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7 Reasons For Traveling Iran With A Tour Guide

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Traveling Iran With A Tour Guide

One of the main choices a tourist should make is choosing between traveling independently or with a tour guide. Many of the tourists think that traveling alone costs much less than traveling with a tour guide. But, having a pleasant experience during your journey is not as easy as you think. Only a guide in your destination can offer you a more exciting experience during your trip. Also, you don’t need to join big tours to have a tour guide.  Iran private tours and Iran small group tours also have tour guides who can make your trip better. Here are the reasons why you should travel to Iran with a  tour guide:

You Do Not Know Farsi

Nobody expects a tourist to know the language of the place he/she travels. Not knowing the language is a common issue that you might face wherever you go. If you are lucky enough, the majority of the people in your destination country can speak English. But, that’s doesn’t always happen. Also, sometimes the tourists do not have enough fluency in English to talk with others.

Most of the people in Iran know just the basics in English. It means speaking with them won’t be that easy. So, the best thing you can do is having a guide by your side who can translate everything for you. Luckily, we have guides for our Iran private tours that are fluent in other languages than English as well. It will be especially useful to tourists who are not fluent in English.

A Guide Knows More Places

The websites that offer the must-sees in your destination country are beneficial. They suggest the most famous places to visit in your destination. But the most famous places aren’t all the places you can go and visit. Notably, not in Iran. In other words, there are many sites you can visit in different cities in Iran that websites do not offer. Only the expert

Your Guide Can Give You Information

One of the essential things that a tour guide has to offer is information about the places you will visit. Usually, when it comes to sightseeing, many think that they can do it all by themselves. They believe that all they have to do is take a taxi, go to the place they want and visit the place. But, an important thing that they do not consider is visiting a site without having information about it is drab. The thing that makes the sites more interesting is the story behind them. The boards behind the historical monuments can only give you a little information about them. But, having a guide by your side will make everything more interesting.

Having A Car At Your Door Every Morning

Imagine you do not have a tour guide and have to order a taxi every morning you want to start going sightseeing. Some might say seeing a different driver every day can lead to more interaction with Iranians.

On the other hand, this might not be as easy as it seems. What if the drivers do not know English enough to take you where you want to go? Also, not knowing the language your driver speaks can lead to some misunderstanding.

Another thing that could be bothersome when traveling with different drivers is not all the drivers are careful and disciplined. Agencies always try to hire the best drivers for their Iran tours. Also, having a driver at your door every morning is very pleasant because you will spend less time waiting. This way, you can get to the place/s you want quite easily.

Can Help You With Possible Troubles

Wherever you are traveling, you always might face issues. Of course, Iran is safe, and going to Iran won’t be hard. But, having a guide by your side can be very helpful if you want to do solo female travel to Iran. Also, having a guide by your side can assure you that you have someone to rely on during your trip. One of the most important things we offer in our Iran tour packages is a peaceful trip for our tourists. A guide can always help you to overcome the issues during your travel.

It’s Necessary For Getting An Iran Visa

Travelers from many countries can have a visa on arrival and do not have to book a tour before traveling. However, Iran visa for US citizens, Iran visa for UK citizens, and Iran visa for Canadian citizens are exceptions. Obtaining Iran Visa for the citizens of these countries is more complicated than the others. They have to book an Iran tour before traveling to Iran to get an authorization code. Getting an authorization code is necessary for travelers from these countries for obtaining a visa. Also, you can only have a few days on your own during your trip. It means that you should have a guide with you wherever you go during your stay in Iran.

Can ask your guide to provide the things you need

Sometimes finding what you need in another country can be difficult for a tourist. For example, you might need a specific pill, and you don’t know how you can find it. Also, it’s challenging to have access to some of the stuff in Iran. For example, alcoholic drinks are illegal in Iran. But, you can ask your tour guide to provide it for you. Of course, it won’t be as easy if you wanted to buy it yourself.

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Traveling Iran With Children

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Traveling Iran With Children (Photo: Zeinab Ramezani)

Traveling to Iran As A Family

Traveling to a new country requires many considerations. Traveling with your child needs even more. As a parent, you will have to make sure about safety, food, and sanitary are available at the destination. So, a wise choice is reading and collecting information about how you can provide them there. Of course, traveling Iran is no exception. The stereotypes about Iran not being safe, and the economic sanctions might worry some of the parents. Following, you can find information about the safety, food, sanitary and of course fun for children in Iran.

