Undiscovered Iran - Beyond the Veil
Undiscovered Iran - Beyond the Veil
Foreign Office Travel Warnings
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). At the time of writing the FCO has no travel advisories or warnings against travel to any of the areas we generally visit on our tours, including our group itinerary.
As with all of our tours it is the clients’ responsibility to ensure that they hold full travel insurance which includes medical repatriation.
Accommodation and Meals
At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. With a few exceptions you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.
We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.
Food & Drinks
The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.
If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
Budgeting for your Tour
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch and Dinner £6-£8
Please note it is illegal to bring alcohol into Iran.
Bottle of Water £1
Tipping – Guide and Drivers
Tipping is common practise in Iran.The amount is at your discretion but a guideline is $40-50 per day between the group for the guide and about half this for the driver.
ATM Availability: ATM machines are not widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are not widely accepted
Local Currency: Iranian Rial (IRR)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros or US Dollars
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you
Joining your Tour
Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Joining Your Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.
It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.
Most nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. Since April 2016 tourist visas can be obtained from the Iranian Consulate in London. Please be advised that British citizens MUST apply in person. Generally the processing time is less than a week, but we recommend that you apply at least 6 weeks before travel. Before the Consulate can issue your visa, authorisation must be obtained from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Tehran. This will be requested through our local partner in Iran and generally takes 2 to 3 weeks to obtain. Around three months before departure, we will send you a form for completion, required by our partner for submission to the MoFA. We will also require a scanned copy of your passport and a scan of a passport sized photograph. US citizens may be asked to provide a CV. Once the code has been issued it will be sent directly to the Consulate, as well as to you, and after that you can make your visa application in person
For non-UK nationals please check the current procedure with your nearest Iranian Embassy or Consulate. A visa on arrival can be obtained by nationals from certain countries, including some EU states, but not the UK. Anybody obtaining a visa on arrival will be asked to pay $20 per person at the airport for health insurance.
Please check the expiry date of your visa before travelling. If you overstay you may have to remain in Iran until the situation is resolved.
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 and also includes Egyptian and Jordanian entry or departure stamps obtained at the land border with Israel.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.
We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.
For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Vaccinations & Protection
We strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis.
Preparing for your tour
Iran can be bitterly cold in its winter months and fiercely hot during the summer. The best time to visit is generally accepted to be the spring and autumn months.
When it comes to clothing light garments are recommended for during the day, while you should take a jumper or something warmer to wear on some of the evenings, such as in Abyaneh. It is also advisable to wear a hat during the day to protect from the sun, and you should also bring something waterproof for any rainy days.
Iran is a very conservative country in terms of clothing. Men should wear long trousers and shirts – although short sleeved shirts are generally acceptable, you may be required to wear long sleeves when entering certain religious buildings.
Under Iranian law, all women must observe the hijab, which means modest dress (a thigh length loose fitting garment, with at least three quarter length sleeves) and a headscarf also covering the neck, which can be any colour. Many Iranian women wear western clothing under an inexpensive coverall called a manteaux which can be purchased locally. However, standards have relaxed considerably, and loose fitting blouses worn over trousers or a full length skirt are now acceptable. A headscarf must still be worn in public.
The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have.
Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Luggage on tour
Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack and one small rucksack as hand luggage are acceptable.
Electric Supply & Plugs
Electrical supply is 220V and plugs usually have two round pins like most European countries.
Tour Itinerary Versions
Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were updated on 14/02/2017