persepolis

Persepolis Tour

 

We will start the tour in the morning, anytime between 7 and 10 a.m. depending on your preference. You’ll be collected from your accommodation in Shiraz and together we’ll drive to Marvdasht town, listening to Persian music while you relax and enjoy the views along the way. It’s a 50-minute drive through a landscape of rugged mountains and rustic farms.

If you haven’t had breakfast, let us know, and we can stop along the way to buy snacks and drinks. Because it’s such a rich region with many orchards and farms, we can also buy fresh locally produced fruit for your morning meal.

Welcome to Persepolis
The richest city under the sun!
Remotely located in the mountains and hard to reach in ancient times, Persepolis, the ceremonial capital and masterpiece of the Persian Empire, is now only a pleasant drive away from the vibrant and historic city of Shiraz. Construction of this new capital began in 518 BC at the order of Darius the Great, and his successors added to its riches and splendor over the years.

Our advice for an enjoyable visit:

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necropolis

Necropolis Tour

 

The magnificent Necropolis is only a short distance from the glories of Persepolis, so consider visiting the tombs of the kings after we’ve explored the City of the Persians. This stunning ancient site contains four tombs carved into the rock face, at a great height. Four tombs, each originally containing the sarcophagus of an Achaemenid king, lie behind the cross-shaped entrance, high above the ground.

Here at Naqsh-e Rustam you can also admire the splendid Ka’ba-ye Zartosht (Cube of Zoroaster), a 5th century BCE Achaemenid square tower.

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pasargad

Pasargad Tour

 

“I’m off to Pasargadae
There I am friend with the king”

(Brazilian poet Manuel Bandeira, 1930)

The ancient gardens of Pasargad, another of Iran’s fascinating Unesco World Heritage sites, are reached easily by car from Shiraz, but we do recommend an early start for this two hour journey.

Pasargad was the site of royal gardens and palaces, and today you can also enjoy local food in the village and admire regionally produced handicrafts.

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