Iran Classic Tours

Tours in Iran

Our choices of tours in Iran are divided into thematic features such as Shiraz, Tehran, Persepolis, Esfahan, and the Kish experience.

Iran is the cradle of ancient civilizations and holds a rich history, outlining numerous impressive architecture and historical wonders spread across this vast South Asian country. Steeped in history and incredible heritage, Iran is a country that is often overlooked and wrongly avoided by many travelers. However, Iran has everything to impress those searching for adventure travel packages. An exotic culture with several thousand years old, fantastic monuments and cities, varied landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to arid deserts by the sea, and a population among the most welcoming of the world.

Iran is a fantastic country located at the Middle East and South Asia crossroads.

We can say that it is quite straight forward touring Iran mainly because Iranian people are often named as the “most welcoming people in the world“.

Choosing and booking a tour of Iran can be complicated in terms of choice because most people don’t really understand the geographic size of the country.

Join one of our Iran tour packages and travel the country safely with our expertise.

Iran tourism packages options are quite extensive since the country is very big and is full of monuments and things to do.

Visiting the leading Iran tourism attractions will delight those who enjoy ancient archaeological sites, history, stunning nature, and friendly smiles.

Your Iran holidays will be unforgettable because of the country’s unique architecture, exotic destinations, and generous people.

The opportunity of being an Iran tour operator gives us great joy since we’re very proud of promoting this beautiful and unique destination.

We feel happy to provide such amazing travel experiences that will create long-lasting memories.

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Iran practical information

  • Area: 1,648,195 sq. km. 6.5 times the size of the U.K.
  • Land borders: Afghanistan (936 km), Armenia (35 km), Azerbaijan (611 km), Iraq (1,458 km), Pakistan (909 km), Turkey (499 km), and Turkmenistan (992 km).
  • Length of coastline: 2,440 km.
  • Capital city: Tehran (16 million people).
  • Population: 86 million people.
  • Languages: Persian (official), Azeri Turkic, Kurdish, Gilaki, Mazandarani, Luri, Balochi, and Arabic.
  • Electricity/Plug Type: 230 V / 50 Hz / plug types: C, F.

Highlights of Tours in Iran:

Shah Cheragh, Badab-e Surt, The Ruins of Persepolis, Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Yakhchāls, Alamut Castle, Nushabad Underground City, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Kariz-e-Kish, Radkan Tower, Nashtifan Windmills, Naqsh-e Rustam, 3N Cave – The World’s Largest Salt Cave, Ali Sadr Cave, Troglodyte Village of Kandovan, Pigeon Towers of Iran, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, Deir-e Gachin Caravanserai, Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut), Bazaar of Kashan, Masuleh, Yazd Atash Behram, Stone Garden, Hormuz Island, Tomb of Hafez, Tomb of Cyrus, Sar Yazd Castle, Salt Men of Iran, Kharānaq, Maymand, Tomb of Daniel, Eram Garden, Dolat Abad Windcatcher, Lake Urmia, Khaju Bridge, Ebrat Museum, Khalid Nabi Cemetery, Dashkasan Dragon Temple, Painted Mountains of Tabriz, Tashkooh Burning Hill, Graffiti at Persepolis, Vank Cathedral, Iran Mall, Greek Ship, Tehran Aerospace Exhibition Center, Fatemeh Maasoume Shrine, Grand Bazaar of Tabriz.

Iran Tours & Vacation Packages

Iran Group Tours from Tehran

Start: Tehran | Time of year: January to December | Tour type: Join a Group

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Group holiday packages in Iran
, 11 Days – 10 Nights 1-16 People
$1,150

This Iran travel groups for solo travelers focus on Iran’s top essential sights. Don’t miss this opportunity to safely visit Iran and its tourist attractions…

Iran Tours from Tehran

Start: Tehran | Time of year: January to December | Tour type: Private

10-Day Travel to Iran
, 11 Days – 10 Nights 1-6 People
$1,374

Iran is famous for its historical cities and immense desert regions. Travel for 11 days in Iran to meet the vast emptiness obtainable in this…