Is Iran Safe Enough For My Child?

Traveling to another country with your family can be an exceptional experience. It gets even more extraordinary when you can be sure about the safety of your child. Of course, Iran is an entirely safe country. But, there are always essential safety points you need to have in mind.

  • Always hold the hand of your child:

    One of the essential things, especially in crowded streets, is not letting your child out of your sight. And even more important than that is holding their hands. Because if they get lost, it will be tough for them because they don’t know the language. You can put the number of your cellphone in Iran in your child’s pocket. Also, you can explain to them what they should do in case they get lost. The officers in the streets can be beneficial. Also, if you are in big shops, you can ask the shopkeepers to give you access to the speakers. So, you can call the name of your child and tell him where you are.

  • Crossing the streets:

    One of the most challenging situations in Iran for foreigners in crossing the street. The streets might be too crowded, and drivers might not be careful enough. Therefore, you should use the crosswalks when crossing the streets.

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Health, Sanitary, and Food

Although the brands of the diapers, powders and the baby formulas might not be familiar, you can easily find them. Usually, you can find them in the pharmacies. Also, the medications and pills are widely accessible in the pharmacies as well. We highly recommend you to bring enough supply of the medicines that your child needs. But, in case your child needs medication during your trip, you can find them in the pharmacies. Also, if an emergency happens, the hospitals are equipped and trustable in Iran.

The hygiene of the restrooms on the roads might be an issue. Most of them have washing liquids for washing your hands. But in case they don’t, make sure that you have a sanitizer with you. Also, another important thing about Iranian toilets is that they usually are squat toilets. So, make sure about teaching your children how they should use them.

Almost all of the restaurants in Iran are very hygienic and trustable. So, there will be no need for worrying about eating at those places. Also, tap water is potable in most of the cities of Iran. You can also find bottles of water in the supermarkets and the kiosks in the streets.

Best Season For Traveling Iran With Children

Iran is one of the few countries which has complete four seasons. The summers are sweltering, and winters can be freezing in Iran. Therefore, to avoid the too hot or cold weather, we recommend spring and fall for traveling with children. But, it still depends on your choice. For example, Some tourists come from countries that do not have snow. Therefore snowing can be an attraction for their children.

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A juice shop in Tehran

Recreational Places For Kids In Iran

Spending a long time on the road can be very tiring for the children. Playing and having fun is necessary for them. Also, museums might be annoying for them but visiting especial museums for kids, won’t be. Luckily, you can find many places for entertaining your children in Iran. Following, we will mention some of these places.

  • Eram Amusement Park:

    This park is the largest theme park in Iran. It’s on the Tehran-Karaj road and has a lagoon and three amusement parks inside it. It also includes more than 70 play equipment. It is one of the most popular recreational destinations in Iran.

  • Eram Park Zoo:

    This zoo is near Eram amusement park, which means you can visit here after or before going to the amusement park. It has more than 110 species of animals in it. Recently, this park welcomed an Iranian ( Asiatic) lion, which is in danger of extinction. Therefore, visiting this lion can be a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Human Park:

    This park is a theme park helping your children to learn more about the human body and its organs. It is especially suitable for children between 8-12 years old. Also, it has experts in it explaining about the body parts. This park has two coffee shops around it. You can have access to a spectacular view of Tehran from this place. Also, it is near Darabad Museum. Therefore, it will be easy to visit both of the museums.

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Tehran – Human Park

  • Puppet Museum House:

    This house in the east of Kashan which dates back to the  Qajar era (more than 150 years ago). This house also has some of the oldest toys and dolls dating back to the Qajar era. Therefore, visiting this house can be both amusing for your children and teach them about the history as well.

  • Milad Tower Dolphinarium:

    Milad Tower is the highest tower in Iran and also includes a Dolphinarium. This Dolphinarium is the first non-coastal Dolphinarium in the Middle East. At the moment, there are two dolphins and one sea lion in it. You can watch them performing acrobatics and take photos with them.

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  • Birds Garden:

    This garden in the north-east of Tehran has more than 50 bird species inside it. Also, it includes two parts: The first part is for birds which are in cages or can’t fly. The second part has free birds which can fly in a vast protected area. It can be a unique experience for the children to know more about the birds. Also, it can be interesting for the parents as well.

  • Lilliput Dreamland:

    It’s an amusement park in the east of Tehran in Bagheri highway is for children between 2-12 years old. This amusement park helps children to learn about different jobs such as dentistry, cooking, firefighting, etc. Also, this amusement park has shops and coffee shops for children as well.

