For any history buff, those with a sense of adventure or who are looking for something entirely unique, you will be in awe of this magical place that once formed part of the biggest and richest empires in the world.

Whilst in previous years, when compiling a list of the most popular travel destinations Iran seldom made the cut, tourists are now starting to flock to this exotic and intriguing piece of living history. With its dizzying bazaars, intricate architecture, rural mountain villages, and over 2500 years of Persian history, Iran makes for the perfect holiday spot. One of our top reasons to go to Iran? Its people. With their warmth and curiosity, they will welcome you into their country and even their homes, like a long-lost friend.

When you think of Iran, you may think of the sublime, turquoise-tiled domes and minarets of Esfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the architectural mastery in the ancient capital Persepolis, and the mud brick valleys and rooftops in the historic centre of Yazd. What you might not expect are the deserts fringed with dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks or the valleys carpeted in flowers. Or vibrant cities where buzzing restaurants – serving sensational gastronomical delights – and fashionable boutiques that line enormous central squares and leafy boulevards.

Little is understood about Iran, but open your mind and your heart and you’ll be rewarded with one of the world’s most richly layered cultures. Enquire with your Lightfoot Travel Designer to learn more about expertly crafted holidays to this enigmatic land.

Iran Regions


Previously the capital of Iran in the 11th century and then later the 16th century, a walk around the historical centre of Esfahan is like a walk around an outdoor museum.

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Although only a short flight from Tehran, you feel as if you’ve been transported to a different world when arriving in Shiraz.

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Yazd is an ancient mudbrick town with a meandering maze of lanes, and thought to be one of the oldest towns in the world.

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Iran Itineraries

Classic Iran

Esfahan, Iran, Shiraz, Yazd

One of the most culturally rich and colourful countries in the world, Iran is an open-air museum brimming with architectural wonders and bustling bazaars. Iran is a must-visit destination fo…

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