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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.
  • Take an overnight train from Tehran to Shiraz, spend some time in the restaurant car with the locals and learn about life in the fascinating culture.
  • 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.
The Iran Adventure tour starts and ends in Tehran. The Iran Adventure is a Walking Tour that takes 14 days taking you from Tehran, Iran and through other destinations in Asia.

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.
Welcome to Tehran! Iran's capital is exciting, noisy and chaotic. Home to 15 million people, Tehran is the country's beating heart and where its true national identity is found. Expect to see women wearing full-length chadors competing for space with young and hip girls in figure-hugging manteau and headscarves. You will be met on arrival at Tehran International airport and transferred to your hotel. There will be a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please refer to your hotel noticeboard or talk to reception for more details. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have this on hand. After the meeting, you could try some fine Iranian cuisine like dizi (soup stew mashed into a paste) while enjoying traditional music at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Discover Tehran on a walking tour with your local leader. Visit the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palaceis, an opulent masterpiece of the Qajar era, decorated with beautifully painted tiles and set around an elegant garden. Then, swing past the Imam Khomeini Mosque, an early-18th-century complex and one of the city's largest and busiest mosques. Check out the labyrinthian Tehran Grand Bazaar, before heading back to the hotel in the afternoon. Take advantage of one of the day rooms to refresh yourself before boarding your overnight train to Shiraz.
Accommodation
  • Overnight Train
Arrive in Shiraz in the morning and transfer to your hotel. Have breakfast, freshen up and then hit the town in a walking tour of ‘the Pearl of Persia’. Shiraz is a city of poets and gardens, and has been considered the centre of Persian culture for thousands of years. Lavish mansions, colourful woollen rugs, art, philosophy, poetry – Shiraz is full of Iranian romance. Stop first at Shahcheragh – the holiest site in Shiraz. This glittering mosque and funerary monument is a popular pilgrimage site, sure to impress even non-believers with its beauty and grandeur. Then, visit the Jame Atiq Mosque, parts of which date back to the 9th-century. Finish the tour with a stop at a traditional teahouse in bustling Vakil Bazaar, where merchants peddle textiles, jewellery, spices and clothes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Just an hour away from Shiraz lies the ancient city of Persepolis. Once the centre of the Persian Empire and one of the great cities of the ancient world, Persepolis was constructed during the reign of Darius I and took 150 years to complete. The imposing gateways, exquisite relief carvings and towering columns still impress today. Enjoy a guided tour of this splendid and somewhat mysterious ancient city.

The rest of your afternoon is free for you to explore Shiraz at your own pace. If feel like some peace and quiet, consider wandering among through colourful flower beds in the Eram Gardens, also known as the ‘Garden of Paradise’ (Bagh-e Eram). Perhaps get a sense of Iranian national identity past and present in the tomb of Hafez – a 14th-century poet and folk hero considered by many to be Iran’s greatest artist. More contemporary, but still lovely, is the tomb of Saadi, another eminent Persian scholar whose work is still renowned in Iran today. In the centre of town, you will find the Arg-e Karim Khan, a sturdy mud-brick citadel from the 18th century. Although it is most impressive from the outside, the room exhibiting historic photos from the 19th and 20th century is worth checking out. In the evening,

Meet up with your group in the early evening as we join locals Shirazi's for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Shiraz - Bagh-e Eram Gardens - IRR 150000
  • Shiraz - Tomb of Hafez - IRR 150000
Enjoy a free morning  in the ‘City of Flowers and Nightingales’, which has managed to retain its provincial, relaxed atmosphere and is a lovely place to explore.

If you are an early riser consider checking out the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, with your local Leader undoubtedly the best time to experience this astonishingly beautiful mosque is in the early morning light.

In the afternoon, journey into Fars Province to meet your nomadic hosts. The barren landscape sits in stark contrast to the vibrancy and hospitality of its inhabitants. Iran is home to around 500 different nomadic groups. The largest, the Qashqai, are Turkic speaking pastoral nomads who winter near the Persian Gulf and summer on the central Iranian Plateau. For many, migration is still a way of life, though some traditionally nomadic communities are now settled in villages scattered throughout the region. Spend the evening with a Qashqai family in one such local village, sharing a meal, stories and songs with your hosts.
Accommodation
  • Home Stay
Say farewell to your desert hosts and journey towards the town of Eghlid. In ancient Persia, Eghlid acted as the main gateway from the north to Persepolis, as other routes were too mountainous and difficult to pass. Check into your hotel in this sleepy town, then head out to explore the ruins of the Sassanid Empire, including the shrine of Eghlid and the ‘Towers of Silence’.

