Tour departs at 8:00am daily from Shiraz city centre.
Pick-up and drop-off location to be provided with your confirmed tour itinerary.
Persepolis, Necropolis (Naghshe Rostam) and Pasargadae Tour returns to Shiraz around 5:00pm.
Nagsh-e Rustam, Persepolis, Pasargadae Tour
Drive for an hour to get to Persepolis Complex, the magnificent pre-Islamic UNESCO listed world heritage site. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C, Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the inspiration of Mesopotamian models created the impressive palace complex. Persepolis was expanded by King Xerxes I (son of Darius I), who unfortunately invaded and destroyed much of Greece in 480 BCE. 'Alexander the Great' described Persepolis as the wealthiest city under the sun, so he eventually looted and burned the soft materials.
Cyrus the Great began building the capital in 546 BC or later; it was unfinished when he died in battle, in 530 or 529 BC. The remains of the tomb of Cyrus' son and successor Cambyses II have been found in Pasargadae, near the fortress of Toll-e Takht, and identified in 2006.
Pasargadae remained the capital of the Achaemenid empire until Cambyses II moved it to Susa; later, Darius founded another in Persepolis. The archaeological site covers 1.6 square kilometres and includes a structure commonly believed to be the mausoleum of Cyrus, the fortress of Toll-e Takht sitting on top of a nearby hill, and the remains of two royal palaces and gardens. Pasargadae Persian Gardens provide the earliest known example of the Persian chahar bagh, or fourfold garden design (see Persian Gardens).
Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rustam) that is confirmed to have hosted the tombs of Achaemenid, Sassanian, Elamite and Qajar kings, bass relieves and other important inscriptions.The order of the tombs in Naqshe-e Rustam, from left to right is: Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I, Xerxes I.
Tour returns to Shiraz in the late afternoon around 5pm
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