A Relaxing Week in Iran Desert Wonders
7-Day Dasht-E Kavir (Mesr) Desert Tour
Tens of millions of years ago, the dry Dasht-e Kavir land was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surrounded a small piece of the continent that is now considered to be central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a salt layer as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick. Over time, the salt was covered by mud, but its power made it push through over the years and created the salt domes in this desert, which is definitely a unique phenomenon worth exploring while you are in Iran! The wonders of this ancient ocean and current desert are quite indescribable! From the silent serenity of the desert to the villages built by resilient people in the desert land over time, there is so much to see!
This Iran tour package is designed to show you the modernity of cities like Tehran, the calmness of the sandhills, and the uniqueness of Tabas villages along our way to get to one of the unique desert cities in the world, Yazd. In IranAmaze Iran travel agency We’ll experience the diversity along the path of Dasht-E Kavir while learning many lessons from the people we’ll meet on our tour. It will be a deep adventure through this ancient land called Iran!
We’ll be picking you up and spending the first day exploring the capital of Iran, Tehran. We’ll start by visiting the 300-hectare Sa’ dabad palace complex with its beautiful mirror work and royal vibes. Then, we’ll head to the Tajrish bazaar to see the local life in Tehran and feel the modern vibes of this big city! After spending time to have some moments of socializing and eating delicious snacks of the Bazaar, we’ll head back to the hotel to have a restful night before our trip to the deserts of Iran.
- Airport Pick up
- Sa’ dabad palace complex
300 Hectare Complex Built by Pahlavi Dynasty
- Tajrish Bazaar
People and Local Life: chaos and crowed people, shopping, oldness
- Welcoming Dinner
A short meeting to talk about the whole tour
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Tehran
We’ll start our day early in the morning at 6:00 to get the most out of our day. We’ll head to the Mesr desert in the middle of Dasht-E Kavir. We’ll have a nutritious breakfast on the road. Then, it will take us about 9 hours to get there from Tehran. Mesr desert is known as the sand lovers’ oasis. We’ll drop up all of our stuff at the traditional guesthouse in the desert. Then, we’ll head for an adventure through the golden sand dunes of the Mesr desert, experiencing some form of meditation after being on the road for so long. Then, walking barefoot by the crystalized salt flowers and the dry riverbeds would be quite entertaining. We’ll watch the sunset over the beautiful Mesr desert before making a bonfire to enjoy some fresh food under the starry sky.
We’ll lay down and enjoy the night for a while before heading back to our guesthouse to sleep.
- Mesr Desert
Located in Dasht-e Kavir
- Bonfire and fun socializing time
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Mesr Village
We’ll wake up early to watch the sunrise at the beautiful serenity of Dasht-E Kavir. After having a nutritious breakfast, we’ll head for some more fun at the heart of the desert. Camel riding, sandboarding, off-road, and ATV activities could be optional activities not included in the tour, which you might want to partake in as an additional add-on. However, we should not underestimate the joy of trekking in the desert watching the many formations of the ground and the surrounding that happens in the midst of nothingness. Then we’ll be visiting the palm tree gardens and canebrakes. We’ll also pass through some small oasis that still has some traces of the old desert architecture.
Afterward, we’ll trek back to the sandhills to experience another extraordinary sunset and lovely meal freshly cooked by our local guide. We’ll play some social games by the bonfire, and perhaps some traditional music will add up some fire and spice to our starry night as we dance under the stars. When we get too relaxed, we’ll head back to the guesthouse for our last restful night at Mesr desert.
- Mesr Desert
Located in Dasht-e Kavir
- Palm tree Gardens and Canbrakes
- Sunset and Bonfire
- Overnight Traditional Guesthouse in Mesr Village
We’ll wake up early at 6:00 am to head to one of the most beautiful desert counties of the region called Tabas, holding several historical and natural gems of Iran at its heart. After having our breakfast, we’ll be on the road for about 3 hours. We’ll drop off our belonging at an eco-lodge in a historic village called Esfahak. Then, we’ll start our journey through Tabas by exploring the village we are staying at, an old adobe village with desert clay houses surrounded by palm trees.
Afterward, we’ll head to Morteza Ali canyon for some hiking in between the canyon within the warm water. It will be a unique experience. One of the special features of this canyon is that at some point on the right side of the river in which we are walking, there is cold water while the left side is hot! We’ll walk for about 5 km to get to arrive at the magnificent and historical Shah Abbasi Dome. We’ll have a picnic and eat our lunch in the presence of history and our ancestors. Then after taking a short break, we’ll trek down to our car to drive back to Esfahak village. The nights of this village are popular among tourists. We’ll watch the historic houses and palm trees shine bright under the starry sky. After having a light dinner, we’ll rest for the night.