5-Day Travel to Iran
, 5 Days – 4 Nights 1-5 People
$624

If you have a short holiday in Iran or want to combine this 5-day Iran desert tour with other tours available, this trip fits perfectly…

Iran Desert Tours from Tehran

Start: Tehran | Time of year: January to May and September to December | Tour type: Private

9-Day Travel To Iran
, 17 Days – 16 Nights 1-7 People
$1,623

The possibility of visiting Iran for 17 days gives travelers a fantastic well built view of the most important attractions and many off-the-beaten-path destinations in…

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Shiraz Iran
, 14 Days – 13 Nights 1-6 People
$1,673

A 14-day tour to Iran gives you the rare possibility of being able to travel long distances and visit the most remarkable sights of Persia.

Tour in Iran
, 9 Days – 8 Nights 1-7 People
$838

In this Iran classic tour, we focused on the top important sights in the country for first-timers. It’s very hard to decide which sites are…

, 2 Days – 2 Nights 1-7 People
$178

Arriving in a new country can be complex for many travelers. Logistically speaking, many people do not have the time, experience, or mindset to be…

Iran Tours from Shiraz

Start: Shiraz | Time of year: January to December | Tour type: Private

Shiraz
, 3 Days – 2 Nights 1-5 People
$347

Quick 3-day tour around Shiraz to visit the famous Persian historical sites. You can either combine this tour with other available, or we can pick…

Traveling to Iran FAQ

All you need to know before traveling to Iran.

Are these trips Iran private tours?

Are these trips Iran private tours

Yes, most of these Iran tours are made so that only you, your family, and your friends will travel together. You will not be traveling to Iran along with people you never met. But we also have Iran group tours available if you’re interested.

At a certain point, while searching on the Internet, you might ask about the difference between private and group tours. The difference is whether you will be sharing transportation with unknown people or just with your family or friends.

Imagine you buy a tour to come with your family. This will be a regular private tour, where you will have private transportation and a guide during the whole trip. Iran tour packages price change depending on the number of days and the quality of hotels. Consequently, a tour of 3 -star hotels will be cheaper than a luxury tour featuring 5-star hotels. The trip cost gets cheaper depending on the people that travel with you since the transportation price will be divided by everyone.

Now, the second situation is if you buy one place in our guaranteed departures group tours. In this case, you will join a group of people traveling along using the same transportation. We set up specific dates with a certain number of open seats so solo travelers can quickly and affordably join an Iran tour. As an Iran tour agency, we offer packages focusing on different thematics such as desert, architecture, culture, photography, and nature.

Yes, tours in Iran from India can be arranged. Yes, Iran tour packages from Pakistan can also be arranged. We receive clients from all over the world. If you plan to travel to Iran, you may be interested in one of the tours with very complete itineraries that can also be customized to extend for more days if you’re interested.

We have guaranteed departures throughout the year, especially during Easter and summer (June, July, and August). Our trips to Iran include accommodation, flights, a guide (in English, Spanish, or French), and monument tickets.

How much is the price of monument tickets in Iran?

How much is the price of monument tickets in Iran

The monument and museum entrances in Iran range between 200,000 rials and 500,000 rials for the most famous attractions.

Iran is a highly touristic country, with more than 17.000 registered monuments under the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts. Our tours usually have all the entrances included in the price, so you don’t have to worry about this.

The prices of monuments in Iran differ between local people and foreign tourists. The very high price difference seems unusual, but it is how the government and local authorities compensate for the option of receiving visitors.

Most tourist attractions in Iran are very well maintained, so expect major tourist sites to be clean and well organized, with proper facilities, available tourist guides, opening times, decent opening hours, etc.

RJ Travel wants to be one of the best Iran tour companies. For this, we expect our services to exceed all possible expectations regarding guidance, accommodation, transportation, and food provided to our clients.

What is the best way to fly in and out of Iran?

What is the best way to fly in and out of Iran

Without a doubt, the best European hub to fly to Iran is Istanbul. Turkish Airlines flies to six different destinations in Iran: Ahvaz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran, and Tabriz. Pegasus Airlines offers competitive airfare on its flights to Tehran Airport (IKA). Austrian Airlines also offers flights to Tehran.