Part of Zoroastrian tradition, the towers are raised circular structures where the dead were laid out to be picked clean by scavenger birds, lest the body be contaminated by evil spirits. Zoroastrianism, which dates back over 4000 years, was the state religion of Iran before the arrival of Islam. Followers believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord), and they worship communally in a Fire Temple or Agiary.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
Travel one hour to the desert-valley town of Abarqu, tucked under the Zagros Mountains. Spend a little time checking out the many historic local sights, including an ancient ice house (a passive refrigerator), the 11th-century Gonbad Ali Dome, the Qajar-era mansion Khan-e Aghazadeh, the Jameh Mosque, and a 4000-year-old cypress tree. Continue to Yazd, arriving in the late afternoon. This ancient desert city was a major stop on the caravan routes to central Asia and India during the Silk Road period – Marco Polo even visited the city on his way to China – and it retains a rustic feel to this day.

Check into your hotel and get oriented with a leader-led walk around the city. Later, maybe ask your leader where to go for the best local sweets. Yazd is well-known in Iran (and around the world) for a wide variety of confectionary featuring plenty of nuts, rosewater and flaky pastry.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Set out on a walking tour of this fine city, stopping first at the local Jameh Mosque, notable for its fine mosaics and beautiful exterior. From here you are ideally placed to explore the older parts of the city, which scholars believe to be the oldest adobe (earthen material) city on earth. Walk through narrow kuches (lanes) and past simple courtyards, snapping shots of the ornate doors set into mud-brick buildings. One of the most distinctive features of Yazd are the wind towers (‘badgirs’) that capture even the softest of breezes and send them to the buildings below, an ancient form of a air conditioning.

Learn how underground water channels kept the city hydrated with water from the mountains at the Water Museum. Stop in at the local Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, both vestiges of the city’s Zoroastrian heritage. In the Zoroastrian religion, fire and water are agents of ritual purity, and the fire in the Atashkadeh Fire Temple is said to have been continuously burning since AD470.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Join an optional morning excursion outside of Yazd, including stops at the impressive Kharanak mud-brick village, Chak Chak fire temple, and the Meybod citadel. The impressive town of Kharanak is believed to be 1000 years old, and you can explore the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, peering into the houses of wealthy merchants and hammans (bathhouses). If you choose to participate in this excursion, you will also explore the valley and nearby mountains. Wonder at the ancient irrigation system and water ducts, still used to irrigate the fields – great shocks of green that sit against the brown desert. Chak Chak is one of the most important Zoroastrian pilgrimage sites in Iran, and you’ll climb up the mountainside to reach the fire temple – your efforts rewarded with wonderful views. Chak Chak means ‘drip, drip’, named for a trickle of holy water that drips inside the temple. If you're after a more relaxing day, then you can simply stay at the hotel – a traditional 19th-century mansion – puff on a qalyan or try the local favourite, camel fesenjun, in the shady courtyard.In the afternoon, conitnue to Zein-o-din Caravanserai. Set in the desolate Dasht-e Lut desert, Zein-o-din is a classic caravanserai (desert inn) built during the 16th century. A night's stay in a caravanserai is a wonderful chance to step into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant and relive the age when this area hummed with travellers. Most of the rooms remain unchanged from days gone by, with carpets covering raised wooden floors, and heavy curtains rather than doors separating rooms from the hallway. Like Silk Road travellers before you, experience a rich red sunset while the night sky fills with stars.
Accommodation
  • Guest House
Optional Activities
  • Yazd - Kharanaq-Chak-Cahk-Meybod tour
Rise and shine for an early, authentic breakfast of freshly baked bread. Then enjoy free time to bask in the sunshine on the rooftop, overlooking the barren landscape of the surrounding desert plains.

Then, make the 5-hour journey to Esfahan. A 16th-century rhyme described Esfahan as 'half the world' and after spending a few days here, you might be inclined to agree. There's an abundance of fine Islamic buildings, most of which are covered with the blue mosaic tiles Iran is famous for.

When the sun goes down, local people gather to talk, drink tea and sing beautiful folk songs at several of the cities bridges, on arrival in the early evening we make like the locals and take a walk by the river  to check out the Khaju Bridge.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Soak up the atmosphere of Esfahan during a half-day tour of the city. Your leader will give you some insight into life under Persia's greatest ruler, Shah Abbas, who ruled Esfahan when it became the capital of Persia during in the 16th century.

Begin the tour at the immense Imam Square (formerly Naqsh-e Jahan Square), which covers an area of 82,500 square metres and is surrounded by by many grand buildings, such as the Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysarieh Portal and the majestic Imam Mosque.

