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1-Day Tour of Ancient Bishapur

  • Tour Type: Private
  • Duration: Daily
  • Start in: Shiraz
  • End in: Shiraz
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Physical Rating: 2 / 5
  • Tour Code: TIT61014
  • Available: All Months


This 1-Day Tour of Ancient Bishapur starts in Shiraz and takes you on a journey through history. You’ll visit the ancient city of Bishapur, which was once the capital of the Sassanid Empire. Here, you’ll explore the Shapur Palace, which is considered one of the historical masterpieces of the Sassanid period from the point of view of engineering. As you wander through the remains of this ancient city, you’ll discover the secrets of its past and marvel at the feats of architecture that have withstood the test of time.

Next, you’ll head to Tang-e Chogan, a beautiful valley where you can enjoy the stunning scenery and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Here, you’ll also see different stone inscriptions, which offer a glimpse into the rich history of the area. As you soak up the peaceful atmosphere, you’ll feel a sense of calm and tranquility wash over you.

This tour is perfect for those who want to discover the hidden gems of Shiraz suburbs and experience the rich history and culture of this fascinating region.

Tour Highlights

  • Exploring the Ancient City of visit the ancient city of Bishapur, which was once a flourishing center of art, architecture, and trade during the Sassanid era.
  • Explore the ruins of the Shapur Palace and witness the grandeur of its architecture, which reflects the engineering genius of the Sassanid period.
  • Visit Tang-e Chogan, a scenic valley that boasts of a tranquil river and captivating stone inscriptions.
  • Enjoy the picturesque landscape and soak in the natural beauty of the region.
  • This tour is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers who want to explore the lesser-known gems of Iran.



The tour starts in Shiraz, from your hotel at 8 am. There is a 2-hour drive between Shiraz and Bishapur (120 km). After arriving in the ancient city of Bishapur, first, you visit the Anahita Temple, which is one of the most important historical monuments of the Sassanid period and the most valuable shrine of the goddess of water in the world. It can be considered one of the historical masterpieces of the Sassanid period from the point of view of engineering. Then, while visiting the remains of this ancient city, you will explore the Valerian Palace. After visiting the city, you leave to visit Tang-e Chogan. In Tang-e Chogan, not only you enjoy the Shapur River, but also you will get to see different stone inscriptions in Tang-e Chogan.

To finish the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Shiraz.

Included Services

  • All transportations in private vehicle
  • All transfers
  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Daily refreshment (2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks)

Excluded Services

  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips for the tour guide/driver

Important Notes


Free Cancelation 


Transportation will be in a minibus / van / private car depending on your group size

Other Notes

– The priority in sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.

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How can I book this tour?

You can book the tour by clicking the “Proceed Booking “button in the price box or sending an inquiry on the “Enquiry Form”.
If you have questions or concerns about the tour, contact us on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or email us at [email protected].

Do I need a visa to enter Iran, and how do I obtain Iran Tourist Visa?

Yes, you need a visa to enter Iran as a visitor. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival.

To obtain an Iranian visa, you must first get a visa authorization code that proves your visa application is approved by the Iranian MFA. Once you have this code, you will be able to collect your visa at any embassy or airport. Apply for your Iran Visa and get it in less than 3 days. Please be noted that if you are buying a tour package from us, the visa authorization code is also included and you do not need to apply separately. For more information read our article about How to get Iran visa.

Do I need an Iranian SIM card?

It’s not compulsory, but since you need to have access to the Internet, having a SIM card will be necessary. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has a SIM card for travelers.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, having travel insurance is required at passport control when you are entering Iran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has travel insurance for travelers. For more information please read about Iran Travel Insurance.

Where should I exchange my money?

Where to change somehow depends on the amount of money you’d like to exchange. If it’s a small amount you can change at the airport or your hotel after getting to Iran. But for larger amounts, we suggest exchanging at an exchange store in the city, while you are visiting the downtown with your guide. Your guide will also assist you in choosing the best place for doing the exchange. 

Are there Airport transfers for the tour?

Yes, To Iran Tour offers airport transfers. The distance from IKA to Tehran downtown is about 50 km and having an airport transfer will be a great solution when you just arrive in Tehran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has Airport transfers for travelers.

Can I use my credit card in Iran, or do I need cash or a Tourist Card?

International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran, so you must bring cash and conduct frequent exchanges.
However, there is a solution to this problem: the “Iran tourist Card”. You can use this prepaid debit card for tourists instead of cash. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has tourist cards for travelers.

How can I Cancel my tour?

According to To Iran Tour’s terms and conditions, cancellations must be made by the customer in writing to To Iran Tour before the tour departure is confirmed.
Applied cancellation fees are mentioned in the cancellation box of each tour. It differs between packages and day tours as in high and low season.
You can contact To Iran Tour on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or by email at [email protected] for more information

Are there any health concerns or vaccinations required before traveling to Iran?

