How to arrange a dreamy Desert tour
14 Days Desert Detour
If you've ever dreamt of the oasis towns of The Thousand and One Nights or are drawn to hospitable homestays, this trip is for you. It's doable by taking infrequent buses, but the odd taxi Darbast(hire a taxi) can reduce waiting time. Avoid the summer heat by traveling between October and April. Start in Esfahan and take a bus to Toudeshk for a night and a morning in the shifting sands of the Varzaneh Desert,
before continuing to see the traditional houses of Na'in. From Na'in take the bus east to Khur, where you get a taxi to Farahzad and/or Garmeh for desert homestays that redefine hospitality, plan for three days all up.
From Garmeh, head west via Tabas and the remarkable 'forgotten' villages of Old Deyhuk and Esfandiar, continuing on to Birjand with its impressive fortress restaurant.
From there don't miss an oasis night at Deh Salm before crossing the Lut Desert with its extraordinary Kaluts (giant 'sandcastles'). After bazaaring Kerman and day-tripping to Rayen fortress, end your trip in a traditional hotel in Yazd, perhaps with a side trip to the fire temple at Chak Chak
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