Fly to Iran
17+ hour flight, but what an amazing service. Meals, drinks, snacks – we were well looked after.
Qalat, a very old village some 36km outside Shiraz
Although this day was not part of Mehdi’s official tour, he’d arranged to show us some of the sights of Shiraz.
Drove out to Qalat, a very old village some 36km outside Shiraz, where a lot of the oldest buildings were in ruins. It was situated on a hillside, fairly steep, and lots of families were out walking or picnicking. Some even camped in small tents across the other side of stream, on dry barren ground.
DAY 1 of the Tour
BAS-RELIEF FIGURES AND DECORATIONS TOLD SOME OF THE STORIES OF ITS RISE AND FALL. A FASCINATING DAY!
A 65 km drive north took us to the famous ruins of Pensepolis. See guide book for details of its origins. Sacked by Alexander the Great, who set fire to it. Our lovely guide gave us excellent succinct explanations as we walked through the site. Bas-relief figures and decorations told some of the stories of its rise and fall. A fascinating day.