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Ecotourism

Ecotourism

The natural environment of Iran, with more than 2,800 kilometers of coastline and water borders as well as the high mountains of Alborz and Zagross, supplies high recreational and eco-tourism potentials. The shores of the Caspian Sea in the north and the coasts of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman in the south are suitable places as recreational resort in summer and winter. The islands of the Persian Gulf, Kish, Qeshm, and Hormoz with suitable shores and beaches as well as pleasant sunshine may be used for vacations even in winters. There are daily and regular flights to this region from several parts of the country as well as suitable accommodation facilities. Moreover, these islands are easily accessible through waterways by different types of ships and boats as well as by airplane

The mountains and mountain slopes in Iran, along with economic value for nomads for grazing of their sheep, serves as summer residence of urban dwellers as well as suitable places for winter and mountain sports.

Because of its beautiful natural setting, a lively and interesting environment we can offer our nature loving tourists a no of magnificent and outstanding tours which are unique and can be organized in a wide range of different itineraries to cover the beauty of the whole country at very competitiveprices.

We can offer you, visits to a number of Natural Parks & Protected Region such as, Golestan, Kavir,Lar, Khosh Yellagh, Bakhtegan and Bamoo. Bakhtegan lake is a place that must be seen by tourists especially in winter when the migrated flamingoes and birds from Russia accommodate themselves in here.

A visit to Margoon Waterfall, Anzali Lagoon (West Caspian coast) Miankaleh Lagoon (East Caspian coast), Qeshm island Mangrove forest in Persian Gulf will fulfill your tour of Iran.

Eco tourism in Iran divided into different categories like enjoying wildlife, photography from nature, camping, mountain climbing, hiking, desert trekking, camel ridding in heart of Iranian deserts, walking in forest, observing stars and some other fields.

 - Observing wildlife

Wildlife tour in Iran comprising watching Asian Zebra in Touran national park or Caracal which is a rare and beautiful cat, visiting yellow deer in Urmia  national park or various others wildlife tour all over the country.

 - Sightseeing flora and fauna

Looking Chelcheraq lily in Roodbar in middle of June, and upside down tulip in Shahre-e Kord, enjoying Hirknai jungle in Gorgan and Anzali, and corn popy in Lar Plain in Tehran are small angle of Iran unique flora and fauna.

- photography from nature

Photography from Kaloot in desert, the world hottest desert, colorful autumn, summer, photography from coast of Persian Gulf in Qeshm and Hara Man groove as well as  denseness forest of Gilan province is amusement experience for photographer.

 - Walking in foothill

Autumn and spring are the best season for walking in foothill of Ahar , Reineyeh and Fasham in Tehran province, Shahrestanak in Karaj is proper for this purpose in all season of year.

- Mountain climbing

Abnik, Verjin and Bandish in Tehran province and Alvand in Hamadan are good for mountain climbing.

- Marine Tourism

Visiting coral coast in Persian Gulf, voyage with ship among ports, observing dolphin in Kish and turtle in Qeshm.

- Walking in nature

Kondar in perimeter if Varish, Asalem in Khalkhal are the best spot for walking in spring, Tarem in Zanjan in spring, as well as Qasr-e Bahram in Varamin are proper for walking in Iranian nature.

- Discovery in nature

It is possible to hold such tours in all part of the country, Khajir national park, Sorkheh Hesar in Tehran, Golestan forest are among spots for getting in touch with nature.

- Camel ridding in desert

 Mesr desert in perimeter of Semnan, Halvan village in Tabas, Naein, and Maranjab are best for camel ridding in Iranian deserts.

- Desert trekking

 Qasre- Bahram caravansary in Maranjab in autumn, spring and winter, Shahdad desert near Kerman in winter are good for desert trekking.

- Walking in forest

 Zanjan to Masouleh , Shahroud to Sari, Alamout to Kelardasht are among the best routes for 4-day tour in heart of Iranian jungle.

