Cycling Tour in Iran
Through this tour we enjoy cycling together on a special route in Iran . This tour includes: Group meeting at the hotel in Tehran, driving to Qom, first day of cycling in Kashan, cycling in Abouzeidabad and Matin Abad, cycling toward Dasht-e Kavir, cycling and arrival in Abyaneh, City tour of Isfahan, driving to Kuhpayeh, cycling in Qehi and Varzaneh desert, cycling in Yazd and Meybod, cycling in Abarkuh, Eghlid and Zagros mountain, cycling in Pasargadae, full day city tour of Persepolis & Shiraz
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Adventure in Iran
Iran is a recently emerging destination and one of the top places for adventurers. This amazing bike journey provides a distinct way to experience the territory formerly known as Persia. Iran today is stretched from Turkey to Pakistan and consists of desolated deserts, white mountain peaks, lush forests, and fertile valleys. It is the home to a wide range of ancient cultures and religions and is full of archaeological gems that will catch any aesthetic eye.
Iran has many attractions which include Shiraz and its old bazaar, the ancient Persian monuments at Pasargadae and Persepolis, caravanserais of the Silk Road, the splendid Safavid monuments in Isfahan, amazing mosques with mesmerizing tiles and architecture, ancient water reservoirs and the Zoroastrian monuments of Yazd. We will also be able to visit, from the historical village of Abyaneh to the beautifully built houses of Kashan. Our journey includes several days of cycling and some reasonably short vehicle transfers.
Through this tour we enjoy cycling together on a special route in Iran . This tour includes: Group meeting at the hotel in Tehran, driving to Qom, first day of cycling in Kashan, cycling in Abouzeidabad and Matin Abad, cycling toward Dasht-e Kavir, cycling and arrival in Abyaneh, City tour of Isfahan, driving to Kuhpayeh, cycling in Qehi and Varzaneh desert, cycling in Yazd and Meybod, cycling in Abarkuh, Eghlid and Zagros mountain, cycling in Pasargadae, full day city tour of Persepolis and Shiraz
- Day 1 Arrival
Day 1: Arrival in Tehran- Group meeting at the hotel in Tehran. Welcome dining and gathering for a brief session. Overnight Stay at the hotel.
- Day 2 Tehran and Qom
Day 2: Tehran – Driving to Qom (147.6 km) – sightseeing in Tehran and driving to Qom in the afternoon. Staying at the hotel for the night.
- Day 3 First Day of Cycling in Kashan
Day 3: First day of cycling in Kashan – Cycling from Qom to Kashan. Visiting historical sites and walking in the older part of the city. Staying at a traditional house for the night.
- Day 4 Second Day of Cycling in Abouzeidabad and Matin Abad
Day 4-Second day of cycling in Abouzeidabad and Matin Abad– Visiting Fin complex (UNESCO enlisted site) and head to Dasht-e Kavir by cycling. Passing Abouzeidabad village in the desert and visiting its caravanserai. Cycling towards Matin Abad. Staying at Matin Abad in an Eco-camp at night.
- Day 5 Cycling and Arrival in Abyaneh
Day 5-Cycling and arrival in Abyaneh:– morning walk in the desert and cycling towards the village of Abyaneh (87.2 km from Kashan). Exploring the village and its residents in their beautiful traditional dress. Staying overnight in Abyaneh.
- Day 6 4th Day of Cycling in Isfahan
Day 6– 4th day of cycling in Isfahan (182.6 km from Abyaneh): -cycling toward Isfahan in the early morning. Cycling passed Natanz on the path. driving to Isfahan in the middle of the way. Walking through the downtown. Staying at the hotel for the night.
- Day 7 City Tour of Isfahan and Driving to Kuhpayeh
Day 7– City tour of Isfahan and driving to Kuhpayeh (182.6 km): Full day visiting the main sites of Isfahan without cycling. Driving to Kuhpayeh town In the evening. Staying at historical Kuhpa caravanserai for the night.
- Day 8 5th Day of Cycling in Qehi and Varzaneh Desert
Day 8– 5th day of cycling in Qehi and Varzaneh desert:- Cycling towards Varzaneh desert. Stopping at the spectacular historical village of Qehi and visiting the historical mosque, houses, and underground reservoir water. cycling toward Varzaneh town (40.3 km from Qehi). Staying at a traditional guest house for the night.
