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Introducing Central Iran

The expression ‘history resonates’ is bandied about with gay abandon in guidebooks, but here in central Iran it really does apply. Ever since Cyrus the Great’s dramatic rise from provincial overlord to ruler of the largest empire on earth, this part of the country has been a showcase for the region’s greatest civilisations. The imperial majesty of Esfahan, the refined and understated elegance of Shiraz and the weathered desert ambience of Yazd stand in fascinating contrast, three points on a journey offering history, culture and challenges in abundance.

This is a region where it pays to stay moving. Nomadic people and trading caravans were common sights in the past, and modern travellers often follow in their footsteps, crossing mountains and deserts en route to towns, cities and villages that are as rich in history as they are in hospitality. It’s one of the great cultural pilgrimages of our time. Enjoy it.