#10 Golestan Palace – The Palace Where Shahs Lived
The main thing in the Palace is details created with stunning zeal. Look at the figures of people that support the marble throne. Check the mosaics of glass, which seem to be precious, and find malachite clock, a gift from Alexander III.
#9 Persepolis – Walk Through the Gates of All the Nations
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire. Inside you will see the bas-reliefs and remains of columns.
#8 Learn What Zarathustra Said in Yazd
It seems that Yazd over 5,000 years of history has not changed at all. Here, there are still the same mazes of narrow streets between clay houses. Wind towers and bazaar domes can be seen everywhere. Long before the advent of Islam, Yazd was one of the centers of Iranian Zoroastrians.
#7 Catch a Rainbow in the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque
When looking from outside, it is hard to guess that Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque in Shiraz looks like a beautiful kaleidoscope. It is called the Pink Mosque. Inside, the halls are painted in colors of the whole palette. Source of magic is stained glass, through which colored rays penetrate the Mosques and reflect on the floor and on the bright mosaic of walls and ceilings.
#6 Try Iranian Kebab in Any City in Iran
Iranians prepare delicious kebabs from veal, lamb, chicken or fish with saffron, nuts, parsley, basil, lime juice, or pomegranate sauce. You can eat them every day.
#5 Visit National Treasure Trove of the Central Bank of Iran in Tehran
Jewelry Museum in Tehran will impress anybody. It contains luxurious things Iranian monarchs surrounded themselves with from the 16th to 20th century. Try to focus and not miss the most important thing – Daria-i-Noor, a 182-carat diamond of rare pink color. Also, have a look at the Crown Pahlavi weighing 2 kilograms that was last worn by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi during the coronation in 1967.
#4 Believe in the Unbelievable at Qeshm Island
Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf is like a book of fairy tales. Locals believe that the star has fallen in the Star Valley long ago and created these strange columns, pillars, and arches of sandstone. In reality, it was all made by the wind and rain, but the landscape is still amazing. The Gorge Chuck-Kuh is a narrow passage between the rocks dotted with holes like cheese Maasdam.
#3 Shop at Grand Bazaar in Isfahan
You will not miss the bazaar in Isfahan. At this ancient Persian market, in the shadows of the shopping streets under brick domes you can find everything you need to turn your home into the Shah’s chambers.
#2 Visit the Bridges in Isfahan
Broad and calm Zayanderud river flows through Isfahan. Ancient bridges are spanned across it. Come to the bridge Hajj before sunset, when all 23 arches are illuminated with lanterns.
#1 Climb the Alborz Mountains near Tehran
An hour drive from Tehran and you’re at the Shemshak resort in the mountains of Alborz. Come in summer, if you want a break from the heat and have a good walk around the green slopes.