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Best Iran Tours 2019 & 2020

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Iran Tour Packages

IRAN TOURS & VACATIONS

Cultural Tours

Iran is known as a culturally rich country with hundreds of historical monuments that reflect the history and culture of the era they are built in. So the most popular Iran Tour Packages for foreign tourists are mostly those that make a journey to culture.

There are to major routes for cultural tours to Iran that we are going to explain in details in this section of the article. They are the classic route and the rout in western and north western Iran.

  • Classic Route

Usually those who are making their first trip to Iran take this route in the central Iran as most of the historical tourist attractions are centralized in this area.  The journey usually starts from Tehran, the capital, as most of the International flights land in IKA. Depending on the time limitation of the traveler (s) one or two days will be allocated to visit around Tehran.

The places that are included in these one or two days are Azadi Tower, Golestan Palace, National museum, Tabiat Bridge and the Grand Bazaar. After Tehran usually the next destination is Kashan, the city of Historical houses. One or two days is also allocated to this city depending to whether a Desert trip to Maranjab is included or not.

Other than historical houses, Fin Garden, Bazaar, Abyaneh village and some bathhouses are included. The next destination in the classic route is Isfahan, referred to as half of the world and the city of turquoise domes.

There in Isfahan the magnificent Naghshe Jahan square, traditional dridges, Armenian district, Atigh mosque and many other monuments are waiting for you to cover your 2-3 days in this city. Yazd is the next city included in the classic route with its wind catchers, Dowlat abad garden, Amirchakhmaq square and very traditional districts. Around the city sometimes visiting Meybod, Chak Chak and Kharanaq is included.

After Yazd you will head to Shiraz with two don’t miss stops on the way in Pasargadae and Persepolis complexes. When you arrive in Shiraz you need at least two full days to cover the city in order not to rush hastily from the Beautiful Nasirolmolk mosque to Karimkhan castle, to Vakil complex, to poet's mausoleum, and so many other must sees. From there your next and last destination in the classic route is Kerman.

There in Kerman you will visit The Ganjali Khan Complex, Ghotb Abad's Caravanserai, The Harandi Museum Park. During your trip in classic route a desert trip will usually be included. it can be in Maranjab desert in Kashan, Varzaneh desert near Isfahan or Shahdad in Kerman.

Although the usual way to take this route is what you have read so far but you or your travel agent may have the route vice versa. Starting from Kerman or Shiraz and moving Northward and finish it in Tehran.

  • Western and North-Western Iran

One other kind of small group tours to Iran is a tour to Western and North-Western Iran. As it is said previously usually those who are making their first visit to Iran take the classic route but if this is your second time to Iran its turn for the west and Northwest of Iran Tour Packages.

When your flight landed in IKA have a rest in the Capital then move toward Qazvin. In this city in addition to the magnificent Alamut Valley there are some other must sees like Saray-e Sa’ad-al-Saltaneh, Bist sotun Palace and the Bazaar. After one day in Qazvin you will go to Tabriz where you can see the biggest roofed bazaar in the world as well as Jame mosque and many museums.

Then you will be driven to Hamedan. Ganjnameh inscriptions and some mausoleums of the poets are attractions that you shouldn’t miss in Hamedan. Kermanshah with its Taq Bostan, Bisotun, Takieh Mo’aven ol-Molk, Jummah mosque and other monuments is standing in the west of Iran waiting for you to go there as your next and last destination. In this route.

Nature Tours

Iran is considered as a four season country so if you are a nature lover you will have lots of choices all year long. Iran Tour Packages include strong nature tours as well which is going to be classified below.

  • North of Iran

Both for Iranians an for forigners, the Norther Iran is one of the inevitable places for nature tours in Iran tours 2019. This part which is located in the shore of Caspian Sea includes three privinces each of which have many natural sites to see. Gilan province spacially Rasht is the center of cuisine with special local Iranian ingredients.

Gilan also benefits from many other attractions like colorful local clothes for men and women, Rudkhan castle on top of a green mountain in Fuman, beautiful Masuleh village and subtle wooden decorative handmade objects.

Although the North of Iran is completely green, Golestan is unique in having dense and beautiful jungles. The other province is Mazandaran in which in addition to the Badabe Surt, untouched nature and rural areas can see beautiful beaches, dense jungles and different castles on the peak of the green mountains.

  • West and North western Iran

Many natural sites are included in Iran tour Packages in the mountainous areas in the North-West of Iran. Urmia lake used to be one of these attractions which is recently dried unfortunately. The world’s biggest water cave, Alisadr, is also located in this region of Iran just a few kilometers from the Hamedan city center.

Ardebil with its numerous spas and fantastic mountains is one of the most attractive cities in North-West. The lake on the top of Sabalan mount adds a great deal to the attractiveness of this city. Plangan village in the slopes of the Zagros mountain chain, Abidar, and Zarivar lake are places that you cannot ignore if you are going to travel to the west of Iran, Sanandaj.

Kermanshah, Asalem, KhalKhal and Astara are other important cities in the West and North-west of Iran, they have not only wonderful natures and mountains but also they have charming roads between them.

