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Iran Discovery Trip: Our First Days

Leonardo Paolino,

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It’s T-minus two days until our biking trip to Iran and we’re excited. Cities to visit, villages to discover and natural wonders to behold. Before leaving, I just wanted to leave a quick update on the route planned for the first leg of our journey.

The challenge starts way before my intended biking trip. Before the journey starts, we’ll be having car transfers spanning 800kms. The journey begins in Tehran passing through Abyaneh and Shiraz and finally the ancient city of Persepolis where I’ll finally start my biking adventure.

I’ll be posting some interesting photos of my adventures in the next few days. Here are some of the cities that will be featured:

1. Tehran

Tehran (also spelled Tehrān, تهران in Persian) is located in the north of the country, at the foot of the Alborz Mountains, and it is from there that will start our adventure trip. As the capital of Iran, Tehran has seen gradual population growth, following the change of dynasty in 1786. With an estimated 8.5 million residents in 2015, this number can grow to 16 million during the day and it’s currently Iran’s largest city.

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2. Abyaneh

Abyaneh will be the second location we’ll hit. It’s a mountain village near Natanz, located in the Isfahan province in Iran. The village is one of the oldest in the country and it, attracts numerous local and foreign tourists throughout the year, especially during the holidays and traditional ceremonies. Lots of archaeological and cultural sites here.

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3. Shiraz

By day three, we’ll be in Shiraz, the historical capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 to 1794. It is known as the birthplace of two great Iranian poets, Hafiz (حافظ) and Saadi (سعدی), and the origin of the famous Syrah wine. In this beautiful city, we will visit the Eram Garden, the mosque and Vakil Bazaar, the main bazaar of Shiraz, located in the historic city center. Persepolis is located 60km northeast of the city.

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From here, we’ll be riding our bikes. But, I won’t divulge anything further. I’ll leave the rest to for my next post. Stay tuned!

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