Yazd Sightseeing Tour

8 hours

What You Can Expect

Walk through the old part of Yazd to visit Yazd Jame mosque, learn about Qanats in water museum and visit Amir Chakhmagh Tekkie and mosque. Afterwards, drive to the fire temple and towers of silence and get acquainted with the Zoroastrian heritage.

 

More details of the tourist attractions:

Welcome to Jame mosque, soaring above the old city, this magnificent building is graced with a tiled entrance portal (one of the tallest in Iran), flanked by two 48m-high minarets and adorned with inscriptions from the 15th century. The exquisite mosaics on the dome and mihrab and the tiles above the main western entrance to the courtyard are masterpieces of calligraphy, evoking sacred names in infinitely complex patterns.

 

Yazd is famous for its qanats (underground aqueducts) and this museum, one of the best of its kind, it is devoted to the brave men who built them. Located in a restored mansion with a visible qanat running underneath, the museum offers, through a series of photographs, exhibits and architectural drawings, a fascinating glimpse into the hidden world of waterways that have allowed life to flourish in the desert.

 

The stunning three-storey facade of Amir Chakhmaq Complex is one of the largest such structures in Iran. The rows of perfectly proportioned sunken alcoves are at their best and most photogenic in the late afternoon, when the copper-coloured sunlight is captured within each alcove and the towering exterior appears to glow against the darkening sky. New two-storey arcades hem the pedestrianised square and illuminated fountains lend an attractive foreground to the splendid vista at night. Only the 1st floor of the structure is accessible.

 

Fahadan is the most important historic district of Yazd. This project comprises the adaptive reuse of a number of historic houses to create a hotel complex, both to facilitate tourism and to educate visitors about the domestic culture of Persia. An important characteristic of the original urban fabric is the unique relationship between the individual dwellings and their entries. One group of houses is centred on a ‘darband’, a semi-private route through the buildings, while another group leads from a ‘hashti’ or enclosed space. The sequential hierarchy that these routes dictated has informed the decision making regarding new functions.

 

In the city of Yazd, burns a mighty flame. An Atash Behram (Fire of Victory) to be exact. Contained within the Zoroastrian Fire Temple is a flame said to be burning for over 1,500 years- since around 470 A.D. And not just any flame, but the highest grade of fire that can be placed inside the temple of the Zoroastrian faith- drawing its sources from 16 various types of fire, including fire from lightning as well as a cremation pyre.

 

Two hilltop towers overlook the Yazd, their simple cylindrical walls giving no indication of the gruesome scenes that once took place within them. The structures are known as dakhma or towers of silence. The Zoroastrians of Yazd used these places as open burial pits, placing their deceased relatives in rows so their bodies would be feasted upon by birds of prey.

 

Details:

Location: Yazd

Transport: Depends on Numbers (Private car, Van, Bus)

Note: For more than 9 persons, please send an inquiry

Departure point: Tour departs from all hotels in Yazd

Departure time: 09.00am

Hotel pickups commence approximately 10 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)

Return details: Returns to original departure point

 

 

Inclusions:

An English speaking guide, Transportation, Refreshment.