Iran Adventure: Oasis & Dunes
Venture into the eastern deserts of Iran and make your way back to Isfahan whether on foot, camel, mountain bike, or 4x4.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
Sample itinerary in the Central Desert with balanced activities
Arrival in Tehran
The capital of Iran is a fascinating place, but you came for one thing: the desert. You head out to Kashan, on the fringes of the sands. This is a beautiful city that has largely remained under the radar of international tourism. All the better, since this way you get to soak in all the flavour of this ancient, but distant and strange land.
Heading Out to the Desert
The adventure truly begins as you head east towards Mesr. Along the way, you experience some of the most beautiful desert scenery in the world. Getting to Mesr is no mean feat. The 6-hour drive has taken you to an ancient oasis. Today it is a quiet, sleepy desert village. In the past, it was a crucial point for trade caravans attempting to cross the desert. Read more
Like the Caravans of Old
The sun rises as you mount your camel. You gaze westward and are amazed at the long shadows that reach towards infinity in the golden surface of the dunes. Camels are tall and you feel towering above your ride. The rhythmic amble of your camel sends your imagination to the heights; any moment now, you are sure, epic music will soar from nowhere, just like in the movies. As the day progresses, you dismount and try your skill in the dunes. It’s harder than it seems but incredibly satisfying. The sun begins to set and you make camp, drink coffee and prepare the gear for the night show. As the light wanes, stars begin to appear and soon all the sky is studded with them. The heavenly bodies appear to be dancing in their mysterious trajectories. The Milky Way appears before your eyes with such clarity, that you try to stay awake as long as possible, with your eyes fixed heavenward.
You’ve gotten the hang of desert travel, so you try your luck with more adrenaline-friendly ways of transportation. The 4x4s are great fun, but a mountain bike does the trick for you. By the time you glimpse Aroosan in the distance, you are covered in dust, tired, but a smile stretches from ear to eat. What is the point of travel if you can’t be happy?
Today you cover the stretch from Aroosan to Isfahan. If only half the legends are true, then it is one of the greatest cities in the history of humankind. It is not difficult to picture a caravan, after long and perilous weeks in the desert, finally arriving here with goods and wares from distant lands, with news from strange empires, with tales of adventure and daring. I guess some traditions never die.
Half the World
Today you explore the architectural wonders of Isfahan. There are a myriad heritage sites not just of ancient Persia and Islam, but Christianity as well. Bridges, cathedrals, mosques, tombs, bazaars. Isfahan is Half the World, or so the saying goes.
The Remaining Half
You would need many years to discover all the treasures of Isfahan. Alas, your time in Iran has come to an end. We have arranged it so that you can have a half day of this wonderous city before your transfer to Tehran, and your flight back home. Perhaps another day, by another road, you will return to magnificent Iran.