Nomadxpress’ top 20 experiences in the MIDDLE EAST (Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan & Iran)

As we did after completing the Balkans, it is now time to share our top experiences across the magic Middle East Region (including the Caucasian countries).

1. HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT IN CAPPADOCIA (Turkey), unmissable!

Balloon flight in Cappadocia

2. FERRY BOAT ACROSS THE BOSPHORUS IN ISTANBUL (Turkey), to appreciate the majestic size and sides of the city.

FERRY BOAT ACROSS THE BOSPHORUS IN ISTANBUL (Turkey)

3.VISIT & TREKKING AT DAVIT GAREJA MONASTERY (Georgia), for the stunningly verdant landscapes in the way from Tbilisi and the dramatic scenery around the monastery.

DAVID GAREJA

4. TRAVERTINE POOLS IN PAMUKKALE (Turkey), simply a natural artwork!

Travertine pools in in Pamukkale (Turkey)

5. TBILISI (Georgia), for its mixed style between Europe and Asia;

TBILISI (Georgia), mixed style between Europe and Asia

6. DRIVING IN THE WILDERNESS IN Armenia, especially from Tatev to Kapan, really local road! Special mention also to Alaverdi, one of the most preserved soviet-style villages in the north of the country.

DRIVING IN THE WILDERNESS IN Armenia

7. IRANIAN HOSPITALITY, truly unique!

IRANIAN HOSPITALITY

8. HORMUZ ISLAND WITH THE MUSEUM AND GALLERY OF DR. AHMAN NADALIAN (Iran), a hidden but colourful part of Iran!

HORMUZ ISLAND WITH THE MUSEUM AND GALLERY OF DR. AHMAN NADALIAN

9. XINALIQ (Azerbaijan), with its pure, untouched lifestyle.

XINALIQ (Azerbaijan), with its pure, untouched lifestyle

10. YAZD OLD CITY (Iran), with its mud houses and special badgirs.

YAZD OLD CITY (Iran), with its mud houses and special badgirs

11. HOLY SHRINE IN MASHAAD (Iran), a major pilgrimage centre for Shia Muslims.

HOLY SHRINE IN MASHAAD (Iran), a major pilgrimage centre for Shia Muslims.

12. BAKU (Azerbaijan), with its new, drifting trend pointing to Europe and his impressive and futuristic  Heydar Aliyev Center.

BAKU (Azerbaijan), with its new, drifting trend pointing to Europe and his impressive and futuristic Heydar Aliyev Center

13. EATING DIZZY IN TABRIZ BAZAAR (Iran), unbeatably local!

EATING DIZZY IN TABRIZ BAZAAR

14. HITCHHIKING IN ALAMUT VALLEY (Iran), a plunge into the past!

HITCHHIKING IN ALAMUT VALLEY (Iran)

15. TREKKING UNDER SNOW AND RAIN AROUND MESTIA (Georgia)a tough but invigorating experience!

TREKKING UNDER SNOW AND RAIN AROUND MESTIA (Georgia),

16. GARNEH (Iran), an intact legacy of antiquity.

GARNEH (Iran), an intact legacy of antiquity

17. BATUMI (Georgia), with its vivid contrast between rural and modern.

Batumi, ivid contrast between rural and modern.

18. TEHERAN (Iran), with its sparkling palaces and the taxi “adventures” in the bustling traffic (listening to the trend top songs as a “soundtrack”).

TEHERAN (Iran), with its sparkling palaces

19. TREKKING ONE SECTION OF THE LICYAN WAY (Turkey), a challenging path along the south-eastern Turkish coast reproducing the old Roman steps.

TREKKING ONE SECTION OF THE LICYAN WAY (Turkey)

20. MASJED-E NALSIR-AL-MOLK MOSQUE in Shiraz (Iran), with its brilliant, mesmeric reflections on the pillars at the sunrise.

MASJED-E NALSIR-AL-MOLK MOSQUE in Shiraz (Iran)

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