THE HIDDEN GEMS OF THE PERSIAN GULF

15-DAY ECO-CULTURAL TOUR OF THE PERSIAN GULF ISLANDS OF IRAN

OUTLINE & HIGHLIGHTS

Category:
Zhivar Travel Agency

Duration

15 Days

Group Size

Small Groups: (6-14) Guests

Physical Rating

Normal – Easy

Best time to travel

October to April

START

Tehran

DURATION

15 Days

Finish

Tehran

The Persian Gulf is well known for having one of the world’s wealthiest oil reserves that supply one-third of the planet’s oil. Still, aside from its modern-day geopolitical importance, the region’s history tells a tale of an ancient culture that governed the beautiful coastlines, beaches, and islands of the Persian Plateau, where through the passage of thousands of years, the ancient Persians created a fascinating civilization with magnificent cities and harbors.

The Iranian Islands of the Persian Gulf:

In 550 BC, the Achaemenid Empire established the first ancient empire in Persis (Pars, or modern Fars), in the southwestern region of the Iranian plateau. Consequently, in the Greek sources, the body of water that bordered this province came to be known as the “Persian Gulf.

Considering the historical background of the Persian Gulf, Sir Arnold Wilson mentions in a book published in 1928 that “no water channel has been so significant as the Persian Gulf to the geologists, archaeologists, geographers, merchants, politicians, excursionists, and scholars whether in the past or in the present. This water channel separates the Iran Plateau from the Arabia Plate and has enjoyed an Iranian Identity since at least 2200 years ago.”

As the fifth largest gulf in the world, with coastlines along Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf is home to many islands where nearly thirty of them belong to Iran in which the most popular are the seven islands of Kish, Qeshm, Hormuz, Hengan, Lavan, Laral and Ninoo Islands which are the hidden gems welcoming globetrotters and coastal tourist from around the globe.

The Persian Islands are most famous for their turquoise waters, crimson-hued beaches, scenic landscapes, magnificent sea life, diverse natural and cultural attractions, soulful Southern Iranian cuisine, and the upbeat Southern African music of Iran called “Bandari Music,” influenced by its vibrant coastal Afro-Iranian culture.

Some of the many aquatic activities on the islands include parasailing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, sailing, and fly boarding.

This fifteen Day tour will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime eco-cultural island adventure through one of the most eccentric locations on the globe.

Due to the weather conditions of the region, the best time to travel to these islands is in autumn and winter, when you can enjoy a mild climate experience with an average of 24 degrees Celsius.

For those travelers and soccer enthusiasts attending World Cup 2022 in Qatar:

Please note that Hormozgan province in Iran is only about 441 km away from Doha and can be a fantastic choice for an extension tour for those attending World Cup 2022 in Qatar!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the hidden gems and natural wonders of six of the Persian Gulf Islands in 15 Days.
  • Enjoy an overnight camping and culinary experience under the stars on the iconic sandy shorelines of Moakassar Beach.
  • Explore the Nayband National Marine Park, one of the most valuable marine habitats in the Persian Gulf.
  • Enjoy a scenic Oceanside bike or electric motorbike ride on one of the most beautiful bike-riding paths of Kish island.
  • Discover the natural wonders of Qeshm Island Global GeoPark, (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Enjoy a private boat trip to the mangrove marine forest, which is one of the World’s Biosphere Reserves, with an area of about 9,000 hectares, it’s the most extensive collection of maritime forests located in the Persian Gulf
  • Have a magical experience wandering through the mysterious Valley of the Stars, a series of majestic gorges and canyons formed over centuries of erosion, like stepping into a Salvador Dalí painting!
  • Trek through Rainbow Valley to visit its ochre-stained streams, crimson-hued beaches and enchanting salt caves, and rainbow-colored mountains!
  • Explore Darak Beach, one of the most exotic spots in Iran, where the sea meets the desert for evening camping under the stars where the turquoise waters of the Sea of Oman and the Indian ocean unite with the wilderness of the desert to create an unbelievable, picturesque landscape.
  • Discover the upbeat Southern African music of Iran called “Bandari Music,” influenced by its vibrant coastal Afro-Iranian culture.

