[caption id="attachment_1790" align="alignleft" width="300"] A keen traveler waits to board the train from Istanbul[/caption]
Ever considered taking a relaxing, long train trip to one of your travel destinations? It may not be as convenient or quick as flying, but it's an adventure in itself and something you will always want to do again and again.
What's more, is that it is not as costly as flying, and you can book the sleeper coach for a comfy journey. There is no need to sit up in a cramped seat when you can enjoy a good night's rest on your own bunk.
For Persians wanting to make your way to Tehran, you can do so by train. You will pass by many beautiful regions on your way and there will be many interesting things to see. You can even take some photos of the scenery and people passing by the stations, and do so from the comfort of your coach.
[caption id="attachment_1789" align="alignright" width="300"] Scenery in theTurkish interior[/caption]
Visas to Iran are becoming a lot easier to get nowadays and if you are able to secure a visa to travel to Iran, the 'Trans-Asia Express' will facilitate a safe, comfortable journey from Turkey to Iran. Traveling from London, the journey will take up to 3 or 4 nights for the first leg of the trip, which is to Istanbul. This train departs daily from London, which is convenient.
[caption id="attachment_1791" align="alignleft" width="300"] Comfortable compartment on the Trans-Asia Express[/caption]
After the first leg, can catch either a high-speed train or an overnight sleeper train to Ankara. From this point onwards, you will be able to board the 'Trans- Asia Express,' but bear in mind, that this train only runs on a weekly basis.
The 'Trans-Asia Express' offers an excellent service, and if you'd prefer to rather not stop in Tehran, the route also takes you through to Tabriz. This is a pleasant ride through some attractive scenery. For train times, fares and further information go to http://www.seat61.com/.