Trek through the Alborz mountains to the Caspian Sea and explore Masule, Anzali and Rudkhan castle

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  • From € 685

Services

Moderate

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights Hotel
  • 1 Night Guesthouse
  • 4 Nights Local House

Meals

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners

Transport

  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking from Andej canyon ”Red-rock” to the Castle of Assassins
  • Visit fabled ruins of the Alamut historic castle “Eagle Nest”
  • Exceptional trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery
  • Hike through two vast valleys; Alamut and Se Hezaar
  • Local homestay & socializing with locals
  • Visit Ramsar royal palace and the snake castle
  • Explore Masuleh historic village and hike in Rudkhan Castle

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Excluded

  • Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
  • laundry
  • mini bar used in the room
  • Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Tips (optional)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Bottled water
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season.

This tour is a combination of Trekking and Exploring. In the first part, you have three days Trekking from Alamut Valley towards the Caspian Sea which would be an ideal part of the journey for hikers. During Trekking, you will pass many villages, waterfall, canyon, rivers and of course the Castle of Assassins in the Alamut Valley. After Trekking when you reach the Caspian Sea you will continue the second part of the journey with a vehicle. In this part you will visit most attractions of Gilan in the northern Iran in the Caspian Sea region. Gilan is the name of the province and Rasht is the Capital, the largest city of the Caspian Sea littoral region. Gilan is very famous for its organic foods, one of the best places in Iran in terms of vegetarian foods. In Gilan province, Lahijan is well known for its high quality tea so we will visit tea farms and a tea production factory. You will visit Ramsar, the famous city for Wetland convention, visiting Ramasar Palace and the museums. There are so many attractions and many activities in this colorful part of the trip such as visiting the villages around, taste local cuisine, socialize with local people, staying in their homes and boating in the lagoon. You will also visit Masuleh, a historic village, attracting many tourists because of its architecture and people. Masuleh is surrounded by forest from valley to mountain and fog is the predominant weather feature. The other highlight of the trip is visiting the Rudkhan historic castle a medieval brick and stone castle built on top of a mountain.
We will also visit Gilan Rural Heritage Museum (Legacy of Old Houses) to get the feeling of tradition, history of people and their customs. To perform this tour we work with local people and their facilities to generate some income for them and increase their quality of life, therefore we appreciate them for their support and help which enables us to offer such a trip. 

Itinerary

  • Depending on your arrival time, you will check in to your hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay at your hotel. 

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Free time. This day you can relax in your hotel or you can visit and explore the capital city by your own.

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • Departure from hotel after breakfast and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. Start trekking from the canyon to Alamut Castle.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • Today we will pick an old trail through the mountains and work our way up to another historic village.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast at 7:30 A.M we will hike our way through some spectacular scenery towards another beautiful and old village.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • We have one day sightseeing and exploring tour in the Caspian sea towards Gilan. There are lots of attractions in the north of Iran, which according to the time of your travel, climate and local situation you will see some of them.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Will drive to Anzali lagoon and having boat. Drive to Masuleh historical village. Overnight stay in the guest house. 

    Accommodation
    Guesthouse
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • We have 3 hours hiking to the castle and then exploring tour and driving to Tehran in the afternoon. 

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch

Alamut is a region situated on the western edge of the Alborz Mountains (northeast of Qazvin province) between the dry and barren plains of Qazvin in the south and densely forested slopes of Mazandaran in the north.
Historically, the mountains of this area were ideal for construction of castles because of its natural heights that could be used as a section of the defensive structure of the castles. The nature of this area is covered by hills, curvatures, forms, scars and wrinkles. Two big citadels of the Ismailis (a branch of Shia Muslims whose adherents are also known as Seveners), Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. Hassan-e Sabbah (1050-1124) and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.  
Hassan-e Sabbāh was an Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains, later he seized a mountain fortress called Alamut and used it as the headquarters for a decentralized Persian insurrection against the dominant Seljuk Turks. He formed a group of fadaiyan (those who sacrifice themselves) whose members are often referred to as the Hashshashin or "Assassins" in the western literature.

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