Expedition: Following the footsteps of Alexander the Great Accompanied by Academician Edvard Rtveladze. IRAN TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN. Expedition: Following the footsteps of Alexander the Great 15.06.2010–29.06.2010 (15 days / 14 nights). IRAN Tehran Shiraz Esfahan Mashhad
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(15 days / 14 nights)
The Expedition is held
on June 15-30, 2010
and lead by Academician
of the mountains, numerous parks with flowers blossoming throughout the year, alleys of young planted
trees, water running down from the upper city along deep and wide gutters like small rivers – all these
attributes make the city especially pleasant in any time of the year.
and flowers. This city was a hometown for a number of famous Iranian poets, including
Hafiz and Saadi.
Founded by Darius I, once it was the capital of Persian Empire.
After the conquest of Alexander the Great the city was burned. Nowadays the magnificent ruins of Persepolis, which remained till the present, impress visitors from all over the world.
The Apadana Palace
The Gate of All Nations
The significant monument is wall of rock, where tombs of Achaemenid kings are found.
One of the tombs was identified due to inscription on it: “Here was buried Darius the Great”.
Supposedly other tombs belong to Kserxs I, Artakserx I and Darius II.
Isfahan – the most beautiful city of Iran.
The Persian proverb says: “Isfahan is half of the world”. For more than 900 years the city was capital of largest province in the centre of the country. Isfahan overcame the invasion of Mongols and during the reign of Shah Abbas it became the capital of Persia as well as reached its pinnacle.
Nowadays this city is famous for its Islamic architecture with lots of beautiful boulevards, bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets.
The tomb of Cyrus the Great is the most significant spot in Pasargadae. Historians believe that Alexander paid a visit to the tomb and found out the inscription which proved that it was the place where Cyrus was buried.
It is said that the rich go to Mecca but the poor journey to Mashhad. Over 20 million Muslims a year make the pilgrimage to Mashhad.
The monuments of Ancient Merv are included in UNESCO world Heritage list.
Alexandria or Erk Kala is the most impressive site of Merv.
The second city of Merv, known today as Antiokhia or Gyaur Kala was founded by Alexander's successors, in 238 BC.
The foundation of the city goes into the remote ages. The most ancient part of Bukhara is its citadel Ark, where archaeologists excavated the finds dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
of Bukhara are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Archeological Museum in Termez
Termez– formed on the right side of Amu-Darya River, it was developing as one of the leading city of Bactria and then Kushan Empire. The founding of ancient city is traditionally attributed to Alexander the Great.
Among archeological remains related to different epochs and empires you can witness archaeological site of Kampyr Tepa, discovered by Edward Rtveladze, and participate in archaeological excavations of this unique spot. The excavations in Kampyrtepa have proven that on the place of this settlement was located Alexandria Oxiana.
Among discovered artifacts in Kampyr Tepa there are Greek inscriptions – graphite markings on fragments of small ceramic vases that testify to the presence of a Greek population in this area. A copper coin of the first century BC with a depiction of the ruler in a diadem with the inscription “Geliokolus” was also discovered. Other interesting finds are ceramic jugs and crockery with vegetation and geometrical symbols similar to Greek amphora. This in turn made the epoch Kampyr Tepa a very significant ancient site in regards to the monuments discovered.
Schakhrisabz– the ancient names of this city are Gava, Sugda, Nautaka,Kesh.
Shakhrisabz is included in UNESCO World heritage list.
Samarkand(Marakanda), founded in 700 BC was the capital of Sogdiana.
When in 329 BC Alexander the Great arrived and took the city, he said: “Everything I have heard about the beauty of the city is indeed true, except that it is much more beautiful than I imagined”. The unique buildings of ancient architecture, heritage of scientific and art schools, centers of national handicrafts available in ancient city are famous today all over the world. The city is included into "The World Heritage" list of UNESCO – so great the significance of material and spiritual values concentrated here.
of Uzbekistan and the premier metropolis of Central Asia
The scientists consider Tashkent to be 25 centuries old – from the first settlements till the modern megalopolis with the towering buildings, crowded avenues and heavy traffic.
Laleh Hotel 5*
Pars Hotel 5*
Abbasi hotel 5*
Pardisan Hotel 5*
Margush/Yrsgal Hotel 3*
Tashkent palace 4*
Asia Bukhara 4*
Afrosiab Palace 4*
Meridian Hotel 3*
Payment: 100% prepayment should be made
not less than 3 days before the group’s arrival. Cancellation fees:Cancellation prior 30 days – no penalty is charged Cancellation prior 15 days – 50% penalty is charged Cancellation prior 1 day – 100% penalty is charged