The Magic of Varzaneh Dunes
3-Day Varzaneh Desert & Isfahan Tour
From € 430
From the serenity of Varzaneh desert and the pool of cultural heritage in Isfahan, this 3-day tour package is designed to give one of Iran’s most diverse experiences!
Watching the sunrise over the sand dunes of Varzaneh, creating all different kinds of shapes in the desert silence, is quite indescribable. You could get lost in the magic of being surrounded by a massive land of nothingness! It will be an inner journey through every step you take on the soft sands of the Varzaneh desert. Some call it sand therapy!
Also, if you are up for some more adventure, camel trekking, bike riding, the off-road adventure could be a fun add-on to your sand therapy sessions!
After taking in all the peace from the Varzaneh desert, you’ll be getting lost in Isfahan, the cultural gem of Iran tour, which is also known as half of the world. The art and architecture from thousands of years ago will take you deeper into the inner journey of what our Iran travel agency ancestors used to do when traveling through the ancient Persian civilization. This vacation will give you a diversity of what Iran has to offer in a short amount of time.
We’ll be picking you early in the morning to head on a 5.5 hours’ drive to Varzaneh desert guesthouse. Then, we’ll have an authentic lunch in this traditional guesthouse run by local people in the middle of the Varzaneh desert. After having lunch, we’ll head off for some desert trekking. Then, we’ll get dropped off at the white scenery created by the Varzaneh Salt Lake, which is believed to have cleansing effects both on the body and soul. So, after spending some time there taking photos with the majestic white land, we’ll head off to the sand dunes of Varzaneh. Then, we’ll have the option to stroll through the majestic sand dunes for some sand therapy or get on a camel and ride through the massive earth and sky. Afterward, we’ll take a long walk through the desert for a few hours resting in between to feel and see the different texture of the ground underneath our feet. Then, we’ll watch the sunset over the beautiful sand dunes of Varzaneh before making a bonfire to enjoy the desert night. Then, we’ll make some fresh, delicious food to have under the starry sky. It will be a night full of natural light and laughter with our friends and guides, after all. In the end, we’ll head back to our guesthouse for a restful night.
- Drive to Varzaneh Desert
- Varzaneh Desert: Sand dunes & Salt Lake
One of the beautiful deserts of the eastern part of Isfahan
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Varzaneh
We can wake up early to watch the sunrise at the serenity of the Varzaneh desert. Then, after having a notorious breakfast cooked by the lovely locals in the guesthouse, we can get ready for another day full of adventures in the desert. So, we’ll explore the historical Citadel of Ghoortan, visiting Varzaneh highlights, including Gav Chah, Asyab shotor. The citadel is a century-old building known for being home to some locals until today! We’ll also visit Kabootar khaneh (or pigeon’s house) with its distinctive architectural style and pigeon holes. These constructions were used for keeping the pigeons and using their eggs and dung. After visiting the historical monuments surrounding the Varzaneh desert, we’ll go back to the guesthouse to pack our stuff, have a light meal and get on the road for only 2.5 hours before we get to the beautiful city of Isfahan. So, after dropping off our stuff at a lovely hotel in Isfahan and resting a bit, we’ll head for a relaxing stroll through the Zayandehrud river of Isfahan. Seeing people singing and dancing underneath the Khaju bridge will teach us a lesson about how the balance of silence and sounds can create a beautiful rhythm in our lives. Then, we’ll head back to our hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Ghoortan historical Citadel
- Kabootar Khaneh (or pigeon’s house)
- Gav Chah
- Drive to Isfahan
- Khaju and Si-o-Se Pol Traditional Bridges
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Isfahan
After having breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start our day by exploring the many wonders of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which literally translates to the image of the world. We’ll be visiting palaces and beautiful mosques along with handicraft stores for some souvenirs, after all. Then, we’ll have an authentic local lunch in a traditional restaurant. Then, it’s time to see the diversity of religions in this city of Iran. So, we’ll visit the magnificent Vank Cathedral and the Armenian neighborhood of Isfahan called Jolfa. In the end, we’ll say our goodbyes and hope you come back for a more extended adventure through Iran.
- 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
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 Sedan
1 Night at a 4-star hotel
1 Night at traditional guesthouses
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 besides 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|
March, April, 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 the tour starts, the necessary information (e.g., Etiquette) is given to our travelers
- Local guides and drivers collaborate with us
- We eat 2 meals in local restaurants
- 1 night we sleep at an eco lodge
- We help you to have a better and easier interaction with locals
- It is not just sightseeing; we provide true to life experiences
- We go to local-traditional markets
- We visit the products of NGOs in Isfahan to support them
- Cars we use are fuel-efficient
- We try our best to use less plastic and make less waste 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 € 430