Flying to Tehran on arrival and departure through Shiraz can be a wise choice as this way, you can organize a tour of Iran with entry and exit from different cities, thus saving time and money. Without having to go through Tehran, the busiest of the Iranian cities. Also, the connection via Istanbul is relatively straightforward.

Some of our tour Iran package offers actually include itineraries that start and end in different cities; for example, our 3-Day Travel to Iran starts and ends in Shiraz.

Other options have the Shiraz domestic flight back to Tehran included in the price. Iran is very simple and easy to arrive and depart from. All the necessary tourist infrastructures are ready, functional, and properly developed to receive visitors.

How much will the flight tickets for this tour cost?

Prices vary depending on the time of the year and how much you purchase your tickets in advance. But usually, we can say that a round-trip ticket from Istanbul to Tehran and out from Shiraz to Tehran will cost around 200 Euros up to 400 Euros, depending on the season. Pegasus, flying in and out of Tehran, can be much cheaper, as it is one of the most famous low-cost airlines in Europe. Flying from Madrid round-trip usually costs around 350 Euros. Austrian Airlines through Viena has tickets available for around 500 Euros return.

What is the capital city of Iran?

What is the capital city of Iran

Iran’s capital is Tehran, with a population of approximately 15 million people. Tehran is the capital of Iran and is located in the north of the country, south of the Caspian Sea and of the Elburz Mountains.

Despite Iran’s very long history, Tehran’s history as capital is relatively young compared to other thousand-year-old sites around the country. Of course, something in Iran that is relatively recent is already ancient if compared to other countries in the world. In the 16th century, the beautiful city of Tehran (photo) was walled by the Safavid dynasty, and even some of its rulers (shahs) made Tehran their residence in the 17th century.

The Kayar dynasty took power in the 18th century and made Tehran the country’s capital in 1795. Some works were carried out in the next two centuries, but the city was still moderately small. With the new Pahlavi dynasty, which took power in 1925, Tehran underwent a sweeping architectural transformation, with massive projects to the detriment of old and historical buildings, which were destroyed to make way for modern buildings.

The most significant symbol of Tehran is the Azadi Tower (in Persian, “Tower of Freedom”), built-in 1971 to celebrate the 2500 years of the Persian Empire (video). This famous monument in Tehran has a museum; from its viewpoint, you have an excellent view of Tehran.

The most modern icon of Tehran is the Milad Tower, the fifth tallest tower in the world at 435 meters high. The Milad tower dominates the Tehran skyline and is a complex that has a luxury hotel, a convention center, restaurants, etc.

Golestan Palace is the oldest monumental complex in Tehran and dates from the Qajar dynasty. It is made up of several palaces and has one of the best museums in the city. The Niavaran Palace is another large palace complex and was the residence of the last Shah of Iran.

Is Iran a tourist country?

Is Iran a touristic country

Iran is one of the world’s most complete and wealthy countries in terms of historical and cultural heritage. Being at the junction of different cultures, the country possesses a rich history that reflects many Iran tourist attractions and monuments spread all over the nation’s huge territory.

While visiting Iran, one can indulge in thousand of ancient monuments of all types and shapes.

There are 24 Iranian properties inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO: Meidan Emam, Esfahan, Persepolis, Tchogha Zanbil, Takht-e Soleyman, Bam and its Cultural Landscape, Pasargadae, Soltaniyeh, Bisotun, Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, The Persian Garden, Gonbad-e Qābus, Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Golestan Palace, Shahr-i Sokhta, Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Susa, Lut Desert, The Persian Qanat, Historic City of Yazd, Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region, Hyrcanian Forests, Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat, Trans-Iranian Railway.

