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Iran trip!

Postby knut 25 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:01 pm

Hi!

I want to go to Iran in 2013. I might go on a Gap trip, but I usually try to do some hiking when I'm going to a new country... So, I wonder if anyone here have climbed Mt Damavand? I'm usually doing hiking as I'm not too eager about climbing. Is this a hiking mountain or a climbing mountain? The sites I've looked up doesn't tell me wether I have to climb or not. I also wonder how it is to combine with a Gap trip there?

I've heard Iran is a great country, pictures I see from there looks beautiful, so I do look forward to making a trip there! I'd appreciate it if anyone can answer my questions! Thanks :-)
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby knut 25 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:02 pm

Hmm? WHat happened?

Last time I checked some months ago it was at least 3 different Iran trips available, now I can't find anyone.. Did you guys cancel the Iran trips? Why?
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby tletter » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:51 pm

knut 25 wrote:now I can't find anyone.. Did you guys cancel the Iran trips?

I'm not one of these "guys" but check out Iran—Discover Persia (ARIR). The problem with this trip is that there is but one guaranteed departure during the next 1.5 years so planning is iffy at best.

knut 25 wrote:Last time I checked some months ago it was at least 3 different Iran trips available

It does not seem that G is that interested in offering tours of Iran. Personally I'm looking at alternatives to visit Iran.
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby foggybridges » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:02 am

Well it's currently a very unstable country... and also very tough for westerners to get visas, but i'm sure there are other reasons as well!
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby knut 25 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:25 am

Thanks for the answers!

tletter: One trip in 18 months? True, that's really not much.. Usually I travel independently and that should be easy in Iran also according to what people I met who traveled there told me. The only challenges is the language and that you won't find much ATM's around (according to Lonely Planet). That means you need to carry a lot of cash, but criminality should be low there.

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I wouldn't agree that the country is unstable, but unfortunately there is a chance of war, yes. Let's hope that it won't happen. About visas it is no problem for citizens from my country as long as we don't have an Israeli stamp in our passport (which is the reason why I wait until next year when I get a new passport).
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby tletter » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:05 pm

foggybridges wrote:Well it's currently a very unstable country

I don't think that Iran is objectively very unstable. Egypt is objectively unstable yet there are no shortages of tours in Egypt and other similarly stability-challenged countries in that part of the world. Obviously the incessant sabre-rattling directed at Iran affects the situation.
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby foggybridges » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:38 pm

I guess 'unstable' was the wrong word... Should've said: I'm an American and I'm pretty sure they hate us, so going there would be a bad, bad idea.
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby knut 25 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:18 pm

Foggybridges: I understand what you mean and I agree. I hope you didn't dislike me "correcting" you there earlier.

About the situation there you could have a look at the facebook groups called "Americans, Israelis and Iranians for peace" and "Iran loves Israel". There is also a group called "Israel loves Iran". Some people do try to work against the madness, he he.. I guess the polulation is split in their view about USA, a lot of them are probably just tired of all the politics and really don't mind the population in USA and other western countries. Personally I try not to hold any population responsible for what their government does and luckily I see that a lot of people all over the world share that view. Still; I guess you find the opposite also.

I know quite a few people who traveled in Iran and they had so much good things to say both about the beautiful nature and the great people living there!

Luckily my country has still not angered Iran, so I should be able to go there quite easily...
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby foggybridges » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:35 pm

No no, not at all! You're fine! I was actually looking at a trip (with a different company) that went from turkey to china, and was bummed when I saw it went thru Iran since I couldn't go (my family would kill me!)
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby kateyb » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:10 am

i have read some travel blogs of people still traveling through Iran and loving it. They have all commented on how nice and friendly the people are. There seems to be a big language barrier, but sometimes that is all part of the fun!

I could be wrong, but I believe that Americans need to go with a travel company in order to travel there. Please correct me if I am wrong though!
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby knut 25 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:49 pm

Foggybridges: When I traveled in China and Tibet I met a German guy who came right from a Turkey to China trip. He told me it was AWESOME! I really want to do the same trip, so please let me know the name of the company :-) I think you should do it, Iran is a safe country to travel from what I've been told by all traveling friends who've been there. When I was in Afghanistan I really wanted to head north to see the former Soviet Union states lined up from Turkey to China. It will have to be on my next Asia trip, I guess... But please take the trip, just don't tell your family where you're going ;-)

KateyB: I've heard the same great things about Iran :-) I'm not sure about what you say about Americans needing an escort.. At least that would mean that you are allowed into the country.. Even though I would prefer to be able to travel without an escort..
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Re: Iran trip!

Postby janarger@btinternet.com » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:34 pm

Hi, I am looking to travel to Iran this autumn, probably a 15 day group visit starting in Tehran. I have found 2 good options but preferred is the G-adventures Discovery. I am pretty well travelled but would be going as a single older female traveller looking to join a small group tour. Is anyone out there looking to do something similar? I believe the visa for Brits takes some getting as we hav-e no embassy here, so can't do anything spontaneous. Any comments welcomed
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