Desert Joy

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On this special tour package we go through the deserts of Iran, understand more about people, and visit desert cities.We start by visiting the National Museum of Iran, Golestan Palace historical bazaar of Tehran, Doll Museum, Sa’dabad Complex, Darband Resort, and Imamzadeh Saleh in Tehran. Then we drive to Qom and visit Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake, Yazdan Panah House, salt domes and might visit Hazrat Masoumeh’s Holy Shrine. Later we visit the Doll Museum of Kashan, Tabatabai and Boroujerdi Houses, go to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse and also Fin Garden. We go on a tour in Matin Abad and Abyaneh. We go to Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, visit Abbasi Jame and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali Qapu Palace, and go to Chehel sotun. Then we visit Ardakan , Kharanaq, Chak Chak , and the historical city of Yazd. Then we depart toward Mehriz and begin sightseeing in Mehriz and Abarkuh. We drive toward Shiraz and en route visit Pasargadae and Aghamir Cottage. After arriving in Shiraz we visit Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rustam, Naqsh-e Rajab, visit the mesmerizing landscape of the salt lake of Maharloo and enjoy nomadic food and cooking. later we begin sightseeing in Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, Vakil Complex, and Hafez (the great Persian poet) Mausoleum and also Eram Garden.

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All about the Desert Joy.

Deserts of Iran

Iran is located in a high-altitude plateau surrounded by wide ranges of mountains. There are two well-known deserts in this region Dasht-e-Kavir, and Kavir-e-Lut. They are both among the aridest and hottest areas in the world.

It is always water that determines life conditions and it is water that helps plants to grow and let people stay in an area within the desert. It is natural that water could not be found easily in these deserts.

Life goes on at these areas and water could be found in springs or through the ancient way of making underground aqueducts called Qanat. Sometimes, semi-deep wells are dug to reach water. So, desert occupants make the most out of the little water they get. Locals use highly adaptive animals like camels to travel through the desert.

About Tour

On this special tour package we go through the deserts of Iran, understand more about people, and visit desert cities.We start by visiting the National Museum of Iran, Golestan Palace historical bazaar of Tehran, Doll Museum, Sa’dabad Complex, Darband Resort, and Imamzadeh Saleh in Tehran. Then we drive to Qom and visit Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake, Yazdan Panah House, salt domes and might visit Hazrat Masoumeh’s Holy Shrine. Later we visit the Doll Museum of Kashan, Tabatabai and Boroujerdi Houses, go to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse and also Fin Garden. We go on a tour in Matin Abad and Abyaneh. We go to Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, visit Abbasi Jame and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali Qapu Palace, and go to Chehel sotun. Then we visit Ardakan , Kharanaq, Chak Chak , and the historical city of Yazd. Then we depart toward Mehriz and begin sightseeing in Mehriz and Abarkuh. We drive toward Shiraz and en route visit Pasargadae and Aghamir Cottage. After arriving in Shiraz we visit Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rustam, Naqsh-e Rajab, visit the mesmerizing landscape of the salt lake of Maharloo and enjoy nomadic food and cooking. later we begin sightseeing in Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, Vakil Complex, and Hafez (the great Persian poet) Mausoleum and also Eram Garden.

  1. Day 1 Arrival and City Tour in Tehran

    Day 1: Arrival in Tehran. We visit the National Museum of Iran, Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), walk through the historical bazaar of Tehran, and also pay a special visit to the Doll Museum O/N Tehran

  2. Day 2 Tehran

    Day 2:  On this day we visit Sa’dabad Complex, Darband Resort, and go to Imamzadeh Saleh (Optional suggestion of an Iranian night), O/N Tehran

  3. Day 3 Qom

    Day 3: (Qom’s local guide and transfer from Qom to Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake are added to the expenses), we drive early in the morning (depending on the season it changes from 6 to 8 o’clock) to Kashan (243.3 km from Tehran), visit Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake and dine in Yazdan Panah House, and also visit salt domes (if there is time we would visit Hazrat Masoumeh’s Holy Shrine) O/N Barzok or Kashan

  4. Day 4 Kashan

    Day 4: We see the Doll Museum of Kashan, visit the beautiful architecture of Tabatabai and Boroujerdi Houses, go to the historical Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse and visit Fin Garden O/N Matin Abad or Abyaneh

  5. Day 5 Matin Abad and Abyaneh

    Day 5: We go on a tour in Matin Abad and the spectacular red village of Abyaneh (87.2 km from Kashan to Abyaneh) in which the local women wear traditional flowery headscarves. O/N Isfahan

  6. Day 6 Isfahan

    Day 6: Full day city tour of Isfahan (215.2 km from Kashan to Isfahan), we visit  Naqsh-e-Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Abbasi Jame and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali Qapu Palace, and go to Chehel sotun. Free time at Naqsh-e-Jahan Square in the afternoon O/N Isfahan

  7. Day 7 Ardakan and Kharanaq

    Day 7: Early departure to Yazd (322.9 km). We visit the Qanat of Ardakan. After lunch we visit the Doll Museum and begin sightseeing in Kharanaq village. O/N Kharanaq

  8. Day 8 Yazd

    Day 8: First we visit Chak Chak , then we arrive at Yazd and have lunch. After lunch we visit Dowlat Abad Garden, Jame Mosque and Fahadan Neighborhood of Yazd, O/N Yazd

  9. Day 9 Mehriz and Abarkuh

    Day 9: Drive to Mehriz (44.7 km), dine and visit Sarv-e Abarkuh (Abarkuh Cypress) and also Aghazadeh House O/N Abarkuh

  10. Day 10 Pasargadae and Aghamir

    Day 10:  We visit Pasargadae (tomb of Cyrus the Great), have lunch and see Aghamir Cottage and walk through the gardens by Aghamir’s suggestion O/N Shiraz

  11. Day 11 1st Day in Shiraz

    Day 11: We start sightseeing in Persepolis and visit Naqsh-e Rustam and Naqsh-e Rajab. Then we visit the mesmerizing landscape of the salt lake of Maharloo and we also enjoy nomadic food and cooking O/N Shiraz

  12. Day 12 2nd Day in Shiraz

    Day 12: Full day city tour of Shiraz, visit Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, Vakil Complex, and Hafez (the great Persian poet) Mausoleum O/N Shiraz

  13. Day 13 Shiraz and Departure

    Day 13: On the last day we visit Eram Garden (enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a Persian Garden), free time, and Departure

Accommodation

Tehran: 2 nights (read more)

Kashan: 2 nights (read more)

Isfahan: 2 nights (read more)

Yazd: 3 nights

Shiraz: 3 nights (read more)

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.

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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Ashley F
Reviewed On 24/06/2019
5/5

Great trip to the desert!From pickup to drop off, everything on our desert trip was super smooth! My husband and I did the 13 day tour. I had some anxieties about the length of the drive but just looking at the beautiful scenery made the time fly by! Our driver Siavash was SO great...super knowledgeable and fantastic English speaking skills.Be warned that it may be pretty hot in the desert if you choose to go at the end of May! The only real issue was the temperature inside the tent at night. Would’ve been more comfortable sleeping outside (like they suggested) if I wasn’t such a wuss about creepy-crawlies!Thanks Hogo Travel!!

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