-  Bird Watching

At present there are 10 National Parks & 41 Protected Region in Iran. The total area encompassed by these protected areas is approximately 7.9 million hectares (about 19.75 million acres) about 4.8% of the total land area of the country.

Iran has some of the best bird shooting in the world, Ever been to Iran or ever wondered how it could be possible to take a trip to Iran for bird watching, artistic photography of bird species or research trips.

You've found the right place! Note that here on birdsofiran.com this is just a service we provide as fund raising to help finance the conservation efforts for protecting the endangered species of birds of Iran as a private entity. Please contact an on/offline travel agent, and/or the nearest Iranian travel agency, if you can't find the desired information starting from our tour and travel guide. We are only interested in adventure trips, bird photography and research trips related to wildlife & birds of Iran. But I will reply to "interesting" requests not to mention we've have made some wonderful friends this way.

- Observing Stars

It is also possible to enjoy stars in Iranian sky both for armature and professional, there are different number of spots all over the country that are best for observing stars, depending on season and some other factors.

- Camping in Iran

There are different numbers of camping sites in Iran in various zones, desert, mountain, etc.

- Nomad's Tour

There are currently 1.2 million nomadic Pastoralists in Iran, Organized in over 500 Tribes and independent clans. They share with each other three essential Characteristics:

They migrate regularly between Summering and wintering quarters (usually from cooler mountain pastures to warmer plains) in order to take Advantage of seasonal grazing resources.

They are traditional herders of sheep, goats, camels and other livelihood.

They have tribe structures often based on kinship clan and other types of communal organization.

Cattle - raising & Tribal structure of the society are both attributed to migratory way of life, yet these are not the only characteristics. The only factors distinguishing them from sedentary communities are the seasonal migrations & lack of specific village settlement. Unfortunately we don't have sufficient information regarding the nomadic tribes in Iran before Islam. In the Islamic era, Iranian tribes consisted of Kurds, Lurs, baluchis, Arabs, Turks & the barahuis. This style of living gained importance in Seljuk period (11th- 14th century). Migratory Iranian tribes mainly live along the Zagros mountain range and in West & East Azarbaijan in the western part of Iran as well as in Kermanshahan, Khuzistan, Luristan, Ilam and chahar - Mahal -o- Bakhtiyari, Kohkiluyeh and Boyer - Ahmad, Fars, Khorassan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Semnan & the central region of Iran.

The hierarchy of division in tribes in Iran, for example among Qashqaies are as follows: Tribes are usually divided into a few clans. Clans in turn consist of a few sects which are further divided into "Bonkus" consisting of a few families called "Obeys''.

Handicrafts, well - known in the world have an important role in the economy of the tribal family. Meat & dairy products constitute their main economic activites. Tribes often define their group & clans in terms of tents. "Tent" denotes the word.


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  1. Persian Bull Column Capital Persepolis

    Jewels of Persia

    ‘Jewels of Persia’ gradually reveals the rich variety of the country as we visit Shiraz, the heartland of ancient Persia, and Isfahan, the epitome of the finest works of Islamic art and architecture, while mixing with local people and experiencing the real Iran.
    We spend nights among the last remaining nomadic tribes. We explore all the popular attractions of Shiraz, including the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 5th Century BC palatial complex of Persepolis, the colossal stage on which the Achaemenids displayed the glories of Ancient Persia. Before visiting Isfahan and exploring Naqsh-i Jahan Square, representing the climax of Islamic architecture of the 17th Century Persia, we head to one of the largest clusters of nomadic tribes and embark on a walking adventure amidst some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Zagros Mountains.
    Our hikes take us into the midst of this breathtaking scenery, where we walk ‘Persian Empire’. Hiking in this region and camping in the highlands enables us to access remote villages and share in the legendary hospitality of the nomadic people who inhabit this part of the world.

