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Desert for Your Soul

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran

  • Activities

    Eco Tour, Nature

  • Price
    $135 USD per person
  • Duration

    48

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    2 or more...

  • Starting Location

    Isfahan

  • Price Includes

    Transfer from hotel to desert and back. Safari, food and snack in the middle of desert, entrance of two special places visit Kabotar Khane (pigeon house). One night in desert ( local house)

Highlights

  • Desert tour
  • Adventure tour
  • Safary
  • Living with local people
  • Heart of Iran

Guide

Trip Info

Your desert adventure tour starts early in the morning from your hotel. Drive around 100 km to the Varzane Desert. First visit Salty Lake and volcano mountain with an off road car, then have lunch. Go to see some sightseeing in Varzane city. At the end go to sandy hills for safari and laying down on amazing hills and enjoying the wonderful scenery of the desert. Then go back to your hotel.

Varzaneh is located 105km southeast of Isfahan and 240km away from Yazd. It has a population of 14,000 sprawling over 23,000km² at an altitude of 1477m above sea level. Like most parts of central Iran, it has a quite dry desert climate where, in July, temperatures can reach 40°C. The temperature sometimes drops below zero in January and February after midnight.

Varzaneh was the last civilization on the Zayanderud river since 5,000 years ago. The Zayanderud river ends at Gavkhouni which is 30km east of Varzaneh. Within the lands between the wetland and Varzaneh, signs of a very ancient civilization are unearthed. Further investigations on some pots that have been discovered, confirms the fact that the district of Varzaneh has been inhabited for 5,000 years.

Varzaneh is famous regionally and all over the world for its spectacular desert, which ranked as one of the most accessible deserts of Iran, in particular for tourists coming to Isfahan. Many travellers like their desert close to civilization – that way they have food and water easy to reach by car, and access to medical centres in the case of any problem. Although, Varzaneh desert is ranked as one of the safest deserts of Iran, it’s only 15km away from its desert.

Unique to Varzaneh, are the local women’s costumes. They wear completely white chadors, while women in the rest of Iran, mostly wear black chadors.

Many local people speak an ancient Pahlavi Sasani dialect, a quite similar dialect to that spoken by the Zoroastrians in Yazd today. According to some of linguists, the word Varzaneh, has a connection to the verb Varzidan (ورزیدن), which means farming in old Persian.

The best times for the desert are spring, fall, and winter. Summer is too hot.

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Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    My trip to Iran was without a doubt one of the most memorable in my life. The Natural beauty, history, culture, and hospitality of the people are unparalleled. Masti was a wonderful guide – knowledgable, cheerful, talkative, and well prepared to create a great experience for her guests. She showed me the sights of Isfahan and took me to a fascinating retreat in the desert. It was a pleasure to see Iran through her eyes. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    My trip in Iran is one of my greatest experience of life. It’s a beautiful country, one of the most interesting country of the Middle East. A great culture, from persian antiquity to the kadjar period and nowadays. People of Iran is so nice, it’s impossible to express how they are kind with foreigners, and curious about different cultures. That’s very easy to meat people. You have definitely to go there.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    My time in Iran was unforgettable: I fell in love with its landscapes, diverse people and infinitely rich culture. As a woman traveling alone, I searched for support and guidance of iranian women and I can certainly tell that from all the places I visited, Isfahan was the most memorable because there I met Masti, who now I consider a great friend. She is an incredible guide, who has a deep knowledge of the country, its secrets and stories. She introduced me to several friends of her (even in other cities I visited) who also showed me around and with whom I enjoyed laughter, interesting places, outdoors activities and long talks over tea. She is a kind, caring, smart and funny woman with whom I would recommend anytime to trust as a guide to her amazing country!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Iran is safe ,but you must understand and remember that it is unique countrie with different thinking.
    I like and Tehrand and Kish island also, just two places i see.
    And of course Masty super guide.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    I visited Iran in February, 2014 together with a friend. During the trip we fell in love with the country completely – from hustling Tehran to beauty of Isfahan and deserts of Yazd. It was very interesting to communicate with Iranians, cause they are such open, warm and generous people. We learned a lot about the Persian culture and the way how do young people live there nowadays. I truly recommend for everyone to visit Iran and fall in love with it just like I did.
    I met Masti in Isfahan and we spent a couple of days together exploring the city, meeting with her friends and drinking tea in Isfahan’s cosiest cafes. She’s a very warm person who knows a lot about her country and is eager to share her knowledge with others. So in short, she’s a great guide!

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