One of the best experiences we had in Iran was by far going to the Lut desert and the Kaluts with Ali. He was very professional, friendly and had a really good knowledge of the desert and the surrounding area. We even listened to greek music while driving to the Kaluts. :) Watching the sunset was incredible and Ali had well planned it by bringing fruits and tea to enjoy the night eating on the carpet under the stars, which was amazing. The sky was clear and full of stars…with absolutely none around. And around 4 o'clock we woke up and set off to see a magnificent sunrise in Kaluts and we combine that with breakfast in the desert. We also visited quite a few interesting places on our route which also added to the whole experience in the Kerman province. Thank you for the great time we had with you! We will be back!
I must definitely say that booking a tour with Visit Kalouts was the best decision during the whole trip to Iran. Ali and Shiva organized a two-day trip to the desert for us. To summarize our impressions: 1. The desert is fabulous. Even the best pictures don't reflect its beauty 2. 2-day tour allowed us to be flexible, enjoy our time and experience both the sunset and sunrise. If we could stay longer, we'd definitely do it 3. Overnight stay in the eco-lodge was comfortable, the food was very good 4. Our guide was Ali but we also met Shiva. Both of them are perfect in terms of communication, knowledge, English, punctuality, professionalism. To say that Ali is a good guide would be unfair because he is just SUPERB. Flexibility, politeness, great sence of humor, deep knowledge of the region, perfect time management-all this qualities of Ali make you feel happy during the whole trip. Actually you feel being together with a close friend, not a guide. Shiva and her family whom we had a chance to meet are also amazing. Thank you!!!
Kerman and its surroundings is a very special place in Iran and I'm very happy I included it in my itinerary even though it's not on the "main route". I went with Shiva as my guide and we had a very nice time together, it was like spending time with an old friend, she is very sweet and friendly. I can truly recommend visiting the Kalouts with her. Her friend Ali was also very helpful and helped me planning my onward journey to Meymand and Qeshm Island by booking buses, taxis and a cave stay :)