Travel west of Imam Square to the Ali Qapu, a visually fascinating palace used by Shah Abbas to receive guests and foreign ambassadors.

Visit the atmospheric local bazaar, taking in the heady smell of spices and the sound of merchants' cries. Walk the covered lanes of this sprawling marketplace, where shafts of light filter through celling and lattice, and browse for fabrics, jewellery and other treasures with the locals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
This morning, take a walking tour of the Christian-Armenian quarter of Esfahan with your leader.

This area of the city, known New Jolfa, was established by Shah Abbas I In the early 17th century. The Shah transported over 150,000 Armenians from a town in what is now Iran's northern border, offering them an oasis of religious freedom in exchange for their contribution to the economy and culture of Esfahan.

Choose to visit the stunning Vank Cathedral, the Manar Jomban (Shaking Minarets) and or the Chehel Sotun Palace in your free time.  Your tour Leader will have plenty of suggestions.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Esfahan - Chehel Sotun Palace - IRR 250000
  • Esfahan - Manar Jomban (Shaking Minarets) - IRR 200000
Enjoy a late start this morning before our departure back to Tehran.

A full afternoon of travel awaits, so make sure you have some snacks and a good book or two to keep you company. You will arrive in Tehran at around 6pm in the evening. If you have the energy following check in, perhaps head out for a final orange blossom tea or late dinner with your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart at anytime. Please note you must check out of the hotel by 12 pm.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotel (9 nights), Guesthouse (2 night), Home Stay (1 night) Overnight Train (1 night)
Meals
  • 13 Breakfast, 4 Dinner
Transport
  • Overnight Train , Private Mini Bus
Included Activities
  • Tehran - Golestan Palace Entrance
  • Tehran - City walking tour
  • Shiraz - Shahcheragh guided tour
  • Shiraz - Jame Atiq Mosque visit
  • Shiraz - City walking tour
  • Shiraz - Home cooked meal
  • Persepolis - Entrance and Guided tour
  • Shiraz - Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque
  • Eghlid - Orientation walk
  • Abarkouh - Ice Houses
  • Abarkuh - Cypress of Abarkuh
  • Yazd - Guided walking tour
  • Yazd - Fire Temple and Towers of Silence visit
  • Esfahan - Khaju & Si-o-seh Pol Bridges
  • Esfahan - Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
  • Tehran - Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
  • Esfahan - City walking tour
  • Esfahan - Ali Qapu Palace
  • Esfahan - Qeysariye Bazaar
  • Esfahan - Vank Cathedral
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Tehran are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Iran Adventure tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Tehran/ Tehran
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Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 15 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Iran Adventure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Iran Adventure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Iran Adventure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Last modified (date)

    18 Jun 2019

  • Trip title

    Iran Adventure

  • Trip code

    HPSN

  • Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

  • Introduction

    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.

  • Style

    Original

  • Transport

    Overnight Train,Private Mini Bus

  • Physical Rating

    2

  • Finish point instructions

    We highly recommend you arrange a private departure transfer through Intrepid Travel. If you are travelling on a British, US or Canadian passport, you must pre-arrange private transfers through Intrepid. Taxis can be arranged for around USD$50. The trip can take up to two hours depending on the time of your onwards flight and subsequent traffic conditions.

    If you have any difficulties with your departure transfer, please contact our local representative, Uppersia- Pazira Travel Company on +989 337 408 300

  • Group leader

    All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new or training other group leaders.

    Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. In Iran, in accordance with local regulations your Leader will also be a licensed Tour Guide and will not only have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip; but will also have specialised knowledge on the sites visited and provide full guiding services.

  • Is this trip right for you

    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.

    This trip has an overnight train on day 2 from Tehran to Shiraz, it is a comfortable first class service with sleeping couchettes and shared batroom facilities

    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

    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.

  • Health

    All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

    DRINKING WATER:
    As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Many hotels and lodges provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. Water consumption should be about two litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

  • Food and dietary requirements

    Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements.

    Please notify your booking consultant of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader or representative will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

  • Money matters

    When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

    Also, make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
    Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.

    TIPPING

    Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

    Usually the equivalent of around USD5 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine. Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.

    TIPPING GUIDE

    To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

    *Basic restaurants; round up to the nearest figure or leaving the loose change is generally fine.
    *Up-market restaurants; when checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no ,requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
    *Home Stay; USD2 to USD3 per person
    *Private Vehicle Drivers;USD2 to USD3 per person per day
    *Local guides; in Iran your Tour Leader is also your Local Guide 
    *Your tour leader; you may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD2 to USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    Whilst we have used USD as a guide it is perfectly acceptable to tip in local Iranian Rial

    EMERGENCY FUNDS

    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.



