Iran Holidays

Birthplace to one of the world's great empires, Iran has been subsequently dominated and influenced by a host of cultures whose architectural remains lie scattered across the country. It is quite simply one of the most fascinating countries you can visit. We have been sending people to Iran continuously for the last 18 years on group tours and tailor made journeys and Paul Craven, our Iran holiday expert, has travelled there extensively on a number of occasions. Our chairman was even there before the 1979 revolution.

Why we like Iran

Over many years of organising Iran holidays, our experience is of a friendly, hospitable and cultured nation who will extend a warm welcome to you. It's one of the many ironies of this complicated country that a nation with an international reputation for hostility should be inhabited by a people of such rare, and hospitable, charm.

What to expect on your IRAN HOLIDAY

You will discover delicious, freshly cooked food and plentiful fruit. Internal transportation will typically involve some longish journeys in 4x4 cars with an internal flight at some stage and hotel accommodation is best described as being adequate and functional, however it is possible to travel through Iran in luxury on the Golden Eagle Train.

In Iran, the government is more conservative and religious but the people are very open. The key to understanding Iran is to meet and talk to local people - and that is easier than in most Middle Eastern countries. In any bazaar, at any cafe, people will be keen to talk to you. Walking through the bazaar allows you to see everyday life as families go about their business. But bazaars reinforce a stereotype of the ancient of the exotic, an image conferred on the country by its exonym of Persia.

In today’s Iran, glossy shopping malls are de rigueur. The girls and boys who stroll contentedly along are worlds apart from general impressions of Iran. They are young, beautiful and fashionable – their hair coiffed and styled as if on a fashion shoot. This society is young and modern so different from the images that look down from billboards of men dressed in robes and turbans, their beards white, their eyes disinterested in what is going on around them. It is difficult to reconcile the two.

What is the dress code when visiting iran?

There is a very strict dress code which is more applicable to women than to men, and required on boarding the Iran Air flight. Without going into detail here, it does involve women wearing a long skirt and ensuring that both ankles, hair and arms are properly covered. However it is not as restrictive as stereotypes would have you believe. Men too must keep their arms covered.

Some ideas for an Iran holiday

  • Isfahan’s central square is an architectural wonder, follow it with a stroll through the nearby sprawling bazaar.
  • Visit Shiraz, the city of poets, and birthplace of Hafez and Sa’di.
  • Persepolis, built by Darius the Great and then sacked by Alexander the Great, is still an impressive site.
  • The old city of Yazd is the centre for Zoroastrianism.
  • To the north there is Hamadan, traditional centre of the carpet trade, and the Caspian Sea.
  • Visit the remote Armenian churches near Tabriz, hidden away close to the Turkish border, or the holy cities of Qom and Mashad and the desert towns of Na'in, the geographical centre of Iran.

Iran FAQs

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Is Iran safe to travel around?
With a turbulent past, Iran is only now re-emerging as a tourist destination with its fascinating history, warm people and beautiful scenery. When it comes to the safety of tourists, the Iranian people are extremely friendly and will do their best to make foreigners feel safe and welcome. However, we advise leaving valuables at home, keeping an eye on personal belongings in crowded areas and avoiding unknown areas without your guide.
Can I drink alcohol in Iran?
No. Alcohol is not prohibited in Iran and anyone found with alcohol will be liable to the penalty for possession.
What should I see when visiting the country?
Being such a vast country with such a rich history, it is no surprise that Iran has a wealth of things to do and see. Once part of the famous Silk Route, the cities of Yazd, Hamadan and Tehran still harbour undiscovered gems, and exploring the alleyways and bazaars will transport you back in time. The world heritage site Persepolis is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring ancient ruins, and is a must see that should be included on any itinerary.
Is there a dress code to follow?
Due to Islam being the main religion in Iran, there is a strict dress code that should be followed and respected by visitors. Women must wear a headscarf at all times, along with a long top over trousers, ensuring arms are covered. They should also avoid wearing bright red. For men it is a little easier, with western dress being favoured, however shorts are forbidden.
Can I use my credit card?
No, credit cards are not accepted so you must bring enough cash for the duration of your trip.

Holidays

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Inspiration

Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

British Airways Flights to Iran

With major international airlines like British Airways and Air France reintroducing routes to Iran this year, now is the time to see the enchanting beauty and ancient history of this incredible country.
Naghsh-e-Rostam, Iran

Follow the Nomads of Iran

Spend time with the Nomadic Tribes of Iran on their migration route through the mountains and fertile plains in search of grazing pastures for their livestock. From dozens of different tribes, Bakhtiyari and Qashghaye nomads are most famous for their origins, their set of clothes, their tribal structure and traditions and for the scenic beauty of their camping sites. See our itinerary suggestion for your holiday.

Client Reviews

Beautyful architecture of Golestan palace, Tehran, Iran
''Steppes excellent as ever. 
Paul must be congratulated on his expertise and great patience in dealing with all my programme changes. A big thank-you from both of us!''
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Robert May

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Naqsh-e Rajab, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
''Paul Craven was very helpful with obtaining visa and health insurance,
which is normally a nightmare to organise for Iran.''
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Lee Hodgson

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Iran is one of the nicest country's I have been to. It was such a surprise!! Lovely, generous people. We had total strangers wanting to talk and take pictures with us, some gave us boxes of cakes and sweets. Incredible!!

Sabine Diederichs, London

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