For the culturally inquisitive, Iran offers a feast of ancient sights, a rich culture, interesting and varied landscapes, splendid cuisine and very hospitable people.
The Persian Kingdom was one of the great powers of the ancient world, and here its magnificence can still be seen in palaces and rock carvings dating back 2500 years.
Despite the uncertain political winds that battered this great country, Iran is fascinating, with old cities packed with exquisite mosques and spectacular madrassas, some of the most wonderful examples of Islamic architecture in the world, ruins from ancient Persia, nomadic tribes, hill walking, skiing and surreal Caspian Sea beach resorts.
Learning, poetry and flowers are in abundance in the older towns such as Shiraz, which is a complete contrast to the contemporary city of Tehran. Politically, it may have very conservative leanings, but life on the street will surprise you. Foreigners are still a novelty in Iran and visitors are invariably overwhelmed by the friendliness and hospitality of the people.
Since the British Foreign Office lifted its advice for travel in 2015, Iran has become a travel hotspot. Having operated trips there for over 10 years, including throughout troubled times, Wild Frontiers is a leading expert on Iran and MD Jonny Bealby and Head of Group Tours Marc Leaderman, who have both travelled extensively in the region, will share their stories.