Monday, 23 January, 2017

Bloomberg lists Iran among 20 hottest travel destinations in 2017

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Iran has been listed as one of the 20 hottest tourism destinations in 2017 by Bloomberg.

In their recent article entitled ‘Where to Go in 2017’ the company included Iran, along with other hot destinations such as Finland, Portugal, Malta, Peru, Colombia and Rwanda.

“For intrepid travelers, the question is not whether to visit Iran; it’s how to get there before an influx of tourists taints the experience. This is no casual undertaking. The visa application process is lengthy and complex; citizens from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. must be on escorted tours; and travelers have to abide by a government dress code”, the report said.

“Take our word for it, though. The hassle is worthwhile. Since 2015’s historic nuclear deal was brokered, several companies have launched itineraries and major European airlines have resumed their flights.” the repord added.

“On trips such as Cox and King’s Heart of Persia, you’ll get to roam the desert bazaar of Kerman, ogle Moorish palaces and mosaic-tiled mosques in Isfahan, and see ancient sites like the royal city of Persepolis, which dates to roughly 500 B.C.”

“These are the kinds of sites that you can’t find elsewhere—and which, in places like Afghanistan and Syria, have been tragically destroyed,” said Brian Allen, Asia specialist for Mountain Travel Sobek, which has been leading tours to Iran for four years.

Then there’s the legendary Persian food and hospitality. “There is a cultural norm in Iran that guests are from god,” Allen said. “I frequently hear people say they’ve been all over the world and never received a welcome like they got there.”

According to Bloomberg, Late October or early November is the best time of the year to visit Iran, when the climate is just right for outdoor sightseeing.

Photo: Inside the Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, Iran; Photographer: Guenter Guni/Getty Images/iStockphoto

 

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