All non-Iranian nationals older than 12 years, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a valid vaccine certificate on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English, showing full vaccination of 2 doses. However, there are no obligations regarding the date of the vaccination. Or they should present a negative PCR test. 

What are accommodations like in this tour and what is their quality and comfort level?

Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality. Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Single rooms cost an extra fee.

Considering the locality and having an authentic experience, some traditional hotels or ecolodges do not have beds. But they all have sleeping equipment with comfortable Mattresses and Blankets. 

What are transportation like in this tour and what is their safety and comfort level?

Based on the group size or the road quality and the tour type, minibusses, vans or VIP buses will be used for the tour which are all private vehicles. All the vehicles are AC equipped and have the standard of EURO5 or EURO4. 

What other historical sites are there to explore in Bishapur?

  1. Anahita Temple: An ancient temple dedicated to Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility. The temple’s ruins can still be seen in Bishapur.

  2. Bishapur Castle: A historical castle that once served as a military fortress during the Sassanid era. Its remains stand as a testament to the region’s defensive architecture.

  3. Bishapur City Walls: The remnants of the ancient city walls, which enclosed and protected Bishapur during its heyday.

  4. Bas-Reliefs: Various rock carvings and bas-reliefs can be found in and around Bishapur, depicting scenes from the Sassanid period.

  5. Band-e Amir Bridge: An ancient bridge located near Bishapur, built during the Sassanid era to facilitate trade and transportation.

  6. Ancient Water Mills: The ruins of ancient water mills that once played a crucial role in the economy of Bishapur.

  7. Goor Porang: A historical site believed to be a Sassanian fire temple or a place of worship.

  8. Ghal’eh Dokhtar: Also known as the Maiden Castle, this ancient fortress lies close to Bishapur and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

  9. Tangab Dam: An ancient dam built across a river near Bishapur, showcasing the impressive engineering skills of the Sassanid period.

These historical sites add depth to the cultural and historical significance of Bishapur, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.

Can visitors engage in any recreational activities in Tang-e Chogan?

Yes, visitors to Tang-e Chogan can engage in various recreational activities amid the stunning natural surroundings. Some of the activities that can be enjoyed in Tang-e Chogan include:

  1. Nature Walks: The picturesque valley offers fantastic opportunities for leisurely walks amidst the serene landscapes, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

  2. Picnicking: Tang-e Chogan is an ideal spot for picnics, where visitors can bring their own food and enjoy a relaxing time with family and friends surrounded by the tranquil atmosphere.

  3. Photography: The breathtaking scenery of Tang-e Chogan provides a perfect setting for photography enthusiasts to capture the beauty of the valley and its surroundings.

  4. Birdwatching: The area is home to diverse bird species, making it an excellent location for birdwatchers to observe and identify various avian inhabitants.

  5. River Exploration: The tranquil river flowing through Tang-e Chogan offers opportunities for peaceful exploration along its banks.

  6. Meditation and Relaxation: The calming ambiance of the valley makes it an ideal place for meditation and finding inner peace.

  7. Rock Climbing: For adventure seekers, there might be opportunities for rock climbing in certain designated areas.

  8. Wildlife Spotting: Tang-e Chogan’s natural setting allows visitors to spot various wildlife species, such as reptiles, insects, and small mammals.

Can visitors interact with local communities near Bishapur and Tang-e Chogan?

Yes, visitors to Bishapur and Tang-e Chogan can often interact with local communities, which can be a rewarding and enriching experience. The local communities in this region are generally friendly and hospitable, and they may welcome tourists with warmth and curiosity.

Here are some ways visitors can interact with the local communities near Bishapur and Tang-e Chogan:

  1. Local Markets: Exploring the local markets and bazaars is an excellent way to interact with the residents. You can engage in conversations with shopkeepers, artisans, and vendors, providing an opportunity to learn about their crafts, daily life, and traditions.

  2. Homestays: Some areas near Bishapur and Tang-e Chogan offer homestay accommodations, where visitors can stay with local families. This allows for a deeper cultural immersion and a chance to engage in conversations about local customs and traditions.

  3. Attending Festivals and Events: If your visit coincides with local festivals or events, participating in these celebrations can be a wonderful way to interact with the community and experience their culture firsthand.

  4. Photography and Storytelling: When taking photographs or documenting your experiences, asking for permission from the locals and sharing stories with them can create a friendly atmosphere and mutual understanding.

  5. Visiting Local Workshops: If there are craft workshops in the area, visiting them can give you an opportunity to meet artisans, witness traditional craftsmanship, and support the local economy.

  6. Participating in Community Activities: Some communities may invite tourists to participate in community activities, such as traditional dances, cooking classes, or agricultural practices, fostering a sense of connection with the locals.

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