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Isfahan

Isfahan,

Iran

The visually stunning Isfahan (also known as Esfahan), is Iran’s top tourist destination and one of those hidden gems that are a true revelation. Filled with genuinely beautiful architecture, Persian gardens and tree-lined boulevards, it’s one of the most spectacularly stunning locations in the world. It’s no surprise that Isfahan is the cultural epicentre of Iran, and is home to hundreds of artisans, craftspeople and talented artists, all of whom bring their own dynamism and energy to the city.

Book a package holiday to Isfahan with Qatar Airways Holidays and you’ll quickly discover why this incredible destination is known as ‘Half the World’ in Persian. From the incredible blue hand-painted tiles to the fine textiles and jewellery, it’s a warm, inviting and truly beautiful city unlike any other.

 

  • Climb Sofeh Mountain (or take a Telecabin up to the summit) for outstanding panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the historic Naqshe-Jahan Square.
  • Pack a picnic and spend some time in the tranquillity of the Persian-inspired Nazhvan gardens.
  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation in the truly astonishing surroundings of the Masjed-e Shah mosque, with its ornate blue and gold tiles that smother the walls in opulent designs.
  • Haggle for a bargain in Bazar-e Bozorg, one of Iran’s most historic souks, and wander through the arched passageways looking at the jewellery and fine textiles on offer. The oldest parts of the Bazar are over a thousand years old.
  • Head out of the city and up into the mountains to visit Atashgah, a Zoroastrian fire temple set high on top of a rocky outcrop above the city.
  • Take the children to the city’s amusement parks, including Simorgh amusement park, and Dreamland amusement park to the east of the city.

Isfahan Holiday Packages

Holiday packages to Isfahan with Qatar Airways Holidays introduce you to a destination that’s a fascinating blend of ancient and modern. Elegant hotels sit along tree-lined boulevards, while modern shopping malls sit side-by-side with bazaars that date back over a thousand years. Everywhere, you’ll see the influences of Persian art, from the boutique chic of the hotel rooms to the scented, colourful gardens that offer an oasis of tranquillity in the very heart of the city.

In Isfahan, you’ll also get a true taste of Persia in the most literal sense. The food and dining experience in the city is a blend of traditional and modern, and our culinary packages to Isfahan let you taste authentic Persian cuisine at its very best. Try street food in the bazaars and markets, or choose upmarket dining in exclusive restaurants.

Good to know

Time Zone

UTC+3:30 (IRST), Summer (DST) UTC+4:30 (IRDT 21 March – 20 September)

Languages

UTC+3:30 (IRST), Summer (DST) UTC+4:30 (IRDT 21 March – 20 September)

Dialing Code

+98

Electricity

230V 50 Hz

Currency

Iranian rial

When to visit

  • Celebrate the Iranian New Year, known as Nowruz. Festivities start on the 20th March and continue for 12 days.
  • Expect to tuck into plenty of melons in the middle of December, when the Yalda Festival celebrates the defeat of evil. Eating melon is believed to ward off illness, so expect to see it on every menu in every restaurant across the city.
  • Isfahan is an important centre for textiles, crafts and jewellery making, and there are trade shows, events and fairs all year round showcasing the city’s finest craftspeople and their wares.
  • Escape the heat of the city during the summer and cycle along the Zayandeh river. Bicycle hire is free of charge (pick up your bicycle from the old bus station).
  • Make sure you try the local delicacy, Persian saffron ice-cream while you’re here. The best ice cream can be found in Chahar-Bagh Street.
  • Shop for rosewater perfume, one of the region’s most important exports and visit the centre of rosewater production in Qasar.
  • Learn more about the cuisine of this part of Iran by taking a cooking class.

Isfahan Experiences

  • Celebrate the Iranian New Year, known as Nowruz. Festivities start on the 20th March and continue for 12 days.
  • Expect to tuck into plenty of melons in the middle of December, when the Yalda Festival celebrates the defeat of evil. Eating melon is believed to ward off illness, so expect to see it on every menu in every restaurant across the city.
  • Isfahan is an important centre for textiles, crafts and jewellery making, and there are trade shows, events and fairs all year round showcasing the city’s finest craftspeople and their wares.
  • Escape the heat of the city during the summer and cycle along the Zayandeh river. Bicycle hire is free of charge (pick up your bicycle from the old bus station).
  • Make sure you try the local delicacy, Persian saffron ice-cream while you’re here. The best ice cream can be found in Chahar-Bagh Street.
  • Shop for rosewater perfume, one of the region’s most important exports and visit the centre of rosewater production in Qasar.
  • Learn more about the cuisine of this part of Iran by taking a cooking class.