Jewels of Persia by Bicycle

Price from
US$ 3,900
Duration
15 Days / 14 Nights
Distance
526 km
Tour Code
IRN-IRN
Next departure
14-Apr-2019
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 58
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 381
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2,250 m
Accommodation
Basic
5 Star
Total Cycling Distance526 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 at Shiraz airport and transport to hotel. Early evening tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Explore the Garden city of Shiraz including the Zand complex that includes a fortress, Vakil Mosque, the Pink Mosque and the bustling bazaar. In the afternoon we will transfer to our hotel in Persepolis.

Day 3

In the morning visit Persepolis and cycle 70 km to Banesh then transfer to the hotel.

Day 4

Cycle to Margoon Waterfall, Iran's largest, and have lunch near there. Continue cycling through the mountains. In the late afternoon we transfer 2.5 hours to Eqlid, one of the highest Iranian cities at 2250 metres.

Day 5

Transfer to the desert and take a look around the ancient ice houses of Abarkouh. Short drive to the start of ride at Junction town of Dehshir cycle to Tang e Chenar then transfer to and overnight at 16th Century Zein al Din Caravansary on the Silk Road.

Day 6

A short drive to explore the traditional earthen architecture of UNESCO World Heritage city of Yazd.

Day 7

A day full of religion and history, from Zoroastrian pilgrimage sites, to Iran's oldest mosque, to citadels. Easy cycling, primarily downhill.

Day 8

Short cycle in the morning near Isfahan to Nik Abad. Transfer to Isfahan for lunch and late afternoon city tour.

Day 9

Rest day and explore Isafahan more.

Day 10

A morning ride through the desert with a nice descent to make things easier. Transfer up hill to one of the most beautiful villages in Iran, Abiyaneh. Spend the afternoon wandering around the village.

Day 11

Start with a downhill cycle to eco resort with organic farm. Visit breeding site to see camels and their calves.

Day 12

Riding from our lodge we take the old road to the pottery town of Kashan. After lunch, take a look in some historical mansions, the Fin garden and the bazaar.

Day 13

Our last cycling day through the desert to the underground city of Noush Abad. In the afternoon we transfer to Qom to visit a holy shrine before our overnight in the capital of Tehran.

Day 14

Be lead through the history and modernity of Tehran. After lunch, we walk through Grand Bazaar. Final celebratory dinner and review all the highlights of the trip.

Day 15

We will provide one group transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Persepolis - Banesh - Pooladkaf  Ride 64km. +709m / -721m.
Day 3 - Persepolis - Banesh - Pooladkaf Ride 64km. +709m / -721m.

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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