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Varzaneh Desert Total Immersion Tour

Varzaneh Desert, Iran
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Duration

2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English

Overview

Start

Isfahan or Yazd

Duration

2 Days

Finish

Isfahan or Yazd

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Overview

Varzaneh Desert, 2-Day Tour

This tour starts in the morning from Yazd or Isfahan toward the famous Varzaneh Desert in Iran. (In case picking up from Yazd, 25 Euro will be added to the whole tour price). On the way, there are numerous attractions which we can explore. Let’s visit Ghortan Citadel that lies 110 km to the east of Isfahan in Ghortan Village. Many believe this ancient village dates back to the Sassanid era. Although some pots are discovered in the area and it’s estimated they belong to the Achaemenid time. It means the village is even older.

Ghortan Citadel a historical citadel that includes different monuments. Surprisingly it’s one of the few adobe citadels in the world that is still residential. At the moment, four families are living there. Visiting Ghortan Citadel is available for travelers and there’s no limited time.

As the area is more than 45000, it’s considered the largest adobe citadel after Bam Citadel in Iran. Ghortan Citadel was built due to military purposes. That’s why it has many watchtowers and the walls are thick. There are two gates, which one opens toward Zayandeh Roud River.

We will also visit Pigeon Tower and some handicrafts on the way.

Reaching the eco-lodge, we will have dinner and get some rest for the next day’s plan. In the morning, we will head to Khargoushi Caravansari. This stone-built caravanserai is located on Isfahan-Yazd Road near Gav Khuni Wetland. It dates back to Safavid era, built by the order of Shah Abbas.

Khargoushi Caravansari area is 80*80 meters. You can observe its made of stone and bricks. The workers of Safavid time used the stone of mount nearby for the construction. That’s why it’s been stable after so many years. Different spaces include rooms, water reservoirs, and stalls. The inscription at the entrance may grab your attention. It’s written Shah Abbas on 15 greenish stone pieces by the well-known caligrapher of that time Ali Reza Abbasi.

The next observation would be really interesting and unique for you. It’s called Gav Chah. Gav means cow in Persian and Chah is well. Gav Chah is considered a well which its water is extracted by a cow. In fact, the farms needed lots of water for irrigation, and it was not possible to get it by human strength. They tie a rope around the cow’s neck and there’s a big bowl at the other end. They put the bowl in the well full of water. Then the cow goes to another direction on a slope until the bowl is lifted on top of the well. Meanwhile, some traditional poems are said to motivate the cow.

Shotori Asiab is a mill which has more than 300 years of antiquity (Safavid Era). It’s unique in its own league. Many tourists come to this area yearly to visit Shotori Asiab.

The main course in Persian dishes is bread which can be made of wheat and barley. So they made the mills to grind these plants and produce floor.

Although most mills were built on qanats to use the water for grinding, they applied another technique in Shotori Asiab. There’s a big handle connected to some round stone pieces which grind these seeds. The whole system turns around by a camel. Of course, the eyes of the camel should be covered so it doesn’t get dizzy.

Using this system 5 hours a day produces 300 kg floor every day. The word Shotor means camel an Asiab is a mill.

Next, we will see some local handicrafts that you may buy some as souvenirs. Let’s explore the Khara salt lake too. 50 km to Varzaneh Desert, you face this wonderful pure area full of salt. This mass of salt is the result of intense evaporation of saline water in the desert. Khara salt lake is one of the main salt mines in Iran as kilos of salt is extracted from the region daily. Amazingly you can observe some red seaweeds grown in the middle of the salt lake and this creates spectacular scenery of nature.

Passing the salt lake, we get Varzaneh Desert, the peaceful and quiet area where we can camp. Staying in the desert at night, watching stars in the pure sky, and have a talk around the fire are unforgettable experiences you can have in Iran.

