Morning tours – Enjoy the sunrise from the roof of an ancient caravanserai

On this tour you will…

  • Drive along a branch of the Ancient Silk Road.
  • Watch sunrise with a picnic breakfast at an abandoned caravanserai.
  • Visit a water spring and water reservoir.
  • Climb a volcano and enjoy a magnificent view of the Gavkhooni Wetlands.
  • Go bird watching at several oases and a waterfall.
  • Visit a camel mill or/and a singing ox-mill. *Entry fee: 50.000 IRR (1 €), not included in the price of tour.
  • The price of this tour is 1.800.000 IRR (33 €) for a whole car with 3 tourists and 1 guide. In this case the amount that everyone should pay is 11 €. So for example if you are a couple you could share the taxi with another tourist to decrease the amount, which is highly possible in high seasons.

Afternoon Tour – The true desert experience

On this tour you will…

  • Visit abandoned Zoroastrian temples with a natural water spring. Learn about this ancient pre-Islamic religion of Persia.
  • Drive, walk on, and wade in the salt lake – national park entry fee: 50.000 IRR (not includedin price).
  • Watch the sunset from the mystical golden sand dunes
  • Star-gaze and watch Milky Way in the desert.
  • Includes a light snack in the dunes (for example aromatic tea and refreshing watermelon).
  • The price of this tour is 1.800.000 IRR (33 €) for a whole car with 3 tourists and 1 guide. In this case the amount that everyone should pay is 11 €. So for example if you are a couple you could share the taxi with another tourist to decrease the amount, which is highly possible in high seasons.

Ghoortan Citadel Tour – Visit the pearl of the Varzaneh desert

On this tour you will…

  • Learn about the lives of inhabitants in this ancient citadel. A 1000 year old mud brick citadel 12 kilometres from Varzaneh. The Ghoortan people have protected the Citadel from numerous external attacks, preserving their village and culture.
  • Enjoy having a nice view of Zayanderud river and mountains from rooftop of citadel with 14 watchtowers.
  • Explore abandoned houses and see the way people were living.
  • Visit the mosques, local kitchens, watchtowers and much more!

Persian Medicine Tour and Tea Party – Drink different kinds of herbal teas while learning about Persian Medicine

Enjoy a Persian Tea Party under the Milky Way in the middle of the desert, Aladdin Style! Drink at least 6 sorts of aromatic herbal teas whilst learning about their medicinal properties. If you prefer this Aladdin Tea Party can be on our rooftop or in the common area of the Guesthouse instead. Magic genies not included! Transportation cost not included.

Learn about Persian Medicine. Mohammad has been involved and studied partially herbal medicine for a number of years. Persian medicine focuses on how to lead a healthy life. It dates back 4000 years and has highly influenced modern medicine. In Iran alone there are more than 1000 types of medicinal herbs! Each patient is said to have their own unique humeral composition. Learn about yours! Visit a spice shop and learn the medicinal properties. Enjoy an aromatic tea adapted to your needs.

Price:

Price for 2 people: 250.000 IRR (≈ 4,50€)
Price for 3 people: 300.000 IRR (≈ 5,10€)
Price for 4+ people: 80.000 IRR (≈ 1,50€) per person

Varzaneh – Be like a local with this culture and history tour

On this tour you will…

First stroll in town meeting locals, and visit:

◦ 600 year old Jame-Mosque
◦ Yusefi Traditional house*
◦ Pigeon tower*
◦ Zayanderud river
◦ Old bridge
◦ Caravanserai (inside it is under construction)

We will then drive out of town to visit one of these places:

◦ Camel mill (100.000 IRR surcharge)
◦ Ox-well complex (70.000 IRR surcharge)
◦ Henna Mill (70.000 IRR surcharge)
◦ Handicraft workshops

Note: Places market with an * are subject to a 50.000 IRR entrance fee. Visiting these places is optional.

 

Practical information :

Duration : 5 hours

Bring: Personal items such as sunscreen, camera and water. You may want to bring money as the handmade handicrafts are fairly priced. The profit goes straight to local families. Walking shoes (preferably no flip-flops in cold season)

Price: 700.000 IRR (≈ 13€)
(up to 6 people)

We suggest taking a taxi for part of the tour. This approximated cost of 100.000 IRR is not included in the tour.

Persian Cuisine Tour – Learn to cook a traditional Iranian meal with Mama Fatima

On this tour you will…

• Cook with Mama Fatima in her traditionally decorated home

• Experience shopping for the ingredients in the small local stores. Learn about the health benefits of many spices and find out about Persian flavors and interesting combinations.

• You can request which meal to cook as well as other delicacies like the traditional ice-cream (a unique combination of Saffron, Rose and Pistachio). Mama Fatima knows most traditional Iranian meals, though getting the ingredients depend on the season.

• You will be served tea and snacks whilst you prepare the meals

Practical information :

Duration: normally 5 hours
As you will usually be cooking dinner, the tour begins midafternoon.

Bring: Camera, notebook and your appetite!

Price: The cost of the tour includes the delicious meal!

Per 1 person: 750.000 IRR (≈ 14€)
Per 2 people: 900.000 IRR (≈ 16€)
Per 3 people: 1.100.000 IRR (≈ 20€)
Per 4 people: 1.250.000 IRR (≈ 23€)

If you want to prepare a special dish, please let us know some hours in advance so that Mama Fatima will have the ingredients.

Persian Cooking Tour

Additional Tours – We can cater to your needs and interests so please talk to Mohammad if you have a specific request

Guests have really enjoyed these alternative adventures:

  • Hiking and visiting small villages with qanats (underground water channel) near Varzaneh.
  • Bathe in natural spring.
  • Camel riding in the Varzaneh desert.
  • Hire a private pool at secluded hotsprings.
  • Attend a traditional local wedding party.
  • Learn about Persian Medicine. Mohammad has studied and practised herbal medicine for a number of years.

Persian medicine focuses on how to lead a healthy life, dates back 4000 years and has highly influenced modern medicine. In Iran alone there are 2500 types of medicinal herbs! Each patient is said to have their own unique humeral composition. Learn about yours! Visit a spice shop and learn the medicinal properties. Enjoy an aromatic tea adapted to your needs.

Other activities

Cultural Movie Nights

Experience the arts through local cinema! We often project an Iranian art-house, drama or documentary film on the second floor of the guesthouse. Afterwards, we may discuss the movie and share our opinions about the style as well as the message portrayed.

Price: FREE – although we welcome any donations.

Music Nights

Enjoy listening to local musicians and artists whilst eating a delicious dinner and drinking tea around our fountain. Traditional music in a traditional home! We offer guests the opportunity to enjoy folkloric music and witness how Persian instruments are played.
Whenever you feel like this unique experience let us know and we will endeavour to organize this with our local musicians.

Price: We ask for a small contribution (that goes directly to the musicians.)