Gilan is a province in the north of Iran whose capital city is Rasht. Gilan province is right next to Mazandaran on Iran’s map and the two are considered the duo of weekend destinations for most of the Iranians living in the northern half of Iran. Every part of Gilan is decked with breathtaking sights and the province is full of tourist destinations. The velveteen fields by the mountainous roads of Gilan, the soporific breeze of the Caspian Sea with scintillating reflection of the sun upon its surface that resembles slivers of jewelry all add to the vivifying character of this verdant land. Together with Dizin, Shemshak, Abali, and Fasham all located around Tehran, Rasht, Anzali and other cities in Gilan province are the most popular cities for weekend vacations for the massive population of Tehran who flee from their polluted and jam-packed city and take refuge in the green peacefulness of the forests and the deep blue of the Caspian Sea.
What do you expect from a top-rated tourist destination? Seaside? Forests redolent of citrus and oak trees? Emerald green mountains with a view of the largest lake in the world? Well, all these scenic wonders are just a small portion of the unequalled potential of Gilan for tourism. And it is no surprise that the province should claim a remarkable share of Iran’s gainful tourism industry. It is in the spirit of providing accommodation for this whopping number of visitors that Gilan boasts a great diversity of hotels and hostels. All kinds of tourists come to Gilan to enjoy the region’s infinite riches and precisely for that reason you can find all kinds of accommodation here. Be it luxury hotels or cheap hostels and guesthouses, there are plenty of choices for every taste and pocket in Gilan. Among Gilan’s fancy hotels which are among the best in Iran one could mention Kadus, a five-star hotel with the most lavish amenities you could find in Rasht. Beyond the usual services found in most quality hotels, you can treat yourself to a great open pool, a tennis court and a vast beautiful space for taking a walk. There are also three restaurants and a fancy coffee shop in the hotel. Kadus hotel is located in the domain of the city and as a result allows easy access to all of the top tourist attractions of Rasht. If you fancy a trip to the seaside, you just need to ask the concierge for a car for it is only 30km from the site of the hotel to the shores of the Caspian Sea. As for more modest Gilan hotels, once again there are a plethora of choices. Pamchal Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Rasht that has been accommodating the visitors for decades. In addition to decent service and great location, Pamchal hotel has a coffee shop and a restaurant serving superb local meals. Other great choice of three-star hotels is Pardis Hotel located at the intersection of Imam and Manzarieh Ave. It is the ideal location for the tourists as these avenues present some of the best restaurants and cafes in Rasht. Gilan also offers great traditional guesthouses to the tourists who long for an authentic experience of the north of Iran. But Gilan isn’t all about its biggest city. In fact, Gilan might be one of the rare provinces in Iran where the number of visitors to smaller cities and villages equals (or even excels) the number of travelers visiting the capital city. Cities like Anzali, Astara, Lahijan and villages such as Masuleh become inundated with tourists specially during spring and summer. Some of the topnotch hotels in these spots include Dehdar and Daryakenar in Lahijan, Dolphin and Sefidkenar in Anzali, Espinas and Parla in Astara and Aram in Masuleh.
Iran is full of wildly diverse climates. From the searing deserts of the central Iran to the crispy cool weather of the north and northwest with an abundance of evergreen forests and snow-capped peaks, Iran offers a wonderful array of natural wonders. Every year visitors from all over the world travel to Iran to partake in one of many fabulous Iran tours and relish in the country’s bounteous natural resorts. Gilan tours as an important subdivision of our Iran Tour Packages claim a significant share of these annual visitors. Considering the unrivaled natural splendor of Gilan, there is a great variety of tours available all through the year. The most popular of these tours are Gilan Trekking Tours, Caspian Sea Nature Tours and Caspian Sea Boat Riding Tours.
Among the many types of tours in and around the north of Iran, Gilan trekking tours are definitely some of the most popular. The north of Iran boasts the largest forest area of the country and as a result many Iran trekking tours (we are obviously excluding Iran desert trekking tours here) choose the bedazzling mountains to the south of the Caspian Sea as their trekking spot in Iran. The route towards the world-famous Roudkhan Castle around Fuman for example is an ideal trekking location. You will traverse a dense and beautiful forest with all kinds of stunning natural sights and reach a medieval castle built at the heart of the forest.
Notwithstanding its nomination as a sea, the Caspian Sea is in fact a lake. But it is no ordinary lake. With a total area of over 371,000 km², the Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world. The tourism industry of Iran is heavily dependent on the lucrative Caspian Sea tourism. Caspian Sea Nature Tours are two-day packages starting from Tehran. During the tour you will visit breathtaking natural sights of Gilan Province, stay in a wonderful traditional village, go off-roading and spend time in one of the heavenly Caspian Sea beach resorts. Mazandaran and Gilan provinces have some of the best and most immaculate Caspian Sea beaches. This great 2-day package will just cost you 100 USD which puts it in the category of budget Iran tours. Nature is at its most bountiful in the travel tours to north of Iran.
There are a lot of options to opt for when it comes to the idyllic coasts of the Caspian Sea. One such memorable package is Caspian Sea Boat Riding Tours in Gilan Province. Similar to our Caspian Sea Nature Tours, these boat tours take two days and the adventure takes place in Gilan province. However, this time we will head towards Lahijan instead of Masal and once there you will find yourself near a stellar lagoon right off the coast of the Caspian Sea. We will rent boats and you will be free to paddle away in the sublimity of Iran’s legendary Caspian Sea coast. There are infinite possibilities once you are rowing on the scenic surface of the Caspian Sea and have a view of one of Iran’s most rapturous resorts. Due to the relative vicinity of Tehran to the shores of the Caspian Sea (the distance from the nearest northern cities is about 180 km via Haraz Road), our Caspian Sea Boat Riding Tours are immensely popular specially during the vacation season in the summer and early spring.
Gilan is known as the green lung of Iran and Gilan tourist attractions include infinite number of natural beauties. The north of Iran showcases an eternal natural exhibition of attractions of all kind. The diversity of ecosystems is truly staggering. Forest, marine, freshwater and grassland ecosystems thrive and grow thanks to the high level of annual precipitation, ample sunlight and fertile soil. Add the historic opulence of Gilan to the above-mentioned lavish and pristine natural sites and the reasons behind the huge success of tourism industry of the region instantly become clear. Every corner of Gilan Province is adorned with natural sights. Anywhere you look you find waterfalls, mountains, lakes, rivers and coasts. Wherever lofty mountains and large rivers meet, nature gives its blessings to this union by forming mesmerizing waterfalls and cascades. Gilan is replete with such natural unions. Laton and Gilan Visadar Waterfall are two of the widely known waterfalls in the north of Iran. With the height of 105 meter, Laton is the highest waterfall in Iran. Gilan Visadar Waterfall is located in Rezvanshahr 65 km away from Rasht. The road leading to the waterfall walled on both sides with towering trees is the jungle road par excellence. As you drive down the road you are welcome by the divine sight of the waterfall and its colorful circular walls. Lahijan is one of the most beautiful cities in Gilan and Satan’s Hill is its most famous tourist attraction. This celestial mountain forest looks over a serene artificial lake and functions as the main entertainment ground for the people of Lahijan. Forests are another major aspect of Gilan’s spectacular natural treasury. Gilan allows access to the mesmerizing Fandoqlu Forest in Ardebil Province. The extraordinary rich nature endowed upon the lives of the population in Gilan has led to the appearance of unique forms of rural and urban architecture inspired by natural formations. The most authentic and unique structures found in the rural areas of Gilan are recreated in the body of Gilan Rural Heritage Museum.
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