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Iran - Discover Persia

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Follow in pilgrims’ footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

What's Included

Tehran city tour (full-day). Yazd city tour including Zoroastrian sights. Rayen and Mahan villages and sights visit. Shiraz city tour including the tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi. Persepolis excursion with guided tour. Pasargadae visit. Isfahan city tour including the famous square and mosques. Abyaneh village stay with guided walk. Fin Garden visit (Kashan). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

ARRIVAL INFORMATION
1. Proof of insurance may be required at the airport to avoid purchasing local insurance.
2. For American citizens, a guided airport transfer is mandatory. Please inquire for details and pricing at the time of booking.

CULTURE AND DRESS
1. 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.

2. DRESS CODE: Iran is a traditional Islamic nation and a strict dress code (hijab) is enforced throughout the country. Men must wear long trousers at all times but can wear short sleeved shirts in less strict destinations. Plan to be as conservative as possible when visiting mosques or holy sites. Open toed sandals are now acceptable for men (again, in less conservative areas), though ankles must be covered.

Women must wear a headscarf at all times, apart from in their hotel bedrooms. Hijab for women is a head covering (some hair can show in front), a long shirt with a collar coming to the base of the throat and the bottom reaching to just above the knees, long sleeves (some places three-quarter sleeves are acceptable) and long pants. A typical outfit for stylish Iranian women would be something called a ‘manteau’ that looks a bit like a trenchcoat over a pair of jeans and converse sneakers. There is no rule for the colour of your outfit as long as it is modest and includes a head scarf. Iranian women are extremely chic and have found ways to follow hijab and still look fantastic. Bring only one or two headscarves as you are SURE to want to buy loads while you’re there!

Travellers can easily wear the loose fitting clothes sold from Indian or hippie-style shops where the tops are loose long sleeved (tunics) and cover your bottom and a loose scarf for your head. You can wear any type of pants underneath as long as they cover your ankles. Women are allowed to wear open toed shoes and sandals as long as their ankles are covered. Typically, wearing a dress over a pair of pants works as well, if it follows all the other rules, too. If you are not sure what to bring or wear please email our office and we will be happy to help you out.

ALCOHOL/PROHIBITED ITEMS
Alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran and will be confiscated at customs by anyone attempting to bring it into the country. Drug laws are also extremely strict and travellers face lengthy jail terms if caught breaking the law. Additionally, pornographic or obscene material (even glossy magazines showing people in immodest poses), and controversial CDs or literature will all be confiscated by customs officials if found. Upon leaving the customs hall, all passengers are required to put their bags through X-ray machines for scanning.

MONEY
Due to the restrictions on changing money in Iran, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. We recommend to bring smaller denominations as well as many vendors accept them if you don’t have local currency.

Iran is a strictly CASH country. Due to US banking restrictions no foreign credit cards can be used for withdrawing money at Iranian banks and ATMs. The only time you will be able to use your credit card in Iran is if you buy a carpet in a shop that has a bank account in Dubai or UAE. (See more details in Money section of this notes)

What we have found is that the farther from Tehran you travel the less conservative the dressing so while in Tehran and Qom please take a bit of care about what you wear. At holy sites female travellers will be given a thin full length abayah (head to toe covering) to use while visiting the mosques. In somewhere like Shiraz there are plenty of fashionable students pushing the limits of hijab. Go shopping!

RAMADAN
Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 18 and July 17, 2015. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Ramadan is also a time of great celebration. While locals won’t eat during the day there are great fast-breaking meals every evening. This can really be an exciting time to visit a Muslim country.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 15, avg 10

Meals

While traveling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Generally, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please check the ‘meal inclusions’ section below for details of meals included.Remember there is absolutely no alcohol in Iran; non-alcoholic beer is available in a variety of flavors including lemon, apple (quite good) and strawberry (less good) as well as coke, fanta etc.

Transport

Air-con bus, train.

About our Transportation

Aircon bus

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (2 nts).

My Own Room

Joining Hotel

Enghelab Hotel
No. 50, Taleghani Ave.,
Between Hafez & Vali – Asr Ave.,
Tehran
Iran

Tel: (+9821) 646.72.51

Joining Instructions

Please note that in Iran a guided airport transfer is mandatory for American citizens. Please inquire for details and pricing at the time of booking.

Please note proof of insurance may be required at the airport to avoid purchasing local insurance.

