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SAMPLE TRAVEL ITINERARY IN IRAN - CULTURAL TOUR
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IRAN TRAVEL GUIDE
WHERE CAN I BOOK A TOUR IN IRAN?
If you are looking for a tour company in Iran and would like to book an Iran Tour from a reliable local operator, we highly recommend Alibabatrek. They provide either Iran tour packages and tailor-made tours, to meet the interests of visitors looking for any kind of travel experience, from adventures in unspoilt nature, to culture itineraries among fantastic cities with an incredibly rich history.
WHAT TO SEE IN IRAN?
With its many attractions ranging from cities with an intriguing history, traditional villages, art, Persian and Islamic architecture, mosques, natural beauties and extreme landscapes, Iran is a country that can satisfy a huge variety of travelers looking for destinations still not yet affected by mass tourism. Let's see in more details what are the main things to see in Iran and where they can be found:
The itinerary presented in this travelogue is mainly concentrated on the cultural aspect, on art and architecture among major cities, and takes place over 11 days. Visiting all (or most) of the attractions in Iran obviously requires much more time or multiple trips, either for the distances to be covered, either and for the time needed to fully enjoy the regions to be visited.
HOW TO GET TO IRAN?
The main Iranian airports on which international flights operate are Tehran (IKA - Imam Khomeini) and Shiraz (SZY). Some airlines such as Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways offer the opportunity to arrive in Tehran and depart from Shiraz (or vice versa) avoiding the need to return to the starting point of the tour on the last day (and therefore avoiding a very long journey by car, or an internal flight with the related transfers between hotels and airports).
HOW TO MOVE AROUND IN IRAN?
Most group tours or individual trips booked through an agency, will be operated by either a car or van with driver / guide and this is probably the best way to move around in Iran, especially for those having little time available for the holiday and for those wishing to learn as much as possible from someone knowing the country and the attractions very well (usually the cost for this kind of travel is very accessible, even for solo travelers). In Iran it is still possible to rent a car, just consider that driving in the traffic, due to the average driving style below western standard, can be difficult and that sometimes the routes to get to the destination are not always easy to find, even using a navigator. Alternatively, on short distances, you can use taxis (very cheap, especially choosing collective taxis) while major cities like Tehran and Isfahan have a good network of buses and subway. In order to travel over long distances, low cost internal flights are available (but the ticket can not always be purchased through the normal international channels), while the major cities are also connected by Iranian railways and buses.
IS IT SAFE TO GO TO IRAN?
If you wish to go to Iran but are discouraged by the negative image that newspapers and Western governments give on this country, you must know that the Iranian people are very friendly and welcoming. Traveling in Iran doesn't pose any particular risk or danger and, like you already do in any western city like Rome, Paris or New York, you just need to take care not to leave around your personal belongings unattended and to watch for pick-pockets while in crowded places. The only real safety issue when traveling in Iran may come from traffic, but it is enough just to take extra care when crossing the streets, double checking even when using pedestrian crossings.
WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT IRAN?
The weather in Iran has quite important extreme temperatures both in summer and in winter, so the best time to go to Iran is in most cases the middle season, that is late spring (between April and May) and the early autumn (between mid September and mid November). Climatically speaking, even in March would be a best time to visit Iran, but we must consider that during the second half of the month there are several national holidays in a row, during which lot of Iranians travel around to visit museums, traditional houses and mosques, resulting in over-crowded places. Visiting Iran in summer is possible too, but you have to be prepared to deal with rather high temperatures (not recommended for deserts, and in any case not really comfortable for cities, as you will spend many hours walking among museums and monuments). Iran in winter can be instead very cold because not only the climate is continental, but also because most cities are located at an elevation between 1000 and 2000 meters, with possible snow showers. The dry season in Iran is summer, while most rainfall occurs between late autumn and early spring (but we are still talking about very dry regions of the world, so even during wet season, the rainfall is limited and can be managed well).
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE IN IRAN?
How to dress in Iran and what rules to follow on clothing in Iran can be one of the most frequently asked question (or even a source of anxiety) when planning a trip to Iran, especially by women. Many concerns are perhaps due to the fact that when people see images of Iran on TV, completely black chador are usually shown, although the real dress code in Iran is much more casual than a Western can imagine, even for women. There are however some rules that must be followed by both men and women, let's see what they are:
MORE USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING IN IRAN
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|<<-- VAI Tehran is the city where most tour in Iran will either start or finish. We get the opportunity to visit some beautiful old palaces, several museums, a stunning mosque and the vibrant historical center with its huge bazaar.|
|<<-- VAI Kashan is particularly known for the traditional houses, ancient palaces built with an intriguing architecture, that housed wealthy families. We visit some of these old houses, the ancient baths and a typical Persian garden.|
|<<-- VAI Nestled in the mountains of western Iran, in the heart of an arid desert, the traditional village of Abyaneh is entirely built by red clay mixed with straw and still preserves ancient customs now disappeared from the rest of the country.|
|<<-- VAI A short detour along the highway that connects Kashan to Isfahan, lets us to discover this little known village, which houses a very old sanctuary and where visitors can experience a pottery factory that still works with traditional methods.|
|<<-- VAI With its large mosques finely decorated with millions of tiles and its sumptuous traditional buildings, Isfahan is one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East. Let's go to discover its intriguing architecture and its rich history.|
|<<-- VAI In the heart of an arid and hot desert, the ancient inhabitants of Yazd have solved the problem of conditioning the houses through the wind-catching towers. Let's find out how these curious structures work by walking among the beautiful historical center of the city.|
|<<-- VAI Over 2500 years old, the ruins of Persepolis, the nearby Necropolis and Pasargadae, tell the story of the Achaemenid Empire and ancient Persia through stone inscriptions, marvelous bas-reliefs and priceless archaeological finds.|
|<<-- VAI Shiraz can be defined as the city of the gardens and ancient palaces, where the architects have used all their imagination to satisfy the requests of wealthy families. Visitors shouldn't miss the Pink Mosque and other beautiful mosques.|
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