Eastern Iran: Into The Lut Desert

A spectacular journey that crosses timeless desert landscapes that still cling to the traditions of the past, this astonishing adventure takes us deep into the cultural heartlands of eastern Iran.

Encompassing ruined desert cities, ancient cave dwellings and some of the finest Islamic architecture anywhere in the world, we explore a region that is rapidly crumbling against the onslaught of the modern world. Beginning in Mashhad we have an opportunity to visit the revered shrine of Imam Reza, before we head out across the vast barren landscapes of the Lut Desert and into a world filled with ancient aquifers, hilltop fortresses and a rich heritage that has endured for generations.

Spending much of our time enjoying the hospitality of the local people, we’ll watch the sunset over the kaluts (a dramatic desert geological comprising ridges and hollowed-out rocks) and visit the once great city of Bam, discover the beautiful Shazdeh Gardens in Mahan and spend time exploring the remarkable architectural treasures of Kerman, Yazd and Isfahan.

Highlights:

  • Travel deep into the heart of Iran’s Lut Desert
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bam, Mahan and Isfahan
  • Spend a night amongst the cave dwellers of Meymand
  • Explore the abandoned desert ruins of Kharanagh
  • Discover the rich and ancient traditions of Zoroastrianism

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibuses)
  • 15 nights' accommodation (11 in hotels, 3 in basic family-run guesthouses and 1 in an ancient cave dwelling)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

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