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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Tour in Focus blogs take an in-depth look at our most popular trips, looking at what makes them unique and answering anything you might need to know. Oman is one of our favourite destinations in the Middle East, and our Oman Desert Adventure tour is one of our bestselling trips in the area. Here we cover some of the most frequently asked questions about the tour, as well as sharing the opinions of some of our clients.
We think that the Middle Eastern country of Oman has something to offer everyone, from those looking for a luxury stay to those wanting to get off the beaten track, and from culture vultures to adrenaline junkies. Here are our top five reasons to visit...
Oman is one of our favourite Middle Eastern destinations to visit, a peaceful modern Arabic country with vast expanses of desert, dramatic fjords and an exciting capital city which blends traditional Arabic and Islamic styles. An excellent choice for a winter sun holiday, Oman also boasts a whole range of adventure activities and plenty of opportunities for a trip into the unknown. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from clients booking tours in Oman.
Arriving after a long, satisfying walk through part of the iconic Jordan Trail from Dana to Feynan we arrived at our desert eco lodge for the night. Set in perfect keeping with the desert surroundings, it appeared like a mirage, almost camouflaged by the rocks.