2 Weeks in Iran: Itinerary

Last updated Jan 14, 2019 @ 9:41 pm [clear h=10]

I returned from a visit to Iran a few weeks ago and still feel the urge to write way too many posts about it! It was such a unique trip and with Iran not being a no. 1 travel location, finding accurate info from more than one resource (Lonely Planet) was often impossible.

If you have 2 weeks to visit Iran, like I had, my very own itinerary might inspire you. At least I hope!

I flew in and out of Tehran. I didn’t have second thoughts about it at the time of purchasing the flights; only afterwards I heard it’s also possible to fly to other cities as well, like e.g. Shiraz. That might be a more time-efficient option.

First stop oN the trip: Esfahan

My friends and I planned to go to Esfahan right after meeting up in Tehran. That would have been much easier, had my backpack made it through the transfer in Dubai on time. At least my first encounter with Iranian services was positive, so I can’t complain about that.

8 hours later, finally reunited with my backpack, we headed to the bus station in the city and managed to get tickets for a bus at 12:30, right before it departed. In LP they recommend buying tickets to Esfahan well in advance, so it’s hard to say if purchasing in advance is not needed or if we were just lucky. The bus was a VIP model with very comfy seats. It was also really cheap, costing only around 80 IRR per person.

Upon our arrival to Esfahan, we checked into the Iran Hotel, which I had booked via email in advance. It was our only arranged accommodation. The hotel’s incredibly helpful owner explained carefully to us where everything was in the city and gave some good recommendations about places to eat. The Iran Hotel itself was nice and I was surprised at how accepted it was for me and my two male friends to stay together in one room.

We spent 3 nights in Esfahan and most of the time we hung out on the Imam Square, also called Naqsh-e Jahan, dominated by the stunning Shah Mosque. The Imam Square is where all the action happens, anytime of the day, except during the hottest part. Families squat down for picnics everywhere, youngsters play volleyball, everybody eats ice cream and horse carriages run past you. It’s also here where you’ll be often approached by locals who speak good English. Some of them will have no side intentions, some will want you to check out their stores. You don’t need to buy anything – fortunately, they’re not very pushy.

Imam Square, Esfahan, at night
Beautiful early night on the Imam Square of Esfahan
The Flying Carpet shop in Esfahan
In the Flying Carpet shop in Esfahan: We got tea, looked at carpets, were pushed gently, refused, waved goodbye, away we went :)
Horses with carriages on the Imam Square in Esfahan, Iran
Horses standing in the heat on Imam Square. Notice the horses’ blinders :)
Beautiful interior decoration of Persian buildings.. this one is part of Esfahan's bazaar
Persian architecture is stunning..! And it’s not just mosques – we found this beauty in a bazaar!
Esfahan's main bazar in the morning
Esfahan’s main bazar in the morning. Where are all the people, right?
Picnicking on the Imam Square in Esfahan
Even in the heat – find shade, roll out the carpet and picnic fun can start! :)
Volleyball off a mosque in Esfahan, Iran
Popular evening pastime – playing volleyball just off a mosque! :)

Second stop on the trip: Yazd

Our transfer to Yazd was smooth, because we had our tickets arranged by the Iran Hotel. We took the ordinary bus this time, and were surprised that it took only about 4 hours, instead of 6 hours that the VIP bus travels.

The Termeh hotel in Yazd was awesome. It was based in a traditional house and managed by women. We liked this one the most. They took such a good care of us and the always-smiling ladies could really brighten everyone’s day.

Yazd is an often overlooked city because everybody prefers going to Shiraz, but I found Yazd to be much more charming. We had 3 nights in Yazd, and we barely managed to see everything, partially thanks to the fact that we were way too relaxed when we first arrived.

The city’s ancient part is full of mud houses and is incredibly pleasant. That is, if you don’t wander around noon in the summer heat like we did. The heat can really wear one out, so we spent a lot of time hidden away in cafés or simply relaxing in our hotel.

