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Explore Persia Plus Desert Adventure

Explore Persia Plus Desert Adventure

€1490 per person

Like our classic tour “Discover Persia through Iran (12 days)” we visit the same highlights plus a three day deep excursion into the central desert of Iran. Our Iran vegan vegetarian tour is ideal for all foodies and anyone who wants a meaningful Iran experience.

This tour includes an adventurous expedition to the central desert of Iran (Dashte-e Kavir) and it’s villages. Enjoying trekking over long chains of sand dunes and watching desert wildlife and it’s geological attractions. Walking through vast date palm gardens and refreshing by the natural springs in a desert oasis.

 

Notes:

Single supplement: 200€

  • Ideal months to take this tour is in October, November, December, and March.
  • Accommodation includes 12 nights in standard hotels and guesthouses (3 star and above), 1 night in a village guesthouse with floor mattress and 1 night in ancient Ashin village with limited welfare facilities.
  • Our Iran vegan vegetarian tour packages are ideal for every foodie since you get to try authentic Persian cuisine.
  • Use the contact form on this page to enquire about group tour discounts. (3 persons and more)
15 Days
9+ Age
  • Departure
    Tehran
  • Departure Time
    On Request
  • Included
    Explore Persia Plus Desert Adventure
    Iran Visa Service
    Private Transportation
    Entry Fees
    3 Star Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    All meals
  • Not Included
    Persian cooking class
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Day 1: Tehran
Arrive at IKA international airport (Tehran) and transfer to your hotel. Have rest till our evening welcome meeting. Have your first Persian dinner. Overnight in Kashan.
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Day 2: Kashan
Starting the desert city of Kashan by visiting the Persian House of Tabatabaei (or House of Borujerdi) and the Kashan old Bazaar. Afternoon visit to the ancient underground city of Nushabad and Fin garden. Overnight in Kashan.
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Day 3: Ashin village
On the way to the amazing village of Ashin (300 km). with special architecture and no gas, electricity and tap water, Ashin was resided until a few decades ago. It is now revived by one of its successors. So Ashin is where you can experience the ultimate desert lifestyle just like ancient Persians. A lifetime experience for adventure seekers.
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Day 4: Anarak-Ashtian-Chupanan
Visit the desert city of Anarak and its caravansary. We then head to visit Ashtian, a beautiful desert village. Expect desert surprises like abandoned villages that are covered by the moving sand dunes. Prepare for a two hour trekking over sand dunes to see the sunset before we get to Chupanan village. Overnight in Chupanan.
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Day 5: Eraaj-Garmeh-Bayazeh
Heading to Eraaj village, a beauty in the desert. Later in the afternoon we visit Garmeh village, a desert oasis, before we arrive at Bayazeh. Here you can walk inside a qanat (underground water channel) and also see the village old castle. Overnight in Bayazeh.
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Day 6: Kharanaq-Chak Chak
Heading to Kharanaq to explore its abandoned maze like old village. We then visit the holy mountainous Zoroasterian temple of Chak Chak. Overnight in Yazd.
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Day 7: Yazd
Yazd, once an important station on Silk road, listed as a world Heritage Site, with its well preserved old districts, has so much to illustrate how Persian civilization adapted in such a desert land! Morning visit to Tower of Silence (the amazing burial ground of Zoroastrians), a Fire Temple with a sacred fire kept alive for 1550 years and then visit to the Zoroastrian Museum, tells you a lot about this ancient religion of old Persia. After Dolatabad Garden, off to a nice spot to have a traditional vegan lunch. We enjoy our evening by walking among the old clay buildings with outstanding wind catchers, Jame Mosque and Amir Chakhmagh square. overnight in Yazd.
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Day 8: Persepolis-Shiraz
We leave for Shiraz (450 km). short stop in Abarkuh to see the over 4000-year-old “Cypress of Abarkuh” on the way. A Persian vegan lunch beside the ruins of the great Achaemenid capital the “Persepolis” and then visiting this glorious awestrucking Persian capital. Overnight in Shiraz.
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Day 9: Shiraz
We start Shiraz city tour by Nasirolmolk Mosque (Pink mosque) and continue with Naranjestan and Eram Garden and an herbal distilling workshop to feel the soothing and relaxing atmosphere of Shiraz for which it is famous for. relax and enjoy a tasty vegan meal with a lovely local family. Evening time in Mausoleum of the great Persian poet, Sadi.
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Day 10: Shiraz
Morning visit to Shahecheragh, a great Imamzadeh shrine. We then head to Vakil complex (bathhouse, Mosque and Bazaar). Spending the afternoon with a local vegan family and have special homemade dishes from Shiraz. in the evening get to know Hafez, in this poet’s Mausoleum, a favorite hangout for local lovers with traditional Persian songs in the air caressing your ears.
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Day 11: Necropolis-Pasargadea-Esfahan
Leaving Shiraz for Esfahan (490 km). On the way there is “Naghsh-e-Rostam” a great necropolis of Achaemenian and Sassanian Kings carved into huge rocks and then “Pasargadae” the Achaemenid capital and tome of Cyrus the Great.
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Day 12: Esfahan
The day starts at fabulous square of Naghshe Jahan, the second greatest in the world. get mesmerized by the surrounding monuments of Chehel Sotun, Aliqapu Palace, Abbasi and Sheikhlotfolah Mosque which might be the most glorious showcase of Islamic architecture in the world. Lunch at house of a friendly local vegan family. Free time in the afternoon to explore the square and Bazaar for the unique eye-catching handicrafts of Isfahan. After dinner we have a memorable night walk between picturesque ancient bridges of Siosepol, Jouei and Khajou.
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Day 13: Esfahan
Onto the Armenian quarter in southwest of the city to see how this minority has survived and flourished through history and visit magnificent Bethlehem Church and also Vank Cathedral. Later onto Music Museum of Iran where most Persian musical instruments are displayed and you can enjoy listening to some pieces in a short live concert. Relax at lunch time at a cozy bower in a garden with special vegan dishes from Esfahan. We then go to Jame Atigh Mosque and after that to a “Zurkhane” where, if we are lucky enough, we can watch the athletes doing the ancient Pahlavani sport.
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Day 14: (Barzok, Natanz or Abyaneh)-Tehran
We leave Esfahan to Tehran (450 km). on the way, depending on the time of the year, we visit Barzok or Natanz or Abyaneh. “Barzok”: is a mountainous village where annual Rose Water Festival happens in May or June. Great chance to engage in the festival and see the whole process from picking rose flowers from vast colorful scented gardens to finally distilling the finest aromatic Rose water. Nataz: is a historical city where we can visit a saffron farm in October or November. Abyaneh: an ancient village with red houses and people preserving their unique colorful costumes. Overnight in Tehran.
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Day 15: Departure ((Tehran)
Breakfast and transfer to airport.

TOUR LOCATION

The12-day "Explore Persia through Iran" tour, starts from Tehran and goes through central Iran as shown in the map below

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