Isfahan 1-day Excursion
This tour is a full-day city tour of Isfahan. First, we visit Naqsh-e-Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then we go to Jame and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques. After that, we pay an afternoon visit to Ali Qapu Palace, Chehel Sotoun, Vank cathedral, Hasht Behesht, and the Si-o-se-pol Bridge.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Fairly Easy
- Group Size Small Group
Isfahan is a metropolis located near the center of today’s Iran where the main north-south and east-west roads cross. It has been reported that Isfahan’s metropolitan area has a population of about 4,000,000, making it the second city with the biggest population after the capital city of Tehran.
The exact date of the establishment of Isfahan is not known. But, it could be said that its origins go back more than 1,500 years. While Isfahan grew tangibly during the early 11th to the 18th century, it flourished notably during the Safavid period in the 16th century when it was chosen as the capital city of old Persia again. At that time Isfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world.
This city is mostly known for its beautiful historic Islamic architecture. But the art in Isfahan is not limited to the architecture its talented people produce from the well-known Persian rugs to the mesmerizing handcrafts.
We start our tour by exploring the amazing 400-year-old Naqsh-e Jahan Square which used to be a polo field. The vastness of the area combined with refreshing greenery, pools, and water fountains along with the handicraft shops provides a unique atmosphere suited for short rests.
Now we will explore another UNESCO World Heritage Site called Jameh Mosque. This unique mosque is a combination of a variety of architectural techniques from various historical periods. It is interesting to know that this mosque used to be a Zoroastrian fire temple.
Then we begin exploring the amazing 400-year-old Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque which is a masterpiece of Persian and Islamic architecture and with its mesmerizing peacock pattern on the ceiling, was built in a way to lift the spirit of the worshiper close to God.
Later we go to the Ali Qapu Palace which used to be the official residence of Persian kings during the Safavid dynasty and is now enlisted as a World Heritage Site. It was the place where Persian kings used to invite their foreign guests to have a great view over the famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
Then we move to Chehel Sotoun which means “forty columns” and is a beautiful garden with a pavilion and a long pool. But the structure only has 20 columns that some people believe are reflected in the water and become forty and that is where the name comes from but the more accurate historic translation would be a place with many columns.
After that, we head to the Armenian Church named Vank Cathedral with its unique frescos depicting the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden and other live wall paintings showing events in the life of Jesus Christ.
Later it is time to go to an exquisite Safavid Palace called Hasht Behesht which means “eight heavens” in Farsi. The decorations and design of this structure in the Safavid Period were in a way that would leave foreign visitors breathless.
Our final destination will be the Si-o-se-pol Bridge which the name Si-o-se-pol by itself stands for “33 bridges” and it is because the bridge has 33 arches. This historic bridge is the place of gathering of families and friends where they relax, chat, and sometimes sing with each other.
Then we go to the drop-off location and the tour ends.
Finding a proper place to stay during your trip is one of the most important preparations before traveling which should be carefully examined from different aspects. Because in case the traveler is not satisfied with the quality of accommodation a bad memory would remain in his/her mind. Stay while traveling means to reside for one or more days in a place other than our own house. One of the primery features of this accommodation is security. In other words the place of stay must have enough security that the tourists could easily relax and put their belongings in that residence. In addition, other facilities such as restaurant, dry-cleaning and the like are some of the necessities of a good accommodation. Therefore, various types of accommodations based on the amenities exist all over the world which the tourists can choose based on the need or the budget they have for their place to stay. These are some types of accommodation:
This sort of accommodation doesn’t have an age limit for reception, and is suitable for those who have a low budget for traveling. There are even single rooms with the minimum facilities required for a residence. Some of these hostels provide hot meals for the guests.
The word hotel has a wide spectrum of meaning. Hotels based on their rate offer special amenities such as room services, laundry, and etc to their customers. In addition to meeting the needs of tourists, hotels have specific facilities for the families.
The idea of this type of hotel came from Japan in 1979 and today they exist in China and Singapore. This sort of accommodation is built of plastic or fiberglass in a singular size and is arranged on other cells like beehives. Each of these capsules is equipped with facilities such as a TV set and is a very good and proper choice and also a cheap accommodation for one night stay.
Bed and Breakfast
By staying in this type of accommodation which is common in the USA you go to local houses of each area and rent only one room from the whole building. This accommodation is economical and therefore is very common. The rooms are very similar to hotel rooms but they offer facilities at a lower price and you feel at home. The guests can even meet other people on breakfast table and start a conversation with them at the place.
A motel is another type of accommodation which is formed from the combination of two words “Motor” and “Hotel”. This kind of accommodation was first built for motor vehicle riders. The rooms are close to each other and there is a vast space for the parking lot and of course it is cheaper than a hotel.
This word has a wide spectrum of meaning and has different interpretations throughout the world. In some regions it has the same meaning as hostel, bed & breakfast, or caravan. In some regions they are similar to hotels but at a cheaper price. In some countries, it is said to rental houses which are given to the tourists privately. In this case, the owner lives at a separate place but near the guest house.
This type of accommodation is built near tourist attractions like beach, desert, national parks, ski sites, and so on and is suitable for tourists who want complete relaxation and refreshment during their stay. These resorts have distinguished facilities such as swimming pool, gulf field, tennis court and etc. In some cases the area of the resorts cover several hectares of land.
