far the largest city of the Shomal (Caspian littoral) region. Gilan is very famous for foods and one of the best places in Iran in terms of vegetarian foods. We will visit old Rasht bazaar as well.

Services Included

Meal Abbreviations (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Meals

7 B

4 L

3 D

Accommodation

2 nights local village, 1 night tent camping, 1 night guesthouse or local home stay, 3 nights hotel in Tehran & Rasht

Transport

All transportation: Tarnsfering bikes to Alamut Valley, support vehicle for bikers, backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)

Other Services

English spoken mountain bike guide.

Backpack handling by 4WD cars or Mules/Horses (limited by 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, duffel bag  for non-trek items left at our office in Tehran

Not Included

Items of personal nature, travel insurance

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran & check in
Depending on arrival time, you will check in to the hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 2: Free time in Tehran
According to our experience, most travelers arrive late night with different airlines. Sometimes many of them arrive around midnight and would need to sleep well before journey starts. You can relax in your hotel after your flight or if you have arrived earlier you have the option of exploring the capital city by yourself.
Day 3: Tehran to Alamut Valley
Depart at 6.00 A.M and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. It is about 300 km. Half of the road is highway and the other half is curvy mountainous. We will stop every now and then to have a quick shot of photographs.
Day 4: Mountain Biking
After checking bikes we will start biking at 7.00 A.M. Picking an old historic trail through the mountains would take us to a historic village where we will have lunch.
Day 5: Mountain Biking
After breakfast we will bike our way through some spectacular scenery towards the next village. On the road to this village we will pass a beautiful and breathtaking canyon and a grand waterfall. It is truly an exceptional day of the trip.
Day 6: Explore the Caspian, Drive to Rasht
After breakfast, we have one day sightseeing and exploring tour around Tonekabon in the Caspian. There are lots of attractions in the north of Iran, which according to the time of your travel, climate and local situation you will see some.
Day 7: Hiking in Rudkhan Castle, Masuleh exploring tour
After breakfast you will be pickup up from your hotel for a full day exploring tour. First, we will drive to Gale Rudkhan “Rudkhan Castle”. You will have 3 hours hiking in the castle.
Day 8: Rasht sightseeing tour and back to Tehran
After breakfast, half day exploring tour and visiting some attractions of Rasht such as traditional bazaar, Gilan Village Legacy (Museum of Old Houses).

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