Arcadia Expeditions has is offering a 26-day itinerary through Iran that retraces the story of Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia.
Operating roundtrip from Tehran, the overland journey includes many multiple-night stops in destinations including Hamadan, Ahvaz, Persepolis, Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan.
Led by renowned archaeologist Dr John Tidmarsh, travellers explore the iconic highlights of Iran, immersing themselves in the country’s bazaars, food, street life and extraordinary architecture. The group is joined by leading local historians, who give exclusive access to fascinating dig sites, culminating in a world-first search for Alexander’s fabled lost city of Carmania.
Arcadia Expeditions’ ‘End of Empire’ expedition travels through the diverse and dramatic landscapes of Iran. Following in the footsteps of the legendary warrior and conqueror Alexander the Great, widely considered one of the greatest military minds the world has ever seen, this ground-breaking itinerary explores the great cities Alexander spared and those he destroyed, the sites of battle, as well as the wondrous twists and turns of his Persian adventure.
Exploring a wealth of World Heritage sites including Persepolis, Bam, Yazd and the mythical Takht-e-Soleyman – The Throne of Solomon, the expedition also has the thrilling experience of exploring two of the largest circular cities of the ancient world – Gour and Darabgerd.
Insider access to the most unforgettable and thought-provoking local experiences have been curated exclusively by Arcadia for their guests. In the remote deserts of southern Iran, the expedition picks up the trail of Alexander and his army and have their own ‘Indiana Jones’ style adventure – as the group goes in search of the lost city of Alexandria in Carmania. Visiting the sites of the four likely contenders, the group will consider the evidence they see first-hand and will make their own conclusions as to which is this legendary city.
Staying in the finest hotels Iran has to offer, including renovated caravanserais and a 300-year-old property once used by Silk Road traders, the expedition also travels to the rarely-visited Zagros Mountains to camp with Qashqai nomads.
Arcadia Expeditions Co-Founder, David Adams says that it’s the exceptional people the group will meet along the way that will really bring this story to life: “Throughout our journey, we have arranged informal meetings with local historians and archaeologists and have arranged special access to dig sites and museum curators which will enrich our understanding of what we are seeing.”
The End of Empire – Alexander v The Persians expedition is limited to 16 people, and is priced at AU$15,200 per person. There are four departures scheduled;
- 7 May – 1 June 2022
- 14 October – 8 November 2022
- 17 May – 11 June 2023
- 7 October – 1 November 2023
The expedition is also available for private departures.