Iran Cultural Tour Frequently Asked Question

We intend to answer every question you might have before you book an Iran Cultural tour. If there is still any question you have in mind, do not hesitate to contact us or comment below the page.

When is the best time for visting Iran?

April and May are the best months for traveling to Iran with the purpose of visiting its cities and cultural and historical sights. The second phase of the high season for Iran tours starts around Late-September and ends in the beginning of November. Note that it's recommended to book your Iran tour package 3 to 6 months prior to your tour start date if you want to travel to Iran during the high season. This way you'll have a wider range of options for accommodation and can get an early bird discount. On the other hand, summer is the best time for trekking in Iran. If you're a mountain climber, you can enjoy your Iran trip more by combining an Iran trekking tour and cultural tour during summer. Note that the weather is generally hotter during summer (between 30 -35 Celsius degrees); however, you won't have any problems as all vehicles, hotels, restaurants, etc. have air conditioners.

When is the best time to book an Iran cultural tour?

The high season for visiting Iran depends on the type of Iran tour you choose. The best time for Iran cultural/ historical tours is during April and May. However, from September to mid-November is also a great time for traveling to Iran. On the other hand, if you choose one of the Iran trekking tours, your trip must be in summer. The high season for Iran desert tours is from March to mid-May and in October and December. Furthermore, the skiing season in Iran begins in December and ends in April. You can also combine trekking tours with Iran cultural tour packages during summer. Our experts at Cheetah-Adventures will help you plan an enjoyable Iran trip and choose the best Iran destinations. Note that hotels get fully booked quickly during the high season so it's best to book your Iran tour 3 to 6 months in advance to have more options and get an early bird discount.

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

Yes. Iran is a generally safe country for travelers. In addition, a trip to Iran can be entertaining for all members of the family due to its various attractions and things to do. Iran is a safer travel destination than Russia, Egypt, India, Turkey, Brazil, and Thailand, based on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report published by World Economic Forum 2019.

Is it possible to make changes in Iran tour packages or the travel itinerary?

Yes. Our Iran private tours can be altered based on your preferences. You only need to mention the desired changes in the comment section when booking your Iran tour. Our experts will contact you later and ask for the details. Unfortunately, it's not possible to change the travel itinerary for Iran group tours except for minor changes.

Which type of accommodation is better for an Iran trip? Hotels, guesthouses or boutique hotels?

Each traveler may prefer one of these types of accommodation according to his/her habits and personality features. However, we recommend boutique hotels (traditional hotels) if they are available so that you'll be able to experience the atmosphere of a traditional Iranian hotel as well as having access to modern facilities.

What type of accommodation will I have during my Iran cultural trip?

Your accommodation will be in the form of bed and breakfast twin or double rooms at 3 star and 4-star hotels during all Iran cultural tours. We'll inform you of the best options available on your tour date. You'll have both the option of a traditional boutique hotel and a normal one in some cities that you can choose from.

What is the capacity of Iran group tours?

An Iran small group tour normally consists of less than 10 people. You can book an Iran private tour package with the number of your companions. Larger group tours can be perfectly performed by increasing the number of tour guides. Cheetah-Adventures have successfully performed tours with more than 20 people. A Persian tour guide will be designated to the tour for every 4 people for safety measures.

How can I get an Iran visa? How much does it cost? How long does the process take?

Obtaining an Iran visa normally takes around two weeks for citizens of most countries. The process takes between 1 and 2 months and sometimes more for passport holders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Visa services are included in our Iran tour packages. If youre not traveling with us,you can ask for a visa service or apply for it on your own. Check out our Iran Visa page for more information on Iran tourist visa and visa fees.

How much cash will I need during my Iran cultural tour?

All Iran cultural tour packages offered by Cheetah-Adventures Iranian tour operator include accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation. You may need 10 -20 euros daily for food if your Iran tour package isn't full-board. The amount of money you'll need for buying souvenirs depends on your shopping habits.

Do Iran tour prices depend on the time of the tour?

Yes. The prices vary slightly during the high season. For instance, Iran cultural tours cost more in April and May than in summer.

Is traveling to Iran expensive?

Traveling to Iran is way cheaper in comparison with similar countries. The most recent Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum has declared Iran as the cheapest tourist destination in the world in 2019.

Are there any disadvantages to traveling to Iran without a tour?

