Day 1 (Friday, October 19)

  • Arrive Tehran early in the morning
  • Tour Tehran
    • National Museum (Museum of Ancient Iran)

      A wonderful display of ancient and medieval antiquities, including some of the most iconic objects of Ancient Persia.

    • Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran
    • Carpet Museum
  • Stay in Tehran (Tehran Ferdowsi Grand Hotel)

Day 2 (Saturday, October 20)

  • Tour Tehran
    • Sa'ad Abad Complex
    • Reza Abasi Museum
    • Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran
  • Flight to Ahvaz
  • Stay in Ahvaz (Ahvaz Pars International Hotel)

Day 3 (Sunday, October 21)

  • Tour Shushtar (Susa)
    • Tomb of Daniel
    • Apadana in Susa
    • Shush Castle
    • Haft Tepe
    • Chogha Zanbil ziggurat

      The best preserved zuggurat in the world, built by the King of Elam about 1250 BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Shushtar waterfals and historical bridges (including Bridge of Valerian)
  • Stay in Ahvaz

Day 4 (Monday, October 22)

  • Drive to Shiraz
    • Bishapur and Anihita Temple
    • Chogan Strait sculpture and reliefs
    • Sarab Bahram village
    • Arrive Shiraz
  • Stay in Shiraz

Day 5 (Tuesday, October 23)

  • Excursion to ancient Persian sites
    • Qur'an Gate
    • Tall-i Malyan (site of Anshan)
    • Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid)

      The ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, built in the fifth and sixth centuries BC during the reigns of Darius I and Xerxes I and destroyed by the Macedonian army under Alexander the Great in 330 BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rustam)
    • Pasargadae
  • Stay in Shiraz

Day 6 (Wednesday, October 24)

  • Tour Shiraz
    • Nasir Almolk Mosque
    • Karim Khan Citadel
    • Kolah Farangy mansion
    • Hafez Tomb
    • Sa'adi Tomb
    • Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh (Emir Ali Tomb)
    • Eram Garden (if time permits)
  • Stay in Shiraz

Day 7 (Thursday, October 25)

  • Drive to Kerman
    • Jame' Mosque in Neyriz
    • Maymand Cave Village
    • Bahram-e-Goor Protected Area (Persian onager)
    • Kerman Bazaar
  • Stay in Kerman (Kerman Pars International Hotel)

Day 8 (Friday, October 26)

  • Excursion to Bam
    • Rayen Castle
    • Shazdeh Garden
    • Tomb of Shah Ne'emat Ollah-e-Vali (Mahan)
    • Arg-e-Bam (Bam Citadel)

      The largest adobe building in the world, this ancient fortress on the Silk Road dates back to the Parthian Empire and had its heyday between the seventh and eleventh centuries AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Stay in Kerman

Day 9 (Saturday, October 27)

  • Excursion to Jiroft
    • Jiroft Museum
    • Konar Sandal
  • Stay in Kerman

Day 10 (Sunday, October 28)

  • Drive to Yazd
    • Zeinodin Caravanrsarai
    • Saryazd Fortress
    • Tour Yazd
      • Saheb Azeman Club
    • Stay in Yazd (Yazd Dad Hotel)

Day 11 (Monday, October 29)

  • Tour Yazd
    • Zoroastrian fire temples (Ateshkadeh)

      This neoclassical building in Yazd houses a flame that is said to have been burning continuously since AD 470. It is cherished by followers of Zoroastrianism, a Persian religion that could be 3000 years old. Fire is a primary symbol of Zoroastrianism

    • Dakhmeh (Towers of Silence)
    • Water Museum
    • Jame' Mosque
    • Old Town
  • Stay in Yazd

Day 12 (Tuesday, October 30)

  • Drive to Isfahan
  • Nain Jameh Mosque
  • Atashgah of Isfahan
  • Stay in Isfahan (Isfahan Piroozi Hotel)

Day 13 (Wednesday, October 31)

  • Tour Isfahan
    • Chehel Sutoon Palace
    • Aliqapu Palace
    • Imam Square
    • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
    • Imam Mosque
    • Khaju Bridge
    • Royal (Shahrestan) Bridge
  • Stay in Isfahan

Day 14 (Thursday, November 1)

  • Tour Isfahan
    • isfahan-mosque

      One of the oldest mosques still standing in Iran, this structure dates back to AD 771. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Jame' Mosque of Isfahan
    • Vank Armenian Church
    • Saffron shop
    • Isfahan Bazaar
  • Stay in Isfahan

Day 15 (Friday, November 2)

  • Drive to Kashan
    • Abyaneh Village
    • Tour Kashan
      • Tepe Sialk

        In a suburb of Kashan sits the Tepe Sialk ziggurat, constructed around 3000 BC, which is about 400 years earlier than the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. The culture that built this was part of or related to the civilization of Elam.

      • Tabatabaiha House
      • Sultan Amir Ahmed Bathhouse
    • Drive to Tehran
  • Stay in Tehran (Tehran Ferdowsi Grand Hotel)

Day 16 (Saturday, November 3)

  • Tour Tehran
    • Old city of Rey
      • Toghrol Tower
      • Rashkan Castle
      • Rey Castle
      • Cheshmeh-Ali (Shahr-e-Rey)
    • Milad Tower
  • Stay in Tehran

Day 17 (Sunday, November 4)

  • Depart Tehran from IKA


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

This 17-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.

Every night you will stay in a four-star hotel in one of six key cities.

The journey will begin in Tehran with a series of museum visits, followed on Day 2 by a flight to Ahvaz at the edge of the Mesopotamian lowlands.

From there you see ancient Susa, capital of the Elamite and Persian empires and the location of the Bridge of Valerian, built by captured Roman soldiers. You'll visit the world's best-preserved ziggurat.

Then driving southeast toward Shiraz, you visit the Sassanid capital of Bishapur and the nearby dramatic historical sculptures and reliefs. In and around Shiraz, you stop at spectacular medieval mosques, tombs and gardens before venturing out to Persepolis and other ancient Persian sites.

On Day 7 you drive to Kerman, famous for its carpets and pistachios but also your base for visiting our southernmost destinations, the massive Bam Citadel and the ancient mounds of the mysterious Jiroft Civilization.

Day 10 finds you driving north to the wonderfully preserved medieval city of Yazd, with its fortresses, caravansarai, mosque, and Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence.

On Day 12 you continue north to Isfahan, said by many to be Iran's most beautiful city, with its palaces, mosque, old bazaar, and even an ornate Christian church.

Day 15 takes you through Kashan and its fine old houses as well as the 5000 year old ziggurat of Tepe Sialk, on your way back to Tehran.

Your last full day leads you through Tehran with stops at the ancient Silk Road city of Rey, the modern Milad Tower, the sixth-tallest telecommunications tower in the world.

Total Price(double occupancy): Minimum 10 participants: $4490 per person, 15 participants: $4375, Maximum 25 participants: $4250. (Single supplement fee: $605.)

Registration fee: $1500 to ALI by registration deadline of July 19, 2018. (included in total price)

Costs not included: Iran visa; air fare to Tehran

Date: October 19 - November 4, 2018

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