Practical travel tips in Iran
There are some practical and simple tips to do during your trip to Iran which help you to leave prepared and have an authentic experience. Knowing how to behave in certain situations when visiting this wonderful country with an ancient history of more than 7000 years would be enlightened.
Things to know before leaving for Iran
Iran, the cheapest extraordinary destination in the world, is a country rich in attractions and the true cradle of the history of humanity, but it is not yet stormed by mass tourism. Iran is a plateau where it holds almost everything from forests, rivers, central deserts, mountain ranges of Alborz and Zagros to the borders bathed by the Caspian Sea to the north and the Omman Sea to the south. Due to its geopolitical situation, the Silk Road passed us as the virtual point between Europe and Asia.
The imposing architecture, the colorful and fragrant spices, the Persian poetry, the archaeological sites, the cities of major monumental interest such as Isfahan (the sumptuous city-museum), Yazd (the ancient brick city with wind towers ), Shiraz (the city of flowers and nightingales with a Thousand and One Nights atmosphere), Tabriz (the longest covered Bazaar), Kerman (Lut desert and Shahdad’s wonderful Kaluts) are among the features that testify to this great country.
What to bring?
Since Iran is a country of four seasons, one must choose the clothes according to the itinerary of the trip and the season of the year. In summer you need to bring light clothes, but in winter warm clothes and even an umbrella are fine. Remember that in the Islamic Republic of Iran, women must cover their hair and body in public places with hijab. It is important to respect the rules of dress, so we kindly ask women to wear trousers, jeans or leggings under a long dress, tunic or manteau together with the scarf, or the chador when requested, to enter sacred places such as shrines or mosques. The use of shorts for both women and men is prohibited.
Where to visit?
Iran is a vast plateau that occupies an area 5 times greater than that of the Italian territory and includes 31 provinces. It is obvious that without planning a good itinerary, it would be difficult to visit all the main attractions. If you are still undecided to choose this beautiful country, we recommend that you read about the tourist cities to learn about the attractions and cultural and natural habits of Iran which help you to orient yourself better.
Visit cultural and natural attractions
Iran is an ideal place to visit amazing cultural, historical and natural attractions. The cradle of the greatest and deepest civilizations that have ever existed in the world and the various ethnic groups together with the hands of artists, the unique creativity and the grandiose taste of the Iranians create the basis of the many works of art among which we remember the cultural heritage of humanity which are Persepolis and Passargade (Fars), the square of Naqsh-e Jahan, the Jame ‘mosque (Isfahan), the inscriptions of Bistun (Kermanshah), the brick city of Yazd, the Golestan palace (Tehran) ; the historic Bazaar of Tabriz (Eastern Azerbaijan), the Meymand Village and the Bam Fortress (Kerman); the Tower of Qabus (Golestan), the sanctuary of Sheikh Safi al-din Ardabili (Ardabil), Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon) and the Armenian monastic complexes (Western Azerbaijan), the dome of Soltanie (Zanjan), the Hydraulic system of Shushtar, the civilization of Susa and the Ziggurat of Choqa Zanbil (Khuzestan), the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhte) located in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan, the Qanat and the Persian Gardens (9 fascinating gardens in the various provinces).
Iran is a vast country full of varieties of fauna and flora species and natural attractions such as the Lut desert (the only natural heritage listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) located in the center of the country, the mountain ranges of Alborz in the north and Zagros in the west, the archaeological forests of Hirkani located in the northern provinces, the volcano of Damavand, the highest peak of Iran with 5681m of height, the Caspian Sea in the north and the d’Omman to the south. Thus, Iran can be considered as a collection of almost everything that other countries possess.
Tour Iran accompanied by a tour guide
You can choose to shoot in Iran either alone or in a group. Iran is also a safe country for single women, especially in the most popular tourist destinations. Since Iranians speak in Persian and have a different alphabet, it would be difficult for foreign tourists to communicate with local people or find their way around especially in less touristy areas. Therefore, we advise you to travel accompanied by a local and better than a professional guide.
The tour guides with the identification card have passed the training courses
and professional to develop the ability to accompany tourists. Introducing the true magic of Persia by reducing the negative aspects of the country in the world and offering a breathtaking view of Iran during visits from attractions and walks allow tourists to deeply learn about the cultural and traditional Iranian variety.
– Generally there is no problem to photograph in Iran. In some places such as border areas and near military and civil government installations and other places with the “No Photo” sign there are restrictions on the use of cameras and video cameras. It is advisable to inquire in advance with the local police about the possibility of filming or taking pictures and before photographing people.
– To avoid embarrassing situations it is best to know that there are no handshakes between men and women.
– The production, sale, purchase, transport and distribution of alcoholic beverages, psychedelic and narcotic drugs and pork are prohibited under the law of the Islamic Republic of Iran.