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Experiencing Iran: history, nature, backpacking, meeting locals


Experiencing Iran: history, nature, backpacking, meeting locals

This was our trip to Iran, spending a few weeks backpacking through cities and small villages. We made the whole trip on a low budget to fully experience this country, doing Couchsurfing, taking local transport and meeting the warm-hearted Iranians.

During these weeks, we've seen some fantastic architecture, met incredibly friendly people, learnt more about Islam and broke down any stereotypes that we had. We felt very safe.

Starting in Tehran, we travelled to the north, visiting mountain villages close to Damavand and the Caspian Sea. We then moved south to Shiraz where we visited the ruins of ancient Persepolis and slowly worked our way back north by stopping by Kerman, the Kaluts desert, Yazd, Isfahan, Qazvin and finished our trip hiking the Alamut valley.

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IRAN: Country and people

A fascinating journey of the famous traveler Valery Shanin and his friends on Iran in the framework of the project World without visas. Iran is a unique country. In the opinion of UNESCO specialists it is included in the list of three countries with the wealthiest cultural and historical heritage. And at the same time it is not included in TOP 100 on number of tourists. The reason is evident — image of “country of evil”. But one may reject prejudices and look at Iran with his own eyes.

IRAN / Travel Video

A 3 weeks journey in beautiful IRAN

We've been truly amazed by one of the richest culture in the world, the beauty of its landscapes and the amazing flavours.

But most importantly, the hospitality of the Iranians.


*Some of the songs/music in the background are not Iranian. I've picked these cause they're songs that I generally like and that I've been listening to while travelling.

**Update following the recent events. You cannot fly recreational drones in Iran without permission. More info here

Locations: Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Yazd, Dasht e Kavir desert, Shiraz, Hormuz, Qeshm

Equipment: GoPro Hero 6, Panasonic G80, DJI Mavic pro

Editing software: Final cut pro X



I Stayed with Locals in IRAN [Ep. 9]

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I am an Indonesian female solo traveler, who started solo traveling in 2013. After working for the government till 2016, I left Indonesia to pursue full-time traveling and to document myself as I explore different cultures as a solo female.

Having initially traveled for 5 months throughout Asia, I moved to China in January 2017 for an English teaching job, which was my first experience living abroad.

Since leaving China in 2018, I have taken the move to become a full-time YouTube creator and traveler. I strive to create unique, culture-driven content and capture authentic interactions as I travel.

Iran's Unbelievable Hospitality

I am trying to Hitchhike Around The Globe. I literally want to circumnavigate the planet without spending any money for transportation.
From Turkey I will travel East over Iran, Pakistan and China to South-East-Asia from where I will try to hitch a ship over the Pacific. Continuing east somewhere on the American Continent for a vessel to Europe until I will reach the place where I started from in Turkey.
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My first trip to Iran.


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IRAN: Amazing Hospitality | Cycling the World 20

Bicycle Vlog 20: ‘Amazing Hospitality’ - We leave Shiraz and set out for the port City of Bandar Abbas, where we plan on catching the ferry to Dubai. A lot of interested people invite us to come and stay at their house, even when we have barely cycled a couple of miles. It is still early so we politely thank them and get the wheels rolling again. Every now and then we need a proper WiFi connection to upload these videos and plan on doing that in the town of Darian in the Fars Province. There is no hotel and with the sun going down we get numerous invitations from nearly everybody standing around us. The man that asked us first is a real gentleman and we accept his offer. A festive evening, a lovely morning and to our surprise he and his cousin ask us to come and see Persepolis, the Ceremonial Capital of the great Persian Empire: What a treat! His cousin is keen on having us come and stay as well and we can’t decline his invitation. Maudi learns to weave a traditional Persian carpet and we eat a wonderful Iranian meal together. His extended family comes out to meet us, we listen to his brother play a beautiful song on a special type of flute and spend a wonderful time together. They ask us to stay a week, a month and even longer… but the rest of Iran is calling so we say our goodbyes and set out on the road again.

To see, feel, smell, hear and taste everything the road has to offer will be so much different than watching a documentary or reading a book about it. Sometimes it will be difficult and most of the time fantastic. We hope you will find inspiration in our video's and maybe fuel your dreams as so many other have done for us.

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IRAN: Don't trust the mainstream media!

Sara Melotti, a young Italian travel photographer, talks about her experience of visiting Iran with SURFUIRAN.

I wanted to see Iran. I wanted to feel the charm of ancient Persia, admire the intricate and colorful designs of its architecture, taste the incredibly diverse dishes, soak in the multilayered culture and live its well known heart-warming hospitality on my own skin; and thanks to SurfIran I did it all, on a dream of a road trip I’ll never forget.

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Meditation Writer's Travel Experience in Iran| TAPPERSIA

Australian playwright, singer and creative writer Jan Cornall came to Iran as part of a writing retreat, but got a lot more from the trip than she had expected. She talks about her experience writing and interacting with Iranian locals. Jan led a 10-day meditative writing workshop for various Iranian creatives in the city of Mahan, Kerman, but felt the class ended far too soon. She is planing to bring future groups of writers to Iran for various other workshops in the near future.

