Travel Information

before going to iran

Travel Information

National holidays

For anyone travelling to Iran, knowing about the public observations and holidays is important because it can affect your plans.
The New Year in Iran is called Nowruz and is on the first day of spring (March 21st). The Nowruz holidays are 4 days for public services (except tourist attractions that are only closed on the first day) and 13 days for schools, but in reality most of the occupations are on hold for the whole 13 days as this is the main travel season for Iranians. So if you are planning to come to Iran in Nowruz, plan well ahead of time.
Religious Holidays are on lunar calendar, so they are on different days each year. These holidays divide into festivities such as birth of the prophet Muhammad and mourning days which the most important ones are during Muslim months of Muharram and Ramadan. Most of museums and sites are closed during mourning holidays.
February 11th is the anniversary of Islamic Revolution, a public holiday, but it normally does not affect the working hours of tourist attractions.

Visa

Depending on your nationality the process of visa is different. Some nationalities do not need visa. Some can get a visa on arrival. Some need to get a visa code and then receive their visa at the Iranian embassy or at the airport, and some need to have invitation or reserved tour. Best idea is to contact the embassy of Iran in your country and see what the process is.

What to bring

Good shoes, a shade for your head like a hat or cap, sunblock lotion, insect repellent, and clothes suitable for the season which follow the dress code.

Since Iranians are very generous towards foreigners and tourists usually receive gifts from them, it is advisable to bring items from your country to give them in exchange. You are welcome to bring food items to represent your country in some of the events in the guesthouses.

Dress code

Iran is a muslim country and the religious government enforces the law for hijab. Ladies need to wear modest long sleeve shirts with long pants or skirt that are not transparent. For spring and summer choose loose clothing that is light, and if you are coming in the winter, bring warm clothes because it will get dry cold even in the deserts. To cover the hair, a loose shawl will do. Bring very light ones for summer. You do not need to worry about the color, so choose light colors for hot days.

Men do not have much restrictions on their clothes. Only keep in mind that shorts are not common in Iran. Bring long and light pants. Short sleeve t-shirts are not a problem.

Money

Iran is not connected to SWIFT, so your Visa or MasterCard won’t work here. You need to bring cash, either U.S. Dollar or Euro. Other currencies are difficult to sell, even in capital Tehran. Do not exchange all your money at the airport as they buy it with much lower price than in the cities. Exchanging money is possible at exchange shops called Sarrafi, easily found in large cities. The price of foreign currency fluctuates, therefore we give our prices in Euro to skip the hassle.

Transportation

The cost of transportation when you calculate it in Dollar o Euro is not very high, although the recent increase of prices has been hard on some Iranian families. For major cities normally flight, train, bus and long distance taxis are available. By choosing our route, we will provide a private transportation to make your trip safe and worry free.

Our houses

Our network houses are all restored old buildings, which by their nature, do not have elevators and might have tall stairs. In most of them having the bathroom ensuite is not possible, so guests need to use shred bathrooms. Also, some of our houses do not have bed in all rooms, to preserve the traditional setting of sleeping in the mat directly on the floor. Consult with us if any of these conditions could be difficult for you. All houses will have traditional food. Let us know if you are vegetarian, have a special diet or food allergies.

General Information

About Iran

When you think of Iran as a destination, you might think of the Persian Empire, Persepolis, Naqsh-e Jahan square, the Pink Mosque and many other historical and archeological sites. Yes, Iran has such a diverse and rich cultural remains that despite negative approach of the western media, still interests many tourists and travelers. But attractiveness of Iran is not limited to historical monuments and cultural sites. Let’s take a deeper look at Iran and what it has to offer.

Geography

Many people imagine Iran as a dry desert. While the country has 2 large deserts and many parts of the country falls into arid and semi-arid areas, but with two mountain ranges of Alborz and Zagros, and three large bodies of water, the Caspian Sea, the Oman Sea, and the Persian Gulf, country has more diversity in flora and fauna that people imagine. Large cities mostly lie on the skirts of the mountains, which provide them with fresh water and enjoy all four seasons. While most of the country gets excessive heat during summer, many cities get snow and some have ski resorts. The cool fact is that after enjoying winter sports, one can fly to the islands of the Persian Gulf or the Oman Sea and swim, sunbathe, and have a pleasant summer!

History

Let’s start with the fact that Iran was known as Persia up until year 1935. That is why Persians and Iranians both refer to the same people. Let’s take a very brief look at the history of Iran

1- The prehistoric era, where early signs of human settlements are found. Also pottery and steel production are important. Best locations to observe prehistoric remains on our route are Meymand and Kashan.

2- The historic era, from emergence of writing up until Islamic invasion of Iran. Highlights are the Acheamenid and Sassanid Empires, while paying attention to importance of Zoroastrian religion is a must. Shiraz and Taft are the important stops on our route.

3- Islamic era. Two major events are the Mongol invasion and then empowerment of Shia branch of Muslim religions in Safavid dynasty. Isfahan is taking the lead here, while Shiraz, Kashan, Yazd and Buin Miandasht all have rich history that is as important.

The people

More than 80 million people live in Iran. Most of these people live in the cities now (73%) while before modernism, most of the population were nomads and farmer villagers. Those nomadic backgrounds forms the ethnicity of many Iranians today. There are Fars, Turk, Kurd, Lur, Balouch,Turkmen, Arab, Armenian and Georgian ethnic groups, each have subdivisions and different language and dialect. But the official language of the country is Farsi (Persian). This diversity in ethnicity results in interesting diversity in cultural traits.

Religion

Majority of Iranians are Muslims, mostly Shia, and smaller population of Sunnies. To observe current cultural expressions Kashan and Yazd can be best stops, especially during the month of Muharram.

Zoroastrian is the religion emerged in Iran around 3500 years ago and is the oldest religion of the country still being practiced. Your stay in Taft can help you learn a lot about Zoroastrianism.

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