March 1-18, 2024
An educational tour designed and organized by Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI)
In partnership with Pars Tourist Agency, Shiraz, Iran.
A tour led by archaeologist and ALI Executive Director Dr. Richard Pettigrew and experienced Iranian guide, Mehdi Fatemi.
This 18-day tour will lead you through the heartland of ancient and medieval Persia and stop at the most important and iconic places in Persian history. Most nights you will stay in a four-star hotel in one of five key cities.
The journey begins in Shiraz, with spectacular medieval mosques, tombs (including the tomb of the great poet Hafez) and ornate gardens. From here you will visit spectacular Persian capitals, including Pasargadae, Persepolis, and Sasanian Firuzabad. Days 5 and 6 bring you to Kerman and the massive Bam Citadel as well as to the sites and museum of the recently discovered Jiroft Civilization On Days 7-9 you will tour the wonderfully preserved medieval city of Yazd, with the Sassanid Saryazd Fortress, Zeinodin Caravansarai, the dramatic Jame' Mosque, and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence. On Day 11 you continue north to Isfahan, said by many to be Iran's most beautiful city, with its Safavid palaces, mosques, old bazaar, and even an ornate Armenian Christian church. Day 15, from Ahvaz at the edge of the Mesopotamian lowlands, brings you to ancient Susa, capital of the Elamite and Persian empires. You'll visit Shushtar (the location of the Bridge of Valerian, built by captured Roman soldiers) and the world's best-preserved ziggurat, Chogha Zanbil. Then, driving southeast toward Shiraz, you visit the Sassanid capital of Bishapur and the nearby dramatic historical sculptures and reliefs.
Total Price(double occupancy): $3575 to 3895 for entire tour (single supplement $490), depending on number of participants.
Registration fee: $2000 ALI by registration deadline of December 1, 2023. This amount is included in the total price above. Taking reservations now!
Costs not included: Iran visa; air fare to Tehran or Shiraz.
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Dates: March 1-18, 2024
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