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The ultimate travel guide to Iran

Ultimate travel guide to Iran

On our one way ticket to the Far East we never planned on stopping in Iran, a country we knew little about. However we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran.

So we decided to go for it! And boy are we happy that we did. We spent one month travelling the country, from the date palm trees in the south, through the deserts in the west to the freezing mountains in the north.

Iran seems to offer everything a nature-lover can desire, where you can enjoy four seasons all-year round. Here you’ll find the hottest deserts on earth, the world’s largest water cave and the tallest mountains in the Middle-East. Not to mention, being repeatedly titled the most hospitable nation in the world by experienced travellers, with an unrivaled cultural heritage of ancient Persia.

Bazar in Yazd

But is it really safe to visit Iran?

At first our ignorant minds wandered about the Islamic State in Iraq and Afghani Taliban. How can it possibly be safe to travel to Iran, bordered between these two unstable countries? But we were wrong! After filtering through media propaganda and US embassy warnings, we found heaps of real travel stories, all mentioning how safe it is to visit Iran.

After spending 30 days in the country we can now share our own personal experience. We felt safe from day one! Even when wandering the streets after nightfall. Iranians have the utmost respect for travellers and make their efforts in convincing you that Iran is safe, disproving the media rumors. As a result of a strict Islamic regime, violent crime rates are low, even lower than in the US.

That being said, every country has its own set of rules and Iran might have stricter rules than most contries, but as a travelers it is your responsibility to respect them. These rules might bother some, for instance gender seperation and strict female dress codes. Women must cover their hair by law and dress approriately. However after a few days in Iran this gets into habit and by respecting their culture you will not face any trouble. Also, keep in mind that many Iranians disagree with the opinions of the ruling government. So don’t let your own thoughts of the islamic regime keep you away from visiting this beautiful nation.

The desert Maranjab outside of Kashan

Before going to Iran

When going to Iran you should try to plan it well in advance. The visa process can take up to one month and requirements depend on nationality. For example US, British and Canadian citizens cannot enter Iran without a guide and travellers that have a Israeli-stamp in their passport may be refused entry. Return ticket out of the country may also be needed.

One important thing to be aware of before you go; Credit and debit cards are useless in Iran due to US sanctions, so bring enough cash for the duration of your stay. So just to make it clear, take ENOUGH cash with you. Running out of money is the biggest problem travellers face in the country. It’s almost impossible to get your hands on more cash after entering the country.

the shrine of Hilal Ibn Ali

Visa Process

To enter Iran, a passport valid for six months beyond the length of stay, with two blank pages, is required for most nationalities.

The visa process will start by you contacting an approved Iranian travel agent in order to get the so called “authorisation number”. We used Key to Persia and we were very satisfied with their service. However, we had to pay 35 EUR beforehand and it’s non-refundable, even if your application is not accepted. After receiving your personal data, they will apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and get back to you with the authorisation number if the MFA accepted your application (may take 2-4 weeks).

After getting your authorisation number print it out and take it to your closest Iran embassy. Since we don’t have one in Iceland, we got our visas from the Iranian embassy in Dubai. After our visit to the embassy we came back the next day to collect our visas. It turned out to be a convenient stopover since we were able to book super cheap tickets from Sharjah airport to Lar with Airarabia.

View over the city Lar

Currency

Backpacking Iran is incredibly inexpensive these days. Iran is a country that offers great value for money.

The Iranian rial, symbolised internationally as IRR, is the currency of Iran; however be prepared, prices are often quoted in toman = 10 rials. 

As we mentioned before foreign cards are not accepted in Iran. So foreign currency will be needed, US dollars and euros are by far the most useful, though other currencies can at times also be exchanged. Bills in good condition as well as large bills tend to be preferred, but smaller denominations are also accepted.

Acommodation

A lot of Iranians are members on Couchsurfing, a website for free homestay with locals all around the world. So during our month in Iran we only spent 4 nights at a hotel. We got invited to one family after the other so we don’t have many hotels or guesthouses to share with you but we highly recommend the Couchsurfing community. It’s really the best way to get introduced to the local life, the Iranian cuisine and the their culture. Iranians are known to be one of the most hospitable people in the world and may well be the king of couchsurfing.

