Workshop and Tours
4th CALT 2019: Taste Paradise
On-site Workshop and Tour
27 April to 04 May 2019, Iran
Until now, 22 Iranian sites have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Iran’s Persian Garden is one of the sites inscribed on UNESCO’s List in 2011. The property includes nine gardens in as many provinces. They exemplify the diversity of Persian garden designs that evolved and adapted to different climate conditions while retaining principles that have their roots in the times of Cyrus the Great, 6th century BC. Always divided into four sectors, with water playing an important role for both irrigation and ornamentation, the Persian garden was conceived to symbolize Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements of sky, earth, water and plants. These gardens, dating back to different periods since the 6th century BC, also feature buildings, pavilions and walls, as well as sophisticated irrigation systems. They have influenced the art of garden design as far as India and Spain. Persian Garden is a well-known garden style in the world. Besides overcoming the environmental restraints, creators of Persian Gardens have also manifested cultures and beliefs of people living in this land in their work; and that’s the reason orientalists have known Persian Garden a symbol of “Promised Paradise”. Persian Garden is in a great harmony with its natural and cultural surroundings and cannot be identified segregated from Iran’s characteristics and peoples’ culture and belief.
Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to organize a specialized tour and workshop called “Taste Paradise” in an international level for the experts, in order to get a better global recognition for Persian Garden and the elite to know it further. This is a unique opportunity for experts such as landscape professionals, architects, botanists, landscape historians, conservationists to exchange information with Iranian specialist experts while visiting Persian Gardens. After our very successful international tours and on-site workshops “Taste Paradise” in May 2013, “Landscape Transformation” in May 2015, and “Taste Persian Cultural Landscape & Architecture” in November 2018, The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to orchestrate another journey (Taste Paradise II) for experts and professionals all around the globe, to visit and enjoy the cultural beauty of Persian Gardens. In order to raise its quality, these workshops are only available to a limited number of people (20 participants for each tour) at the time, so it would be better if applicants register earlier not to lose chance.
For more info about Persian Garden visit: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1372
Places to visit
Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 8.4 million in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area. Tehran is home to many historical collections, including the royal complexes of Golestan Palace, where the two last dynasties of the former Imperial State of Iran were seated.
Where you’ll visit in Tehran:
Tehran Grand Bazar Complex
Naser Khosro Pedestrian Zone
Shiraz is most likely more than 4,000 years old. In the Achaemenian era, Shiraz was on the way from Susa to Persepolis and Pasargadae. it is known as the city of poets, literature, Gardens and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city, for example Eram Garden. Shiraz has had major Jewish and Christian communities. The crafts of Shiraz consist of inlaid mosaic work of triangular design; silver-ware; pile carpet-weaving and weaving of kilim, called gilim and jajim in the villages and among the tribes.
Where you’ll visit in Shiraz:
Afif Abad Garden
Hamman Vakil (Public Bath)
Arge Kharimkhan (Castle)
Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. It is nicknamed the “City of Windcatchers” from its many examples. It is also very well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, ab anbars (cisterns), qanats (underground channels), yakhchals (coolers), Persian handicrafts, handwoven cloth (Persian termeh), silk weaving, Persian Cotton Candy, and its time-honored confectioneries
Where you’ll visit in Yazd:
Amir Chakhmaq Sq.
Dolat Abad Garden*
Cistern Six Windward
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
Mehriz is one of the counties of Yazd province. According to a tale, this county was founded by a Sassanid princess named Mehrnegar but the human habitation in this region dates back to ten thousand years ago. World’s tallest windcatcher tower with a height of fifty five meters can be found in this county. The only circular caravanserai of Iran, which is called Zeinodin is in this county.
Where you’ll visit in Mehriz:
Isfahan (Esfahan) is a city in central Iran, south of Tehran and is the capital of Esfahan Province. The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half the World”. Due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An ancient town and capital of Persia from 1598 to 1722, it was long noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Today, textile and steel mills take their place. Its architecture, tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it one of the highlights of Iran.
Where you’ll visit in Isfahan:
Garand Bazzar and Persian Carpet Bazaar
Naghsh-e-Jahan Historical Sq.
Ali Qapu Palace
Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque
Four Garden St.
ChehelSotun Garden* (40 Columns Garden)
Hasht Behesht Garden*
Kashan as a city with 7000 years old and was a leisure vacation spot for Safavi Kings. Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), specifically, is one of the most famous gardens of Iran. Kashan is internationally famous for manufacturing carpets, silk and other textiles and its very valuable architecture. Today, Kashan houses most of Iran’s mechanized carpet-weaving factories.
Where you’ll visit in Kashan:
Agha Bozorg Mosque
Qamsar is a city in central Iran. It is the administrative centre of the Qamsar District, which forms part of Kashan County is 15 km south of Kashan in the Province of Isfahan. From the 13th century and possibly considerably earlier, cobalt was mined near Qamsar. The metal oxide was exported all over the Muslim world for use as the cobalt blue pigment in the decoration of pottery. It is possible that the cobalt ore was also exported to China. Ghamsar is host to one of the biggest festivals of Iran called Golabgiri to produce Rose water in spring. The Kaaba in Mecca is annually washed by Qamsar rose water.
Where you’ll visit in Qamsar:
Note: More information will be sending for you after registration.
Accommodation will be in 4 star or 3 star hotels in Tehran (one night), Shiraz (two night), Yazd (two nights), Isfahan (two nights), Kashan (one night)
Tehran to Shiraz with domestic flight and the rest of the trip with fully equipped tourist bus.
Single room: each person 1380 Euro
Double room: each person 1250 Euro
Note 1: CL Association will cover the following costs:
- All domestic flights and local transfer costs;
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
- Historic places’ entrance fees (according to Tour Program);
- 3 traditional snack.
Note 2: Travelling costs from your country to Tehran and back will be on yourself. You should be present in Tehran at least 12 hours prior to the time tour begins.
Note 3: CL Association will not provide you with travel and medical insurance or any other kind of medical coverage. Therefore, it is necessary that you ensure to have the proper insurance before entering Iran.
- CL Association will guide and support you about the visa.
- The language of the tour is English.
- An English-spoken tour guide are experience, full license guaranteed by Ministry of Tourism, will accompany us on this trip.
- One of the organizers of the CL Association will accompany us in this trip.
- Due to the multiple trips and limitation for luggage, please carry your stuff in 40*50*70 suitcases.
- CL Association will inform you about the climate condition of every destination city 10 days prior to the trip.
No Entry Stamp on Passport
“In order to cope with the USA Visa Waiver Program (VWP) empowerment regulations, the Iranian government has approved not to insert visa and entry stamp on passport for tourists who used electronic visa.” So do not worry about traveling to Iran.
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To register you must fill in and submit the online registration. After receiving the completed form, we will email you about the payment method. For finalizing the registration you have one week to send us your passport scan and requested information.