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Alamut Valley and Assassins Castle

Qazvin
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Duration

1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English

Overview

Start

Qazvin

Duration

1 Day

Finish

Qazvin

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Overview

Alamut Valley and Assassins Castle

An Iranian ruler named Marzuban went to a haunting trip. During the trip he saw an eagle flying over a mountain and then sat on the peak. As he was following the eagle with his eyes, he realized the strategic value of the location and took the eagle as an omen. That was the moment he decided to build a castle there and named it Alamut, meaning the eagle’s nest. However, after a while the mysterious murderers captured Alamut castle as their base.

Alamut castle, also known as Castle of Hassan by the locals, is located in the Northeast of the Gazer Khan village in Qazvin province. It was built over a 200-meter high cliff. This castle was the base of the intense activity of Ismailis, also known as Assassins, under the leadership of Hassan Sabbah (the old man of the mountain). He built this group to fight against the government of Abbasid and Seljuk Empire. The strategic position and the design of the castle made it an undefeatable castle which was suitable for the Assassins. It said that the Ismailis believed that Hassan Sabbah can show them the path to the heaven and they can see the garden of Eden. This was the reason that they did everything their ruler asked them to do. They also played an important rule in the Crusades war.

The castle is enormous and that is why it is divided into a western and eastern part. At the top of the mountain, there is a tunnel with an approximate length of 6 meters and a height of 2 meters. Another interesting thing about the castle is the existence of a pond in one of the rooms of the northwestern part of it which gets refilled by itself after getting empty.

After the invasion of the Mongols and by the order of Hulagu Khan, the castle was burned in the fire. Then, at the ruling time of Qajar era, they started digging different parts of the castle to find the Alamut treasures which damaged this monument a lot. Now it is mostly ruined but still, has a lot to offer. In order to get there, you have to take fairly hard climbing route.. As soon as you get there and see the mysterious castle and the picturesque landscape beneath, you will see that it was absolutely worth it.

Tour Highlights

Travel Style

Nature Hikes
Cultural Attractions
Historical Sites
Natural Sites

Physical Rating

Local Touch

Age Group

+12

Meals

0 Breakfast | 0 Lunch | 0 Dinner

Transportation

Sedan

Accommodation Grade

None

Equipment

None

Included

- Snacks
- Water bottle

Excluded

- Entrance fees

  • Andej Village
  • Gazer khan Village
  • Alamut Castle
  • Ovan Village
  • Mountain Lake

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Afternoon (8:00)

Going from Qazvin to Alamut Valley
Have dinner

Morning

Having breakfast
Moving towards Gazer Khan Village
Visiting Alamut Castle
Going to Ovan Village
Visiting Mountain Lake

Afternoon (19:00)

Going back to Qazvin

Tour's Location

Qazvin

FAQs

Can we spend the night?
Yes. Let your guide know before you start your tour and we can adjust your itinerary.

What does the scenery look like?
The castles are located high on moutaintops that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the entire region.
Where does the tour start?
The tour can start anywhere in Qazvin but can also start in Tehran for an additional fee.
What is the highlight of the tour?
The Assassin’s castle, home of the leader of the Assassins, Hassan Sabah.

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Jeniffer

09/07/2020

Mostafa was great

Thanks to TAP team for providing all the necessities for our trip to Qazvin and also Mostafa, the best guide EVER...
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Zofia Seymour

25/03/2020

the most resonable price

As we all felt it, there's terrible COvid-19 virus has devastated all our plans. we had the most wonderful trip itinerary and the tour was to depart on Sep15,2020 it included the trip to Alamout with Mostafa. then in march 2020 all the craziness started and the trip was canceled. the company refunded ALL our money, even the visa payment. if you are looking for booking a tour with the most honest people!! you will be very best hands
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Haiden Tang

04/04/2019

Brilliant experience for a great cost!

my partner and I had the most amazing experience on a day castle tour! we are bf/gf couple but that was absolutely an issue in the country, our guide Mostafa, and the company staff was very welcoming and reachable 24/7. the trip was more than I ever imagined and for an amazing price. I can't wait to use this company again in the future! 5/5 would definitely ;)
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