Booking an Iran tour can have many advantages. Traveling with a tour, you won't need to worry about safety, accommodation and your Iran travel itinerary. Your Iranian tour guide will show you the best attractions in Iran and give you the opportunity to have local experiences as well. In addition, you'll make use of your time in the country in the best way possible. Check our Iran Tour Page .

What type of transportation will I use during my Iran tour?/ Can I have a personal driver/guide?

The types of transportation you'll use during your Iran trip can be private cars, buses (outer city), planes and vans, or a combination of these vehicles. It depends on the Iran tour you book, the cities you'll visit and the number of people on your tour. Yes, you can request a private driver that will also be your guide when booking your tour.

Why should I book an Iran tailor-made/ customized tour?

A customized/ tailor-made Iran tour allows you to have an enjoyable Iran tour based on your preferences, style of travel, and time limit. If you're a professional traveler looking to have an Iran tailor-made tour, you can book your tour using the link below. In addition, you can provide us with the details of your desired Iran tour, attractions you want to visit and things you like to do (ecotourism, sea, forests, ancient sites, and ruins, biking, bird watching, wildlife safari, cooking, etc.) and we'll plan a private Iran tour for you according to your preferences and time limit. Checkout ourIran Tailor-made Tour Page.

Can I ask for a special event such as birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoon to be organized for me?

Yes, you can mention your request when booking your Iran tour and we'll plan the event for you. Please let us know if you have specific arrangements in mind.

Do I need to bring my personal prescription drugs to Iran?

It's recommended to bring enough doses of your personal prescription drugs with you; however, you can probably find most drugs in Iran as well. Please let us know in advance if you have to take a specific type of medicine.

Can I bring my personal prescription drugs to Iran?

Yes. There aren't any limitations in this matter.

What are the emergency numbers in Iran?

Keep in mind that you can also dial international emergency numbers in Iran to contact emergency units.

Police: 110
Ambulance: 115
Fire Station: 125
EOC: 112

Is Iran a safe destination for female solo travelers?

Yes Iran is perfectly safe for female solo travelers.

Is Iran safe for women?

Yes. Women can safely travel to Iran in groups or even alone. Iran is a safer travel destination than Russia, Egypt, India, Turkey, Brazil, and Thailand, based on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report published by World Economic Forum 2019.

Can I add an Iran trekking tour to my cultural tour?

Yes, you can book an Iran trekking tour before or after your Iran cultural tour. Our team at Cheetah-Adventure will help you plan your Iran trip and recommend the best options available based on the time of your tour. You'll get a bundle discount by booking two of our Iran tours together. You can also request an Iran tailor-made tour using the link below.

Are Wi-Fi and Mobile Phone signals accessible in Iran?

Yes, cell phone signals are accessible throughout the country, except for some mountainous areas. You can buy an Iranian SIM card and use its data connection. In addition, free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and other types of accommodation. Cheetah-Adventures provides the travelers with a portable Wi-Fi modem for free so they'd have access to Wi-Fi outside the hotel.

Will I be provided with accident insurance if I get injured during my Iran tour? What will happen to me in this case?

All travelers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to traveling to Iran. Insurance companies offer different types of insurance and services. We recommend you check the sorts of medical attention and accidents that your travel insurance offers when purchasing it and get another one if necessary.

Can I use international emergency numbers in Iran?

Yes. You can use international emergency numbers in Iran in case of emergencies or ask your Iranian tour guide to call emergency units. Note that these numbers can also be dialed without a SIM card.

How much cash should I carry during my Iran cultural trip?

All Iran cultural tour packages offered by Cheetah-Adventures Iranian tour operator include accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation. You may need 10 -20 euros daily for food if your Iran tour package isn't full-board. The amount of money you'll need for buying souvenirs depends on your shopping habits.

Can I use credit cards in Iran?

No. Unfortunately, credit cards and international debit cards can't be used in Iran and you have to pay for everything in cash. Our team at Cheetah-Adventures travel agency always values the comfort and satisfaction of travelers, thus you'll be given a Persian debit card to use during your trip. You can charge this card anytime you want by giving dollars or euros to your guide or transferring money to our account. Note that the exchange rate will be calculated daily.

What will happen if I run out of cash while on my Iran travel?

You don't need to worry about running out of cash if you're traveling with Cheetah-Adventures. You can transfer the amount of money you need to our account online and receive dollars, euros, or Rials in Iran.

How long before my Iran trip should I book my Iran cultural tour?

