Are you looking for something unique? away from tourist crowds? Want to get off the beaten path? You might think that Iran is just deserts and camels. Travel to the north of Iran, and you will see lush forests, little villages scattered in the mountains, peaceful herds of sheep, rice paddies, tea plantations, nomad tribes and many more! We invite you to Gilan province on the Caspian Sea!
Arrival at IKA. Our representative will meet you on arrival, help you with all the formalities and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel (Parsian Enghelab 4* or similar).
Tehran is one of the biggest capitals of the Middle East, it's the city of contrasts, the place where East and West, traditions and modern technologies meet. AM: We will visit Saadabad, a palace built by Pahlavi dynasty in the north of Tehran. Nowadays it's a vast park with a dozen of museums scattered in its vicinity. You will see how the last Persian monarchs lived and also witness their collections of art. After that we will visit colorful Tajrish bazaar situated nearby and watch everyday life of Tehranis. PM: We will visit Darakeh district in the mountain. There're lots of authenticPersian restaurants, where citizens spend their free time, smoking shisha and eating kebabs. Hiking trails also start from here. Overnight at hotel.
After hearty breakfast we will head to the north of Iran, the Caspian region. En route we will visit Gilan Museum of Rural Heritage near the city of Rasht. It is a unique eco-museum that has been constructed in order to show the hidden corners of Gilaki people's culture and lifestyle to the tourists from all around the world.
After meeting hospitable Gilaki people, we will continue on to Sepidar Motel 3*, a cozy eco-hotel with wooden interior. Overnight.
AM: Early in the morning we'll set off for the town of Lahijan, famous for its tea plantations. We will use cable way to get on the very top of hill and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Caspian Sea and the mountains. You will see how they grow Iranian tea. PM: We will continue to Anzali port. We'll get on the boat to enjoy the beauties of Anzali Lagoon. It is home to both the Selke Wildlife Refuge and the Siahkesheem Marsh, it is known as a good place for bird watching with some 78 species of birds living in the area. Overnight at Sepidar Motel 3*.
AM: After a hearty breakfast we will go to Rudkhan, a brick and stone medieval castle, built during the Seljuk Dynasty (224-661 AD) by followers of the Ismaili sect. It's set high up in the mountains amidst lush forests, almost unassailable. We'll enjoy a pleasant walk uphill that leads to the castle.
PM: We'll continue on to the village of Masuleh famous for its unique architecture and breathtaking mountain views. The houses have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masuleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. Overnight at Sepidar Motel 3*.
AM: We say goodbye to the hospitable people of Talesh and move to the historical city of Ardebil. En route we'll pass through the picturesque Heyran road. The city tour includes the complex of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili, a UNESCO Heritage Site, local bazaar and Shorabil lake. PM: Drive to Sarein, a town famous for its thermal springs that cure many diseases. Overnight at Laleh Hotel Sarein 4*.
AM: After breakfast we'll relax at mountain lake Neor (2450 m), it's a unique eco-system, a great place for bird watching and fishing. We'll have a picnic at the lake and then drive to Tehran. Transfer to IKA, end of program.