You’ll arrive at one of Tehran’s two main airports. The newer airport, Iman Khomeni Airport, located 40kms south of central Tehran finally opened in 2005 and is intended to be the city’s main airport replacing the old Mehrabad airport from 2006 onwards. A new metro service that links the airport to central Tehran is due to open sometime in mid 2006 but it is wiser and far easier to take a taxi to the hotel. The cost (with bargaining) is about 200,000-250,000 IRR ($18-25 US) for a taxi. The trip to the hotel will take between 1 and 1 and a half hours depending on the time of the day and subsequent traffic conditions. If you arrive at the Mehrabad International Airport, 15kms west of the centre a taxi to the hotel will cost you between 40,000-50,000 IRR ($5-6 US). You can find taxis at the front of the airports.
On arrival you’ll be asked to fill out a standard customs declaration form, which you show to the customs officer, who stamps it. It is best that you keep this form until you leave.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer provider directly at:
Negin Beikzadeh: +98 (0) 91 2206 4149

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Tehran)
Negin Beikzadeh
During office hours (9am-5pm local time)
From outside Iran: +98 21 8873 2191 Ext. 129
From within Iran: 021 8873 2191 Ext. 129

After office hours emergency phone
From outside Iran: +98 91 2206 4149
From within Iran: 091 2206 4149

G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand:

Mr Laziz Otayarov (Operations Manager – Central Asia)
Mobile 1: +998 90 134 7888 (24h)
Mobile 2: +998 93 528 7678 (24h)

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking though, you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage (please see below for exceptions), and though you will not be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes) we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg/22lb.

Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures travellers! Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags with wheels are acceptable, although we recommend your bag has carry straps as well, as you may be required to negotiate bus and railway station steps. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day walks and day trips.

Checklist

Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher
At least 1 photocopy of above documents
Required visas or vaccination certificates
Cash
Cash, credit and debit cards
Money belt
First aid kit
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock
Torch/flash light
Mosquito repellent
Warm clothes for the cooler nights
Ear plugs and eye mask can be useful for bus trips and noisy hotels
Tampons are extremely difficult to find in Iran
Comfortable walking shoes
Appropriate clothes (see Important Notes section of this Notes)
Sunblock/Sun hat
Sunglasses
Lock for your bag
Small travel towel
Travel pillow (inflatable type) for those long bus rides

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

Iran:


PLEASE READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE TEXT BELOW AS THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY INTO IRAN***

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the Embassy of Iran. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

To apply for an Iran visa, all nationalities must present an official Iran Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number.


It is the responsibility of the traveller to check with their nearest Embassy and confirm the requirements for entry into Iran***

IMPORTANT: Once your trip is confirmed, at 90 days prior to your entry into Iran, you must submit an application for your Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number. A link will be emailed to you in your confirmation email. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in Iran and you will be emailed your Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number approximately 45 days after you submit your application. As an Iran Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number is only valid for 30 days once it is issued, you must apply for your visa as soon as you receive this number. Iran LOI’s cannot be rushed.

If you have booked the tour within 90 days of the start date, you must complete this Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number application at the time of booking. You will receive the Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number approximately 15 days before the start of your tour.

As Iran visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. Americans, Canadians and British citizens must be accompanied by a guide at all times while in Iran, so these dates are important for obtaining your visa. Note that because a guide must be arranged, we can only provide an Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number for the length of the tour, plus any pre or post-night accommodation booked through G Adventures. We allow ONLY 2 pre-nights and 2 post-nights to be booked in Iran, and a complimentary guide will be provided in the cost of the hotel for these days. Any additional days must be requested (allowing 2-3 business days for a response), and will be subject to an additional charge for the guide.

Input your name the same way it is in your passport. The information on the application form must match your passport.

If you have an umlaut or other character not recognized in the english alphabet in your name (ie. ü), please enter it in the longer form (ie. ue).

Please note: The Iran Government has implemented a new requirement for all American citizens asking passengers to provide a resume or CV in order to issue the LOI. Please make sure to attach this to your LOI application below as both are required to begin this process. This should be a copy of your resume or CV and should contain a cover letter detailing the place and date of your birth, as well as any education and employment you have had and any change in location (countries only). If you have married or had children, it should also detail the dates and locations of these events as well as full names. Finally, please conclude this letter by stating where you currently reside. If you are retired, please also include your date of retirement.

If your country has an official Iran Consulate/Embassy, you must choose this as as your ’Visa pickup Embassy’. If you do not see a local Consulate/Embassy on this list, please locate your nearest neighbouring Embassy or Consulate. Please contact your Travel Agent or G Adventures for further assistance if needed. Most nationalities may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival at the Tehran Airport (Canadians, Americans and British citizens may NOT obtain their visa on arrival), but you must make sure to check with your Embassy if this applies for your nationality before choosing this option. A visa obtained on arrival is only valid for 15 days, so for stays of longer than 15 days you must apply for your visa in advance. A copy of your flight tickets is also required for this option.

