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Hossein is captivatingly eccentric...
For extraordinary Caspian views take the long Namak Abrud cable car , up 1050m Mt Medovin. The ropeway station is 2km off the main Rasht highway, 14km west of Chalus...
Legendary multilingual pillar of the tourist information office, Nasser often takes small groups on people-watching trips and cultural experiences...
From the village of Tabl, south of Laft, local boatmen offer 40-minute tours of the sea forest in their motorised dinghies. Note that operation times can change with the season. Each boat can take six passengers.
The International Center for Persian Studies here is affiliated with Tehran University and offers six-week (US$470 tuition only) intensive and longer, less intensive courses in northern Tehran.
Houman is well connected with local environmental groups and specialises in arranging a variety of local and national tours into the outdoors. especially desert star-gazing and Qeshm Island tours.
The Shabdiz Tourist Complex is a 20-horse equestrian centre where tourists can rent horses and guides for trips into the nearby desert and mountains (around US$100 per day; call ahead).
Ali speaks English and knows Tehran (and much of its history) well. He and his air-conditioned Peugeot will cost you €70 a day depending on where you go; he regularly takes tours around Iran.
The Hamam-e Ebrahim Khan , one of Iran’s few traditional bathhouses where men can still be rubbed, scrubbed and beaten. The welcoming manager might show women around if it’s not busy.
On hot summer days you might want to retire behind the heavy bronze doors of the swish, full-sized indoor swimming pool. It’s one block east of Daneshju Blvd near its southern end.
Specialises in skiing, mountaineering, trekking, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and horse riding tours. It has its own horses, ski lodge and equipment. Also offers nomad tours.
Pegah is a safe driver and enthusiastic guide who specialises in tours for women travellers, but is happy to guide anyone. She works in Yazd and the surrounding areas.
Hossein Vatani can arrange trips to nomad encampments and into the Kaluts to sleep in the ‘million star hotel’. Costs depend on the transport you choose.
Offers very inexpensive low-tech walking, cycling and public-transport-based city tours, village visits, mountain walks and a budget homestay.
Safa Hammam is the best known of Qazvin’s traditional subterranean bathhouses to remain active. The domed central rest area is attractive. Men only.
Great value driving tours around Azarbayjan. Davoud is lively, energetic and very sensitive to tourists’ varying tastes.
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