The Oases of Iran - 13 Days
Iranian deserts are considered by some (especially here in our office) to be the most beautiful placeon earth. A visit to these deserts is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Sahara desert. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night.
Tehran Matin Abad Yazd Zein O Din Caravanserai Bavanat Shiraz Isfahan
Day 1 : Tehran
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport, transfer to hotel. Depending on your arrival flight, the following morning we will begin a full-day tour of the capital, Tehran (If you arrive at early hours of the morning you will need an extra night in Tehran). Starting with a walking tour through old Tehran and visiting the old Gate of Tehran, Golestan Palaces, Imam (former Royal) Mosque and the Grand Bazaar which is a large roofed old shopping complex. Overnight Tehran.
Day 2 : Matin Abad
Early morning drive to Kashan. In Kashan you will visit the prehistoric sites dating back to 6000 years ago, Tappeh Sialk, Boroujerdiha & Tabatabaee’s house and Badgiras (Wind-Catchers). Continue to Abyaneh, eating lunch and visiting picturesque mountain village of Abyaneh.in the evening drive to Matin Abad camp. Overnight Matin Abad.
Day 3 : Matin Abad
Desert tours of Matin Abad: Early in the morning after breakfast, season allowing we will go camel riding (Optional - Camel riding is not included in this tour and extra charges will occur if you wish to ride a camel). Our desert tours in Matin Abad are accompanied by highly experienced local guides. You will continue your day on a bike (if you wish). Bike rides through landscapes of sand dunes and mountain gorges, desert walks at night under unbelievably bright star-lit skies. Overnight in Matin Abad.
Day 4 : Yazd
Drive to Yazd in the morning. Meet and greet your local guide, transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Yazd.
Day 5 : Yazd
Full day city tour of Yazd to visit Towers of Silence, Fire Temple, Friday Mosque, Dowlat-Abad Gardens, Zoorkhaneh (Power House), Amir Chakhmakh Square and the local bazaar. Overnight Yazd.
Day 6 : Yazd
In the morning we start another fantastic day in the central deserts of Iran by an excursion to Bafgh Desert. This desert is very popular with the locals and travellers alike. There are so many activities to do besides trekking. These activities include camel riding, season allowing (Optional - Camel riding is not included in this tour and extra charges will occur if you wish to ride a camel)., night treks, visiting ancient villages and even eating and mingling with the locals. Overnight Yazd.
Day 7 : Zein O Din Caravanserai
Today we are heading towards Zein o Din caravanserai, this is to experience an incredible day of desert life. Caravanserai is the ancient equivalent of hotels, where travellers would stay and relax after travelling through hot deserts all day. Overnight Zein O Din Caravanserai.
Day 8 : Bavanat
Early morning departure (overland) towards Bavanat village. Bavanat is one of Iran’s eco tourism centers and is indeed an oasis. Sightseeing in Bavanat village for visiting its beautiful walnut forests, Imamzadeh and Qanats that are the traditional system of Iranians for distributing water. (Visiting nomads depend on the date of your travel, i.e., you can have a memorable experience of nomad living on April and September). Overnight Bavanat.
Day 9 : Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz. Enroute you will be visiting Pasargad, Naghshe Rostam and the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, which is now registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achemaenian era. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 10 : Shiraz
We will start our Shiraz tour by Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of Zand dynasty. We continue to Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public bath that are remaining from his reign. We also visit the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. In the afternoon we will visit Eram Garden, Naranjestan Palace and the tombs of world famous poets Hafez and Saadi. Overnight Shiraz.
Day 11 : Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer to hotel. In the evening we will head to the banks of Zayanderud river, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Siosepol (33-arch) and khaju bridges are the most famous ones. We enjoy visiting these two interesting bridges, drinking tea at the tea house below the bridge, walking along the river bank or paddle on a boat from one to the other. Overnight Isfahan.
Day 12 : Isfahan
In the morning we start our full day tour of Isfahan at the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq., once a royal polo court, this site has been the official center of the city, when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multistory Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and is visited next.
Day 13 : Isfahan - Tehran
Starting another wonderful day in Isfahan, we start in the morning by visiting the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace. We will then visit Vank Cathedral and the Armenian quarter of the city. Evening flight to Tehran, depending on your departure flight home, we can either transfer you directly to the International Airport or stay another night in Tehran at your leisure and we will take you to the airport the following day.
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