  • Qeshm and Hormoz Islands

Although there are so many islands in the Persian Gulf, the Qshm Island is the most famous one regarding its extraordinary natural sites. The stars valley. The Harra forests and chahkuh are the most famous ones. Although one cannot ignore the modern attractions of the islands like very big shopping centers.

Not very far from Qeshm there stand another beautiful island called Hormoz. In addition to the castles and museums in this island, the Turtles beach and the rainbow valley are inevitable sites.

Religious Tour Package

Iran is one of the most important destination for religious tour for Muslim people as there are a number of shrines from the antecedents of the prophet Mohammad. The one that is of greatest importance for Shia people is located in Mashhad, the shrine of Imam Reza, the Shias 8th Imam.

The presence of this shrine has made this city the Capital of religious Tourism in Iran and the first destination for Muslims visiting Iran. About 6-7 hours drive from Mashhad you will reach to Qom, the second destination in Iran Tour packages.

There in Qom you’ll visit the shrine of Hazrat Masumah, Imam Reza’s sister. One other important holy shrine who is Imam Reza’s brother and the son of 7th Shia Imam us located in the city of Shiraz and attracts many Muslim and non-Muslim tourists annually.

Medical Tour Package

Like many other kinds of knowledge in the Middle East, Iran is one of the biggest centers for medical science as well. In the recent years Iran has received many tourists specially from neighboring countries for different kinds of surgeries.

The skin care related and plastic surgery is the ones that have attracted many tourists to the country and this by itself can help other parts of tourism as many people may change their trip to Iran into a multipurpose one.

Mixed or Combined Tour Packages

Depending on many factors such as time, interest, purpose and preferences of the travelers, they may mix two kinds of package and customize their favorite tour package.

Having this kind of package naturally needs having a private tour or traveling on their own as the agencies usually do not offer these kinds of packages.

The mixture maybe either mixture of the routes or a mixture of the purposes. Usually those who have enough time prefer to make a combined package to enjoy their trip as much as possible.

Iran Private Tours

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When you are traveling abroad you may choose to travel on your own, have a group tour or you may prefer a private tour. All of the above benefit from some advantages although there are disadvantages for each.

However if it may be the only time that you have the opportunity to visit a country so it is you who should decide about every minute of the trip based on your interests, attitude, mood, time limitations and preferences.

If you take a group tour the transportation, accommodation and everything else is already made and fixed and you may not feel comfortable with most of the arrangements. In other words, one size does not fit all!

Iran is very beautiful and you will definitely enjoy walking around and watching the monuments. However, it has a rich history and artistic features in every inch of the historical sites that you can get a real understanding of just with the help of a professional Iran tour guides.

So if you have Iran on your bucket list, it is better to forget about traveling on your own or taking a tour group. In this article it is tried to compare and contrast the private tour with the group tours and focus specifically in Iran Private Tours.

What is a private tours?

There may be hundreds of definition for the term "private tour" based on people's perception of the concept. 

But to make it short and understandable, a private tour is a kind of tour in which every service is provided exclusively for you based on your expectations and you do not have to share anything with others.

You have a private car with a driver-guide who is the administer of your plans. Iran Private Tours benefit from a number of advantages which are missed in other kinds.

Some advantages of Iran Private Tours are listed below to help you make a better decision for your trip to Iran:

Private Iran Tours and Some of its advantages

You are the travel planner and designer

In a private tour you can design you itinerary based on your interest, time and previous studies and give your plan to your guide. The guide will absolutely help you make some practical changes but in general it is you who decides. There is nothing fixed before your confirmation.

You choose where to sleep and where to eat

In group tour everything is fixed already; your hotel, your restaurants, timing etc. Maybe a very luxurious 5 star hotel is booked for you. very good! But you may prefer to spend the night in a very quiet traditional hostel. It is in a private tour that you can choose your accommodation and your guide is your advisor.

What do you think about having Felafel in a small shop in older quarters? Enjoyable…right? Can you experience that in a group tour when a number of t your travel mates prefer eating somewhere else?

Can you find a good shop in the turns and twists of old quarters? Again a private guide in a private tour will be helpful. Just tell your about your wish and he will make it for you just like magic trick!

Additional activities according to your interests

Travel to Iran means a long journey in history and culture so most of the tours including the group tours merely focus on the historical sites.

But you as an individual traveler may be interested in some other activities to experience something new. For example, a live concert is one of the activities which can be included to Iran Tourism.

If you do not go to a live traditional Iranian concert while you are here, where else in the world can you do that? Or if you have a regular program to go to the gym and you do not want to miss it during your trip, how can you do it while you are in a group tour? The group is moving and you should follow.

You'll miss the travel plan if you go to the gym and vice versa. But in a private tour it is you who decides and your guide will take you a gym with the best facilities and time table that matches your time limitations.

Having stops on the way to relax or do anything

When you are traveling between cities in Iran sometimes you have a more than 4 hour drive to get to your next destination. It might happen that you as a tourist are very impressed by some sceneries along the road, some nomadic families living by the road and so on.

