Full day tour of Khuzestan province's ancient places. In the morning you will drive to Susa, the ancient Elamite capital (today the modern town that was once Susa is called “Shush”). Founded by the Elamites as their capital, it had most importance in the Sumerian, Babylonian and Arcadian periods. Much of what remains today is from Darius’ reign (though there is much pottery that dates from up to 7000 BC). The remains of Darius Apadana Palace can be seen with its 72 pillars, one for each chapter of the Ghath Ha, the Zoroastrian equivalent of the Bible.
Then you will drive on through the desert landscape to Chogha Zanbil, one of few remaining ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia. It is a Unesco world heritage site built in 1250 BC. The vast structure had four separate entrances allowing differing levels of access according to status, leading up to what would have been five levels, with the highest levels only accessible to royalty and the highest leveled priests. Elamite cuneiform inscriptions decorate much of the brickwork.
In the afternoon your last stop will be the water mills of Shushtar, a Sassanid era irrigation system with a series of dams, canals and mills, one of which is still in use. The mills were used to grind barley and wheat. Drive to Ahwaz and check in to your hotel.