Hotel pick up: Morning 8:30 Yazd
Hotel drop off Afternoon 14:30 Yazd
The excursion starts in the morning from Yazd to Mehriz city 50 km towards South. Compared to Yazd, Mehriz city is closer to mountains so it is well known for its green gardens and live qanats. The first thing you will explore in the area is Hasan-Abad qanat which among 11 qanats in Iran is subscribed in UNESCO world heritages list. It is a few steps to see a huge amount of water passing by through the man-made tunnels under the ground. This amount of water goes directly to the gardens of Hasan-Abad neighborhood in Yazd.
After seeing the qanat, you will see another UNESCO world heritage Persian garden titled as “Pahlavan Pour Garden”. The Persian gardens remind the art of compatibility with desert nature using water to create a paradise on earth. The interesting fact about Pahlavan Pour Garden is that Hasan-Abad qanat is passing through and devide the garden into two symmetrical parts as one of main characteristics of Persian gardens.
Before leaving Mehriz to see Zeinoddin caravanserai and Saryazd fortress, there is a giant cypress tree called Mong-abad cypress which is estimated to be 2000 years old. The tree is located in a small park and that is the best time for drinking tea.
After all you will get a 25 further towards south to visit Zeinoddin caravanserai. It is also an Abbasi caravanserai in the road from Yazd to Kerman. It is the only circular plan caravanserai left since 400 years ago (safavid era). It is somehow a unique caravanserai in Iran due to its architecture and its location that is almost in the middle of desert. Also its rooftop provides a great view around and if you are lucky you may see some wild life especially Persian gazelles.
After visiting the caravanserai, you will get back to Yazd but in the way, you will visit Saryazd which is appreciated as a tourist attraction. Saryazd fortress is Sassanid era defensive structure with several high walls and a water moat to keep it unconquerable. Inside the mud brick castle, there are three floors for food storage, people to live in different seasons which is remarkably well preserved. Nevertheless, after a couple of hours here, it’s not hard to see why Yazd has been so historically unconquerable.
Hasan-Abad qanat: one of the active qanats in Yazd.
Pahlavanpour Garden: This late Qajar era garden was built by someone named Pahlavanpur. This garden shows the evolution of traditional Persian gardens into modern ones. In 2012 this garden was registered as a world heritage site along with 9 other Persian gardens. The distinctive point about this garden is its tall trees and its water stream which comes from the old nearby Hassan Abad qanat. There is a traditional hotel inside the garden in which tourists can spend the night.
Mong-abad cypress tree: 2000 years old cypress tree located in Mong-abad a neighborhood of Mehriz
Zeinodin caravanserai: The dates to the 16th century and is situated on the ancient . It is one of 999 such inns that were built during the reign of to provide facilities to travelers. Zeinoddin is one of two caravanserais built with circular towers. After its refurbishment, it has operated as an inn. The caravanserai is situated on the Silk Road which was, until 1500 the main trade route between Europe and Asia. A motorway to Yazd passes through Zeinoddin. In earlier centuries, it was reached after a two-day camel ride from south of Yazd, about 60 kilometres on the main road to
Saryazd fortress: The fortress was constructed during the Sassanid era, sometime between the 3rd and 7th centuries AD and is made of . Its defences are two concentric walls, the outer wall being six meters in height and the inner being nine meters tall. In addition to the walls a moat was also constructed. The structure contains 480 rooms
Mud-bricks: mud-brick is an air-dried brick, made of a mixture of mud, sand and water.
Caravanserai: A caravanserai was a structure in the middle of ancient roads designed for convenience of travelers in order to recover from the day trips. Caravanserais were across the network of trade routes particularly the Silk Road and old Persia. Read more...
Safavid: The Safavid dynasty was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Safavid order of , which was established in the city of in the region.. The Safavid dynasty had its origin in the
Sassanid: The sassanian Empire officially known as the Empire of Iranians also called the Neo-Persian Empire by historians, was the last kingdom of the Persian Empire before the spread of Islam. Named after the House of sassan, it ruled from 224 to 651 AD.
Silk Road: The Silk Road was a network of trade routes which connected the and , and was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century. The Silk Road primarily refers to the land routes connecting and with , , the , and .