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There are lots of Iran guide books for those who want to travel to Iran. Some of these books are written by international organizations like Lonely Planet and some are written by those who have come to Iran and experienced Iran firsthand.

Here is a shortlist of these Iran guide books:

1. Lonely Planet Iran (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Iran (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Iran is the most accurate and up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike among the Castles of the Assassins in Alamut Valley, Lose yourself in Esfahan’s historic bazaar, or ski in the Alborz Mountains; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Iran and begin your journey now!

  • Full-color maps and images throughout.
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests.
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots.
  • Essential info on your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices, etc.
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, and going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss.
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – festivals, cuisine, religion, history, architecture, literature, music, crafts, and environment.
  • Covers Tehran, Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, Kashan, Choqa Zanbil, Takht-e Soleiman, Tabriz, Masuleh, Mashhad, Garmeh, Alamut Valley, Alborz Mountains, Kaluts, Qeshm Island, and more.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet


2. Iran (Bradt Travel Guide Iran)

Iran (Bradt Travel Guide Iran)

Now into its fifth edition, Bradt’s guide book regarding Iran continues to provide the most detailed background, history and cultural information available when visiting this “Jewel of Central Asia“. This new edition has been thoroughly reviewed to provide all the latest information, from updated history and cultural developments to security, language, and hotel prices, plus expanded practical information for independent travelers. Food and arts, rugs, and handicrafts are all covered, plus new details of skiing in Iran and recommended Iranian movies. For outdoor enthusiasts, swimming, desert, and eco-tours are also included. With new direct flights to Iran now available from Europe, and a warm-hearted and welcoming people eager to meet tourists, visiting this intriguing country has never been easier.

Iran’s cities are packed with gilded mosques and blue-mosaic shrines built in honor of the country’s greatest leaders. Its people are generous and its terrain ranges from the sands of the Persian Gulf to the Alborz Mountains in the north. The expert authors give first-hand descriptions of attractions ranging from the exquisite mosques of Esfahan and the museums and palaces of Tehran to the spectacular mountain hikes. New maps and up-to-date information on all the basics – hotels, restaurants, businesses and shops – help you to uncover the mysteries of ancient Persepolis, to enjoy a soak and scrub in a local hammam (bath), or to pick up a pair of giveh slippers or a Persian rug in Kerman’s bazaar.

Thoroughly updated, this new edition also includes new details of ‘Around Tehran’, caravanserai, Nishapur, Qaleh Rudkhan, and Kurdish villages on the Silk Road Trail, plus new maps of the historic bazaars of Esfahan, Yazd, Kerman, and Shiraz. It has been updated by Middle East expert Maria Oleynik, who is fluent in ten languages, including Persian and Arabic.


3. Iran – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Iran, Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Travelers have long been seduced by the echoes of the extraordinary ancient history contained in the word “Persia.” But Iran is also a modern society that is experiencing great changes. Although it is still feeling the effects of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, social restrictions have loosened considerably in recent years. Strict Islamic rules coexist with an increasingly dynamic society driven by an overwhelmingly young population. Animosity toward the West at a political level sits side-by-side with a wholehearted welcome for foreigners as individuals.

Iran- Culture Smart!” is one of those Iran guide books that takes you beyond the clichés to show how life in Iran really is and how you can feel comfortable in its society. It offers insights into a country full of surprises. Despite Iran’s deep commitment to Islam, the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian past is still a part of people’s everyday culture. Its language, Farsi, shares linguistic roots with English and French. It is a country where one of the most genuine democracies in the Middle East is overlaid by an unelected theocracy. And where “No, thank you” really does sometimes mean “Yes, please.” If nothing else, this entrancing, beautiful, and sometimes infuriating place is a country whose inhabitants genuinely wish visitors Khosh Amadi! —Welcome!

Author: Stuart Williams


4. A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. Iran’s religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi’a Muslim clerics in the world, yet its poetry insistently dwells on the joys of life: wine, beauty, sex. Iranian women are subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, but they are always stylish.

In “A History of Iran”, acclaimed historian Michael Axworthy chronicles the rich history of this complex nation from the Achaemenid Empire in sixth century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In engaging prose, this revised edition explains the military, political, religious, and cultural forces that have shaped one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world, bringing us up modern times.

Concluding with an assessment of the immense changes the nation has undergone since the revolution in 1979, including a close look at Iran’s ongoing attempts to become a nuclear power, A History of Iran offers general readers an essential guide to understanding this volatile nation, which is once again at the center of the world’s attention.

Author: Michael Axworthy


5. Iran, Persia: Ancient and Modern

Iran: Persia: Ancient and Modern

Iran, or Persia as it was formerly known, has been of interest to outsiders for millennia. From the Greco-Persian wars of antiquity, through the rise and flourishing of Islam, to the age of European imperialist expansion in the East, Iran has been a central player in global history. Drawn by its strategic location along the Silk Road, ancient and distinctive culture, and abundant natural resources, foreign diplomats, traders, and travelers have been coming to Iran for centuries.

