Isfahan Daily Tour

Isfahan Treasures: A Guided Day Tour

Isfahan, known as “Half the World” due to its beautiful Islamic architecture, gardens, and important historical sites, offers much to explore. This itinerary blends a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Isfahan’s history with the enjoyment of its contemporary culture, ensuring a well-rounded visit to this enchanting city.

5 Days



Day 1: Central Isfahan and Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Morning: Start your day at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the largest city squares in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Begin with the Shah Mosque (Imam Mosque), admired for its stunning architecture and tile work.

Afternoon: Visit the Ali Qapu Palace and take in the panoramic views of the square. Explore the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque across the square, famous for its peacock at the center of its dome.

Evening: Browse the traditional bazaars around the square, like Qeysarie Bazaar, for handicrafts and art. Try local dishes such as Biryani for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 2: Discover Isfahan’s Religious and Historic Sites

Morning: Visit the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, a historic mosque that features a blend of architectural styles accumulated over a millennium.

Afternoon: Head to the Armenian quarter, Jolfa. Visit Vank Cathedral and its museum to see a mix of Islamic and Christian art.

Evening: Enjoy coffee and pastries in one of Jolfa’s stylish cafes. Walk along the Zayanderud River and watch the historic bridges light up, such as Si-o-se-pol and Khaju Bridge.

Day 3: Palaces and Parks

Morning: Explore Chehel Sotoun Palace, known for its 20 columns reflected in the front pool, which appears as 40 (Chehel Sotoun means “Forty Columns”).

Afternoon: Relax in the peaceful Hasht Behesht Palace and surrounding gardens, a smaller but stunningly beautiful palace.

Evening: Have dinner in one of the restaurants overlooking the Zayanderud River, offering traditional Persian cuisine.

Day 4: Day Trip to Nearby Attractions

Full Day: Take a day trip to the ancient Kashan (if not previously visited). Visit the Tabatabaei House, Borujerdi House, and the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse. Don’t miss the Fin Garden, another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Evening: Return to Isfahan. Spend your evening leisurely at a local teahouse or explore more of the city’s vibrant night scene.

Day 5: Art and Shopping

Morning: Visit the Isfahan Music Museum to learn about Persian traditional music and instruments. Participate in a music session if available.

Afternoon: Spend your last day shopping for famous Isfahani crafts like Persian rugs, miniature paintings, and metalworks. The Naqsh-e Jahan Square offers many shops selling these crafts.

Evening: Enjoy a farewell dinner at an upscale restaurant, perhaps trying Fesenjan, a traditional Persian stew.

If you're looking to explore beyond the heart of Isfahan, there are several fascinating excursions in the surrounding areas that provide a deeper understanding of the region's history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some great day trips and excursions around Isfahan:

1. Abyaneh

Distance: Approximately 175 km northwest of Isfahan.

Highlights: Visit the ancient village of Abyaneh, known for its red mud-brick houses, traditional costumes, and a lifestyle that has been preserved over centuries. It’s a fantastic place to experience rural Iranian culture and architecture.

2. Natanz

Distance: About 130 km north of Isfahan.

Highlights: Explore the Natanz Mosque and the adjoining monastery. The area is also known for its ceramic and pottery workshops. Consider a visit to the nearby Karkas Mountains for some hiking.

3. Shahrekord

Distance: Roughly 100 km southwest of Isfahan.

Highlights: Known as the “Roof of Iran” because of its high altitude, Shahrekord is ideal for those interested in ethnic diversity and nomadic cultures. It’s also a good spot for nature enthusiasts, with opportunities for trekking and visiting nearby waterfalls and rivers.

4. Varzaneh

Distance: About 110 km southeast of Isfahan.

Highlights: Famous for its stunning dunes, Varzaneh offers a different landscape from the rest of the region. It’s also known for its traditional irrigation systems, ancient Ghurtan Citadel, and salt lake.

5. Semirom

Distance: About 160 km south of Isfahan.

Highlights: Visit Semirom if you enjoy the natural scenery and outdoor activities. The area is known for its waterfalls, especially during the spring, and offers lush landscapes ideal for picnics and hikes.

6. Meybod

Distance: Around 300 km southeast of Isfahan.

Highlights: Explore this ancient desert city that features attractions like Narin Castle, an old caravanserai, and traditional ice houses. Meybod offers a glimpse into the desert architecture and way of life in central Iran.

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