Morning tours – Enjoy the the breakfast from the roof of an ancient caravanserai, hike a volcano…

On this tour you will…

  • Drive along a branch of the Ancient Silk Road.
  • Watch sunrise with a picnic breakfast at an abandoned caravanserai (you have the option to start the tour after breakfast)
  • Visit a water spring and a water reservoir
  • Hike a volcano and enjoy a magnificent view of the Gavkhooni Wetlands from top. It is very scenic to see how river is joining wetland from the volcano.
  • Go bird watching (seasonally possible) at several oases and waterfalls. You may find the contrast of dunes behind river extraordinary!
  • Visit a camel-mill or/ a singing ox-mill/or Henna-mill working with a camel.

Practical information :

Duration : approx. 5 hours

Option 1: Leave the guesthouse at 5.30 am (you can snooze in the car!), return at approximately 10.30 am. In this option, you will have the opportunity to see the sunrise

Option 2: Leave the guesthouse at 7am, return around midday.

Times subject to season and sunrise. In winter and autumn (mid-November end of February) the tour is from 8.30-12.30 as it is cold! To get the best experience of the desert, option 1 is recommended. But, we are happy to organize what you want.

Bring: Warm clothing, personal items such as sunscreen, camera, water, walking shoes (preferably no flip-flops)

The price of this tour is:
18 € for 1 person (in a private taxi)
25 € for 2 person (in a private taxi)
30 € for 3 person (in a private taxi)

9 Euro per person, for 4 people or more, if you are on tight budget, you can always come to guest house and share the taxi with other guest to split the price of tour.

*Let us know as soon as possible if you join us! 

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.
  • Watch the sunset from the mystical golden sand dunes
  • And do sand-boarding (Not included in the price).
  • Star-gaze and watch Milky Way in the desert.
  • Includes a light snack in the dunes (for example aromatic herbal tea and refreshing watermelon).

Practical information :

Duration : approx. 5 hours

Leave the guesthouse at 3pm, return at approximately 8 pm

(Departure/Return time Subject to change based on sunset time)

Bring: if you wish to wade in the salt lake, bring a towel and clothing that you can wash afterward. It may be convenient to wear sandals or flip-flops, as you can be bare foot in the salt lake and on the sand dunes. Warm clothing for after sunset, in winter and autumn.

Personal items such as camera, sunscreen and water

The price of this tour is:
20 € for 1 person (in a private taxi)
30 € for 2 person (in a private taxi)
33 € for 3 person (in a private taxi) more people in a tour clearly cheaper per person.

10 Euro per person, for 4 people or more. If you are on a tight budget, you can always come to guest house and share the taxi with other guest to split the price of tour. In low season, you may ask for little discounts!

   Please let us know as early as possible whether you will join us on this tour, so we can organize the cars and picnic in the best possible way. Among many Varzaneh desert tours, we try to organize those more environmental-friendly, and easier to contact
Negaar is perhaps one of the best Iran hostels in vicinity of Varzaneh sand dune desert
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Camping in the Desert Tour – The ultimate desert experience! Share a night with the stars… .

On this tour you will…

  • Have homemade dinner in the guesthouse before departure.
  • Transportation to and from the desert is included
  • Tent and sleeping equipment will be provided for your comfort.
  • We’ll make a fireplace where we share our stories and experiences while drinking herbal tea (or barbecue some vegetables)
  • Stargaze and watch Milky Way
  • Wake up at the sunrise, if you wish to.
  • Have delicious breakfast, you could serve it in the guesthouse, or in camping site.

Practical information:

Duration: Shortly after dinner, we could start… And it finishes until after sunrise. You can always extend 1 hour or so.

Bring: warm clothes, sandals as you walk on the sands, camera, a pair of socks.  Price:  25 Euro each person

Price: 25 Euro each person. When there are more than two people joining the tour, it will be cheaper.