The Islamic Revolution of 1979 and subsequent events put a strain on Iran’s relationship with the outside world, particularly the West, leading to sanctions and a decline in tourism and trade. Today, the country’s attractiveness to outsiders has been greatly increased, with travelers and business people once more setting their sights on Iran.

  • Zoroaster, Cyrus, Darius & Alexander
  • Shi’a Islam, religious art and architecture
  • The complexities of Iran’s fraught
  • Persepolis, Pasargadae, Isfahan & Shiraz
  • Ferdowsi, Attar, and Hafez
  • Iranian film, food & music
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 464 pages, 133 color photos
  • 17 easy-to-use maps

Authors: Christoph Baumer, Helen Loveday, Fitzroy Morrissey, Bijan Omrani, Bruce Wannell


6. Iran, Islamische Republik und jahrtausendealte Kultur (German Book)

Iran, Islamische Republik und jahrtausendealte Kultur (German Book)

Alle Regionen Irans auf 600 Seiten – Mehr als 400 Farbfotos – Die wichtigsten Reiseinformationen im Überblick – Viele Hintergrundinformationen zu Geschichte, Kultur und Alltag – Ausführliche Beschreibung aller Sehenswürdigkeiten – Mehr als 50 Stadtpläne und Übersichtskarten – Zahlreiche praktische Hinweise sowie Reisetipps von A-Z.

Der Iran ist ein faszinierendes Reiseziel, das während seiner jahrtausendelangen Geschichte stets ein Schmelztiegel der Zivilisationen, wovon beeindruckende antike Ausgrabungen wie Persepolis oder Pasargadae zeugen. Das Land besitzt neben unvergleichlichen Baudenkmälern eine verblüffende landschaftliche Vielfalt mit fruchtbaren Tälern, kargen Hochebenen und hohen Gebirgsketten. Dies alles und vor allem die gastfreundlichen Bewohner des Landes hinterlassen bei jedem Besucher unauslöschliche Eindrücke.

Wer sich entgegen mancher Vorbehalte ein eigenes Bild verschaffen möchte, wird überrascht sein, wie sicher man sich in dem Land als Tourist bewegen kann, und mit vielen positiven Eindrücken zurückkehren.

Author: Peter Kerber

Iran Tour and Travel Packages

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  • Qom Carpet, Iran

    9 Days Persian Theme Tour

    9 Days - 8 Nights

    From a long time ago, the land of Persia has been known for its carpet. In fact, Iranian taste and aesthetic are manifested in the pictograph of the carpets. The Persian carpet is a media of communication.

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  • Agha Bozorg Mosque, Kashan - Iran Classic Tour

    Exploring Iran Classic by Train in 10 Days

    10 Days - 9 Nights

    Exploring Iran Classic by Train program includes the natural and historical attractions of central parts of Iran.

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  • Iranian Carpet with an amazing pattern

    13 Days Persian Carpet Tour

    13 Days - 12 Nights

    In this 13-day trip, the “Persian Carpet” can only be part of the Persian carpet culture that belongs to the central Iranian regions.

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  • Iran Archeological Tour

    18 Days Iran Archeological Tour

    18 Days & 17 Nights

    Join us in Iran Archeological Tour and learn about the archaeology, architecture, and the art of our fascinating country. Iran is home to some truly amazing sights and sites.

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  • Hormuz Island

    12 Days Iran Classic Tour with a Taste of Persian Gulf

    12 Days - 11 Nights

    Iran Classic Tour with a taste of Persian Gulf program (which is a part of our Persia Classic Tour series) includes the natural and historical attractions of central parts of Iran and Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf.

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  • Cycling in Iran Classic Route Tour - To Iran Tour

    15 Days Cycling Tour in Iran – Classic Route

    15 Days - 14 Nights

    This cycling tour offers an opportunity to visit the cultural and major heritage sites of the great cities of Iran, mainly with bicycle.

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  • Dizi Sangi

    15 Days Persia Health and Lifestyle Tour

    15 Days - 14 Nights

    In this tour, you will delve deeper into the healthy lifestyle of traditional Persians. You get familiar with Persian Traditional Medicine and Humorism.

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  • Natures Treasures & Horse, horseback riding

    7 Days Natures Treasures & Horseback Riding Tour

    7 Days & 6 Nights

    With our Natures Treasures & Horseback Riding Tour we will show you the most sensational places in Golestan province in just 7 days and take you on amazing adventures.

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  • Kaluts in Lut Deserts in Kerman, Iran - Iran Persia & Desert Tours

    22 Days Explore Lut Desert Safari Tour

    22 Days & 21 Nights

    Our 22-day trip program, entitled “Desert and Oasis Tour of Iran”, includes the natural and historical attractions of the central regions of Iran.

