Everybody knows that Iran is a land full of wide deserts, where the melody of the wind is the only sounds that reach the visitor's ears. Illuminated only by brightness of stars Iranian deserts are some of the best places in the world to experience dark night skies. In Isfahan's desert, learn about mythology of the stars, find constellations in sky, listen to their stories in an interactive experience that will turn you into an amateur astronomer, and will no longer want to close your eyes at night.
Gazing at the stars, planets, and nebulas with a professional telescope
Sleeping in an traditional homestay and having local cuisines
Learning how to read the sky map
Discovering the mythology and ancient beliefs related to stars Features
Nowadays we rarely have the chance to gaze at a sky full of stars, but there are some enchanting places in the world remained preserved from mankind footmarks. The great desert plains of Iran are among those places.
This experience leads you 30 kilometers from the remarkable Isfahan, once called "Half of the World", to Shahin Shahr remote region. While enjoying a traditional dinner made by a local cook, a short theoretical introduction to astronomy will give you a brief insight the secrets of the night sky. We will immerse ourselves into the mythology and horoscope which were born in the human's mind fascinated by the sky thousands of years ago.
As the night slowly takes over the daylight, the first bright spots unraveled themselves in the sky. Look up, let your and let your guide explain to you more about stars, galaxies and nebula. Follow the light of a laser pointer to discover the planets and constellations. Imagine how stars become figures like a hunter, lion or a bear. At the end realize how small we are and keep in mind that everything that we watch through the telescope is a direct look at history because the light is still traveling to give us the right information.
Step by step, you become a knowledgeable observer and learn how to read the "alphabet" of astronomy. This is the key to make you able to read the sky map, as once all travelers had to, to find their way through the immensity of the world. Like them, in the silent night of the desert, you will decode this mystery, and after that, it is likely that you will no longer want to sleep.
But, the night also has its end, as the sun returns over earth. After a copious Persian breakfast, let your eyes wander through the telescope's lens again. With the help of solar filters, greet the morning sun to see sunspots on it. Enjoy a little bit more the quietness of this secluded remotness , before leaving for Isfahan.
DAY 1: Pick up anywhere in Isfahan in the afternoon around 3 hours before sunset, Watching sunset, Tea and theoretical introduction to astronomy, Dinner, Night sky observation, Sleep in eco friendly homestay
DAY 2: Early morning night sky observation, Sunrise and watching sunspots, Breakfast, Return to Isfahan
Because of strong moonlight, astronomy tour can’t take place in a period between 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon.
At 22:00, one day before the planned trip, you will be contacted with a weather update. In case of bad weather forecast the trip will be rescheduled or refunded. If the weather turns bad during the tour refund will be partial.