Reasons to Visit
scattered throughout the country are the ancient glories of the Persian empire, from the awe-inspiring site of Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam to the austere Tomb of Cyrus.
Iran is home to a dazzling array of ancient and modern architecture from palaces and qajar houses to thousand year old world heritage listed sites.
Carpets are synonymous with Iran and browsing through the dusty and vibrant local markets to pick up a bargain is a great insight into Iranian culture.
Iran's most famous export, carpet weaving forms an essential part of Persian art and culture and you'll find plenty of examples in Tehran's carpet museum.
Famous for its geometrical shapes and complex floral patterns Iran is home to some of the world's best examples of Islamic art.
Although the strict customs and rules of the Iranian Muslim faith can seem daunting at first, a deeper look into the culture will reveal a more contemplative and considerate attitude.
Extremely friendly, Iranians are very aware of their perceived image in the west and are keen to re-dress the balance. Iranians are rightly famous for their warm hospitality.
Yazd, Hamadan and Tehran are all synonymous with the Silk Route and still inspire the same excitement and allure as they have done to Silk Road travellers for hundred of years.
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Nasqh-e Rostam, Shiraz
Smothered in sand and rock until the 1930s, the amazing site of Persepolis was once a religious and cultural powerhouse, dominating peoples as disparate as the Scythians of Siberia and the Copts of Ethiopia.
Esfahan is an unmitigated delight and one of the best places in Iran to meet locals, for whom this city is their proudest achievement. There are at least a dozen sights of dazzling quality in Esfahan, including three of the finest religious buildings anywhere.
This is a truly unique experience and a chance to see how Iranians relax, and more importantly create their wonderful delicacies!
Shiraz has such a real wealth of sights that there is plenty to keep you occupied during your time here. The Bagh-e Eram garden, which is a beautiful botanical garden now owned and maintained by Shiraz university, should be first on the list as a delightful place to spend some time.
Esfahan's Jame Mosque is the third enormously impressive mosque in the city, alongside the two in Imam Square. Built on the original site of a fire temple, it is the oldest of the three,...
8 Days from £2,145pp
Explore the main sights of Iran including Shiraz, Persepolis and Esfahan.
13 Days from £3,200pp
Explore the main highlights of Iran including Shiraz, Esfahan and Yazd as well as time in more off the beaten track places such as the village of Abyaneh.
7.5 hours (Direct to Tehran)
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Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
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