There’s enough to see in Yazd for two full days, but we wanted to see more and decided to take a half-day trip to Chak Chak, Kharanaq and Meybod. It was a trip full of history and extremely enriching. I had troubles coping with the heat, but our awesome driver (provided by the hotel) arranged some watermelon for us, which totally saved the day :)

Cool kids of Yazd
Cool boys of Yazd – so young, yet already professional at posing!
Masjed-e Jameh mosque in Yazd. The colors are wild!
Masjed-e Jameh mosque in Yazd. The colors are wild!
Charming Yazd - that's badgir chimneys and mud structures.
Charming Yazd – that’s badgir chimneys and mud structures.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex at night, Yazd
Yazd is beautiful at any hour – here the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, which is a community centre and a bazaar (of course:))
Tower of Silence, Yazd
Approaching the Tower of Silence, an important Zoroastrian site.
Beautiful mud structures of Kharanaq on the former silk road
Beautiful mud structures of Kharanaq on the former Silk road
Refreshments by Narin Castle in Meybod
Surviving the worst heat with the help of watermelon, just off the Narin Castle on the outskirts of Meybod

Third stop on the trip: Shiraz

We read there was so much to see and do in Shiraz that we arranged to stay for 4 nights. In retrospective, with our evening flight on the fourth day, we could have easily stayed one day less.

We got to Shiraz by taking a VIP bus arranged through Termeh hotel, and at the same time had another traditional hotel arranged – the Parhami hotel in Shiraz. It was located in narrow alleyways close to one of the main roads on which all the action was happening. The location was good, but suddenly we found ourselves in a relatively big city, full of bazaars and chaos. The city is much more chaotic than e.g. Esfahan or Yazd (my personal opinion). It wasn’t easy to adapt to Shiraz and we fell for the city’s charm only on one of the last days there.

Everybody goes to Shiraz mainly to see the nearby Persepolis and we were no exception. We arranged a day trip to Persepolis on our second day, and it was amazing! A total must-see!

We saw the sights of Shiraz, and actually realized there were not too many. After a slightly disappointing visit to a Citadel that was as expensive to visit as the whole of Persepolis, we gave up on some other monuments, simply for budget reasons.

We looked for what more we could see in the vicinity of Shiraz and Mr. Parhami suggested Ghalat, a village near Shiraz. It was a great idea, not only because of the nice small waterfalls in Ghalat, the charm of the old village and the mesmerizing views from hiking trails surrounding it, but mainly thanks to our driver and a guide in one person, a delightful young lady nicknamed Lili.

Shiraz is one of the largest cities in Iran and it's pretty busy..
Shiraz is one of the largest cities in Iran and it’s pretty busy..
This must be a poem by Hafez, one of Iran's most famous poets. Or is it a story of his life? Who knows! - as seen near Hafez' tomb
This must be a poem by Hafez, one of Iran’s most famous poets. Or is it a story of his life? Who knows! – as seen near Hafez’ tomb
The grounds of Masjed-e Vakil mosque in Shiraz
The grounds of Masjed-e Vakil mosque in Shiraz
One of Shiraz' calmer streets.. so pleasant!
One of Shiraz’ calmer streets.. so pleasant!
Incredibly pretty garden of Bagh-e Eram with palm trees, houses, ponds with turtles.. and kids who wanted to practice English :)
Incredibly pretty garden of Bagh-e Eram with palm trees, houses, ponds with turtles.. and kids who wanted to practice English :)
Magical Persepolis - most people's no. 1 reason to visit Shiraz
Magical Persepolis – most people’s no.1 reason to visit Shiraz
Little charismatic village of Ghalat, just an hour away from Shiraz.
Little charismatic village of Ghalat, just an hour away from Shiraz.

Last stop on the trip: Tehran

The hustle and bustle of a metropolis like Tehran was quite overwhelming. It didn’t help that our domestic flight from Shiraz was delayed by 3 hours and we had to wait at the airport till after 1am. We stayed in a very basic hotel, yet that particular hotel was the most expensive on our whole trip and lacked a western-style toilet. Oops!

In Tehran, you really have to be ready for crowds, especially if you want to use the metro. If you’re a woman, I strongly suggest using the back wagons, which are for women only.

Tehran was great, yet at the same time we didn’t have enough time to really fall in love with the city. A friend of mine stayed one day longer and it made a big difference. If you have just two days, you’ll be rushing to see the main things and won’t be able to pause and simply hang out. As Tehran is really special when it comes to relaxed rules, it would have been great to meet some young and liberal Tehranians.

