Desert Tours

At RagRug tours we arrange different kinds of tours and adventures to suit your budget.

 

Option 1: Sand Dunes + Salt Lake

(you can add options from the list below depending on your budget)

A. Sand Dunes: Iran’s deserts are among the most magnificent and famous in the world, so you’ll have a chance to visit them while in Isfahan.
B: Salt Lake: Iran has three salt lakes and one of them is located in the eastern part of Isfahan close to the sand dunes.
C: Well Run by a Bull: See the oldest technique for catching water from a well using a special bull.
D: Pidgeon Tower: This ornate ancient structure was built for keeping pigeons to produce organic fertilizer.
E. Ghurtan Citadel: This thousand-year-old citadel contains four mosques, a pigeon house, a water reservoir, a mill and many houses. It is protected by fourteen round towers.
F: Desert Camping: Experience the desert night with the sky full of stars.
G: Off-road Car Adventure: We provide off-road cars for crossing the desert and having an exciting time. (Duration one or two days, flexible option)

 

Option 2: Naein City

Unique to Naein are some of the most outstanding monuments in all of Iran:
A. Naein Jamè Mosque: One of the first four mosques built in Iran after the Arab invasion. The remarkable feature of this mosque is that it had been used as a fire temple in the time before Islam.
B. The Castle of Narenje: According to surveys and other evidence, this monument may belong to the 13th Century.
C: The Oldest Abandoned Bazaar in Iran: This bazaar belongs to the 13th century.
D: Water Reservoirs and Wind Catchers: In desert towns, people used to store water in special water tanks that used nearby wind catchers as natural air conditioners.
E: Loom Workshops in Man-made Caves: A good example of Zoroastrian architecture are these man-made caves used as a loom workshop for the handwoven cloak industry. (Duration: half-day)

 

Option 3: Zoroastrian History and Fire Temple

A. Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Chak Chak): The ancient religion of Persians was Zoroast. Known to be 3000 years old, it was the first monotheistic religion in the world. Chak Chak is the most important fire temple for Zoroastrians and followers still practice their religion there.
B: Abandoned 1200-year-old village, Karanaq: Feel ancient Iranian life by wandering through this dry-mud village thought to have been first settled by Zoroastrians during the Sasanid Empire which lasted from from the 3rd to the 7th century AD. (Duration: half-day)
We have a special offer of a two-day tour and experience combining Options 1, 2 and 3, finishing in Yazd City.

 

Option 4: Red Coloured Village (Abyaneh)

Abyaneh is a quaint, picturesque village that has withstood modernization and retained its traditional integrity in terms of architecture, costume, dialect and customs, giving the impression of a spectacular layout of stepped alleys and multi-floor buildings made of mud bricks, clay and wool. Abyaneh flaunts its exhilarating beauty that has been preserved through the ages.

 

Option 5: Kashan City

A. Historical Houses (Tabatabaei and Abbasian houses)
Tabatabaei house is a traditional house that was built during the Qajar period. Located in Kashan city, it is famed for its coloured stucco, mirror work and stained-glass windows
The Abbasi house is a large traditional house located in Kashan. Built in the 18th century, it is a complex of six houses with multiple courtyards over various levels. Secret passageways and mirrored ceilings add to the wonder of this unique traditional house.
B. Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse. This 16th century bathhouse is an excellent example of Arabic architecture with its two ornate halls decorated with ornamental tiles. Once used as a place for bathing, relaxing, debating and prayer, it is now registered as a national heritage site.
C. Sialk Hills: Sialk Hills (Tepe Sialk) is an ancient archaeological site dating back to around 6000-5500 BC. Artefacts taken from this important archaeological site can be seen in the Louvre, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Museum of Iran.
D. Fin Garden: This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the reign of Abbas I of Persia (1571-1629). The garden is 2.3 hectares in size and contains numerous water features as well as architectural features of the Safavid, Zandiyeh and Qajar periods.