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Iran, 4th (Bradt Travel Guide) Paperback – March 18, 2014
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From the Back Cover
Wander through the ancient ruins of Persepolis and discover the glory of the Persian empire
Buy a carpet at Esfahan’s bazaar
Watch the sun set over Zoroastrian ‘towers of silence’
Marvel at the view from Tehran’s Milad Tower
Read advice on tour operators, documentation and independent travel
Iran may not be at the top of your wish-list of destinations, but it’s worth thinking again. The country offers plenty to interest the discerning traveller: jewel-like gardens of the Bagh-e Eram in Shiraz, the troglodyte village of Kandovan and, perhaps surprisingly, ski slopes in the Alborz Mountains. Take time to explore the bazaars, visit museums and mosques, or take a break in a lively café and enjoy the friendliness and warmth of the Iranian people.
With expanded hotel and restaurant listings, and improved mapping, this fourth edition reveals the real Iran.
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I ended up liking the Bradt format quite a lot, relying heavily on it and opening the Lonely Planet just once or twice without finding anything new or interesting.
I found the Bradt guide reliable and concise and I found also that it does not always lists the same hotels listed by the Lonely Planet and this makes it easier to beat the crowds.
I constantly have to adjust the size of the fonts etc to be able to see pictures with the descriptive text on the same page or to read the text.
The book has some pictures at the start and then is just text without any colour which I find lacks structure.
I found the "getting around" information in the book lacking. For example a quick look at the Tabriz chapter - it just says to catch a taxi around the town. No information about options to get to and from the train station, airport etc or even the location of those.No information about how to get to sites around Tabriz (such as Kandovan 62km away) using public transport or directions in own car etc. No listings for day tour companies. A quick look at some other towns had a similar lack of information. For the major cities the information was a bit more detailed.
If you are looking for some useful information for getting around Iran and some maps of towns and Iran, the Kindle Edition is to be avoided.
It seems reasonably descriptive with the sight information - so if you're travelling on a tour it may be useful.