Iran Deserts and Shores
Tehran to Qeshm Island
Duration: 14 Days
Visiting the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, watching sunset on the Mesr Desert sand dunes, the Chahkooh Valley of Qeshm, Qeshm Island untouched beaches
What you need to know about this tour
- Are you looking for a relaxing tour in an exotic destination? PackToIran has designed this tour to offer a relaxing experience in two of the most amazing Iran nature destinations: the Central Desert and the magical Qeshm Island!
What is Included
- 13 nights accommodation at hotels and ecolodges
- Private vehicle
- Domestic flights
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Professional English speaking guide
- Visa service
13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Tehran in the morning and get transferred to your hotel. Today is a good day to do some shopping for the next days. You are about to stay in deserts and islands, if you are missing some items, Tehran is a good place to buy them. In the afternoon you can enjoy visiting some attractions of Tehran, like the National Museum of Iran or the charming Golestan Palace.
- National Museum of Iran
- Golestan Palace
Accommodation: Hotel in Tehran
Start your road trip in the morning and drive to Isfahan (450 km) on a private car. En route, do some walking in Abyaneh, the old red village located on the foothills of the Karkas Mount and enjoy meeting locals in traditional outfits. Arrive is Isfahan in the evening and check in to your hotel. You can enjoy a walk along the Zayandeh River and seeing the historical bridges of the city.
- Abyaneh walking tour
- Khaju and Si-o Se Pol Bridges
Accommodation: Hotel in Isfahan
Visit some of the attractions of Isfahan, the city of blue domes and handicrafts. First enjoy the glorious beauty of the Naghsh-e Jahan Square (a UNESCO heritage site), and the six story Ali Qapu Palace, which was the seat of the Safavid kings. Then view the two magnificent mosques, the Sheikh Lotfollah and the royal Imam Mosque. Finish your Isfahan city tour by walking through the Chehel Sotun Garden and exploring the paintings inside the pavilion.
- Naqsh-e Jahan Square
- Ali Qapu Palace
- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
- Royal Imam Mosque
- Chehel Sotun Palace
Accommodation: Hotel in Isfahan
Hit the road toward the desert. Drive for 430 kilometers and arrive in the Mesr village. On the way stop at the historical city of Naein and visit naein Jaame Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques of Iran with amazing ornaments. In Mesr Desert, you are going to stay at an ecolodge with simple facilities and a very friendly atmosphere. You are going to stay in Mesr Desert for a couple of days to enjoy the silence of desert, walk in the desert, rent a car and drive deep into desert, enjoy the breathtaking night skies of the Mesr desert, and have healthy local foods.
Wake up early in the morning and offer yourself the great experience of watching the sunrise at the heart of desert. After having your breakfast and herbal teas at the ecolodge, you are free to enjoy your preferred activities like doing some yoga, listening to some music or just relaxing in the lovely courtyard of the ecolodge. At noon, take a 4-wheel drive car and drive through the desert roads to visit the the magnificent Khur o Biabanak Salt Lake. This seasonal lake or palaya, which is 2000 kilometers in square covered with eye-catching salt formations, is one of the top photography spots in Iran. Watch the sunset reflected in this lake and drive back to ecolodge.
- Khur o Biabanak Salt Lake
After having breakfast and a short yoga session, take a 4-wheel drive car and start your desert adventure through the dunes. in the heart of the Desert, you will take a 3-hour guided walk on the dunes and enjoy watching camel trains and other desert scenes. drive back to ecolodge in the afternoon and after taking a rest get ready for a friendly gathering at the ecolodge courtyard with the host family and other travelers and having a local cuisine as dinner.
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Enjoy another day of walking on the dunes and relaxing your mind in the scenic Mesr Desert. You can also do come thrilling activities like desert biking or camel back riding. on the last night of your stay at desert, do some stargazing with a telescope and enjoy the bright and starry desert sky.
Drive back to Isfahan and take a flight to the Qeshm Island, which is the biggest island in the Persian Gulf, with a wonderful nature and rich ecosystem. Arriving in Qeshm Island you will be picked up and transferred to Haftrangoo Ecolodge in a village with the same name. (literaly meaning seven colors). You can meet other travelers in this peaceful ecolodge and share your stories with them.
Start visiting the attractions of Qeshm island like, the Valley of Stars, the Chahkooh Canyon, Hara Mangrove Forests, and the Launch workshops ( Lenj ) where they are making huge wooden boats (UNESCO intangible heritage).
- The Valley of Stars
- Chahkooh Canyon
- Hara Mangrove Forest
- Lenj workshop
Explore some untouched beaches where you feel you are the first one who steps on them and meet the locals in villages like Salakh. Also view the mysterious Salt Cave. Then enjoy the sunset in Dareye Tandis ha (the Valley of the statues) and stay in the awe of the surreal atmosphere and the weird shape of the rocks.
- Salakh Village
- The Valley of Statues
Today you will move to Hengam Island on a boat. You will see bottlenose dolphins swimming and jumping on the shiny water. In Hengam Island, you will spend the day snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on an untouched and calm sandy beach. After having a tasty seafood as lunch at a local house you will sail back to Qeshm Island.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
This morning you will have a transfer to get a boat to the magnificent Hormuz Island, also called “the hundred colors Island”, located in the Persian Gulf beside the Qeshm Island. Hurmoz is known as one of the best places for getting relaxed, enjoying the sunny beaches and having super tasty seafood. You can visit the Portuguese Castle and the Ahmad Nadalian Museum in the afternoon.
- Hormuz Island day tour
Enjoy the beauties of the island, including the Rainbow Valley, the Valley f statues and the colorful calm beaches. Here you can rent a boat or motorcycle to have a tour all round the colorful Island. Then you will have a transfer to get a boat back to Qeshm island. Stay one more night in Haftrangoo Ecolodge.
Say goodbyr to the magical Island of Qeshm and transfer to Qeshm airport for a flight back to Tehran. You are going to get a transfer from Mehr Abad Airport to IKIA for your flight back home.