Take a look at our Couchsurfing experience

Iranian hospitality

Family from Lar

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Iran, however it’s highly appriciated by the locals and maybe expected from people working in the tourism industry.

When staying with a local family it’s a good idea to bring a small gift. It doesn’t need to be much but bringing something from your home country will truly make your hosts happy.

Entrance Fees

Almost every single tourist site in Iran has an entrance fee. Even the popular botanic gardens in the cities will charge you. The fee is usually around 4$ and is payed by the entrance gate.

However some mosques and shrines will be free of charge.

Solo travels in Iran

Solo travellers should not really face any safety problems. Things like theft are rare, because of the strict law system in the country and the overall hospitality of the people. Couchsurfing is a great way to connect with people and to meet other travellers.

Azadi Tower

Transportation

Prepare yourself the traffic is quite overwhelming! It’s quite difficult to rent a car, so you either have to use public transport or hire a guide to drive you. Public transportation is very cheap, even domestic airfare.

  • Hire a driver:
    We hired a guide to drive us around for a whole day and it cost us 40$. Most guides are interested in meeting foreign visitors and will go the “extra-mile” for you.
  • City busses:
    Most Iranian towns and cities have local bus services. Bus numbers and destinations are usually only marked in Farsi, so you need to do a lot of asking around, but most people will be happy to help. Do take notice that most of the city busses are gender separated. Men will sit in the front and women at the back.
  • Long distance busses:
    It’s easy to get between cities and there are many busses running everyday. You can choose between a regular one and a VIP. The VIP usually cost around 4$ and the regular 2$.
  • Taxis:
    Taxis are also really affordable, but the price needs to be bargained beforehand.
  • Hitchhiking:
    Hitchhiking always includes a small but potential risk. Hitchhiking in Iran is relatively easy and also well known in their own culture. From our experience drivers would offer us a free ride in return for some english practice or just out of sheer hospitality.

Wearing Hijab in Iran

Learn Taroof

Taroof is a special art of Iranian etiquette or politeness, which is good to be familiar with. Taroof encompasses a range of social behaviours, from opening a door for a woman to denying a cup of tea at least three times before accepting the offer. After the third time the host will know whether you seriously don’t want a cup of tea or not.

Taarof may sometimes cause misunderstandings between both parties and can be a source for awkward situations in a social setting. For example when a host piles food on a guest’s plate despite the guest’s refusal. The host believes that the guest is Taarofing, but the guest is actually full and satisfied. This can also be confusing for tourists. We met a solo traveller from Brazil in Iran who was telling us how generous the Iranian people are. He told us that, yesterday, he had filled his motorcycle’s gasoline tank but when he asked the attendant “how much?” the attendant replied “ Its not a big deal, please, be my guest”. Having never heard of Taarof, our Brazilian friend, thanked him dearly for the free petrol and ran off on his bike, probably leaving the attendant very confused.

People of Abyaneh Village

Must do things while visiting Iran 

Enjoy Iranian cuisine, sitting on a Persian carpet

You won’t find many restaurants in the country, since Iranians prefer to cook at home. Most dishes include rice and meat (lamb, chicken or fish) mixed with various herbs and spices. Kebab with saffron rice is a popular dish, but the Fesenjan, a savory stew featuring duck, pomegranate and walnut, is a must try! Sitting on the carpet floor is the usual way of dining for most Iranians, whether poor or rich. At first we had some difficulties finding a comfortable position, but with every meal our muscles and ligaments seemed to get more and more used to the strain. Somehow sitting together on a beautiful Persian carpet makes the atmosphere more relaxed and less formal than dining at a dinner table.

