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Northern Route Cycling Tour

Northern Route Cycling Tour is an experience for adventurous cycle travelers. North of Iran is amazing and on this trip you will cycle around Caspian sea.
2-12 or private tour Person 17 Days
$3700
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Northern Route Cycling trip route

Northern Iran is an amazing destination for road biking! Exotic and authentic, North of Iran offers an unexpected mosaic of cultures and an astonishing variety of mountains and lush forests by the Caspian sea with breathtaking scenery. With great network of routes in the area it's time for cycling fans to come and roll them! Throughout this trip, we will cycle by Caspian sea, through Alborz mountain range, and through lush forests visiting amazing cities such Tabriz and Ardabil from Northeast to Northwest of Iran!

 Highlights: This Cycling adventure from northeast to northwest of Iran allows you to get closer to authentic Iran, whether you're riding around the backstreets of Yazd or stopping for tea with nomads in the around Shiraz, pedal through lush forests and breathtaking terrain through Alborz mountain range by the Caspian Coast from Kaboudwal waterfall east of Gorgan to the amazing Sahand mountain south of Tabriz, step into the history on a guided tour to visit some UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran including Tabriz Bazaar, Shaikh Safi tomb in Ardabil and Golestan palace in Tehran and enjoy rewarding time boating on Anzali Lagoon on the coast of the Caspian Sea, near the port of Bandar-e Anzali.

 

Departures
weekly tour on Saturdays or private tour on request
Group Size
min. 2 / max. 8
 or private tour on request
Transport
bicycles included, private transport, walking
Meals Included
all meals
Accommodation
hotels for 16 nights
Tourist Guide
included
Entrance Fee
included for the mentioned monuments in the itinerary
Pick-up Service
airport transfers included
Tour Activity Level
high
Offers
10% off from June to August and November to mid-March

 

 

 

Day 1 Ali abad Katool
Take a flight from Tehran to Gorgan. Then we bike from Aliabad Katoul to Kaboudwal waterfall, which is the only mossy waterfall in Iran and is located in valleys covered with forest trees. To reach it, you have to go through the heart of the forest. Then, we return to Aliabad Katoul.
Aliabad katool- Gorgan-Kordkoy (80 km) After having breakfast, we move to Gorgan, then continue our way to Kordkoy. If the weather condition is fine, we will go to the port of Turkmenistan by car and visit Ashuradeh Island. The island has been introduced and registered as one of the first biosphere zones in the world. One of the most spectacular scenery is watching sturgeon fishing, and facilities of the Turkmen port on the shores of the island. If horse racing competitions are held, we can see these competitions.
We bike to Galoogah and after that we reach Behshahr. If the weather condition is favorable, we will visit Miankaleh lagoon. Miankaleh has a unique wildlife and is the land of free horses and migratory birds. Then we go to Neka.
We move towards the city of Babolsar and along the way we pass through the cities of Sari and Jooybar, in the city of Sari we visit the house of Kolbadi which belongs to the Qajar period and then we go to the Fazeli mansion. It is amazing and the decorations of the building include beautiful brickwork. If possible, we can see the local ship of Mazandaran in Joibar.
We go to Noor and visit the paddy fields along the way, we see Fereydunkenar Wetland, which is known as one of the richest wetland ecosystems in northern Iran and is one of the best destinations for those interested in bird watching and wildlife photography. . Then along the way we visit Sorkhrood Lagoon. This place is also known as Swan Lagoon due to the migration and settlement of wild swans every year.
We bike from Noor to Chalous and then to Namak Abroud. Namak Abroud is a touristic area where includes many recreational facilities such as cable cars, karting and suspension bridge.
We bike to Ramsar, along the way we can also visit Sadatshahr spas. In Ramsar, we see the Marble (Marmar) palace that the Pahlavi dynasty used to live in this area. This complex includes the Anthropological Museum, the Ivory Museum, and so on.
We go to Javaherdeh village. This village is considered as one of the main destinations for nature tourism due to its good weather conditions. But in addition to its natural attractions, this village also has historical attractions, one of which is the Adineh Mosque and the historical tombs of Gabri.
After passing the cities on the way to Lahijan, we reach Satan Kooh, which is one of the most famous scenic areas of Lahijan. In this complex, there is a waterfall and a pool, as well as a cable car. We will also visit Tea Museum and Soostan Lagoon.
From Lahijan we go to Rasht (side route). Along the way we visit Saravan Lagoon and Gilan Rural Heritage Museum which is located in Saravan forest. This museum is a small but real example of the traditional way of life and culture of Gilan villages. We go to the house of Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali, one of the fighters of the Constitutional Revolution and the leader of the Jungle Movement in Iran. In Anzali, if possible, we will visit the Polish cemetery, which is related to World War II.
From Anzali we go to Anzali International Lagoon. This lagoon is one of the habitats of lotus, birds such as swans, geese, ducks, peacocks, seagulls, etc. and aquatic animals such as fish, perch and carb. Boating in the lagoon and seeing water lilies, birds, wildlife sanctuaries, piers is one of the most memorable and enjoyable moments of being in Anzali lagoon. Then, we cross the Gisum forest and reach Talesh.
On the way to Astara, we visit the Steel Wetland. The environment around this wetland is full of lush forests, beautiful mountains and fertile agricultural lands, which combined with the view of this lagoon, has created a beautiful and unique landscape. Along the way we visit the village of Abbas Abad with its paddy fields and tea garden.
From Astara we go to Bibi Yanlu Forest Park and from there we move to Ardabil. Going to the historical complex of Sheikh Safi al-Din, this tomb contains dozens of original works in various themes of art, including the highest type of mosaic and tiles and exquisite inscriptions. Then we go to the covered market with traditional and original architecture, which is a dynamic market from the seventh and eighth centuries and today narrates the ancient history of Ardabil. This complex includes Timcheh, Sara, bath and mosque. Finally, we go to Lake Shurabil, one of the natural attractions of Ardabil. This lake has recreational, sports and cultural facilities, including boating and cycling track.
We walk from Ardabil to Meshkinshahr and along the way we go to Qutoursui spa with the escort vehicle. The water of this spring contains sulfate, sodium and hot sulfur mineral water therefore, this spring has a great effect in the treatment of rheumatic and skin diseases. We continue our way to Meshginshahr, pass through KhiyavChay Forest and reach the suspension bridge. Crossing this bridge and passing thorough the green valley is a new and interesting experience. There is a glass section in some part of the bridge that you can see everything under your feet.
We move from Meshkinshahr to Ahar. The evening is at leisure.
We move from Ahar to Tabriz. We bike some part of the way and use a escort vehicle for the rest of route. When we reach Tabriz, we go to Il Goli or the former Shah Goli, one of the main and famous attractions of Tabriz. The original building of Il Goli dates back to the reign of the Agh Quyunlus, which was formed in the center of a large pool that looks like a small lake and is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. We go to Kaboud or Jahanshah Mosque, one of the historical mosques belongs to the time of the Iranian rule of the Qara Quyunlus in the ninth century. The presence of azure tiles has created a special beauty for the mosque. Finally, we go to the largest covered brick market in the world, which has been one of the most important commercial centers on the Silk Road.
We go to the house of Amir Nezam Grossi. This house is one of the most enduring historical houses in Tabriz and the Qajar period, which is now used as Qajar Museum. After that, we go to Kandovan, which is the only rocky village in the world where you can still find some inhabitants. The beehives and sugar cane houses of this village are located in the heart of the mountain, which are completely the result of a natural process and have been formed without any human intervention. At the end we take a Tabriz-Tehran train and your tour ends with a lot of sweet memories.
 

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