  • Reptiles Garden:

    This garden is in the south-west of Isfahan in Habibollahi Highway. It includes more than 40 aquariums with different types of reptiles. It holds various kinds of snakes, Komodo Dragons, Amazon crocodiles, etc.

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A Guide for Solo Females Traveling To Iran

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We all know the stereotypes about women who travel alone. The first thing that comes to mind is about the safety of such travels. Of course, the destination is a vital factor. Which country is it and is that country trustable for welcoming a solo female traveler? Or in this case, is Iran safe for solo female travelers? If you are planning for a solo female traveling to Iran, you can be sure that you are not the first one. Many female travelers have traveled to Iran alone and have shared their experiences with others. The conditions in Iran gives them the opportunity of having an enjoyable trip to this country. You can learn more about these conditions and also find some tips for your future solo female travel to Iran.

Dress Codes for Female Travelers

As a woman traveling Iran the most important thing you need to be aware of is the dress code. Wearing hijab in Iran is mandatory, but it’s probably very different from what foreigners usually think of it. Many think everyone should wear black “chador” in Iran. That’s not a true belief. Women do not have to wear chador unless they are going to a mosque or any other holy Islamic places. All you need to wear is a manteau and a headscarf. You don’t have to cover up all your hair. It’s entirely ok to leave the front of your hair out of your scarf.

You don’t have to choose black as the color of your clothes. You can look at wearing hijab as an opportunity for having more colors in your clothes! Also, you can choose a loose manteau to cover your body. We recommend you to wear thin fabric if you want to travel to Iran in the summer. It’s better to wear a manteau that comprises your body above your knees. There is no need to cover your feet so feel free to wear sandals. In addition, you can wear nail polish and makeup as well.

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How Safe Is Public Transportation for Solo Females?

The public transportation in Iran is safe for women because they have separate zones of women and men. This way, women can have a safer trip in the cities using public transportations such as subway and buses. The only public vehicles inside the cities that do not have separate zones for women are taxis. Still, you can ask the driver to sit in front or arrange to sit next to a woman. Considering the condition of separate zones for women, you won’t have to worry about harassment.

When using the subway, follow the signs that show the carriages for women. Also, the women-only zones are generally at the front of BRT buses in the city.

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Tehran’s Subway

Which Iran Tour Packages Are More Suitable for You?

There is no doubt that some of the Iran tours are more appropriate for solo female travelers. We think some of the Iran tour packages of Alibabatrek are more suitable for women:

Exclusive culture of Persia:

This tour takes 11 days to show you the rich culture of Iran. This Iran tour includes visiting the cultural cities of Iran such as Isfahan, Tehran, Kashan, Shiraz, and Yazd. So, by choosing this tour, you will see amazing places and learn more about Iran.

Comprehensive culture tour in Iran:

Choose this Iran tour for visiting Kerman as well as Shiraz, Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan and, Yazd. You will find so much information about Iranian civilization by joining this comprehensive tour. So, don’t miss 14 days of seeing these fantastic cities in Iran.

Classic Damavand Trip:

It’s a 4-day adventure tour for climbing Mount Damavand. This tour is for those who want to have convenient hiking on the highest summit in the Middle East. Also, this tour includes acclimatization with expert mountaineers. Hiking on the roof of Iran will be an unforgettable adventure experience for you.

Qeshm and Hormuz:

Qeshm and Hormuz are two islands in the Persian Gulf located in the south of Iran. Qeshm is the biggest island in Iran and Hormuz is famous as the rainbow island of Iran due to its colorful soil. These unique islands keep surprising you with their extraordinary natural features. Also, the specific culture of people living on them and their hospitality is another reason for not missing this tour.

Count On Iranian Hospitality

One thing you can count on during your trip is Iranian hospitality. Iranians love guests and tourists. Also, they are very protective of them and love to help their guests in every way they can. Therefore, you can count on them in case you are dealing with any trouble. You will receive many invitations and suggestions for help from them. Their hospitality makes them an excellent choice for making friends as well. You can find Iranian friends who will help you to make better choices during your trip. After all, meeting new people is an exciting part of solo travels. We assure you, Iranian friends are even more interesting!