Or many travelers do not like non-stop drive or need a cup of coffee every two hours or have a break to relax and stretch their bodies. In a Private tour you can simply ask for a stop at any place to enjoy the sceneries, take some photos or relax.

Is it possible in a group tour with people with different tastes and preferences?  Of course NO. But in a private tour you take your time, change your plan and follow your own desires and tastes without bothering others and without being bothered.

Flexibility of the plan

In the group tour everything is the same for you and your travel mates and even for those who have traveled to Iran in the past. No attention is paid to your interests. Sometimes even during your trip (not before that), you change your mind and like to have some changes in your plan.

For instance, you may prefer to have one day more in a city or have a small break after lunch in your hotel. Any changes are possible but of course in a private tour not in group ones.

Better shopping experiences

While traveling, shopping is one of the most enjoyable activities specially buying those objects that you cannot find in your own country. Definitely you need help from your guide in shopping as well.

Usually in group tours limited time is allocated to shopping and if you are looking for something special you should do it on your own in your free time with no guide. Moreover, if you are really interested in shopping you may miss lots of sites that the group has in its travel plan.

But while you are on a private tour, your guide could change the plan, go to the market with you and help you with your shopping. Your private guise also can take you to the best place where you can find your favorite object. This way you will be satisfied with your shopping, you don’t miss a part of the plan, also you save time and probably money.

Communicating with locals

Locals are the best representative of country culture and Iran is not an exclusion. Those who visit Iran specially Europeans that have a totally different culture like to spend sometimes with locals either in coffee shops, or in the parks or even spend one night with a local family at their home.

Does a pre-arranged group tour allow you to freely communicate with locals? Definitely NO! Iran Private Tours will help you travel like a local and touch the local life either in metropolises like Tehran and Isfahan or in the small villages or even in the nomadic tribes in the Zagros mountain chains.

Taking all the above mentioned benefits into account, private tour of Iran would turn your trip into a unique travel experience.

Rasht

Rasht is one of the metropolises of Iran, the center of Guilan province in northern Iran, and the center of Rasht, and is the mother of Gilan province and parts of neighboring provinces. 

This metropolis is also the largest and most populous city in northern Iran, among the three provinces of the Caspian Sea and the largest city of Gilak, the largest settlement on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. It is the third most visited tourist city in Iran.

According to the official census in 2011, its population was 639,951 people. The daily floating population of the city of Rasht as the mother city of Guilan province is over 1, 200, 000 people.

The population of this city during the holidays and months of the year was over two million People are the most densely populated cities of Iran, in terms of population size and population, and the proportion of population in the day and night also ranked first in the country.

In Rasht, different dialects are spoken by the people from the dialect of the Gilaki language.

Rasht's climate is temperate, like Caspian and Mediterranean, with warm and sunny summer and cold and wet winters. Also, the city of Rasht has the first rate of rainfall in the provinces of Iran and the city of Shahrbar.

Rasht was the center of Gilan province more than 4 and 5 centuries ago, and in the past it was the capital of the first province of Iran.

 It also played a key role in the history of Iran, such as the Constitutional Revolution, the 1979 Iranian Forestry Movement, and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and according to its culture and its location on the Silk Road, it has long been mentioned as the gateway to modern civilization as the gateway to Europe. . And has had brilliant backgrounds in the field of foreign exchanges.

Today Rasht is considered one of the main agricultural and tourism hubs in the country. Rasht Iranian Rice Production Co., a large producer of steel products, is one of the most important cities in Iran Private Tours.

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The word "Rasht" in Rasht dictionary, which means the gypsum to solidify the builders, the stone and the bricks, and in the dictionaries of the Association of Arabs, Anandarak, the words of Fars Asadi Tusi, the local language of Shushtari, the decisive argument, Nazim al-Taba, and Jahangir's verdict: what It collapses; everything that collapses and collapses; the wall overlooks.

 Gypsum is also said to be white in the house; it is called slime, dirt, dust and dust; it is also called "color". Also, Rasht (the first conquest) means falling into a hollow or posture. It was a trait for the week of the Rasht and the suburbs, which was held Sunday in the city and on Wednesdays in Rasht's Ajabishaye suburb.

 The market in Rasht was a market in a hollow, and this attribute was validated by the fact that each pilgrim or passenger traveling from southern parts such as Rudbar or western areas such as Fouman or from eastern regions like Lahijan to Rasht moved from a higher region to a region It was down to the bottom. Gradually the "market" was removed from the end of the name and "Rasht" remains.

Among other views, one can point to the (est) of the two rivers. Or (Daralmrz), the land of the post and the Gud (plain), or according to Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, since the main construction of the city was in 900 AH and the word Rasht is on the account of Ajd 900, this name was chosen.

 According to another speculation: the exact pronunciation of the name of the city of Rasht was Rasht, which was also taken from Bonn, and the reason for this naming is the prominence of this city in the production of Nuggets of Silk Silk. According to another From speculation, the meaning of the word Rasht from the combination of the word "Rashe" means very fine rain. By accepting this speculation, he can accept Rasht to the place where it is raining continuously. 