    TRAVELLERS TO IRAN PLEASE NOTE:
    Iran is very much a cash economy. This means travellers can rarely use debit or credit cards while in Iran. There are virtually no opportunities to withdraw cash in Iran. ATM’s are non-existent. Credit cards are also only accepted sporadically; there may be rare occasions in tourist-orientated shops that credit cards are accepted, otherwise cash is the main method of trade in Iran.

    If you are arriving into Tehran on Thursday afternoon or Friday we highly recommend passengers exchange money at the Airport as all other currency exchange houses in the city will be closed until Saturday.

  • Climate and seasonal

    WEEKEND & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN IRAN:
    Thursday (afternoon) and Friday are the weekend in Iran. Please note that there may be changes to operating hours of sites, museums and stores. Iran also has a lot of public holidays. The dates of many of these holidays change annually as they are scheduled according to the lunar calendar. If you are arriving over a weekend or public holiday we recommend you change some money beforehand as Currency Exchanges will be closed over these days

    RAMADAN 2019
    In 2019, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 6th  May through until 4th  June, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected


    IRANIAN NEW YEAR:
    Please note that the Iranian New Year will take place from 20 March to 2 April 2019. Many Iranian banks and government offices will be closed for the week of this period. Iran Authorisation code request forms will not be accepted or processed during this time by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran

  • A couple of rules

    Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

    Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

    The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

    By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.

    If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

    ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND CONTRABAND:
    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 products, 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 commonly occur.

  • Accommodation notes

    OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
    The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made, should this occur. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

    TWIN SHARE BASIS
    Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite, this is noted in the special information section on each day

    FACILITIES
    In some accommodations bathrooms may be what can be referred to as a "wet room" this simply means that the shower recess will have no lip on it and may not even have a curtain. Extra care needs to be taken as if you are not familiar with this type of facility you may slip. Bathroom shoes are provided to prevent this and we recommend you use them.

    Most hotel in Iran do not offer coffee and tea making facilities.

    HEATING and COOLING
    air-conditioning is not always available and as this is a desert country the temperatures can be warm to very hot in the day and cooler in the evening.

    CHECK-IN TIME
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

    PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

  • Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

    SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

  • Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES:
    Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist.

    Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

    DEPOSITS
    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 of $400 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (9 nights),Guesthouse (2 night),Home Stay (1 night) Overnight Train (1 night)

  • Themes

    Explorer

  • Physical preparation

    A reasonable level of fitness is expected and will certainly help increase the enjoyment of the trip. Some of the archaeological sites and activities included involve a fair amount of walking.

  • Joining point description

    The Roudaki Hotel is located in the heart of Tehran. Museums, shopping malls, recreation centres and palaces are all within easy access. The hotel boasts a restaurant on the ground floor with a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere serving a variety of Persian dishes, noodles and seafood. WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

    The hotel has 48 suites, all with 40 square meters of space. The rooms are all equipped with a LCD TV, free WiFi, 24-hour central air-conditioning, refrigerator, safe box and more.

  • Joining point instructions

    A private arrival transfer is included on this trip. Please ensure you have provided your booking agent with your flight details at least 30 days prior to travelling to Iran and that this transfer is confirmed. If you are travelling on a British, US or Canadian passport, you must pre-arrange private transfers through Intrepid Travel. On arrival you may be asked to fill out a standard customs declaration form, which you show to the customs officer, who stamps it. It’s best that you keep this form until you leave Iran. Please look out for our transfer operator after clearing customs, who will be holding a sign with your name.

    If you have difficulty locating the driver please make your way to the information desk in the airport to contact our local operator. Please advise them that you have booked through Intrepid's local operator;'Uppersia - Pazira. Our local representative can be contacted on +989 337 408 300

  • Transport notes

    There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.


    SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING:

    Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at time it can appear a little overkill.

    Public transport in Iran is comfortable and safe and allows for opportunities to interact with the locals and learn more about this destination. This trip includes an overnight train and a VIP Bus service.
    The overnight train is a comfortable first-class sleeping service with meal services.
    Buses run very frequently and VIP services  are extremely comfortable and even come with an afternoon snack.
    Using public transport in a destination is an excellent way to minimise the impact on the local environment and to better understand and immerse yourself into a destination 

  • Emergency contact

    GENERAL ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

    In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below:


    Intrepid's Local Operator: +989 337 408 300

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