Extraordinary Travel
Experiences

Share

Contact Us

Iran

For for the culturally inquisitive, Iran offers a feast of ancient sights, a rich culture, interesting and varied landscapes, splendid cuisine and very hospitable people.

The Persian Kingdom was one of the great powers of the ancient world, and here its magnificence can still be seen in palaces and rock carvings dating back 2500 years.

Despite the uncertain political winds that batter this great country today, Iran is fascinating, with old cities packed with exquisite mosques and spectacular madrassas, some of the most wonderful examples of Islamic architecture in the world, ruins from ancient Persia, nomadic tribes, hill walking, skiing and surreal Caspian Sea beach resorts.

Learning, poetry and flowers are in abundance in the older towns such as Shiraz, which is a complete contrast to the contemporary city of Tehran. Politically, it may have very conservative leanings, but life on the street will surprise you. Foreigners are still a novelty in Iran and visitors are invariably overwhelmed by the friendliness and hospitality of the people.

Read our guide to visiting Iran, including information about obtaining visas, safety, dress code and FCO advice.

BBC World Impact interview with Jonny Bealby on tourism in Iran


Testimonial

Steve Burrows

I like to visit places that aren’t tourist traps. I’ve always been interested in Middle Eastern culture (e......


Steve Burrows


Talk to us about Iran
Talk to us about Iran
Jonny
Jonny

Wear socks when visiting mosques; whilst it is customary to remove your shoes on entry, it is disrespectful to enter in bare feet.

Nigel
Nigel

Take football memorabilia - the Iranian young love the English Premier League!

Sara
Sara

If you like shopping, Iran has plenty to offer. Be sure to take cash, as credit cards may not be accepted.

Marianne
Marianne

Few know that Iran is also scenically beautiful - explore the Zagros Mountains area.

Speak to one of our team on +44 (0)20 8741 7390 or use our online form to

Speak to one of our team on +44 (0)20 8741 7390 or use our

online form to

Suggested Holidays


Travel Tips

• If you like shopping, Iran has plenty to offer. Be sure to take cash, as credit cards may not be accepted.

• Take football memorabilia - the Iranian young love the English Premier League!

• Wear socks when visiting mosques; whilst it is customary to remove your shoes on entry, it is disrespectful to enter in bare feet.

• Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when visiting the Assassin castles of Northern Iran - there's a fair amount of climbing involved.

×

Practical Info

Time:
Iran is 3.5 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com

Food and Alcohol:
As an Islamic republic almost all alcohol is banned in Iran. The import, sale, manufacture and consumption of alcohol in Iran is strictly forbidden, with the only exceptions for certain recognised Iranian religious minorities (NB not foreigners). Penalties can be severe.

Iranian cuisine is diverse, with each province featuring dishes, culinary traditions and styles distinct to their regions. It ranges from chelo kabab (rice served with roasted meat), khoresht (stew that is served with white Basmati or Iranian rices), aash (a thick soup: for example Ash-e anar), kookoo (vegetable Souffle), pollo (white rice alone or with addition of meat and/or vegetables and herbs), and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks specific to different parts of Iran. The list of Persian recipes, appetizers and desserts is extensive.

Fresh green herbs are frequently used along with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. Typical Persian main dishes are combination of rice with meat, lamb, chicken, or fish and some onion, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic Persian flavourings such as saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes.

Electricity:
Those bringing video & cameras that require battery chargers should also bring a two-pin, continental style adapter. In most hotels you can charge from the mains using a travel adaptor plug.

Money:
In Iran the unit of currency is the Iranian Rial.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

A few points to help you plan:
• Payments are mainly made in cash.
• If using ATM machines, be sure to notify your bank before you travel.
• It is strongly recommended you travel with US dollars. Sterling is difficult to change.

Language & Religion:
The official national language is Persian, of which its oldest records date back to the Persian Empire of the 6th Century BC.

The large majority of the population are Islamic and belong to the Shi’a branch of Islam which is the official state religion.

Cultural Sensitivity:
At Wild Frontiers we are very aware of the ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures. We realise that taking a group of tourists through such a region can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live there and on all our tours we therefore go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive…after all, there are also many good things that the tourist can bring.

To help this process we ask that our clients do not hand out pens or sweets to children. As one sign in Egypt emphatically put it, ‘Please don't make beggars out of our children!' No matter how well intentioned, in our opinion the dolling out of free gifts fosters a ‘beggar mentality' that is ultimately extremely destructive to a society. In addition we do not condone giving out money to beggars or ‘students'.

However, we also realise that we are exceptionally privileged to be travelling in areas where most of the people have far less than us and that the desire to ‘help' can be very powerful. As a result we ask that you refer to your trip dossier for information on the Wild Frontiers Foundation which supports specific projects in the areas where we travel.

Photography:
Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission.

Also many countries have strict rules about taking photos of army, police or official personnel; especially at borders, bridges and government buildings. Please exercise care as the penalty may be to have your film and camera confiscated.

×

When To Go

The weather conditions can be extremely varied, however, May and September tend to be the best time to visit when the days are mainly warm and sunny.

×

Flight Information

Flight time to Teheran from London is 6:30hrs, with Iran Airlines.

×

Special Offers


August 16th - £2,095

Was £2,195

Land only price from: £1,295

Was £1,395

November 20th - £2,675

Was £2,795

Land only price from: £2,795

Was £2,895

Late Availability


June 15th - £2,895

June 15th - £2,850

May 24th - £1,750

August 16th - £2,095

Was £2,195

Land only price from: £1,295

Was £1,395

November 20th - £2,675

Was £2,795

Land only price from: £2,795

Was £2,895

June 15th - £2,895

June 15th - £2,850

May 24th - £1,750

Contact Us

  • +44 (0)20 8741 7390

  • Email Us

  • Request a Brochure

  • Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd
    78-80 Glentham Road
    London SW13 9JJ
    United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 18:00
    Sat: 10:00 - 14:00

Submit General Enquiry

×

E-news & Special Offers

×