When in Tehran, be ready to spend more money for sightseeing. They often divide a complex of buildings by pricing each and every building separately. If you want to see e.g. the whole Gholestan complex, you pay quite a lot (if you’re not local). Here are all the Tehran things to do.

Azadi Tower, a.k.a. the Tower of Freedom - a showcase of Tehran's modern architecture
Azadi Tower, a.k.a. the Tower of Freedom – a showcase of Tehran’s modern architecture
View of Tehran from Azadi Tower
View of Tehran from Azadi Tower
Tehran's bazaar is a city within a city. It was crowded and we heard bad stories.. For the love of our cameras, we didn't go in there.
Tehran’s bazaar is a city within a city. It was crowded and we heard bad stories.. For the love of our cameras, we didn’t go in there.
One of the many beautifully preserved buildings of Gholestan complex. Watch out, a fee paid for each building separately!
One of the many beautifully preserved buildings of Gholestan complex. Watch out, a fee paid for each building separately!
The Green Palace of Sa'd Abad Museum Complex, kings' former summer residence :)
The Green Palace of Sa’d Abad Museum Complex, kings’ former summer residence :)
Colorful park surrounding all the palaces in Sa'd Abad Museum Complex
Colorful park surrounding all the palaces in Sa’d Abad Museum Complex
View of smog-capped Tehran
View of smog-capped Tehran. It looks quite nice, doesn’t it?

[clear h=10]All in all, our trip was awesome and we managed to pack quite a lot into two weeks, considering distances in Iran. E.g. the distance between Yazd and Shiraz looks like nothing on the map, but it easily amounts to 6 hours spent on a bus, after which your day is practically gone.

Had we travelled at different time of the year than August, we’d try to see the desert and perhaps even go for a camel ride. That’ll have to stay on the bucket list for next time! :)

Here’s an overview of our itinerary in Iran, which had only a rough shape prior to the trip and in the end turned out pretty good. I’m quite a proponent of not too much planning , you know ;)

  • Day 1: Transfer to Esfahan
  • Day 2: Esfahan
  • Day 3: Esfahan
  • Day 4: Transfer to Yazd
  • Day 5: Yazd
  • Day 6: Yazd: Trip to Chak Chak + Kharanaq + Meybod
  • Day 7: Transfer to Shiraz
  • Day 8: Shiraz
  • Day 9: Shiraz: Trip to Persepolis + Necropolis
  • Day 10: Shiraz: Trip to Ghalat
  • Day 11: Shiraz, Flight to Tehran
  • Day 12: Tehran
  • Day 13: Tehran

Cost of Travelling Around Iran

Ok, and as so many of you keep asking me how much I spent in Iran, I’ll include it in every Iran post for you :) My 2 weeks costs entailed accommodation, overland transport, one domestic flight, sightseeing, food and souvenirs. In total, beautiful €500! So cheap!

For those of you needing more details on prices in Iran, here’s a helpful post on 2-week travel budget for Iran.

Visa Requirements

As a Czech citizen, I had it easy with my visa. I obtained it in advance at an Iranian Embassy in Prague. But Czech, just like Slovaks (I travelled with 2 Slovak guys) can even obtain a visa upon arrival. One just needs to have a travel insurance arranged.

Americans, Canadians and Brits have to visit Iran on an organized tour and also the visa requirements differ. Fortunately, a British friend of mine, wrote about her experience in Iran too.[clear h=5]

As I’m thinking about what to see next in Iran, I couldn’t help but share this awesome article about off the beaten path places to see in Iran with you. I hope I’ll be able to include some of them on my next trip!

Let me know if you’ve been to Iran or if you’re planning to go sometime in the future! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Once you’ve booked your flights, get yourself a Lonely Planet guidebook. Its Iranian edition is of a high quality and will largely help you with the planning process, as well as with understanding the country’s background.

I also put together this photo-packed post about what one should know about Iran. If you need help choosing what clothes to pack with you, see this post.

