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The Underground City of Kurd-e Olya

Created with Sketch. Kurd-e-Olyã, Isfahan Province, Iran
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Duration

1 Day

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

4 people

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Languages

EN

Overview

 The Underground City of Kurd-e Olya

Kurd-e Olya is 100 km away from Isfahan. So, we start our trip from this city and move to the west direction, it will take about one and a half hours of driving. Although the underground city has 80 entrances, they have chosen two main gates as the entrance and the exit passages which are right next to each other. As we go down the stairs we face a magnificent cozy area. The atmosphere is a bit dark but they have installed electric lights along each route, which are illuminating enough. It’s obvious that human beings dug all of the city and it is somehow different from a cave as we can understand it has a determined plan.

You can see some rooms and large halls which had different functions during different eras. For example, in the Parthians time, about 2000 years ago, it was used as a military shelter but in Safavid time, it used to be a winter shelter for Armenians and their cattle. The city is placed under three houses but amazingly it was just discovered in 2017. As you look around, you realize it’s a pretty large area and consists of many rooms, aisles and a maze of routes which make this place wonderfully stunning. In some connecting passages, the ceiling height might be a bit low but the halls are spacious perfectly.

Let’s go up the stairs and roam in the village for some time, we can find different entrances of the underground city and figure out about its splendid architecture. On the way, we visit a 400-year-old Armenian cemetery with huge gravestones and inscriptions. The cemetery was made in Safavid era as they entered Iran at that time. Surprisingly, nowadays there’s no Armenian resident in the village and this cemetery is their only trace. In order to have local food as lunch, we go to some villagers’ houses and then, for enjoying the fascinating nature, we relax next to Shahi spring in the southeast of the village.

If we hike to the top of a knoll nearby, we will observe 3200-year-old broken pieces of potteries and next, we move further to visit the splendid 90-meter waterfall of Kurde Olya. This waterfall has been formed due to snow melting and has more water at the beginning of spring. We can also observe a cave under the waterfall. Finally, we move back to Isfahan after a pleasant day full of experiences. Generally, in all the seasons, there are charming water springs and wonderful scenes in Kurd-e Olya and as the area has historical aspects as well, it can be a great option to be followed as a perfect packaged tour.

Start

Location: Isfahan
Time: 08:00

Finish

Location: Isfahan
Time: 21:00

Tour Highlights

The Underground Defense City of Parthians
The Underground Church of Safavid Era
The Armenian Cemetery
3200-year-old Broken Pieces of Potteries
The Waterfall of Kurd-e Olya
The Cave Under The Waterfall of Kurd-e Olya

What You Can Expect

Historical Attractions
Natural Attractions

Physical Rating

3 Out of 5

Meals

0 Breakfast | 1 Lunch | 0 Dinner

Age Group

+12

Transport

Sedan

Included

Snacks
Water bottle

Excluded

Entrance fees

Accommodation Grade

None

Options

None

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Adult discount

Price per Person
2 people 43 euros per person
3 people 36 euros per person
4 people 30 euros per person

Itinerary

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Tour Program

Morning
Picking up from the hotel and moving towards Kurd-e Olya
Visiting the underground defense city of Parthians
Visiting the underground church of the Safavid era
Strolling through the new village above the ground and visiting different entrances and exits to the underground city

Afternoon
Visiting The Armenian cemetery with more than 400 years old
Having home-made food as lunch in villager’s houses
Relaxing next to the lake made behind the dike on Shahi Spring
Hiking to the top of the nearby man-made knoll with 3200-year-old broken pieces of potteries
Visiting the beautiful waterfall of Kurd-e Olya

Evening
Visiting the cave under the waterfall
Moving towards Isfahan
Ending the tour and transfer to the hotel

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Kurd-e-Olyã, Isfahan Province, Iran

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