Rating in Iran
$ 2238

Ski Iran Adventure

Skiing
Skiing
min $ 2238
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Tour details
Destinations: Tehran, Alborz Province
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2238 — max $ 2738
Group size: min 4 — max 12
Duration: 9 days
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  • Description
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Description

Not everyone associates Iran with skiing, but with the world-class resorts of Dizin and neighbouring Shemshak and Dabansar, situated just one hour north of Tehran in the stunning Alborz Mountains; they absolutely should. Our adventure will also take us south to the incomparable cities of Isfahan and Yazd, to explore some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture on the planet, as well as opportunities to try the fabulous local cuisine and shop in the ancient bazaars of this most beautiful of ancient civilizations.

Iran’s peak ski season runs from December to March. In the resort of Dizin the highest lift reaches up to 3550m, dwarfing many Alpine resorts, with a higher snowfall as a result. The powder on the higher runs can therefore be absolutely mind-blowing. Dizin is recognised by the International Ski Federation and hosts a number of global competitions. It’s 20 lifts and 15 pistes (most of which are empty during the week) range from friendly green circles to double black diamonds.

Nearby Shemshak and Dabansar boast many exciting and challenging runs for intermediate to more advanced practitioners. This adventure combines incredible skiing with immersion into the culture of the country; giving you the opportunity to meet with and experience the incredible hospitality of Iranian society. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Land in Tehran, day tour of Tehran

We will take a tour of the capital including its breath-taking palaces such as the Ahmad Shahi Pavilion situated in the great wooded Niavaran complex in the north of the city; home to the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. We will also visit the Golestan Palace and other royal buildings in the gardens of royal Qajar complex of the preceding dynasty before heading to the Grand Bazaar!

Day 2: Drive to Dizin, Ski full day

Dizin is Iran’s largest ski resort, situated in the Alborz mountain range just north of Tehran. It was established in 1969 by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was fond of skiing in Switzerland. The ski season in Dizin lasts longer than in European ski resorts - from December to May - due to the resort's high altitude. The highest ski lift reaches 3600m making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

Day 3: Ski full day

From the two highest lifts there is an absolutely incredible view along the range to the symmetrical Mt. Damavand, at 5100m the highest mountain in The Middle East. The Dizin ski complex has been officially recognized by the International Ski Federation to hold international competitions, is meticulously maintained and with considerably less crowds than other international resorts, it is simply a hidden gem of a ski destination!

Day 4: Ski full day

Depending on the amount of snowfall, if the high road is open from the top of the resort we can catch a cab down to the neighbouring resort of Shemshack, which although much smaller, boasts some excellent technical runs. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome in both resorts.

Day 5: Ski full day

The snow quality at Dizin is fantastic powder and rivals that of many European and Rocky Mountain snow areas. There are a number of restaurants in the area and on the piste; itself very large so there is no danger of things becoming repetitive in four days of full skiing.

Day 6: Drive Tehran, take a train to Yazd

We wave goodbye to the mountains as we drive back to Tehran, hop on a local train, and enjoy the view as we head to Yazd. Because of its unique Persian architecture, it is known as the ‘City of Windcatchers’; these built to deal with the extremely hot summers. Yazd has a history of over 5000 years and continues to this day to be a centre for Zoroastrianism.

Day 7: Tour of Yazd, drive Isfahan

We will take a tour of the city to visit its Zoroastrian fire temples and an ateshkadeh that holds a fire that has been kept alight continuously since 470AD. Built in 12th Century and also still in use, we will also visit Jame Mosque of Yazd, an example of the finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture; its minarets souring up to be the highest in the country. In the evening we will drive to Isfahan.

Day 8: Tour of Isfahan, drive to Tehran

Isfahan, once one of the largest cities in the world, flourished in the 16th and 17th Centuries under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Still today the city retains much of its past glory, and is world-renowned as the pinnacle of Persian–Islamic architecture. We will tour its many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets before returning to Tehran for our final group dinner together in the city.

Day 9: Fly out of Tehran

What's included

  • 8 nights based on twin sharing
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Includes all transfers and guides
  • Lift passes 
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of YellowWood Adventures
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