And here’s a pin for you to pin for later:

We spent amazing 2 weeks in Iran and saw Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, and Tehran. Check out our itinerary!   Planning two week trip to Iran - an itinerary

82 thoughts on “2 Weeks in Iran: Itinerary”

  1. Hi Veronika, I found your website through Pinterest and immediately subscribed to the newsletter, seems awesome!
    I have set my mind on a trip to Iran in 2016 after seeing some pictures on the National Geographic website and then researching more pictures, and articles, and guidebooks.
    I just can’t find many accounts online of women traveling without men there!
    I will most likely be traveling with my best friend, who is also a girl. It may seem like a stupid question, but I wonder if you think this could make it difficult for us or limit our travel experience in Iran.
    We will also most likely be sharing a room, but I read that no one objected to you sharing a room with two boys, so I guess we should be fine.

    • Hello Laura!

      Thanks for your nice words :) If you’ll be two girls you’re going to be totally fine! You’ll have it even easier to engage with local women, so that’s awesome. There will definitely be no problem with accommodation. Just be aware of what local women do (e.g. on public buses in the cities, you should stay at a section for women) and follow them :)
      Actually, I know of one girl who went to Iran on her own! It’s Kami from Poland: http://www.mywanderlust.pl
      I’m sure you’ll have a great time! :)

    • HI Laura im Shahin from Iran. I want to make you sure about travelling to Iran undoubtedly!. Travelling without a man is not important about safety and security.But you should care about planning (including time and payment).i suggest you to travel to Qazvin too.it has about 1or 2 hour of time with car.but you can see many awesome historical places.If you are very conservative person you can use local tour agencies (for 2 or 3days or more trip to cities) . i suggest you to visit these websites: http://dalahoo.com/en/index.cfm . i wish you enjoying your travel.

  2. salam!
    hey the first line is a verse of his poems but the rest is his life story. I know :)
    in written Farsi,each line of traditional poems always have 2 parts. like this:
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  3. Hi Veronika,

    I’ll be following a pretty similar itinerary while in Iran, do you have any recommendations for accommodation in Isfahan and Shiraz? I’m headed out in 12 days, can’t wait!

    Willie

    • Hi Willie..! I stayed in Iran Hotel in Esfahan, and in Parhami Hotel in Shiraz. They’re actually mentioned in the post ;)
      The Iran Hotel was more like a ‘normal’ hotel, while Parhami was a traditional house. Both were great.

  4. Hi Veronika,
    I really like your blog. It’s very informative.
    I assume you spoke English the whole trip but can you confirm? If so was it easy to get around just speaking English?
    I’m thinking of going to Iran this year and am also thinking of an August visit to it’s great to read about people who have visited in that month.
    The places you mentioned are where I’d like to visit too, plus Kashan if possible, because of the time of year.
    I’ll be travelling alone as I usually do.
    Can you tell me if you met many other foreign travelers/tourists when you were there?

    • Hi Rob, thank you for your praise and stopping by!
      Yes, we just spoke English. Actually in Shiraz we came across a guy who could speak German too, but that was an exception. It was easy enough to get by with English only. Towards the end, I learned the numbers in Persian and that helped e.g. with taxi drivers. The prices are tricky (number of zeros) so there’s a lot of space for confusion.
      August is great, just avoid the desert :) But the places we went to + Kashan are not a problem at all even in August.
      Yes, we saw quite a few foreign travellers. The easiest was to chat in hotels. Especially the housestay type of accommodation (Parhami in Shiraz, Termeh in Yazd) all feature a central yard where people hang out, so it’s easy to start a conversation.
      I’m sure you’ll have a great time in Iran! :)

    • Hi Rob
      I have a recommendation for you .if you want to go Kashan,there is a nice city near the Kashan that’s its name is Natanz also a nice village Abyane . Take visit, have nice trip in my country IRAN

  5. Hi Veronika, such great and useful information, thanks a lot. How did you go about hotel bookings? I can barely find anything on bookings.com…

    • Hi Etienne, thanks for reading! :) I booked the first hotel (Iran Hotel in Esfahan) via a direct email to the hotel. Then we booked the rest on the go.
      In Esfahan we asked about a good place to stay in Yazd and the Esfahan hotel people would not only recommend some for us, but would also call to the Yazd hotel and book it. Same thing happened in Yazd: We asked about a good accommodation in Shiraz and were recommended a place & had it booked at the same time.

