7 Tips for Enjoyable Travel to Iran
1. The best time to trip to Iran
For good weather, the best time to have a trip to Iran and best time travel to Iran is some time in the spring or fall. Since the climate is diverse among different cities of Iran, you will experience extreme weather conditions in most cities during winter and summer.
March-May and Sep-Oct are the best time to go to Iran – you’ll dodge searing heat and bitter winter cold (with snow-blocked mountain roads). Prices do rise in these months, particularly April; June and Oct offer slightly better deals as long as you are prepared to dress for the heat/chill. Iran marks a number of festivals nationwide which can disrupt travel. Nowruz (Iranian New Year, two weeks starting 21st March) means price hikes and packed hotels.
Seasons in Iran
Iran is a 4-season country and every season or even every month of the year has its particular great place to visit. The seasons stretch from the sub-freezing winters of Shahr-e Kord and Tabriz in the west and the northwest to the tropical islands of Qeshm and Kish in the extreme south. It’s no secret that some travelers don’t like the cold weather and prefer a good temperature in the high seasons even despite the high prices.
Autumn & Spring: Time to go everywhere
The weather in spring is very pleasant throughout Iran in general, but nights may still be a little cold in the March and early-April. This means you can go everywhere in the country. It’s the best season for foreign travelers who are interested in city walking and sightseeing.
Fall is the low season of domestic travels. The weather is still hot in the south of the country but relatively pleasant to the center and north where major tourist cities located. There is no major festival in this season. Fall is also another foreigners’ favorite time to visit Iran.
Where to travel in spring and autumn?
To have a pleasant walk in stunning historic and ancient sites a comfortable temperature and no intense crowd is a must.
This spring and fall are great seasons for those travelers who are interested in city walking and sightseeing. So head to the major cities including Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran, Yazd, Kashan, and enjoy their stunning ancient palaces, gardens, mosques, and bazaars.
Persepolis and Pasargadae in Shiraz to see the glory of old Persia, Golestan Palace in Tehran, Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan with its beautiful combination of Islamic and Persian architecture, and ancient Zoroastrian temple in Yazd, historic houses in Kashan, and beautiful bazaars in all of these cities are just a few of numerous must-be-seen places in Iran.
Early-spring and fall are the best seasons to visit the world’s most beautiful and spectacular deserts in Iran, The Great Salt Desert (Dasht-e Kavir) and The Emptiness Desert (Dasht-e Lut). No visit to Iran is complete without a desert experience. Head to the Maranjab, Garmeh, and Kalout deserts and enjoy the silence, calm, and relaxing atmosphere of these places.
Summer: Head to the North
Summer in Iran officially lasts from about late-June to late September. Iran’s weather, especially in the south gets boiling for two months. While sightseeing in the south and center is a little bit exhausting in summer, the humid and mild climate of the provinces on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea including Guilan, Mazandaran, and Golestan, and also the provinces in the northwest where you’ll find spectacular forests and landscapes are great destinations.
Must visit destinations during summer
Look at Iran’s map. There is a green colored area along the northern border of the country lied between the Alborz Mountain Ranges and the Caspian Sea. The region is far removed from the tourist map – you’ll scarcely find anyone that knows what’s there, let alone wants to go. Yet, that’s exactly what makes it so captivating for travellers looking for something a little different.
You’ll find volcanic plains, snowy peaks, and dense forests. You’ll find traditional bazaars in small mountain towns, the kindest locals, and none of the jostling crowds you get in similarly stunning parts of the world. Covered with cool forests, snow-covered mountains, and spectacular beaches, the most beautiful provinces of Iran located in this area along the Caspian Sea, namely Guilan, Mazandaran, and Golestan. Mild weather and beautiful landscapes in these provinces made them the main destinations of domestic travels during summer.
Winter: Snow Adventures
Winter in Iran officially lasts from about late-December to late-March. In general, you’ll find far fewer tourists visit Iran in winter, and it means fewer queues, no crowds and cheaper rates everywhere.
In winter snow enthusiasts will find skiing and snowboarding in the fresh powder in amazing ski resorts with awesome accommodation in Iran.
The Persian Gulf with its beautiful islands is a great destination for a winter trip. The weather temperature is ideally comfortable and pleasant.