Gilke's word "Vorsh", which means "rain", confirms that this term is composed of Wa + Bash, which is the word combination, which is the prefix "WA", which is the "open", which is called the "rainbow", "repeated rain". In Avesta, the ancient Persian book of Ho Rasht has been used repeatedly. Ho means Ger and Rasht meaning deeds.

 Perhaps Rasht in Persian language means a job or practice or deed or a place to work. Also, some people think that the name Rasht is named after the god of rain in Farsi Pahlavi, namely, Tishter.

Rasht is 49 degrees 36 minutes east and 37 degrees and 16 minutes north latitude and 300 kilometers from Tehran. Also, the city of Rasht with a total area of ​​180 square kilometers is located on a flat and flat ground, an average of 5 meters above the free water level. 

The Alborz mountain range is located in the southern part of the city of Rasht, and the closest peak to Rasht (Dorfak) is at 2,733 meters. The closest city to Rasht is the Monastery Sara, located 26 km away.

 Rasht is limited to the Caspian Sea and the Anzali Lagoon, from the west to the Psikhan River, the Monastery of Sarov and Fouman, from the south to the Sanctuary and Rudbar, and to the east to Koossefhan and Astaneh Ashrafiyah.

The Alborz Dynasty is located in the southern part of the city of Rasht, and the closest peak to Rasht (Dorfak) is at an altitude of 3500 meters. The closest city to Rasht is the Monastery Sara, located 26 km away.

 Rasht from the north to the Caspian Sea and the Anzali Lagoon, from the west to the Pasikhan River, the Monastery of Sara and Fouman, from the south to the Sangar and Rudbar and from the east to Noshahan and Lahidjan, and its distance to Tehran is 325 km and to Bandar Anzali 30 Km In fact, the fertile plain of the city of Rasht is bounded by the banks of the Caspian Sea from the north, the Sefidrud delta (Astaneh Ashrafieh) from the east, the mountainous ridges of Rudbar from the south, and the rice fields of the Tulmat and Foumanate plains from the west.

 Anzali wetland is located in the northwest of Rasht city. The vast part of this city is located in the plain area of ​​Gilan province, with its small area at the beginning of the highlands and the foothills.

1 According to the census in 1963, the city of Rasht was 100 thousand. It is today that the city has a population of one million people.

2 76% of the population is urban, and 24% is rural.

3 The largest and most populous city in northern Iran is among the coastal cities of Rasht.

4 Among the cities of the country, the highest density of population is relative to the area for Rasht.

5 Rasht is considered to be the third tourism city in Iran. Every year, 12-15 million tourists travel to the area.

6 Rasht is located in a part of the Gilan plain, located in the southern plains of the Caspian Sea and in the western margin of the Sefid Rood Delta.

7 Rasht has warm and sultry summer and cold and humid winters. The average annual temperature is 20 and a minimum temperature of 11 degrees.

8 It is also the city with the average rainfall of 135 days of the year at the top of the rainy cities of the country. The annual rainfall in this city is 1359 millimeters.

9 In Rasht, there are two rivers of Goharrood and Zarjub that are located in the east and west of this city. These two rivers reach each other in Rasht's Pirbazar area and then enter Anzali Lagoon.

10 According to the existing documents, the ancient name of this city was Beyah. According to dictionaries, it is referred to as an area between two rivers.

11 Rasht Municipality is one of the oldest municipalities in the country, which was founded in 1286. Today, the city has five municipalities, each of which is divided into three districts.

12 There are different theories for Rasht. One of the theories derived from the concept of "Rasht" means "located in the middle of the desert", which refers to the plain climatic region of this region.

Also according to the theory of Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, since the main construction of the city was in 900 AH and the word "Rasht" is on the account of Ajdh 900, this name has been chosen.

Another theory is the word "relief" which in Gilaki means "very rain".

13 The language of the people of this region is Gilaki. On the other hand, most of Rasht's people are Shiites; however, some are Sunni and few Zoroastrians, Christians and Jews.

14 Rasht was in the past the headquarters of textile products in Iran Private Tours. In recent years, many large industrial factories have been shut down in Rasht.

 Today, the city of Rasht is considered as one of the agricultural hubs in the country. The region is also considered a major producer of steel and anti-cancer nanoparticles.

15 With production of 10% of rice, Rasht ranks first in the country's rice production.

16 In Rasht, there are 19 governmental and nongovernmental academic units.

17 The industrial city of Rasht was established in 1973 in the south of the district. This industrial city located south of Rasht is one of five major industrial cities and the second largest private industrial city in Iran. There are currently 280 industrial units in the city, of which 140 are in operation.

18 The most important handicrafts of this area are woolen handcuffs, weaving rugs, weaving tassels and knitted garments.

19th Rasht City joined UNESCO in 2015 as a gourmet creative city. Based on UNESCO standards, the city is a city that is urban, which uses the innovations and capabilities of citizens in urban development. Rasht is the only Iranian city with 18 other cities in the world that is registered in the field of food science at UNESCO.

