Now into its fifth edition, Bradt's Iran continues to provide the most detailed background, history and cultural information available when visiting this ‘Jewel of Central Asia'. This new edition has been thoroughly reviewed to provide all the latest information, from updated history and cultural developments to security, language and hotel prices, plus expanded practical information for independent travellers. Food and arts, rugs and handicrafts are all covered, plus new details of skiing in Iran and recommended Iranian movies. For outdoor enthusiasts, swimming and desert and eco-tours are also included. With new direct flights to Iran now available from Europe, and a warm-hearted and welcoming people eager to meet tourists, visiting this intriguing country has never been easier.
Iran's cities are packed with gilded mosques and blue-mosaic shrines built in honour of the country's greatest leaders. Its people are generous and its terrain ranges from the sands of the Persian Gulf to the Alborz Mountains in the north. The expert authors give first-hand descriptions of attractions ranging from the exquisite mosques of Esfahan and the museums and palaces of Tehran to remote, spectacular mountain hikes. New maps and up-to-date information on all the basics - hotels, restaurants, businesses and shops - help you to uncover the mysteries of ancient Persepolis, to enjoy a soak and scrub in a local hamam, or to pick up a pair of giveh slippers or a Persian rug in Kirman's bazaar.
Thoroughly updated, this new edition also includes new details of ‘Around Tehran', caravanserai, Nishapur, Qaleh Rudkhan and Kurdish villages on the Silk Road Trail, plus new maps of the historic bazaars of Esfahan, Yazd, Kerman and Shiraz. It has been updated by Middle East expert Maria Oleynik, who is fluent in ten languages, including Persian and Arabic
Hilary Smith MPhil, who took over the update of the third edition, is an independent lecturer and guide with wide-ranging interests focusing particularly on the cultural history of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. She first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.
Maria Oleynik MLitt, who has updated the fourth and fifth editions, is a freelance translator fluent in ten languages, including Persian and Arabic. She has studied in Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt, and was hired to translate a biography of a Libyan politician from Arabic, whilst based in Tripoli, Libya. She has also studied Persian at the University of Esfahan and has a profound interest and knowledge of the Middle East.
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, CultureChapter 2 Practical InformationWhen to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Time difference, Red tape, Embassies, consulates, missions, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Export and import restrictions, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Culture and entertainment, Media and communications, Business, Opening times, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
PART TWO THE GUIDEChapter 3 Tehran and the Road SouthTehran, Around Tehran, South of TehranChapter 4 West of Tehran: Qazvin and HamadanQazvin, Hamadan, Around Hamadan, West of Hamadan to Kermanshah Province and KurdistanChapter 5 From Kashan to EsfahanKashan, On the road, Along the Kashan–Yazd road, Na'in, Around Na'in, EsfahanChapter 6 The Caspian RegionGetting there, Towards Gilan, West and southwest of Bandar-e Anzali, East of Bandar-e Anzali, Amol and around, Sari, Gonbad-e Qabus, Bastam and around, Damghan, Semnan, Semnan to TehranChapter 7 Iranian AzerbaijanGetting there, Ardabil, Tabriz, South and southeast of Tabriz, North of Tabriz, Orumiyeh and beyond (to the south and southeast), ZanjanChapter 8 Shiraz and AroundShiraz, Around ShirazChapter 9 Persepolis and the Surrounding AreaPersepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Istakhr, PasargadaeChapter 10 The South CoastAhvaz, Shushtar, Shush, Northwest of Shush/Susa, Southeast of Shush/Susa, East of Shush/Susa, South of Ahvaz, Eastwards along the coast, Further along the coast road Chapter 11 En Route to Yazd and KermanComing to Yazd from the southwest, Yazd, Kerman, Mahan, Bam, Zahedan, Chabahar and beyondChapter 12 To Mashhad and BeyondMashhad, Around Mashhad, South of Mashhad, To Kashmar, Nishapur and around
Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Glossary Appendix 3 Further Information Index