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Additional Tips for Solo Female Travelers

  • It’s better to have a sim card in your phone for emergencies or for contacting your friends. The sim cards are very cheap in Iran, so it worths it!
  • Don’t forget to have enough cash with you. Remember that you cannot use your debit card in Iran. Also, be aware of the pickpockets and make sure to hide your money somewhere safe.
  • Don’t accept the invitation to a man’s house if you are alone. Iranians are very hospitable but being cautious about the suggestions is essential.
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The Reviews of Previous Female solo travelers

Many of the women who traveled on their own have chosen Alibabatrek’s Iran tours packages. Also, they have put positive comments about their experience on TripAdvisor’s website. Reading these Iran tour reviews can be very helpful for those who want to learn more about this trip.
Sayeda Fatmi from Bangladesh said: “… sudden and very fortunate I found Alibabatrek, whose founder chairman and the entire team not only supported me to have my visa but to write my whole and sweet memories in the lap to shoulder of the mountain. From the morning till the night at the city, from day one to the 8th of my tour”.

Suzanne from the United Kingdom said: “As a single female traveler my safety and compliance with the law of the country were my highest priority given to what is portrayed in the media. I must say I had a very different experience, but I was hoping I would as I have traveled to other countries with poor media image and found them to be hugely different from what was portrayed. My guides were all exceptional.”

Elena from Russia said: “After contacting several agencies in Iran, we chose Alibabatrek because of the professional advice and responsiveness.” She adds: “From the trip organization to the final departure, the team made us feel very welcome, safe and having fun all the time.”

Sera Giz from Turkey who traveled Iran with her mother said: Thanks to Alibabatrek they offered us different plans and customized our trips according to our preferences. Within four days they were always near us and tried to show us the real life of Iran besides all historical places.”

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UNWTO says to introduce Iran as safe tourism destination

UNWTO says to introduce Iran as a safe tourism destination, secure for tourists with welcoming people (Iran Tours)



Speaking to reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the 40th Plenary Session of the Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the western city of Hamedan on Monday, Pololikashvili predicted a good future for Iran’s tourism industry.

The official further emphasized that the UNWTO is willing to introduce Iran and Hamedan to the world as a safe tourism destination.

He made the remark in a meeting with Iran Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Chief Ali Asghar Moonesan in Sa’dabad Complex on Sun., Nov. 11, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys high potentials and capacities for tourism and is home to hospitable people.”

He pointed to Iran’s tourist attractions and its beautiful historical and cultural monuments and said, “we make our utmost efforts to introduce Iran’s outstanding historical and cultural capacities to the world.”

Referring to Iran’s position in the field of tourism in the world, Pololikashvili said that beautiful nature of Iran with breathtaking views is a good reason for attracting tourists and certainly, development of ecotourism in Iran can help enhance and promote nature tourism in the world.”

For his part, Moonesan referred to the final stages of compiling Iran comprehensive tourism program and said, “with regard to its salient situation, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will help Iran implement and operationalize comprehensive tourism program significantly.”

Ecotourism and breathtaking nature of this land and territory are one of the most important capacities of Iran along with its scenery and lasting cultural heritage, he said, adding, “Fortunately, Iran is home to many historical-cultural monuments and must-see sites.”

Presently, there are 600 ecotourism residences which have been constructed in virgin and rural areas of the country, expandable to 2,000 units, Moonesan observed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he pointed to the threats and sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and added, “given the Iranophobia project which is followed up by US government, UNWTO can raise awareness of tourists over security and safety of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the international arena.”

UNWTO secretary general visited Iran in order to participate in the opening ceremony of 40th Summit of members of UNWTO held in Hamedan province on Nov. 12. 2018

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Is Iran safe to travel?

Is Iran safe to travel?

Before traveling to Iran, most tourists have asked this question. Is Iran a safe country to visit? In short, yes of course! Iran is so safe to travel. However, in detail, follow this article.

Unfortunately, western media has made a dark image of Iran. But it’s totally false. It’s either objective lies or misunderstanding. Consequently, tourists are always worried about Iran visit safety. Legal reports claim that Iran is so safe to travel. So as tourists experiencing trips to Iran. They say they felt safe for the excursion, transportation, and accommodation. They even narrate their safe off the beaten treks in Iran. Surprised at first, they enjoyed Iran visit safety.

Iran is so safe to travel, different from the rest of the Middle East

You may have heard news about the Middle East repetitively. Although always stressful, it is a blessed region. Most of the countries in the Middle East are Arabic. But, Iran is the county of Persia people. It is an Islamic country with a great history. As homeland of Persia people, Iran has a rich culture. People are warm and welcoming. There is no racism in Iran. So, travelers of any countries are well treated.

