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Cheap flights from Iran

Iran - more officially, the Islamic Republic of Iran - is a nation situated in the Middle East bordered by Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Iraq (to name a few). Once the mighty kingdom of Persia - an ancient superpower that controlled much of the Middle East - Iran today retains remnants of its glorious past in the form of ruins of its magnificent ancient structures, massive historic tombs and countless artefacts from its historic heyday preserved in its museums.

The second-largest country in the Middle East, Iran has an area of more than a million square kilometres of mountains, plains, salt deserts and much more. Unforgiving though the natural landscape may be, the region that makes up Iran has actually supported human life since the Stone Age and was one of the major centres of ancient civilisation.

Don’t leave Iran without having visited its capital and largest city, Tehran, for a look at iconic Iranian symbols the Azadi and Milad towers. The Azadi Tower, also known as the Freedom or Liberty Tower, was built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Built from 8,000 slabs of white marble, the Tower serves as a central gathering point in the city and is also often the site of choice when it comes to protests and demonstrations. The Milad Tower, on the other hand, was built more for function than form - it serves as one part of a complex of communication centres and is the sixth tallest telecommunications tower in the world (as of May 2015).

Next, grab a flight to the city of Shiraz for a look at Iran’s top tourist attraction, the Persepolis (also known as the city of Persians), once the capital of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Constructed on a terrace half-artificial and half-natural, the massive Persepolis compound consists of a complex of ancient palaces and once hosted countless magnificent ceremonies - including the reception of kings, spectacular festivals of the Empire and more - on top of acting as a sort of city hall for the historic kingdom. Founded by King Darius but finished by his future generations, the Persepolis was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 due to its incredible architectural and archaeological value.

For a short weekend trip, the Republic of Azerbaijan is less than 2 hours away by flight. Head there for a visit to the Walled City of Baku, built on land that has seen human inhabitation since the Palaeolithic era. The inner city is renowned for ancient architecture that reveals a diverse tapestry of influences left behind by the city’s historic invaders – this includes the Ottomans, Arabians, Persians, Russians and others. Many of the buildings have stood since the 12th century, withstanding the relentless test of time; notable must-see structures include the iconic Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs' Palace and Hajji Gayyib bathhouse.

But if you’re tired of visiting historic places in the world that have been unchanged for centuries then the Republic of Timor-Leste - otherwise known as East Timor - could be a welcome change for you. The first new country of the millennium, East Timor is the equivalent of the world’s new baby, only born in May 2002. Located in Asia eastwards of Indonesia and northwestwards of Australia, East Timor is a hotbed of natural attractions - you can find mountains, coral reefs, marine wildlife, lush rainforests, pristine beaches, coffee plantations and more in this diverse nation. The country’s waters are also one of the most marine-biodiverse places in the world, within which hundreds of species of coral and reef fishes can be found. Head to the Atauro and Jaco Islands to start your magical underwater experience - both islands are well-equipped with dive facilities and are great jump-off points for divers and snorkelers to enjoy the region’s numerous amazing dive sites.

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