Discover the diverse people and rugged beauty of Northern Iran on an in-depth exploration
The landscapes of Iran are as varied and intriguing as its people – an alluring mix of rugged volcanic plains, vibrant forests and snowy peaks populated by historical peoples connected by history, tradition and prayer. Whether it’s strolling the unusual rooftop thoroughfares of Masuleh, cruising alongside the vast Caspian Sea, climbing mountains to reach ancient castles, or simply stopping to sip street side tea with local Azaris, Gilakis and Taleshis, discover a captivating side of Iran that is far and away from the typical image of the Middle East.
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Marvel at the unusual dome-roofed bazaar in Tabriz, which is also the longest bazaar in the world!
Meet Sufis in the tomb of Sufi master Sheikh Safi in Ardabil
Discover the village of Masuleh – where rooftops double as streets and cars are not allowed entry
Enjoy the scenic mix of forests, mountains and water on a cruise alongside the Caspian Sea
Visit the world heritage churches in Jolfa and the volcanic rock houses of Kandovan
Sip tea with Azaris, Gilakis and Taleshis and learn about the historical connection that unites yet defines these ancient people
We’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and research into putting this new trip together. But that doesn’t mean it will run perfectly. In fact, because it’s brand new we expect a few bumps along the way. But in our experience, we find that if you keep an open mind and flexible attitude you’ll discover that a little detour here and there can make things more interesting. However, if this is something that concerns you then we recommend holding off and booking this trip in another year or so when the kinks are ironed out.
Iran is one of the safest and friendliest places you can travel but it is very conservative. It is very important that before you sign up for this tour you are committed to following a strict dress code (particularly for women) in what may be quite warm weather. Things don't get much more different to home than this!
On arrival in Iran, all women must wear a headscarf and must also have their arms and legs covered. Men must also be conservatively dressed.
Alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran and severe penalties will be incurred by anyone attempting to bring it into the country. Drug laws are also extremely strict and travellers face lengthy jail terms if caught. If found, pork, obscene material (even glossy magazines showing people in immodest poses), and controversial literature will all be confiscated by custom officials. Upon arrival, you as a foreigner will likely be whisked through customs but note that random bag checks do occur.
The pathways around some of the sites may be uneven, rocky or dusty. Some of the guided trips may involve quite a lot of walking in the elements. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and be prepared with hats, sunscreen, water or layers for cooler weather.
Please note the town of Masouleh is a heritage village. Please be aware due to the infrastructure of the village the hotel we stay in on Days 5 & 6 is a basic local 2 star hotel.
Iran is a big country and this trip covers a lot in eight days, be prepared for some long travel days with lots of opportunity to take in the great landscapes.
Please note that travellers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran. You will need to bring all the money you will need for your entire trip with you. Please read through the money matters section of your essential trip information for further details
Getting a visa for Iran can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. It may take a couple of weeks to get your authorisation code, and then it can take up to 30 days to receive your visa back from the embassy or consulate. Rules can and do change often - this is the nature of the destination. We are here to help you through it.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. An arrival transfer is included on this trip
2. This trip starts at 12noon on Day 1
3. Please note deposits on this trip are non refundable and non-transferable as per our terms and conditions. You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit per person for your booking to be confirmed
5. A single supplement is available on this trip.
Please note that US, British and Canadian passport holders will need to book this trip at least 2 months before departure as this is the length of time it takes to process a visa for these nationalities. There may also be further travel restrictions that apply to these nationalities. Please see our online visa information for more details. Simply select the relevant nationality in the drop down list to access detailed visa information http://www.intrepidtravel.com/iran-visa-application-form
Please note that travellers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran. You will need to bring all the money you will need for your entire trip with you. Please read through the money matters section of your essential trip information for further details Please note that travellers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran. You will need to bring all the money you will need for your entire trip with you. Please read through the money matters section of your essential trip information for further details is included on this trip.