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Discovering Iran: An 18-Day Round-Up

On January 12th, Steve and I embarked on a journey through the magnificent country of Iran. For 18 days, we travelled around the country, exploring new places every day and getting to know and understand the unique Iranian culture. We travelled for 5.700 km, explored 7 cities, visited many tiny villages, ticked off 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovered some of the most amazing…

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Adventures at the Troglodyte Village of Kandovan

On our second day in Tabriz, we decided to do a day trip to the nearby village of Kandovan, which is famous for its inhabited manmade rock dwellings. We caught a bus to Osku, and caught a taxi from there to Kandovan. The village is only 55 km from Tabriz, so getting there was cheap and easy. We drove high up into the mountains to…

View of my favourite city in Iran - Tabriz

Wintery Days in the Northerly City of Tabriz

At 2 PM on January 25th, we caught a night bus from Shiraz, and 20 hours later, at 10 AM on January 26th, we arrived in Tabriz, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran. Tabriz is a long way out of the loop of Iran that we had been doing, but we wanted to experience a completely different part of the country as…

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The Cultural Heritage of Fars: To Persepolis and Beyond

On our second and last day in Shiraz, we arranged to go on a day trip with Australian Qail and Spanish Itziar to four extremely interesting cultural sights: the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae, the ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam, the ancient rock carvings of Naqsh-e Rajab and the famous site of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We hired a taxi…

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Unique Experiences in the City of Shiraz

Getting to Shiraz, our next destination after Qeshm Island, went a lot less smoothly than it should’ve. What should’ve been a 7-hour bus ride, turned out to be a 19-hour bus ride, because the bus driver took the longest detour ever and then the bus broke down at 1 AM in the middle of a deserted highway. When we eventually got to Shiraz, 12 hours…

Feeling so extremely hot in the Chahkooh Valley on Qeshm Island

A Day on the Persian Gulf: The Highlights of Qeshm Island

After we felt like we had seen what we wanted in the Kerman Province, it was time to head out to our next destination, the island of Qeshm – the biggest island in the Persian Gulf. Going to Qeshm Island meant that we would really be getting off the beaten path in Iran. The island is popular with Iranians, but tourists and backpackers rarely include…

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Out of Kerman: A Day Trip to Bam, Rayen and Mahan

Continuing our tours in the area around Kerman, the day after exploring the Lut Desert, our driver took us to three interesting historical sites; The ancient citadel of Bam, the ancient castle of Rayen and the 18th century Persian Garden of Shazdeh in Mahan. Arg-e Bam – The Ancient Citadel of Bam Arg-e Bam dates back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC), although most…

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Iranian Desert Experience at UNESCO’S Lut Desert

At 10 PM on January 18th, we arrived in the city of Kerman, the 10th most populous city in Iran with a population of 900,000. We didn’t come to Kerman for the city itself, but for the many interesting sights that surround the city, including the Lut Desert, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exhausted after a 5½-hour long bus journey, we decided to settle for…

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Kharanaq, Chak Chak and Meybod: Relics of Ancient Persia

From the hostel in Yazd, Steve and I booked a tour to see three places of cultural heritage; the 4000-year-old mudbrick village of Kharanaq, the old Zoroastrian fire temple of Chak Chak, and one of the oldest buildings in Iran in the modern city of Meybod. We tried to find other travellers to go with us, so we could split the slightly expensive price of…

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Exploring the Desert City of Yazd

In the evening after exploring Esfahan, we caught a bus to the city of Yazd, which took five hours and got us there at 1 AM. Exhausted from lack of sleep from the last couple of days and both of us getting a cold, we slept until 10 AM the next morning. It was nice to finally be able to catch up on sleep and…