- Enjoy the houses and gardens of poetic Shiraz
- Discover the Islamic majesty of Emam Square
- Take an evening stroll along Isfahan’s famous bridges
- Explore the ancient cities of Persepolis and Pasgardae
- Take a wander through the traditional village of Abayaneh
This fascinating journey takes you across a historical landscape that stretches back to the beginnings of the Persian Empire, from its ancient capitals near Shiraz and the beautiful 16th century Safavid capital of Isfahan, to the modern day setting of Tehran, the center of a new Persian empire.
A truly enthralling adventure into the heart of a great civilization, you will explore the ancient cities of Persepolis and Pasgardae, before moving on to discover the Islamic beauty of Isfahan, who’s enviable collection of mosques, palaces and bridges have rightly earned it World Heritage status. You will also explore something of the traditional character of the country, with visits to the picturesque village of Abayaneh and the merchants houses of Kashan, before finishing in Tehran, a city steeped in the traditions of the old and new Persia.
Departure TimeApproximately 8.30AM
Return TimeApproximately 7.30PM
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and light
IncludedAir conditioned transport throughout the tourBreakfastPersonal Guide
Not Included5 Star AccommodationAirport TransferGallery TicketLunch
Arrive in Shiraz early this morning and transfer to your hotel for a chance to rest and freshen up. Later you will enjoy a tour of the city, taking in the immense Citadel of Karim Khan, which dominates the centre of the city, the bustling Vakil Bazaar and Mosque and the Narenjestan, a traditional Iranian mansion house that wonderfully preserves the elegance and refinement of 19th century Shiraz. Then head to the beautiful gardens of Bagh-e-Eram and the Tomb of Hafez, dedicated to the memory of one of Shiraz's most celebrated poets.
The once great capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great in 518 BC. Destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, these magnificent ruins extend today across the Marv Dasht plain, at the foot of Kuh-i-Rahmat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its pillars and carvings still pre-sent a truly breathtaking setting. Next, visit the spectacular Sassanid necropolis at Naqsh-e-Rustam. Dating back to 1000 BC, these ancient Achaemenid tombs include some stunning reliefs, carved into the cliff faces high above the valley floor.
Shiraz - Pasargadae - Isfahan
Departing Shiraz this morning you head next to the ancient city of Pasargadae, home to the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. The earliest known example of Achaemenid architecture, the city was built in the 6th century BC and remains a stunning testimony to the early Persian civilization. After the visit, you then continue on to the beautiful city of Isfahan.