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Iran's Lut Desert Tour

 

The Lut Desert, widely referred to as Dasht-e Lut, is a large salt desert in eastern Iran. It is the world's 27th-largest desert, and was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List on July 17, 2016. It stretches about 200 miles (320 km) from north to south and is about 100 miles (160 km) wide. In the east rises a great massif of dunes and sand, while in the west an extensive area of high ridges is separated by wind-swept corridors.
The desert’s main attraction is the beautiful kaluts or yardangs which might not be found anywhere else in the world. They're quite a beauty in the heart of the desert.
Turkish daily flights to all major cities in Iran gives you the opportunity to make a memorable visit and make the most of your time and money. On this tour, you get a chance to visit two of the major historical and cultural cities in Iran, Isfahan & Shiraz, and you stay in the desert for 5 to 6 nights, trekking about 10 to 15 km during each day. In front of you is nothing but a vast stretch of desert. Above all, you greatly enjoy the flat desert landscape, fresh air, pure oxygen, clear blue sky, pleasant desert sun during the day, and starry nights. This inviting region is so peaceful and relaxing you can’t help but dream while surrounded by the gentle sound of silence. If you’re lucky you might even experience a moonlit desert.

 


Day 1: Arrive in Isfahan, visit Isfahan


Upon your arrival at Isfahan airport, our representative, carrying our show card (transfer information), will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before our tour of the city begins.
Isfahan, the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors, is the pearl of traditional Islamic archeology. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces. Included on our full-day tour today are Chehel Sotoun Palace; a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions, the famed Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan); a huge square second in the world to Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and Ali Qapu Palace; the name coming from Persian "Ālī" (meaning great), and Azerbaijani "Qāpū" (meaning gate). Finally we tour the Imam Mosque and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and enjoy their architectural marvels. Evening is free at leisure. We stay overnight in Isfahan.

 


Day 2: Fly to Kerman, transfer to the Lut Desert & pitch camp


Today we take the flight to Kerman. Upon arriving on our flight, we transfer to the Lut Desert and set up camp there.

 


Day 3: Trek in the desert & pitch camp


We trek in the desert for three hours in the morning. Then we make a lunch stop and get some rest. In the evening, we continue trekking for two hours, and finally stop to set up camp and have supper.

 


Day 4: Trek in the desert & pitch camp


We trek in the desert for three hours in the morning. Then we make a lunch stop and get some rest. In the evening, we continue trekking for two hours, and finally stop to set up camp and have supper.

 


Day 5: Trek in the desert & pitch camp


We trek in the desert for three hours in the morning. Then we make a lunch stop and get some rest. In the evening, we continue trekking for two hours, and finally stop to set up camp and have supper.

 


Day 6: Trek in the desert & pitch camp


We trek in the desert for three hours in the morning. Then we make a lunch stop and get some rest. In the evening, we continue trekking for two hours, and finally stop to set up camp and have supper.

 


Day 7: Trek in the desert & pitch camp


We trek in the desert for three hours in the morning. Then we make a lunch and get some rest. In the evening, we continue trekking for two hours, and finally stop to set up camp and have supper.

 

 

Day 8: Transfer to Shiraz


Today we leave the desert with fond memories of our time there and catch a flight to Shiraz if available. Otherwise, we take a minibus or bus to Shiraz depending on the number of guests on the tour.

 


Day 9: Visit Shiraz


Shiraz is crowned as the heartland of Persian culture, and this city of sophistication will never fail to conjure up images of roses and nightingales, gardens and poetry. Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz dating back to when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. You’ll be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Palace, the splendid Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saraye Moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, and Nasir Almolk Mosque. Next, we will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants in Shiraz.
This gorgeous city is home to famous poets such as Hafez and Sa'adi. Hafez is one of the greatest poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. His poems give us a special feeling and the peace in his tomb is really outstanding. Sa'adi is a poet, philosopher and mystic who is known as the founder of alternative tourism. He travelled to different countries and cities and collected all his experiences in verse and rhyme prose in two books named Boustan and Golestan. We will get a chance to pay homage to the tombs of these great poets.
In the evening, we will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and be prepared to marvel at its beauties. We will take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally we will visit the Eram Garden and the tomb of Khajoy-e-Kermani from where the perspective of the mysterious city of Shiraz will remain in our mind.

 


Day 10: An excursion to Persepolis, Necropolis & Pasargadae


In the morning, we first pay a visit to Persepolis. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a showplace and a spectacular center for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire.
The second place we stop by is Necropolis. Opposite Mount Rahmat, ten minutes to the north, proudly stands Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid periods.
Then we will visit Pasargadae which was once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great who had issued its construction (559-530 BC). It is also the location of his tomb. It is today an archaeological site and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran. Finally we return to the hotel and get some rest. We will make our day by having Shirazi dinner and drink at Delgosha restaurant.

 


Day 11: transfer to the airport at midnight & depart from Iran by Turkish airline


What comes last is our transfer to Shiraz airport at midnight and depart from Iran, the land of history, culture, nature, beauty and hospitality, of which you sure have fond memories forever.

 

 Note: You would be more than welcome to ask any questions you might have regarding this tour at desert@key2persia.com