Iran is a good destination for anyone who wants to experience something different. Known as Persia until 1935 in the western world, this country is a true treasure for those who like history and culture. Iran is a kaleidoscope of colour, with deserts punctuated by historic oases, bustling bazaars and buildings decorated with mosaic tilework.
With enough pre-planning and prior research, travel to Iran doesn’t have to be difficult at all – tourism is growing and local people are incredibly hospitable and welcoming. Ancient Persia is within easy grasp, adventurous but perfectly comfortable. It’s high time to visit Iran, as the country is changing really fast!
The former capital of the Kingdom of Persia is the most popular tourist destination in the country. There's a Persian saying, "Isfahan is half the world". The city is famous for its domes and minarets, like the Shah Mosque (Jame-e Abbasi) at Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam Square) or Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Enjoy the stunning architecture, great bazaar, and tree-lined boulevards.
Admire the fine frescos at Vank Cathedral and see the iconic old bridges – Khajou and Siosepol. Visit the Isfahan Music Museum, Aali Qapu Palace and Chehel Sotoun pavilion.
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How to get there:
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- Flights from London to Iran for £167 >>
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- Flights from Prague, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels to Iran from €118 >>
Where to stay:
For example, Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport has a good price, good reviews and included breakfast!
You can also book a one night accommodation in a caravansary along the Silk Road. It will be unforgettable!
What to do:
Iran offers a variety of adventure trips. You can climb Mount Damavand, a 5,671-metre volcano (the base camp is two hours northeast from Tehran) or trek the Dasht-e Lut desert, one of the Earth’s hottest and driest places, with incredible rock formations, sand dunes, salt plains and the Valley of Meteorite. Enjoy a bath in Larijan’s thermal spring or ride a quad bike through the desert to admire the spectacular landscape. Take a walking tour based around the Valley of the Assassins to see the greener side of Iran, with castles and traditional villages. You can stay with the Shahsevan nomadic tribe. Horse-riding adventure through the central nomadic lands on dareshori Persian horses will take you to the mountains, lush forests and paddy fields. Other trips available in Iran include biking from Alamut through mountains to the Caspian and a 4×4 off-road tour of the Dasht-e Kavir and Lut deserts. You can also take a Silk Route trip in the Central Desert. Be sure to try skiing in one of the mountain resorts near Tehran. What is more, you can take part in one of the numerous religious and cultural events, like the Gol-o-Golab (Rose and Rosewater) festival, that takes place in Kashan every year in May.
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