Shiraz is the capital of Fars Province and has got more than 900,000 habitants. Shiraz is well-known as the city of Persian literature, high cypresses and nice people.
Almost all tourists who come to Iran, they visit also Shiraz, as one of the most important places in the country. There are lots of mosques, Iranian Hamam, beautiful buildings, and precious Persian gardens. The specific oriental architecture since 15th century till now can make your stay memorable. You can stay in this marvelous city for two or three days and enjoy the nice and cozy atmosphere in restaurants and cafés as well as visiting the city.
While your stay, we also offer you to visit the most important monuments outside of the city. The Pasargadae, Persepolis, Necropolis (all the important places dating back to 500 BC, and Persian Empire), the Sassanid Capital of Bishapour (dates back to 250 BC) and the Nomadic area (the experience of nomad life, camping in the nomad tent and taste of nomad foods).
We can prepare you all these experiences become true.
Pasargadae is the first Capital of the Persian Empire. This empire founded by Cyrus the Great around 550 B.C., became one of the largest empires in history, stretching from Europe’s Balkan Peninsula in the West to India’s Indus Valley in the East. This Iron Age dynasty, also called the Achaemenid Empire, was a global hub of culture, religion, science, art and technology for more than 200 years before it fell to the invading armies of Alexander the Great.
The 160-ha archaeological site of Pasargadae presents some of the earliest manifestations of Persian art and architecture. It includes, among other monuments, the compact limestone tomb on the Morgab plain that once held Cyrus the Great’s gilded sarcophagus; Tall-e Takht (“Solomon’s Throne”), a great fortified platform built on a hill and later incorporated into a sprawling citadel with substantial mud-brick defenses; and the royal ensemble, which consists of several palaces originally located within a garden layout (the so-called “Four Gardens”). Pasargadae became a prototype for the Persian Garden concept of four quadrants formally divided by waterways or pathways, its architecture characterized by refined details and slender verticality.
Persepolis is the Greek name (from perses polis for ‘Persian City’) for the ancient city of Parsa, located fifty kilometers northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran. The name Parsa meant ‘City of The Persians’ and construction began at the site in 518 BCE under the rule of King Darius the Great (who reined 522-486 BCE). Darius made Parsa the new capital of the Persian Empire, instead of Pasargadae, the old capital and burial place of King Cyrus the Great.
This 13-ha ensemble of majestic approaches, monumental stairways, throne rooms (Apadana), reception rooms, and dependencies is classified among the world’s greatest archaeological sites. The terrace is a grandiose architectural creation, with its double flight of access stairs, walls covered by sculpted friezes at various levels, contingent Assyrianesque propylaeum (monumental gateway), gigantic sculpted winged bulls, and remains of large halls.
Behind Persepolis are three sepulchers hewn out of the mountainside; the facades, one of which is incomplete, are richly ornamented with reliefs. About 13 km north by northeast, rises a perpendicular wall of rock in which four similar tombs are cut at a considerable height from the bottom of the valley. This place is called Naqsh-e Rostam (“Picture of Rostam”), from the Sāsānian carvings below the tombs, which were thought to represent the mythical hero Rostam. That the occupants of these seven tombs were Achaemenian kings might be inferred from the sculptures, and one of those at Naqsh-e Rostam is expressly declared in its inscriptions to be the tomb of Darius I. The three other tombs at Naqsh-e Rostam are probably those of Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I, and Darius II.
|Pasargadae, Persepolis and Necropolis one day visit|
|Departure from your hotel, drive about 140km to Pasargadae (the first capital of the Persian Empire) the visit can take almost 1:30h.|
|Drive back to Persepolis, have lunch and the visit of both Persepolis and Persepolis this visit can take more than 3 hours.|
|Drive back to Shiraz.|