Historical house Kashan

Go back to ancient Persia and visit Persepolis

Did you know that Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and hosts thirteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Perseoplis is one of them and one of the greatest ancient UNESCO sights in the Middle East. Built over 2500 years ago, Persepolis was the capital of the Persian Empire, back when it reached from Greece to India. The world empire was thought to have inhabited 44% of the world’s population during these times (the highest such number of any world empire). Its glory came to an end when Alexander the Great burned and sacked the city 333 BC, leaving Persepolis in ruins ever since.

Check out our blog from Persepolis here! 

Persepolis

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Climb the Kalouts of the Shadad Desert

The so called Kalouts are a rare formation of towering sand rocks, scattered around in the Shahdad desert. Here you will also find one of the hottest spots on earth, with ground temperatures reaching as high as 70°C during summer. Here you won’t find any living creatures, except maybe the toughest bacteria.

Check out our blog from the Shadad desert here! 

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Meet the locals and learn to Tarof

Iranians are famous for being one of the most hospitable nations in the world. You won’t have to wait long to test this reputation. We hadn’t even landed in Iran, but already we were starting to get invitation to stay for dinner or overnight from complete strangers. Accept these offers once in a while and get to know the unique etiquette of Tarof, mentioned above, where denying a cup of tea at least three times before accepting is considered courteous.

The desert in Iran

Go Skiing in Dizin

In the Alborz mountain range, north of Tehran, you’ll find one of the highest ski resorts in the world, Dizin. This resort has a good number of pistes to choose from and at the top (4000 m) you’ll get a perfect view over Mt. Damavand, Iran’s tallest mountain.

Check out our blog from skiing in Dizin here. 

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Try the local wine in Shiraz

Shiraz is a beautiful city with many places worth visiting, from holy mosques and shrines to busy bazaars and botanical gardens. Many might be familiar with the city’s name from its reputation of producing the finest wine in the Middle East. Apparently, making wine for export is legal but consuming alcohol in Iran is illegal! Despite that, many Iranians in Shiraz will invite you to taste their own homemade wine, but behind closed doors.

Check out our blog from Shiraz here. 

Nasir Mosque Shiraz

Visit half of the world in Esfahan

Once a capital of Iran and known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with tree lined boulevards, historical bridges and Islamic architecture. There is a famous rhyme in Persian “Esfahan nesf-e Jahan”, meaning “Esfahan is half of the world”.

Check out our blog from Esfahan here.

Siesopol bridge Isfahan

Get lost in the ancient red village Abyaneh

Often referred to as the Red Village for its red mud brick houses and the surrounding mountain terrain (bearing the same colour due to iron oxides). The village is at least 1500 years old originating from the time of the Arab invasion, when many of the Persians fled to the mountains and deserts to escape forced conversion to Islam.

Check out our blog from Abyaneh here. 

Abyaneh

Sail into the largest water cave in the world

Take a 2.4 km boat tour inside Ali-Sadr cave, the largest of its kind. On the walls inside you’ll find pictures of animals and hunting scenes dating back 12.000 years.

Check out our blog from Ali Sadr cave here. 

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Bargain for a Persian carpet at the bazaar

It can take one person up to 6-12 months to weave a 1.5 x 1.0 m carpet depending on how dense you weave it (knots per square inch). They can cost you up to 5000$, but you can get them for cheaper, with fewer knots, made from cheap wool instead of silk, coloured with chemicals instead of organic dyes, but we couldn’t get our eyes off the irresistible and shiny silk carpets woven to perfection. Take your time, drink tea with the owners and visit a few different shops. When you find the right carpet, remember to bargain heavily!

Buying persian carpet in iran

If you are looking for a country off the beaten path, then Iran is the place for you. The tourism is quite underdeveloped and it’s remarkable to see how Iranians stay close to their old traditions. Due to sanctions and poor economy, the lack of foreign influence seem to have locked in the true Persian culture and way of life. This makes Iran a rewarding place to visit especially for curious travelers who want to learn the basis of the country, who its people are and what their culture stands for – ignoring political propaganda and news headlines. So hurry up while you can, you never know when the sanctions will be lifted off, blowing in a gust of Western influence.

