12-Day Desert Odyssey in Iran: From Esfahan and Lut desert to Naiin, Kerman and finally Yazd, An Epic Journey Through Arid Beauty

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Lut Desert, Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
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12 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people


German, Japanese, Spanish

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12-Day Desert Odyssey in Iran:  An Epic Journey Through Arid Beauty

In the heart of the ancient and enigmatic land of Persia, where history’s whisper resonates through the windswept dunes, lies an extraordinary journey that unveils the essence of Iran in its most breathtaking form. This 12-day desert odyssey is an exquisite tapestry woven with the golden threads of antiquity, an immersive experience that takes you from the enchanting city of Esfahan into the very heart of Iran’s mesmerizing deserts.

Our journey commences amidst the awe-inspiring architecture of Esfahan, a city where the artistry of Islamic design and the spirituality of ancient mosques converge harmoniously. From there, we venture into the boundless expanse of the Varzaneh Desert, where the sands seem to stretch into eternity. As the sun paints the desert with hues of gold, we find ourselves amidst the ever-shifting dunes of Toudeshk, a tranquil village that whispers tales of desert life.

From Toudeshk, our path leads to Na’in, a town where the passage of time has left its mark in the form of traditional mud-brick houses and ancient mosques. Here, we dive into the heritage of Iran, exploring the intricacies of architecture and the echoes of spirituality.

The journey deepens as we find ourselves welcomed into the heart of the desert communities, experiencing their warmth and hospitality in the homestays of Garmeh and Farahzad. Here, the desert’s embrace becomes an intimate affair, a journey into the soul of this remarkable land.

As we continue westward, we unveil the ‘forgotten’ villages of Old Deyhuk and Esfandiar, hidden gems that defy the passage of time. In Birjand, we find history coexisting with culinary delights, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the fusion of culture and cuisine.

Yet, our adventure doesn’t stop here. A night at Deh Salm’s oasis offers respite before we confront the surreal landscapes of the Lut Desert, where the otherworldly Kaluts stand as sentinels to the eons of time.

As our journey nears its conclusion, we bask in the vibrant bazaars of Kerman and explore the formidable Rayen Fortress. Finally, we arrive in Yazd, a city known for its distinctive desert architecture and Zoroastrian heritage. Here, amidst the labyrinthine streets, we complete our odyssey, finding respite in a traditional desert hotel.

Throughout this 12-day odyssey, we shall encounter sites of profound religious significance, encompassing the faiths of Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sufis, and Christians, offering a deeper understanding of the rich cultural tapestry of Iran.

Prepare to be transported to a realm where the desert’s mystique mingles with ancient echoes, where the sands themselves whisper stories of time immemorial. This is a journey that transcends the ordinary, an exploration of the extraordinary, a desert odyssey that etches itself indelibly into your memory. Welcome to Iran’s arid beauty.


  • In our tour packages, several common included services are typically provided to enhance the overall experience and convenience for travelers. These services can vary depending on the type and price of the tour, but here are some common inclusions:
  • 1- Guide
  • 2- Transfers
  • 3- Itinerary
  • These exclusions may vary depending on the travel plans and the specific package, but here are some items/services that are frequently not included unless requested:
  • 1- International Flights.
  • 2- Travel Insurance.
  • 3- Meals
  • 4- Personal Expenses


12-Day Desert Odyssey in Iran: From Esfahan and Yazd to Kerman, An Epic Journey Through Arid Beauty

Esfahan, a city known for its stunning Islamic architecture and rich history, marks the starting point of our desert adventure. As we embark on this 12-day odyssey, we begin by immersing ourselves in the splendors of Esfahan's world-famous monuments, vibrant bazaars, and exquisite gardens.



- Breakfast at Azam Bakery: Savor traditional Persian pastries and aromatic tea amidst the charming ambiance.

- Imam Square (Naqsh-e Jahan Square): Explore the heart of Esfahan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adorned with the grandeur of the Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace.

- Jameh Mosque of Esfahan: Delve into the spiritual heritage of Esfahan at one of Iran's oldest and most magnificent mosques.



- Lunch at Abbasi Hotel: Dine in a historical caravanserai, known for its sumptuous Iranian cuisine.

- Chehel Sotoun Palace: Wander amidst the lush gardens and admire the exquisite frescoes.

- Si-o-se-pol Bridge: Stroll across one of the most iconic bridges in Iran.



Intro: Leaving the urban embrace of Esfahan, we venture deeper into the arid beauty of Iran's deserts. A bus journey to Toudeshk marks our entry into the vast expanse of the Varzaneh Desert, where endless sands beckon.



- Breakfast on the Bus: Savor a simple meal as the landscape transforms into a sea of golden dunes.

- Toudeshk: Arrive in this tranquil village, nestled on the fringes of the Varzaneh Desert.

- Varzaneh Desert: Spend a morning amidst the mesmerizing dunes, witnessing the ever-shifting sands.



Intro: From the desert, we journey to Na’in, a town where time seems to stand still, and traditional mud-brick houses whisper tales of centuries past.



- Breakfast at Guesthouse: Enjoy a homely meal at your traditional Na’in guesthouse.

- Traditional Houses of Na’in: Explore the ancient architecture, including the iconic Pirnia House and its unique wind towers.

- Jameh Mosque of Na’in: Marvel at the intricate patterns and spirituality of this historic mosque.



