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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Esfahan: The Cultural Capital of the Islamic World

In the evening after our visit to Abyaneh, we caught a bus to the next city on our itinerary, the city of Esfahan. Esfahan is located on the old silk trading route and was once one of the largest and most important cities in the world. The city  flourished under the Safavid dynasty in the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was the capital of…

A Visit to the 2,500-Year-Old Red Village of Abyaneh

On our second day in Kashan, we wanted to get out of the city and explore some of the nearby gems. Getting a taxi is generally not the cheapest option in Iran and busses rarely go to smaller places, so booking a tour was necessary. There were a lot of things that we wanted to see, including a salt lake, a desert and the red…

Discovering the Ancient City of Kashan

After a hectic morning of trying to get to the bus station in Tehran, first in the over-crowded metro and then in a taxi, we caught a bus to the city of Kashan, located 240 km. south of Tehran. The bus was a huge positive surprise, as the comfort level and service was really good, even better than western busses in my opinion – and…

Arriving in Iran and Exploring Tehran

After meeting up at the airport in Istanbul, Steve and I boarded the plane to Tehran, the capital of Iran, and at 4.05 AM on January 13th, we arrived. When we arrived at the airport in Tehran, we had to go through a few things to get our Iranian visa. First, it’s obligatory to get medical insurance, which cost us both 16 USD. I think…

Going to Iran: Planning and Preparing

Iran is a country that has fascinated me for a long time. Especially after visiting Afghanistan in May 2016 and falling completely for the unrevealed culture and untouched nature of the northernmost part of the country, I just knew that I had to explore more countries in that region. Now the time has come for the 18th largest country in the world, Iran. Iran has…