Postcards from the edge: travels in Trump’s banned countries

‘I firmly believe travel helps break down ignorance and suspicion.’ Kevin Rushby reflects on the warmth and hospitality he has encountered in the countries now on President Trump’s ‘bad’ list

Trekking Iran’s Lut desert: a wild, remote adventure – in pictures

Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass

A motorcycling adventure across Iran: ‘the standout attraction is the people’

Riding a trail bike 3,000 miles across Iran took Lois Pryce through spectacular scenery, but it was the warm hospitality she encountered along the way that made her fall in love with the country

Holidays in Iran: readers’ travel tips

Our well-travelled readers pick Iranian hill villages, palaces and guesthouses, plus unusual events such as ancient athletics and ritual mourning

Isfahan museum’s homage to Iran’s rich musical traditions

A beguiling new museum in Iran’s most popular tourist city showcases instruments that were the precursors of today’s guitar and violin

Isfahan’s Masjid-i Imam mosque

Visitors revel in the beauty and calm of this Unesco world heritage site in Isfahan. BA has resumed direct flights to Tehran, paving the way for more travellers to explore the country’s many treasures