Where Nature Meets History and Culture
11-Day Lut Desert & Cultural Cities Tour
From € 1270
Where nature meets history and culture, the most amazing vacations happen! Complete silence and serenity, just like you’ve seen in the movies, is a phenomenon you’ll get to experience visiting the beautiful Kalouts and desert of Shahdad in Kerman. The fantastical landscapes as you walk into this serene land is quite a memory to remember for a lifetime! One of the hottest and driest places in the world will bring up the coolest feelings in you! But your journey won’t be just through the natural wonders of Iran, but you’ll get to visit some of the most ancient cities of Iran such as Kerman, Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan. The modernity will not be left behind as you’ll see the modern life of the people in the capital city of Tehran!
This Iran tour package has been designed with this in mind: visiting Iran without seeing one of its natural UNESCO world heritages would not be as fun. Also, the same goes for not visiting cultural and historical UNESCO world heritage. Therefore, in IranAmaze Iran travel agency we have a package that covers both! So, you’ll get to see it all and go back telling your friends about the diversity of lifeform and landscapes you’ve experienced on your week and a half trip to the ancient civilization of Persia.
We’ll start our trip at the heart of the modern capital city of Iran called Tehran. So, we’ll be picking you up and drop you off at the hotel for some rest. Then, we’ll head to the heart of the city in the north of Tehran called Tajrish bazaar. It will be fascinating to see the local life. Also, we’ll have many delicious snacks! Then, we’ll head off to one of the most beautiful royal palaces of Tehran called Sa’adabad complex. Afterward, we’ll head back to our hotel for a restful night.
- Pick up from the airport
- Tajrish Bazaar
- Sa’adabad Complex
300 Hectare Complex Built by Pahlavi Dynasty
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Tehran
The next day, we’ll be flying to Kerman to start our exploration of deserts of Iran. Then, we’ll drop off our stuff at our hotel before taking a stroll through town. So then, we’ll head to the Bazaar to explore the historical sites inside and also buy some traditional souvenirs if we’d like. In the end, we’ll have some dinner at a traditional restaurant before going back to the hotel for a restful night before our trip to Shahdad.
- Flight to Kerman
- Jameh mosque of Kerman
- Ganjali Khan Complex
A place to make lifelong friendships since ancient times
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Kerman
We’ll wake up early to head to the Kalouts of Shahdad! So, our adventure through the Lut desert starts! We’ll have our breakfast on our way in a village very close to the Kalouts called Shafi Abad. The traditional guesthouse we’ll stay at will serve us. Then we hit the road to see the outer space like yardangs in Shahdad. It will blow our minds. We’ll take a hike up one of the kalouts to see the view of the massive desert of Shahdad. After exploring the beauty of it all, it’s time to make a bonfire and enjoy the closest we’ve ever felt to the stars. Then, we’ll head back to Shafi Abad to get a tight sleep for the night!
- Kalouts of Shahdad
Heart of the Lut Desert, UNESCO World Heritage
- Shafiabad Villag
The tranquility of Lut desert, The outer space resembling yardangs
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Shafiabad
We’ll wake up early to watch the sunrise over the Lut desert of Iran. Today, we’ll be going a bit closer to Gandom Beryan, which is located 80 kilometers from Shahdad. From one point, the vehicles will drop us off to start our trekking to the hottest point on earth called Gandom Beryan! We’ll see the many formations of the ground underneath our feet as we walk. The Volcanic area is covered with black volcanic rocks that cover the same intense heat rising in the region. It will be an experience like no other we’ve had so far. After spending some time there, we’ll trek back to where we were dropped off and enjoy another night by the fire and the starry sky. We’ll cook some fresh food on our fire and play social games at night. Finally, we’ll head back to our guesthouse for another night.
