About Iran Travel

Welcome to Iran travel. This is a place with people so friendly they'll invite you to stay in your home for days on end and treat you like family everywhere you go. 

Before we visited Iran, we really didn't believe all the hype. How could it be possible that a nation has such honest and generous people. Iran is that place. The Iranian people are aware of the misconceptions of their country that is spread by Western media and when meeting foreigners, instead of blaming them for the decimation of their reputation, they make it their life's work to prove to them that Iran isn't a place to be feared.

It's not just the people that make Iran travel so incredible. Get lost in labyrinth cities, stroll over sand dunes in pristine desserts, wanter through thousand-year-old mosques and hear the call to prayer ring through the streets. This is a place where you are always reminded that you're travelling in a far away land. For travellers, Iran offers everything you could ask for.

Iran Travel Information

Even though it's a growing travel destination, you won't find a lot of Iran travel information online. But it's really not as mysterious a place as it's made out to be. There are wonderful restaurants, great hotels, plenty of tour operators and a decent public transport system. 

The hardest part about Iran travel is probably getting into the country in the first place. Holders of Canadian, UK and United States passports must obtain a visa in advance and also must go as part of a tour. There are ways around this, but for now, this is the sad truth about travelling Iran for those nationalities.

When we visited the country, this wasn't an issue, but as we all know, relations have changed with Iran. Still, even if you have to go as part of a tour, it's worth it to visit this fascinating country.

Travelling Iran is simple, but it's worth it to know a few basics about travelling here. Below you'll find all of the posts on our blog that include information about Iran travel.

Travelling to Iran: A Guide to Obtaining an Iranian Visa

Due to Iran’s somewhat complicated political situation in the past, entering this truly unique country as a tourist hasn’t always been easy. There are still a few challenges to traveling in Iran, such as the strict Islamic law and the massive firewall, but things are slowly ...

The Ultimate Guide To Backpacking Iran

Without a doubt, Iran is one of the most fascinating, friendly and exotic countries that you will ever visit. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about backpacking Iran and even share some secrets that you won’t find in your guide-book. Iran is officially ...

Capturing Iran: A Photo Journey Through This Misunderstood Nation

The Middle Eastern country of Iran is misunderstood by many. Western media portrays this nation as a place filled with nuclear weapons, a sinister ruler and women dressed from head to toe in black. As with every country, Iran isn’t without its faults. However, any misconceptions we ...

Iranian People: Are They Really As Nice As Travellers Say?

If you’ve ever travelled in, or around Iran, then you’ve experienced or heard the rumours about the Iranian people. Countless travellers rave about their hospitality and their generous, genuine nature. But are the Iranian people really as nice as travellers say? We spent 31 days travelling ...

Travel To-Do List: Central Asia

Depending on which country we travel to, we have a different  To-Do List. Some of the items remain the same (getting vaccinations, budgeting for the trip, buying travel gear, etc.), but for this particular trip, which will take us through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia & Iran, ...

Our Iran Travel Blogs

In total we travelled around Iran for a month. We visited quite a few different places in the country and had some amazing connections with the locals. At one point, we were invited to stay in a Iranian couple's home. We thought it would just be for a night and we gladly accepted.

After a week of them feeding us, showing us around their city and taking holidays to be with us, we finally said our goodbyes. We couldn't believe how generous they were. This wasn't an experience unique to us either. So many travellers have very similar stories.

Below you'll find this story and many more of our personal Iran travel blogs. Hopefully by reading our experiences you'll get a better idea of what Iran travel might be like for you.

Tabriz & Tehran: The End Of Our Epic Adventure!

After 5 days in Esfahan, we waved good-bye to the most generous couple we’ve ever met in our lives. Just hours later the wheels of the plane were lifting off and we were flying to Tabriz (that’s right we flew… only $40 each!). We arrived around ...

Esfahan, Iran: Taking Hospitality to a Whole New Level

When it comes to hospitality, generosity and kindness, the people of Iran rank at the top of the list. When we were out in the middle of nowhere in the Desert of Garmeh, we met a lovely couple who gave us their number after only 5 ...

Shiraz, Iran: Pushing the Boundaries of Islamic Law

Shiraz is one of the most famous cities in all of Iran. Before the Revolution of 1979, people here sipped on fine Shiraz wines, recited poetry from the famous poet, Hafiz, explored the arts freely and enjoyed a more western way of life. Nowadays, the vineyards ...

A Cave Village & Persepolis: Iran’s Ancient Achaemenid City

After a crazy few days in Kerman, we headed for Shiraz, the cultural and artistic capital of Iran. Because of the ceremonies for Ashura, buses were not running for 3 days, so we had to hire a taxi to take us. In most countries, a 9 ...

Exploring Culture and The Kaluts in Kerman, Iran

We spent 3 nights in the city of Kerman and had a very memorable time with the local people, while experiencing the religious ceremony of Ashura first hand. As we’ve said before, it’s the little things in travel that really bring us joy and our time in ...

Getting Lost In Yazd: Iran’s Ancient Mud City

After 3 amazing days in the desert oasis of Garmeh, we headed off to Yazd, the center of Zoroastrian culture and unique ancient desert architecture in Iran. Taking the taxi in from the bus station, we already had a good feel for what the next days ...

Delightful Desert Days in Garmeh – We Love Iran!

No trip to Iran would be complete without venturing off into the desert! After spending 2 nights in the Holy City of Mashhad, we were on an overnight bus bound for the desert village of Garmeh. The bus was nice, but since it’s technically winter here ...

Exploring Mashhad: Iran’s Holiest City

We’re finally in Iran! We really enjoyed our time in Mongolia and Central Asia, but travelling in Iran was probably what I was looking forward to the most on this trip. I donned the mandatory headscarf (you’ll be seeing me in this for 32 days!) and ...

Why Did We Decide To Travel to Iran?

When people from the west think of Iran, images of Taliban waving guns in the air, buildings being bombed and women covered head to toe with only their eyes showing tend to come to mind. But here’s the thing: The Taliban are located in Pakistan and ...

Counting Down The Days Until Departure!

We have only a few weeks left here in China! I don’t know how this is even possible. It feels like we just celebrated Christmas. In 26 days (but who’s counting?!) we will be hoisting our backpacks over our backs and heading back out where we ...

Travelling to Central Asia: Pressures Of The Planning Process

We have 3 months left before our teaching English contract here in China is up and we’ve officially started planning for our next trip! It’s turning out to be quite the process. We knew that travelling to one of the least touristy regions on the planet ...

Our Next Trip is Central Asia: The Most Epic One Yet?

We’ve been living in China for 7 months now and we’ve started getting The Travel Itch. We need to get going again. We need to get on the road and experience new things. There are people in the world who can live their lives, working all ...


When To Travel To Iran

The Best Time To Visit: Spring (March-May) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Thanks to Iran’s size, topography and altitude, you’ll actually find a huge variety of weather patterns here. Before you decide when to go, you should probably figure out where you’d like to go in the country as regional temperatures can vary wildly (when it’s -5°C in Tabriz it might be 35°C in Bandar Abbas).

Heat can be a restrictive force when backpacking in Iran so be careful if you’re in the south during summer, when temperatures frequently break into the 40’s (C).

The varied weather also means that you can pretty much travel the country at any time of the year. So if you must travel in July, there will be a place with good weather, and if you only have winter holidays... you guessed it, part of Iran will be perfect.


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