Our European passengers will be delighted to know that, once again, we have teamed up with one of the world’s leading airlines to offer competitive fares for those who wish to visit Iran.
It is a promotional fare as Turkish Airlines has just started their new destination in Iran, the ancient city of Kermanshah. All you have to do to take advantage of this great offer is fly into Kermanshah and out of another city in Iran using Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines’ office manager in Kermanshah, Mr. Kucukcolak, and Turkish Airlines’ office manager in Shiraz, Mr. Mehemet Allaguz, were awarded this offer.
Kermanshahan province (previously known as Bakhtaran) has some of the most exciting and famous archaeological sites in this part of Iran, dating from before recorded history through the Achaemenian (559-330 BC), Parthian (190 BC-224 AD) and Sassanian (224-637) dynasties to the Arab period (637-1050). The climate is pleasant for most of the year, the mountainous scenery is stunning, and the soil is fertile.
An important station on the ancient trading route to Baghdad, Kermanshah is by far the most significant and busiest city in this part of Iran. While there is little to see in the town itself, Kermanshah is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the mid-western region of the country. At 1322m, the city has a beautiful setting framed by prominently snow-clad mountains.
First built on a site a few kilometers from the present town, Kermanshah probably dates from the 4th century AD. Its vulnerable position has always rendered it liable to incursions. It was captured by the Arabs in 649, invaded by the Seljuqs in the 11th Century, and sacked by the Mongols in the early 13th Century. After several centuries of relative peace and prosperity, Kermanshah’s strategic position on the road to Baghdad attracted heavy Iraqi
missile and bomb attacks during the Iran-Iraq war; The rubble is still plain to see.
Overlooking the main road to Hamadan and a few kilometers east of Bisotun village are famous bas-reliefs carved out of a dramatic mountain, including those with religious significance in pre-Islamic times. The rock was also on the ancient royal road between Iran and Iraq, making it an ideal location for these tablets.
Tag-e-Bostan Or Parthian bas-reliefs
Opposite a bridge and a pretty pool are two heavily eroded Parthian bas-reliefs. The one on the left shows King Mithridates standing before four supplicants. The one on the right depicts several scenes relating to Gotarzes II, one of him on horseback spearing an enemy, another of him at his inauguration, and a third is a religious ritual.
It is possible to make a day trip to another city in Western Iran, where you can visit the tomb of Avicenna (a scientist whose gown is now worn by millions of students at their graduation ceremony).
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Our suggested itinerary:
Iran Unveiled: An Expedition with Turkish Airlines
Embark on a captivating journey through Iran’s cultural treasures with Turkish Airlines. This 8-day tour encompasses a remarkable blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty. From the ancient city of Kermanshah to the elegant mosques and palaces of Isfahan, and from the Zoroastrian heritage of Yazd to the splendor of Shiraz, each day brings a new adventure. Immerse yourself in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Persepolis, marvel at the intricate tile-work of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, and explore the mystical Ali Sadr Cave. Led by knowledgeable guides, this tour promises an enriching experience that unveils Iran’s past and present. Join us and discover the captivating essence of Iran.
Arrival in Kermanshah at 2:35 A.m; transfer to hotel. Overnight Kermanshah. Half-day city tour to visit Tagh-e Bostan, Moaven Al Molk Tekkie and Bisotun and the Anahita Temple at Kangavar, overnight Kermanshah.
In the morning, drive to Hamadan to visit Esther & Mordekhay’s mausoleum: combat avian, Hegmatana Hill ruins of seven folds civilizations. We will also see the tomb of Avicenna (a famous scientist whose gown is now worn by millions of students at their graduation ceremony). Overnight Hamadan.
We start our full-day tour of Isfahan at the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. Once a royal polo court, this site was the official center of the city when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque) on the square’s southern side with incredible architecture and tile-work. We then visited the multistory Aliqapu Palace, which stood on the western side of the court, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) is located on the opposite side of the square and is visited next. We will stroll through the traditional bazaar surrounding the court before we gather again for lunch. The bazaar which goes deep to the north is known traditionally as Qeysarieh bazaar. Overnight Isfahan.
Drive to Shiraz en route visiting Pasargadae, where we will find the tomb of Cyrus the Great, Naghsh-e-Rostam (Necropolis) and the magnificent site of the ancient world, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenian era. The site comprises various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices overnight Shiraz.
Full-day city tour of Shiraz, visiting visit Zandieh complex (Karim khans citadel, pars museum, Vakil bath, Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai), after lunch and a short rest at the hotel we will continue our tour by visiting Eram garden, Hafez & Saadi tomb, Quran gate and Shah-e Cheragh shrine, then transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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