The roots of ancient Persia lie in the Elamite Civilization and the Neolithic cultures that preceded it. The word “Persia” is a misnomer, as the Persians per se were one of a number of Iranian tribes that swept into the Iranian Plateau and created a series of empires that dominated the Middle East and much of central and south Asia for long periods over the past three millennia. This tour explores pre-Iranian cultures as well as the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanian empires and the complex and chaotic Medieval period, with a geographic focus on key sites of Iranian history. Expect wonderful interactions with the warm, friendly and welcoming Iranian people. This tour is led by ALI Executive Director and experienced archaeologist, Dr. Richard Pettigrew, for whom this will be his fifth visit to Iran, accompanied by an accomplished local guide. The two halves of the tour are separately reservable.
Dates: October 18th - November 2nd, 2019