Comments on: Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know travel wide, live deep Tue, 26 May 2015 18:37:10 +0000 hourly 1 By: Why Iran? | Deeper Skies Wed, 20 May 2015 15:18:50 +0000 […] I began to research whether a trip there would be feasible. To my surprise, I learned that U.S. citizens are not prohibited from touring Iran, provided a licensed tour guide accompanies them at all times. In my own case, I could avoid the […]

By: Audrey Scott Sun, 03 May 2015 17:04:46 +0000 While it will be more expensive doing a private tour than a group one (like the tour we took), you should be able to get a private tour for less than $4,000. Lauren provided a good example with her tour for 2 people (note: prices are likely higher now than in 2012).

My suggestion is to: 1) contact a few more travel agencies to get other price points and 2) let the tour company know what level of comfort you want. For example, when we went off on our private tour after our group tour the initial itinerary had us in 4* hotels, which we didn’t want. We were able to get the price down by reducing the level of hotel, transport and by choosing to pay for our own meals.

By: Lauren Sun, 03 May 2015 13:23:44 +0000 Carolyn,
Absolutely not! I did a guided tour in 2012 for $1000 for about two weeks (IranLife tour with Key2Persia) including food, hotels, transportation, etc. I prefer to travel alone too, but there was only one other person in the tour, and our guide was a fun young guy. So it didn’t feel restricted or rushed or anything. I highly recommend the Orient Express train, too–it was relatively cheap, and I didn’t have to have a guide during that time :)

By: Carolyn Goldman Sat, 02 May 2015 20:46:14 +0000 Thanks for all the info I’m used to traveling on my own. It seems the only way I can visit Iran is to Pay $4000 for a tour.. Is this the only way?? I am a US citizen

By: Audrey Scott Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:19:28 +0000 Hi Joseph,
Great to hear that you had such a good experience traveling in Iran. We did not buy carpets, but a couple of Americans on our trip did and they got through customs without any problems. I believe that they did have receipts in case they were asked, but the price on there was less than what they paid. We returned with gaz nougat candy and didn’t have any issues.
Good luck!

By: JosephB Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:36:02 +0000 Hi,

I have recently traveled to Iran and it was an amazing experience. Completely shattered any false imagery I had for this country. My question is this. I bought two carpets. One medium sized and one small sized. I also purchased half a kilo of pistachios.and a box of famous antique gaz nougat candy. Will I have problem bringing all of this stuff back to US? Did anyone have similar experience of bringing Iranian goods back to US?



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By: Faezeh Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:49:29 +0000 Thank you Arp
You gave us a great image of Iran, especially Shiraz.
I live in Tehran and sadly,I’ve never visited Shiraz. But, I know people of Shiraz as the most warm blooded and hospitable people in Iran.
Hope to take a trip to Shiraz as soon as possible.
By the way, your English is great.


By: Arp Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:50:59 +0000 traveling to iran surly is nit as described in some media like CNN BBC or others .For sure any one who likes to travel here will be wellcomed nicer than any where else because iranian people are warm hearted and kind to others but of course there are always exceptions. I just wanted to say that some times even you wont need a guid in cities like shiraz one of the fun jobs that hildern are adviced to do is learning english and with shiraz as one of the most beatifull cities of iran it would be a very nice place to visit for somebody who could not see iran before . and of course with sadi and hafez (the two great poets ) your gonna love the place and for sure you can enjoy shiraz’s exclusive gifts for travelers (called KHATAM ) you can allwas remember this trip .
I wish you a nice trip
a boy living in shiraz in iran (safest country in the area)

By: hanna Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:26:24 +0000 Hi mike, haveing relationship’s like that is something personal, i’m from tehran & there is no restrictions like this kind, you have to visit & you’ll see that the news is almost wrong about iran! just buy the ticket & enjoy the ride Azizam :)