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Iran: Glories of Persia

16 Sep — 3 Oct 2018 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 2135 on British Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Tehran 0645 and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon: Golestan Palace (lavish masterpiece of the Qajar era), Treasury of National Jewels.

Day

3

Morning in Tehran: National Museum of Iran (archaeological artefacts), Sa’d Abad Palace (White Palace). Transfer to Hamadan for two nights.

Day

4

Hamadan: Hegmataneh hill (remains of the ancient city of Ecbatana), Mausoleum of Esther and Mordechai, tombs of Avicenna and Baba Taher, 12th century Alavian Dome, Achaemenian Ganjnameh inscriptions.

Day

5

Kangavar (huge Temple of Anahita), Bisitun (famous inscriptions of Darius I, key to decipherment of cuneiform script), Taq-e Bostan (Sassanid rock reliefs). Overnight stay in Khorramabad.

Day

6

Via Dezful (outdoor water system) and ancient city of Susa (settled since 5th millennium BC) for two nights in Ahvaz.

Day

7

Tchogha Zanbil (ruins of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, with enormous ziggurat), Shushtar 5th century hydraulic system.

Day

8

Long drive through beautiful landscapes to Shiraz for four nights. En route: ancient city of Bishapur.

Day

9

Shiraz: Pars Museum and Nasar Garden; Vakil mosque, bathhouse and bazaar; Qavam House; Eram Garden; Tomb of Hafez.

Day

10

Firuzabad (ancient Gur, Sassanaid palaces).

Day

11

Persepolis (ruined halls and stunning bas reliefs); Naqsh-e Rustam (burial site of Achaemenid rulers); Naqsh-e Rajab (Sassanian royal reliefs).

Day

12

Via Pasargadae (tomb of Cyrus the Great) and Abarkooh (ancient cypress tree) for two nights in Yazd.

Day

13

Yazd: Towers of Silence, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, 14th century Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex (symmetrical sunken alcoves), Water Museum, Dowlat Abad Garden.

Day

14

Via Maybod (caravanserai, pigeon tower, ice supply) and Nain (one of the oldest Jameh mosques in Iran, ethnography museum) for two nights in Isfahan.

Day

15

Isfahan: Naghsh-e Jahan Square and monuments, Chehel Sotun palace, historic Bazaar.

Day

16

Morning in Isfahan (Friday Mosque, Vank Cathedral, Armenian Quarter). Via Natanz (Jameh mosque, shrine of Sheikh Abdul Samad) for overnight stay in Kashan.

Day

17

Morning visits in Kashan (Fin Garden) before returning to Tehran for overnight stay.

Tour Dates

16 Sep — 3 Oct 2018

Days

18

Cost

£3945

Tour Code

IRA2-18

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Testimonial

"I am thrilled to be developing this new itinerary in collaboration with ACE, and can't wait to travel to Iran later this year to hone our programme." Andrew Wilson

 
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