In off Beaten Road in Iran tours we will take off from the main stream touristy destination and would try to see lots of really beautiful places. Let’s check Off Beaten Road in Iran.
On arrival, we are welcomed to Tehran, the pearl of Persia. After checking into our hotel, we enjoy a leisurely evening and rest up, before our formal itinerary of exploring this country rich in history and culture begins.
AM: Arrive at Tehran Airport, greetings & transfer to the hotel. Lunch. O/N
Locations: Tehran / Sefid Ab
AM: Drive via Qasre Bahram caravanserai to impressive flat expanses of Great Salt Lake which we follow alongside, also passing waterholes and Siah Kuh mountains where we might watch the elusive wild antilopes, to the ruins of 400 years old royal Sefidabad hunting castle and from there to lonely Sefid Ab park ranger station. Lunch. O/N in Tent
Locations: Sefid Ab/ Qamsar
AM: Drive across edge of Great Salk Lake passing scenery with huge sand dunes stopping at Marenjab oasis/caravanserai and further through Aran town with sanctuary of Helal ebn Ali to Kashan where we visit the Bazar with Timche or AgheBozorg Medresse, from there we drive to the Qamsar, a village in the rosewater production area at the heart fo Karkas mountain. Lunch. O/N Qamsar
Locations: Qamsar/ Kuhe Rang River/ Dimeh
AM: Drive to via Feridunshahr and through settlements of Bakhtiari Nomads like Maydanak to Chelgerd with water tunnel feeding Zayandehrud River, from there we make a trekking excursion to spring of Kuhe Rang river, after return we drive a few kilometers to the well at Dimeh in nomad country. Lunch. O/N by Dimeh well in Tent.
Locations: Dimeh/ Shahr-e Kord
AM: The full day we spend visiting Bakhtiari nomads in settlements and black tents in the breathtaking scenery of Kuhe Rang and Kuhe Zard mountain regions passing Shahryari, Samsami and Juneqan where we visit the Sardar Asad Bakhtiari castle, in the evening arriving at Shahr-e Kord. Lunch. O/N
Locations: Shahr-e Kord/ Jasouj
AM: Drive via Shalamzar to beautiful Choghkor Lake, from there through lovely mountain scenery with nomads, shepherds and small settlements via Gandoman, Javanmardi, to Sendegan spring and continue through impressive Zagros mauntains to Yasouj, O/N in tent by the Yasouj waterfall.
Locations: Jasouj/ Parishan
AM: Drive through area with Mamasani nomad settlements to Sasanid city of Bishapour, rock reliefs in Tang-e Chowgan and hiking up to Shapour Cave with monumental statue, then continue to Parishan, one of the few sweetwater lakes in central Iran. This belongs to the area of Qashqai nomads. O/N in Tent. Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.
Locations: Parishan/ Shiraz
AM: Drive through Qashqai nomad area to Firouzabad where we visit the Sasanid Palace, after excursion on tribal migration trails to Konar Siah fire temple we return to Firuzabad where we can visit the Sasanid round city and/ or walk up to Sasanid Castle, continue to Shiraz. Lunch. O/N Shiraz
Locations: Shiraz/ Persepolis
AM: In the morning visit Hafez Tomb, Vakil Bazaar and the Holy Shrine of Shah Cheragh, drive to former Achaemenid residence of Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage) and Naghsh-e Rostam rock tombs. Lunch. O/N in tent near Persepolis
Locations: Persepolis/ Isfahan
AM: Drive to Isfahan, en route visit Pasargade with Cyrus tomb, Izadkhast (from graveyard view the ruined village and caravansarai), Aminabad Caravansarai. Lunch. O/N
Locations: Isfahan/ Baghmish
AM: In the morning visit Jame Mosque & the Fruit Market. At noon drive via picturesque small mosques of Dashti and Barsian to pigeon towers in Ezhyeh, from there to the lonely fortresslike caravanserai of Yaghmish. Lunch. O/N in Tent
Locations: Baghmish/ Abyaneh
AM: Drive via Aqda, Nain where we visit carpet weaving place and Pirnia House with ethnological museum (Friday mosque optional), Natanz where we visit the Friday mosque and ceramics maker, continue to picturesque mountain village of Abyaneh. Lunch. O/N in Local Houses
Locations: Abyaneh/ Tehran
AM: Drive to Tehran via Qum and visit Qum Sanctuary (only possible from outside), continue to Tehran, in Tehran late afternoon free at leisure or Mellat Park resp. Jamshidieh Park, in the evening Farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant. Lunch. O/N
Locations: Tehran/ Departure
Transfer to the International Airport for departure flight. Lunch