DESERT OF IRAN
Iran is situated in a high-altitude plateau
surrounded by connected ranges of mountains. The well-known deserts of Iran are
at two major regions:
Kavir-e-Lut is the largest pit inside the Iranian plateau
and probably one of the largest ones in the world. Kavir-e-Lut is a pit formed
by broken layers of the eath.
Dasht-e-Kavir is a geological pit almost at the north
of Kavir-e-Lut. The minimum altitude of this desert is 400 m ASL. The major
part of Dasht-e-Kavir is covered by sand and pebbles and exposed to strong
winds and storms that set salt-combined sand in motion like sea waves. At
times, this phenomenon forms long sand hills of 40m high
They are both some of the most arid and maybe hottest areas of their kinds in the world.
Desert Trekking Tour
Day 1: Arrive Tehran
- Arrival Tehran, meet & assist .Transfer to hotel. Begin your tour of Tehran. Visit the Crown Jewels
Museum with its impressive collection of precious gems and dazzling works of
art. Continue on to Sa'dabad Palace and the Museum of Reza Abbasi, named after
the most famous miniaturist of the Safavid era. Fly to Shiraz at night.
Day 2: Shiraz
- One of the highlights of any tour of Iran is visiting Shiraz, the
capital of Fars Province and to neighboring Persepolis, the capital of Darius.
Shiraz is traditionally known as the city of Roses and Nightingales, but has
become known in recent times as a seat of intellectual learning. It was home to
Sa'di and Hafez, the famed Persian poets, and is considered the cradle of
Persian Civilization. Enjoy a full day tour with visits to the Eram Garden, the
tombs of the Persian poets Saadi and Hafiz, Nasirol-Molk Mosque, Afif-Abad
Garden, the Church of Saint Simon the Zealot, Vakil Mosque, and the Shrine of
Shah-Cheragh "King of Light", noted for its dazzling mirror tiles.
Day 3: Shiraz-Persepolis
- Persepolis, which in Greek literally means
the capital of Persia, lies 36 miles north of Shiraz. Persepolis is the last
and ultimate expression of the ancient Middle East. Construction began by Darius
the Great (521 - 468 BC) as the focus of the mighty Achaemenian Empire nearly
2,500 years ago. Spend a full day exploring these mighty ruins. Your tour will
also include the Kuh-i-Rehmat, Nagsh-e-Rustam and Nagsh-e-Rajab. Fly to Isfahan
in the evening.
Day 4: Isfahan
- Isfahan is a wonder. Truly a city of splendor, legend has it that the
city was founded at the time of Tahmourass or Keykavous. During the Safavid Era
(sixteenth and seventeenth century AD), Isfahan was a city of Gardens and
Palaces. As a major trade center of its time, Isfahan's was known as "Half
the World." Your full day tour includes the famed Imam Square
(Naqsh-e-Jahan), a huge square second in the world to Beijing's Tiananmen
Square. Tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques,
Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon Palace, and also visit one of the most famous
bazaars in Iran, where you can purchase the arts & crafts for which Isfahan
is so well renowned.
Day 5: Isfahan
- Full day tour includes Hasht
Behesht, Vank Church, the spectacular and historic Friday Mosque as well as the
famous bridges. In particular, the "33 arch bridge" or "Si o Se
Pol" dates from 1602 and is a colorful meeting place for locals to gather,
drink tea, and refresh themselves.
Day 6: Isfahan / Jandagh
- Move toward Jandagh near the central desert of Iran.
Day 7: Jandagh
- Move toward the Mesr village, enjoy desert trekking in the evening. You
will also have a wonderful night spending on star gazing in the fantastic
atmosphere of desert.
Day 8: Jandagh
- Desert trekking in the morning and star gazing tour at night.
Day 9: Jandagh / Tabas
- Move toward Tabas (one of the most attractive towns in the Iranian
desert). You will enjoy visiting the historical city of Tabas and its religious
Day 10: Tabas
- Tabas lies in a desert like terrain to the northwest of the province. In
the higher regions it experiences a temperate climate, whereas in the plains it
is hot. Tabas is 1,345 km. from Tehran. It has been subjected to upheavals and
attacks such as the Ottomans and then was occupied by the Esmailieh (a
religious sect). During the reign of the Saljuqian, the Esmailieh fortresses
were attacked. In the time of Shah Abbas I this city was ruined by the Ozbaks.
Many of the historical features remaining there relate to the 5th and 9th
century AH. Full day city tour in Tabas.
Day 11: Tabas
- Move toward Mashhad in the evening via Gonabad and Baghestan Ferdos to
become familiar with the hospitality of the desert men.
Day 12: Mashhad
- Mashhad is a city where the Shiite Imam Reza was martyred and thus is an
important site for Shia Muslim Pilgrims. You will have a full day tour in
Mashhad to enjoy its religious atmosphere.
Day 13: Mashhad
- You will enjoy another half day city tour in Mashhad (Imam Reza Holy
Shrine, Ferdosi Tomb, Nader Shah Museum). Fly to Tehran at night.
- This morning's tour includes the Archaeological Museum with its fine
collection of artifacts, including a stone capital of a winged lion from Susa,
and a sixth century BC audience hall relief of Darius the Great recovered from
the Treasury at Persepolis. Also, visit the Ethnological
Museum, which houses unique wax works depicting a wide array of indigenous
Iranian cultures. Later visit the Carpet Museum with its superb collection of
Persian rugs and carpets, and tour the Glass and Ceramic Museum.
Day 15: Depart Tehran
- Transfer to the airport for departure flight.