IntroductionPART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Time difference, Red tape, Embassies, consulates, missions, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Export and import restrictions, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Culture and entertainment, Media and communications, Business, Opening times, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positivelyPART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 3 Tehran and the Road South Tehran, Around Tehran, South of Tehran Chapter 4 West of Tehran: Qazvin and Hamadan Qazvin, Hamadan, Around Hamadan, West of Hamadan to Kermanshah Province and Kurdistan Chapter 5 From Kashan to Esfahan Kashan, On the road, Along the Kashan-Yazd road, Na'in, Around Na'in, Esfahan Chapter 6 The Caspian Region Getting there, Towards Gilan, West and southwest of Bandar-e Anzali, East of Bandar-e Anzali, Amol and around, Sari, Gonbad-e Qabus, Bastam and around, Damghan, Semnan, Semnan to Tehran Chapter 7 Iranian Azerbaijan Getting there, Ardabil, Tabriz, South and southeast of Tabriz, North of Tabriz, Orumiyeh and beyond (to the south and southeast), Zanjan Chapter 8 Shiraz and Around Shiraz, Around Shiraz Chapter 9 Persepolis and the Surrounding Area Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Istakhr, Pasargadae Chapter 10 The South Coast Ahvaz, Shushtar, Shush, Northwest of Shush/Susa, Southeast of Shush/Susa, East of Shush/Susa, South of Ahvaz, Eastwards along the coast, Further along the coast road Chapter 11 En Route to Yazd and Kerman Coming to Yazd from the southwest, Yazd, Kerman, Mahan, Bam, Zahedan, Chabahar and beyond Chapter 12 To Mashhad and Beyond Mashhad, Around Mashhad, South of Mashhad, To Kashmar, Nishapur and around Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Glossary Appendix 3 Further Information Index
Hilary Smith MPhil, who took over the update of the third edition, is an independent lecturer and guide with wide-ranging interests focusing particularly on the cultural history of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. She first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.Maria Oleynik MLitt, who has updated the fourth and fifth editions, is a freelance translator fluent in ten languages, including Persian and Arabic. She has studied in Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt, and was hired to translate a biography of a Libyan politician from Arabic, whilst based in Tripoli, Libya. She has also studied Persian at the University of Esfahan and has a profound interest and knowledge of the Middle East.
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