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.
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 in the Qashqai village
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. If found obscene material (including glossy magazines showing people in immodest poses), and controversial literature will all be confiscated by custom officials. Upon arrival, it is likely that you will 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
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
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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: Nomad Stay/ Village homestay Day 6 - Caravanserai
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.
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 4.78 out of 5 based on 83 reviews in the last year.
I feel as though I have fallen in love. Iran is a beautiful assault on the senses, and this trip provided endless opportunities to indulge.
Review submitted 06 Jul 2017
Iran is a unique and amazing destination and I was glad to have gone with Intrepid. Most itineraries cover the same places, but what makes Intrepid's itinerary unique is the nomad stay and night at the Caravanserai - these were highlights of the trip. The trip also strikes a good balance between guided time and free time - in a country like Iran, where interacting with locals is incredibly rewarding, I was glad to have the opportunity to explore by myself. Recommend Iran 100%!
Review submitted 03 Jul 2017
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