A journey to Iran is a chance to peel away the layers of a country with a serious image problem. Beyond the stereotypes you’ll experience a country desperate to be seen for what it is, rather than what it is perceived to be. Whether you’re travelling in cities like Esfahan or Tabriz, in the Zagros Mountains of Central Iran or the deserts around Kerman, the real Iran will be revealed. It is a country where the desert glory of ancient Persopolis exists alongside the dynamic present of today's traffic-choked Tehran. At its core you’ll discover a country of warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture. Embrace Iran, and allow the Iranians to embrace you – it’s the most priceless of experiences.
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Iran travel guide
If travel is most rewarding when it surprises, then Iran might be the most rewarding destination on Earth. If you fancy travelling somewhere neither East nor West, and exotic and fascinating,read on...
What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings
Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...
Iran - Plan your trip (Chapter)
Your journey to Iran starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on safety in the region and village life.
Ever since Cyrus the Great’s dramatic rise from provincial overlord to ruler of the largest empire on earth, central Iran has been something of a showcase for the region’s greatest civilisations.
How to get an Iranian visa
Getting a visa to visit Iran can be slow and uncertain, but most applicants do get one within two or three weeks and, once they've been to Iran, think the hassle was worth it. This article will guide you through the options, though it’s worth checking with the relevant consulate as rules do change with unnerving regularity.
Iran - Persian Gulf (Chapter)
Few geographical descriptors are as evocative – and as controversial – as the Persian Gulf. Those interested in eco- and cultural tourism will love Qeshm Island, but the rest of the region offers little to the traveller other than long, hot journeys.
Tashkent to Isfahan
A fabled journey through Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan to Iran
Welcome to the hidden world of Iran. Travel through this fascinating country to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads and shimmering deserts.
10 places to travel for a higher cause
Seeking some deeper meaning on your travels? Make your own pilgrimage to some of the world’s great spiritual sites. 1. Source of the Ganges (India) The River Ganges is Hinduism’s holiest river, beginning in the Himalayan peaks of Uttar Pradesh and spilling out into the Bay of Bengal more than 2000km later.
Iran - Southeastern Iran (Chapter)
Southeastern Iran is frontier territory. It combines harsh landscapes, periodic banditry and warm welcomes to form a unique and exotic experience. There are also some real dangers, and in the far east the rule of law can be tenuous.
Sights in Iran
Activities in Iran
Tours in Iran
Restaurants in Iran
With its relatively short history, ugly masks of concrete and smog, and manic streets flowing hot with machines, many travellers and no small number of Tehran)is will tell you there’s no reason to hang around in the capital.