In addition to its inscribed UNESCO sites in Iran, there is a list of more than 50 properties on its tentative list: Jame’ (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan, Historic ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin, Firuzabad Ensemble, Shush, Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab, Tape Sialk, Taq-e Bostan, Kuh-e Khuaja, Persepolis and other relevant buildings, The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan, Historical Ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin, Historic Monument of Kangavar, The Historical City of Maybod, The Historical Port of Siraf, Bazaar of Qaisariye in Laar, The Historical Village of Abyaneh, Bastam and Kharghan, The Historical Texture of Damghan, The Cultural-Natural Landscape of Ramsar, Kaboud Mosque, Tous Cultural Landscape, The Historical City of Masouleh, The Complex of Izadkhast, Cultural Landscape of Alamout, Zozan, Khorramabad Valley, Jiroft, Ghaznavi- Seljukian Axis in Khorasan, Qeshm Island, Arasbaran Protected Area, Sabalan, Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge, Alisadr Cave, Silk Route (Also as Silk Road), The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh, The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province, Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure, Hegmataneh, The Collection of Historical Bridges, Touran Biosphere Reserve, Hamoun Lake, Harra Protected Area, Damavand, Asbads (windmill) of Iran, Natural-Historical Complex / Cave of Karaftoo, Imam Reza Holy Complex, Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran, Persian Caravanserai, Salt Domes of Iran, The Great Wall of Gorgan, The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran. The perfect example of Iran’s history can be seen when you visit Fars Province.

As an Iran tour operator, we fully design our packages to fulfill all your needs. We know the country by heart and provide the best services, partners, guides, and accommodations we personally visited and examined.

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

Is it safe to travel to Iran

Yes, Iran is very safe to travel to.

Most people have the wrong idea regarding whether Iran is safe to travel to. Still, the reality doesn’t really match the misleading news we often see on television, picturing Iran as a violent country full of angry people. In fact, Iran is one of the safest countries in the world.

People are extremely friendly and welcome tourists with open arms. Before deciding to travel to Iran, you must open your mind, leave your comfort zone, and embrace this fantastic destination. You will realize the country is “normal” just a few minutes after arrival.

The crime rate towards tourists is unseen and not accepted by the local population; consequently, the penal code provides harsh consequences to criminals. Everyone can walk around all Iranian cities at night without any problem. Iran is safe to travel now, as it was before, and it will be safe to travel after, as a bright future awaits the Iranian tourist industry and its professionals.

Is Iran safe for tourists? Definitely yes.

Also, if you’re wondering if Iran tours for us citizens are safe, Iranian people are very welcoming and love people from all over the world. Very early in their history, Iranian learned not to mix politics with personal relations and human interaction.

Are you asking either if Iran is safe for Indian tourists? YES, it is.

In fact, Iran receives thousands of Indian Zoroastrian pilgrims every year to visit the most sacred pirs. Numerous sites in Iran are destinations for Zoroastrians.

The only imminent danger in Iran is when you are a pedestrian. So, a word of advice, if you want to cross the road, be vigilant, and follow the locals.

Is it easy to get a visa to Iran?

Is it easy to get a visa to Iran

Yes! Getting a visa to Iran is very easy. All our tours include the Iranian visa on arrival reference number so you can skip the line at the airport. Most nationalities can get an Iranian visa on arrival, and prices differ by nationality, usually ranging from 50 to 75 Euros for European Union passport holders. Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign tourists to ease their concerns about traveling to other countries after leaving Iran.

At IKA Tehran International Airport, you will have to deliver the document to make your visa » follow the instructions on our Iran Visa on arrival – step-by-step page. Download or print the available PDF and take it with you.

Before traveling to Iran, your passport must be valid for at least six months. You need at least 10 working days to apply for an Iranian visa through our services. Fridays in Iran are holidays and therefore are not counted as a weekday. A week in Iran goes from Saturday to Thursday. Last-minute visa to Iran requests is often possible if they are within 5 working days’ distance. Contact us for further information about this matter, and we will tell you if possible or not.

Citizens of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America must apply for the visa reference number on arrival 3 months in advance.

With our Iran tourist visa reference number, you will skip the line at the airport and go directly to pay your VOA (Visa on Arrival).

There are 10,000 Jewish living in Iran, the largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel. So, obviously, it’s OK if you’re Jewish. Jews have one of five seats assured for religious minorities. The others are saved for Zoroastrians and Assyrian-Chaldean Christians, while Armenian Christians get two seats. Iran’s Jewish community is one of four religious minorities with a designated seat in parliament.

