Salina To The Mysterious Springs

Best season: Spring & Summer
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Expedition Summary you will visit mysterious spring consists of three completely different in terms of color, smell and taste. Badab-e Surt mineral waters in 2008 was registered as a national natural monument. Badab-e Surt known as the second saltwater after Pamokale in turkey in the world record. Itinerary Details:

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Kashan. Kashan, dating back to 9,000 years ago, where scientists believe is the first place that man started to live in a city. It is an important center for the production of high-quality pottery and tiles. The name Kashi, meaning "Tile" in Persian, is coming from the city name of Kashan. By some accounts, Kashan was the origin of the three wise men who followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus, as recounted in the Bible.
If your travel is in late April and early May, we will drive in the evening to Qamsar or Neyasar, large and flourishing villages with extensive gardens with fine roses used for the manufacture of rosewater. Qamsar is the biggest center in the Middle East in production of rose water. During April and May, there is a festival with lots of demonstrations of the whole process of distilling rose-water from rose blossoms. Picking flowers is done early in the morning, therefore, to see the entire process, we will stay overnight in the beautiful village in our camper trailer, besides the vast rose farms.
And in the other seasons, we will stay overnight in a traditional house in Kashan.
Hotel in kashan – 240 km

Day 2: Kashan, a center of Prehistoric Civilization

In Kashan, we will visit the World Heritage Site listed Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), which is a historical Persian garden. Completed in 1,590, the Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in Iran.
Kashan has hundreds of large traditional houses built by wealthy merchants during the Qajar era. There are four particular buildings that are of most importance are Khan-e (house of) Tabatabaei or Khan-e Boroujerdi.
After lunch, drive to Maranjab where safari will start, continue to the Salina & camping. A chance for sunset panorama.
High dunes and HALOXYLON made a specific view, in the most beautiful desert
Aran Salt Lake, wandering Island, are spectacular in this area (B/D)
Camping– 80 km

Day 3: Desert National Park

Sunrise over the dunes, drive to Ghaser E Bahram carvansaray,(belongs to the Safavid & built of stone, four porch and 24 rooms.) getting familiar with the specific fauna & flora, walking around, chance for sunset panorama, observation, overnight at camp.
we will be at Ghasr Bahram caravanserai, set up camp take a walk to Ain Alrashid caravanserai which takes 1.5 hours. Along the path, we will get acquainted with regional wildlife and geographical structure, then we will head back to caravanserai to have meal , take rest and observe the night sky ( if the weather conditions are good).
camping – 130 km (B/L/D)

Day 4: Royal Road

After breakfast you will drive to Royal Road, which belongs to Safavid, this specific road was built to connect desert to the north part of country. there is 2 black & white bridge over the rivers. The bridge remains represent the greatness of ancient construction.
Here you will hiking in the desert (20 km), giving you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the desert, camp overnight will be near Garmsar lies on the edge of the Iran's largest desert.(B/L/D)
camping near garmsar – 50 km

Day 5: Badab Surt Springs

Today we will drive to Badab Surt via Garmsar, where you will visit mysterious spring consists of three completely different in terms of color, smell and taste. Badab-e Surt mineral waters in 2008 was registered as a national natural monument.
Badab-e Surt, a natural wonder consist of a range of stepped terraces made of travertine, a sedimentary rock formed over thousands of years by deposition of carbonate minerals dissolved in water flowing from mineral hot springs. Over the course of thousands of years the water from the two distinct Badab-e Surt mineral water springs emanating from the mountain range have combined and resulted in a number of orange, red and yellow-colored pools shaped like a naturally formed staircase. The first spring contains very salty water that gathers in a small natural pool; its water is considered to have medicinal properties, especially as a cure for rheumatism and some types of skin diseases and skin conditions. The second spring has a sour taste and is predominately orange, mainly due to the large iron oxide sediments at its outlet.
Stepped travertine terraces are present in several places on earth. Other examples include the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, the White Water Terraces and Huanglong in China, and Pamukkale in Turkey. However, unlike these hot spring terraces that are mostly shades of whites and blues, the terraces of Badab-e Surt are bright orange and redWe will enjoy the view of the terraces in the ever changing colors of the sunset and then drive to the nearby village Orost for camping overnight in a local house.
camping – 250 km

Day 6: Turkmen

Departure camp to Gorgan via Kiasar & Sary & drive to one of ancient Persia's most strategic region, through the scenic steppes and mountains of northeast of Iran.
Our next destination is the Turkmen town of Gonbad-e Qābus. The town is home to the majestic Mil-e Gonbad, the 53 m high Tomb built in 1,006 AD for Qābus Ibn Voshmgir, Ziyarid ruler and literati. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only remaining evidence of Jorjan, a former center of arts and science that was destroyed during the Mongols' invasion in the 14th and 15th centuries. With brilliant geometric forms and structures, it illustrates the development of mathematics and science in the Muslim world at the turn of the first millennium AD.
Overnight in a rural house in kalale. (B/L/D) – 370 km

Day 7: Khaled Nabi

After breakfast we will drive north to the Khaled Nabi Shrine, towering majestically on a peak overlooking the surrounding sea of green hills, giving you the feeling that you are standing on top of the world. It is thought to house the tomb of Khalid Nabi, a prophet born in Yemen 40 years prior to Prophet Muhammad, who promoted Christianity in several countries in the region, including Iran. To this day, Turkmen women tie ribbons to the branches of a tree near the shrine as a pledge for resolution for their troubles.
We will also visit the mysterious cemetery nearby, where around 600 strange tombstones are scattered across the slope believed to be in the shape of male and female genitals.
serving lunch & back to rural house , rest & overnight in rural house. (B/L/D) – 100 km

Day 8: Miankale

After breakfast, we will visit the Miyankaleh wildlife sanctuary. consist of Gorgan Bay, Ashoora Deh Island and the peninsula of Miyankaleh. This sanctuary has been registered as one of most important environmental resources around the world by UNESCO. Miyankaleh sanctuary is the last remained area of semi-wooded shores of Caspian Sea and is a place for aquatics and migratory birds that, every winters, fly towards the region from the northern countries to spend cold seasons. After watching birds and taking pictures, we will move towards Sari to taste local meals, rest and recover.
Hotel morvarid sadra – 290 km

Day 9: Tehran

Today, we will visit the wildlife refuge of Dasht Naz near Sari, located in spectacular green area. After breakfast, we will visit the Persian fallow deer. Then, on the way back to Tehran, we will stop at Veresk, to take a look at its famous bridge and listen to its construction story. Veresk Bridge is one of the largest bridge of Iran’s railway which was built in Veresk district of Savadkuh, Mazandaran. The mentioned bridge, as an engineering masterpiece, was reopened in 1315. Veresk Bridge that connects the North-Tehran railways, was built at an altitude of 110 m on a valley with the span of 66 m, by using rudimentary equipments. During the Second World War, Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, named it “Bridge of Victory” .The name of this bridge was registered in Guinness Book of Record, in the section of “bridges higher than 61 m”.
We will finish by taking pictures, continuing along the path towards Tehran and heading to hotel.
Total drive for the day: 330 km

Day 10: Tehran

Today you will have a city tour in Tehran, the National Museum and Golestan palace. Having lunch & some other sights in the afternoon The Golestan Palace literally the Roseland Palace, is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, and of world heritage status. the Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal Qajar family.
During the Pahlavi era (1925–1979), Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions, and the Pahlavi dynasty built their own palace at Niavaran (Niavaran Palace Complex.
overnight hotel in Tehran

Day 11: Departure

You will have the morning at leisure to do some last shopping. In accordance with your flight you will be brought to the airport.


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