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Category: Authentic Travel in Iran


This website is about “authentic” travel in Iran because there’s so much more to experience in Iran than just the historical sites, as spectacular as they are.

The typical Iran tour is about the predictable

Most tours to Iran are focused on history because the beaten path is convenient for both the visitor (minimal research) and the tour company (peddling the same product ad nauseam).

But you might overdose on history within the first few days of your Iran tour, the same way you can overdose on history when touring Europe.

“How many more museums do we need to see?” I ask my wife when I’ve seen enough of Hercules and Baby Jesus in Europe.

Likewise, many Iran visitors ask, “How many more mosques do we need to see?” after a few days of touring the usual destinations.

This is, of course, a structural issue of tourism. So much of tourism is about trekking to things and places others blustered about.

The seemingly stupid but actually thought-provoking question about Mona Lisa is posed by Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) in the second episode of Cunk on Earth. Follow our YouTube channel here.
In the process, though, we might miss the simple things that might bring far more pleasure, like connecting to the local people or just a quiet walk in the desert.

We’ve found so much more on our road trips of Iran

Every one of our Iran road trips includes historical destinations. You can’t avoid history in Iran even if you tried.

But what we remember best and are most grateful for after each Iran tour are the transformative, authentic experiences we found off-the-beaten track.

We relish Iran’s spectacular nature filled with countless anomalies, the traditional accommodations in Iran’s villages, in meeting its local artisans, listening to riveting music made with ancient instruments, and feasting on local recipes of each region made with farm fresh foods.

The people of Iran make it authentic

But what’s most memorable on every single of our trips is being seduced by Persian hospitality of Iran’s bafflingly complex population of many cultures and languages. None are afraid to interact with the stranger. The stereotypes break quickly here.

Tourists come to Iran for the majestic minarets in all those dazzling HDR photos. But the people of Iran will be what you’ll remember.


Ali and Saeideh plan their Iran roadtrips from their home in Mashhad. More about us here >>

alandan or alendan lake deep inside the forest mazandaran iran tourism travel road trip
Camping in Iran: Alendan of Mazandaran
Fresh water lake at 1200 meters above sea level
in our Iran adventure we met ali zabei former racketeer mosbster turned moslem servant sari mazandaran iran copyright ali torkzadeh
Mobster turned Moslem servant
“Mortician, wash my dead body calmly”
on our train trip in Iran Our Fadak train host helping us finding our sits at the Mashhad train station
A Perfect Train trip in Iran
The Tehran to Mashhad “Fadak” line is comfortable and relatively inexpensive
destruction of historical monuments in Iran - the towers at Seyyed Zein Al-Abedin Hoseiniye Sari Mazandaran Iran
Tour of Caspian Coast: City of Sari
The northernmost province of Iran
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Waking in a traditional Iranian village home
Deep unscientific analysis of sleeping on the floor in Iran
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North Iran Tour: Fantastic local food
And avoiding Iranian hotels on our 4th day of escape from Tehran
An island in an ocean of clouds, Filiband, Mazandaran. A strange world and yet jsut just a daytrip from Tehran
Touring Iran’s Caspian Region: Filband
Day 3 of our aimless escape to the highest point in Iran’s Mazandaran
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Iran Caspian Trip: Journey into the clouds
The journey to Filband, Mazandran’s highest point
View of the Haraz River one of countless restaurants on the infamous Haraz Road, which links Tehran to Amol, Mazandaran. Copyright Ali Torkzadeh,
Iran road travel: Tehran to Caspian Sea trip
On the infamous & alluring Haraz Road
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Iran Road Tour: Mt. Damāvand’s first sighting
Escaping from Tehran keeps paying off
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How to plan a road tour of Iran
First night of an unorganized trip
Touring Iran's countryside, Scene in the village of Lāsem, in Bala Larijan Rural District, Larijan District, Amol County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. Copyright Ali Torkzadeh,
Touring Iran’s countryside: Our first night
Iranian village stay on Day 2 of our trip to Khorasan
Shittes, Shia Moslem men Men waiting to be fed as part of commemoration of Ashura in Iran
Religious Holidays in Iran: Lots of Free Food!
Tasty free food is bonus of religious holidays in Iran
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Our Iran road trip is really an Escape
And another lesson on Tehran’s ills
The karat tower or karet minaret near town of taybad
Iran’s Towers: “Lighthouses of the desert”
Iranians kept fires burning on these minarets to direct desert traffic

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