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About Iran

Forget about what you have heard about Iran on media. Spend some time and seek the opinion of people who have actually visited Iran.

During the past few years, the global news about Iran was strongly affected by the political challenges between Iran and West, causing a dark and negative attitude towards our country. Instead of historic background, rich culture, climate diversity, hospitable and kind people, and unique architectural monuments, all you hear about Iran In media is war, terrorism, nuclear power and sanctions.

Many tourists who are interested in visiting Iran have some concerns regarding security. Based on the picture of Iran that media have depicted in your minds, you should be worried. However, we guarantee that this image is not real and our Iran is one of the safest countries in the world.

Iran is totally free from the crisis that has hit the Middle East and North Africa from Turkey to Egypt. In Iran you will see No war, No killing, No bombs, No kidnapping and No riots.

Please do not compare Iran with Afghanistan and don’t mistake it for Iraq. We respect every single country in the world, especially our neighbors; however, security wise, Iran is not comparable to its neighbor countries.

Iranians are very hospitable towards foreign nationalities, especially now that both people and the government believe that developing tourism industry will not only help the improvement of the economy of the county, but will also change the global attitude towards Iran.

We are sure that after visiting our country, you will all agree with us.

Iran will be full of surprises for you. Unlike what many people think, Iran does not only consist of deserts and Sahara. One third of the country is mountainous. “Damavand”, the highest peak in the Middle East and also the second highest volcano in the world with 5671 meter height is located in our country.       There are hundreds of +4000 and +3000 meter high peaks in Iran. Hundreds of roaring rivers drench the land. Several mountain lakes and water and lime caves have created magnificent sceneries in Iran. Hundreds of permanent water falls have created breath taking views all around Iran.

About 1000 Kilometers in the northern parts of Iran, between “Alborz” mountain range and Caspian Sea and a vast area of “Zagros” mountain range are fully covered with thick and virgin forests. “Golestan” National Park is a biosphere reserve and is registered as the natural heritage in Iran. Besides “Golestan”, Iran has many other national parks and preserved areas, which are the habitats of variety of flora and fauna.  The number of these species almost equals whole Europe. Considering the variety of birds, Iran has the potential to be one of the most important locations for bird-watching.

Iran has a variety of climates. In a given time in summer or winter you can experience a 40° centigrade temperature difference in our country. In winter you can go skiing in “Alborz” or “Zagros” mountain ranges and in the same day you can fly to south of Iran and enjoy swimming in the Persian Gulf. In summer you can go to one of the hottest spots on the earth near “Kerman” and experience a temperature of 50° centigrade and after a 2-hour drive you will reach the mountain foot where you have to put on some warm cloths.

If you have an image of Iran which is only covered with desert sands, you need to replace it with the one that shows that real and unique beauties of its nature immediately.

Iran is one of the oldest habitats of human being. There are cave paintings from 6000 years ago that show cave dwellers in Iran plateau had been using hunting gears from 15000 years ago. “Jiroft” civilization is 12000 years old. “Sialk” hills belong to 7000 years ago. The first skull and eye surgery took place in the “Burned City” in “Sistan and Baluchestan” 5000 years ago.

Iran has had the oldest and most magnificent empire. Between 2600 to 2100 years ago “Achaemenid” empire ruled a territory from Greece and Egypt to India and China. Iran has the most incredible historical and archeological sites in the world which are thousands years old, with “Persepolis” as the most eye-catching one. Iranian architecture has affected this art all around the world.

The location of Iran between east and west has made this country a strategic point where cultures meet.  Four centuries merchants who traded silk and spices from the east with equipment from the west, met in the Iranian crossroad. That’s why today we see a variety of languages, dialects, cloths and foods.

There is a variety of different religions in Iran whose followers are free to do their rituals freely. In some parts of Iran you’ll be able to see the Muslims ’mosque, Christians’ church, Jews’ synagogue and Zoroastrians’ temple very close to each other.

You have probably seen and heard many things about Muslim women’s Hijab. But what you will see in Iran is very much different. According to our Islamic rules, women have to cover their hair and body, however, hijab in Iran, comparing to Arabic countries or Afghanistan and Pakistan is a totally different story. As for women tourists as far as their hair is covered with a cap or head scarf it is alright.

More than half of the university students in Iran are women. Women can work, travel, drive, do sports and… without any limitation what so ever, unless there are some personal or family limitations.

Clear your minds from all the negative images from Iran and we will help you visit this amazing territory and be surprised all during your trip to the heart of the glorious Persian Empire.

 
Iranian Visa, As Easy As Pie!
All of the tourists who want to visit Iran must first arrange the visa application process with an Iranian travel agency to get the invitation letter and reference number.
"Arian Tour" will get you a reference number for 50 Euros, without any beurocratic complication and in the shortest possible time, even if you don't want any other travel services from us.
If you book a tour with us, the reference number will be free of charge.
 
Rules For Different Nationalities
USA, Canada, UK
Citizens of these countries must be accompanied by a registered tour guide all the time. It is not possible for them to travel without a tour guide. They should apply through an Iranian travel agency who will arrange the issuance of an invitation letter and a reference number. By referring the reference number to the nearest Iranian embassy, the applicants can easily collect their visas. In some cases flight and hotel reservation might be needed for the process. In this case the travel agency will do the bookings after receiving the deposit.
Tourists who are originally not from these countries but hold their passports, may get the reference number more easily and can travel in Iran without a full time tour guide.
Please contact us for further details.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Columbia and Nigeria
Citizens of these countries must apply for a visa through an Iranian travel agency. After receiving the reference number they can collect their visas at the nearest Iranian embassy. They don’t need to be accompanied by a tour guide during their trip to Iran.
90-Day, On-Arrival Visa for Other Nationalities
All of the nationalities except the above mentioned 10, can get their visas on arrival at the Iranian borders; however, they also need the reference number with which they can collect their visas upon arriving in Iran and without referring to the embassy.
The important point is that this visa cannot be extended, except in force majeure.  In order to obtain a visa for more than 90 days the applicant must apply through a travel agency and refer to the embassy.
Tourist groups should also apply through a travel agency and get the invitation letter for the whole group.
Arian Tour is one of the MFA reliable travel agencies, who can apply for your invitation letter and reference number and also plan and perform your desired tours with the most reasonable price.
It will be a great pleasure for us to get the chance to help you travel to Iran and provide you with our services and hospitality.
The only documents we need for obtaining the reference number are colored copy of your passport and completely filled application form which we will send to you.
Looking forward to meeting you in our wonderful Iran.


Due to imposed sanctions during the past few years, currently (2015) it is almost impossible to use credit cards such as
 Visa, Master or American Express in Iran. However, there are a few places where you can use your credit card, preferably Visa, to buy Persian rugs or other expensive items. You have to keep this in mind that in these cases you may be charged an extra 6%.

So, It’s better to arrange your trip with an Iranian travel agency and pay all of your travel expenses in advance. Only have some cash for your additional expenses.

You have to have in mind that you may get robbed in crowded places in Iran, just like any other country. However this is very unlikely to happen.

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