Qeshm, the largest island in the Persian Gulf and its three small adjacent islands, Hengam, Larak, and Hormuz (Naz Islands) the less discovered destinations in Iran are famous for their cultural heritages including traditional Bandari villages, dresses, and houses cooled by wind-catchers, unique wildlife such as dolphins, Gazelles, birds, and turtles, and natural wonders including The Qeshm Geopark, Kharbas Caves, Hara Forest, Valley of the Stars, Namakdan Salt Cave, and Mangroves. There is also a Portuguese Castle date back to 16th century when they seized Qeshm.
2. Plan your activities before travel to Iran
Iran is full of historical and ancient places. There’s also a variety of beautiful landscapes which add to its attractions. For having a sufficient time visiting those places, it is a good idea to prepare a plan for the places you would like to visit and have an estimate of the time you want to spend on each. You can check out some of the interesting places like Persepolis near Shiraz, or Golestan palace in Tehran. Some of the great houses in Kashan would also be fabulous for those who love to see delicate Iranian architecture. And probably one of the most famous places in Isfahan called Naqsh-e Jahan square would be awesome to pay a visit.
3. Dress code and proper clothing
Iran’s dress code in public is a bit different from what is usually portrayed in the media. The dress code in Iran is more casual that what you might expect, but there are a few rules on how you would better choose your clothes when travelling there.
On religious principles it’s obligatory for women and men to cover their body more than usual dress codes of western countries. However, for tourists and foreigners the rules are not strictly observed and in the worst case scenario you might get a kind comment about your “Hijab”.
For women, wear a manteau (‘Manto’ as pronounced by Iranians) or a coat that covers your body properly and also wear long pants or jeans and have a scarf. But take it easy on yourself and try to wear something in which you feel comfortable. For men, long pants and t-shirts or shirts are proper. Men can wear shorts only if they’re enjoying the beach.
If you’re thinking about using credit cards in Iran, the bad news is that international credit cards will be useless in Iran. But it doesn’t mean that you always need to carry cash. After changing your money to Rials, you can have them in a debit card.
Many banks offer a gift card/tourist card which can be used within Iran’s banking network including ATMs and most shops. It’s also much safer than cash because, if you lose your card, you can block it by referring to a bank branch.
The Iranian Rial is the currency of Iran. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Iran Rial exchange rate is the USD to IRR rate. The currency code for Rials is IRR, and the currency symbol is ﷼. Below, you’ll find Iranian Rial rates and a currency converter. You can also subscribe to our currency newsletters with daily rates and analysis, read the XE Currency Blog, or take IRR rates on the go with our XE Currency Apps and website.
Most Iran hotels staff are very welcoming and helpful, you will usually not encounter communication problems in the English language. Since 2014 the number of tourists visiting Iran has increased rapidly, making it difficult to book rooms. In high seasons, most of the favored hotels are booked months in advance. So make sure to book as soon as your schedule is decided.
At Ir oersia tour, we have more than a decade of experience with hotels, tourist priorities, and services and we recommend our clients the best options based on their request. For other general inquiries please contact us.
Iran Traditional Hotels
If you are looking for a different accommodation in Iran, we suggest you stay at one of the traditional boutique hotels. The beautiful houses that have been rejuvenated and transformed into hotels with Persian architecture and traditional decoration which resemble the history of art and culture of the Persian nation.
These hotels have preserved their traditional architectural styles and have become so popular among the tourists who seek distinctive destinations and are eager to see where the real magic happened. These places have typically a nice azure blue pond in the center of the yard with small red fish surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees.
6.Iran travel insurance
Travel insurance is an optional service that you can choose to include or exclude among your own tour services. But based on twenty years of experience in our agency, Iran Traveling Center, we highly suggest it to you; because you can enjoy the best of your trip time in Iran without any worries about any unexpected events. The main insurance that is done for travelers in Iran is carried out by Iran Insurance corporation and it costs 40 $ per person based on which you will be awarded up to 100000 Euros and your costs will be paid to you depending on the kind of loss incurred to you. You can fill out the insurance request form online based on your personal information such as your full name, passport number, nationality and date of birth and explain your health condition in the section of ‘notes’ and if you are resenting from any special kind of illness, please mention your disease. Your insurance conditions will differ based on your travel time and your age.