Active Holidays in Iran

Iran’s extraordinary diversity in climate and terrain – from majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and dense forests to vast deserts and a long coastline – offers wide-ranging opportunities for sports enthusiasts and visitors seeking active yet unusual Holidays .

You might have heard of Iran’s football team qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, or Iran’s successes in volleyball and wrestling in international tournaments. But few visitors know about other sporting and active-holiday opportunities here.  Iran offers great hiking, trekking and mountain climbing options; there’s also scuba diving, surfing, white water rafting, river canoeing and even golf courses.





Iran’s winters offer fantastic skiing on approximately 22 ski slopes around the country. Dizin, for example, is an internationally recognized resort and is one of the 40 highest slopes in the world.



Around 60 km north of Tehran, Mount Damavand is among Iran’s best known hiking destinations.  The near-perfect cone-shaped and dormant volcano is the highest summit in the Middle East and has a special place in Iran’s history, folklore and literature. Elsewhere, numerous hiking routes to suit all levels weave through the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges plus other smaller and more isolated ranges.




During the hot summer days, these mountainous regions of Iran offer cooler havens – shady forests, lush hills and valleys, and fresh crisp air where visitors can enjoy a weekend or longer stays amidst magnificent scenery. Wonderful day-walks and sampling outstanding cuisine and local produce are all part of the experience.




For those interested in water sports, scuba diving or even surfing, the Persian Gulf Islands of Kish and Qeshm along with the picturesque subtropical port of Chabahar on the Sea of Oman all offer great opportunities.








Here at Land of Turquoise Domes, we have designed several unusual itineraries for active holidays in Iran. Contact us for more details or to discuss options for more specialist or bespoke active tours with our experts.

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