At time of writing, the below documents will be needed to obtain your visa (however, we do advise you confirm this with your nearest Embassy):

1. A standard visa application form from the Embassy or Consulate where you will collect your visa
2. 2 colour, passport sized photos, taken within 14 days (most Iranian Embassies require female travellers to have their hair covered under a scarf in these photos)
3. Payment for the visa (this will be dependent on nationality and will sometimes need to be made at a local nearby bank – check with your Embassy to confirm details)
4. Passport with empty pages and at least 6 months validity
5. Iran Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number
6. Resume or CV (for Americans)
7. Trip vouchers as well as proof of onward travel (flight tickets entering and leaving the country)
8. No evidence of any Israeli stamps inside the passport is allowed (your visa WILL be refused if you have Israeli stamps)
9. We also recommend bringing a copy of the itinerary, printable from our website. While this may not be needed, we recommend having a copy on hand if needed.


Please carefully check all the information below prior to submitting***

Once you have received your Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number you can apply for your visa by going to the Iran Embassy you listed in the online application. Processing times vary but generally are between 3 and 6 business days. However, it is best to check with the Embassy/Consulate for clarification on this. Please be aware that Iranian Embassies and Consulates observe many statutory holidays and are often closed, delaying processing time.


We advise all travellers to contact their nearest Embassy to find out the best way to apply for their visa. Depending on nationality and how close to the tour start date it is, there may be a need to visit the Embassy in person***

When you are completing your visa application at the Embassy or Consulate, please make sure that you write the Authorization Number/Visa Approval Number directly onto the application. If there is no spot to do so, please write it clearly on the top of your application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this is a time sensitive process, we highly recommend NOT using a visa service to get your Iran visa.

As the LOI is issued by the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs – unexpected delays can occur.

Information accurate as of December 9th, 2015

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

As of January 2011:
1 USD = 10,000 IRR (Iranian Rials)

IRAN is in sanction by the USA which means travellers cheques of ANY brand or denomination CANNOT be exchanged in Iran.
CREDIT CARDS & ATM CARDS CANNOT be used in Iran – the only exception if for major purchases (generally USD300+) where the shop has connections abroad and can phone through and have the transaction processed in the UAE in Dihrams. This basically applies to carpet shops and should NOT be depended upon.

US dollars and EURO notes are generally the only hard currencies accepted at Iranian banks and money-changers. Occasionally exchange booths will accept CAD, AUD or GBP, but this is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon.
Banks and money-changers can be found in most of the places that we’ll visit throughout the country. The largest Iranian Rial note is the 100,000 IRR note. You can also get a 500,000 IRR cheque, that can be exchanged into small denominations in shops and hotels.

We recommend to bring some of your cash (about 70 USD) in small denominations: 1, 5 and 10 USD notes. If you are not able to get local currency it’s always possible to pay in USD or EUR.

Note: you cannot change Iranian Rials into hard currency outside of Iran. Upon arrival at the Tehran airport there are a few places where you can change money and we recommend you change some money at the airport before departing. Remember if you run out of money while in Iran it is essentially impossible to get more sent to you.

We recommend you take at least $500 US with you for your 14 day trip in Iran. This will cover basic needs: optional activities, meals, special clothing requirements, some souvenirs and other small items. If you’re a big shopper (and there are so many great things to buy in Iran, especially silverware and carpets!) we recommend you bring more! Please take into consideration the safety issues of carrying so much cash with you so bringing a money belt with you is absolutely essential for your trip to Iran. Thankfully Iran is one of the safest countries that you’ll probably ever visit and crime against foreigners is virtually unheard of.

Emergency Fund

Departure Tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $2-3USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit, hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical Demand ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our G Adventures for Good projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

As stated in the Important Notes section, Iran is a traditional Islamic nation and a strict dress code is enforced throughout the country. The code of dress must be adhered to at all times. Please read the Important Notes for information on what to bring.

Your CEO will advise you of what attire is appropriate for which destinations or activities during the welcome meeting. Upon arrival in Iran women not wearing a headscarf, long sleeves, closed shoes and a loose-fitting long skirt or pants may be refused entry into the country (to avoid this problem bring with you a thin full length raincoat if you choose to buy a manteau after you arrive). Men must be wearing long trousers upon arrival and shirts that cover their shoulders, or they to may be refused entry.

Female travellers: Please don’t bring tight fitting clothing with you to Iran as it’s forbidden to show any hint of the shape of your body. You will see locals pushing the limits of this restriction but best to be as conservative as possible. You may wish to buy local ‘manteaus’ in country but to be prepared we recommend jeans or loose cotton trousers, potentially a knee-length dress to wear over those pants, Indian-style tunics or a combination of layers that keep you covered the appropriate amount (described in Important Notes). Additionally, a lot of make up is also against the rules, so plan to be as modest as possible. Many locals wear dark colours but there is no law requiring it.

