As the mos mysterious desert of Iran, Rig-e Jen is called the"Bermuda Triangle of Iran". Many people believe that it could not be crossed since many travelers never returned from this wide emptiness. According to the locals, the region is governed by evil spirits and so, it is cursed. However, there is a scientific explanation for that! The desert is full of salt marshes, especially the southern parts, and identifying these marshes is not easy. Tourists should travel with a guide to follow the right direction, otherwise, they will put their lives in danger.
Special dune riding techniques with optional desert activities in Iran like sandboarding and skiing on dunes will pump adrenalin into the veins which is one of the main reasons why adventurers love to experience this scary zone. If you are still interested in visiting this scary place, note that visiting Yazd, the gems of desert cities, and camel riding in an eco-camp will also be a part of your experienceWish you an awesome adventure!
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Flight to Tehran, Arrive in Tehran airport transfer to hotel.ACC: Hotel in Tehran
Tehran city tour
After an early breakfast we start city tour, Archeological Museum as the oldest and prominent Museum in Iran, Archeological findings from Paleolithic Era to Islamic period which is exhibited in two parts: “Iran in Paleolithic Era “and “Iran in Islamic Period”, Golestan Palace which is the UNESCO world heritage and belong to more than 450 years ago. Now we have lunch at a restaurant and then we will visit the Treasury of National Jewels, housed in the Central Bank. This priceless collection includes a staggering array of crown jewels from the Qajar and Pahlavi royals and others going back 25 centuries. The collection is extremely valuable and Iranian currency backed by this treasure (note: it`s closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Following we board the motorcoach to Grand Baazar (the exact date of the Grand Bazaar’s creation is unknown) the current buildings are mostly 19th century representations of traditional architecture.ACC: Hotel in Tehran
To the edge of desert
After breakfast we check out of hotel and drive toward Matinabad.
On the way, in Qom we will visit Fatima holy shrine from outside and then continue to Matinabad.
Leisure time in Matinabad until dinner time.ACC: Matinabad eco desert campMEALS: BLD
Still on road to the meeting point
Drive to Anarak at the edge of Dasht-e Kavir. En route stop at Nain and visit the old Jame mosque, Pirnia Traditional House.
Arrive to Anarak Caravanserai and overnight there.ACC: Anarak Caravanserai
Enter to Desert
Leave Anarak to Rig-Jen. Entering the desert from the soutern part of Rig-e Jen dunes.
O/N camp in the middle of vast area of dunes of Dome Rig-e Jen.ACC: camp
Camping in the middle of nowhere
Come out of Dome Rig-e Jen to central part of it in the middle of long dune walls of Rig-e Jen. O/N camp in Rig-e Jen. If we do good at this day maybe we won’t change the camp site for the next day.ACC: camp
Exit to the civilization
Leave Rig-e Jen via Jandaq village and continue direction Khur. At Farrokhi turn north and arrive in Farahzad at the southern edge of the big empty innermost Dasht-e Kavir. O/N in local houseACC: local house
Camel riding to the east. People frequently change to allow riding to everyone.
After lunch we depart from Mesr village to Khur. Check in the hotel in Khur.ACC: Hotel in KhurMEALS: BL
Visit the adobe city
Leave Khur toward Yazd. Visit Bayaziyeh castle. Arrive to Yazd. Visit Tower of Silence and Friday mosque.
Check in the hotel in Yazd.ACC: Hotel in Yazd
Leave Yazd toward Shiraz. En route visit Pasargadae, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great.
Arrive to Shiraz. Check in the hotel and have free time in town.ACC: Hotel in Shiraz
Shiraz city tour
Today is time to explore Shiraz city, known as the “City of Roses and Nightingales.” We will begin our exploration with a visit to the tomb of Hafiz and Saadi, Iran’s great lyric poets.
Continuing our exploration in the afternoon, we will see Eram Garden a richly decorated pavilion set among graceful trees. Our afternoon of discovery will conclude at We will then walk to Vakil Complex, first we will see Vakil Mosque, following to Vakil Bazaar, originally established in the 11th century CE, one of the finest and important bazaars of historical Iran.
At night we will visit dazzling interior of Venetian glass and the exterior of the Shah Cheragh or
Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh Holy Shrine with its bulbous dome.ACC: Hotel in ShirazMEALS: BL
Excursion to the ancient capital
Today after breakfast, we will drive towards Persepolis. Just 62km from Shiraz are the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis, the “city of Persians” or to Iranians Takht-e Jamshid. The name Persia is derived from Fars, the name of the province in ancient times was Pars and in ancient Greece, Persis. The city was the seat of the ancient Achaemenid Empire (550 to 300BC) before being razed to the ground by Alexander the Great. The city was lost for centuries under desert sands only being rediscovered andexcavated in the 1930s and given UNESCO world heritage status in 1979. The city was founded by Darius I and was an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The quality of the buildings make it an important and impressive archaeological site with majestic approaches, throne rooms, monumental stairways, receipt rooms, sculpted freezes and the remains of columns and large halls. Near Persepolis we will also pay a visit to the rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam.
Continuing the visit to Persepolis and then keep on driving to Isfahan. Check in the hotel in IsfahanACC: hotel in Isfahan
Isfahan city tour
Full day city tour in Isfahan, visit Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, Ali Qapou and Chehel Sotun
Palaces, Bazaar. In the afternoon old bridges. O/N in Isfahan.
After breakfast leave hotel to Naghsh-e Jahan Square known as Imam Square, as a historical and one of UNESCO`s world heritage sites surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era.
Our exploration begins at Ali Qapu – had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty- eight meters high and there are six floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor, Music Hall, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, Jame
Mosque, ChehelSotun Palace.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll wander along the banks of the Zayandeh Rood to enjoy the ancient bridges including the Allah Verdi Khan Bridge, known as the bridge of 33 arches, built by Zayandeh Abbas
I. and spend tea breaks in a traditional teahouseACC: hotel in Isfahan
After breakfast check out the hotel to Vank Cathedral in Jolfa Quarter.
Following everyone will board the motor coach towards Matin Abad Eco camp; en route make a visit to Jame Mosque of Natanz.
Then keep driving toward Matin Abad Eco camp, have Farwell dinner in a restaurant, O/N in MatinabadACC: Matinabad eco desert campMEALS: BD
Early in the morning we will transfer to IKA (283km 3h) for flightMEALS: BDISTANCE: 283 kmTIME: 03:00
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- Meals according to the itinerary
- All entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Guide for all days
- All transportation
- FWD vehicles for desert safari
- Tip in hotel and restaurant services
- Refreshments (2 bottles of water every day)
- International flights
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