Friday 31 October to Sunday 16 November 2014

I was shocked when our travel agent suggested Iran – it must be a dangerous place to visit. ‘No’ she assured me, and there is so much to see and do, but you must dress modestly.

Bruce was equally shocked when I suggested the idea to him. But we included it on our itinerary and loved out time there.

We arrived from Turkmenistan and immediately noticed better roads. Our first destination was the very holy city of Mashad.

From there we flew to Yazd and we were met by our guide for the next few days Rasoul. A very holy festival of Azadari was happening and we were lucky enough to see it close up.

After a night in a Caravanserai – the hotel of the caravanners on the Silk Road, we took to the road, Shiraz for excellent coffee, then onto Persepolis to see amazing ruins and the stunning city of Esphahan  5 year old children were seeing water flowing in the river for the very first time.

Kashan and its beautiful gardens was our next stop, before we reached Tehran and toured the old palace.

We left the wonderful Rasoul and his driver Hamid and took an overnight train to Tabriz to see more wonders.

Ready for an alcoholic drink and flinging off the modest clothing, we headed to Armenia. But Iran – what a journey!

Tabriz, استان آذربایجان شرقی, Iran

Tehran, استان تهران, Iran

Kashan, استان اصفهان, Iran

Esfahan, کراج, استان اصفهان, Iran

Persepolis, کناره, استان فارس, Iran

Shiraz, استان فارس, Iran

Yazd, استان یزد, Iran

Neyshabur, استان خراسان رضوی, Iran

Badamyar - Qadamgah, استان آذربایجان شرقی, Iran

Toos, استان خراسان رضوی, Iran

Mashhad, استان خراسان رضوی, Iran

Tehran, استان تهران, Iran