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  • Overlooking Chelgerd Village, Kuhrang

    8 Days Ski touring in Iran – Zagros Mountains

    8 Days - 7 Nights

    When first thinking about it, it might appear to be an absurd idea to go to Iran to play ski. But this is a trip that will give you an unbelievable skiing experience and new insights into a different culture.

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  • Qeshm Island, Iran - iran mysterious island tour

    9 Days Iran Mysterious Island Tour

    9 Days - 8 Nights

    Landing to PERSIA. Our 9-day Iran mysterious Island tour includes the natural and historical attractions of the central and southern parts of Iran, focusing on Qeshm Island.

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  • Iran Ski Tour - Sahand & Sabalan Mountains

    12 Days Iran Ski Tour – Sahand & Sabalan Mountains

    12 Days - 11 Nights

    This trip will give you an unbelievable skiing experience and new insights into a different culture. We offer ski tours that suit every budget. Our program is flexible and will give you about 12 days of skiing in Sahand and Sabalan Mountains.

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  • Eco-Yoga into Classic Iran

    10 Days “Yoga into Classic Iran“ Tour

    10 Days & 9 Nights

    To Iran Tour offers you an opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest civilizations, with a rich culture, history, and magnificent natural landscapes in a healthy joyful way.

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  • Shah Mosque (Imam Mosque), Isfahan

    14 Days Persia Classic Tour

    14 Days - 13 Nights

    Iran is a country with endless history and tradition and in Persia Classic Tour you explore both ancient Persia and modern Iran.

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  • Iran Birdwatching Tour

    13 Days Iran Birdwatching Tour

    13 Days - 12 Nights

    Join our Iran Birdwatching Tour for 13 days to experience Middle East’s second largest country that offers a great deal to the intrepid and curious traveler.

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  • Feel Classic Persia - 5 Senses Tour

    Feel Classic Persia by 5 Senses Tour

    12 Days - 11 Nights

    With this Iran 5 Senses tour, you have a chance to do things that usually tourists do not do in Iran, like making ceramics with your hands and visiting musical instrument-making workshops, etc.

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  • Niavaran Palace, Tehran

    1 Day North of Tehran Tour

    1 Day

    Join us for North of Tehran Tour to show you Tehran beyond your expectations. Explore modern Tehran. Visit Sa’ad Abad Palace, Niavaran Palace, Tajrish bazaar, Tabiat bridge.

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  • Iran Caravanserai

    8 Days Iran Silk Road Tour

    8 Days - 7 Nights

    In Iran Silk Road Tour, we experience some of the most eminent historical sites across Iran: ancient archaeology, teeming bazaars, majestic mosques, and astounding desert route.

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  • Asiatic cheetah in Khar Touran National Park, Iran

    6 Days Iran Wildlife Tour

    6 Days - 5 Nights

    Iran wildlife tour is an adventure tour designed especially for individual travelers and small groups who respect wildlife. Join us for an exciting trip to Iran to visit the natural wildlife.

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  • Hengam Island, Iran

    15 Days Iran Cultural-Natural Tour

    15 Days & 14 Nights

    In 15 days, you will explore Persia by visiting the natural and historical heritage from central to southern parts of Iran.

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  • Iran's UNESCO world Heritage Sites

    16 Days Iran UNESCO Sites Tour

    16 Days - 15 Nights

    Our 16 days journey has tailored to take you across some part of this ancient land. Discovering Iran’s complex culture, Iranians’ warm hospitality and endless layers of history will be possible by this trip.

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  • Chalous Road, Iran

    6 Days Exploring the Nature of North in Iran

    6 Days - 5 Nights

    Exploring the Nature of North in Iran Tour program includes the natural and historical attractions of northern parts of Iran.

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  • Milad Tower, Tehran

    1 Day Tehran Classic Day Tour

    1 Day

    Join us for Tehran Classic Day Tour to show you Tehran beyond your expectations. Explore the heart and historic core of Tehran by visiting Golestan Palace, Jewelry Museum or Carpet Museum, the National Museum, Tehran Grand Bazaar.

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  • Ski touring in Iran - Damavand

    9 Days Ski tour in Iran – Damavand

    9 Days & 8 Nights

    When first thinking about it, it might appear to be an absurd idea to go to Iran to play ski. But this is a trip that will give you an unbelievable skiing experience and new insights into a different culture.

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  • 3 Days Exploring Alamut Valley Tour

    3 Days & 2 Nights

    This is a tour through the depth and breadth of Alborz mountain range and through a fascinating slice of Persian history.

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  • Eco-Yoga Retreat in Iran Tour

    10 Days Eco-Yoga Retreat in Iran

    10 Days - 9 Nights

    In this eco-yoga retreat, you have this opportunity to just be yourself. Our Yoga retreat tour takes place in amazing mountain villages of Ardabil province in the north-west of Iran.

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  • 13 Days Iran Silk Road Tour

    13 Days - 12 Nights

    In Iran Silk Road Tour, we experience some of the most eminent historical sites across Iran: ancient archaeology, teeming bazaars, majestic mosques, and astounding desert route.

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