By way of background, I’m a 23 year old female from Australia heading to Iran mid-February 2013 for roughly 15 days. I’m planning on flying into Shiraz, and then travelling up through Yazd, Esfahan, Abyaneh, Kashan and finishing in Tehran.
I have a few questions:
1. Is it possible to travel by bus between all those locations?
2. I know most of these places are “touristy” and quite cosmopolitan. I would really like to get a taste of a different side of Iran by staying in a more remote town or with a nomadic community. Is there any way to do this without going on a tour? Are there any places you would recommend?
3. Would people recommend joining a tour? I’m very hesitant because they’re expensive and I’d like to do my own thing, but they seem to provide valuable knowledge and access to interesting places...
4. Are there any homestays or traditional accommodation options in the towns mentioned above? I’d like to steer clear of hotels if possible.
I’m keen to experience some more unusual, authentic Iranian experiences although it may be difficult as a young woman travelling alone. If you have any recommendations for special places to visit or things to do, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you in advance for your help!