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Tourist experiences in Iran | TAPPERSIA

We asked a few tourists to talk about their experiences in Iran and here's what they had to say.

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Why Iran? German families answer (Episode 1)

Why Iran?
Interviews with tourists from all over the world in Kavir-e-Mesr (Mesr desert). Tourists prefer vising wonderful deserts in Iran, though we have a lot of other tourist attractions such as forests, mountains, etc.

The video includes interviews with a couple of families from Germany who travelled to Iran. We asked them why Iran . They gave interesting answers.
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IRANIAN HOUSE TOUR | My hotel in Tabriz #36

Actually I stay most of the time in my tent but I couldn't miss this opportunity and stayed two nights at this beautiful iranian house in Tabriz. It was really unique, old and had its charme! I love old houses and especially this one is a real treasure. Persian architecture and home design is something so different which makes it even more beautiful. I hope you liked this house tour guided by my iranian friend Dariush :-) He is also a professional filmmaker, so check out his insta profile.

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Do Iranians speak english? آیا ایرانی ها انگلیسی میدانند؟

میتوانید بهترین دوره های آموزشی را از وبسایت
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In this video we have gone to the international book fair in Tehran to ask one simple question from people and that is, Do you speak english? Surprisingly a lot of them, do. Tehran book fair is . happening every year at Mosala.
If you do not know how to speak english, it is time to start learning . You can visit
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در این ویدیو ما به نمایشگاه بین المللی کتاب در تهران رفتیم تا از یک سوال ساده از مردم بپرسیم، آیا شما انگلیسی صحبت می کنید؟
نمایشگاه کتاب تهران هر سال در مصلی تهران برگزار میشود
اگر شما نمی دانید که چگونه انگلیسی صحبت می کنید، وقت آن است که شروع به یادگیری کنید. شما می توانید
برای اطلاعات بیشتر در مورد مطالب آموزشی به وبسایت زیر مراجعه کنید.

ROAD TRIP MIDDLE EAST: Iran (Part 2 - Shiraz)

After filming in Dubai last episode, I set off for Iran to start my road trip across the Middle East. My journey began in the beautiful city of Shiraz, known for flowers and poetry. Come with me as I explore my first Persian city as a female alone - the food, the architecture, the markets of the bazaar, but mostly, the people. I stayed in the magical Darbe Shazdeh boutique hotel, where I met an inspiring couple from London, travelling Iran with their children as a family. I also became friends with Faranak, the owner of the hotel, who gave me fascinating insight into life as a woman, business owner and advocate of tourism to Iran. I hope you enjoy this travelogue. I still have much to learn about Iran's history and politics and culture, however, I hope that maybe I might encourage you to consider the positives and beauty of this frequently misunderstood country.
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Backpacking Through Iran

Iran was the fourth country of our Worldtrip and it was beyond beautiful. Its people are the most friendly people on earth; they will invite you to their homes, won’t let you spend your money and are really interested in your thoughts and views about Iran. It’s difficult not to love this country as a traveler. With a Visa on Arrival we travelled for two weeks through Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Varzaneh, Yazd and Shiraz. And oh yeah, the food will kill you with its yummyness.

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The Caucasus is an interesting region suspended between Europe and Asia. It is at the crossroad of the two continents and has a compelling blend of East and West. The 3 republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have a lot in common, despite each proudly retaining their unique features.

We visited Tbilisi for the first time in Spring 2017 and we soon fell in love. So we decided to come back with a proper adventure. We started off in Baku, a cosmopolitan city whose recent history is intrinsically linked to the oil industry. Thousand of oil drilling machines are scattered in the Absheron peninsula, despite as of today, the main extraction comes from the platforms on the Caspian Sea. Baku urban pattern is a core historical center resembling an old Persian town of the Silk Road. Around this, there is the European city, built in the late 1800 and inspired to Western Europe. And then there is the modern city where old Soviet blocks are being teared down and replaced by futuristic constructions

From Baku, we took the train to Tbilisi, Georgia. Having visited the city the previous year, we decided not to stay in the city center but go alternative and sleep in a hipster hotel built in an old sewing factory. From Tbilisi, we spent a day in the Kakheti region, famous for its wines

We crossed the border to Armenia with a car. The road immediately turned to be more difficult as we followed the route across the Dabed canyon. We chose this way to visit to monasteries, Haghpath and Sahin, of an incredible beauty. It was a touching experience as we were the only visitors

In Yerevan we had the opportunity to meet Naregh, on old schoolmate of Valentina, who decided to move to Armenia about a year ago. We spent a day with him and he told us about the recent Velvet Revolution and what to expect in Armenia. On the same day, we met with Yun and Nonno, who will be travelling with us for about a week

Armenia has two incredible assets to offer to visitors: beautiful UNESCO monasteries and amazing landscapes. But it is not only that. Yerevan, which at first sight seemed quite uninspiring, turned to be an extremely lively city after dusk and at night, when it seemed that the entire Armenia was walking on the streets and enjoying the warm Summer nights