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    $8,580.00
  2. Gateway of All Nations - Statue of the entrance into the ancient city of Persepolis UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Persian Highlights

    ‘Persian Highlights’ showcases all the most popular attractions of the cities of Shiraz and Isfahan.
    These include, of course, the two most prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran: the 5th Century BC palatial complex of Persepolis (a colossal stage on which the Achaemenids displayed the glories of Ancient Persia) and Naqsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, representing the climax of Islamic architecture of 17th Century Persia.

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    $5,280.00
  3. persepolis shiraz

    Iran Untouched World Heritage

    World Heritage showcases all the most renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran.
    These include the fabulous early 14th Century Gonbad-i Soltaniyeh (a reminder of the great advances in Islamic architecture, indicative of the precise mathematical calculations of Iranian architects), the magnificent complex of palaces and temples of Takht-i Soleyman built in the midst of Zagros mountains, and the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran. We will also see the 5th Century BC rock relief at Bisotun , the world’s best preserved 13th Century BC religious complex of Tchoqa Zanbil (dedicated to Lord of Susa and Lord of Anshan), the 5th Century BC palatial complex of Persepolis (a colossal stage on which the Achaemenids displayed the glories of Ancient Persia), the 6th Century BC capital of Pasargadae where Cyrus the Great ruled an empire that touched the boundaries of the known world, and the Naqsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, representing the climax of Islamic architecture of 17th Century Persia.
    The 18-day tour includes many more wonders for enthusiastic adventure seekers!

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    $11,880.00
  4. Assassins Castle in Iran

    Iran North by Northwest

    ‘Iran North by Northwest’ explores the fabulous landscape of west and northwest Iran, including four of the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran.
    The first is the 5th Century BC rock relief at Bisotun, accompanied by a trilingual inscription. Cut on a high cliff by Darius the Great to commemorate his victory over nine rebel kings, it one of the most important historical documents of ancient Persia. Second, we see the fabulous early 14th Century Gonbad-i Soltaniyeh, a reminder of the great advances in Islamic architecture, indicative of the precise mathematical calculations of Iranian architects. The third is the magnificent complex of palaces and temples of Takht-i Soleyman, built in the midst of Zagros mountains.
    The fourth is the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, an example of the outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions that bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox, and Persian. The tour concludes with an enchanting visit to the exquisite shrine complex of a widely revered Sufi philosopher of the 14th Century, Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili.

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    $6,600.00
  5. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Naghsh-i Jahan Square Isfahan

    The Majestic Persia

    ‘The Majestic Persia’ share many of the greatest historical sites of ancient Persia and Islamic Iran, including the impressive archaeological ruins of Persepolis and Pasargadae, such masterpieces of Persian architecture as the splendid Jami‘ Mosques of Kerman and Yazd, majestic landscapes along the old caravan routes, an excursion to the citadel of Rayen which gives a vivid impression of desert architecture and dwelling in medieval Iran, a visit to the delightful shrine of a Sufi Saint in Mahan believed to be among the finest artistic creations in Iran outside Isfahan, and the supreme works of Islamic art and architecture of Isfahan itself.
    ‘The Majestic Persia’ exclusively includes a visit to the magnificent 5th Century Sarvestan Palace, and the charming 10th Century Jami‘ mosques of Neiriz and Nain.

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    $8,580.00
  6. Illuminated Shesh Badgiri reservoir with six wind-catchers against dark blue sky in Yazd

    Iran Forbidden Land

    ‘Iran Forbidden Land’ incorporates many of the celebrated landmarks of central Iran, concentrating on Persian visual arts and architecture that flourished between the 10th and 17th centuries, culminating in the production of some of the world's finest works of Islamic art and architecture.
    This was a period in which Persia, this time buttressed by a new religion based on a new revelation, continued to express its own distinct identity from within the Islamic empire. It witnessed the emergence of a new style of art and architecture, in which pre-Islamic themes were fully assimilated or transformed and purely Islamic forms were introduced and refined to utmost perfection. The period gave birth to an era of unparalleled innovation and set the standard for civilization throughout much of the Islamic world.