20 Finally, it's interesting to know, in the year 1290, the first bus in Iran was used by a Belgian businessman in Rasht.

Trip to Iran

How to make a trip to Iran: Everything You Need to Know?

If you’re planning your next vacation to visit Iran there are a number of things you should be informed of before you go.
Iran is a fantastic country to travel. my trip to Iran

The architecture of the old monuments will astonish you, the kindliness of the people will make you amazed, the culture is captivating and the sceneries are out of this world. trip to Iran cost

Iran is also very misinterpreted, with many people trusting whatever propaganda they hear on the media about how unsafe or problematic it is to travel there. trip to Iran cost

The truth is travelling in Iran certainly has its coincidences, and by considering Iran as being an Islamic country means there’s a few things you need to know about the religion and culture before you go so you can show total respect. trip to Iran price

To help you put your mind at ease about travelling in this unbelievable country we have provided this article to put our suggestions for the most important things to know before you visit Iran. trip to Iran youtube

Plan your Trip to Iran

The following instructions help you plan your trip to Iran better:

Bring your Persian Phrase Book or use Google Translate On Your Phone

You may be quite surprised to realize that a lot of Iranians can speak a little English, but it is not always the case, so do yourself a courtesy and bring something that can help you translate your words from English to Persian.

Persian (Farsi) is difficult, and no locals expect you to learn much beyond hello and thank you while you are there, but do your best anyway as a few extra words will go a long way in showing respect.

Also don’t be amazed if you are continually invited out for tea with people so they can practice their English. If the chance comes up, make time for it, as it’s a remarkable experience for both the local and you.

Bring the amount of Cash you think you need
Don’t forget to bring your cash. None of the ATMs accept foreign credit or debit cards thanks to the. So forgetting to bring cash for your entire trip means you’re out of luck.

There are two exchange rates in Iran– official and black market rate– of course the black market rate is much better.
Remember not to exchange all of your foreign cash into Rials at once, because you may get ripped off on the exchange rate back, or you may be unable to use it somewhere else.

The Currency Has Two Names

“Toman or Rial?” do not forget to ask that question, otherway it could end up being a costly mistake.

1 Toman = 10 Rial
When you hear prices in Tomans add a zero to the end and pay in Rials. It seems confusing, but you’ll get used to it soon.

Comfortable Footwear Is a Must

You will do a lot of walking, so bring comfortable footwear. The towns here are so astonishing that you’ll need to walk at least 10km every day, so care for your feet. If you have the beach resorts in your plan do not forget to bring a pair of sandals.

Research The Food And Don’t Just Eat Kebabs

Persian food is wide-ranging and delicious, and there’s quite different styles to try.
If you are a vegetarian, there are some limited food options. You can try a lot of eggplant, lentil and chickpea dishes. Simple salads and rice are other options for vegetarians.

Have a Pre-Planned Itinerary, but be Flexible about It
Unless you are on a tumultuous 7-day trip of the country we suggest you design an itinerary of what you want to see and do, but don’t book anything in advance.

Iran is a country that is best to research previously so you can make the most of your time and you don’t miss anything.
Be eager to change your plans if you go anywhere that you want to stay an additional day, or if you meet a backpacker that babbles about one town you hadn’t considered before in your itinerary.

Don’t worry about booking buses, flights or trains. Everything can be booked when you are here, for a much cheaper price than online prices.

Note: In the high seasons for domestic and forign travelers it is necessary to book in advance.

Talk To Locals

Spending time with the locals is one of the best experiences you will have in Iran. And you’ll get many chances if you are open to it.

The city squares are usually where locals will approach you to welcome you to their country, have a chat and practice their English.

There are a few other points which is put in a list form:
You Need A VPN to Access Some Social networks and websites
The Tap Water is Ok to drink
Good Coffee Is Not Easy to Find

Iran Visa

If you have decided to spend your next vacation in Iran, unless your nationality is among those countries who do not need to get visa to enter Iran, you have to apply for visa to visit Iran.

Depending of what purpose has made you decide to go to Iran, which social status you have and what profession you are occupied in, you can choose an appropriate kind of visa and the best way to get it. Here you can find the kind of visa which is suitable for your purpose

  • Iran Visa Types
  • Entry

This kind of visa can be obtained by a foreign citizen who holds an invitation letter from any kind of companies or organizations or any other state or private section The purpose can be discussing on a special issue, signing a business contract or negotiating in commercial or other kinds of issues.

  • Tourist

In this part we are going to explain about the most common Iran visa i.e. the tourist visa as we receive lots of foreign visitors every year. Those who travel to Iran for tourist purposes have to apply for this visa type.

Based on what the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has proposed, a tourist visa can be obtained for 30 days at last with the expansion possibility. People who travel alone, in groups or by the company of their family or friends can apply for this type of visa to.

  • Diplomatic

Temporary guests of diplomats and officials, diplomatic or consular offices' Temporary employees, Diplomatic or Official passport holders (even with tourist purposes) are those people who have to obtain diplomatic visa to enter to Iran.

