For those interested in desert tour & cultural tours. You will enjoy desert through Silk Road And observing Milky Way Galaxy and the stars both by telescope or naked-eye.


Tour Highlights

Tour Name: Desert through Silk road

Tour Code: DC25

Season: late Septembre –  Mid May

Price: From 699 €* Per Person

Theme(s): Desert & Adventure tour (Kavir), classic in Silk Road partly (optional)

Duration: 11 days & 10 nights
(Two optional days (8th day & 9th day) with cultural spots )

Route: Kashan (1n), Matin Abad (1n), Garmeh/Khor (1n), Farahzad (2n), Damqan (2n), Neyshabur (1n), Mashhad (2n)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Fin Royal Garden

Other Highlights: Abgineh Museum,  Tepe Sialk, Badroud village, Deh abad villages, ostrich farm, camel & horse breeding farm,Narin Castle, water storage, wind catcher, Amiran village, Zavareh Grand Mosque, Zavareh minaret, Zavareh Eight Paradises, Sang Bast, Moon aqueduct, Jame mosque of Ardestan, Anarak village, Salt lake, natural warm-water spring, caravansary, Pleske’s ground jay, Anoushiravan castle, Dashti citadel, Haj Aligholi salt lake, Tepe hissar, ruined of Sassanid palace, Tarikhaneh mosque, caravanserai Abbasi, Tomb of Bayazid Bastami (Khanghah), Kashaneh tower, Tomb of Omar Khayyam, Tomb of Attar, Shadiyakh palace, Imam Reza Shrine, Goharshad Mosque

Summary: For those interested in desert tour & cultural tours. You will enjoy desert through Silk Road And observing Milky Way Galaxy and the stars both by telescope or naked-eye.
The outstanding points are sightseeing the 1st Mosque of Iran (Tarikhane Mosque) and the 1st four-portico (Iwan) with 700 years antiquity and the 1st two floors Mosque in the world.

Optional days
Note 2: As per preferred length of your trip, you can depart from Damghan for Mashhad directly (557 km) via Neyshabur by visiting some attractions in Neyshabur very briefly. Overnight stay in Mashhad. You can change 9th day according to the note and omit 10th day.
Note 2: As per preferred length of your trip, you can also depart from Tehran Airport for the flight back home. So Departure from Damqan for Tehran directly (336km) by brief stopover in Semnan and overnight in Tehran. . You can change 9th day according to the note and omit 10th day.

*For groups of 20 travelers and more

Day 1: Tehran and Kashan

 

Epic Persia’s tour director welcomes you at Imam Khomeini International Airport. After meet and greet, If you arrive in the morning, you will have a half excursion in Tehran.

Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Golestan Palace, the first royal building in Tehran. Afterwards, based on the time, visit to Abgineh Museum also known as Glassware and Ceramic Museum. formerly It was house of Qavam (noble family). Then transfer to Kashan.
If you arrive in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Kashan right away.

Day 2: Kashan, Matin Abad

 

80 km driver to Matin Abad, via Dehabad. You will have a stop in ancient city of Kashan to visit Fin Royal Garden (UNESCO SITE) with its historical highlights. A cool place to rest for a while at the edge of the desert and see the small pavilion at its heart. Afterwards you will depart Kashan.
En route you have a stop over to visit Badroud village (Aqa Abbas Tomb) and Dehabad village. Upon arrival in Matinabad Desert Camp, there are biking, camel & horse riding, ostrich farm, organic farm, camel & horse breeding farm all available to visit and enjoy. The amazing part of this day will be 4w Safari on sandy hills.
Overnight stay in Matinabad Desert Camp. In Koomeh (hut/ room), room or tent (as per your inquiry). At night you can enjoy observing stars by telescope.
Note1:  Epic Persia Travel must coordinate for Safari in advance with exact No. of Pax.
Note2: Biking, camel & horse riding and safari are optional.

Day 3: Cities in Desert

 

Departure from Matin Abad to Ardestan (147km) via Natanz, Amiran village, and Zavareh. Upon arrival in Naein you will start by sightseeing ancient Narin Castle (Narin Qale), also known as the orange castle. Then you will proceed to visit water storage and the wind catcher. En route, short visit to Amiran village on tourist vehicle, next you will arrive in Zavareh with some outstanding inspections in old city and bazar.
You will start by Zavareh Grand Mosque, the first four-portico (Iwan) one, dating back to Seljuk-era. Other attractions include Zavareh minaret in Pa Minar Mosque and Zavareh Eight Paradises Qajarid house, Sang Bast Castle as the biggest castle after Alamout castle and Zavareh Historical ice-house with three Centuries antiquity.

