Iran Group Tour Holiday - Treasures of Ancient Persia

Iran - Treasures of Ancient Persia

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 15 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Important Information

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

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

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.

*Please note that it is illegal to drink alcohol in Iran, or to bring it into the country.

Dietary Requirements

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 or Dinner £7- £15


The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide for those purchased in a restaurant.

Water £1
Tea/Coffee £2
Soft drink £0.75

*Please note that it is illegal to drink alcohol in Iran, or to bring it into the country.

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.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM machines will not accept most non Iranian cards.
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Most non Iranian debit and cash cards are not accepted, and credit cards are not widely accepted.
Local Currency: Iranian rial (IRR)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros, US Dollars and Sterling are all accepted
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

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. 

Travel Insurance

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 and be valid for the entire duration of your holiday.

Visa Information

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 the earliest opportunity. 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 will be issued by the Ministry no earlier than 3 to 4 weeks before the start date of your tour. Accordingly it is essential that you are in possession of your passport and will be available to travel to the Consulate at this time.

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 colour photograph. Please note that women, and girls over the age of nine, should wear a headscarf in their visa application photos.British, Canadian and US citizens will also be required to provide a curriculum vitae and a list of countries visited in the last ten years. Once the authorisation 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.

Please note that once the process of obtaining the authorisation code has begun there will be a charge of £115 in the event of cancellation

The current price is £195 and £250 for an express visa; cash is the only form of payment accepted. You should bear in mind that this can change at any time.

For non-UK nationals please check the current procedure with your nearest Iranian Embassy or Consulate. An ‘e-visa’ may be available for 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

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 12/02/2019

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