Tehran, Iran


Iran’s largest and most vibrant city.

Beneath its rough facade Tehran is Iran’s biggest and most vibrant city, a place where contemporary culture thrives alongside conservative traditionalism.

Tehran, Iran, Ceiling of Main Bazaar
Ceiling of main bazaar in Tehran
Takht Marmar Sculpture, Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran
Takht Marmar sculpture in Golestan Palace, Tehran
Tehran, Iran, Northern District

Why visit Tehran

Tehran is a busy metropolis packed with almost 20% of the country’s population and despite its reputation as a modern, expanding city, Tehran has some outstanding museums, palaces and hotels. The gateway to Iran, it is well worth spending a few days in Tehran to see some of its treasures.


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

Shiraz, Iran


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

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Mosque, Isfahan, Iran


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

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Persepolis, Marv Dasht, Iran

UNESCO Persepolis

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

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Amir Chakhmaq, Yazd, Iran


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

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Carpet, Iran

Persian Carpets

Explore the traditional centre of the carpet trade in Hamedan.

Khaqani Poet Statue, Tabriz, Iran

Tabriz Churches

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

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Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

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.

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