Iran abounds in the kind of experiences we love: fabulously exotic buildings, a wealth of evocative ancient sites spanning 3,000 years of civilization, exuberant crafts traditions, and otherworldly, highly varied landscapes, to name but a few.
Travellers recently returned from Iran also enthuse about the great warmth and fine manners of the Iranians themselves, who are evidently delighted that the rest of the world has at last woken up to the wonders of the Persian plateau. Theirs is a country with a glittering cultural pedigree. Splendours from past eras still dominate most towns and cities, and the cuisine, ceramics, music and contemporary architecture draw on a cultural legacy with very deep and sophisticated roots.
It is possible to tour the country’s principal highlights in a fortnight, but with an additional week you’ll be able to venture off track to experience a few less well-known destinations.
Iran Places and Experiences
At the foot of the Alborz mountains, Tehran is Iran’s sprawling capital, and one of the most spectacularly situated cities in the world. Wherever you are, shining snow fields shimmer at the end of every street – a chimeric backdrop for a p...
Before the Arab conquest of Persia in the mid 7th century, most of the region’s inhabitants were Zoroastrians, and this city became the religion’s stronghold after the spread of Islam. Among the oldest continuously inhabited urban centres ...
Former capital of the Safavid Dynasty, Isfahan became the seat of Shah Abbas the Great in 1598, and at its zenith blossomed into of the most magnificent and cosmopolitan cities in history. Visitors from Mughal India and Europe were dazzled...
Famed over the centuries for its nightingales, poetry and wine, Shiraz has traditionally been regarded Iran’s cultural capital. Two of Persia’s greatest Sufi poets are both entombed here, while the affable, famously laid-back locals are pr...
Persepolis, also known as ‘Parseh’, was the seat of the Achaemenid empire, whose power peaked under Darius I and his son, Xerxes I, but was ultimately brought to a violent halt when Alexander the Great sacked the city in 330BC. Today, its ...
Kashan, roughly midway between Tehran and Isfahan, makes a delightful stop on the journey across Iran’s central plateau. Long renowned as a carpet weaving centre (visits to workshops are possible), it is equally famous for its crop of gran...
Set against its backdrop of rugged desert mountains, with a foreground of poplar trees and fruit orchards, the red-brick village of Abyaneh forms one of the signature sights of central Iran. The spread of cuboid houses, which spill in dram...
Suggested tours to Iran
Wonders of Iran
Group Tour 13 days from £3645 per person
Departure: 17 April 2019 Experience the very best Iran has to offer on our Special Group Tour. Combining all the big-hitting sights with many less well-known destinations, from market towns to mountain villages, our signature journey will help you g...
Tailor-made Tour 14 days from £4395 per person
This fortnight-long tour packs all the country’s benchmark sights into a varied itinerary starting in the capital, Tehran. From there you fly to Kerman, in the southeastern desert region, and work your way north overland via Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan...
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