Tour Highlights

Travel Style

Nature
History

Physical Rating

Local Touch

Age Group

+5

Meals

2 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch | 2 Dinners

Transportation

Sedan

Accommodation Grade

Eco-lodge
Camping

Equipment

None

Included

- Sleepings Bags
- Camping Necessities

Excluded

None

  • Ghortan Citadel
  • Khargoushi Caravansary
  • Gav Shah
  • Shotor Mill
  • Handicrafts (tablecloth and runners)
  • Salt Lake
  • Varzaneh Desert
Dominik
Dominik
2020-09-11
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Mehr als zufrieden! Waren vor Corona im Iran und hatten anfangs Probleme mit dem Visum. Wenige Tage nachdem wir uns an TAP Persia gewendet hatten, hatten wir das Visum in der Hand. Auch bei anderen Fragen oder Problemen stand uns das Unternehmen schnell und freundlich zur Seite!Wir waren von TAP Persia mehr als begeistert und können deren Leistungen zu 100% weiterempfehlen!
Anirban b
Anirban b
2020-02-29
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Patient and informative. 5star tour guide. We were a group of 4.Thanks to our last moment schedule we had not booked a tour. Tappersia was kind enough to let the local tour guide know and he was very promptly arranged to meet us for the FREE ISFAHAN WALKING TOUR. Amin was the tour guide. He greeted us warmly as we entered Chehre Sotoon palace and what started there ended up with it being the most interesting walk of my life. He was patient with our queries and waited as our mixed group which had people from Spain and Argentina with us.... As info had to be translated for them to Spanish. A free walk in any part of the world usually lasts for an hour or two.... Not amin he would treat all our doubts and questions with respect and answer them.... Ended up with the free walk lasting more than half a day. Will go with 4/5 stars for Amin.
andrea
andrea
2020-02-23
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Visa support For the letter of invitation we had some problems with the application. But we got very quick and helpful support. The problem was solved immediately and in a professional way. Very friendly support team with very good English language skills.
Weitwinkel
Weitwinkel
2020-02-22
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Visa application Many thanks to TAP Persia for the fast, uncomplicated and inexpensive visa procurement. I felt in good hands. Highly recommend!
awkie
awkie
2020-02-20
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Beautiful city! Really enjoyed doing the walking tour in Isfahan with Samaneh! Her good English and in-depth knowledge in history and arts, not to mention her fun personality, made it a great experience for me 😉
Marin D
Marin D
2020-02-16
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E-Visa for Iran After i got contact from other travellers which recommended agency Tap Persia, called them same day. From our first communication till end of visa proccess which lasted only few days thanks to them 🙂 They explained every step and during all procces, they were at service to assist me so everything is going well. You could contact them by Whatapp, mail or by phone so easy to reach and speak with them. Very proffesional service! I highly recommend Tap Persia if you want to have smooth process of getting E-Visa
Florent G
Florent G
2020-02-15
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Visa for Iran I've been told by a friend about tappersia, and yeah, they helped me so much and woow so fast! The payment didn't work on the website but even they helped me for the code. The person who helped me spoke so good english so it was very easy to go on. Thank you for your time and help!
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Mionah L
2020-02-13
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Excellent and fast service I wanted to buy travel insurance from them but their payment system wasn't working so I used the chat functionality on their website, they got back to me within 15 min, they contacted me directly, sent me the insurance papers before I even paid and showed so much goodwill. I was really astonished by their fast response and great service!
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pb31
2020-02-09
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Visa TAP Persia est une agence très efficace et très professionnelle. La réponse pour le service visa est très rapide et d'un coût modéré. Mes interlocuteurs ont été professionnels et charmants. Je les recommande très vivement.
bessaAl
bessaAl
2020-02-09
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Most relaxed holiday thanks to Tappersia We came to Iran in a troubled time so booked everything through Tappersia just so that we would feel a bit more secure but the experience was beyond expectations. I have never had a more relaxed holiday. Everything was already booked for us; we had a private car picking us up every time we changed places, offering tours and stops in between all this on a very affordable price and always being there for every question we had. Totally recommend!

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Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk diccount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
11 Person, 150€ each person11-100
22 Person, 85€ each person22-70
33 Person, 60€ each person33-30
44 Person, 50€ each person440

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Day 1

Morning


Moving from Yazd or Isfahan. Visiting Ghortan Citadel and Pigeon Tower.

Afternoon

Having lunch and go to your accommodation in eco-lodge.

Evening

Getting some rest and having dinner.

Day 2

Morning

Having breakfast. Moving toward Khargoushi Caravansari after that we will visit Gav Chah. Visiting Camel Mill and handicrafts.

Afternoon

Having lunch then we will make our way to  the Salt Lake.

Evening

Camping in Varzaneh desert and have dinner there.

Tour's Location

Varzaneh Desert, Iran

FAQs

Where is Varzaneh?
About 2 hours or 110 km (70 mi) west of Isfahan.
What is special about Varzaneh Desert?
Varzaneh desert has sand dunes up to 60 m in height.
How long is this tour?
2 days & 1 night. The Varzaneh Desert Total Immersion Tour can be adjusted based on your preferences and schedule.
Where will we stay?
In an eco-lodge in Varzaneh or camping in the desert.

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Simonious

12/02/2020

great tour guide

"I booked the toor from Isfahan to Yazd and Rasol suggested this tour to enjoy the way. We were not expecting much but we were incredibly surprised and delighted by just how good this day out was. My friend and I has an awesome day climbing the sand duns to watch the sunset.. And yes it’s like what they say… ROMANTIC and DREAMY!!! Thanks to our tur guide and our driver ( Awesome) Sohab. Extremely entertaining and hilarious. Love you all"
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Reese

21/12/2019

2 great days out- lots of fun

"I would recommend this trip to everyone and anyone! Our guide was amazing, he brought summer fruit and the car had A/C. vey informative and kept jokes coming ( wish I could remember his name). Picked up us from the hotel and drove all the way to Varzaneh, the place martin and I loved to visit for many times, we even haven;t noticed the road trip, and once he said”it’s our stop”, let’s hike the dunes. Words can’t describe the beauty above the hills. A road trip there and back but play great music was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend these guys."
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Jackie S

01/09/2019

Fscinating

"Left isfahan on a wednesday afternoon to go to vazrzaneh and it was excellent. Our guide was really funny and kept us informed all through the experience and looked after us well. Once we got to city (varzaneh) he suggested to see the salt lakes). It was stunning to see how clear the water was, just spectacular. After we went to the hills and sat on them for quiet a time. The slides and the lake were the two most unique parts of the tour. I would recommend coming an horse to two hours before sunset to set up your “camp” or just enjoy and sleep in the house guest."
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Tammy K

13/08/2019

best tiur trip ever!!

"First, Do it! The humor and area knowledge made the drive pass quickly. The breakfast snack was sufficient and the lunch at the local house on the way to yazd. The view from the mirror was breath taking!! The pots the guide stopped at for bathroom breaks gave us off-road feel. I have already told or friends about the tour, and they are booking it for the September. Thank you for the good service."
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diana Rose

15/06/2019

Varzaneh trip

Excellent Value for money. Ali was very good. He knew when to talk and when to listen. He was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information on the journey. The car was very comfy and in great condition with A/C. the guide was extremely professional and I was very impresses. I would definitely use them again in near future. COMING BACK FOR YOU AZIZIAM.
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