If you're a meticulous person and plan things in advance, we recommend you book your Iran cultural tour 3 to 6 months in advance and get an early bird discount. Generally, it's recommended to book your Iran tour at least two months before the beginning of your Iran trip. This way we'll be able to apply for your Iran tourist visa in time and book the best accommodation for you. If you've already obtained your Iran visa or are currently in Iran you can book a tour up to one week before the start date; however, you'll have limited options for accommodation. Note that the visa process takes longer for passport holders of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada thus, these travelers have to book their tour at least 3 months in advance.

Is there any important medical or dietary information I should know about Iran?

Yes. Please inform us of any special diseases such as cardiac disease, respiratory disease or brain lesion background or any prescription drugs you need to take. Also please let us know if you're on a special diet (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) or have allergy to any type of food (spices, gluten, lactose).

Can I use professional cameras for photography and filming in Iran?

Of course. Just avoid taking pictures of locations with a no photography sign. Keep in mind that it's forbidden to take pictures of military installments, diplomatic buildings, and other political centers and will result in persecution. In addition, photography using flash is forbidden at most museums and historical attractions. It's best to ask your guide before taking pictures to avoid any problems and misunderstandings.

Can people that are on special diets travel to Iran?

Yes. Iran is a diverse country and is home to many different races thus, Iranian cuisine is very varied and vegetarian dishes, mixed dishes and dishes with meat can be found all over the country.

What type of food will be served during this Iran cultural tour? Wil there be vegetarian options?

All meals will be served at restaurants or the hotel guesthouse where you can choose from the various options available. Yes, vegetarians won't have any problems as Iranian dishes are very varied.

What should men and women wear in Iran?/ What is the dress code for Iran?

Generally speaking, women must cover their hair and wear long-sleeve tunics or coats with long pants. Men must avoid wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts. For more information read Iran dress code page.

Can I have a private Iran tour with a private guide?

Yes, you can request a private tour, a tour that only includes you and friends or family that you're traveling with. It's also possible to request a private guide in an Iran group tour.

Can solo travelers join Iran small group tours?

Absolutely. You can choose one of our Iran small group tour packages with a fixed date. These Iran tour packages are designed for solo travelers and those traveling in small groups. They are also a great option for travelers who are cost sensitive and looking for a more affordable Iran cultural tour. You can find fixed-date offers in the price section for each tour package.

Is it possible for female solo travelers to have a female tour guide?

Yes, you can request a female guide when booking your Iran tour.

Is pick up from /drop off at the airport included in your Iran cultural tour packages?

This depends on the tour package. You can find a list of services included in each of our Iran cultural tour packages on the tour webpage. It's possible to request a transfer service if it's not included in your Iran tour.

Are the entrance fees for museums and historical and cultural attractions included in Iran cultural tour packages?

Yes, all entrance fees are included in our Iran culture tour packages.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance?

Yes, definitely. You should get travel insurance before applying for your Iran visa.

How can I request a Iran visa and how long does it take to receive it?

Cheetah-Adventures will apply for an Iran tourist visa on your behalf if you're traveling with us. You only need to provide us with the necessary information and you'll get your visa grant notice within 2 to 10 working days. You can then collect your visa from an Iran embassy or the airport upon your arrival. Check out the Iran visa page for more information.

How long is the validity of an Iran tourist visa?

An Iran tourist visa normally allows you to stay in Iran for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days from inside Iran. Check out the Iran visa page for more information.

Does Cheetah-Adventures offer customized/ tailor-made Iran tours?

Yes, you can request an Iran private tour or customized tour if you want to visit certain places in Iran or have a certain schedule. You can enter the details of your requested Iran Tailor-made Tour and you'll be informed of your travel itinerary, details, and prices at the earliest opportunity.

What are the payment policies of Cheetah-Adventures? / Which types of payment methods are available?

Travelers are required to pay a deposit equal to 15 to 25 percent of the total cost of their Iran tour. The deposit must be transferred to one of our bank accounts in Europe, the information of which you'll receive after submitting your booking request. Check out Terms page for more information on payment and cancellation policies.

Can I choose the date of my Iran cultural tour?

Yes, you can choose any date that fits your plans better for your tour. It's recommended to consider the weather of the cities you want to visit during your Iran cultural tour. Keep in mind that you have to choose a date during summer if you want to have a combined Iran trekking and cultural tour. We recommend booking your Iran tour at least 2 months prior to your Iran travel.

Is it necessary to always carry my passport in Iran?

