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10 ideas for adventurous holidays in Iran

As the British embassy in Tehran reopens and travel restrictions are lifted, tour operators are gearing up to show visitors Iran’s natural and man-made glories

With the reciprocal reopenings of the Iranian Embassy in London and the British embassy in Tehran, and the Foreign Office no longer advising against travel, adventurous travellers may decide now’s the time to see the country. Here’s a list of some of the trips available; all are guided group tours. Prices exclude flights but include accommodation, transport, some meals and entry fees.

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Catching fire: Burning Man is sparking sister festivals around the world

Devotees have taken the commerce-free philosophy of the Burning Man festival, which starts today in Nevada’s Black Rock desert, to their own countries and created affiliated events where the same spirit and ethos endures

Nearly 70,000 participants are gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock desert for alternative arts festival Burning Man, which begins today (Sunday). Visitors can expect 5.7 square miles of giant flaming art, surreal costumes, a collection of esoteric workshops, wild parties and a spirit of freedom. Born in June 1986, when founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James burnt a wooden figure on San Francisco’s Baker Beach with just 35 friends and onlookers, Burning Man has grown into an international phenomenon.

Unlike most festivals, there are no spectators: everyone gets involved, be it by bringing art, running a free bar “gifting” drinks to others, or cooking for their camp-mates. There is a total lack of commercialisation – any logos on cars for example must be covered up, and you can’t buy anything there: guests have to bring all the supplies they need to last the week, and as a result, many people club together into elaborate themed camps.

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