But, take into account that citizens of Israel (Jewish, Muslim, and Christian) are banned from entry to Iran. Also important to mention is that visa entrance to Iran is refused to holders of passports or travel documents containing an Israeli visa or stamp or any data showing that the visitor has been to Israel or indication of any connection with the state of Israel.

After you purchase your tour with us, you will have access to your client area, where you will fill up a form to request an Iranian Visa reference number. We will send your application to the Visa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. When we receive your approved visa reference number, we will upload the PDF to your personal files area, from where you can download and print it. You will be notified by an automated email when this document is uploaded. Don’t forget to bring a printed paper version of the document to deliver at the airport in Iran.

How should tourists dress while visiting Iran?

How should tourists dress while visiting Iran

All women, including foreigners, should cover their heads with a piece of cloth and wear long, loose clothing in all public spaces. The scarf should cover the neck and be worn as soon as you get off the plane in all public spaces. It can only be removed in your hotel room or houses where other Iranian women also remove their scarf.

Women in Iran are part of all social activities; they work, study, have high-rank career positions, drive, go to restaurants and public cafes, etc. The legs can never be uncovered. However, be aware that long skirts, pants, jeans, and tracksuits are allowed.

Men must wear long pants, a t-shirt, and definitely no shorts or tank tops.

What to do at the airport when arriving in Iran for the first time?

What to do at the airport when arriving in Iran for the first time

Many travelers might find themselves lost when entering any Iranian airport for the first time. In reality, you have nothing to worry about, and the plan is quite simple and straightforward.

At Tehran airport or any other city like Shiraz airport, head to the Visa office following the signs, located after the insurance office (if someone stops you for insurance, show your printed document included in our tours).

At the Visa office’s first desk, show your visa reference number we provide so that you skip the line for those who don’t have it. Pay for your visa at the bank booth.

Deliver the receipt and passport to the visa booth. After getting your passport, you can go back to the police passport control and enter Iran.

Our guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. You will have the guide’s name and phone number with you. If you feel lost and by any chance, you don’t see the guide, ask someone to call him/her. Maybe you went out at a different gate, so you have nothing to worry about. Everyone will help with a smile.

Who lives in Iran?

Iranian people

Iran is a very diverse nation. In fact, although the Persian language is taught at school as the official language, it only corresponds to the mother language of 50% of its population.

The people of Iran are highly educated, so expect even the familiar people to know about many subjects and be able to establish exciting conversations.

The Iranian people are:

Persians » 44.9 million people.
Azerbaijanis » 13.3 million people.
Kurds » 8.31 million people.
Gilaks and Mazandaranis » 5.8 million people.
Lurs and Bakhtiari » 4.9 million people.
Arabs » 2.4 million people.
Turkmen and Qashqai » 1.5 million people.
Baloch » 1.7 million people.
Assyrians, Armenians, Georgians, Circassians, and Mandaeans » 1 million people.

Are credit cards accepted in Iran?

Are credit card accepted in Iran

No. Currently, international bank cards cannot be used in Iran because they don’t work. Therefore it is necessary to carry cash, in euros or dollars, and exchange it for Iranian rials when you arrive in the country. As you can imagine, the rial, the currency of Iran, is not convertible outside of Iran, so it is convenient not to change more than you need.

While booking your tour with us, you pay online, so you don’t have to worry about carrying too much money beforehand. You need to carry money for your personal expenses and souvenirs.

Please consider that a carpet can cost between 50 Euros to 10000 Euros, depending on how much money you want to carry to buy things. A few times, some of our clients don’t bring enough money to get everything they wish for. So you better be prepared to go shopping. Bring cash with you.

How can tourists communicate with Iranian people?

Several languages are spoken in Iran, with Farsi being the official one. Farsi is also spoken in Afghanistan (Dari) and Tajikistan (Tajik).

It is highly recommended to have specific knowledge of English (or, to a lesser extent French). In large cities, the Iranian middle and upper class know English as it allows them to have more accessible contact with the rest of the world, making the trip much more accessible. Either way, all our tours include a full-time guide who speaks the language you understand so that you feel comfortable learning about the country’s culture, history, and traditions.

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