Please notice that for everybody who is camping, we will give them a room, or an apartment near the guesthouse so they can rest, take shower, take a nap, …  before and after the tour. So, the price includes accommodation, & dinner also!!

Ghoortan Citadel Tour – Visit the pearl of the Varzaneh desert

On this tour you will…

  • Learn about the lives of inhabitants in an ancient citadel. The 1000 year old mud-brick citadel is situated 12 km 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 to get a sense of the traditional way of life.
  • Visit the mosques, local kitchens, watchtowers and much more!

Practical information :

Duration:  Between one or two hours.

Bring: Personal items such as sunscreen, camera, and water. Walking shoes (preferably no flip-flops)

Price: 7€ per car (including guide)

(up to 3 people per car). Price is per car, not per person.

If you are a couple on a tight budget, you can always come to guest house and share the taxi with other guest to split the price of tour.

Please let us know as early as possible whether you will join us on this tour, so we can organize the cars and tour guide.

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, Aladdin Style!

  • Enjoy testing at least 5 different variety of aromatic herbal teas whilst learning about medicinal properties of each.
  • Learn about the basics of Persian medicine and how the correct nutrition, diet and lifestyle choices can help you achieve a more “balanced body” for your type. The knowledge you gain can be used when you return home to your own country. The idea is to see how staying health is not actually very difficult!
  • We keep drinking some medicinal tasty herbs, until we fall asleep (as we normally organize it in evenings)!
  • We can arrange for you to experience this tour under the stars in the desert. For this option we will take a cab together to the dunes that are just a few minutes away. An additional charge of 4 Euro per taxi will be required.
  • If you prefer we can also arrange for this Aladdin’s Tea Party to be held on our rooftop or in the common area of the Guesthouse instead. Magic genies not included!

Mohammad has been involved with partially and studied herbal medicine for a number of years, yet he admits that his knowledge is limited as this is an ancient tradition and there is much to learn. Persian medicine focuses on how to lead a healthy life. One may see the influence of Persian medicine to modern medicine through Avicenna. Each patient is said to have their own unique humeral composition, learn about yours!

Price:

Price for (up to) 2 people: 5 Euro
Price for 3 people or more: 2 Euro per person

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

On this tour you will…

Begin with a stroll through 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
◦ Ox-well complex
◦ Henna Mill
◦ Handicraft workshops

Practical information :

Duration : Around 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: 12 € for up to 2 people
16 € for 3-4 people
20 € for 5-6 people

Including all the entrance fees!

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

On this tour you will…

  • Cook with Mama Fatima (or any other locals) in their traditionally decorated homes
  • You can request which meal to cook as well as other delicacies like traditional healthy sweets. Mama Fatima knows most traditional Iranian meals, though getting the ingredients depend on the season.
  • You will get to know more of an Iranian kitchen
  • You will be served some herbal tea and snacks whilst you prepare the meals.
  • Occasionally, we may go shopping in the local market to help the chef to purchase the ingredients, or just visit after cooking an Iranian traditional mini-market, to get to know more about herbs, spices, and ingredients we use in Iranian cuisine.

Practical information :

 

Duration : Normally 4 hours (subject to change depending  on the food)

Just a few hours before lunch and dinner.

 

Bring: Camera, notebook and your appetite!

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

For 1 person: 7€

For 2 people: 10€

For 3 people: 13€

For more than 4 people, 4 Euro each person

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

Some of the favorites that guests have appreciated learning and trying Kashkbademjan, Salad Shirazi, Kookoo Sabzi, Fesenjan, Ghormeh Sabzi, Kalajush, …

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. There are beautiful mountains nearby, the closest is Mount. Ergesht. Our guests, so far really liked the mountain villages nearby!
  • Bathe in natural springs near the volcanic Black mountain.
  • Camel riding, quad riding, 4×4 cars, zip-line in Varzaneh sand dune desert.
  • Hire a private pool at secluded hot springs (90 km away from here, but very beautiful ones)
  • Attend a traditional local wedding party. Everybody is welcome!
  • Take a bathe in local Hemmam near the guesthouse
  • And a lot more!