- Historical Esfahak Village
Located close to Tabas City
- Morteza Ali Canyon
- Overnight the Eco-lodge in Esfahak Starry
We’ll have some breakfast. Then, we’ll start our second day at Tabas by heading to a village called Ezmeyghan, which is full of wonders. It’s amazing to see vast rice fields and orange trees blossoming next to the date trees in the heart of a desert village! Also, Takhte Arus, which translates to the bridal seat, is one of the many attractions of this village. It’s a white rock located at the bottom of the valley where also the river ends. It will be quite an experience to see how the people of Tabas adapted to desert life in this authentic village.
Then, we’ll head to one of the most amazing valleys of the east of Iran close to Ezmeyghan called Kal Jeni. It’s a historical valley known to the natives as the houses of jinn. They believe supernatural creatures have been living in the holes created inside the mountain. When you visit this gorgeous canyon, you will understand the name is absolutely suitable; it is an overpowering mysterious and atmospheric place created by the erosions and floods over the years. We’ll head out of the valley before the sunset to make sure the aliens don’t attack us at night. Afterward, we’ll picnic over at the vast field by the Kal Jeni mountains and socialize together, sharing our ghost stories while we eat. After we are filled with food and stories, we’ll head back to Esfahak to spend our last night at Tabas.
- Ezmeyghan Village
Oasis of rice fields in the desert
- Kal Jeni
Where ghosts live!
- Overnight the Eco-lodge in Esfahak Starry
We’ll get up early and have our breakfast. Then, it’s time to see the next step of the desert evolution by going to Yazd. That city is definitely the most advanced and beautiful desert cities of Iran. We’ll be on the road for 4.5 hours, but we’ll have some pit stops on our way. Our adventure through the diversity of religions in Yazd starts at Chak Chak, which is an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple in the heart of a mountain before we arrive at Yazd. Chak Chak shrine represents one of the most ancient religions of Iran. After exploring the temple and hearing all the mysterious stories about it, we’ll be heading to another historical heritage right outside Yazd. So, we’ll visit Khranaq village.
Tiny ancient adobe houses are neatly aligned in circles. Domed roofs and building material, the color of clay, echoing the deserts of Yazd, will be quite fascinating. The wind catchers, which look like watchtowers, serve as the home’s ventilation system. It’s like stepping back in time and exploring how people built great solutions for a better life in the heart of the desert. Then, it’s time to have a late lunch at the historical Caravanserai of Khranaq before heading to Yazd. Once we arrive at Yazd and drop off our belongings at a traditional hotel, we’ll go for an exploration of this city. We’ll visit the historical Mir Chakhmaq square to have a light dinner and perhaps buy some unique Yazdi sweets as souvenirs. Then we’ll head back to the hotel for a restful night.
- Drive from Tabas to Yazd
- Chack Chak Shrine
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
- Khranaq Historical Village
- Lunch at Historical Caravanserai
- Amir Chakhmaq Square
Located in the historical urban fabric of the city of Yazd and is known for its symmetrical alcoves
- Overnight 4-star Hotel in Yazd
We’ll wake up early in the morning to have time exploring the many wonders of Yazd. We’ll have our breakfast at the hotel before heading to Jame mosque with its beautiful Islamic architecture, giving us yet another moment of religion in Yazd. We’ll continue our stroll by walking to the historical neighborhood of Fahadan. We’ll visit a few different historical sites before heading to a rooftop café for some delicious authentic food with a view of the windcatchers in the city.
Next, it’s time for a surprise. So, we’ll visit the Dowlat Abad garden and its greenery in the heart of the desert. After being mesmerized by the ancient Persian garden and the beauty of it all, we’ll head back to say our goodbyes until next time
- Jameh Mosque of Yazd
The main, congregational mosque of Yazd
- Fahadan neighborhood walking tour
The oldest neighborhood of Yazd
- Dowlat Abad Garden
A UNESCO World Heritage well-known for its high wind catcher
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.
- On the third day, we’ll head for some more fun at the heart of the Mesr desert. You can choose from different activities based on your preferences.
- 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
2 Nights at 4-star hotels
4 Nights 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 beside Yazd (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 € 790