Recently, some of Iran neighbors are evacuee countries. They have shaky governments. Therefore, they are not suitable for tourism. But, Iran has been away from any struggle with these countries. It has made its borderlines security as strong as possible. Therefore, it is a secure, peaceful country.


Stable government guarantees Iran safety

Iran has a powerful and stable government. This is the main reason for Iran Safety. It has an Islamic ruling pattern. There are democratic elections to choose the rulers. As a result, People in Iran have a great unity. They feel devoted and faithful to the government.

There are strong national security services in Iran. They keep the country as safe as possible. There is no invasion of the borders of Iran. Neither neighbors nor terrorist group can reach Iran soil. There are different political parties in Iran. Besides different ideologies, they are united. Altogether, Iran is so safe to travel in the Middle East. Recently, there is an increasing demand for Persia travel. Fortunately, various Iran tour packages are available. One of the commonest is Damavand tour.

International agreements influenced social safety

Iran nuclear program has been the news highlight for a while. In 2015, The JCPoA agreement was signed by Iranian Politicians. This improved Iran government relationship with foreign nations. Hence, Iran gained a better image worldwide. The question ‘is Iran safe to travel’ was answered better. Also, the number of foreign travelers to Iran raised since then.


Sanctions influenced tourism safety

Obviously, the relationship between the Iran government and the US government is dark. Hence, there have been sanctions against Iran government for years. But, the dark relationship and sanctions are just among the governments. Iranians welcome tourists of US and UK with open arms. So you wonder if Iran is safe for US citizens to visit, yes it is. And if they stay away from trouble, they are safe and well respected in Iran.

Iran is so safe to travel, with the lowest crime rate

Iran is generally a safe country. However, there is a low crime rate. As a result, it’s advisable to be conscious. For example, travelers should be careful about pickpocketing. It happens at bazaars and crowded places. Also, it’s suggested not to carry valuable things in public places.


Police and social Security in Iran

Fortunately, on Iran tour you see polices on every corner. They are even armed for safety assurance. In some big, popular cities, there is the Tourist Police. They are to assure Iran visit safety. On the other hand, pay attention to the ‘no photography’ signs. Otherwise, you’ll get into trouble with the police.

Remember to have your passport and Iranian visa with you all the time on your Iran tours. The police might want to check it occasionally. Since the hotel asks for your passport, make sure to have photocopies of it. Also, you may get checked by the police and security forces for drug carrying.

Transportation on your trip to Iran

You can enjoy a safe public transportation system in Iran. Bus and subway network are available in big cities. There is also legitimate ride-sharing companies. The public transportation system does guarantee Iran tourism safety.

Surprisingly, the road trip is rather dangerous in Iran. So as an Iran tour advice, be careful with the cars! Iranians are not many good drivers. They don’t notice road rules. There is a fairly high rate of crashes in Iran. But the good point is Iran is so safe to travel that you can hitchhike easily.


Accommodation safety in Persia traveling

Iran is a safe country to travel which provides a safe atmosphere for tourists. Rather than safe public places, there is safe accommodation for travelers. From 5-star luxurious hotels to a cheap hostel, they are safe. Another thing you can enjoy in Iran is guesthouses. Many people are interested in renting their house to travelers. Iran is a safe place, so it’s not bad advice to trust them. They are not only cheap but also a true sample of Iranian lifestyle. Fortunately, there are plenty of these houses in rural areas. They are safer than the city and the most amazing for sure!

Is Iran Safe to travel for women?

Iran is not only so safe to travel for women, but the safest. As an Islamic country, society respects women particularly. There is gender segregation in public place. There is a different section for women in subway or busses even. Physical contact between men and women in public is not allowed. So, a solo woman traveler will feel safer in Iran.


Iran is so safe to travel, but some parts of the country are suggested not to

It is claimed that Iran is so safe to travel. The numerous travelers who visited Iran confirm Iran safety. Moreover, Iran has a high safety ranking in International websites and magazines. According to a recent article in Independent, Iran as safe as the UK. But the countries sharing borders with Iran are not as much. As a result, some borderlines of Iran are not suitable tourist sites. Some governments have emphasized it on their Iran travel Advice. These areas are near the border of Afghanistan and Iraq.


