travel to iran – Private Iran Tours 2017 http://www.irtouring.com Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 What to do in Esfahan Iran http://www.irtouring.com/what-to-do-in-esfahan-iran/ Wed, 04 May 2016 08:20:20 +0000 http://www.irtouring.com/?p=4272 As part of our Iran travel guide series, we at IRTouring.com interviewed Benoit, a French student who have been traveling to Iran since 2009 and have been lived in Esfahan for some 4 month before. Benoit shares with us his insider tips on what to do […]

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As part of our Iran travel guide series, we at IRTouring.com interviewed Benoit, a French student who have been traveling to Iran since 2009 and have been lived in Esfahan for some 4 month before.

Benoit shares with us his insider tips on what to do in Esfahan (from the points of view of a tourist, of course) for those looking for the best places to see, eat, stay, drink, and explore while travel to Iran.

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Why Visit Esfahan, Iran?

Esfahan has always been included in package tours for basically any trip to Iran, but what’s usually shown is not the city itself. Only the Imam Square, the lofty mosques and a few more touristic spots are all the tourists get to see. However, Esfahan is really half of the world and a longer stay will do its magic to let you know more about peoples, their culture and foods.

Too many times I hear people saying they’ve been to Iran (which is now booming and it might be the hottest destination in 2016) but all they did was go to Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, well, that’s a touristic things to do but Iran has a lot more to do and to see.
It might be beautiful but it’s definitely not an authentic Iranian experience!
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In my opinion, one can’t say he’s been to Iran without spending some time in Esfahan: this really takes people into the hectic Iranian life, together with its many contrasts and real culture, food, habits, crazy things to do and specially living with locals as much as possible.
In Esfahan you can find one thing and its opposite: luxury and poverty, culture and illiteracy, beauty and ugliness, what else, just come and find out.

What to do in Esfahan, Iran

To answer this question, I must ask myself “where would I take you if you come to travel to Iran and especially to Esfahan?” – And the answer is:
On the same day you arrive, I would take you out for dinner at Chahar Bagh Street just before sunset, to show you the city from above and the sun going down on the city’s beautiful historic bridges.
This is a rather fancy and clean place that I believe is the perfect place for a soft approach to the city.
Another “easy” thing to do is visiting the Naghsh-e Jahan Square (Imam Squre), a place with no cars where you can wander and take beautiful photos of this magnificent historic square.
I would get lost with you through the grand bazaar, show you hidden corners and take you to some of the coolest tea-houses deep inside the Qeysariye Bazar
It might sound touristy but it’s very typical instead: I would invite you on a horse carriage ride in Naghsh-e Jahan Square, to relax and enjoy the views and the rare silence.
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I was almost forgetting the most famous things! Visiting the famous historical bridges at night might be something really special, and one thing, when in Khajoo bridge we have chance to meet with easy welcoming locals who can sing a song under the historic bridge.

Best Neighborhoods to Explore?

Some neighborhoods are as big as cities so it’s not easy to answer this question. However, I heard that the neighborhood of Khajoo, or let say Jolfa district which alone have something like a million millions people!
Anyway I must say my favorite one is Downtown. I instantly fell in love with the area the first time I saw it from the window of a bus, on a “Esfahan by night” tour.
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This is where the Famous Chahr bagh Street and most of the best restaurants as well as shops and interesting things to see are located.

Where to stay in Esfahan Iran?

I usually stay in Chahar Bagh Street where one could find plenty of option to choose from and as it’s overall better to stay than the rest of the city. Word of mouth is definitely the best way to find the right sublet for you.

Budget places to stay

There are also some very cheap hostels in downtown but of course, you can’t expect much luxury.

High end

There are very modern, luxury and beautiful hotels in same time very traditional style. Consider staying at the Abassi hotel, Howsar and or Aseman Hotel – you wont be disappointed, however, do not expect Sheraton, Hilton or Intercontinental when traveling to Iran.
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Plan Your Trip to Esfahan, Iran

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5 Historic sites you shouldnt miss when traveling in Iran http://www.irtouring.com/5-historic-sites-shouldnt-miss-traveling-iran/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:38:47 +0000 http://www.irtouring.com/?p=4239 So this blog post is about my favorite historic places in Iran, you know this is a country that is all about history, ancient sites and basically we walk beside the history, however, peoples like me tend to promote tourism and show the real Iran that […]

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So this blog post is about my favorite historic places in Iran, you know this is a country that is all about history, ancient sites and basically we walk beside the history, however, peoples like me tend to promote tourism and show the real Iran that what you may hear from media. whatever, following are my top list of impressive historical places to visit when you travel to Iran.

# 5 Babak fort

There are few other names for this historical fort, some say Kaleibar Fort, Jomhour fort but the most common name is Babak fort. However, this ancient lonely fort is located above a mountain with height of 2300 meter and have been built during the Sasanian time (224-651AD) and named after the Hero Babak Khoramdin.

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# 4 Saint Stepanos Monastery

This is a religious monuments belonging to the Armenian church that have been built south of Maku and 20 km northeast of Chalderan in the village with the same name. The historic church is one of the UNESCO heritage sites of Iran. According to Armenian Church tradition, the Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew traveled through Armenia in AD 45 to preach the word of God, where many people were converted and numerous secret Christian communities were established.

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# 3 Jameh Mosque of Yazd

This remarkable historic mosque dating back to the 12th century located in the heart of the Yazd old quarter within walking distance to most of the hotels and restaurants. One of the best features of Yazd Jameh Mosque is the tallest minarets that haev been said are among the tallest in the world, the impressive deep blue tile work as well as the water reservoir in the basement are things you shouldn’t miss to visit.

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# 2 Ancient Persian Empire Capital at Persepolis

The ancient site haev been built as the ceremonial capital of Persian Empire from which Dariush the great( the king of the king) could receive dignitaries from any part of the empire, the ancient site expanded in 125.000 SQ meter dedicated to palaces, ancient treasury, gate of the all nation, Apadana palaces and rock tombs that is dedicated to the king Darisuh III.

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# 1 Ancient Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

Definitely one of the first mosque that have been built even in Iran is the Ancient Jameh mosque of Isfahan, this site is belong to different part of the history as each part of the mosque have been added to the main site ( the site believed to be the fire temple dating back to the pre-Islam), to get to the mosque you must walk deep into the bazaar.

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