[blockquote]”A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”[/blockquote] — Moslih Eddin Saadi

Are you thinking about travelling to Iran? Find all our blogs about Iran here. 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Victoria@ The British Berliner
    May 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I just found your post via Rachel – Hippie in Heels, and I loved it. You’ve got a new subscriber. Well done!
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      Andri Wilberg Orrason
      May 31, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Hey Victoria! 🙂

      Thank you for visiting our blog. We are really glad you like it!

      Best regards,
      Ása & Andri

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    Nuno Caeiro
    May 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Hi guys! Greetings from Lisbon! 🙂

    Thank you so much for this amazing report about traveling in Iran! I’m so curious about this country and their culture i started doing some research regarding solo travel in this place. I share the opinion that the whole world have been filtering through media propaganda resulting in a lack of realism, truth and sometimes not so clear opinion about the country and people of Iran, yet i had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran and the reports are mind blowing!
    Last year i traveled alone in India during 1 month and i was amazed by this hospitable nation and the way one can easily connect with every single person and immediately establish friendship.

    I must confess i’m still a bit apprehensive so i will continue to look for more reports about backpackers and solo travelers who did it, but to be honest with you i’m soooo looking forward to visit Iran. 🙂

    Cheers!
    NC

    • Reply
      Ása Steinarsdóttir
      May 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Hey Nuno!
      Thank you for visiting our blog and it’s so nice that you are thinking about travelling to Iran. If you love to travel “off the beaten track” you will fall in love with this country.
      I think the opinion towards Iran will change over the next years and more and more people will discover this hidden treasure.
      We did not meet many travellers on our one month stay over there, but still we met one Brazilian who was travelling solo on his motorbike. He had already visited over 30 countries and Iran was his all time favourite.
      We felt safe the whole time there and the people of this nation is so friendly and helpful. So definitely continue to read more travellers stories and ignore US embassy warnings, since they are just there because of old conflicts.
      Since you have 4 weeks in Iran I recommend to bring enough cash with you.
      We started in a small desert town called Lar, from there we travelled up to Shiraz. In Shiraz there are many things to do and see – Like the amazing Pink Mosque (which is best to see during mornings). Outside of Shiraz is Persepolis which is perfect for a day trip.
      After Shiraz we headed over to Kerman, which is a town famous for a desert (Dasht-e Lut) located a little bit outside of the city. In the desert you will find unique stone formations called Kalouts, which are really nice to visit! At the same area you can visit the hottest spot on earth! But I recommend not going there over the hottest time of the year. It’s probably unbearable.
      After Kerman we went to Yazd which is a lovely town, I recommend spending a few days there. They have historical buildings, gardens and the old bazars are really nice.
      After Yazd we went up to Isfahan, where you can easily spend some days. Many things to see like old mosques, botanical gardens and historical buildings.
      After Isfahan we went to the RED village Abyaneh – which you HAVE to visit! It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen 🙂 Iran is full of these tiny old historical villages. Some of the villages are entirely built from stone and date back thousands of years. We didn’t have time to go there, but maybe next time when we visit.
      After that we went to Kashan. We went with a driver outside the city to visit sand dunes in a really nice desert (Mashad) close-by. He also took us to an underground city which was really interesting. After that he drove us to a huge salt lake (Dasht-e-Kavir), which reminds one of the salt lake in Bolivia)
      After Kashan we went to the capital Tehran where you can also easily spend some days.
      Then we went to Hamedan to visit the largest water cave in the world – Ali Sadr, which you discover by boat.
      We also went to Dizin (a mountain village north of Tehran) for skiing, which was lovely.
      Then I recommend visiting Badab-e Surt (orange hot springs) in Mazandaran Province. You can google it.

      Anyway since you have 4 weeks like us, this is a rough guide that could also suit you. We travelled from south to north but you could also do it the opposite way 🙂

      Good luck and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
      -Ása & Andri

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        Nuno Caeiro
        May 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        Thank you so much Ása & Andri for your quick answer! Your suggestions were very helpful to me so i can plan accordingly. I’m just starting doing research but he more I read the more I want to travel to Iran! 🙂
        Allow me to tell you about my expectations: travel on a low budget, get in touch with locals and know their daily life habits, visit most important cities and their monuments/attractions, take beautiful photos, learn a bit of their language, eat local food and drink a lot of tee, learn and understand the religion.

