"Day trip to Persepolis and nearby sights" Shiraz Off The Beaten Path Tip by call_me_rhia
Shiraz Off The Beaten Path: 8 reviews and 20 photos
A visit to Shiraz is not complete if you don't visit Persepolis, or - in modern Farsi - Takht-e Jamshid. It takes about 60-90 minutes to drive out there and the ruins of the former ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians Empire are truly stunning. The palaces and bas reliefs are amazing, though some of them have been restored in a dubious way - but this is more for the purists.
A visit to Persepolis can normally be combined with a visit to two lesser archaeological sites, which are just as interesting as Persepolis itself: Naghsh-e-Rajab and Nagsh-e-Rostam, which are both only a few minutes drive away.
Another possibility is to extend your visit to the Achaemenian city of Pasargadae, which I heard is even more interesting than Persepolis. However it is still about 90 drives from Persepolis, which will make for a very long day.
The best way to visit these sites is to rent a taxi for the day, to have all the flexibility that you need... After all taxis are very cheap in Iran. You can also join guided day tours, which are cheaper; but if you are travelling with 2 or 3 people, the price difference will be insignificant.
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