      So just like that. If you want to book well in advance, just search for emails of the hotels, they usually respond quite fast. Some hotels, like e.g. Parhami in Shiraz, are on Facebook and so you can message them through that. Instagram’s also popular :)

      Enjoy your trip to Iran!

  6. Hi Veronica
    I am sure that you are planning to travel to Iran again.
    This time I suggest you start your trip from the North West and ending the trip in northeastern Iran.
    Of Tabriz, Zanjan and Ardabil and Mashhad, Gorgan and Gonbad-e Qabus and continue.
    Hope to meet you

    • Thanks for the suggestions, Keyvan! There’s so much more to explore in Iran, a second trip is indeed necessary :)
      Have a great day!

  7. Hi Veronica
    I know that you’re a native of the Czech Republic and Prague is the most beautiful cities in the world.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip and your positive comments about Iran enjoyed most of you have shared your site.
    My country needs tourists to come and see the beauty of the country and the growth of our tourism industry to be.
    I hope everyone realized that the cost of travel (stay – Tickets – Food) There’s a lot cheaper than countries such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and more tourist sites, although Iran is weaker ones, but hopefully also improve service by increasing the amount of tourists to the country.
    Thanks

    • Hello Hassan, I really enjoyed travelling in Iran and yes, the cost is much more affordable than other countries. I will be back for sure!

  8. I found you on Pinterest and it was interesting to see what a foreign traveler wrote about my country And I realized that you had a few mistakes during this travel
    I live in Isfahan and know the best time to travel to Iran in mid- spring As climate is cool and rivers are full of water.every one knows that The best view of Iran is in spring.
    When you traveling in Iran you should not lose these cities : Tabriz , Ramsar , Tehran , Isfahan , Kashan , Yazd, Shiraz , Kish and Qeshm islands.
    And please before traveling to Iran , search for “iran street style” in social networks.
    And always to find the best places in each city from a native ‘s advice.

    • Hello Nilou, thanks for your suggestions, I might use them for another trip to Iran.
      Actually we decided for summer only because that was the only time a friend who lives in Australia could join. We wanted to climb the mountain near Tehran (sorry, I forgot the name). In the end he got sick and couldn’t even make it to Iran. Fortunately it was quite easily manageable, even in the summer.

  9. Hi
    I guess looking at all the posts here one can now believe that there are so much things to be seen, too many ideas to be exchanged and too many friends to be had. Indeed every country we visit we tend to add another personality to what we already possess which can be good. I am glad to see that this platform is becoming a place to exchange the travel ideas about Iran. Good luck guys with your discoveries and if there was anything you needed to know about Iran and New Zealand let me know. This is my email: [email protected] darwantour.com
    Have wonderful evening!

  10. Hi.My name is Hassan from shiraz.
    I was so excited to you took a photo from the worst and noisy street in shiraz.(I havent gone there for many years)
    There are many streets to see and luxury shopping mall in shiraz.(like Hyperstar one of the biggest mall in around the world)
    I hope to see you in shiraz again and you feel better.
    Suggestion.You should travel to shiraz in April and May (Ordibehesh).its like paradise.
    Yours
    mhahang

  11. Hi Veronika,

    Any suggestions on places to stay for solo travelers? I what to meet and hang out with new people and locals, so I think hostels are the best choice. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Francisco

    • Hi Francisco, there are not many ‘typical’ hostels in Iran, as far as I know. The hotels we stayed at in Yazd and Shiraz were almost like homestays. In Yazd, the hotel is managed by women and it’s very laid-back. It was easy to meet fellow travellers and locals there. Same with the hotel in Shiraz, where we could have local food made just for us, spent quite a while chatting to the owner, and met some fellow travellers as well. In both of these hotels, we saw people staying in a room on their own.

  12. Hi Veronika I’m Muhammad from Yazd the city in Iran that you visited. I read this article and i’m so happy that you enjoyed your trip.But I really recommend you to have a trip to iran again because i think you missed 50 percent of Iran’s beauties(for example visiting Hamadan and Goleatan and some other provinces) and having a two week trip is not really enough.You can check iran beauties in Instagram on this page ==>>>ouriran.insta

    • Hi Muhammad, I’ll definitely visit again! It’s impossible to see the whole Iran in 2 weeks :) But I’m glad I got to experience the country and meet the friendly locals! ;)
      I’ve just followed the Insta account you recommended.
      Say hi to Iran for me!