Yes. It's best to have your passport with you at all times as it is your only form of identification abroad. If the hotel keeps your passport you can use the receipt instead.

Can I buy Saffron or Persian carpets in Iran?

Yes, you can buy all kinds of Iranian handicrafts and other souvenirs to take home.

I don't speak English. Is it possible to have a guide that speaks my language?

Yes. You can request a guide that speaks your language when booking your tour. Otherwise we'll designate an English-speaking tour guide to your Iran tour by default.

Will I visit UNESCO national heritage sites during this Iran tour?

Yes. There are 24 UNESCO world heritage sites in Iran and we'll visit the ones inside or near the cities that you've chosen in your Iran tour package. Check out Iran Destinations page for more information about Iran UNESCO world heritage sites.

What types of activities are done during an Iran cities tour?

This depends on the type of Iran tour you book (trekking, cultural, nomads...); however, most of your time during an Iran cultural tour will be spent walking in cities, visiting cultural and historical attractions, and shopping in traditional bazaars. We'll stop at restaurants and cafes for having a meal, snack or coffee and resting. In addition, we'll visit places that are popular among locals to learn more about the Iranian lifestyle, culture, and nightlife.

Which attractions will I visit during Iran cultural tours?

The attractions you'll visit during your Iran tour depend on the length of your Iran trip and the time of your Iran cultural tour. We've included the most significant, unique, and stunning attractions including many UNESCO world heritage sites in our Iran travel itineraries. Check Iran Destinations page for an Iran travel guide on Iran destinations.

Can I include chosen attractions in my Iran cultural tour and customize my trip?

Yes, you can mention the attractions you want to visit when booking an Iran private tour or Iran tailor-made tour. You can also email us the details. We'll then provide you with a detailed itinerary and the price after carefully planning your Iran cultural tour. Check Iran Destinations page for information on Iran tourist destinations.

What are the characteristics and personality features of my Iranian tour guide?

All of our Iranian tour guides are educated, travel enthusiasts. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and energetic and will make you feel as if you were traveling with a friend. You'll enjoy your Iran travel and learn about the culture and history of Iran accompanied by them.

Will I visit must-see attractions in Iran during Iran cultural tours?

Yes, you'll visit as many must-see attractions in Iran as the time of your Iran tour allows. For instance, you'll visit Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd during a 12-day Iran cultural tour. Accompanied by your Iranian tour guide, you'll visit the most significant and outstanding attractions in each of these cities.

Which Iran cultural tour is best for me/ which Iran cultural tour should I choose?

All our tour packages are designed attempting to offer the best and most flexible Iran tour package possible. You can choose the Iran tour package that suits you best considering its features such as the length of the tour and the attractions you'll visit. You can find this information in the description section on the tour webpage. In addition, you can contact us to get recommendations on your Iran cultural tour based on your restrictions and preferences or request an Iran Tailor-made Tour.

Are there any adventures or ecotourism activities included in Iran cultural / cities tours?

Yes, we've tried to include some trekking, walking, visiting deserts, and ecotourism in our Iran culture tours to give our travelers the opportunity to spend time in the beautiful nature of Iran as well as learning about its culture and history. You can also request your desired destinations to be included in your tour. Learn more about Iran tourist attractions.

Can I attend traditional Iranian celebrations and ceremonies during this tour?

Yes, you'll be able to attend Iranian events depending on your tour date and the cities you'll visit. Note that these events may not be mentioned in your Iran tour package description as they depend on your tour date. However, your Persian tour guide will give you the necessary information about these Iranian events and take to them if possible. You can find more information about Iranian events and holidays in our Iran travel blog.

Do I need any prior knowledge on the cultural and historical sites I'll visit during this tour?

No, your Persian tour guide will give you all the available information about an attraction including its history, cultural facts, and the stories behind it. You'll be provided with a printed or digital catalog to get some information about the attractions before visiting them. In addition, your guide will inform you of any special rules such as wearing Chador or not taking pictures before visiting a cultural or historical site.

What type of services does Cheetah-Adventures provide during an Iran tour?

You'll be provided with every service that is included in your Iran tour package. The list of the services included in each package is available on the tour webpage.

Which Iran tour packages are available with small groups?

All of the Iran tour packages with a fixed date are available in small groups.

Can I travel to Iran with children?

Yes. Iran is a generally safe country for travelers. In addition, a trip to Iran can be entertaining for all members of the family due to its various attractions and things to do. You can find more information on Iran safety in 2020.

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