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Ancient Persia in Depth

Trip Length

Trip Code

16 days PGAP

Countries Visited

Iran

Start City

End City

Tehran Tehran
Ancient Persia in Depth

Iran is quite simply an extraordinary country, where visitors are welcomed with open arms by friendly people who have redefined the word ‘hospitality’. The architecture is amazing with breathtaking mosques, stepped hillside villages, cleverly-designed wind towers (badgirs) and impressive structures such as the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. The country's history is astonishingly rich, having embraced and been dominated by countless civilisations. The Archaemedians, Alexander the Great, the Parthanians, Sassanians, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, Safavids and many other groups have all left their mark over the centuries. The current culture is in many ways a fusion of all the influences. Ancient Persepolis is just one of the many reminders of this rich history – words can’t describe just how impressive this site is. The country’s religion is predominantly Islam (mainly Shiite, but some Iranians are Sunni), although we will probably also encounter Jews, Zoroastrians, Christians and Baha’is along the way. Although Iran is portrayed by some Western media as being ruled by a dour and repressive regime, we will find that it is a land full of warm, lively and friendly people. Join us for this foray into one of the world’s most fascinating and least-visited countries.

 

** Please note the 11 October departure will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see importandt notes for details ***

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Ancient Persia in Depth


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Tehran

Accommodation: Enghelab Hotel or similar, Tehran

Activities:

Day 2: Tehran

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Enghelab Hotel or similar, Tehran

Activities:

Day 3: Hamadan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Buali or similar, Hamadan

Activities:

Day 4: Hamadan - Kermanshah

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Azadegan or similar, Kermanshah

Activities:

Day 5-6: Kermanshah - Shiraz

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

Day 7: Persepolis & Pasargadae

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Arg or similar, Shiraz

Activities:

Day 8: Shiraz

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Arg or similar, Shiraz

Activities:

Day 9: Shiraz - Abarqu - Yazd

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Dad Hotel or similar, Yazd

Activities:

Day 10: Yazd - Esfahan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sheykhbahae or similar, Esfahan

Activities:

Day 11-12: Esfahan

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Sheykhbahae or similar, Esfahan

Activities:

Day 13: Esfahan - Abyaneh

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Abyaneh or similar, Abyaneh

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Day 14: Kashan – Tehran

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Enghelab Hotel or similar, Tehran

Activities:

Day 15: Tehran

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Enghelab Hotel or similar, Tehran

Activities:

Day 16: Tehran

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Iran

Visas are required for all nationalities. Two passport photos are required and women MUST be wearing a headscarf, fastened under the chin, in these photos. If women plan to apply in person at a Consulate or Embassy, they should wear a headscarf and conservative clothing to drop off and pick up their passport. The process for obtaining a visa can be lengthy – we recommend you finalise your travel arrangements approximately two months from your tour departure date and allow a minimum of six weeks before departure for this process (2-3 weeks for the authorization to be issued and 2-3 weeks applying at the Consulate or Embassy). We will assist you in obtaining the necessary authorization from Tehran, but we require additional information in order to apply on your behalf. Once your booking is confirmed, we will email you detailed information including a form which needs to be completed and returned to us with a clear, colour scan of your passport in JPG format, approximately 250kb in size (the page with your photo and details – if you don’t have access to a scanner, a clear digital photograph is usually acceptable). The form is not complex but does ask for personal information not included in your passport. Please try to complete and return the form via email as we forward the information to Tehran in this format and this minimizes the risk or errors. After a period of 2-3 weeks you are provided with a reference number, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran and you can then apply for the Iranian visa at the Consulate or Embassy you have previously specified - this is your responsibility. We will need to know the Consulate or Embassy at which you are to apply for the visa, as your reference number will be sent to the specified Consulate or Embassy - so you cannot subsequently change your mind about where you will get the visa. This question appears on the electronic form mentioned above. Please note that the reference number is NOT an electronic visa or authority for visa-on-arrival – you MUST apply at the Consulate or Embassy and have a visa inserted into your passport before travel. Depending on the political climate at time of travel, some nationalities may find that they are granted a visa only for the duration of the group tour (and not for additional nights planned in Tehran). If this is the case, we will provide additional information on how to obtain the correct duration of visa. Please check your visa carefully when it is returned – it should be valid for entry within 90 days of date of issue, and there will be a specified duration. If for any reason your visa has been issued for a shorter period than you requested, please advise us. Visas can be extended after arrival in Iran, but we need to be aware of this in order to make the necessary arrangements locally.

Important: Entry to Iran will be refused if your passport contains evidence of travel to Israel, even if you have been granted an Iranian visa. Note this is not confined to an Israeli visa stamp. It also includes Egyptian and Jordanian entry or departure stamps obtained at the land border with Israel, such as the Allenby Bridge which links Amman with Jerusalem.

Please note the Iranian Embassy also now require a letter of authorisation to be submitted with your visa application form. Please speak to your agent to arrange this.

Please note that US, British and Canadian passport holders will need to book this trip at least 2 months before departure as this is the length of time it takes to get the visa processed for these nationalities. In addition, the following travel restriction applies: Passengers of the above nationalities must visit Iran on a guided tour and must pre-book all extra accommodation and airport transfers with the same operator. They will only be issued with a visa authorization code once all services are confirmed and only for the exact time they have booked the relevant services.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Iran

Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution (Paperback) by Nikki R. Keddie The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran (Paperback) by Robin Wright Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran (Paperback) by Elaine Sciolino Anything by Sadeq Hedayat Poetry anthologies by Ferdosi or Omar Kayyam Certain books, such as those by the author Salman Rushdie are banned in Iran. If you are caught bringing banned books into the country, you may be fined or even denied entry. Please do not bring controversial books on Iran or Islam with you. In addition to this, magazines with ‘immodest’ pictures (even women’s magazines like ‘Marie Clare’) can cause problems.


Important Information

**For the 11 October departure only we have made an amendment to the itinerary due to a government conference taking place in Ahvaz and all accommodation being booked out.

The group will now stay in Shahr-e-Kord instead of Ahvaz

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY

Tehran

Tehran

Hamadan

Hamadan - Kermanshah

Shiraz

 Shahr-e-kord

Persepolis & Pasargadae

Shiraz

Yazd

Esfahan

Esfahan

Abyaneh

Tehran

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

 

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, our local Iran based Office can be reached on: +98-9121496390

Travelling in Iran requires some special considerations due to the strict laws and cultural expectations of the country. For example alcohol and certain 'immoral' books/images are strictly forbidden. There are also extremely strict codes of dress and behaviour - particularly for women.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

6 August 2014


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