- Gandom Beryan
The hottest point on the earth
- Bonfire and social games at night
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Shafi Abad
We’ll wake up, and after having a nutritious breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes to Shahdad and go back to the desert city of Kerman. Then, we’ll visit a natural surprise! Shazdeh garden, with its diverse form of greenery, will be quite fascinating to see in the heart of a deserted region in Iran. After spending some time there, we’ll head on 4.5 hours ride to Yazd. We’ll be tired when we get there. So, after a light dinner, we’ll say our good-night and head for a restful night at the 4-star traditional hotel we’ll stay at that night.
- Shazdeh Garden
Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Yazd
It will be a day to remember as Yazd is one of the unique desert cities of Iran that has been so modernized but yet holds its ancient elements inside. From the garden to the fire temple and the mosque, we’ll see many beautiful, diverse sites. Then, we’ll chill at the historical neighborhood of Fahadan, having an authentic dinner on a roof café. Afterward, we’ll walk to Amir Chakhmaq square to buy some sweets and souvenirs before heading to get some sleep for the night.
- Dowlat Abad Garden
The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
- Fire Temple & Museum of Zoroastrian
Zoroastrian temple holds a fire that has burned for more than 1,500 years
- Jameh Mosque of Yazd
One of the tallest minarets among Persian mosques
- Fahadan neighborhood walking tour
The oldest neighborhood of Yazd
- Amir Chakhmaq
Noted for Symmetrical sunken arched alcoves
- Overnight 4-star hotel in Yazd
It’s time to head to another desert of Iran! We’ll be on the road for 2.5 hours before we reach the Varzaneh desert. We’ll drop off our belongings at the traditional guest house in the middle of the desert in which we’ll stay for the night. Then, we’ll head to the heart of the highest sand dunes of the middle east in the Varzaneh desert. So, we’ll explore the serenity and peace of walking barefoot in the deserts of Iran. We’ll have a picnic and eat our prepared lunch. Then, we’ll go on trekking a bit more inside the heart of the Varzaneh desert. Afterward, it’s time to experience yet another bonfire under the starry sky. We’ll have some fire snacks and watch the beautiful sky before heading back to the guesthouse for the night.
- Drive to Varzaneh Desert
- Varzaneh Desert Camp
Desert magic of Iran along with a Salt Lake and a starry sky
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Varzaneh
This is the day to head on the road to visit half of the world as Persians name it: Isfahan! Before that, though, we’ll experience our last sunrise watching in the deserts of Iran. Then, we’ll have some breakfast and hit the road afterward. When we get to Isfahan, we’ll drop off our stuff and visit the most historical bridges inside this lovely city. We’ll experience some local life as we partake in the singing and dancing session held underneath the Khaju bridge with people from all over the world and Iran. In the end, we’ll head to our hotel to sleep for the night.
- Drive to Isfahan
- Jame Mosque of Isfahan
A UNESCO World Heritage
- Khaju Bridge and Si-o-se-pol Traditional Bridge
A walking tour of Zayandeh rud river and bridges,Gathering of songs and music
- House Dinner
An Iranian family invites us to their home for a homemade dinner
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Isfahan
We’ll continue our adventure through Isfahan. We’ll visit the Naqsh-E Jahan square with its many wonders and historical sites. Then, we’ll have some traditional authentic lunch before heading to see moments of other religions in Isfahan. So, we’ll visit the Armenian neighborhood afterward. Vank Cathedral will mesmerize us with its beautiful paintings on the ceiling and walls. At the end of our day, we’ll head back to the hotel and say our goodbyes to Isfahan.
- Naqsh-e Jahan Square
A UNESCO World Heritage
- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
An architectural masterpiece of Iranian architecture. Built during the Safavid Empire.
- Shah Mosque
Another masterpiece around the square
- Ali Qapu Palace
The official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty. Historically valuable paintings and mosaic work, acoustic rooms.