Intro: Garmeh and Farahzad offer a chance to experience desert life intimately. These desert homestays redefine hospitality, providing a glimpse into the warmth of the desert communities.


- Breakfast with Hosts: Partake in a traditional breakfast with your gracious hosts.

- Garmeh Oasis: Explore the palm groves and oasis life.

- Farahzad Desert: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and its starry nights.



Intro: As we journey west, we encounter the remarkable 'forgotten' villages of Old Deyhuk and Esfandiar, then reach Birjand, where history and cuisine blend seamlessly.


- Breakfast with Hosts: Relish local desert delicacies.

- Old Deyhuk and Esfandiar: Uncover the hidden gems of the desert, where time has almost stood still.

- Birjand: Arrive in this historic city, known for its fortress-like restaurants.



Intro: An oasis night at Deh Salm is a stark contrast to the Lut Desert's surreal landscapes, including the extraordinary Kaluts (giant 'sandcastles').


- Breakfast at Deh Salm: Savor the oasis's offerings.

- Lut Desert and Kaluts: Witness the eerie, wind-carved formations of Kaluts.

- Kerman: Explore the vibrant bazaars and day-trip to the imposing Rayen Fortress.



Intro: Our desert journey culminates in Yazd, a city known for its unique desert architecture and Zoroastrian heritage.


- Breakfast at Silk Road Hotel: Experience traditional Persian breakfast.

- Yazd: Explore the labyrinthine streets, Zoroastrian Fire Temple at Chak Chak, and culminate your journey with a stay in a traditional desert hotel.


This 12-day odyssey offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural wonders, immersing you in the captivating beauty of Iran's deserts. Along the way, we'll encounter sites of religious significance to Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sufis, and Christians, providing a deeper understanding of the region's diverse cultural tapestry.



Frequently asked questions

Visas and Entry:

  • Do I need a visa? Most nationalities require a pre-arranged visa. Check with your tour operator or the nearest Iranian embassy or consulate for specific requirements and application procedures.
  • Can I get a visa on arrival? Limited countries qualify for on-arrival visas. Confirm your eligibility beforehand.
  • What travel documents do I need? Ensure a valid passport (with at least 6 months validity remaining),confirmed visa, travel insurance, and proof of return or onward travel are readily available.

Planning and Preparation:

  • Best time to visit: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer pleasant weather. Summers are scorching, winters chilly. Choose accordingly.
  • Packing essentials: Embrace loose-fitting, respectful clothing. Women: cover hair, arms, and legs. Men: avoid shorts and sleeveless shirts. Comfortable shoes are crucial for desert terrain and exploring historical sites.Consider sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for desert excursions.
  • Vaccinations: Consult your doctor about recommended vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A & B, and Rabies if venturing outside cities.
  • Currency and money exchange: While ATMs dispense Rials, Euros and USD are easier to exchange. Carry cash for smaller transactions. Consider a Mah Card for easier access to local funds.
  • Communication and technology: Download offline maps and translation apps as internet access might be limited in desert areas. Local SIM cards are readily available, but inform your network provider beforehand.

Cultural Considerations:

  • Language: Basic Farsi phrases like "Salam" (hello) and "Mamnoon" (thank you) are appreciated. English is understood in tourist areas.
  • Customs and etiquette: Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Pointing with your index finger is considered rude. Learn polite refusal gestures. Respect Islamic traditions and dress codes.
  • Local interactions: Iranians are known for hospitality. Strike up conversations, learn about their culture, and show respect for their traditions.

Itinerary and Activities:

  • Review your tour details: Understand transportation, entrance fees, meals, and optional activities included in your itinerary. Discuss preferred pace and any customization options with your guide or tour operator.
  • Must-see landmarks:
    • Yazd: Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yazd Water Museum, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.

      Lut Desert: Shahdad Kaluts (sand formations), Stargazing adventures, Desert camping experiences.
      • Off-the-beaten-path experiences: Explore traditional bazaars, attend a tea ceremony, visit a carpet weaving workshop, or hike in the Kaluts sand formations.

      Safety and Security:

      • Travel safety: Kerman, Yazd, and tourist areas within the Lut Desert are generally safe. Use common sense precautions and stay vigilant in crowds. Your tour operator can provide helpful safety tips.
      • Desert excursions: Choose reputable tour operators experienced in desert safety. Be prepared for extreme weather conditions and bring sufficient water and sun protection.
      • Medical emergencies: Ensure your travel insurance covers medical expenses in Iran. Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers. Your tour guide can assist if needed.Kerman: Ganjali Khan Complex, Shazdeh Garden, Bam Citadel ruins, Meymand troglodyte village.
      • Food and Drinks:
      • Iranian cuisine: Embark on a culinary adventure! Savor flavorful stews like dizi (bean stew) and ghormeh sabzi (herb and meat stew). Don't miss tahdig (crispy rice) and fesenjan (pomegranate and walnut stew). Vegetarians have plenty of options like falafel and ash (noodle soup).

  • Returning Home:
    • Visa extensions: If you wish to extend your stay, discuss with your guide or tour operator before departure.
    • Souvenirs and customs regulations: Check baggage allowances and restrictions on prohibited items like carpets and saffron.
    • Sharing your experience: Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about your incredible Iran adventure and encourage them to explore this hidden gem.
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Lut Desert, Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran


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