- Day 9 6th Day of Cycling in Yazd
Day 9: 6th day of cycling in Yazd:– Sightseeing in the desert and cycling towards Yazd (236.4 km from Varzaneh). Visiting Meybod historical city. Driving to Yazd and staying at a traditional hotel overnight.
- Day 10 Full Day City Tour of Yazd
Day 10: Full day city tour of Yazd:- sightseeing in Yazd, Non-cycling day. Driving to Taft town (23.6 km) in the afternoon. Staying at a local house for the night.
- Day 11 7th Day of Cycling in Abarkuh
Day 11: 7th day of cycling in Abarkuh: – Full day cycling through the mountain. Crossing some interesting villages and spectacular landscapes. Staying at a local house for the night.
- Day 12 8th Day of Cycling in Eghlid
Day 12: 8th day of cycling in Eghlid: – Cycling to the nomadic areas of Zagros mountains, reaching and visiting the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Full day cycling through the mountain. Staying at a local house for the night.
- Day 13 9th Day of Cycling in Pasargadae
Day 13: 9th day of cycling in Pasargadae: Walking in Eghlid village, and cycling from Eghlid toward Pasargadae (143.2 km), visiting the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Full-day cycling through the mountain. Staying at a traditional guesthouse overnight.
- Day 14 Full Day City tour of Persepolis & Shiraz
Day 14: Full-day city tour of Persepolis & Shiraz: Non-cycling day – Driving to Persepolis, exploring the Persian Empire ruins. Driving to Shiraz in the afternoon. Walking through the town and visiting Hafez mausoleum. Staying at a local house for the night.
- Day 15 Departure from Shiraz
Day 15: Departure from Shiraz
Half-day city tour of Shiraz– hotel check-out and return.
Finding a proper place to stay during your trip is one of the most important preparations before traveling which should be carefully examined from different aspects. Because in case the traveler is not satisfied with the quality of accommodation a bad memory would remain in his/her mind. Stay while traveling means to reside for one or more days in a place other than our own house. One of the primery features of this accommodation is security. In other words the place of stay must have enough security that the tourists could easily relax and put their belongings in that residence. In addition, other facilities such as restaurant, dry-cleaning and the like are some of the necessities of a good accommodation. Therefore, various types of accommodations based on the amenities exist all over the world which the tourists can choose based on the need or the budget they have for their place to stay. These are some types of accommodation:
This sort of accommodation doesn’t have an age limit for reception, and is suitable for those who have a low budget for traveling. There are even single rooms with the minimum facilities required for a residence. Some of these hostels provide hot meals for the guests.
The word hotel has a wide spectrum of meaning. Hotels based on their rate offer special amenities such as room services, laundry, and etc to their customers. In addition to meeting the needs of tourists, hotels have specific facilities for the families.
The idea of this type of hotel came from Japan in 1979 and today they exist in China and Singapore. This sort of accommodation is built of plastic or fiberglass in a singular size and is arranged on other cells like beehives. Each of these capsules is equipped with facilities such as a TV set and is a very good and proper choice and also a cheap accommodation for one night stay.
Bed and Breakfast
By staying in this type of accommodation which is common in the USA you go to local houses of each area and rent only one room from the whole building. This accommodation is economical and therefore is very common. The rooms are very similar to hotel rooms but they offer facilities at a lower price and you feel at home. The guests can even meet other people on breakfast table and start a conversation with them at the place.
A motel is another type of accommodation which is formed from the combination of two words “Motor” and “Hotel”. This kind of accommodation was first built for motor vehicle riders. The rooms are close to each other and there is a vast space for the parking lot and of course it is cheaper than a hotel.
This word has a wide spectrum of meaning and has different interpretations throughout the world. In some regions it has the same meaning as hostel, bed & breakfast, or caravan. In some regions they are similar to hotels but at a cheaper price. In some countries, it is said to rental houses which are given to the tourists privately. In this case, the owner lives at a separate place but near the guest house.
This type of accommodation is built near tourist attractions like beach, desert, national parks, ski sites, and so on and is suitable for tourists who want complete relaxation and refreshment during their stay. These resorts have distinguished facilities such as swimming pool, gulf field, tennis court and etc. In some cases the area of the resorts cover several hectares of land.
