A 14 day horse riding tour and visiting the major sights of the great cities of Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz
Horse riding holiday in Iran is simply, unique. It take place in the Tukoman Stepper to the North East of the Caspian Sea and in the National Golestan Park. This is an area of extraordinary historical/cultural and natural interest.
The area particularly is famous for its horses and their mythical speed, endurance and beauty. Turkmans are a semi-nomadic tribe who originated in the Central Asian steppes, archetypal nomad warriors and horse breeders. The stamina of Turkman raceshorses is legendary, The Turkmen horse valued above all other possessions by the kings, emperors and aristocrats of three continents throughout three millennia of history. Alexander The Great captured hundreds of the horses to return to Eourpe after his Persian Campaigns, and the modern Thoroughbred owens everying to Turkmans blood bred directly and indirectly through the great lines.
This tour is a unique opportunity to ride the world’s original hot-blooded horses, and visit Turkoman tradition, carpets, clothes lifestyle and ceremonies and ejoying thier hospitality and food. The riding will be in and around the Iran’s oldest National Park at Golestan. This mountainous region provides a magnificent diverse natural habitat for animals including leopard, gazelle, wild sheep, ibex, wild boar, birds such as the colourful kingfisher, the Siberian and wild flowers.
You will explore the north of the country to the east of the Caspian Sea where the Elborz Mountains form a fertile green belt. The rides will be 6 to 8 hours a day in a wide circle through the forested slopes and open plateau of the Golestan National Park over various terrain. There will be frequent breaks to rest both the riders and the horses.
The itinerary includes an optional tour after the ride to the important historical sites of Shiraz, Persepolis and Isfahan.
You can either join in our set tours with the set dates or we can plan an itinerary to match your aspirations and requirement. This allows you to explore your own interests backed by our specialist.
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09 May – 22 May
19 Sep – 02 Oct
08 May – 21 May
25 Sep – 08 Oct
Day 1, Tehran – Arrive in Tehran, meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Days 2, Tehran-Gorgan: Transfer to the domestic flight airport for the flight to Gorgan. Arrive in Gorgan, meet at the airport and transfer to horse riding centre. To get to know the horses.
Overnight at the centre
Day 3, Horse Riding – Horse ridding
Day 4, Horse Riding – Horse ridding
Day 5, Horse Riding – Horse ridding
Day 6, Horse Riding – Horse ridding
Day 7, Horse Riding – Back to horse riding centre
Overnight at the centre
Day 8, Gorgan-Tehran: Transfer to airport for the flight to Tehran, meet at the airport and transferr to your hotel
Day 09, Tehran-Shiraz; Meet at the hotel to transfer to the Mehrabad airport for the flight to Shiraz Meet at Shiraz airport for a full day exploring Shiraz itself, visiting the Eram Garden, Hafez and Saadi Tombs, and the colourful Bazaar
Overnight in Shiraz
Day 10, Shiraz-Persepolis-Isfahan: After breakfast leave hotel to visit the tombs of Nagsh-e Rostam which is magnificently cut into a cliff high above the ground, bas relief and archaeological site of Naghsh –e Rajab. Then the highlight of any visits to Iran – Darius the Greats’ fabulous Persepolis. After a few hours at the site we make our way back to Shiraz airport for the flight to Isfahan. Arrive in Isfahan airport and transfer to your hotel. (495km 7-8 hours)
Day 11, Isfahan: Isfahan, flashing with brilliant aquamarine mosaic domes, lofty minarets, and some of the world’s finest architecture, is a visual treat and the indisputable centre of attraction for everyone.
The sites you will visit include:Royal Square-Imam Mosque –Aliqapou Palace –Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Chehel Sotoun ,Hasht Behesht Palaces (Eight Paradises) ,Zorkhaneh
Day 12, Isfahan
Friday Mosque, The Bridges of Isfahan ,Khajoo bridge,Si-o-se-pol,Vank Cathedral –The ‘Shaking Minarets’, Sassanian Fire Temple – The ruins of a Zoroastrian, part-Mongol edifice. Located at top of the hill and the place of worship for Overnight Isfahan Zoroastrians
Day 13 Isfahan-Tehran: Drive to Tehran, (435km 6-7 hours)
Day 14 Tehran: Transfer to the airport for the return flight.