        At the moment my biggest concerns are:

        – carrying all the money during my trip;
        – hostels/guest houses availability in every city;
        – moving from one city to another (bus/train availability);
        – the language (english comprehension);

        At the moment i’m still not sure how much money i will need to travel 4 weeks trough Iran, but i’m an easy going person who doesn’t need a fancy hotel with all the typical western amenities (thanks India for teaching me how happy one can be with only a bit!). This will be a new challenge for me because i’m used to travel to places where internet is always by my side, so there is no big deal to book train tickets, bus tickets and hotels/guest houses. I believe things will be very different and maybe a little more complicated in Iran.

        Thank you very much once again Ása & Andri! Hope one day i’ll be able to embrace a dream journey like you guys are doing. I’ll be here following you guys!

        Cheers from Lisbon! 😉
        NC

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          Ása Steinarsdóttir
          June 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

          Hey Nuno 🙂

          You are welcome, we are more than happy to help! 🙂
          We do understand your concerns, since we had similar worries before going to Iran.

          – carrying all the money during my trip
          It’s a little bit scary to cary so much cash during your stay. However the Iranians believe it’s against their religion to rob another person and specially foreigners. We never felt scared or had any issues even though most people know that foreigners carry a lot of cash. The law system is so strict in Iran so robbing a foreigners is really putting their own life at risk. So from our experience you shouldn’t worry. You should be more concerned about brining ENOUGH cash with you. Since we wanted to stay longer in the country, but we didn’t bring enough with us to make the stay longer.

          – hostels/guest houses availability in every city;
          We traveled Iran in January and February which I’m guessing is low-season. We mainly slept at local houses through Couchsurfing. The Iranians really love foreigners and it’s sort of a “status symbol” to have foreign visitors. So if you make a public request at Couchsurfing people will fight over you haha! You will get plenty of invitations to peoples home.
          If Couchsurfing is not your thing that you could look into the hotels. When we were there, the hotels where never fully booked and really easy to get a room. However you should maybe check if you are going there during low- or high-season. If you are travelling high-season then maybe book some hotel in advance.

          – moving from one city to another (bus/train availability);
          Transportation was really easily accessible. You will mainly travel around with busses when you are going between cities. You can chose between a regular bus or a VIP bus. The VIP busses are more spacious, comfortable and faster. The regular ones are also quite good with comfortable seats. You usually just buy the ticket when you arrive at the bus station.
          However when we were getting between places inside cities, we mainly used taxis.(exept for Tehran, there we used the train system) The taxis are really cheap and getting a personal driver for a whole day is actually also cheap! Just remember to bargain the price beforehand.

          – the language (english comprehension);
          Most people we met did not speak good English. However many people at Couchsurfing are good in English, so our hosts were really helpful. Sometimes they helped us to book busses and accommodation. But I think it will work out, if you are standing on a street in Iran, looking confused, so many people will approach you and offer their help. Everyone there wants to help and are really friendly. We had many moments where we were lost or looking confused and then taxi drivers, police officers and strangers came and helped us out.

          Some things might get a little bit more complicated in Iran than in other countries that are used to tourists. However usually everything works out because people over there are so helpful 🙂

          Hope this answers some of your questions 🙂 And hopefully you will enjoy the adventure! 😀

          Greetings from Japan
          -Ása & Andri

          • Nuno Caeiro
            June 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

            Hello Ása! I want to thank you very much for all the explanations you have given me, thanks to you i’m very motivated to come up with this trip. You were able to answer all my questions in a very clear and objective manner and that gives me the confidence to go ahead, thank you thank you and thank you! 🙂

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          mojtaba
          May 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

          hi
          i’m really glad to see all positive points and comments about my country, iran.
          i really appreciate admin of the site to share the real experiences to visit iran.
          My email add is: gashtamooz@gmail.com
          It would be my pleasure to familiarize you with Iranian culture in depth more and more if you want to.
          Regards

  • Reply
    Nuno Caeiro
    May 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry i guess i was so excited that I forgot to ask you an itinerary suggestion in Iran. I have 4 weeks to spend so i hope i can see most of the places. 🙂

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    richa
    May 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Yours is truly one of the most inspiring and original travel content I have read in a while. Keep it up guys ! Happy Travels !~ Richa from India.

