Iran: Assassins’ Castles Mountain Adventure

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On this unique tour, walk in the footsteps of history amidst some of the most beautiful remote mountain scenery, which for centuries been the stronghold of rebels, heroes and… assassins. Hike up to the ruins of these once proud castles, meeting local people, concluding the tour in the city of Tabriz. Here you can wander through the largest covered bazaar in the world, to see what gems from the past still survive. This tour takes you through this beautiful and remote region; giving you the opportunity to bathe in natural hot springs, take in the stunning views and sample the delicious local food.

Itinerary:

  1. Fly into Tehran, tour of palaces, museum, bazaar.
  2. Drive & hike to Alamut Castle, night in Qazvin.
  3. Drive & hike to Roodkhan Castle, night in Masule.
  4. Drive to Ardabil, take spa in natural hot springs of Sareyn.
  5. Hike in Sabalan Mountains, return to Ardabil.
  6. Drive & hike to Babak Castle, visit Kaleybar village, night in Anza.
  7. Drive & hike to St. Stephanos Armenian Monastery, Jolfa, night in Tabriz.
  8. Tour of Tabriz Bazaar & Blue Mosque, fly to Tehran in evening.
  9. Departure from Tehran.

Overview:

  1. Eight nights accommodation based on twin sharing is included.
  2. Eight days breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.
  3. All transfers, guide and porters are included within this package.
  4. International flights, Visas, Airport taxes, Beverages and souvenirs are not included within this package.
  5. Insurance is not included, yet is mandatory for this holiday booking.
Tehran - Saveh Road
Robat Karim Tehran Province IR
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Day 1 – Fly into Tehran, tour of palaces, museum, bazaar:

Take a tour of the capital including its breath-taking palaces such as the Ahmad Shahi Pavilion situated in the great wooded Niavaran complex in the north of the city, home to the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Visit the Golestan Palace and other royal buildings in the gardens of royal Qajar complex of the preceding dynasty before heading to the Grand Bazaar

NOTE: Lunch, dinner and hotel included.

DAY 02 – Drive & hike to Alamut Castle, night in Qazvin:

Alamut is without doubt the most famous of all the assassin’s castles and is synonymous with Hassan Sabbāh who, in the late 11th Century, seized the fortress and there founded his group of Shia Ismaili fedayeen. These were known as the Hashshashin or “Assassins” because of the hashish he made them smoke in his legendary garden before sending them off to murder members of the Sunni Seljuq ruling class…

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hotel included.

DAY 3 – Drive & hike to Roodkhan Castle, night in Masule:

Rudkhan Castle is the most mysterious of all Persia’s castles because although it is one of the best preserved, its history has been lost to the mists of time. Perched atop two unbelievably beautiful forested mountain peaks, in a geographical region which has sat in the badlands throughout history between the rise and fall of many warring empires – who built and lived here may never be known, but its magic remains undeniable

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hotel included.

DAY 4 – Drive to Ardabil, take spa in natural hot springs of Sareyn:

Arrive in Ardabil after a long scenic drive. Ardabil is renowned for producing some of the best carpets in all of Persia. Today and/or tomorrow you can visit neighbouring Sareyn to take a relaxing dip in the famous nine hot spa springs, warmed by the inactive volcano of Sabalan Mountain. The waters containing sulphur particles that are good for bone and joint pains

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 5 – Hike in Sabalan Mountains, return to Ardabil:

At 4811m, Mt. Sabalan is the third highest mountain in Iran after Damavand and Alam-Kuh with a permanent crater lake formed at its summit. Hike around its slopes that abound in natural mineral water springs. The nomadic people of the area live in small villages comprised of round yurt tents – a nice touch in a stunning landscape.

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 6 – Drive & hike to Babak Castle, visit Kaleybar village, night in Anza:

Hike up to Babak Castle, also known as the Immortal Castle, stands at 2600m and is surrounded by 600m gorges: casting an awe-inspiring view across the surrounding mountain plains. The castle is named after Bābak Khorramdin, famous warlord and leader of the Khurramites, who fought and resisted the Arab armies of the Abbassid Islamic caliphate until 839AD

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner is included. Alongside on overnight stay at hotel.

DAY  7 – Drive & hike to St. Stephanos Armenian Monastery, Jolfa, night in Tabriz:

Walk through ancient history and explore St. Stephanos monastery. This is an Armenian monastery built in the 9th Century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after several earthquakes damaged it. St. Bartholomew first founded a church on the site around 62 AD, with the first monastery built in the 7th Century, although this was later damaged during the wars between the Seljuks and the Byzantine Empire in the 11th and 12th Centuries.

Note: Breakfast, lunch, dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY  8 – Tour of Tabriz Bazaar & Blue Mosque, fly to Tehran in evening:

Tabriz contains many historical monuments, representing Iran’s architectural transition throughout its deep history. Among these is the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest covered bazaar in the world. Tour the city and the bazaar to see what treasures they hold before an evening flight back to the capital for the last group dinner together in the city.

Note: Breakfast, lunch dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY  9 – Fly out of Tehran:

After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport for your departure back home

Note: Breakfast included.

 

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Iran: Assassins’ Castles Mountain Adventure

From: £1,600.00

Beginner – intermediate maximum four hours hiking in a day.

Available between Sat 6th – Sun 14th October 2018.

Optional extras: Single accommodation for extra charge.

International and national flights are not included in the adventure price. Clients will need to purchase one national flight for this adventure; Tabriz to Tehran

8 Nights / 9 Days

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