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Recommended Visa Agents

Within the previous 12 months the following three Visa Agents have received positive reviews from genuine travelling Thorn Tree members.

Persian Voyages www.persianvoyages.com

Pasargad Tours www.pasargad-tours.com

Touran Zamin www.touranzamin.com

My own positive experience in obtaining a visa authorisation code was with Pars Tourist www.key2persia.com

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VISA ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS GOING TO IRAN

Several Thorn Tree members have had trouble in the past securing a visa to travel to Iran.

Our expert on Iran Andrew Burke has written an article with the most up to date information on how to get a visa to travel to Iran, please check it out before posting a question on Thorn Tree:

How to get an Iranian visa

We strongly advise travellers to do some research and consider carefully which agent they choose to go with and to allow enough time between the application and the time of the trip to…

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Ashura and public transport, cheap hotel Tehran, desert tour

Hi there,

Since I failed to find a flight from Tehran to Shiraz on a saturday I have to change my route.
Because of this change I have problems how to plan my trip around the religious Ashura.
I prefer to stay in Isfahan that day, but since I don't have much time I have to take that day a bus to Yazd or Tak taku guesthouse.
Are there any public transport available on Ashura?
If not I will go one day early to Yazd. Will there be the celebrate Ashura in Yazd too?

On my departure day I have…

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Notes on a recent visit to Iran

NOTES ABOUT IRAN: My driver was very good. He loved the mountains and I think he probably took more photos of scenery than I did if that's possible!! We didn't stop for lunches. He had a thermos of tea and some biscuits and we stopped for that every 100 or so kilometres. He was very kind hearted and just wanted to do the best for me at every stage. He had no clue about maps. And only started to trust my map reading directions after Shahr-e Kord where we had arrived after midnight and I…

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ADVICE FOR IRAN TRIP OCT 2015

HI, WE'RE A MIDDLE AGED BRITISH COUPLE, USED TO MODERATELY ADVENTUROUS TRIPS WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR SMALL TOURS IN NORTH AFRICA. WE'D LIKE ADVICE AND HOPEFULLY FELLOW TRAVELLERS FOR A 15 DAY TRIP IN MID TO LATE OCT 2015. WE'RE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN SUFI ASPECTS OF IRAN (MOSQUES, TEAHOUSES ETC) AND SEEING THE DESERT/MOUNTAIN AREAS NEAR ESFAHAN AND YAZD.
WE'D LIKE TO USE TRAINS WHERE POSSIBLE, AND CAR/COACH/MINIBUS WHERE NOT. MIDRANGE HOTELS.
CAN YOU HELP WITH UK OR LOCAL TOUR AGENCIES WHO…

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Iran - Damavand

hi there!

i hope to enter iran beginning of november, by land, make my way to teheran and further south (eventually ending up un dubai). i am definitely on budget, hostels, couchsurfing, busses, bicycle, but still ready to invest in good experiences, ya know ;) i want to climb mount damavand, but i would need compagnions for that... it's not as easy to go up there now as it seems to be in summer, but a good team could definitely do it i think :)

so, who would be in for the peak experiences?…

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Canadian - VISA any update information appreciated

Hello everyone,

Looking for up to date info as embassy in Canada is still closed and getting conflicting information from too many sites!

Is it still mandatory for a canadian to have a guide?
Can we get over this obligation with a letter of invitation?
MIght consider a transit visa (5 to 7 days) if no obligation to have a guide as I will extend my trip to Uzbekistan - any insight?

Did anyone from Canada or U.S.A. went through the visa process with the iranian representation in the Pakistani…

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Travelling to Pakistan via Iran

Hi,

I am a pakistani national living in Kuwait. I am planning a trip to Pakistan from Kuwait on my own car. I will enter in Iran from Abadan or Bushehr port, then travel all the way to Mirjaveh and enter in Pakistan. I have heard from some iranian friends neither Zahedan nor bordering villages are safe to drive. Better to drop this plan. Is it really the case ???

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Stay in Palangan

I am planning to visit Palangan in 2 weeks (end of October).
I want to stay overnight to see the village life. Does anyone know if there is an accommodation in Palangan?

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Hiking in Teheran Mt Darband mountains in october

Hello,
I am travelling to Iran for a 2 week holiday and would like to hike in the mountains north of Teheran. I am an experienced hiker and will be there end of october.
Any advice ?
Thank you all for response.