    • Reply
      Ása Steinarsdóttir
      May 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much Richa! We are so glad that you like it 🙂
      We just landed in Japan after 6 weeks in India, we really loved it over there.
      Happy travels! 🙂

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    Arsalan
    June 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Dear Ása,
    That’s really nice to read about your travel experience in my homeland. I’m living and studying tourism in the Netherlands. But, I always wish I could do something for my country to have a better image in the eyes of travelers and to introduce my city(Shiraz) to tourists. Interestingly, I had some Dutch guests(classmates) who traveled to Iran to visit my city and meet me last month. Finally, they left the country with lots of good memories. I’m sure your post is also another good attempt to break cliches and introduce more this less well-known destination . Good Job Ása !
    Hope to see your friend(Andri) and you in the Netherlands or Iran soon 🙂
    Best wishes,
    Arsalan
    P.S Maybe you are also interested to have a look at this post written by me:
    http://www.tourism-master.nl/2014/05/22/bali-memories-formed-paradise/

    • Reply
      Ása Steinarsdóttir
      June 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Hey Arsalan! 🙂
      I’m really glad you like it! Iran is truly a unique place! One of our favourite cities where Shiraz. You really have everything there and it’s easy to visit the ancient sights like Persepolis and the royal tombs. 🙂 Also we were lucky enough to get to taste some Shiraz wine over there.
      But I really agree, media is colouring the perspective that people have towards Iran and it’s not correct. That’s why we feel like we need to change that. After spending one month in Iran and getting nothing but amazing hospitality from people we really feel the urge to write about it.
      We are hoping to visit your country soon again and also the Netherlands. 🙂
      I will check out your post 🙂
      Best regards,
      Ása

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    Rhea
    June 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Love this post! One of the places I want to go to in the future. Very few people post about Iran. Very informative! (: Thanks

    • Reply
      Ása Steinarsdóttir
      June 29, 2015 at 7:43 am

      So glad you like it Rhea! 🙂
      We really recommend you to visit Iran one day…It has been our highlight during our travels. Everything about that place is so unique, the people, the food and the sights. Also the country is so unspoilt, because not many tourist travel to Iran. So I say…go for it 🙂

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    Alba Luna
    July 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Congratulations on this post!

    I always wondered about Iran and heard a lot of stories of solo female travelers and how safe it was. But this article with such great photos only makes me more excited to go to Iran!

    Thank you!
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      Andri Wilberg Orrason
      July 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Hey Alba 🙂 I’m happy you found our blog! Iran is an amazing country, and still is the highlight of our trip so far. The hospitality of the Iranian people can not be overstated. I truly hope you get the chance to visit Iran someday, and if you do, don’t hesitate to contact for any further information 🙂

      Safe travels!

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    Carlotta
    August 19, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Wow, this is one of the most comprehensive guide to Iran that I read. I was already thinking to visit the country and this post is super useful for my upcoming adventure. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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    Matty Lees
    November 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Hi guys,

    Great post. Just a quick question. How much was the Visa? I am aware that it’s different for most Nationalities though just after a ball park figure.

    Peace.
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    Sasi
    February 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, people here are so stipud!!! This is just a riot people!!! they are upset their candidate lost! what don’t you get about this?? A couple of thousand people show up on rallies and you think the regime is being overthtown?? Seriously, nothing is happening in any other city, this is all an exaggerated LIE told by Iranian traitors like Winston and Azarmehr!! I can’t wait til these riots are put down, and things to back to normal, I wonder who Winston will blame this on next….and Winston, your days are numbered, you’re a dead man.

