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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With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
The Abyaneh is a family run hotel and is a great place to explore the village, take in the views and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Further reading:Tours in IranWhen to GoHighlightsItinerary IdeasPlaces to GoThings to DoAccommodationAbout IranCountry Guides
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