First of all, why should you take a Yazd City Tour?
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the middle of a vast desert; the sun is shining ruthlessly, water is scarce and, once in a while, a harsh sand storm arrives to sweep you away. Doubtless, even in our little thought experiment, you will gather all your might to escape from this arid, sterile land.
However, people of Yazd, a city wedged between the northern Dasht-e Kavir and southern Dasht-e Lut, have proved that nothing can stop a determined will. Actually, during their long history, dating back to Sassanid period, their unbending will has given rise to an awe-inspiring city, reputable for its unique culture, artistic and architectural novelties.
The mud-brick old town, located at the heart of Yazd city, registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2017, bears witness to the keen mind of a people who discovered practical solutions to the difficulties the mother earth had imposed on them: narrow alleys formed by high mud-brick walls, enchanting traditional Iranian houses, ornate gateways, roofed passageways called Sābāt, tall Bādgirs or wind-towers and a number of workshops and shops featuring engineering feats making them well-adapted to a desertic climate, were part of the innovations which made life livable in Yazd city.
Moreover, the construction of Qanāts, a series of connected wells which stretched up to underground water reservoirs, in Yazd mostly located in Shirkooh Mountain, brought water to the city and solved the life-threatening problem of water shortage. Without taking advantage of such engineering solutions, construction of architectural wonders, such as Dolat Abad Garden, would have been impossible.
Yet, Yazd city has not turned into a tourist attraction just because of the above-mentioned architectural and engineering innovations. Handicrafts also play a major part in shaping the cultural and artistic spirit of the city. Historically, Yazd has been famous for its weaving industry, including: Termeh-bafi, Sha’r Bāfi, Dara’i bafi, and Mazari.
Yazdi people are also known for their religious tolerance, living with Iranian Zoroastrians on friendly terms for long years. Thus, if you accompany us on our Yazd City Tour, you would have the chance to visit some unique Zoroastrian monuments, such as Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, in Yazd city.
In addition, because of its geographic location, Yazd city is an ideal place for desert lovers. You can do all sorts of things in deserts surrounding Yazd, from star gazing during the night, camel-riding, taking safari tours to visiting enchanting desert monuments.
Well, after a long day strolling through or around the city of Yazd, you may feel hungry. The good news is that there are a number of excellent restaurants in the historic city of Yazd, offering both Western and local dishes. Among the local dishes of Yazd, we offer you to try these delicious one: Gheymeh Yazdi, Khoresht-e Beh Aloo (Quince and Plum Stew), Ghaliye Kadoo (Pumpkin Stew), Koofteh Lappeh, Koofteh Yazdi, Abgoosht (Tomato and Eggplant Broth), Koofteh Havij (Carrot meatballs) and Gippa. After your main meal, do not forget to taste some of the mouth-watering sweets of Yazd, such as: Baklava (or baghlava) and Pashmak (Persian Cotton Candy).
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At 8:45 am our tour guide picks you up at your place of residence. Then, we head to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, built in 1934. At the fire temple, our guide introduces you to the basic of tenets of Zoroastrianism and the special design of the fire temple. Then, you will visit the different parts of the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd. After visiting the holy fire temple, we go for the Towers of Silence, the ancient graveyard of Zoroastrians.
Having finished visiting the Towers of Silence, we go for a stroll in the Fahadan Neighborhood, known as the mudbrick old town of Yazd. Here, we will visit Jameh Mosque of Yazd, possessing the tallest minarets among the mosques of Iran. Then, we will explore the Fahadan neighborhood, walking through its winding lanes.
After visiting the Fahadan Neighborhood, we will have lunch in one the Traditional restaurants of Yazd, where you can experience some of the best local dishes of the city.
Having had our lunch, we go to visit Dolat Abad Garden, dating back to 19th century. Dolat Abad Garden, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, is a complex structure comprised of several gardens adorned with tall trees, various fonds and fountains, a pavilion with amazing, colorful sash windows and the most important highlight of the garden, its wind-tower, allegedly the tallest adobe wind-tower in the world.
Leaving the Dolat Abad Garden, we go to the Amir Chakhmaq Square, built in the 15th century, and spend some time there to visit its splendid Tekiyyeh and listen to the story of its Nakhl (palm), a symbolic object used traditionally in the mourning ceremony in memory of the third Imam of Shiite Muslims, Imam Hossein. We should mention that if you want quality pictures for your Instagram, this photogenic square is the right place to realize your wish.
Having enjoyed the charms of Amir Chakhmaq Square, it is now time for a bit serious work. The next destination in our Yazd City Tour is the Yazd Water Museum, a reconstructed mansion built in Qajar period (19th century). After visiting this museum, you would have lots of information about the historic irrigation system in Iran called Qanat.
At the end of the first day of our Yazd City Tour, we take you back to your place of residence for a good night rest to be ready for the next day.
On the second day of our Yazd City Tour, our tour guide will come to pick you up at 8:30 am to continue our amazing adventures. Then, we will drive to Kharanaq (about 70 km North of Yazd. There, our expert guide will you the story behind this 1000-year-old abandoned mud-brick town and visit the old caravanserai of Kharanaq.
Afterwards, we will get back on the road to go to and visit the Zoroastrian fire temple of Chak Chak (some 72 km to the North of Yazd). The Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Chak Chak, apart from being a touristic sight, is considered as one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Zoroastrians of Iran.
Our next and last destination in our Yazd City Tour is Meybod, 52km North of Yazd. Meybod is a mud-brick town whose history goes back to at 1800 years ago. In this ancient town, we will visit Narin Castle, Meybod’s caravanserai and some pottery workshops.