Iran is so safe to travel

Finally, We hope there would be a time no one even asks ‘Is Iran safe to travel’. The hospitable, warm Iranians like to have more guests. They really care about their international image. And sadly Iran is still the most misunderstood nation in the world. To see videos on this subject we recommend:



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10 tips for Iran travel and things to know before taking Iran tour

Iran is one of the most attractive tourist sites for travelers around the world. Recently, Iran travel is being suggested by many travelers. Iran has been wrongly assumed to be a country of terrorism and nuclear weapons. Actually, it is a safe, beautiful four-season country in the heart of the middle-east. Iran is the remaining region of the Great Persian Empire with an old and rich history. It is now an Islamic republic respecting people of all religions.

Iran has the most breathtaking natural landscapes. That includes the most desolate deserts with the highest temperature on earth to the humid, dense, north jungles. Magnificent historical castles and monuments are part of the glory of this magical country. All the above has made Iran travel and Iran tours an increasing trend among worldwide travelers. As a result, Iran tourism is a strongly developing Industry.

Rather than being a great excursion, Iran travel costs a very moderate amount. There are many Iran tours through which you can enjoy Persian group traveling. But, before making the trip you have to know your destination well. So here are some Iran traveling tips for travelers never been to Iran before.

1-Iran travel is safe!

Iran travel and tourism have been affected by the wrong image of western media of Iran. Actually, the crime and terrorism rates in Iran are very low and the people are helpful and friendly. Iran is among the safest countries according to international reports. Also, according to travelers experiencing Iran tours and trips.

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2-You can get a VISA and insurance easily for Iran tours!

You can get a VISA on arrival (VOA) at the airport. Citizens of the US, the UK, Canada, and a few other countries don’t have this option. However, if you’re traveling overland you should take your VISA in advance. The price for the process ranges according to your nationality. Remember you can’t get a VISA without travel insurance. Sadly most travel insurance companies don’t cover trips to Iran. So make sure your insurance covers Iran. Otherwise, get one at the airport as well.

3-Iran travel is favorably economical!

Trips to Iran are among the most low-budget trips you can have. The official currency in Iran is Rial. It has a very low value compared to other currencies. Hence, however much you spend in Iran would not cost much in your currency. You can easily exchange your money for Rials at exchange offices. Remember Toman is 10 Rials. It is confusing for many foreigners who visit Iran. Since you may commonly hear people giving the prices in Toman during Iran travel. The total daily expense of an individual differs. I depend on how generously he/she wants to travel around.

Remember to assign enough money for buying gifts and souvenirs. Traditional clothes, Persian rug, handicrafts, and local sweets are suggested souvenirs of Persia trip.

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4-Took an Iran Tour, you’ve got to take an Iranian SIM card!

You can get an Iranian SIM card with 4G internet coverage from offices available. You’ll need that for better communication with your local friends. Also, you’ll need it for map availability during Iran travel. Famous SIM card operators are ‘Hamrah Aval’ and ‘Irancell’. Also, make sure to have a proper VPN on your cell phone. Unfortunately, some websites like Facebook are not accessible in Iran.

5-Take Iran Tour to learn the definition of hospitality!

Iranians are generally well educated, civilized, modern and hospitable people. Make most of your Iran travel by enjoying these great features. For instance, an Iranian family meets you on the bus or subway. They immediately ask you to stay with them. Just say yes. Persians are so warm that they welcome foreigners taking Iran tour from any country.

Iran is a vast country with different ethnicities including Turkish, Kurdish, Arabs and so on. Therefore, there are different cultures and customs there. Majority of the population of Iran are Muslims. They have Muslim Calendar. Weekend in Iran is Thursday and Friday when the whole family usually gets together. They also have a lot of religious holidays during the year.


6-Experience the best middle-eastern non-alcoholic foods in Iran!

Iranian foods and meals are extraordinarily delicious. Each part of the country has its local meals. The common foods served everywhere in Iran are Kebab, Ghormeh Sabzi, and Gheimeh.

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These foods are traditionally cooked on Iranian holidays and occasions. It is so rare that you don’t like Iranian original food’s taste. If so, there are international restaurants on every corner. The only thing you may miss in your Iran tour is alcohol. As an Islamic country, using alcohol in beverages and foods is illegal. All the drinks you find in Iran are non-alcoholic.

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Ghormeh Sabzi


7-Don’t miss the historical places during Persia traveling!

