Unlock the secrets of Iran on an epic two-wheeled adventure
Embark on a cycling adventure across the hidden world of Iran. Brimming with mystery and intrigue, this is a country of refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads and shimmering deserts. Visit the lively bazaars of Tehran, the immaculate gardens in Kashan, the deep red mudbrick town of Abyaneh, the incredible bridges and mosques of Esfahan, the great ruins of Izad Khast and Pasargad, the cliff-cut necropolis Naqsh-e Rustam, the jaw-dropping ancient city of Persepolis and the must-see old towns of Shiraz and Yazd.
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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
Travel to Izad Khast for a private tour of the castle ruins, and cap with day off by witnessing a traditional dance performance
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
As well as a support car and friendly local guidance, enjoy warm and welcoming Iranian hospitality, staying in family homes along the way
To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
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.
Iran is a big country and this trip covers a lot in two weeks, so be prepared for some long travel days in the vehicle as well as cycling.
When we stay in local homes we sleep on the floor rather than in a bed (so bringing your own light inflatable mattress is essential).
Most group meals are on a 'shared' basis where the group orders a number of dishes and everyone shares (as opposed to ordering your own dish)
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Cycle Iran trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This trip involves long periods of time in a vehicle transiting between destinations.
2. Approved bike helmets are hard to source in Iran so it is essential to bring your own from home.
IMPORTANT - 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 the Passport & Visa section for detailed information or contact your consulate.