Hi Sam, have a look at this suggesting for a trip itinerary: http://adventures.worldnomads.com/destination/101/itinerary/250.aspx
I have heard wonderful things about Shiraz and Persepolis and the Iranian people in general and here are a few top10 suggestions: http://adventures.worldnomads.com/destination/101/travelguide/5.aspx
make sure you write a travel blog when you go as this is one of my top destinations that I have yet to go to ... about 10 years ago
The classic places are: Esfehan, Shiraz, Tehran and Persepolis.
• Many Tehrani’s walk from the north part of city seeking respite from the oppressive city heat and pollution. Take the path up the mountain on the Darakeh Path which runs along stone paths, outskirts into the mountain along running water which is snow melt from the Alborz mountains. It also keeps the area cool.
• Another spot outside of Tehran to walk to is Darband where tea stops and juice bars line the route. Sarband is beyond Darband and where many restaurants are a popular destination at night for Tehrani’s, all tucked into the mountain’s nooks and crannies with the snow melt running through the town. There’s a hotel here too.
• The village of Kanovan (near Azerbaijan) is unique because the entire village is in cave dwellings. Some of the caves are hotels!
• Masoleh is n the North of Iran. Mountainous village nestled/crammed on the mountain. About 300km from Tehran.
• Abyaneh Kashan. About 3 hours south of Tehran. Tucked in the foothills, old native red mud buildings. The city of Kashan was major trading town about 800 years ago and the merchants’ mansions are stunning. There would be lots of buses from Tehran to here…approx 3 hours. From Kashan you can head to Esfehan about 400 km further on, reached by bus or train.
• The north in the Caspian is lush and green. Lots of rice fields
• Do a search on Google Earth and click on the images to get a better sense of these places.
• Shiraz is lovely. Birthplace and home of Hafaz and Saadi, very revered and beloved poets oft recited by Iranians today. The UN General Assembly in New York even sports a Saadi quote running along the top of the room.
• There are Iranian tours that go to some of these places, but trick is finding them in Tehran. Be prepared to pay “western’ rates. I can get a name or two. There are two that do welcome westerners and market in the west: Irandiscoverytours.com is one I came across, but can’t vouch for their services or value. about 10 years ago
the best Places and must see places in iran are:
1) Tehran as Only Capital
2) Shiraz and Persepolis
3) Kerman and Mahan, Bam, Rayen
4) Yazd and Desert
5) Esfahan, Must Beautiful and awesome places in iran
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Don't use the "thumbs up" hand gesture when you have a language barrier and want to indicate 'good' or 'okay', since this gesture means "up yours" in Iran! hehe.
Tabriz is a city which is often overlooked in Iran, but it is full of history, is a mangeable size, is close to beautiful Kandovan and Lake Orumiyeh and the residents are extremely friendly. Staying in the Caravanserai Zeinoddin in the southern desert region is a really good experience too, evoking the Silk Route era.
Indeed, so many times in Iran you will be befriended by someone in the street, whose only wish is to show you his/her country (since hospitality to foreigners is ingrained in their culture), will often insist on paying for everything and/or inviting you to their house, and they ask for nothing in return. So my best tip would be to be open to these experiences and not 'closed' or paranoid...for the Iranian people are NOTHING like you would think from in the news! Have a great trip! almost 10 years agoAnswered by Sharni Bee via Travellr.com
go for it. have fun in a historical biblical land. almost 4 years agoAnswered by amir via WorldNomads.com