Isfahan, a city shrouded in history, is one of the most beautiful cities in
the Middle-East. To have a decent tour of the city and be immersed in its
historic splendors, one needs at least a couple of days. That is when the issue
of accommodation begins to loom. But you have nothing to fret about as Isfahan
offers great choices of accommodation for all budgets. Take for example the
great variety of cheap hotels and hostels in Isfahan which is a true rarity in
central Iran. They are ideal for an economy traveler on so many levels. First,
they charge much lower than fancy hotels. Second, most of
Isfahan’s hotels are
near the major highlights of Isfahan in the city center. Finally, they provide
their guests with great service and standard amenities. One shining example of
such a place is Isfahan Boutique Hotel. This beautiful hotel is in fact a
renovated historic house that dates back to more than 400 years ago. The
hotel’s architecture is the work of Iranian arch masters of the 17th century.
Isfahan Boutique Hotel has seven beautifully decorated and aptly furnished
rooms. There is also a dorm room for the backpackers and other budget travelers
who are looking for a simple bed and basic amenities. All rooms have
air-conditioners and heaters. However due to the historic significance of the
hotel and the need for its preservation, the rooms don’t have separate
bathrooms. In spite of being in the city center, Isfahan Hotel is next to a
public parking area where you can leave your car in return for a little parking
fee. And one last thing about the hotel is that it is only a two minutes’ walk
from major historic highlights such as Jameh Mosque and the old bazaar of
Other economy options in Isfahan include numerous fantastic guesthouses.
However, if you prefer luxury accommodation, you should try Isfahan’s deluxe
traditional hotels. They have the authentic ambiance of a traditional mansion
and the stylish facilities of a modern hotel.
The operators in charge of Iran tours
have been introducing many new and
exciting packages every year for the past decade. One major category in Iran
travel tours is sightseeing tours. Organized in order to cover the attractions
of Iranian major cities, these tours are frequented by thousands of tourists
every year. Isfahan’s tours
are the most popular sightseeing packages among the
cities marked as tourist destinations in Iran. While on an Isfahan sightseeing
tour, you will have the rare chance of visiting the largest historic plaza in
the world, Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Other historic highlights include two
masterpieces of the world architectural, Shah Mosque and Sheikh Lotfollah
Mosque. Vank Cathedral and Isfahan’s countless historic bridges and monuments
are other attractions on the list of Isfahan’s tours. Touring such a massive
number of spots is impossible without the professional help of Isfahan tour
. Considering the huge and heterogeneous groups of tourists coming to
Isfahan each year, Isfahan’s tour operators
had to think up different ways to
organize tours. Isfahan VIP tours are designed for the people who cannot stomach
anything less than a sumptuous vacation. And their budget counterparts are ideal
for economy travelers.
Isfahan Day Tours
Isfahan is a city known among the tourists for its incredible wealth of historic
spots. As mentioned above, Isfahan sightseeing tours are the most attended tours
in the city. As with all Iran sightseeing tours,
Isfahan day tours
packages in which the best of Isfahan’s attractions are selected.
Abyaneh Red Village Tours
Our Traditional Villages Tours is a rarity among Iran tours. They include
packages, each taking you to a rural wonderland. The Rocky Village of Kandovan
in the northwest, The Desert Village of Garmeh in Central Iran and Abyaneh Red
Village are among destinations of these tours. On an
, you will
visit one of the most ancient villages in Iran in a region that is the border
separating mountains from sand deserts. Our Abyaneh tours are one-day tours
starting in Tehran. We head towards the city of Kashan near Abyaneh village. The
journey takes around four hours. After taking a tour of the village and having
lunch we will take you to Isfahan, a perfect place to end a great journey and
start a new one.
Garmeh Village Tours
No body not even the craziest nature-lovers appreciates the green of trees and
the blue of water more than desert dwellers. In the searing sand deserts, water
and vegetation, so trivial to us who live so large and carefree, are considered
luxuries. One such green jewel in the midst of Iran’s Great Sand Desert is Garmeh Village. Garmeh lies about 400 km east of Isfahan and 300 km northeast of
Yazd. Garmeh is one of the most visited deserts in Iran. Tall beautiful palm
trees and the unique architecture of Garmeh houses have turned it into a real
oasis under the scorching sun of the desert and a constant presence on tour
start from Isfahan and take two full days. The trip
from Isfahan to the village is long and you will need to rest. We will take you
to the famous Ateshooni Guesthouse in Garmeh where you will enjoy the
spectacular desert decorations, tasty local meals and live traditional music.
