Jewels of Persia by Bicycle

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US$ 3,750
Duration
15 Days / 14 Nights
Distance
579 km
Tour Code
IRN-IRN
Next departure
02-Sep-2018
Number of Cycling Days10
Average Distance Per Day: 58
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 441
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2,250 m
Accommodation
Basic
5 Star
Total Cycling Distance579 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 240
Single SupplementUS$ 650

All About this Tour

There's no shortage of culture and history on this tour through Persia, Iran's cultural heartland. Travel along ancient trade routes through the footsteps of one of the world's oldest civilizations. Take in the expansive desert landscape, sleeping under the tapestry of a starry night sky, and marvel at the glittering opulence of city bazaars, oasis gardens, and some of the Middle East's most treasured mosques. Cycling through this storied region gets you up close and personal with history and some of the friendliest, most inviting locals in the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet up in Shiraz, the birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafez and Sa'di, for a tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Explore Shiraz highlights including Eram Garden, Jahan Nama Garden, and tombs of famed poets, then visit the Zand complex. After the tour, our night will be spent outside the gate of Persepolis.

Day 3

We visit Persepolis, once the richest city on earth, with amazing spectac-ular ruins that still reveal the glory of the Achaemenid Empire. We cycle from Persepolis to Doroodzan and our campsite.

Day 4

A full day riding to Boragh Gorge, with the remains of 130 ancient settlements. The landscape here is varied, and the terrain involves some climbing on our bikes to our campsite.

Day 5

We transfer towards the mountains and the town of Aspas. We have one long climb at 30 km for 5 km to the town of Eqlid, one of the highest Iranian cities at 2,250 m.

Day 6

We cycle through the desert and on an old caravan road. We pass a few villages, but most of the ride is against the stark beauty of sand and sky. We overnight at Zein al din Caravansary, one of 999 such inns that built during the reign of Shah Abbas I.

Day 7

This rest day is for exploring the city of wind catchers, dating back 7,000. Many sites will be Zoroastrian, including the Towers of Silence, where the dead were left to be picked clean by vultures.

Day 8

Transfer out and bike on the old road to Varzaneh, a weaving centre. We then ride by the ancient Ghoortan citadel that survived for thousands of years. The last leg continues through the dry Qehi desert area to our overnight at a 350-year-old house.

Day 9

We have a short morning cycle as we aren't far from Isfahan. After lunch, we tour the city, called the most beautiful city in the world.

Day 10

Continue exploring Isafahan on your rest day. Visit the Cheehel Sotoon Palace, Fri mosque, Armenian church, and the many historic bridges.

Day 11

Cycling to Natanz, we skirt along mountains through arid terrain. We then transfer uphill to Abyane that seems to melt into the hills.

Day 12

It’s a short ride to have enough time to explore Abyaneh. An amazing downhill cycle ends in the desert at an eco-resort and organic farm.

Day 13

Riding from our overnight to Kashan, known for high-quality pottery and tiles. After lunch, we look around some of historic mansions, the Fin Gar-den, and, of course, the bazaar.

Day 14

We ride directly from the hotel on another old road. It is a flat ride to Qom, the second religious city of Persia. After lunch, we pack up and transfer for two hours to Tehran.

Day 15

One group transfer takes everyone to the airport for departure flights.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Persepolis - Doroodzan Lake Ride 38km. +473m / -358m.
Day 3 - Persepolis - Doroodzan Lake Ride 38km. +473m / -358m.

Reviews

Excellent cultural tour with a good mix of experiences and cycling. We had a brilliant time. Sarah

Sarah PereiraSeptember 2017

Cycling was a wonderful way of meeting and interacting with the people of Iran. We wouldn't have had some of the fun experiences if we hadn't been riding.

Kaye JohnsonSeptember 2017

The ONLY way to see Iran. Stark wonderful countryside.

Kerrie GoodrichSeptember 2017

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