- Chehel Sotoun Palace
The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
- Vank Cathedral
Also known as the Church of the Saintly Sisters
- Jolfa Square
As we wake up early at 6:00 am and have our breakfast, we’ll hit the road towards the last desert city we’ll see in Iran called Kashan. Sp, we’ll be visiting the last historical sites of our trip before we head back to Tehran. We’ll start by visiting the Borujerdi historical house. Afterward, we’ll go to the ancient hills of Sialk in Kashan to see some archeological remanence of past desert life. Then, we’ll have dinner at a traditional royal house to feed our body and soul at the same time.
- Drive to Kashan
- Borujerdi House
Features of Iran’s traditional residential architecture
- Tepe Sialk
Ziggurat dates back to 3000 BC, oldest settlement dates to around 6000 BC
- Puppet Museum
- Fin Garden
Persian Garden, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Kashan
It’s time to say our goodbyes to the adventure of the deserts in Iran and head back to Tehran.
- Drive to IKA
- Airport Drop Off
Your Flexibility Options
- Relaxing in the desert is always soul-making. If you like to spend a particular time (like sunset or sunrise) in the heart of the desert beyond the itinerary, you can ask your guide to fix it in your plans.
- You could tell us in the booking form your preferences about your guide characteristics or specific knowledge. We’ll make sure to match a guide for you based on your requests.
This Tour's Features
Nature + Culture
The harmony between inhabitants and nature is one of the most striking aspects of exploring Iranian deserts and desert cities. Alongside marvelous natural spectacles, you’ll see how people live in the heart of the desert and how they have adapted over the years to live under such harsh circumstances.
All bookings and contracts are settled through SAE Event GmbH, a registered travel agency in Austria. As a result, all transactions and processes are done based on the European legal system. So you would have the advantage of working with a local tour operator under EU-law. Visiting Iran with locals was never that hassle-free.
Persian cuisine is famous for its diversity and deliciousness and can boast of being able to satisfy the most refines of palates. Learn about Persian cuisine history and experience Iran’s real taste by trying the most authentic and traditional Persian specialties.
All transportation by an Air-Co Vehicle
Domestic flight from Tehran to Kerman
4 Nights at 4-star hotels
6 Nights at traditional guesthouse
Staff & Experts
Local English-speaking Adventure Guide / Driver Guide
CXO (Chief Experience Officer)
throughout your trip, 24/7 Support
Additional activities such as off road adventures, etc.
Entrance Fees to the mentioned monuments in the itinerary
Local Debit Card
Iranian Sim Card
Official Iran Visa reference number
First-day transportation from other cities than Tehran or last days to other cities beside Isfahan (If you want this service, mention in the booking form)
International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Other expenses such as laundry, extra snacks, etc.
Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
Plan this Trip
Pricing for Private Tours
|Months||Price / person|
May, June, July, August
January, February, November, December
- 50% Surcharge would apply for solo travelers.
- Volume discounts would apply for groups.
Booking Terms & Conditions
After finalizing the price of the tour you have selected, you should pay a deposit equal to 25% of your tour cost. Then, we will issue a booking confirmation. You should pay the rest (75%) in cash at the beginning of your tour in our office in Iran.
In case you cancel your tour booking, cancellation fees will apply:
• Up 90 days before arrival: We’ll fully refund the paid deposit.
• 90-60 days before arrival: We’ll refund 50% of the paid deposit.
• 60-30 days before arrival: We’ll refund 25% of the paid deposit.
• From 30 days before arrival to actual arrival: We will hold the deposit (25% of the package price) as a cancellation fee.
How Is This Trip Responsible?
- Before starting the tour, we provide our travelers with the necessary information.
- We leave no trace behind in nature, and we encourage others not to do so.
- We value the pristine areas and choose the beaten tracks as our route.
- We treat our local porters respectfully and fairly.
- Our meals are cooked by local cooks.
- Around the mountains, we use local transportation.
- We appreciate nomad people and don’t disturb their life.
- We minimize our use of plastic in our trip
IranAmaze organizes a variety of tours for all travel interests and types. If you’d like to see all of our Iran tours and get to know the diverse experiences you could have in Iran, please visit our Iran tours page.
From € 1270