  13. Veronika so impressed by your blog of Iran you truly captured everything I would love others to see in the country. I try to get my friends to travel there with my but most are hesitant. I tip my hat to you for taking on what many other would not.

    • Thank you, Nasim. I’m happy to hear that :) No worries, I’m sure your friends will soon find the courage and will travel to Iran with you! Fingers crossed :)

    • Iran is very beautiful and has many attractions.
      Do not worry and enjoy Southern towns in cool seasons
      These cities have ancient works, if you would like to know more, send me an email
      Yazdanorozi @Gmail.com

  14. hey dear
    Hope to all people around world visit Iran at least once
    if you wanna come here again this time you can try Kish its an Island in persien gulf and one of the best Island .
    BTW .Can I have your Instagram ID?
    Best wishes

    • Hi Ali Reza, sorry for the late reply! You can find me on Instagram under @travelgeekery :)
      Thanks for recommending Kish, an island sounds good!

  15. Hi Veronica,
    Last week I came back from Iran trip, I stayed there for 22 days.i am solo traveller. Iran surprised me every moment, things I noticed in Iran are , Irani people love picnic a loooot and black tea, they are very friendly, i make lots of friends there. Persian cultural heritage site are spectacular, I love Abyaneh so I stayed one night there. persepolis is awesome.
    I have friend in Yazd, he and his wife supported me in every possible way, their families also treated me like family member, they both were with me all the time.
    I love to visit Iran again. Because I couldn’t visit Tabriz and some place in North.
    Yes, VIP buses are awesome and chip :)
    Why don’t we have this type of buses in India ?
    Sorry for my bad English,

    With Love

    • Hello Jignesh, that sounds like you had an amazing experience :) It’s lovely to hear that. I just looked up Abyaneh, it looks beautiful! I will have to go see it on my next trip, together with many other places :)
      Hehe btw. here in the Czech Republic we don’t have such awesome and cheap buses either :D
      Many greetings from Prague!

  16. Hi Veronika, sounds intriguing. I have one urgent question as I’m flying to Iran in less than two weeks. Where, how and how much time ahead did you guys book your domestic flight back to Tehran? Because I can’t find any cheap flights on the internet. Thanks a lot for your help! regards,David

    • Hello David! Don’t worry about the flight at all. We booked it like 3-4 days in advance, it was cheap and easy. But we had to go to a local tourist agency. It cannot be really booked online because you can’t pay to Iranian accounts online. So once you’re in the first major city (like e.g. Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz), ask at your hotel where to go buy flights and they’ll show you where a travel agency is. Good luck and enjoy! :)

      • Hi veronika , I’m from Tehran and
        I appreciate you for visiting Iran
        I think you have good experience there so i’m happy :))
        Tehran is a bit crowded city wich probably is not very good but Tehran in too big and it has a lot of places of interest , belive in me !
        I offer you to travel again to Tehran and spend 1 week here , go and visit countryside of Tehran go village near Tehran and go Taleghan ! Taleghan is a small city near Tehran (3h with car) and it has amazing nature … whatever , i can help you if you want , i will
        Keep calm and drink iranian black tea haha :)))
        Hope you the best
        Farzin

  17. Hi Veronika,

    You article is so helpful, thanks! I was wondering: how did you find the internet in Iran? Is there basic wifi easy to be found? I am a digital nomad and travel while working. Thanks so much and keep writing and travelling!

    Cheers
    Marije

    • Hello Marije!
      It really differs.. Nobody from our group had a laptop with them, but from browsing just on our phones, the quality varied.. If I remember it correctly, the hotel in Yazd had the best internet, and I remember seeing somebody working in the hotel with a laptop. The other places.. not really. However, in some cities there are modern cafes with internet. We went to some in Tehran, Shiraz and Esfahan and in all the internet could be used easily. But bear in mind that many places close down during the biggest heat of the day, especially if you visit in summer and further south (e.g. Yazd).
      Check out NomadList: https://nomadlist.com/q/iran – not the most digital nomad friendly but it could be worse.
      Let me know if you go and how it was! ;)
      Veronika

