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IRAN Trek Highlands and Villages 

Private Guided Tour - Start any date.

DAY 01 – ARRIVE TEHRAN
You will be met upon arrival at the airport in Tehran and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon your private guide will take you on an orientation tour of the city so you will be able to get a good feel for the size of Tehran and its position at the foot of the Alborz
Mountains. Overnight Tehran.

DAY 02 - TEHRAN
Today you will spend the morning with your guide at the Golestan Palace. This walled complex is one of the oldest in Tehran, originally built during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722). In the afternoon visit the cavernous underground vault at the Bank of Iran’s main office to view the jaw-dropping array of jewelled masterpieces of Iran’s former Shahs. Then to the magnificent Carpet Museum to see an incredible collection documenting carpets from all regions of the country. Overnight Tehran.

DAY 03 – TEHRAN
Start the day with a visit to the Reza Abbassi Museum to view one of the world’s finest collections of Persian miniature paintings. Continue on to the excellent Abguineh Museum (Glass & Ceramics). Then after lunch visit the former residence of the Pahlavi family, the last royal family of Iran. Set in extensive gardens, Sa’ad-Abad is a complex of 18 palaces and residences set in a landscaped 300 acre park in the cool reaches of North Tehran. Overnight Tehran.

DAY 04 – TEHRAN – ALAMUT - ZARABAD
Leave Tehran this morning heading north to the Alborz Mountains for a half day walk. Visit the “assassins” castles of Lambesar and Alamut. Overnight in a local house in Zarabad Village.

DAY 5 – ZARABAD – RUDKHAN – MASULE
Drive to Rudkhan to visit the castle, one of the best preserved in the country. Approximately 2-3 hours walking. Then to Masulé, a small village community typical of the Caspian region, occupying a particularly extraordinary site clinging to the mountainside 1050m above sea level. Overnight in local house.

DAY 6 – MASULE – TALESH
Morning free in Masule to enjoy the bazaar and walk around the village. Then drive to the Caspian town of Talesh for overnight in a hotel.

DAY 7 – TALESH - SOBATAN
Walk through wonderful scenery to the village of Sobatan. Approx 4-5 hrs walking. Overnight in a guest house.

DAY 8 – SOBATAN – NEOR LAKE
Walk from the village to Givi and beautiful Lake Neor. Approx 4-5 hrs walking. Overnight camping.

DAY 9 – LAKE NEOR – MESHKIN SHAHR
Morning walk in the Lake Neor area before driving to the town of Meshkin Shahr in the Khalkal region. Overnight guest house.


DAY 10 – MESHKIN SHAHR - SHABIL
This morning drive to Shabil, a region inhabited by the Shahsevan, pastoral nomads who migrate to the highlands with their herds of sheep and goats every spring looking for pasture. The nomads have their own distinct language and culture, preserved over the centuries by the remoteness of their land. Walking approx 3-4 hours. Overnight in guest house.


DAY 11 - SHABIL
Full day in and around Shabil visiting the local nomads. Trekking to the summit of Mount Sabalan (4811m) is optional. Approx 5-6 hrs walking. Overnight guest house.

DAY 12 – SHABIL - KALIBAR
Walk through some dramatic mountain scenery today to the mountain fortress of Babak. Approx 4 hours walking. Overnight guest house.

DAY 13 – KALIBAR - TABRIZ
Morning drive Tabriz and the province of East Azerbaijan, home to another of Iran’s important and distinctive ethnic groups, the Azerbaijanis. Tabriz is set in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains, with a population of more than a million people, and an important trading centre for commerce between Turkey and Iran. Afternoon visit to the Masjed-e Kabud (Blue Mosque) built by Shah Jahan in 1465. Overnight hotel.

DAY 14 – TABRIZ – KANDOVAN - TABRIZ
Morning drive across the high Zagros plains to the fascinating troglodyte village of Kandovan which nestles at the foot of Mt Mahand. A unique chance to witness Azerbaijani village life in a setting which resembles somewhat the landscapes of Göreme in Cappadocia. Return to Tabriz for an afternoon at leisure in the bazaar. Overnight Tabriz.

DAY 15 – TOUR ENDS
Tour ends after breakfast.

COST: USD$3190 per person twin share. Tour price includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all sightseeing/trekking excursions with private English speaking guides, all entrance fees, and all transport by private vehicles. Note airfares, insurance and visa costs are not included.

Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all sightseeing with private English speaking local guide, all entrance fees and all transport by private vehicle.

International airfare and visa not included. The price is stated in US$ (currency Iran uses for all its transactions). The Au$ price will be done at the exchanges in place at the time of deposit and final payments. If you wish to make a quick check as to how this converts to your local currency you can use the conversion website highlighted within our knowledge base page..
TOUR GRADING:
This tour involves:

•a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and traditional guest houses
•extensive travel on desert roads and on winding mountain roads
• regular early-morning starts and some long days
• rudimentary toilet facilities in some places
• Female participants must wear a head-scarf, long-sleeve thigh length shirt with trousers, at all times when they are in public.

Flights: we can assist you with flights be it just a flight to Iran and return, or with Iran being a stop as part of a more complicated airfare. If you wish to browse some simple flight options you can access our web based flight system, or contact us directly.

Travelling in Iran should be considered as an adventure holiday so you must be prepared to rough it now and again. There has certainly been some improvement in conditions/services over the years that we have been travelling to Iran, but some of the facilities you will encounter may not be to the standard which you would find on a more conventional holiday or at home. We travel through some areas which relatively speaking has seen few tourists and the infrastructure is not fully developed. So if you have a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, a positive attitude and a keen desire to experience a very unique and special culture, then Iran is for you!

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