Explore Persia by bike and discover endless deserts, hidden ancient cities, and home of the world's most hospitable people.
Persia is Iran’s cultural heartland and there is no shortage of history or culture here. Cycle along the ancient trade routes and get a magnificent glimpse of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. During these 15 days, you’ll sleep under star lit skies, cycle through expansive desert landscape, visit glittering and chaotic bazaars, sit in tranquil oasis gardens, and explore some of the most treasured mosques in the Middle East. The locals that you’ll encounter are friendly, engaging, and eager to share their personal and cultural history with you.
- Explore the mud-brick city of Abyaneh
- Discover the beautifully crafted pottery and tiles in modern day Kashan
- Visit the fabled ruins of Persepolis
- Cycle along the historical Silk Road
- Take in the eerie religious monuments of the Zoroastrians
The average cycling distance each day is 58 kilometers with a total of over 500 kilometers travelled. You don’t need to be an expert, but some experience in the saddle will help you get the most from the experience. You’ll have full support and expert guides with you at every turn.
Each day brings a new challenge, a new bit of history, and a completely unique experience. Enquire today to save your spot on this Persia by bike adventure.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore Eqlid, one of the highest Iranian cities and the border between the high mountains and the desert
- Tour Isfahan, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world
- Stay in a caravansary dating back to the 16th Century on the historic Silk Road
12 April 2020
26 April 2020
7 June 2020
21 June 2019
20 September 2020
4 October 2020
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
This Persia by bike tour is primarily on paved roads and goes though mountains and hills as well as valley flatlands. There are a few challenging climbs, as well as some fast, sweeping descents. There will be a short section off-road. Any portion can be skipped by using our support vehicle.
Meals (as indicated)
Airport pick up
Airport drop off
Snacks and drinks
Optional mountain bike hire (USD240)
Optional single room (US650)
Mixture of 3* and 4* standard hotels, boutique guesthouses hotels and lodges (12 nights). Please also note that there are two nights of camping. All camping supplies will be provided.
The selected accommodation is detailed in the itinerary. On rare occasions, due to availability, alternative accommodation is used and this will be of a similar standard.
Iranian cuisine includes a wide variety of foods ranging from kebabs (roasted meat), khoresh (stew_ ash (a thick soup), kuku(vegetable souffle) and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks specific to different parts of Iran. Saffron is a very common ingredient. White rice and flatbreads are the staple forms of carbohydrate and fresh fish from the Caspian Sea is available in the major cities. Food, and the quality and variety of it, is particularly important to Iranians and you will have the opportunity to try many of the regional specialty dishes. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Who is this trip for?
You can expect a few challenging rides. The climbs are on paved roads, so a smooth, steady ascent is possible. There are two nights of camping in the desert, adding a bit of hardship to the tour. Being physically fit will, of course, be a huge asset, but as the tour is fully supported, the van is always close at hand if needed.
This tour is primarily on paved roads and goes though mountains and hills as well as valley flatlands. There are a few challenging climbs, as well as some fast, sweeping descents. There will be a short section off-road. Any portion can be skipped by using our support vehicle.
You will be led by a local English-speaking guide. If the group is 9 people or more another guide to the tour. All the guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
For the full factsheets, please make an enquiry and they’ll be sent to you right away to help you decide if this is the perfect trip for you.
When's the best time to travel to Iran?
Iran is a large country (three times the size of France) with varying terrain from mountain to desert. Most areas experience long, hot summers and short, cold winters with a marked contrast between the north, northwest, east and central desert regions. The best times to visit are March-May and September to October. Temperatures can spike from
June to August (30-40 C) and be extremely cold Nov-Feb. Be prepared for cold temperatures at night and hot temperatures during the day.
Is fresh water Supplied?
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. There is no alcohol served in Iran.
Is money easily accessible in Iran?
The local currency is the rial or tuman (10,000 rials). Please bring your travel money in either US dollars or Euros in cash into Iran. Credit cards are not widely accepted (and attract hefty commission rates where they are) and whilst there are ATMs they do not accept cards from foreign bank accounts. Note that it is not possible to buy alcoholic drinks in Iran.
Can I travel as a solo traveller?
Absolutely. There is no compulsory surcharge for travelling alone. Accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis with another group traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, a single room will be provided at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
Are spare bike parts available?
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though it cannot be guaranteed there’ll be spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Do I need to bring a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is required and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
What is the dress code in Iran?
Cycle short-sleeve shirts. Men can wear, but women need to cover their arms. Coolmax shirts are great, baggy mountain bike tops or general bike shirts. Bring at least three as these can be used to layer over if it is cold.
What are the local hire bikes?
Because some people can’t imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.
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