The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: A 17-day journey in the land of ayatollahs, including an ascent with ice ax and crampon of 18,934-foot Damavand, Iran's highest mountain, as well as excursions to Isfahan, Persepolis, and numerous ancient Persian and Greek ruins.
When to go: August to September
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Travel advisory: Take a crash course in Farsi before you go. Knowing even a few words of the Persian language may prove to be invaluable.