This kind of accommodation is said to an estate which is rented and shared by several individuals and is used by them alternatively in different periods of time. The right to rent, use or the possession in a determined time period is clear for each person. Meanwhile, cleaning and protecting the estate in each time period is obliged to the person owning the place at that period.
This type is one of the most interesting types of accommodation while traveling in which the tourist must personally contact the related organization or institute to make the necessary coordination with a local or volunteer individual to stay at that person’s place. This kind of accommodation has a low cost and is the best option for people who travel on a low budget.
Caravan is said to a small container vehicle which has all the necessary facilities for traveling and is attached to the vehicle. Caravan provides the possibility of residence and movement simultaneously. Some caravans even have the capacity of several people to stay.
It is the most popular and low-expense type of accommodation among young people in which the tourists tent, sleeping bag and other necessary tools are carried by the person and he/she ventures into the unknown.
Cottage/Villa Cottage is an appropriate option for families who seek relaxation away from the crowd. It is so much bigger comparing to the hotel rooms and four people can stay there at the same time. Regarding facilities they have a kitchen, dining room, bed rooms, and etc and are more comfortable comparing to hotels or other options.
In the United States dude ranches are considered as seasonal accommodations in which you can experience the rural culture. During your stay you can even ride a horse in the wide pastures or go hunting in the forest or other areas along with the local guide.
Another economical type of accommodation for holidays is renting an apartment or villa. Most people travel in groups or by their family and tend to stay together. Therefore, renting an apartment or villa for a short time is so appropriate to these people.
The length of stay depends on the agreement between the landlord and the guest and he/she can stay for free based on the agreement and acceptance of part of the house keeping activities such as cleaning, gardening, pet keeping, and so on.
Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.
1-Narcotics and laxatives
3- Radioactive and inflammable materials or other dangerous materials
4- Items against Islamic moralities
5- Live animals except for silkworms, leeches, honey bees, silkworms, parasites and bug-busting animals found by the specialized institutes
6- Forbidden items for the mentioned destination
7- Items that might be dangerous for post office personnel or might endanger other postal items
8- Private documents corresponded between the two parties except for the sender or the receiver or their family members.
Guns and ammunition, alcoholic drinks, narcotics, , all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil; aerial photo cameras, transmitter-receiver apparatus, pornography, most films, cassettes, CDs and videos and any kind of fashion magazine. Of course, hunters who are travelling to Iran for hunting can get necessary permits for carrying their guns and ammunition via their travel agents beforehand.
Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.
If your group wants to take some adventure on the trip linked to the activities or destinations in which we operate, please do not hesitate to communicate with us and we will try to create exactly what you desire. We are keen to help you in this way, as we have done in the past, this has pushed us forward towards making permanent tours based on your interests.
It is easy and simple. Just follow the four-step instruction:
- Step One: choose your destination
If you are ready to begin your trip to Iran, we are ready to help. It is really important to do some research and decide where do you want to go and what you want to do according to your age and interest. Our travel specialists are ready to provide you with the information you need to make your decision. A variety of catalogs of trips to different cities with destinations and purposes are also available on our website.
- Step Two: Send us a request
Tour packages are presented in four main categories: Cultural tours, Eco tours, Adventure tours, and Event tours. These packages have various destinations, duration and purpose to serve different interests. Just take an overall look at the travel packages and choose your tour. Remember that the prices can be modified according to the chosen standards of hotels and transportation. If you didn’t find the package that interest you, contact and inform us about cities that you are interested in and the sites you want to visit (see tailor-made tours). We can make your dream trip come true.
- Step Three: book your tour
After choosing your ideal package and specifying the number of travelers who come with you just set a date for it so that we can inform you of the required price of the package. Then a contract will be sent to you. Please print the contract, read it carefully, sign it and send us an image of the signed contract and images of the passports and of the tour participants via e-mail. Payment procedure will be announced at the time of booking.
- Step Four: get a visa
We have made this process easy for you. An information form will be sent to you by the agency. Return the filled form with an image of your passport attached to it. Leave the rest to us. You can get your visa in 10 working days. Your visa fee is 35 USD.
For more information take a look at our Visa page
Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.
Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.
Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.
Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.