In one of the visit to the monasteries, we met Giorgio, a student from Italy with Georgian origins. He is fond of Caucasian architecture, and was impressive to hear from him the various features and characteristics of the Armenian monastery. We gave him a ride with the car and visited a few places with him

Crossing the border with Georgia was necessary to complete our coast-to-coast. We stopped in Vardzia, an ancient cave city and visited the fortress of Khertvisi. Both placed in an incredible canyon. Breathtaking

The next stop was Batumi, on the Black sea. A sort of Soviet version of Atlantic City, Batumi was not our cup of tea. We much preferred the city of Kutaisi, where we enjoyed the local market, the cathedral and the nearby monasteries of Gelati and Motsameta

In Kutaisi we left Nonno and Yun. They head north to visit the remote region of Svaneti. We had to go back, but before reaching Tbilisi, we stopped in Gori, the hometown of Josef Stalin, and Uplistikhe, another cave city near Gori

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Iran Travel Guide

My name's Michael and I'm the Marketing Manager for Wild Frontiers. I'm here at the magnificent site of Persepolis in Iran. I've been in Iran for two weeks now and so far I've been enchanted by this fascinating country.

The capital Tehran is most people's starting point, and in this busy city you can see ostentatious ornaments from the royal household in the crown jewels museum, and wander around the Shah's old residence, Golestan Palace. Just north of Tehran you can visit the Elburz Mountains for skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer.
But the real highlights lie elsewhere. In the off-the-beaten-track city of Yazd you'll find a cityscape dotted with the ingenious wind tunnels -- which could be described as the world's first air-conditioning system - the ancient Zoroastrian site of the Towers of Silence, the magnificent Friday Mosque and a number of beautiful palaces and gardens.

Shiraz meanwhile is a lovely university town, known as the city of poets, wine, literature and flowers, and is a real delight. I particularly loved visiting the atmospheric tomb of the Persian poet Hafez. In the evenings it has a magical atmosphere as people gather to read poetry and celebrate the life of this revered poet. Shiraz is also blessed with numerous picturesque mosques and beautiful gardens.

The jewel in the Persian crown is undoubtedly the beautiful city of Esfahan, which has one of the largest squares in the world in the breathtaking Naqsh Jahan Square and probably the most stunning Islamic architecture found anywhere. Esfahan is unbelievably picturesque, with its famed bridges and lively bazaars.

Iran has a long and rich history, with the Persian Empire at one point ruling over 44% of the world's population. The country is home to some world-class archaeological sites, including the rock-carved tombs of Nagsh e Rostam, where Darius the great is buried, and the spectacular Achamaenid palace complex at Persepolis. This ancient palace was built by Darius the Great to celebrate events such as the Persian New Year, when representatives from the four corners of the empire would congregate. This vast site merits at least a couple of hours to explore the ruins and bas reliefs.

But it's not only about the cities and ancient sites, the scenery of Iran is an unexpected highlight. From beautiful picnic spots such as the Murgon Waterfalls, to fertile valleys in the Bavanat Mountains, where you can encounter Kashqai nomads and see a way of life that has changed little over centuries. In the Dena mountains around Yasuj you'll find an alpine scenery of snow-capped mountains, lakes and streams. It is well worth spending some time away from the better-known cultural sites to explore this lesser-known side of Iran. It really is a beautiful country.

The people of Iran are another real highlight, being welcoming and keen to engage in conversation about everything from politics to football. You are likely to be surrounded by schoolkids asking you questions, offered tea and invited to share in picnics with the locals pretty much wherever you go.

If ever a people were misrepresented by a regime it would be the Iranians. Thanks to a baby boom in the 80's, over 60% of its 70 million population are aged under 30. This generation is well-educated, worldly, and exposed to global media through the internet. Walking around the streets -- which are incidentally very safe - this certainly feels like a nation on the cusp of change.
So forget about any preconceptions you may have about safety, security, or the welcome you'll receive in Iran. I've found the people to be the friendliest and most hospitable I've found anywhere in the world. So check out Wild Frontiers' tours to Iran and discover for yourself this fascinating country.

German Students Tell The Truth About Iran | TAPPERSIA

A group of German Geography students traveled through Iran and we had the pleasure of hosting them for an evening at our office. Here is what they had to say about the travel and their experiences.

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Iran - a one month adventure

Summarized down to a short movie it is hard to portray how great travelling in Iran was for me. The most important were for sure the people, my CouchSurfing hosts especially, but in general all Iranians were incredibly welcoming and curious.
And then the country is beautiful, food is good, travelling is easy, lots of singing and dancing, and lots of adventurous people ready for trekking and camping - all I need for a perfect trip!
Went back again the year after, see the video here:

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Iran 2018 - From Caspian Sea to Strait of Hormuz

Trip from north to south of Iran. Visited major cities and sights using various types of transportation.

Tehran - Kashan - Isfahan - Shiraz - Persepolis - Bandar Abbas - Hormuz Island - Kerman - Kaluts - Yazd - Qazvin - Garmaroud - Alborz Mountains - Ramsar - Caspian Sea - Tehran

Filmed on Panasonic GX85.

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