If you are interested in ancient civilisations, there is no way around a trip to Iran. Extensive ruins from the 6th century BC still bear witness to the glory of the ancient capital Persepolis, the historic centre of the Persian Empire.
Magnificient buildings, such as Golestan Palace or Milad tower, meet modern urban lifestyle in Teheran. The 17th century Imam mosque in Isfahan is famous for its colourful mosaics. Other highlights include Yazd Fire Temple, or Fin Garden in Kashan.