Travel beyond the headlines and discover a world of culture, fascinating Persian ruins and famously-welcoming local people.
In the heart of the country lies one of the largest cities in Western Asia, Tehran. It is a city full of amazing sites to admire, including the Milad Tower which stretches up to a fantastic height of over 400 metres, making it one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world. Its octagonal base is a traditional symbol of Persian architecture. Another fantastic example of Persian architecture is the Golestan Palace, one of the most extravagant and beautiful buildings in Iran.
Tehran boasts art galleries and restaurants galore - perfect for trying Iranian specialities such as the national dish, Ghormeh Sabzi, made with curried vegetables and served with Tadik (crunchy rice).
One of the main cultural highlights in Iran is Persepolis, former ceremonial capital of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Built around 500 BC by King Darius I, its wealth and opulence became legendary. Alexander the Great destroyed the city in 330 BC, but even today its past splendour is easily appreciated from the ruins that remain.
Iran's other cities have a wealth of sites to explore. The incredible Naqsh-e-Jahan square and its nearby mosques and palaces in the old Persian capital of Esfahan, the wonderful mosques and citadels of Shiraz, the ancient bazaars of Tabriz, and the Zoroastrian Fire Temples and 'Shaking Minarets' of Yazd - all incredible sites that we will visit on our journey through this unique land.
Iran is a country full of pride and history. It is the birthplace of the sport polo, which dates back to the 1st Century CE and was used as training for the king's troops. The music in Iran is also another part of their proud history, and it dates back thousands of years - today's music industry is very diverse, from traditional folk music to a thriving hip-hop scene.