This kind of accommodation is said to an estate which is rented and shared by several individuals and is used by them alternatively in different periods of time. The right to rent, use or the possession in a determined time period is clear for each person. Meanwhile, cleaning and protecting the estate in each time period is obliged to the person owning the place at that period.
This type is one of the most interesting types of accommodation while traveling in which the tourist must personally contact the related organization or institute to make the necessary coordination with a local or volunteer individual to stay at that person’s place. This kind of accommodation has a low cost and is the best option for people who travel on a low budget.
Caravan is said to a small container vehicle which has all the necessary facilities for traveling and is attached to the vehicle. Caravan provides the possibility of residence and movement simultaneously. Some caravans even have the capacity of several people to stay.
It is the most popular and low-expense type of accommodation among young people in which the tourists tent, sleeping bag and other necessary tools are carried by the person and he/she ventures into the unknown.
Cottage/Villa Cottage is an appropriate option for families who seek relaxation away from the crowd. It is so much bigger comparing to the hotel rooms and four people can stay there at the same time. Regarding facilities they have a kitchen, dining room, bed rooms, and etc and are more comfortable comparing to hotels or other options.
In the United States dude ranches are considered as seasonal accommodations in which you can experience the rural culture. During your stay you can even ride a horse in the wide pastures or go hunting in the forest or other areas along with the local guide.
Another economical type of accommodation for holidays is renting an apartment or villa. Most people travel in groups or by their family and tend to stay together. Therefore, renting an apartment or villa for a short time is so appropriate to these people.
The length of stay depends on the agreement between the landlord and the guest and he/she can stay for free based on the agreement and acceptance of part of the house keeping activities such as cleaning, gardening, pet keeping, and so on.
Not for all nationalities, unless you are a US citizen. Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. At present the Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for US citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-booked, guided tour. That means US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually and they must be accompanied by a tour guide or a relative who can take full responsibility. Before the trip, you must send the itinerary in advance and follow it exactly. Due to these requirements, we recommend that it is better to apply 10 weeks before the travel date.
Guns and ammunition, alcoholic drinks, narcotics, , all horticultural and agricultural goods including seeds and soil; aerial photo cameras, transmitter-receiver apparatus, pornography, most films, cassettes, CDs and videos and any kind of fashion magazine. Of course, hunters who are travelling to Iran for hunting can get necessary permits for carrying their guns and ammunition via their travel agents beforehand.
Each trip is unique, and for determining what to bring it is better to consult the travel agency. However, these items are generally included: Clothes, phone charger, hair brush, camera, necessary pills, shampoo, towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, ear buds, nail clipper, map, and the like.
If your group wants to take some adventure on the trip linked to the activities or destinations in which we operate, please do not hesitate to communicate with us and we will try to create exactly what you desire. We are keen to help you in this way, as we have done in the past, this has pushed us forward towards making permanent tours based on your interests.
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- Step One: choose your destination
If you are ready to begin your trip to Iran, we are ready to help. It is really important to do some research and decide where do you want to go and what you want to do according to your age and interest. Our travel specialists are ready to provide you with the information you need to make your decision. A variety of catalogs of trips to different cities with destinations and purposes are also available on our website.
- Step Two: Send us a request
Tour packages are presented in four main categories: Cultural tours, Eco tours, Adventure tours, and Event tours. These packages have various destinations, duration and purpose to serve different interests. Just take an overall look at the travel packages and choose your tour. Remember that the prices can be modified according to the chosen standards of hotels and transportation. If you didn’t find the package that interest you, contact and inform us about cities that you are interested in and the sites you want to visit (see tailor-made tours). We can make your dream trip come true.
- Step Three: book your tour
After choosing your ideal package and specifying the number of travelers who come with you just set a date for it so that we can inform you of the required price of the package. Then a contract will be sent to you. Please print the contract, read it carefully, sign it and send us an image of the signed contract and images of the passports and of the tour participants via e-mail. Payment procedure will be announced at the time of booking.
- Step Four: get a visa
We have made this process easy for you. An information form will be sent to you by the agency. Return the filled form with an image of your passport attached to it. Leave the rest to us. You can get your visa in 10 working days. Your visa fee is 35 USD.
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Two different payments are required. One is the visa application fee which you send off with your visa application form. The other is the payment for collecting the visa from the Iranian embassy in order to get the visa stamped into your passport. If you post your passport to the embassy there will be an extra charge to post it back to you by recorded delivery. Its cost is not fixed and varies in different parts. It’s better to call the Embassy in your country.
Yes, there are several newspapers in English. Most of the times, there are available at hotel lobbies.
Iranian visa for US passport holders is subject to particular regulations. In a way that US passport holders cannot travel to Iran independently. US citizens are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a group, or on a tailor-made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must follow is needed to be submitted in advance. So, make your travel arrangements at least 10 weeks before your planned travel date.
Those who have been to Iran know about the quality and variety of Persian kebabs and stews. There are different types of restaurants. You can find new spices and herbs you haven’t seen before, but Iranian dishes are not as spicy as the Indian foods. A moderate amount of them is added to the food just to make it more delicious. As there are not genetically modified vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the old flavors. The meat served in the restaurants is usually chicken, fish, lamb, and veal. Of course, you can find quail, turkey, and shrimp too, but no frog, pork, snake, dog or other sorts. It is prohibited to eat them in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can find cooked or raw vegetables at hotels and in restaurants. However, it is better to inform your tour guide about this matter so he could arrange it for you.