Iran has a civilization that goes back to about 3000 years ago. As a result, there are a great number of ancient tourist sites in Iran. It contains castles of former kings to the mosques and temples. Therefore, it is strongly suggested to book Iran tours visiting such places whilst Iran traveling. Examples of these places are Takht-e-Jamshid or Persepolis, Arg-e-Bam, Dome of Soltaniyeh, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and many other honorable places.

8-You’ll regret if you don’t see architectural marvels of Iran!

There have always been so many great mathematicians and scientists in Persia. This has led to great architectural pieces located all over the country. The city of Isfahan is surely full of these places. Others are Azadi and Milad Towers in Tehran, Borujerdi House in Kashan and Tabriz Grand Bazaar to name a few. So take time to explore these masterpieces coupled with your Iran tour.

9-Women should wear Hijab in Iran!

In an Islamic country like Iran, women should wear Hijab. That means to cover their body and to wear a headscarf for covering their hair in public. It may, at first, seem tough for western women. However, Former female travelers taking Iran tours claimed they got used to it easily. Besides, colorful Iranian “Roosari” is the loveliest. It is the commonest scarf in Iran. It can be a good souvenir from your trip to Iran, too.
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10-Consider “time’’ for taking an Iran tour to enjoy the best weather!

As a four-season country, during Iran travel you may experience different climates. You may encounter hot summers with a high temperature of 50 centigrade. Also, you may freeze at the low temperature of -20 centigrade in winter. So plan your excursion according to the destination weather. If you are heading to the magical south shores, travel in late winter or spring. The sky of deserts is mind-blowing in fall. The high lands of Azerbaijan are perfect for summer trips. The green north is always fresh and leafy but spring is the best for sure.

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10 reasons why you should visit Iran now

Should I or should I not visit Iran? (All about Iran tours)

You’ve been pondering, mulling over, thinking about it, even planning, yet you still haven’t booked your trip to Iran. You don’t even know why, maybe holidays for you are synonymous with a beach so you head to Thailand, maybe you think spices are only available in India, or maybe you think ancient history can only be experienced in Rome.
Whatever has been keeping you from booking that flight, here are ten reasons why you should visit Iran as soon as possible and overcome all of your doubts.

1. Traveling to Iran is safe

Is Iran a safe country to visit? Whether you travel alone or in a group, whether you are a woman or a man, or whether you arrive day or night time, Iran is very safe. The Iranian government devotes plenty of resources to keep their border safe so terrorists and drug dealers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq don’t threaten Iran’s security. It’s without hesitation that I can say that Iran is the safest country in the tormented region.

2. it’s hitting the headlines all over the world

Let’s face it, now it’s totally Iran moment. Listed by many publications as one of the most popular travel destinations for 2014, after soaking in tourist crowds for two weeks we can only say that this year is the beginning of what will finally be an era of never-ending tourism flow for this west Asian country.
Among the reasons people are flocking in Iran, curiosity is definitely a big draw. If you add the pride of saying you have traveled to the Islamic Republic, saw that things are not as mainstream media say, that you challenged all prejudices and warnings from family and friends, we say, book your ticket now.
If you ask us, one of the reasons why you should travel to Iran soon is to go before the crowd gets too big!

3. Hospitality

Iran is also the country of warm hospitality. According to the experience of one our tourists:
the kind I’ve only seen in Sardinia so far, and not just because “welcome” is possibly the most popular English word there, but because it’s an essential feature of their culture. From Tehran to Tabriz we took the night train, and one of our cabin mates was a woman from Tabriz who, within the first two minutes of the conversation, has managed not only to invite us to her house but also to insist. And if you think this degree of hospitality is reserved for foreigners only, you clearly haven’t come across any taarof moment, which is understandable as this is a very “between-Iranians” prerogative.
I had the chance to come to grips with taarof because I was traveling with an Iranian, and this is really the only reason why after each and every single ride the taxi drivers suggested we didn’t need to pay. I really doubt with foreigners they would try such a stunt, they probably know we would simply thank and leave, albeit pretty startled.
Whatever city or province you go, friendly locals will be a great part of your Iranian journey.

During a picnic in Iran, the best occasion for sharing each other’s food

4. A long history

Hardly in need of any introduction, Persepolis is one of Iran’s most famous ancient sites. From ancient Persia to modern Iran, from the Achaemenid Empire to the Sassanian era, from the Safavid period to the Qajar dynasty, to finally the Pahlavi family and the Islamic Revolution, Iranian history is as stormy as it gets.
With so many historical places to visit in Iran, traveling all around the country you can soak in every period and delve into the nation’s tangled past. After you enjoyed your Persepolis tour, don’t forget to add to the list also other Iran points of interest such as the Golestan Palace in Tehran, Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan and the Fire Temple in Yazd, just to mention some.

