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 and Necropolis (Naghshe Rostam) Tour returns to Shiraz around 2:00pm.
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.
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 around 2pm
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