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Jolfa and Aras Riverside

Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran
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Duration

1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English

Overview

Start

Tabriz

Duration

1 Day

Finish

Tabriz

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Overview

Jolfa and Aras Riverside

Our destination is Jolfa, a city located in Azerbaijan Province in Iran, which shares borders with Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. Due to this significant position, it has turned into an outstanding business city. In Jolfa, you can find many historical churches as it’s been a residential area for Christian Armenians. Let’s have a look at St. Stepanos church, which is surrounded by stone fences, located among several trees and vivacious hills.
The construction architecture dates back to the 10th century. You will be amazed by the high reliefs, high arches and astonishing decoration of this beautiful church. Next, let’s move to the Chupan (shepherd) church, placed in the west.

Based on sayings, it was a place for Armenian shepherds to pray. The church has a cross-shaped plan and the material used in its construction are stone and cement. The internal walls are covered by plaster and it has two small domes with four wind catchers.
Our latter stop is the Khajeh Nazar historical caravanserai which dates back to the Safavid era and is located beside Aras River and Zia Al Molk Bridge. As Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the French explorer says the caravanserai was built by an Armenian authority in the time of Shah Abbas. The caravanserai’s plan is rectangular and the construction materials are stones and bricks. When you enter the place, you can observe a central yard with three porches on the sides. Ceilings are arched-shaped and there are internal aisles for accessing different rooms.
As we mentioned, Jolfa is a crucial business city, so let’s not miss visiting shopping centers on the border which are widely developing day by day. After some time strolling in these interesting bazaars, we will drive you along Aras Riverside, where we can watch the roaring river and enjoy the scenic flourish hills. You may see people fishing or meditating in pure nature. We will head to the ‘Asiab Kharabe’ waterfall which has made an awesome landscape in the area. There are mossy strings and even some branches hanging from the waterfall and it divides into many small and big waterfalls in the lower part.
All in all, Jolfa is a historical city with lots of natural attractions and during this trip, you will have a very joyful educational time.

Tour Highlights

Travel Style

Historical Attractions
Natural Attractions
Cultural Attractions

Physical Rating

Local Touch

Age Group

+5

Meals

1 Breakfast | 0 Lunch | 0 Dinner

Transportation

Sedan

Accommodation Grade

None

Equipment

None

Included

- Snacks
- Water Bottles

Excluded

- Entrance fees

  • St. Stepanus Church
  • Chupan Church
  • Khajeh Nazar caravanserai
  • Aras riverside
  • Asiab Kharabe waterfall
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Anirban b
2020-02-29
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2020-02-23
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2020-02-22
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2020-02-20
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2020-02-16
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2020-02-09
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Most relaxed holiday thanks to Tappersia We came to Iran in a troubled time so booked everything through Tappersia just so that we would feel a bit more secure but the experience was beyond expectations. I have never had a more relaxed holiday. Everything was already booked for us; we had a private car picking us up every time we changed places, offering tours and stops in between all this on a very affordable price and always being there for every question we had. Totally recommend!

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Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk diccount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
12 people 55 euros per person22-50
23 people 35 euros per person33-15
34 people 30 euros per person440
41 people 85 euros11-60

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Morning

Picking up from the hotel in Tabriz
Having a local breakfast
Visiting St. Stepanos and Chupan Churches
Going to Khajeh Nazar historical caravanserai
Strolling through border shopping centers

Noon

Having lunch
Driving along Aras Riverside toward “Asiab Kharabe” Waterfall

Evening

Finishing the tour in Tabriz

Tour's Location

Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran

FAQs

How long is the tour?
A full day. The tour normally starts at 9am, but can be adjusted based on your schedule.
Where the tour starts?
The Jolfa and Aras Riverside tour is a 1 day tour that starts and ends in Tabriz.
How old is the St. Stephanos Monastery?
The first monastery was built in the 7th century and was later expanded in the 10th century.
What transport do we take?
Your local guide from Tabriz will take you with his/her vehicle.

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Travel Around Persia |  Plan Your Budget Trip to Iran

Karine Kox

05/11/2018

Jolfa and Aras Riverside

More time in Iran, explore the country of wonders. this can be a half-day tour. the guide was a pro hiker he knew all the ins and outs. Nice and cool river breeze. The comfortable, clean and new boat had leather seats, great views on both sides. Relaxing, peaceful tour.
Travel Around Persia |  Plan Your Budget Trip to Iran

Ed J

07/05/2018

Good for the Iranian

got Iran from the borders of Tabriz, the people, sweets, and the people. I felt like its unusual to see the Chupan church and the wrecked waterfall. very friendly and hospitable guide.
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