This itinerary focuses on the highlighted attractions surrounding the main Iranian cities, suitable for experiential travelers. From the Northern jungles to the spectacular deserts of Eastern Iran; from national parks to the unknown villages; all are included in a wonderful package for travelers looking for an off the beaten path through the land of Persia.
Starting our journey from Tehran, driving toward Semnan and Damghan the land of qualified pistachios. After a half desertic experience, we’ll drive toward the greenest part of the country, the ancient Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests date back to one hundred and seventy million years ago. Visiting Nahar-Khoran jungle in Gorgan bounded by the Caspian Sea and enjoying several springs like Sefid-Cheshme and a beautiful river named Ziarat. Locals also coming by to picnic, drink Persian tea or smoke shisha in one of the cozy coffee shops. We will also visit Golestan National Park spread in Golestan, Semnan, and Khorasan provinces which is one of the most important wildlife habitats in Iran; tigers and brown bears are the most important species of this national park.
After the jungle trekking, we drive toward the holiest city in Iran passing a beautiful city named Sabzevar. The holy city of Mashhad is home to the most amazing shrine in the country, Imam Reza Shrine, and attracts the highest number of tourists every year.
Then you discover Birjand, one of the most beautiful cities on the eastern side of Iran. Our journey continues to a place full of wonders date back to the Achaemenid period, the bride of Iran deserts consisting of several tourist attractions. Tabas has beautiful gardens of sour orange, palm groves, and also it is home to historical attractions and monuments. We’ll mostly spend our time in Desert Villages, the best spots to feel the pristine culture and unique rural traditions; Esfahak, Nayband, and Ezmeyghan are the visitable villages of Tabas. Tabas has many other attractions such as Morteza Ali spring where the hot and cold-water springs surprisingly are flowing in one place, the mysterious Kal-e Jeni canyon, Halvan cave, Khan caravanserai, Kurit dam, and Tabas castle.
After an amazing voyage among Tabas desert and enjoying its matchless attractions we head toward central Iran, Khur o Biabanak in Isfahan province, which presents a different view of the desert. the desert of Mesr is one of the hottest deserts in Iran. Alongside the Mesr village, there are other small villages with beautiful sceneries like Amirabad, Farahzad, and Garmeh. We’ll visit Garmeh since it has spectacular characteristics in addition to palm trees, such as Dr. Fish springs with therapeutic fish and lovely guest houses. From Garmeh we’ll drive to Taft, the center of Zoroastrianism where we can also enjoy a different nature including pomegranate gardens.
Our desert sightseeing finishes here and our trip continues with a unique experience in a rocky ancient village near Kerman, Meymand village and afterward going for a completely different experience in Bavanat county with a partly mountainous climate and a beautiful nature where Bavanat farm stays welcome travelers from all over the world to remind them of the nomadic life. After roaming around Bavanat and live like a local we head toward Isfahan and will get close to the departure point!
*Autumn and spring are the best times to enjoy this route and its various sightseeing spots.