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    stephane
    March 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    thanks so much for your inspiring and warm stories. seems like a magical place
    i am going there next week for work in tehran and have 2 1/2 frees days id like to fill with an adventure… thinking of yazd, kerman or shiraz… looking for nature and contact with people
    what would you suggest between the three?
    Stephane

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    Shahid Muneer
    May 12, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Really beautiful article Iran is rich with tradition and on the other hand this is explaining Islamic history very well love the place

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    rostam
    June 22, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    .من خوشحالم که از ایران دیدن کردید
    شما واقعا زوج جالب و زیبایی هستید
    امیدوارم با فرهنگ ایرانی اشنا شدید
    یک کشور با تمدن هزار ساله وبا
    مردمانی دوست داشتنی .
    دوست داشتم از شهر قزوین نیز دیدن میکردید
    البته امیدوارم اگر بار دیگر به ایران امدید به این شهر نیز بیایید
    آرزوی کامروایی وپیروزی برای شما زوج زیبا دارم
    بادا چنین باد
    good bye

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    hamid
    June 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    so happy to hear, you loved my country and hope to see you again in iran.

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    Bahar
    June 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Ása and Andri,

    As an Iranian, I’m so glad that you’ve found Iran interesting and inspiring. Thank you for going past the media’s propaganda and traveling to Iran. Also, thank you for writing this amazing, comprehensive, and detailed post. You did a great job and no one could have root for the Iranian tourism better than you guys.

    I always try to convince people that Iran is a great destination for traveling, but I’m sure they will be more confident to hear it from a non-Iranian 🙂 I hope every Iran visitor experiences the same as you did.

    I just have a humble note about respecting hijab as our culture: Hijab is not exactly an Iranian culture. Although many people do believe in having hijab, many others don’t. But, unfortunately, it is a compulsory rule by the government. As a part of Iranian [women’s] resilience about hijab, you can look up “my stealthy freedom” page in facebook. There, you’ll see so many brave Iranian women and men who do not agree with this rule and try to fight with in any way that’s possible.

    Thanks again for the perfect post 🙂

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    masoud
    June 25, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Hello
    I thank you good content.
    Iran is a country that has not attacked any country for thousands of years.
    While historically always been attacked by others.
    But the Iranian people fought fiercely to defend their country.
    Man, generous, kind.
    We are looking forward to your further visits.

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    Elaheh
    July 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

    You guys have probably seen more of Iran, than me as an Iranian 🙂 Your post was very interesting and I liked it when you talked beautifully about our differences (Though I didn’t know Tarof can be such a trouble!)
    Anyway, if you are planing to come back to Iran one day, I think you can enjoy the special ceremonies or rituals in Iran and know more about the culture and traditions which have attracted you very much. Things like Ashura, golabgiri in Kashan, etc.
    Keep traveling and writing! I’d love to read more of your posts about your travels around the world 🙂

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    Sandy
    July 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Lovely post. I have been so so keen to travel to this land for a long long time. Time travel really. See the ancient Persian stories and the present day Iranian ones. I did see a mention but how does a solo female traveler really plan a trip? It does sound mighty daunting given that I don’t know how that is received there. Is it safe for starters. Who does one contact really?

    I have planned all my trips online. Is there a place/bunch of people/group to connect for this? Do help. Much appreciated. Happy travels for the rest of your journey. If you plan to re-visit India, would be swell to connect
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      masoud
      August 13, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Hi
      Come to Iran
      Here beautiful
      Cheap.
      Shiraz – Isfahan, Yazd really nice
      If you have a conventional behavior will not be difficult.
      Hint You can refer to the Iranian embassy. masoudyou@yahoo.com

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    Ashley Breanna
    August 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I was enthralled with your posts. Thank you for sharing.

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    Dordaneh
    November 21, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Dear Ása and Andri.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences regarding your trip to Iran. This was so pleasing to know that you had a nice time here in our country! By the way, your photos were amazing especially the ones you took in Shahdad Desert.

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    reza abbasi
    March 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I enjoyed it very good 🙂

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