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I'm planning to travel to Iran in the next couple of years, and need some advice.

1. When is the best time to go to Shiraz/Persepolis/Naqsh-e Rustam?

2. How much would such a trip cost (I have a moderate budget)?

3. I have a Russian passport but my brother has an American one. Will either of us have any trouble with Iranian authorities?

4. What safety precautions should be taken in that part of the country?

Thanks everyone.
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1. In my opinion mid-spring for example in May is good time, because cities like Shiraz and Isfahan are very crowded in Summer and beginning of the Spring (Eid Nowruz) and many Iranian tourists visits these cities in Summer and beginning of the spring.

2. Depends to you, Are you going to travel to Shiraz with a tour? with airplane or with train or bus or your personal vehicle?

Cost of a 3 days tour to Shiraz from Tehran with air travel and accommodation in a 5 star hotel is around 350,000 to 400,000 Tomans. 1 USD equals around 1750 Tomans in free market and 1226 Tomans in banks. So you can travel to Shiraz with less cost too.




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1. In my opinion mid-spring for example in May is good time, because cities like Shiraz and Isfahan are very crowded in Summer and beginning of the Spring (Eid Nowruz) and many Iranian tourists visits these cities in Summer and beginning of the spring.

2. Depends to you, Are you going to travel to Shiraz with a tour? with airplane or with train or bus or your personal vehicle?

Cost of a 3 days tour to Shiraz from Tehran with air travel and accommodation in a 5 star hotel is around 350,000 to 400,000 Tomans. 1 USD equals around 1750 Tomans in free market and 1226 Tomans in banks. So you can travel to Shiraz with less cost too.

Well, I would be one of those tourists, and I can't travel anytime except summer. I'll be going with my brother, and as per Iranian law American citizens must go with a tour guide. One thing I'm confused about though: Are you saying that a trip to Iran with airfare and 5-star hotel included costs less than 500USD? Is that even possible?

Thanks anyway.


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the best time to go to shiraz weather-wise has just past. The airline tickets from tehran to shiraz 2 way is about 100-150$ or maybe even cheaper. If you know farsi you shouldnt have an issue, if you ask around people are nice enough to help you out, but if you dont know farsi you should only ask someone who you think can speak english, e.g. one who looks like a university student. you shouldn't have any problem with security as long as you avoid some neighborhoods and avoid picking on those who look like thugs.
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the best time to go to shiraz weather-wise has just past. The airline tickets from tehran to shiraz 2 way is about 100-150$ or maybe even cheaper. If you know farsi you shouldnt have an issue, if you ask around people are nice enough to help you out, but if you dont know farsi you should only ask someone who you think can speak english, e.g. one who looks like a university student. you shouldn't have any problem with security as long as you avoid some neighborhoods and avoid picking on those who look like thugs.

Thanks maydayfire. I wasn't planning on going this year, probably next year. I'll be going with a guide, so there should be little misscommunication. As for the flights, I'm pretty sure I can fly directly to Shiraz Internat'l Airport through Doha. Granted, it's slightly more expense than going through Istanbul, but that's not an option for obvious reasons.

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If you're not an old man, I'd suggest you just travel to Iran and take it as it comes. Its not that difficult and people are very helpful. There really is no need to prepare years in advance.

And truth be told people will show you extra consideration if you're not Iranian. I know old Swedish ladies who've travelled to Iran so you should manage.
Last Edit: June 07, 2012, 07:53:15 PM by rouz

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If you're not an old man, I'd suggest you just travel to Iran and take it as it comes. Its not that difficult and people are very helpful. There really is no need to prepare years in advance.

And truth be told people will show you extra consideration if you're not Iranian. I know old Swedish ladies who've travelled to Iran so you should manage.

Thanks Rouz, and yes I am not an old man LOL.

Because my brother has American nationalism, we do need to prepare in adavance. Besides, this wouldn't be just some vacation; I plan on spending at least 3 weeks in Iran. I don't think that planning a year in advance is that unreasonable.

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3. I have a Russian passport but my brother has an American one. Will either of us have any trouble with Iranian authorities?

In all honesty, it sounds like a drug deal right there.

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Of course planning is never a bad thing, I'm just  saying that travelling in Iran is easier than most people think. The tourism infrastructure may not be as developed as other countries but that just ads to the trueness (is that a word?) of the experience. People tend to be kind to strangers and won't try to rip you off as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Due to its isolation, Iran is still pretty much unspoiled and genuine.

Since your brother is an American citizen maybe you need to get that tour though, but otherwise I would have advised against it as it only limits you. Iranians may not be fluent in English but people know enough (at least the younger generations) to communicate with you. The Iranian culture is still much more similar to yours compared to, lest say, any Arab or East Asian one.



Last Edit: June 07, 2012, 10:08:57 PM by rouz

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Here is some dude's travel experience and many good photos...

http://www.globalcitizen.co.uk/wp/?s=iran&x=0&y=0

Supposedly he's been to 30 some destinations and Iran is his favourite. I guess you could always contact him and get the western perspective on travelling in Iran, seeing how we might be a bit biased :P
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In all honesty, it sounds like a drug deal right there.

Иван, вы открыли мой секрет.  Как вы смеете! 

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Of course planning is never a bad thing, I'm just  saying that travelling in Iran is easier than most people think. The tourism infrastructure may not be as developed as other countries but that just ads to the trueness (is that a word?) of the experience. People tend to be kind to strangers and won't try to rip you off as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Due to its isolation, Iran is still pretty much unspoiled and genuine.

Since your brother is an American citizen maybe you need to get that tour though, but otherwise I would have advised against it as it only limits you. Iranians may not be fluent in English but people know enough (at least the younger generations) to communicate with you. The Iranian culture is still much more similar to yours compared to, lest say, any Arab or East Asian one.




I'm sure that it's no problem for most people. There was that one recent case though with American ex-Marine that was convicted of spying for the US while in Iran. He remains in their custody and might be executed. My question is: what did he do wrong that we shouldn't do?

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My friend you seem to be worrying too much, once you go to Iran your view will change completely.
many Americans go to Iran, no body will do anything to you.

those people who were arrested for spying were trying to spy by going into restricted building probably.
just go there and have a great time.

I want to visit persepolis too, visit there and come here with and tell us about your experience. :D

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My friend you seem to be worrying too much, once you go to Iran your view will change completely.
many Americans go to Iran, no body will do anything to you.

those people who were arrested for spying were trying to spy by going into restricted building probably.
just go there and have a great time.

I want to visit persepolis too, visit there and come here with and tell us about your experience. :D

Yeah, you're right. In fact, I have been to Tehran on multiple occasions (always via Armenia though), but never with my brother, who is an American citizen. I understand that the people will be very friendly, and the authorities probably will be to.

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There was that one recent case though with American ex-Marine that was convicted of spying for the US while in Iran. He remains in their custody and might be executed. My question is: what did he do wrong that we shouldn't do?
brother dont be working for cubic defense, blackwater, CIA and you and your brother will be fine.

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The only occasions I have heard westerners getting into trouble have been either when crossing sensitive border areas by foot (American so called campers), taking photos of military naval bases (Swedish contractor), or people affiliated with groups wanting to overthrow the government (although this was an Iranian-American). These people would have been sent to Guantanamo had they committed the same deeds in the USA, but in Iran they were all released or will be released shortly. As long as you're not working for the CIA and as long as you don't commit any dumbass mistakes like burning a Quran or waving an Israeli flag around you have nothing to worry about.
Last Edit: June 08, 2012, 06:16:32 AM by rouz

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