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Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz

Known as the city of roses, gardens, poets and love.

Shiraz was one of the most influential cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty, when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored.

Bas relief, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
Bas relief in Persepolis
Inside the Citadel, Shiraz, Iran, CD
The Citadel, Shiraz

Why visit Shiraz

The city has a number of tombs and gardens of which none are finer than the Bagh-e Eram garden, well-known for its cypress trees and a 19th century Qajar palace. Alexander the Great passed by on his travels sacking the nearby city of Persepolis as he did so, but even today it is an impressive ruin. Huge columns still stand and the craftsmanship that went into creating the bas-reliefs is still evident. Excursions from Shiraz can take in the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae and the wonderful rock tombs and Zoroastrian temple at Naqsh-e Rustam.

Experiences

A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Iran.

Tabriz Churches

Hidden away close to the Turkish border, visit the remote Armenian churches near Tabriz.

Shiraz

Visit Shiraz, the city of poets, and birthplace of Hafez and Sa’di.

Isfahan

Isfahan’s central square is an architectural wonder, follow it with a stroll through the nearby sprawling bazaar.

Persepolis

Built by Darius the Great and then sacked by Alexander the Great, Persepolis is an impressive site.

Yazd

Visit the oasis town of Yazd renowned for its Zoroastrianism community and unique architecture.

Persian Carpets

Explore the traditional centre of the carpet trade in Hamedan.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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