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Read this first Middle East branch

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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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Visiting the Iraq border in Iran

Hi there,

I am an Australian going to visit Iran for one month. I was interested in seeing the Iraq border, and peaking into Iraq, I know it's probably not interesting but I love seeing borders. What is the safest area to do this? If any?

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Jordan/Israel Crossing

I am reserved on a tour of Israel for Easter this year but how easy is it to cross the boarder from Jordan into Israel? I will be flying into Amman Jordan and crossing from there. Any companies you can recommend etc I would be greatfully appreciated. Tracey

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Israel to Petra

I am planning a 2 week trip in March/April to Israel and for part of it I want to go into Jordan to Petra. I was wondering if anyone has advice for the most efficient way to get from Jerusalem/Ramallah to Petra. About how many days would you allow for travel time/exploring in Jordan.
I am wondering specifically:
What is the most efficient route from Jerusalem/Ramallah to Petra?
How many days should I manage for this?
Cautions/advice for making the journey?
Do you need Jordanian Dinar before…

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Itinerary question (stupid, stupid question)

Hello everyone,

I have a super stupid question. I feel bad even writing it but I need some sort of reassurance, i suppose.

I have submitted my application for auth code for my Iranian visa through a travel agency and, as y'all know, they ask for an itinerary. I came up with a 30 day itinerary but didn't really think it through. My stupid question is: once in Iran, do I have to stick to this itinerary? My travel wits tell me "come one, girl. Obviously you don't." but then I get uncertain.

So,…

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Seeing the fog from Burj Khalifa

Hi!

I’ll be in Dubai later this week. After missing the chance to go up the Burj Khalifa in 2010 (lifts were broken), I’d like a trip up this time. I’ve seen some amazing photos of fog covering the city, which I’d love to see, as well as either sunrise or sunset. I believe the fog is a fairly common occurrence on winter mornings (can anyone confirm?).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11355486/The-worlds-tallest-building-in-Dubai-shrouded-in-fog-in-pictures.html

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Booking hotels online in Iran

Hi everyone,
I am onloy in early stages of looking at Iran as a destination in late summer and have looked at several sites to see hotel prices in various cities and am getting the message that these dates are booked out etc....I have put in many differents dats in Junly, August and September just to have an idea. Does anyone know why this might be? Is it because it is not reccomended to travel to Iran that the sites are blocked i9n general and I need to book by phone? I have looked at Tehran,…