We took our first bus trip to reach Yazd from Shiraz using the Hamsafar company. Booking a bus trip is as easy as it is cheap in Iran so this is by far the best way to get around even tho it’s a bit slow mostly due to the police controls along the road.
Yazd was a shock as it’s a small and beautiful desert town with an unique athmosphere. This city still haunts me and remains my favorite of the trip. The baazar, the covered streets and the mud walls gives you a feeling which is difficult to describe.
We stayed at the very pleasant Orient Hotel and spent one night in a caravanserai where I tried my luck and succeeded to rent a motorcycle for one day ! That was a fun and incredible experience and we’ll always remember the look on the amuzed face of the Iranian people when they realized some tourists where riding a motorcycle among them.
Yazd is of course not only about desert and features some beautiful and peaceful gardens.
Our Iranian friend booked us a night train from Tehran to our next stop in the South of Iran : Shiraz.
The Tehran train station is well organized and as foreigners we had to show our passports to the station’s police where we were greeted with the big smile by the policemen. The train itself was good, clean, comfortable and on schedule even if it was quite slow : departure at 20h and we arrived at 11h30 a few kilometers up from Shiraz.
Travelling by train is always a great experience. As we woke up early in the morning, this is what was waiting for us behind the curtains :
Compared to Tehran, the streets are more typical and fitting what you’d expect from a desert city. That’s the exact kind of town you want to get lost in, just walking around and going into its nice and large bazaar.
Shiraz is known for its many palaces and beautiful gardens.
This city is also the usual starting point to visit the famous Persepolis. While the place is great, I must admit that we loved the abandonned park right next to it which is used as a playground and food camping by the schools and other Iranian tourists.
For our latest vacations, we spent two weeks in Iran and I must say that this country is astonishingly beautiful ! So forget what you think to know about this country as it’s either biased or doesn’t apply to its people who are very friendly and welcoming.
We started with two days in Tehran, a gigantic and lovely city where an Iranian friend we met on the internet invited us to a treck in the surroundings montains.
The first thing to have to get acquainted with is how to cross the streets. Seriously the traffic is madness and uncontrolled (no traffic lights) so you have to watch out everywhere. Then you discover their nice and cooled subway which is clean and shiny and so cheap you try and count four times as you’re sure you’ve heard the man wrong : 10 000 rials a ticket, yeah that’s like 0,2€…
Treck startpoint was Darban and then up to close to 3000m, thanks again Shayan. When we were awed by the beautiful mountains they had at the doorstep or their city, our Iranian friends told us that these mountains are also the cause of the massive pollution of Tehran in sping and summer because it blocks the winds from clearing the air…
Sunset from the Jamshidieh park, the tall tower on the background is the Milad Tower.