Varzaneh Handicrafts – Watch a colorful touch of culture; authentic piece of arts starting from 1€!

Our goal is to preserve the forgotten culture and handicrafts! You can watch and learn how they are made and have the option to buy them as gift or souvenirs, starting from 1 €!

1- Sofre: Varzaneh has also a unique kind of sofre (tablecloth) woven by local women. Made from cotton, these sofres have diverse patterns and colors as the carpets. Starting from 3

2- Khorjin: There is also another kind of cotton-made textural handicraft of Varzaneh. From the old times, people used khorjin (textural saddlebag) for the animals they rode. Khorjin is still used for motorbikes and bicycles. Tradition in transition! Starting from 3

3- Zeeloo: Zeeloo is another kind of cotton-textural mat from local handicrafts that you can see everywhere:  from mihrab of a mosque to the Iranian family picnics. Starting from 25

4- Carpets: Once, there was lots of carpet weaving workshops in Varzaneh. Fortunately, there are still some people preserving it, mostly weaving carpets in their own houses. The material is of silk and wool. Starting from 90

– Rock Paintings (a magnet): As a souvenir to remember Iran we have provided rock paintings here in Varzaneh. We collect rocks and let the women who are responsible of their family, to paint on them. This is a start-up to help such ladies. As you see each rock has symbol of a city on it. Enjoy Iran now and remember us later! Only 1 €!

 

We can bring the handicrafts by site or if you want sometimes we can arrange tours to the workshop. Buying the local handicraft is not something just about money. It’s a kind of empowerment of women. It brings a sense of self-esteem in the local community.

 

Dont forget to take a piece of the local culture back to your countries!

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.

Health Restoring Tour!

We begin at the guesthouse where we prepare by:

1- Sniffing snuff (aka anfieh). It will makes you sneeze a few times, and rising our mouths using natural mouthwash.

2- Inhaling some burning esphand (wild Rue or Harlem), and frankincense.
We then go to the bathhouse for our bath, massage and ointment treatment. We use the traditional herbal soaps, lotions, shampoo and ointment for all treatment. Your body will be treated and cleansed naturally in the traditional way, just as it would in the old days.
At the bathhouse we take 15-minutes shower followed by:

3- Exfoliating and body scrub with Kisseh and Sefidab by a masseur/masseuse, a second shower and a body scrub with washing-mitt and herbal soap and medicine natural handmade shampoo. We can also offer vacuum cupping if you wish.

4- “Warm-up” massage by masseur/masseuse (as Persians call it: mosht-o-mal). We will then have a full body massage with olive oil or sesame oil ointment. You will picked up from the Hammam and returned to the guesthouse.

5. Back at the guesthouse you will be served refreshing hookah (ghalyan/shisha) with natural herbs and tea.

*Ladies treatment will take place in private bathroom at the house of masseuse.

Traditional public bathhouses or Hammams, as they are known in Iran, were once a common feature of most towns and villages and important part of Iranian people’s lives. Over times with the introduction of bathrooms in people’s homes and modern life style changes, the use of public bathhouse has diminished. Many of remaining bathhouses, stunning and beautifully designed building have been turned into museums or tea-houses. We are happy to be able to offer you this unique experience in a traditional bathhouse building in Varzaneh.

◦ Please notify us as soon as possible so we can make the arrangements.
◦ Please notify us before if you have any health issue.
◦ Hair removal is also suggested before tour.

Price: This is 12 € per person, and it takes around 2 to 3 hours.

Music Nights

Enjoy listening to local musicians and artists whilst eating 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. We need some hours in advance for arrangement, if possible!

Whenever you feel like this unique experience, let us know and we will endeavor to organize this with our local musicians.

Prices (not including dinner, as you may choose it on the menu): 30 minutes 5€, 60 minutes 10€.

You can easily share it with other guests. That goes directly to the musicians.

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