Itinerary Outline:

ARRIVAL IN TEHRAN (pre-booked hotel rooms).

Arrival at Tehran’s IKA airport in the early hours of the morning; meet and transfer to hotel

TEHRAN-ASALUYEH

Meet with your guide. Private transfer to Mehrabad airport; en-route visit of Azadi tower. Flight to Port of Asaluyeh on the shores of the Persian Gulf; visiting Nayband wild life refuge and Benood Sea Cave; overnight stay at the hotel.

ASALUYEH – MOKASSAR BEACH – OVERNIGHT BEACH CAMP

Boat ride to the Islands of Lavan and Shidvar – Overnight camping and BBQ dinner at Mokassar Beach.

MOKASSAR BEACH-AFTAB PORT-KISH ISLAND

After breakfast at the beach camp, we will have a one-hour drive to Aftab Port to catch a two-hour ferry ride to Kish Island off the southern coast of Iran; overnight stay at the hotel.

KISH ISLAND

Free day with a choice of a full day of rest and leisure; swimming at the hotel’s private beach with all meals served at the hotel, or an option to join a group tour of the Islands with special activities.

KISH ISLAND

A day of aquatic activities and exciting entertainments of your choice; Snorkeling, Diving, Kayak, paddleboard, parasail, sailing, cruise tours, and jet skiing as desired; dinner with live music; overnight stay at the hotel.

KISH ISLAND – QESHM ISLAND

After breakfast, check out of the hotel to leave Kish Island for a two-hour ferry ride back to the mainland at Aftab or Charak Port to catch our private transport to Qeshm Island by land; overnight stay at the hotel.

QESHM ISLAND

Full-day tour of some of the natural wanders of Qeshm Island Global Geopark; overnight stay at the hotel.

QESHM ISLAND

Another full-day tour of the natural wonders of Qeshm Island; overnight stay at the hotel.

QESHM ISLAND – HORMOZ ISLAND

After breakfast and check-out, we will drive to the port for a private transfer by ferry to Hormoz Island also known as Iran’s Rainbow Island for a half-day tour of some of the Islands attractions; overnight stay at the hotel.

QESHM ISLAND – DARAK BEACH

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and drive to Darak Beach, one of the most exotic spots in Iran, where the sea meets the desert for evening camping under the stars.

DARAK BEACH – CHABAHAR

After breakfast at the beach camp, we will drive to Chabahar Port to visit various natural and historic attractions followed by a visit to the Traditional Bazaar of Chabahar dating back to ancient times; an overnight stay at the hotel.

CHABAHAR

After breakfast, we will drive to Beris Beach, one of the most beautiful and rare rocky beaches in Iran, and the Makran Sea with coral reefs and scenic views of the Beris Port; followed by a visit to the Martian Mountains; overnight stay at the hotel.

CHABAHAR – TEHRAN

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and transfer to Chabahar International Airport for a domestic flight to Tehran for a half-day tour of Tehran; transfer to the IKA Airport hotel for an overnight stay.

DEPARTURE TEHRAN

In the morning, transfer to IKA airport for the departure flight.

What’s Included:

  • Applying for visas
  • Accommodation in 4-5* hotels and traditional guest houses
  • All land transportation in A/C sedan/ Mini Van/Bus
  • All transfers to/from airports, from/to hotels
  • All portages and entrance fees for main sites and excursions to include Ferry Rides
  • English, German, Spanish, French, or Italian-speaking national guide
  • Meals: BB/HB/FB
  • All Camping Gear
  • Domestic Flight from Tehran – Port of Asaluyeh
  • Domestic Flight from Chabahar International Airport - Tehran

Not Included:

  • International Flight
  • Visa application fee
  • Personal Fees for aquatic activities: Snorkeling, Diving, Kayak, paddleboard, parasail etc.

contact us

To request a detailed itinerary and pricing for this tour please contact us at info@Zhivar.net or James@zhivar.com