With its striking blue-tiled palaces, fortress-dotted mountains and famously welcoming locals, Iran is one of the most complex, colourful and deeply traditional destinations to visit in the world. Home to some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet, you’ll stumble across amazing ancient ruins seemingly at every turn.
Explore its rich architectural heritage and varied landscape when you book a package holiday to Iran with Qatar Airways Holidays.
- Marvel at the Islamic architecture and sheer size of Iran’s biggest mosque, Masjid-e Jameh in Isfahan.
- Climb the Apadana staircase in Persepolis, passing the stone soldier guards and elaborate panels on the way.
- Explore the sprawling, maze-like Tabriz bazaar, which covers 7sq km and is set on a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 1,000 years. This famous, atmospheric bazaar sells everything from gold jewellery to spices and traditional papakha (Azeri hats).
- Take in the elegant garden, beautifully painted tiles and the art gallery filled with portraits of Qajar rulers at the Golestan Palace in Tehran.
Iran Holiday Packages
From visiting magnificent mosques to trekking the scenic mountain and desert landscapes, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on your Iran getaway. Holiday packages to Iran with Qatar Airways Holidays takes all the hassle out of planning and organising your trip, so you’re free to enjoy all the best Iran has to offer. In addition to flights, holiday packages include hotels that are tailored to match your needs; from luxury resorts to budget accommodation.
Take the opportunity to try the local food in between visits to historic sites. Discover delicious cuisine with a culinary package to Iran that includes sampling traditional dishes like Persian flatbreads, kofte and kebabs.
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The best time to visit Iran is during spring and autumn. The busy high season is between April and May when you’ll enjoy mild, clear weather, while September to October is the perfect time to visit for mountain trekking.
- There are plenty of festivals and celebrations year-round in Iran. Navroz, Iranian New Year, dates back 3,000 years and takes place on the 21st March. At the end of January, the non-religious celebration of Sadeh takes place when huge bonfires are lit, and fruit, nuts and special aash (soup) are eaten.
- Take a tour around Iran’s many important religious shrines and pilgrimage sites. One of the most beautiful is Haram-e Razavi (Holy Shrine of Imam Reza), as well as Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh (Mausoleum of the King of the Light) in Shiraz.
- Tick off all of Iran’s 21 sites and landscapes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Don’t miss the ruins at Persepolis that date back to 6th century BC, or the desert fortress of Bam in the Kerman Province.
- Make the steep climb up Mount Damavand and Mount Sabalan in the Alborz Mountains in summer, or enjoy some of the world’s best skiing in Chegard resort in the Zagros Mountains.
- Explore the desert terrain on a camel trek or by a 4x4 expedition.