Explore's 14-day Treasures of Iran itinerary in November and December includes Yadz, Shiraz, Naqsh-e Rustam
, Tehran and Isfahan and costs from [euro]2,440 including flights.
A deep crack has opened up in the earth at the foot of the Naqsh-e Rustam bas-reliefs in Fars province.
Naqsh-e Rustam includes a number of bas-reliefs and tombs of several Achaemenid kings, which had been created on the rock walls of Mount Hossain.
Studies published in January 2010 showed the earth had sunk five centimeters at the foot of Naqsh-e Rustam.
Khosravani said a team of experts prepared a plan to protect Naqsh-e Rustam and Persepolis with a small budget, but it was never accepted by Iranian officials.
Naqsh-e Rustam is home to the tombs of the Achaemenid Kings Darius I, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I and Darius II, as well as several other sites dating back to the Elamite and Sassanid eras.
In 2006, Iranian archaeologists and cultural heritage enthusiasts raised objections to the construction of a railway line, which was to pass about 350 meters from Naqsh-e Rustam.
Experts originally said the ground level at Naqsh-e Rustam in Fars Province dropped by five centimeters; however, this rate dramatically increased at the start of February, the Mehr News Agency reported.
To prevent the loss of one of the most important cultural sites in the Naqsh-e Rustam region, Musavi said well water use must cease until water levels are adequately restored.
The bridge was to be built one kilometer from Naqsh-e Rustam.
Three years ago, the railway line threatened Naqsh-e Rustam, home to the tombs of the Achaemenid kings Darius I, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I, and Darius II, and several other historic sites dating back to the Elamite and Sassanid eras.
The rail line then was to pass only about 350 meters (almost 1,150 feet) from Naqsh-e Rustam.