ARAS biking tour


Overview

Category
Participants4-12
Duration12 Days
Activitiesmountain biking walking camping
Priceplease contact us
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Aveilable on .May Jun Jul Aug


Aras river fountained in turkish part of Zagros mountain range, crossing 5 countries for 1500 kilometers, terminates in Caspian sea, nourishing lands and civilizations, defining borders and … this biking tour is tailed for warm seasons and got its name from its rout which mostly runs on Aras river shores. Azerian & Armenian people are living in this area, and it would feel different by central Iranian cities.


Itinerary


Arrive to country and getting familiar to atmosphere and culture and sightseeing in Tabriz with remarkable architecture and culture. Here, historical bazar has the longest rout in country and including hundreds of section and directions.
In the morning we set all riding equipment and drive to Kandovan village, a volcanic rocky valley which people preferred to carve their houses in the rock due to severe cold and construction tradition. Then we continue toward Urmia and start to ride few kilometers to biggest salt lake “Urmia Lake” and cross it via long bridge over it.
Urmia city has variety of culture and religions living together in a rich ground with plenty of goods and fruits. We have enough time to visit a church and great mosque. Later we drive to reach a restricted wild life park named after a peak “Mishu”. We ride and enjoy landscape till arrive to Marand.
Today, we just start right after breakfast and drive to north. Our destination will be the city of Maku. But before when we got to small city of Ziaodin. We will change to bike and to a road that lead us to a special church, “Qarekelisa”. We will ride to there.
Aras River had long background in history and heroic literature for its neighbors. Today, firstly we drive to get to Aras lake where they made a reservoir dam on river, then ride along the border. On our way we can visit the Stephanos monastery, second most respected monument for Armenian minority of area.
drive along border again and on road to Kleibar we change to our bike and will arrive to famous Kleibar stronghold. Babak, heroic leader of patriot Iranian revolutionaries kept his position there against a long surrounding by Abbasid troops. Our riding road passes through step forests and farms. Probably would be the most memorable views of our trip.
We pass small local villages and nomadic camp. Thanks to cool weather in summer times, green grosses will last longer and it a great chance to meet their life style. We continue our ride before “Ahar” city and drive the rest. This evening we reach to third highest peak in country “Sabalan” which is volcanic. We will enjoy the heat of natural spas very close to where we overnight.
Our plan is drive to Caspian Sea. we pass city of Ardabil with a world heritage monument, “Sheikh Safi” shrine, with unique ornaments and mesmerizing colors. Later We will change to bike & descend to green zone of Caspian Sea southern coastline, to -26m below free oceans. we reach to a forest, connected to Caspian Sea.
When we wake up we will find that our hotel was between sea and a Lagoon, Anzali lagoon with its wild life calling us for a boat ride in morning, when birds singing and lilies blooming. Then we have a long drive to Tehran, with a short Break in Qazvin.
Tehran is a large city with hundreds of monument and museums. Besides Traffic and pollution, city is very alive and fast. We try to visit one of famous palaces and grand bazar of Tehran, where we feel a city of 15 million inhabitants. getting ready for departure flight

Technical detail

Eslami Island
Mishu park
QaraKelisa
Aras
Kleibar
Sabalan
Caspian sea
Eslami Island
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
Mishu park
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
QaraKelisa
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
Aras
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
Kleibar
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
Sabalan
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3
Caspian sea
Day From To Distance(km) Ascend(m) Descend(m) Difficulty Level
3 Eslami Island Urmia 40 200 200 2
4 Tsuj Marand 30 700 950 3
5 Ziaodin Qarekelisa 40 600 200 4
6 Aras lake Jolfa 60 400 750 3
7 Kleibar road Kleibar 35 750 1200 4
8 Kleibar Ahar 40 600 600 3
9 Asalem Gisum 60 200 2500 3

Accommodation
Transportation
Guide
Camp
suppurting
Accommodation

Accommodation in different cities are defined due primary basic agreements of this tour and  might goes to 5 star or local houses. Stars and branding of hotels in Iran may not match some of detailed standards but includes all of basic comfort necessities. According to location all may not be possible, but simple 3 star hotel with shower and fresh bed sheets are always possible. Overnight in camp tents are all supported by us with suitable tent and mattress.

Transportation

Roads are most developed transportation substructure in Iran and easily reliable for planning a tour. Also drive and driving services are available every where. Its always better to hire locals special when we get far from big cities. Quality of service may not be guaranteed but they wont let you down.

for longer routs bus transportation will be reasonable, because its the main system. If you are not sensitive to accurate minutes in public buses, then you would enjoy comfort of seats and sometimes magnificent sideview in long drives.

Private van or buses are wonderful for groups. With a simple organizing they can go everywhere anytime.

Train trips are accessible but rails are not conducted to every corner and and station sometimes are far from city. Even in this situation its recommended for some routs.

Flights are daily available from Tehran to big cities. To fly between other cities it may not be possible every day or every time. 

Guide

Training and classification of guiding service is young here, as its industry, Tourism.

But guides are always respected & recommended several times, they may not be trained but they have big heart. In cities or mountain they have great experience in technical subjects and also long history to travel with foreigners.

In recent years, there is a big wave of graduated guides that had join to business and grow it to a different stages. accuracy and standards are easy to feel with them.

Camp

In exploring wonders of nature and approaching far destination, it is inevitable to set a camp in different locations, based on local information. Water sources or rain and flood streams or ... are important to locate camp site. We support all equipment such as suitable tent and mattresses beside all necessary info and connections, and also we can provide a quiet service like kitchen and dinning tent with variable menu.

suppurting

We do always try to plan and predict every aspect of  tour and also ready to add or call other supporting options to handle any surprising condition. 

In Kandovan people living in rocks. they carve their house and shops and barns in volcanic rocks.

Urmia lake is biggest internal for country an also biggest salt lake in middle-east. it plays an important roll to maintain Eco system of its surrounding

St.Thaddeus monastery is second most respected monument for Armenian christians.

Aras river fountained in turkish part of Zagros mountain range, crossing 5 countries for 1500 kilometers, terminates in Caspian sea, nourishing lands and civilizations, defining borders and …

Kleibar stronghold were been untouchable for a long period, protesting patriot revolutionists.

Sabalan volcano is third highest peak of country, 4811m. volcanic crater is filled with water and frosted. but fumarole spas are hot in bottom.


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