Journey to the old city of Yazd, where we’ll look at incredible archaeological mud-bricks.
Yazd is a town in Iran with a long history of continuous habitation. Its skyline is marked by minarets and a unique design of wind towers, which are used to bring cool desert breezes into homes during the summer. Yazd is also the center of Zoroastrian life in Iran and will be the first stop of your sightseeing.
On this day tour, join our expert guide as they share their knowledge and passion for the ancient city of Yazd, revealing its unique features and beautiful examples of Persian art and architecture. The highlight of the tour will be the Masjed-e Jameh, with its many secrets to be discovered. Our guide will also point out often overlooked items of interest. We look forward to welcoming you on this journey of exploration.
First in the morning, we will visit the Tower of Silence, you’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion. Until the mid-1900s, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds. Zoroastrian tradition considers a deceased body to be “unclean” and this process of excarnation prevents contact with either fire or earth– both of which are considered to be sacred.
Next, we will drive to Zoroastrian Fire Temple, you will see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. It’s an important pilgrimage site for the faithful, and here our expert guide will offer additional insight into one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.
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.
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.
In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya– a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.
The next place to visit is the Friday Mosque, built in 1945, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
At the end of the trip, you will have time to stroll between the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy the unique atmosphere of that part of the city.
Later in the day, you will back to your accommodation.
Tour will start at 9:00 AM