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Iran Nomad Tours

Migration is the oldest human way of life, the persistence of which is one of the greatest attractions of this lifestyle to this day. This particular way of life has led tribes and nomads to be knwn as "the most spectacular attraction of the age of technology."
Nomads have preserved their old traditions and customs in an unbelievably attractive way for centuries and years.
Many people from different parts of Iran have long had a pastoral economy and livelihood. They took their herds to summer and winter pastures, migrated and lived under tents.
However, not all of them were nomads. Distinguishing nomads from settled resident communities (and sometimes pitting them against each other) were seasonal migrations and the lack of permanent and permanent settlements. In some parts of Iran, nomadic pastoral life allowed more groups to adapt to the climatic conditions of the same environment.
 Iran Nomad Tours
The most prominent feature of the nomadic tribes is their way of life, which, unlike some rural and urban settlers, is in constant migration with their black tents and herds. Nomadic tribes, which are one of the important attractions of cultural tourism, are scattered in all parts of Iran, in the areas of west and southwest, east and southeast, northwest, northeast and central Iran.
In any case, it is not hundred percent clear when this way of life was originated on the Iranian plateau and there is no documented information about the nomadic tribes of Iran, especially before Islam. But most likely as the capitals of the old empires such as Achaemenids, Parthian and Sassanids were seasonal, they certainly took their herds with them when they moved, and some people were in charge to set up tents around the capital and keep the animals out there, which can be the origination of nomadic life on Iranian plateau.
Iran nomads distribution map
The number of families in each tribe is indicated in front of the names 

Iran Nomad Tour Itineraries 

Itinerary A
Bakhtiari & Qashqai & Mamasani  Tour ( 10 days: Tehran, Chelgerd, Yasuj, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan)
Day 1: Arrival, Morning sightseeing in Tehran, Drive to Chelgerd via Khansar, Golpayegan and Daran- Overnight in Chelgerd
Day 2: Trekking in Bakhtiari area, visit of Kuhrang Spring and Sheikh-Alikhan reagion, which is the main districts of Bakhtiari Nomads settlements; overnight in Chelgerd
Day 3: Drive to Yasuj, visit of Qashqai nomad tribe- Overnight in Yasuj
Day 4: Drive to Shiraz via Nourabad, visit mamasani nomads and ruins of Bishapur enroute- Overnight in Shiraz
Day 5: Visit Persepolis and Naqsh-i- Rustam- Overnight in Shiraz
Day 6: Drive to Yazd, visit pasargadae enroute- Overnight in yazd
Day 7: Mourning sightseeing in Yazd, Drive to Isfahan- Overnight in Isfahan
Day 8-9 :Sightseeing in Isfahan- Overnight in Isfahan
Day 10: Drive or flight back to Tehran/ Departure
Itinerary B
Khamseh & Bakhtiari Tour (12 days: Tehran, Shiraz, Bavanat, Yazd, Isfahan, Chelgerd)
Day 1: Arrival. sightseeing in Tehran-overnight in Tehran
Day 2: Flight to Shiraz, sightseeing in Shiraz- overnight in Shiraz
Day 3: Drive to Bavanat , visit Persepolis and Pasargadae enroute and nomad tribes - Overnight in Bavanat
Day 4: Trekking in Bavanat , lunch in nomad tent - Overnight in Bavanat
Day 5: Drive to Zeinolldin caravanserai- Overnight in 17th century Carevanserai 
Day 6: Drive to Yazd, sightseeing in Yazd- Overnight in Yazd
Day 7: Drive to Isfahan- Overnight in Isfahan
Day 8-9 :Sightseeing in Isfahan- Overnight in Isfahan
Day 10: Drive to Chelgerd and visit Bakhtiary nomad Tribe -Overnight in nomad tent
Day 11: Trekking in Chelgerd
Day 12: Drive to Tehran





Nomad tribes visited during the trips: 

Qashqai tribe: is one of the largest tribes in Iran and Fars province. The language of this people is Turkish and includes 6 branches. The winter region of this tribe starts from Lar in the south of Fars province and continues along the southern axis of the province to near Gachsaran and Behbahan. In spring and summer, the various Qashqai tribes reach the cooler highlands after a distance of about 400 to 500 km. The summer land boundaries of this tribe -except for a small group that spends the summer in the east of Dasht-e Arjan plain – stretches to the west of Eghlid and Abadeh to the vicinity of Dena Mountain.


Bakhtiari Tribe: The origin of this tribe goes back to the Aryan race and it is considered as one of the most noble Aryans. Bakhtiari is one of the largest and most prominent tribes of Iran. They live between the region of Khuzestan and Chaharmahal & Bakhtiary (The province is named after them). Much of Bakhtiari culture is based on their seasonal migration and the fact that their primary source of income is their livestock. This tribe is also the largest nomad tribe in the world. They live in different regions such as Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh & Boyer-Ahmad and Isfahan provinces. Bakhtiaris are from Lor (Lur) ethnicity. The Lors' territory has traditionally been divided into two groups: the "Loristan Major" and the "Loristan Minor". Bakhtiaris are from the Major group, which over time have been named Bakhtiari.


Khamseh Tribe: After the emergence and development of the territory of early Muslims in around 1400 years ago, groups of Arab tribes from the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq entered Persia and settled near major cities and government centers. Fars province has attracted the attention of tribes and nomads due to having both summer and winter pastoral regions. In the Qajar period (19th c) , a tribal union was formed which became known as Fars Khamseh tribes. This tribe includes the Arab tribes that are mostly cattle breeders and use the green pastures of Jahrom region. The people of the Khamseh tribe speak Arabic, Persian and Turkish.





Itinerary A

Iran nomad tours



Itinerary B

Visit Nomads in Iran



Tour Price

Tour Highlights

The Bakhtiari nomads
Qashqai nomads

upon request

Group Size

Min 2 - Max 6 pax


Air-conditioned minivan/car