Kerman Daily Tour

Kerman Treasures: A Guided Day Tour

Kerman, a city steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic desert landscapes, offers a rich cultural experience. This itinerary provides a comprehensive experience of Kerman’s rich historical legacy, vibrant cultural scenes, and stunning natural landscapes, ensuring a memorable visit to this fascinating part of Iran. Here’s a detailed 5-day itinerary to explore Kerman and its surroundings:

5 Days



Day 1: Explore the Heart of Kerman

Morning: Begin your exploration at the Ganjali Khan Complex, a 17th-century site that includes a mosque, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, and a bazaar. The bathhouse has been converted into a museum showcasing traditional Iranian bathing items.

Afternoon: Visit the Kerman Bazaar, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts such as handwoven carpets and pistachios. Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants serving traditional Kerman dishes like Bozghormeh.

Evening: Relax in the Shazdeh Garden, located just outside Kerman in Mahan. This historical Persian garden is famous for its beautiful layout and water fountains.

Day 2: Historical and Religious Sites

Morning: Travel to Mahan and visit the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine, dedicated to the renowned Sufi dervish. The shrine is known for its beautiful tilework and tranquil atmosphere.

Afternoon: Continue to the Jabalieh Dome, an ancient stone structure whose exact historical purpose remains a mystery, though it’s believed to have been an observatory.

Evening: Return to Kerman and perhaps enjoy some leisure time at a traditional tea house or coffee shop.

Day 3: Day Trip to Bam

Full Day: Take a day trip to the Arg-e Bam, the largest adobe structure in the world, located approximately 200 km southeast of Kerman. The site includes the ancient citadel, which was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 2003 but has since been partially reconstructed.

Evening: Return to Kerman. Dine at a local restaurant trying more regional cuisine, such as Khoresht-e Fesenjan.

Day 4: Nature and Adventure

Morning: Head to the Lut Desert, one of the hottest and driest places on earth, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Kaluts (yardang formations) and capture stunning photographs of the desert landscapes.

Afternoon: Visit the nearby Rayen Castle, an adobe fortress that mirrors the Arg-e Bam but is lesser-known and less crowded.

Evening: Return to Kerman and spend your evening relaxing after a day of adventure.

Day 5: Local Culture and Departure

Morning: Visit the Fath Abad Garden, located on the outskirts of Kerman. Inspired by the Shazdeh Garden, it offers a quiet place to enjoy the early morning serenity.

Afternoon: Spend your last few hours in Kerman revisiting any shops or sites in the bazaar for last-minute gifts and souvenirs.

Evening: Prepare for departure.

Kerman, a historical city in southeastern Iran, serves as an excellent base for exploring a range of unique natural and cultural sites. Here are some compelling excursions around Kerman that you can consider:

1. Arg-e Bam

Distance: Approximately 200 km southeast of Kerman.

Highlights: Visit the Arg-e Bam, the largest adobe structure in the world, which includes the ancient Bam citadel. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 2003, restoration efforts continue and the site remains a powerful symbol of cultural resilience.

2. Rayen Castle

Distance: About 100 km southwest of Kerman.

Highlights: Explore Rayen Castle, an adobe fortress similar to Arg-e Bam but smaller and less crowded. This well-preserved site offers a glimpse into the architectural styles of the past and is set against the backdrop of the mountainous landscape.

3. Mahan

Distance: Around 35 km southeast of Kerman.

Highlights: In Mahan, visit the Shazdeh Garden, a historic Persian garden with beautiful terraces, and the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine, dedicated to a revered Sufi dervish. The area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and stunning garden layouts.

4. Lut Desert

Distance: Varies; the desert starts approximately 30 km northeast of Kerman and extends far beyond.

Highlights: Experience the incredible landscapes of the Lut Desert, recognized for having some of the hottest surface temperatures recorded on Earth. The Kaluts (yardang formations) offer spectacular scenery, especially during sunrise or sunset.

5. Jiroft

Distance: About 230 km south of Kerman.

Highlights: Known for its archaeological significance, Jiroft is an area where many ancient artifacts and a “lost ancient civilization” were discovered. It offers a fascinating look into early human settlements and urban planning.

6. Shahdad Desert

Distance: About 100 km northeast of Kerman.

Highlights: Shahdad Desert is known for its unique desert structures and is considered the edge of the Lut Desert. The area is also famous for its “Nebka” dunes (dunes with plants) and the natural phenomenon known as desert kettles, or Gandom Beryan.

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