Day 4: Ardestan & Anarak (Silk Road)

 

Morning visit to Ardestan’s 2500-year-old Historical qanat known as Arouneh and Moon aqueduct with two levels of water inside it.
Visit to Jame mosque of Ardestan as the first mosque in the world with two floors, related to Seljuk dynasty and a former fire temple.
Continuing the road to Anarak (77 km) to enjoy the panoramic desert city.
Departure for Garmeh or Khor.

Day 5: Garmeh, Khor, Bayazeh

 

Early morning sightseeing of Garmeh castle and then the 80 km drive to Salt lake in Khor & Biabanak.
Returning to Garmeh for having lunch and strolling among palm trees and medical fish warm spring.
After that, you will be guided to natural warm-water spring in the heart of mountain. Or transfer to Bayazeh village to see an ancient castle dating back to Sassanid era. The day terminates in Farahzad village (146 km).

Day 6: Farahzad

 

Prepare yourself for a perfect day by vising sunrise in desert. Early short excursion at 04:00 to Takhte Aroos, an awesome place in Mesr desert with an elevation of 867 m above sea level and 40 meters higher than the adjacent plain by 4WD.
If you’d like trekking you will continue walking in desert until the caravanserai and canebrake. You will stand a very good chance to see the famous desert bird, called Pleske’s ground jay or Persian ground jay. Finally, returning to Hotel for having breakfast and rest.

Day 7: Damghan via Jandagh (Silk Road)

 

Departure for Damqan on silk road via Jandagh (403km). En route you have an inspection of Anoushiravan castle or Anoushiravan prison, a citadel of Sassanid era. Then continuing the road to Damqan. Visit to Hassan Abad village (33 km before Damqan) and the ruined citadel called Dashti citadel. Finally, transfer to Hotel in Damqan.

Day 8: Damqan Tour

 

Full city tour of Damqan by visiting Haj Aligholi village to see Haj Aligholi salt lake. Visiting Prehistoric Tepe Hissar and and the ruines of Sassanid palace while returning to Damqan. Visit to the oldest mosque of Iran, Tarikhaneh mosque and to Abbasi caravanserai of Safavid era.

Day 9: Bastam & Neyshabur

 

Departure for Neyshabur (444km) via Bastam. Visit to Tomb of Bayazid Bastami (Khanqah). Visit to the spectacular architecture of Kashaneh Tower with a height of twenty meters. Continuing the route to Neyshabur.

Day 10: Mashhad via Neyshabur

 

Neyshabur, one of the oldest cities in Iran. City tour will start with Tomb of Omar Khayyam, Persian mathematician, astronomer, and well-known poet. Next visits include Tomb of Attar of Neyshabur, well known Persian poet of 12th century, Shadiyakh also called Shadi palace. Finally, transfer to Mashhad.
Visit to Imam Reza shrine or Ravazi Haram including a grand complex of mosques like Goharshad Mosque, dating back to Timurid dynasty, religious schools, museums, libraries, and seminaries, Many buildings of this shrine have remained since Safavid and Qajarid era.

Day 11: Homebound

 

Early morning (or midnight) transfer to Mashhad (MHD) international Airport for flight back home with a full pack of memorable moments and nice pictures to share with your family and friend.
Note: If your flight is in the afternoon or at night, you will have enough time to have a half-day tour of Mashhad.
Visit to Tomb of Nader shah and Ferdowsi ‘s mausoleum, the poet of valuable epic Persian book named Shahnameh. Transfer to Mashhad International Airport.

Services Included:

  • Application of visa (excluding visa fee)
  • Accommodation in hotels or local house as per itinerary or similar, including daily breakfast
  • The prices are based on 5 and 4 stars
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary including their applicable entrance fees
  • Transportation with A/C (air conditioned) VIP coach as mentioned below
  • German/English/Spanish/French/Arabic/Turkish/Japanese/Italian speaking guide(s) and other main languages
  • Domestic Flight(s)
  • Porter tips at hotels & waiter tips at restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Full board
  • Daily refreshment

Note:
There are no 4 and 5 stars in Damqan and Neyshabour.
There are only local houses in Garmeh/khor and Farahzad.

Services Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Driver & Tour Guide tips
  • Visa fee

Note: Visa fee must be paid by the passengers to the consular section of Iranian embassy upon receiving their visa sticker. The passengers must indicate the city in which they like to get their visa sticker (where there is an Iranian embassy consular section) upon purchasing the tour.

  • All personal nature expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, minibar, gifts, etc.
  • Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation, etc.
  • Any other service(s) not specified in “Services Included” section of this proposal

Notes:

Note1.Hotels can be changed based on clients’ request or unavailability. Rates may change according to room categories/hotels changes.

Note 2: Above mentioned durations are based on Iranian calendar.

Note 3: Working days in Iran are Saturday – Wednesday. Thursdays are half day however many offices are closed on Thursdays.

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