Travel Safety in Iran

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses travel safety in Iran.  ‘How safe is Iran?’ is probably the question I hear most often at the office. ‘I really want to go to Iran, but I’m nervous about the current situation’ comes as a close second. I understand people’s initial concerns – a lot of the things… Read more »

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Our group in Persepolis. Pay attention to the various outfits that can be worn.

Iranian Dress Code for Females

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses her experience with the Iranian dress code for females.  Getting ready to travel to Iran for the first time in October 2016, I was worried about what to wear. I knew the basics – headscarf, long sleeves, long tops, long pants and nothing too tight. Wearing the full-length chadors… Read more »

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Persian Carpets

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discovers the wonders of Persian carpets in Shiraz. I was fortunate enough to travel to Iran this past October with one of our group tours, covering the main sights from Shiraz and Tehran over a period of 7 days. In Shiraz, our guide took the group to a carpet… Read more »

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Hospitality redefined in Iran

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On Andrew’s first visit to Iran in 2003, he learned that the kindness of strangers can redefine one’s idea of hospitality. I didn’t know what to expect from spending Christmas in Iran, but I wasn’t expecting to be standing by a dusty road in Khur, an oasis townin the Dasht-e Kavir desert, waiting for a bus… Read more »

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Perspectives on Iran and Iranians

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This is a guest post from Brian Parrott, who travelled to Iran with Travel The Unknown in April 2016. All thoughts and opinions are his own.   These are just some personal and selective reflections on my learning, observations and experiences over 3 weeks of travels in Iran in April 2016. I was initially with a… Read more »

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Iran: an era of change

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On 29th November 2011, British-Iranian relations took a nosedive as the British Embassy in Tehran was stormed by militant students after Britain imposed new financial sanctions on Iran. Four years later and the scene in Tehran is far different. Just under 2 weeks ago, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in the Iranian capital to re-open the… Read more »

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In Pursuit of Xerxes

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 Richard Stoneman For some years I have been working on a book about the Achaemenid King of Kings, Xerxes (r. 486-465 BC). Xerxes has had a bad press. Though the greatest writers of contemporary Greece, Herodotus and Aeschylus, both painted a nuanced portrait of the king who led an expedition against Greece that was comprehensively defeated… Read more »

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Iran: Warming Relations

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As relations between Iran and the West continue to strengthen, many travellers continue to discover this country’s hidden treats.   After 18 months of intensive bargaining, culminating in an eight-day period of continuous talks, Iran and world powers struck a ‘historic’ deal limiting Iranian nuclear activity, opening a “new chapter” in Iran’s relations with the… Read more »

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Short visit to Iran

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It was wonderful to be back in Iran, as always. Last year I managed to get in three trips including climbing Mount Damavand with my brothers so when an opportunity came to go back again this year I just took it. We had a few groups out so it was a good chance to meet some… Read more »

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