Journey to the old city of Yazd, where we’ll look at incredible archaeological mud-bricks.
The whole of the old city of Yazd is an attraction within which lie some beautiful examples of Persian art and architecture. The jewel in the crown of this wonderful city is undoubtedly the Masjed-e Jameh, but to understand its distinctive features.
On this day tour, join our expert guide as they weave their passion and profession together, divulging the secrets they have come to learn in their studies and share often overlooked articles of interest about ancient city of Yazd.Less
First we will visit the Amir Chakhmaq Square, Here you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its façade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. Then visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
One of the best experiences in Yazd is walk in old town.
Today, Yazd possesses a large number of excellent examples of traditional desert architecture with a range of houses from modest ones to very large and highly decorated properties. In addition to the main mosque and bazaar which are in a very good state, each district of the historic city still has all its specific features such as water cisterns, hammams, tekiehs, mosques, mausoleums, etc. In the city, there are still many streets and alleys which have kept their original pattern, having also many sabats, i.e. partially or entirely covered alleys, and series of arches crossing them for protection from the sun. The skyline of the city punctuated with wind catchers, minarets and domes of the monuments and mosques offer an outstanding panorama visible from far away, from inside and outside the historic city.
Today you’ll enjoy lunch during your Yazd day tour at a local restaurant we’ve selected for its delicious Persian cuisine and friendly ambience. The Iranian people are gregarious by nature and some of your fellow diners, once they hear you speaking English, may ask where you’re from!
At Zendan-e Eskandar, you’ll find an ancient domed structure with a deep, circular brick-lined pit that resembles a dungeon. According to legend, the complex was built by Alexander the Great to hold prisoners during his conquest of Persia. Others believe it was constructed by the Persians to hold Alexander himself.
Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden. Standing by the garden’s long reflecting pool, you’ll be shaded by ancient cypress trees. Ahead of you is an 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with a beautiful stained glass window and a graceful wind tower – the tallest in Iran. All around are flowering fruit trees and other ornamental plants and trees.
At the end of our Yazd day tour, we will drop you off at your hotel in Yazd OR city centre.
Starting time: 9.00 AM
Start and ending point: Your hotel in Yazd city center
Walking shoes, light backpacks, hats and sunglasses, Weather-appropriate, ID card, personal belongings and essential medicines.
For your SURFIRAN day tours, you will be placed in a small group of a maximum of 10 people.
Dress standard: Both men and women should avoid wearing shorts; women must wear long-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts or tank tops/singlets!).
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