SpiceRoads Cycle Tours is delighted to announce our newest tour in our 30th destination, “The Jewels of Persia by Bicycle,” set in Iran.Iran is an emerging destination and one of the top go-to places for intrepid adventurers. With a history that spans thousands of years, Iran boasts fascinating historical sites as well as varied landscapes that provide a perfect setting for cycling through this once restricted country.
“Iran is an exciting destination that has much to offer curious travelers. Exploring the country by bicycle is the perfect way to discover its rich culture and warm people. SpiceRoads is committed to providing our riders with top quality cycling tours and travel experiences, so we’re proud to announce Iran as our 30th destination,” says Daniel Moylan, GM of SpiceRoads Cycle Tours.
SpiceRoads is the first international cycle tour company to offer a program in Iran.
“As visiting sanctions for US citizens have just been lifted in early 2016, now is the time to experience the country before it is changed by mass tourism,” added Moylan.
The Jewels of Persia by Bicycle is a 15 day, moderately challenging cycling tour that takes travelers along a beautiful route through Central Iran, exploring the country’s cultural heartland and visiting key historical sites.
- Beginning the journey in Shiraz, the capital of Iranian poetry
- Wandering the still-standing ruins of Persepolis, once the richest city on earth
- Strolling through the famous gardens of Isfahan
- Discovering Zoroastrian influences in Yazd
- Camping underneath the desert’s star-filled sky for two nights
- Gazing in awe at the splendor of Persian mosques
- Spending two nights in traditional cavansaries – historical traveler inns along the Silk Road
This 15-day tour begins in Shiraz and ends in the Iranian capital of Tehran. The riding is primarily on paved roads, but incorporates the variety of natural environments the region has to offer, including mountains and hills as well as valley flatlands. There are a few challenging climbs as well as some fast, sweeping descents, and a short section off road.
Go the Distance
The tour was designed for active riders looking for a few challenging rides as well as some climbs. The route is comprised of 9 full days and one half day of cycling for 650 total kilometers. Any portion can be skipped by taking a break in the support vehicle, which follows the tour group and is always close at hand.
While most nights are spent in local hotels, two nights are spent in traditional caravansaries and another two in desert campsites, adding some adventure to the tour.
- April 2 – April 16
- May 7 – May 21
- September 17 – October 1
The total tour cost is US $3,495 with an additional US $180 for bike hire and US $275 for single supplement. This price includes all accommodation and meals, support vehicle, each guests’ SpiceRoads cycling jersey and water bottle, and visa authorization, but excludes domestic flights and visa fees.