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I, Ashurbanipal

Wild Frontiers' Michael recently visited the British Museum's new blockbuster exhibition on the Assyrian Empire and gives us his thoughts on the sprawling new show.

The Sights and Flavours of Iran

Iranian food writer, Simi, led Wild Frontiers' culinary tour of Iran earlier this year - here she recaps on her trip through the sights and flavours of Iran.

A View From Tehran: Tourism, Tensions and Trump

Wild Frontiers Founder Jonny Bealby found himself in Tehran as Donald Trump cancelled the nuclear agreement and vowed to reimpose sanctions against Iran. Here he reports from Tehran.

Visiting Iran as an American

I would just like to share what the experience was like for two Americans in this Islamic country, a reputed enemy of America.

Esfahan - Half the World

The last time I was in Esfahan was May 8th 1997. And now I am back again, exactly 21 years later. Has it changed?... 'Half the world', was how one French traveller described the city when passing through in the 16th century, and for good reason.

In Iran, With the World's Most Civilised People

Among the well-informed travelling community, the people of Iran have a reputation as one of the most friendly, hospitable and cultured peoples of the world. And within less than a day in this fascinating country, I had already had first hand experience of these famed characteristics.

A to Z of the Silk Road

The Silk Road was one of the world’s most important trade routes, traversing deserts, mountains and plains from China to Constantinople with branches down to India, the Middle East and North Africa. More than just goods, the Silk Road transported religion, culture and ideas between east and west. In our A to Z we take a look at some of the key people, places and events in the history of the Silk Road.

Top Five Places to Visit on the Silk Road

Interest in the Silk Road is growing rapidly, with travellers intrigued by the ancient routes which saw the exchange of goods, religion and ideas between east and west. The routes cover such vast areas that it can be difficult to decide where to visit, so we’ve put together a list of the top five places to see on the Silk Road, from cultural hotspots to incredible landscapes.

New Tour: The Saffron Tales – An Iran Food & Culture Tour with Yasmin Khan & Jonny Bealby

Whilst Iran is well-known for its intricate Islamic architecture, turquoise-domed mosques and ancient sites such as Persepolis, its cuisine is a lesser-known delight. Looking to change that is food writer and cook Yasmin Khan and we are delighted that Yasmin will be leading a tour focusing on Iran’s food and culture in 2018.

My Return to Yazd, Iran

Carly, currently leading our Iran Unveiled tour, describes her return to the ancient Iranian city of Yazd

Witnessing Muharram in Tehran

Carly continues her journey in Iran, this time she describes the passionate celebration of Muharram, one of Islam's holiest months, in the capital of Tehran.

The Lowdown on our New Eastern Iran Tour

Tour leader Neil Thwaites recently went on a recce trip around eastern Iran, ahead of the launch of our new group tour to the region in 2018. Below he answers a few questions about what visitors to this lesser visited area of Iran should expect, from newly renovated Bam Citadel to spending the night in a cave...

Visiting the USA with an Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan stamp in your passport

Find out how to go about acquiring a US visa if you have an Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Syria or Sudan stamp.

Dress Code in Iran for Tourists

One of our most asked questions for visitors to Iran is about the dress code for tourists. We've put together a guide for you to understand what to wear.

What's it Like to Travel in Iran?

As one of the UK’s leading tour operators to Iran, Wild Frontiers has been booking holidays to this enchanting destination for over ten years. It’s now been almost two years since the FCO lifted its advice against travel to the majority of Iran, ending a decade of sanctions. Below we take a look at …

How Do I Get a Visa to Visit Iran?

The process for obtaining a visa to visit Iran has recently changed slightly, in particular for UK and Canadian passport holders. Below we outline the procedure in our step-by-step guide...   Step 1: Request a visa authorisation code To apply for your Iranian visa we will firstly need to requ…

Mystery and Intrigue in Northern Iran

Tour leader Jude Holliday has just returned from leading our Journey Around the Caspian Sea group tour. Below Jude looks back on the history of the assassins in northern Iran, following visits to the country's impressive castles amidst the surrounding mountains...   Marco Polo told a story that …

Visiting Faragheh Village in Iran

Tailor-made specialist Dan Waters spent two weeks exploring Iran in 2016. Below he talks about visiting a hidden village off the main tourist trail... The cultural treasures of Iran are truly world class. It’s easy to wax lyrical about the wonders of strolling into Imam Square in Isfahan for the f…

There's always time for a cup of tea

I will happily drink tea any time of day and certainly over the last decade tea, and tea infusions, have taken over our supermarket shelves, bewildering us with now dozens of choices. Where ever I travel to, tea is also often a national drink and I therefore find myself sampling teas all over the wo…

Iran? The answer is “Yes! You must go!”

Is it safe?  Why are you going?  Will you have a body guard? – some of the many questions from various concerned friends and family prior to my first trip to Iran.  However I could only think of excitement and anticipation for the experience to visit this mystical Persian land. Seemingly a coun…

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