Also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran is the capital and largest city. Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people. It deserves at least a few days of your Iranian itinerary.
*Isfahan (map) – a former capital with stunning architecture, great bazaar, and tree-lined boulevards. Most popular tourist destination in the country. There’s a Persian saying that “Isfahan is half the world.” *Shiraz (map) – a former capital, home of famous Persian poets such as Hafiz and Sa’di; known for gardens, especially roses. Very close to the famous ruins of Persepolis. *Hamedan (map) – one of the oldest cities in Iran.
*Qeshm Island (map) – Iran’s largest and the Persian Gulf’s largest island. Qeshm island is famous for its wide range of ecotourist attractions such as the Hara marine forests.