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Max Pax

15

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD400-520 for meals not included.

Meals Included

13 breakfasts

PRODUCT_LINE: ARIR, ID: 22810

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Tehrān

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Additional Notes:
    Flights often arrive very late at night or early in the morning in Tehran. Keep in mind the evening welcome meeting when booking your travel.

    Included Activities:
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

  2. Day 2 Tehrān/Yazd (1B)

    Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa’d Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Yazd.

    Included Activities:
    Tehran City Tour
    Sa’d Abad Palace Visit
    National Jewels Museum

    Transport:
    Local train (5.50-6.00 hours)

  3. Day 3 Yazd (1B)

    The desert city of Yazd is known as the centre of the Zoroastrian religion. Learn more about the fascinating customs of these fire-worshippers and take in the unique architecture of this city.

    With some free time, opt to rent a bike, relax in a teahouse, or wander the bazaars.

    Included Activities:
    Yazd City Tour

  4. Day 4 Yazd/Kermān (1B)

    Travel to one of Iran’s oldest cities. Kerman was founded in the early third century and the city has historically played an important role on the Trans-Asian trade routes.

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

  5. Day 5 Kermān (1B)

    Spend the day visiting highlights of the area. Visit the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine and Shahzadeh Garden. Later, visit the Bathhouse Museum and the Rayen Citadel.

    Included Activities:
    Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine Visit
    Shazdeh Garden Visit
    Rayen Citadel Visit
    Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Visit

  6. Day 6 Kermān/Shiraz (1B)

    There is free time to explore the city’s beautiful Regents mosque, Nasiralmolk mosque, Khan madrasa, Bagh-e Eram gardens, and perhaps even listen to some poetry being recited at the Hafez tomb.

    This vibrant student city is buzzing with life and is a great place to interact with some Iran’s youth.

    Included Activities:
    City Tour

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours)

  7. Day 7 Shiraz (1B)

    Travel to Persepolis to explore this fascinating sight. On the way back to Shiraz, visit the rock cut tombs at Naqsh-e-Rostam, the burial place of Darius the Great and his successors.

    With free time, enjoy the vibe of Shiraz.

    Included Activities:
    Persepolis Tour
    Naqsh-e-Rostam Visit

    Transport:
    Visit Persepolis and Nasqt-e Rostam before returning to Shiraz.
    Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

  8. Day 8 Shiraz/Isfahan (1B)

    Embark on an included visit to Pasargadae and explore the capital and burial site of Cyrus the Great.

    Included Activities:
    Pasargadae Visit

    Transport:
    Stop en route to explore Pasargadae.
    Private Vehicle (485km)

  9. Day 9 Isfahan (1B)

    Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Isfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. On a city tour, visit Imam Square and mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Wander the bazaar and learn the history of Isfahan’s bridges.

    Stop in a miniatures shop and learn about this intricate art form before sampling some delicious gaz, a candy famous in Isfahan.

    Included Activities:
    Isfahan City Tour

  10. Day 10 Isfahan (1B)

    Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city.

  11. Day 11 Isfahan/Abyāneh (1B)

    This beautiful mountain village has preserved its traditions, language and dress. Wander the quiet lanes, sample dried fruit, and relax in the hotel overlooking the green fields below.

    Included Activities:
    Abyaneh Guided Walk

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 175km)

  12. Day 12 Abyāneh/Tehrān (1B)

    In Kashan, opt to visit Fin Garden, Khan-e Borujerdi house, and Agha Bozorg Mosque.

    In Qom, visit the Qom Shrines en route to Tehran.

    Included Activities:
    Kashan Visit
    Qom Shrines Visit
    Tomb of Imam Khomeini Visit

    Transport:
    Stop at highlights en route to Tehran.
    Private Vehicle (320km)

  13. Day 13 Tehrān (1B)

    Ramble through the enormous bazaar and visit the Imam Khomeini Mosque. View the many political murals that surround the former US Embassy then relax like the locals do by drinking chai and chewing on dates in a traditional chaikhuneh (teahouse).

    Try some more of the fine Iranian cuisine like dizi (stew you crumble bits of bread into and mash up with a mortar and pestle right at the table!) while enjoying traditional music at a local restaurant.

    Included Activities:
    Golestan Palace Visit
    Carpet Museum Visit
    Tehran City Tour

  14. Day 14 Tehrān (1B)

    Depart at any time.

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