Iran, which had been locked in for a long time by the religious authorities in power since 1979, is gradually opening up to tourism, particularly Western tourism, in a limited context of social liberalisation. Once a very rich and unavoidable stopover on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, a Middle Eastern country with a thousand-year-old culture, ancient Persia has many wonderful archaeological sites to show you, inherited from a succession of opulent and refined civilizations. A journey to the unknown, accompanied by his tour guide of Iran. From the fields of dunes and stones of the desert of Lout to the old town of LoutYazd, from the fascinating ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis to the sumptuous palace of Golestan in Tehran, from the village of Masouleh nestled in the mountains, to the shores of the Caspian Sea, to the city of Isfahan straight out of the Thousand and One Nights, Iran has its share of outstanding and authentic experiences for you. And we don't tell you about the sweetness of lamb stew or the splendid Persian gardens....

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When to go to Iran?

The two best periods to travel to Iran are from mid-April to early June and from mid-September to mid-November. It is better to avoid the summer, hot summer, and winter, very cold in altitude and often snow-covered, with roads that are sometimes impassable, even if the temperatures are milder in the South than in the North. The Ramadan period is not ideal, but not completely discouraged either, as is the case for other Muslim countries. While many services and restaurants remain closed all day long, signs indicate those that are still open for tourists, non-Muslim expatriates or Muslims travelling without fasting.

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Western tourism being a rather recent activity in Iran, it is advisable to follow an organized tour. Many archaeological sites can only be visited with a specialized agency recognized by the State. The thaw in relations with Europe has nevertheless made it possible today to organise magnificent tours between Tehran, Persepolis, Shiraz, Isfahan, Soltaniyeh, Shushtar, Yazd and Kashan.

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There are direct flights to Tehran but it is possible to get out of there for less with low-cost airlines by stopping in Istanbul. From Istanbul, it takes about a dozen hours of travel time, including 4 hours of stopover. Departure also from Lyon, Geneva, etc. Other flights with Qatar Airways (stopover in Doha), Gulf Air (Barhein), Etihad (stopover in Abu Dhabi) or Emirates (stopover in Dubai).

Buses serve the whole country and are the best solution for travelling comfortably, relatively fast and for a modest budget. But all other types of transport are possible in Iran. There are many air links and the rail network is also an option, especially for night travel from or via Tehran. There is even a metro in the capital.

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When to travel?

The two best periods to travel to Iran are from mid-April to early June and from mid-September to mid-November. It is...
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Weather forecast

The weather in Iran is rather dry because only the coasts have a humid climate. For the rest, most of the country is...
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Budget

The local currency is the Iranian rial and the Touman, which is equivalent to 10 rials. Often devalued, this currency...
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Formalities

A tourist visa is required. To obtain a visa, two solutions: submit a file to the Iranian consulate in Paris (50 €)...
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Health

No vaccine is required to enter Iran, although it is advisable to be vaccinated against DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pol...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are direct flights to Tehran but it is possible to get out of there for less with low-cost airlines by stopping...
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How to get organized?

Western tourism being a rather recent activity in Iran, it is advisable to follow an organized tour. Many archaeologi...
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Getting around

Buses serve the whole country and are the best solution for travelling comfortably, relatively fast and for a modest...
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