Few countries can rival Iran for cultural and archaeological attractions of world importance, and in our grand 15-day tour of Iran we travel beyond Tehran to explore the best known and the lesser known. We’ll also explore regional cities and towns to find a country that can claim to be like no other; from its ancient Persian past and pivotal role in Antiquity to the modern Iran of today that is ethnically and socially distinct from its Arab neighbors. This is a region where Empires were formed and others fell – and Iran has more than a dozen UNESCO listings as proof. Highlights of our tour include exploring the ruins of Persepolis, once the capital of the Persian Empire and now home to some of the world’s best preserved ancient ruins; and in Tehran stepping inside the opulent buildings of the Golestan Palace, where kings and shahs were crowned for hundreds of years. But we’ll also take in some of the country’s further flung UNESCO-listed sights. At Takht-e Soleiman, perched on a former volcano, are the remains of an ancient fire temple built by the Zoroastrians, while the Church of St Stephanos from A.D. 62 is testament to the region’s role in biblical times. You’ll also get a chance to understand the complicated country of Iran today, with visits to bazaars and tea houses in some of its most interesting regional centres. Tabriz is considered the most western influenced city in the country, where Islam rubs up against modernity, while romantics have been attracted to Shiraz for decades - its famous residents and famous gardens have earned it the nickname the city of poets, literature and flowers.
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