5. Architecture

Be it a mosque, a palace or a bazaar, Iranian buildings are finely decorated and glow with ornamental elegance. Pastel colors gracefully interact with bright hues, tapering minarets and seemingly ubiquitous domes outline the landscape, symbols and traditional calligraphy coexist in a charming interplay.
Whether inside or outside a building, the sophisticated Persian architecture is always something tourists marvel at every time they visit Iran.
Also, the architectural styles and features evoke the dynasty they belong to. For example, Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz is clearly Qajar dynasty with all its pink roses and small images of French churches, while the stunning Yazd Grand Mosque is all about overlapping styles, symbols and eras.
Getting enchanted by mesmerizing decorations, fine carvings, and elaborate paintings is one of the best reasons why you should visit Iran.

6. Handicraft

Each province, each city, each village has their own handicraft. In Yazd, you will certainly buy the beautiful Termeh, handwoven silk and wool fabric (and baklava sweets), in Isfahan tiles and blue chalices and plates to decorate your home or use to offer sweets to your guests with a Persian touch.
Different cities different handicraft. Visit Tabriz (and everywhere else) for their particular carpets of all sizes, colors, and patterns, or their nuts, get to Hamedan for their colorful pottery or spend a day or two in Nishapur for their turquoise stone jewelry.
Wherever you travel in Iran, rest assured that you’ll get back home with the loveliest of gifts and Iranian souvenirs.

7. Food

From pistachio to black tea, from saffron to kebab, from Mirza Ghasemi to Ghormeh Sabzi, the heavy presence of aromatic herbs makes Iranian cuisine appetizing and addictive
While there are national dishes that you can find everywhere, like herb stew Ghormeh Sabzi, there are others that are exclusive, or at least typical of a particular region. Among these are the aforementioned eggplant-based Mirza Ghasemi, typical from Gilan province, or Dizi, too meaty and heavy for me but still a national treat, typical from Ardabil.
If for food you consider also the single ingredients, Iran is famous for its saffron, much cheaper than in Europe in case you are thinking about some Persian gift shopping or their delicious pistachio.

8. Visit Iran because it’s still cheap

Be it for the sanctions or for the dropping of their currency, traveling to Iran right now will turn very cheap. With the cost of public transport ranging from the 8 euro (roughly 10$) of the night train from Tehran to Tabriz to less than 3 euro (4$) of the bus from Ardabil to Lahijan, and the accommodation, usually 4-star hotels, around the price of 30 euro (40$) per night per double room, you can spoil yourself with a royal treat without spending too much, saving enough for your inevitable shopping spree.
It mostly depends on the exchange rate, by since now euros, dollars and pounds are still strong compared to the rail, try to visit Iran as soon as possible before things change too much.

9. You will have a truly authentic experience

Probably due to sanctions that allow little commercial exchange with other countries, especially in the West, Iran can boast its own products on a variety of manufacturing areas, from food to textiles to ceramics. Apart from goods on sale, Iranians are very proud of their culture and traditions. This is why they will never miss the opportunity to illustrate what you might be seeing, eating, drinking, listening to, and so on and so forth.
This will give anyone who decides to visit Iran a great chance for a genuine local experience. This is also what allows you to better delve into the society and understand an ancient culture preserved with pride.
Iran tourism is living its boom season, and all Iranians are taking part in showing off their country that for too long has remained isolated from the travel industry.
Now that travel agencies are literally being created every day, you have a lot of Iran tours and packages to choose from. However, if these are too expensive or you are more into independent travel, locals will make you feel welcome and for sure will add to the value of your trip.

10. You will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere

Contrary to common belief, anyone who decided to visit Iran has talked about the laid-back atmosphere. Contrary to many places at least in Italy, you can take pictures pretty much everywhere. Obviously, when it comes to people it’s always better to ask for their permission, but often they will agree, sometimes they will also show up in front of your camera with a “V” pose even before you have the chance to ask.
Vital to complete the breezy and somehow devil-may-care scene is obviously the Iranian friendly attitude. People will always be up for a chat, seldom if ever worried about timetables, surprisingly happy to be the subject of your next photo, and always willing to have you as guests in their house.