Fly to Iran

17+ hour flight, but what an amazing service. Meals, drinks, snacks – we were well looked after.

Deirdre took me to Wellington Airport, caught 10-45am AirNZ to Auckland, then over to International for Qatar Airlines flight to Doha. By doing online check-in for both flights beforehand, it saved a lot of time queueing in Auckland. Just went straight to Electronic bag drop queue where suitcase (14.8kg) plus all booking details and visa were checked, then on to the rest of the departure security and formalities.

DAY 0
The Village

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
PERSEPOLIS

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.

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