Garmeh Village tours also include a visit to the mesmerizing Mesr Desert. You
will do camel riding and a bit of desert hiking and also visit the vast salt
lake of the region.
Varzaneh Desert Tours
Varzaneh is another desert village near Isfahan and a major tour destination.
The village is famous for being one of the top-rated locations on the list of
Iran desert tours
. Varzaneh Desert boasts some of the highest dunes in Iran.
Everything has an exotic quality to it in the village and its surroundings. On
our Varzaneh desert tours
, you will visit an ancient mosque, a historic house, a
camel mill, pigeon towers and etc. But that is when the adventure begins,
because after all that fantastic sightseeing we will take you to the desert.
Towering dunes of the desert will invite you to see the most marvelous sunset
you will ever see on the boundless horizon of the desert. On the second day of Varzaneh tour, you will
have the option to do camel riding and visit Varzaneh’s wonderful Salt Lake. The tour is all-inclusive, so you won’t
need to worry about anything.
Isfahan Tourist Attractions
Isfahan claims some of the most significant historic monuments on the list of
Iran tourist attractions. The largest historic square of the world, several
ancient bridges and the most beautiful congregational mosques in the world are
among the most popular of
Isfahan’s tourist attractions
. Now let’s take a closer
look at some of these magnificent attractions.
1. Naghsh-e-Jahan Square
Naghsh-e- Jahan Square isn’t only the largest historic plaza in the world but is
also one of the architectural wonders of human civilization. Shah Abbas I of
the Safavid dynasty ordered the construction of this massive structure. The
square is flanked by a number of extraordinary monuments. These include Shah
Mosque, the pavilion of Ali Qapu, the portico of Qeyssariyeh, and the sublime
Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque. There are also many shops in the area selling
handicraft and local sweets where you can buy souvenirs.
2. Vank Cathedral
Vank Cathedral is a true rarity among the religious buildings in Iran. The
cathedral lies in the beautiful Jolfa district where the majority of the
population are Christians. What is unique about the cathedral is its
architecture which is a remarkable synthesis of Armenian and Iranian art of the
17th century. Vank is also revered for its frescos and also for an attached
museum that showcases invaluable ancient items from the history of Christianity.
3. Menar Jonban
The reputation of the famous “swinging minarets” of Isfahan is legendary.
Originally the resting place of a 17th century mystic, Menar Jonban is better
known for its swinging minarets. To preserve the structure from damage, the
minarets are put in motion every thirty minutes. The place is outside Isfahan
but it is worth the visit. Especially since it is only 10 km away from the city
(a hired taxi will cost you only 5 USD).
4. Chehel Sotoun
Safavids were formidable monarchs. At the height of their power, their kingdom
included the present-day Iran and many of its neighboring countries. Foreign
emissaries frequented the capital and the place that the king received them had
to be formidable. Chehel Sotoun (“forty columns”) was built to serve the latter
purpose. Why is it called “forty columns”? Because if you choose an angle from
which you have both the twenty columns of the pavilion and their reflection on
the large pool, you will see forty columns.
5. Si-o-se-pol and Khaju Bridge
These are two of the celebrated bridges built over Zayandeh-Rud River. Khaju
Bridge, a 133 meters bridge was built by the order of Shah Abbas II in 1650. The
bridge is famous for its stunning parallel arches and octangular pavilions.
Si-o-se-pol is the older of the two, built in 1599 under the auspices of Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, a wealthy man of Georgian descent who served as a
chancellor to Shah Abbas I. It is about 300 meters long and includes 33 arches;
hence the name Si-o-se-pol (33 bridges).
6. Birds Garden of Isfahan
Birds Garden of Isfahan is a huge bird park with a total area of 17000 m². More
than 5000 birds from all five continents are kept in this massive park.
is a museum of a city surrounded by the scalding deserts of central Iran
and the mountainous regions of the west. Isfahan contributes a lot to Iran’s
points of interest. Isfahan’s long history as the capital of Persia during the
17th and 18th centuries manifests itself in a collection of extraordinary
monuments. Safavid kings and specially the mighty Shah Abbas I transformed
Isfahan from a modest desert city into the center of thought and arts
(architecture in particular) in the Muslim world. Anyone who has ever set foot
into this magical city, will tell you that it is verily “the half of the world”.
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