  • Pilgrimage

This is usually used by foreign Muslims travelers who want to visit the holy shrines Mashhad, Qom and Shiraz.

  • Education

Non-Iranian students or religious scholars wishing to continue their studies in Iran should get an Educational visa for their purpose.

  • Business

Trading and business purposes or shortly working in Iran in any field requires this kind of visa.

  • Transit

It is a kind of permission for the visa holder to pass Iran without any stay.

  • Media or press

The visa for foreign media officials like newspapers, magazines, TV and radio workers to produce reports, films or any other products relating to their job is called press or media visa.

  • Investment

Those who are legally allowed to invest in Iran van obtain this kind of visa for their careers in Iran for their professional and economic assistance.

  • Marital

Having an Iranian spouse will make you legally permitted to get marital visa for visiting Iran.

  • Medical visa

The medical visa can be obtained by those who want to visit Iran for healing a disease, they can easily do that by a approval letter from the medical center.

Iran Tour Packages

Cultural Tours

Iran is known as being a very rich country in terms of culture and architecture with lots of historical monuments that show the history, art, architecture and culture of the era in which they are.

Therefore, the most popular kinds of tours to Iran for tourists are usually those that make culture perspectives
There are to major routes for cultural tours to Iran that we are going to explain in details in this section of the article.

They are the classic route and the rout in western and north western Iran.

  • Classic Route

Usually those who are making their first trip to Iran take this route in the central Iran as most of the historical tourist attractions are centralized in this area.

The journey usually starts from Tehran, the capital, as most of the International flights land in IKA. Then Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and Kerman.

Although the usual way to take this route is what you have read so far but you or your travel agent may have the route vice versa. Starting from Kerman or Shiraz and moving Northward and finish it in Tehran.

  • Western and North-Western Iran

One other kind of Iran tour packages is a tour to Western and North-Western Iran. As it is said previously usually those who are making their first visit to Iran take the classic route but if this is your second time to Iran its turn for the west and Northwest of Iran to Tabriz, Hamedan, Zanjan, Kermanshah and their surrounding areas.

Nature Tours
Iran is considered as a four season country so if you are a nature lover you will have lots of choices all year long. Iran tour packages include strong nature tours as well which is going to be classified below.

  • North of Iran
  • West and North western Iran
  • Qeshm and Hormoz Islands
  • Dessert Tours in Central Iran

Awesome Places to Visit in Iran

Tehran

Tehran, the capital, can be called the city of museums and palaces. Golestan Palace, Niavaran Palace, Sa’ad Abad Palace, Treasury of National Jewels, Iran Bastan Museum, Abgineh Museum, Reza Abbasy Museum, Carpet Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Grand Bazaar and Shah Abdol Azim holy Shrine are the most attractive historical sites in Tehran.

There are also some natural attractions in Tehran for those who like trekking, skiing and hiking like mount Damavand and Dizin and Tochal skiing camps. As Tehran is the symbol of modern life in Iran there are some modern attractions as well the most important of which are Milad and Azadi Towers.

Tabriz

Although the central Iran is known as the main tourist destination, Iran tourism is spread over the west as well. Tabriz the largest city in the northwest is considered as the capital of history of Iran.

You can visit one of the most beautiful traditional bazaars in this city. The UNESCO listed bazaar located on the silk-road was of great importance in 16th century. Other must-sees in Tabriz are the magnificent Blue mosque, the citadel, jame Mosque, Azerbaijan museum, some Mausoleum of Poets, Kandovan village and St Stephanos Monastery in Jolfa.

Hamedan

If you move southward a bit from Tabriz you'll reach to Hamedan, one of the most important historical cities in the western Iran. You can find one of the biggest river-caves near this city, the Ali Sadr cave which is 70 kms far from the main city.

Hegmataneh Hill, Ganjnameh (treasure book), Alavian dome, BuAli Sina Mausoleum, Jameh mosque, Armenian Evangelical Church and Baba Taher Mausoleum are the most magnificent and important sights in Hamedan.

Isfahan

In the center of Iran, the second biggest square in the world with its magnificent monuments is waiting for you. the Naqshe-jahan square in the center of Isfahan city by itself can be the only the reason for visiting Iran.

The Ali-qapu palace to the great Imam mosque and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and the great Qeysarieh bazaar have made this square unique and exclusive.

Traditional bridges like Si-o-se-pol and Khaju, Atigh mosque, Chehel sotun and Hasht behesht palaces and the Shaking minarates are other important monuments in this city that most of them are related to the Safavid era.

Kashan

Not very far from Tehran on your way to Isfahan you can reach to the city of traditional houses, Kashan. Borujerdiha and Tabatabaeiha houses are the most famous historical houses in Iran with unique and exclusive architecture.

Fin garden is the other attraction which shines like a gem in the margins of the city of Kashan.

Kashan also benefits from some natural attractions as well. The most marvelous natural sight is the Maranjab dessert which is just an hour far from the city where you can experience an untouched scene with sand dunes and Salt Lake.