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    $6,600.00
  7. Ancient Persepolis Gate

    Iran Ancient Land of Persia

    ‘Iran Ancient Land of Persia’ will give an overall impression of the most significant historical sites of ancient and medieval Iran. A jewel in the crown of this journey is the mesmerizing ziggurat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tchoqa Zanbil, considered the greatest religious complex of this country’s antiquity.
    Some of the other main highlights include the 3rd Century building complex at Bishapur, built by Emperor Shapur, with remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, and six outstanding Sassanian rock reliefs commemorating his victories over the Romans. Also featured is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 5th Century BC palatial complex of Persepolis, a colossal stage on which the Achaemenids displayed the glories of Ancient Persia, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site: Naqsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, representing the climax of Islamic architecture of 17th Century Persia.

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    $6,600.00
  8. Two-headed Griffin statue in the ancient city of Persepolis

    Essence of Persia

    ‘Essence of Persia’ explores three ancient capitals: Ecbatana, Susa, and Pasargadae.
    It uncovers some of the fascinating highlights of this country, such as the Temple of Anahita at Kangavar (believed to date back to 200 BC), the 3rd Century building complex at Bishapur with remains of another temple dedicated to Anahita, and six outstanding Sassanian rock reliefs commemorating Emperor Shapur’s victories over the Romans.
    Other major attractions include five of the outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran: the 5th Century BC rock relief at Bisotun accompanied by a trilingual inscription (one of the most important historical documents of ancient Persia), cut on a high cliff by Darius the Great to commemorate his victory over nine rebel kings; the world’s best preserved and architecturally unique ziggurat of the 13th Century BC – the religious complex of Tchoqa Zanbil, jointly dedicated to Lord of Susa and Lord of Anshan; the 5th Century BC palatial complex of Persepolis - a colossal stage on which the Achaemenids displayed the glories of Ancient Persia; the 6th Century BC capital of Pasargadae, from where Cyrus the Great ruled an empire that touched the boundaries of the known world; and the Naqsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, representing the climax of Islamic architecture of the 17th Century Persia.

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    $8,580.00
  9. Abyaneh old village

    Treasures of Persia

    ‘Treasures of Persia’ incorporates many of the celebrated landmarks of central Iran.
    From the ancient ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial and spiritual capital of the vast Persian Empire, to the most famous relics of 18th and 19th Century Shiraz; from the city’s renowned gardens to the evocative tombs of the highest figures in classical Persian literature; from the 6th Century BC UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cyrus the Great’s capital of Pasargadae on to the historical city of Yazd with its magnificent 14th Century mosque, the amazing desert architecture with cleverly designed wind towers, and impressive structures such as the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence; and culminating in enchanting Isfahan, the monumental capital of 17th Century Safavid Persia and home to Iran’s finest works of Islamic art and architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naqsh-i Jahan Square.

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    $7,260.00
  10. Ali Qapu Palace a grand palace in Isfahan Along with the Naqsh-e Jahan Square is UNESCO WOrld Heritage Site

    Paradise in Persia

    Come and see dreamy courtyards, magnificent plants, decorated walls, orange groves, and cypress trees. The first gardens in the world existed in Persia. They were places of refuge from heat, with hordes of water. The very first was designed by the founder of the Persian Empire, Cyrus the Great (559-529 BC). The excavations in the 1960s showed that the arrangement of seemingly arbitrary scale palaces, and of the gatehouse, was in fact dictated by an extensive garden with a water basin of limestone, water channels, and a gazebo.
    Originally divided into four areas, it was later redesigned as a classical Persian Chahar Bagh or four-part garden. From the Persian “Paira (pa ira) DAISA“ comes the term paradise. This early garden is considered to be the cornerstone of all subsequent Persian gardens, as well as the Indian gardens of the Monogol Empire. It influenced the European Renaissance gardens, as well as many other European gardens. On this trip we will deal mainly with the Persian gardens.

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    $7,280.00

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