Be mesmerised by the richness of Iranian culture and scenery
Welcome to the hidden world of Iran. Travel through this fascinating country to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads and shimmering deserts. Whether you're relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran, enjoying guided tours of ancient cultural sites, or breaking bread with nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people is endearing and the profound beauty of their land is mesmerising.
TRIP CHANGES IN 2019:
This trip will no longer have an included flight in 2019 due to increasing difficulties confirming flights with our preferred airline, and ongoing flight delays. Instead we will take an overnight train from Tehran to Shiraz on Day 2. The trip will also no longer visit Kashan. This will give the trip a more relaxed pace, and more opportunities for local interaction.
Discover an Iran beyond the media portrayals of a repressive and dour regime – this is a country full of warm, lively and friendly people.
Explore the rich history told in the ancient ruins that lie across the country. Modern Iran is a great fusion of civilisations – the Archaemedians, Alexander the Great, the Parthanians, Sassanians, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, and Safavids – who all left their mark in innumerable ways.
Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the centre of the known world.
Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life with a beautifully remote homestay with the Qashqai people.
Surround yourself with beautiful landscapes and amazing architecture – from breath-taking mosques to stepped hillside villages, cleverly designed wind towers and the macabre Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.
Slip into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic 16th century Caravanserai.
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. 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.
Iran is a big country and this trip covers a lot in two weeks, so be prepared for some long travel days with lots of opportunity to take in the great landscapes.
Accommodation at the Carvanserai, and Village homestay is basic with limited/shared facilities
Due to the nature of the nomadic tribes we visit, there may be occasions when they are 'on the move' and we are not able to stay with or visit them. In this situation we will make arrangements to stay with a local village family.
Please note that we use a local supplier for our arrival transfer. As tourism is a developing industry in Iran, it is possible your driver will not speak English.
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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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1. An arrival transfer is included on this trip.
2. This trip starts at noon (12pm) on Day 1.
3. On Day 2 there is an included internal flight from Tehran to Shiraz The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 17kgs per person plus hand luggage.
4. 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. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Day 4: Village homestay
Day 6 - Caravanserai
6. TRIP CHANGES IN 2019: The internal flight Tehran to Shiraz has been replaced with an overnight train and we will no longer visit Kashan.
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.
Our Iran Adventure trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 135 reviews in the last year.
Traveling to Iran with Intrepid Travel has been a great experience and one that surpassed all of my expectations. I highly recommend traveling on their group tours no matter your nationality, but even more so if you are American, British, and Canadian since they will facilitate and guide you with the visa process.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2018
Believe the comments you read telling you how warm, welcoming, and friendly the Iranian people are. We experienced not one instance of negativity or tension. In fact, we became hesitant to tell people we were from the U.S. because the inevitable result was 10 to 20 minutes of taking photos and being told how much they loved us and our country. We had several people apologize for how difficult it can be to obtain a visa to visit Iran. You will come to understand (or have reinforced) that governments and a country's people are not the same. If you are considering making this trip, but have doubts or fears, you will not regret putting them aside. Take the plunge (and request Yasna as your guide).
Review submitted 17 Sep 2018