Close to the city of Kashan, in the middle of the red mountains of Natanz there is a small village of Abyaneh which dates back to the Sasanid era (over 15 centuries ago). This is one of the most traditional villages that has kept its structure with red buildings and traditional costumes during centuries.

Yazd

Yazd is the city located in the central dessert of Iran that has kept its traditional structure better than any other cities in Iran. In every corner of the city there are traditional building that rarely can be found other cities regarding the traditional wind-catchers on their roofs.

In addition to the total traditional structure there are so many attractive sites which are exclusive to this city. Amirchakhmagh square, Dowlat abad garden with the tallest wind-catcher in the world, the Jameh mosque, traditional water reservoirs, Qanats and the Zorasterian fire temple are the most important attractions of the city.

Not far from Yazd you can reach to a small city called Meybod. Narin castle, the pigeon tower, the traditional Ice house and the Caravanserai are the magnificent attractive places that you can visit in this small city.

Kermanshah

As it was mentioned earlier in this article, Iran tourism is not merely concentrated in the central Iran. Exactly on the west you reach to Kermanshah with lots of attractions inside and outside.

Inside the city you can visit Kermanshah Old bazaar, Takiyeh of Moaven-ol-molk, Emad-al-Dowleh complex and a number of museums.

Outside the city just in the northwest of Kermanshah the symbol of its attraction is standing. Taqe Bostan which is a series of rocks showing the Power of the Persian Empire. Other attraction outside the city are Bisotun Rock Relief and Inscription, Taqe Bostan National Park, and the Parave Cave.

Shiraz

If you take the Iran classic tourist route by moving southward from Tehran, your final destination is the city of poetry and capital of Acamenid dynasty, Shiraz.

A few kilometers before Shiraz you can visit Pasargadae complex which includes the magnificent tomb of Cyrus the Great and the remaining of his palaces.

If you get closer to the city the majestic Persepolis is waiting for you to share its magnificence with you. Created by Darius the great, Persepolis is the reflection of the rich civilization in the Acamenid era.

When you enter the city you still so many monuments are waiting for you. from the Vakil complex (including mosque, bathhouse and bazaar) to the Nasirolmolk mosque (known as the pink mosque), the mausoleums of the poets, Qavam garden, Eram, garden, Shahcheragh holy shrine and Karimkhan Castle.

Iran Laws for Tourists

There’s A Lot of Customs to Follow
When you travel to a country you want to absorb everything about the country and the people, and that contains the culture and customs.
Some of the most common customs that throw tourists off are:

  • Women must wear hijabs in public. They must also wear loose fitting clothes that don’t show their curves.
  • Thumbs up sign is considered rude.
  • Men can wear short-sleeved shirts, but not shorts.
  • No shaking hands or hugging someone of the opposite sex.
  • It is a good idea to bring a gift if you are invited to someone’s house. Something from your country is better!

You Need a Visa for Visiting Iran
In order to visit Iran, like many other countries you’re going to need to get a tourist visa. This is not a very difficult process, luckily it has gotten easier with the visa on arrivals possibility in 2016.

Small Group Tours to Iran

What is a private tour?
Small group tours or simply private. There may be millions of definition for the term "private tour" based on people's perception of the concept.

But to make it short and understandable, private tour is a kind of tour in which every service is provided exclusively for you based on your expectations and you don’t have to share anything with others. You have a private car with a driver-guide who is the administer of your plans.

A private tour inside Iran benefits from a number of advantages which are missed in other kinds. Some advantages of Iran private tours are listed below to help you make a better decision for your trip to Iran:

  • You are the travel planner and designer

In a private tour you can design you itinerary based on your interest, time and previous studies and give your plan to your guide. The guide will absolutely help you make it better and more practical but in general it is you who decides. There is nothing fixed before your confirmation.

  • You choose where to sleep and where to eat

In group tour everything is fixed already. Your hotel, your restaurants and even sometimes your meals. Maybe a very luxurious 5-star hotel is booked for you. very good!!! But you may prefer to spend the night in a very quiet traditional hostel.

It is in a private tour that you can choose your accommodation and your guide is your advisor!!
What do you think about having Felafel in a small shop in older quarters? Enjoyable…right?

Can you experience that in a group tour when a number of t your travel mates prefer eating somewhere else? Can you find a good shop in the turns and twists of old quarters? Again a private guide in a private tour will be helpful. Just tell your about your wish and he will make it for you just like magic trick!!

  • Additional activities according to your interests

Travel to Iran means a long journey in history and culture so most of the tours including the group tours merely focus on the historical sites. But you as an individual traveler may be interested in some other activities to experience something new.

Live concert is one of these activities which can be included to Iran private tour. If you don’t go to a live traditional Iranian concert while you are here, where else in the world can you do that?

If you have a regular program to go to the gym and you don’t want to miss it during your trip, how can you do it while you are in a group tour? The group is moving and you should follow.

You'll miss the travel plan if you go to the gym and vice versa. But in a private tour it is you who decides and your guide will take you a gym with the best facilities and time table that matches your time limitations.