    • Hello Marjie
      you can buy a sim about 3 dollars, then purchase an internet package (3GB traffic) for a month with 4 dollars. If your operator is Irancell then you have access to 3G and 4G internet in almost all cities in Iran

  18. Hey Veronica,

    Very nice to read your stories in Iran ! Stumbled upon one blog then keep reading a few of them one after the other. :)
    ‘m heading to Iran in March ’17 and will follow more or less the same itinerary you did. I want to flight from Shiraz to Tehran but where on earth did you manage to book the tickets from? The only airline I can see is Iran Aseman Airlines but the whole website is in Persian.

    • Hello Erika, glad you stopped by :)
      It’s actually quite easy with the domestic flights in Iran, just leave it till you’re in the country. You can buy flights either directly via the carriers or via resellers. It’s easy in any city. We bought ours in Esfahan in the office of Iran Air. It was quick and cheap, you just need to pay in cash.
      Till now it’s impossible to pay for anything in Iran using a foreign credit card, so that’s what makes booking flights from outside nearly impossible. But it’s really easy once you’re in Iran and you don’t have to worry there would be no seats left.
      I’m so excited for you! I really want to go back one day :)

  19. Hi dear veronika I’m Ahmad and also I’m an Iranian professional tour leader, I think I can help everyone, so for contacting me, that’s my what’s app number: 0098_9173188083

  20. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest
    authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  21. Hi!!!! Thank you for share your experience….and sorry for my bad english!!! I have just few questions about bus in Iran, you know if, somewhere online i can find the timetable of buses? Or you know if the work by night ? just to optimize my iranian time!

    • Hello Alessia, sorry for my late reply.
      There are quite many long-distance night buses. So you can plan accordingly :) I don’t think there are timetables online. There are many different bus companies operating. We always booked our buses through the hotels we stayed at, it was the easiest way.
      Good luck and enjoy Iran!

  22. Such a great sharing web! good people love to share good stuff. Very helpful, I have a generally picture for my coming two weeks travel in Iran. Thank you!

  23. Hi veronika
    Im glad u injoyed travelling to iran.
    I recomend a rout:
    tehran,qom,kashan,abyaneh,esfahan,yazd,shiraz.
    dont forget visit qom. there are beautiful holy shrine,old bazars ,historical places….

  24. I congratulate you on the professional and wonderful report. The traveler needs to travel to Iran for at least 6 months to see this mysterious country on tourists. There are very beautiful areas, such as Gallus, Ramsar, Mashhad, Tabriz, North of Iran, Kish Island and Qeshm, which is a safe and cheap country. Thank you for your honesty and transportation. Professional ..

    • Thank you, Raed. That would be wonderful to travel for so long in Iran. Not sure who has so much time, though.
      Thanks for the recommendations on the most beautiful areas!

  25. Hi Veronika
    my name is Mohammadreza and Im from iran
    I have research about (why we shoud travel to Iran) and I want to know what happened for you that you decided to travel to Iran in this situation anyone told you or what? plz answer and send it to my g-mail

    thank

    • Hi Mohammadreza, hope you’ll get my message here. We just decided with a couple of friends. A friend of mine wanted to climb your highest mountain, so that was primarily the main reason to go to Iran. But then he fell sick and cancelled and the rest of us came to Iran anyway and had a great time.

  26. unfortunately qazvin and its mysterious valley (alamut) are less popular .i highly recommend all travelers come and enjoy its beauty . i would be more than happy to help you

  27. hi veronica. as u know we are so care about our country’s image abroad. thanks for sharing this subject.
    as Soureh said this is Hafiz’s life story. first part of means: (first term. two part)
    When you pass by my tomb, ask for grace,
    It’s a shrine where the drunkards abound.
    (http://www.hafizonlove.com/divan/05/205.htm)
    I live in Isfahan,

    • Hello Aanilei, yes, I enjoyed travelling in your country very much! The people were so kind and hospitable. I’ll be back one day!

  28. As you know iran is a good place for tourists and I’m sure that you enjoyed in iran(every tourist will enjoy,that’s a fact). And come back later. You must have a good moment in every place of iran.
    And thanks because you liked iran☺☺.

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