Iran Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

From Kebabs to Khoresht: Eating Your Way Through Iran

iran food

"Eat an onion from each new place you visit to adjust your body to the local cuisine." -- Words of wisdom from one of our guides on the subtle appreciation of eating one’s way through Iran.Traditional Iranian cuisine combines the savory of fresh herbs and spices like saffron, merges it with the sweet of pomegranate, barberry and cinnamon and tops it all off with a … [Read more...]

Persian Design at the Jameh Mosque – Yazd, Iran [360-Degree Panorama]

Yazd, Iran

Yazd, a historically Zoroastrian town and a sort of desert outpost that took in people fleeing persecution and wars in other parts of the country, is one of our favorite cities in Iran. Its old city is almost entirely built in brown-red adobe clay, helping to blend it into the surrounding desert landscape and to keep its building interiors cool.Ones eyes adapt to … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Hidden Peacock Mosque – Isfahan, Iran

esfahan mosque

"If you look up, at just the right time, you'll see a peacock on the ceiling," our guide, Javad, explained as he walked us under the gilded and tiled dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.We craned our necks, searching for just the right angle. With the aid of sunlight passing through a nearby window, an image of a peacock -- previously unseen, now … [Read more...]

Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

All aboard the Midnight Express (Tehran to Istanbul)

Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year -- hopping a train en route from Tehran across the border to Turkey, then all the way to Istanbul. One of the finest and most surprising segments of our around-the-world journey. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Persian Carpets at the World’s Largest Covered Bazaar

tabriz rugs

An Iranian carpet, especially one from Tabriz, is worth more than gold. -- Our Iranian guide gives us an economics lesson in the old carpet section of the Tabriz bazaar.The largest bazaar in the Middle East. The world's largest covered market. A UNESCO World Heritage site. That's the Tabriz bazaar. And deep inside, old men, purveyors of grand old Persian … [Read more...]

Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know

Audrey with Iranian Women - Masuleh, Iran

Traveling to Iran as an American citizen may sound complicated and dangerous. It’s not. We’re here to dispel the myths and answer the questions piling up in our inbox based on our visit to Iran just a few weeks ago.Our aim in the following Q&A is to answer actual reader queries and to help demystify the process of traveling to Iran. … [Read more...]

Iran: A Poem to the People

Iranian People

This is a story of a woman I met on a train in Iran and a letter she wrote to me -- a letter I now read through tears.My heart sank as I watched the news from Iran this morning, scenes of the British Embassy being charged by an angry mob in Tehran. It saddens me – angers me, really – that narrow groups like this who define the world’s perception of Iran and the … [Read more...]

Persepolis: Ancient Persia, Modern Lessons

Gate of All Nations - Persepolis, Iran

Although Persepolis is one of Iran’s top archeological and tourist sites, I was careful to keep my expectations in check before visiting. After all, what would remain of the 2,500 year-old capital of the Achaemenid Empire? Amidst crumbled columns, I found great detail that blew me away and a surprising connection to the present. … [Read more...]