  • Having stops on the way to Relax or…

When you are traveling between cities in Iran sometimes you have a more than 3-hour drive to get to your next destination. It might happen that you as a tourist are very impressed by some sceneries along the road, some nomadic families living by the road and so on.

Or some didn’t like non-stop drive or needed a cup of coffee every two hours or have a break to relax and stretch their bodies. They just asked me to stop the car at any place to enjoy the sceneries, taking some photos or relax.

Is it possible in a group tour with people with different tastes and preferences? Of course NO. But in a private tour you take your time, change your plan and follow your own desires and tastes without bothering others and without being bothered.

  • Flexibility in the plan

In the group tour everything is the same for you and your travel mates and even for those who have travelled to Iran before. No attention is paid to your interests. Sometimes even during your trip (not before that), you change your mind and like to have some changes in your plan.

For instance, you may prefer to have one day more in a city or have a small break after lunch in your hotel. Any changes are possible but of course in a private tour not in group ones.

  • Good shopping experiences

While you are in travel, shopping is one of the most enjoyable activities specially shopping those objects that you cannot buy in your own country. Definitely you need help from your guide in shopping as well.

Usually in group tours limited time is allocated to shopping and if you are looking for something special you should do it on your own in your free time with no guide. Moreover, if you are really interested in shopping you may miss lots of sites that the group has in its travel plan.

But while you are in a private tour, your guide will stop the plan, go to the market with you and help you in your shopping. Your private guise also can take you to the best place where you can find your favorite object.

This way you will be satisfied with your shopping, you don’t miss a part of the plan, also you save time and maybe money.

  • Communicating with locals

Locals are the most evident factors of the culture in every country and Iran is not an exclusion. Those who visit Iran specially Europeans that have a totally different culture like to spend sometimes with locals either in coffee shops, or in the parks or even spend one night with a local family at their home.

Does a pre-arranged group tour allow you to freely communicate with locals? Definitely NO!!! a private tour of Iran will help you travel like a local and touch the local life either in metropolises like Tehran and Isfahan or in the small villages or even in the nomadic tribes in the Alborz and Zagros mountain chains.

We talked about the advantages of private tours inside Iran in details. Although there are still other factors that can be useful for every individual. Iran private tour makes your trip a deeper journey in history of at least 30 centuries.

Iran Tourism Safety

Iran Is Safe!
The media tries to introduce Iran to other nations as unsafe and terroristic. They always exaggerate about the negative events in Iran and sensor the positive ones. Do not trust the media because if Iran was not safe, it would not receive this large number of tourists annually. Just trust those who have come to Iran before and make your plan to visit this country.

Is it Safe to Travel to Iran in 2019?

Although the face threatening propaganda against Iran is increasing every day, nothing about safety has changed in this year. Iran is as safe as it used to be and the proof to this is the increasing number of the foreign tourists which are mostly from Western countries.

Trip to Iran from India

The Iran -India relationship has been one of the best and sturdiest in the history. Several empires straddling Iran and India guaranteed the continuous movement of the citizens between these two counties and the generation and development of the Indo-Iranian language speaking groups.

As a result, the Indian and Iranian people share many characteristics. This deep relationship is still firm, lots of Iranians visit India and the large cities of Iran is visited by many Indian visitors annually. 

Here in Implausible Iran, we warmly welcome our Indian clients warmly.

Visiting Iran for Indian people: Here in Iran we understand the strong ties in historical and cultural terms between our two nations.

Tours: We have a diversity of tours that we can offer for your tailor made tours.

Visa: You can simply apply for your visa online to be om the safe side. But recently the possibility of getting VOA (visa on arrival) has been created for some nationalities that India is included as well.

Iran Itinerary

Your itinerary in Iran depends on the amount of time you are going to spend in this beautiful country. Try to allocate as much time as you can and your managers allow to your trip to Iran in order not to miss the beauties in every corner of the country and have the most comprehensive itinerary.

Classic Iran

2 Weeks

In two weeks it’s likely to see the charms of Iran’s amusing history, but you'll need to move a lot.

Iran Overland-1 Month

Travelers with an exploratory taste have been following the overland route from Europe to subcontinental Asia for centuries.

While the eastern part is currently outlawed, following as much of it as you can will give you so many insights into Iran’s position as cultural junction on the road between West and East.

Go West-21 Days

This fascinating wander west is perfect for those who’ve seen the chief desert city sites or are self-assured in circumnavigating through areas often unusual to foreigners.

The route over mountains and valleys claims nine World Heritage sites. The farthest sections will need charter taxis. Note that in winter, mountain roads can be closed by snow.

Pilgrimage-10 Days

You can include Qom, Shiraz and specifically Mashhad.

Desert Detour-12 Days

If you’ve ever fantasized of the sanctuary towns of The Thousand and One Nights , this trip is for you. It’s achievable by taking uncommon buses, but the odd taxi can reduce your waiting time. Avoid the summer heat by travelling in late spring and the whole summer.

Are you ready for a great journey of Iran?

Please book at least three weeks ahead of your travel date.

 

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