Iran overview

Iran is located in the Middle East between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea. It is a large country about the size of United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany combined. The most noticeable highlight of Iran is its people as Iranians are famous for their warmth, hospitality and friendliness.

There is much to see and do in Iran for visitors. Visit Tehran, the nation’s capital, with its trendy restaurants, fine museums, decent choice of accommodation and art galleries. Explore Esfahan with its magnificent mosques and the stunning Imam Square. Or get wonderfully lost in the bazaars in Shiraz, Kerman and Kashan, sip tea in the courtyards or gardens of a traditional chaykhune (teahouse) or simply join the crowds for an evening stroll in Tabriz.

Monastery Valley

Monastery Valley, Armenia

Explore the Alborz Mountains with its magnificent ski retreats, hidden valleys and hiking trails around the famous Castles of the Assassins. Visit Iran’s holiest site, the impressive Holy Shrine of Imam Reza or one of the world’s greatest ancient cities at Persepolis.

Accommodation in Iran

Accommodation is available in Iran to suit all tastes and budgets. Prices are reasonable for mid-range hotels, with single and double rooms costing practically the same. Guesthouses are welcoming to tourists and less costly.

Airports in Iran

Most international flights arrive at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport; however, many travelers prefer to arrive in Shiraz to avoid backtracking. It is easy to get to either Tehran or Shiraz from all international airports in the Middle East. It is also possible to take a train or bus here from Istanbul via Ankara and Tabriz.