Touching The Desert
Through this tour we will experience living in the desert and seeing the important monuments along the way. This tour includes visiting Jewelry and National Museums, Pahlavi and Qajar Palaces of Tehran, Tarikhane Damghan, Jameh Mosque of Semnan, Garme desert, Zein-o-ddin Caravanserai, Kharanaq and the amazing Yazd with its unique architecture, Meybod, Zoroastrian shrine of Chak Chak, Caravanserai, & Ice storage, half day city tour of Na’in, Kashan and Ardestan and their historical monuments, 8000 years old civilizeation of the ancient Sialk Hills and Niyasar
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
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.
Through this tour, you can experience living in the arid areas of Iran and see the amazing monuments and observe the culture of the people of this ancient land.
This tour includes visiting Jewelry and National Museums, Pahlavi and Qajar Palaces of Tehran, Tarikhane Damghan, Jameh Mosque of Semnan, Garme desert, Zein-o-ddin Caravanserai, Kharanaq and the amazing Yazd with its unique architecture, Meybod, Zoroastrian shrine of Chak Chak, Caravanserai, & Ice storage, half day city tour of Na’in, Kashan and Ardestan and their historical monuments, 8000 years old civilizeation of the ancient Sialk Hills and Niyasar
- Day 1 Arrival
Day 1, Arrival in Tehran and transfer to the hotel, after a short rest full day city tour in Tehran, including: the visit of Jewelry and National Museums, O/N Tehran
- Day 2 Tehran City Tour
Day 2, Tehran city tour, encompassing the exploration of Pahlavi and Qajar Palaces, O/N Tehran
- Day 3 Damghan
Day 3, Morning drive toward Damghan (344.2 km) in Semnan Province, visiting Jame Mosque in Semnan, then after lunch driving to Damghan and visiting Tarikhane, one of the oldest mosques in Iran, O/N Damqan
- Day 4 1st Day in Garmeh Desert
Day 4, Morning Drive to Garmeh (395.5 km) visiting breathtaking desert landscapes, & immersing in its unique tranquility, plus having a joyful night on desert, O/N Garmeh
- Day 5 2nd Day in Garmeh Desert
Day 5, Full day excursion over Garmeh desert, & collecting an unforgettable memory, O/N Garmeh
- Day 6 Yazd and Kharanaq
Day 6, Driving towards Yazd (296.7 km from Garmeh) and Kharanaq, a complete city remained from Sassanid period with 2000 years of history, & en route visiting Zein-o-ddin Caravanserai, & heading to Yazd, O/N Yazd
- Day 7 Full Day City Tour of Yazd
Day 7, Full day city tour of Yazd, experiencing the old Iranian architecture and atmosphere, and watching the beautiful adobe structures, Visiting Fire Temple, Water Museum & Jame Mosque, O/N Yazd
- Day 8 Meybod, Chak Chak and Nain
Day 8, Driving towards Nain (170.5 km), visiting Meybod en route, and the important Zoroastrian shrine of Chak Chak, Caravanserai, & Ice storage, then arrival in Nain, O/N Nain
- Day 9 Kashan
Day 9, Half-day Nain city tour, then driving to Kashan (from Nain 220.2 km) and Ardestan, visiting Jame mosque, plus the woolen gown workhouses in Ardestan, and arrival in Kashan, O/N Kashan
- Day 10 Kashan City Tour and Departure
Day 10, Kashan city tour, including the visit to the most beautiful traditional houses of Iran, Fin Garden and the 8000-year old civilization of the ancient Sialk Hills, after lunch driving to Niyasar the magical green city in the desert, & finally transferring to the airport, and departure
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.