KandovanIn a remote north-western corner of Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province, south of the provincial capital Tabriz, lies the settlement of Kandovan. Not only is the area famous for its scenic beauty and the healing power of its spring waters, Kandovan is also home to a remarkable modern age troglodyte (cave dweller) community. It is known all around the world for its unique rock-carved houses dating back more than 700 years. The 5 star Kandovan Tourism Cliff Hotel is the first of its kind in Iran and the second in the world, after the luxurious Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Stamp your visa in london

According to a recent article in The Gaurdian newspaper, amid plans for reopening British embassy and

Iranian embassy in Tehran and London respectively, Iran’s semi functional embassy in London has been

issuing visas for British citizens since April.

This is great news for our British guests as it saves them an expensive trip to Dublin and other European

capital.

If you are a British citizen and wish to travel to Iran, please email us now and we will arrange your visa

and tour.

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Book in advanceYou may already have heard that Iran’s new open door policy has resulted in a surge of tourists visiting the country. Once a niche market in tourism industry, visiting Iran has now become a new hit within the Middle East. Iran's landscape is diverse, attracting thrill-seekers from around the world that enjoy skiing and hiking in the country's Alborz mountains, as well as sun worshippers who frequent beach resorts by the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf.

Iran has witnessed more than 30% growth in tourism since last year. Administration officials say it’s just the beginning of a boom in the country’s untapped sector, which is set to create millions of jobs and bring billions of dollars to the economy in the near future.

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Social SituationsHandshakes

In Islam, physical contact between unrelated males and females is not allowed. Hence, the handshake etiquette between two parties of the same sex is similar to other cultures. However, when it comes to shaking hand between a man and woman, the etiquette is to wait for the lady to extend her hand. Follow this rule or you will see yourself with an extended arm that no-one wants to shake. It is very awkward.

Personal Space

Nothing to worry about on this subject, but only be advised that this space is a few inches shorter in Iran. Don't be surprised if you see people looking over each other's shoulders while waiting at an ATM machine. Or they stand closer than usual to you while asking for direction.

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On the morning of Sunday 24th of November, Iranians and many people woke up to the good news of a nuclear deal which would make the world a safer place. Everyone gave peace a chance and without a doubt this deal will improve Iran’s tourism industry, particularly after the open door policy of its news president.A lot of people, surprisingly enough many from the US, have shown interest in visiting Iran as soon as the news of the deal broke to the world.
A quick google search will only say good things about Iran and how friendly its people are. Iran has always been a destination for more adventurous travellers but now it can become a market for those who want to see an authentic Middle Eastern country.Deal
Compared to other Middle Eastern countries, who seem to be obsessed with having the largest and tallest buildings in the world, Iran has remained very original and has kept its Middle Eastern charm.
With its ancient ruins, glittering mosques and spectacular landscapes, Iran is home to some of the world's cultural treasures, now, however, the new administration of Hassan Rouhani is taking steps to open up Iran to foreigners in an effort to improve its international image.
In recent years, Iran's culture and heritage have fallen victim to the political dispute between Tehran and the west, which has dominated the global discourse on Iran. Brandon Stanton, an American citizen who travelled to Iran last year, attracted attention on returning home by posting an itinerary, along with pictures of Iran, on the Human of New York photo blog.
"Americans are especially loved," he wrote with astonishment. "This was noted in every travel account that I read, and I can confirm the fact. You will be smiled at, waved at and invited to  home-made meals. American music, movies, and media are thoroughly consumed by the people of Iran."
 
Amos Chapple, a photographer from New Zealand who has visited Iran on a number of times, said the Iran he saw was utterly different from the one represented in the west.
"Every traveller I met felt the same way: they had arrived expecting hostility and danger, but ended up amongst the most cosmopolitan and generous people in the Middle East," he said.
"Having visited three times it's just heartbreaking to see what damage the sanctions are doing to ordinary people who have nothing but goodwill towards America."
 
Zoe Holman, an Australian journalist who visited Iran for the first time in 2003, said: "Despite the divisions between 'the Muslim' and 'the west' being projected in geopolitics by the 'war on terror' and Iraq war, I was surprised, and humbled, to discover that none of these prejudices seemed to have trickled down to affect Iranian attitudes towards westerners.
 
"I was struck by the cosmopolitanism of urban Iranians, their education, open-mindedness and their humorous irreverence for the religious regime which governed them."
 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/18/iran-opens-doors-to-tourists
 
Well, here at IncredibleIran.com we see surprised passenger like the ones above on a daily basis. We're surprised too by how kind and accepting are our clients. Since the recent developments of Iran's relations with the outside world, we predict a surge in incoming tourists to Iran, so much so that we have created a small team to deal with the increased number of passengers.
 
We hope you are one of the new people who have decided to visit Iran recently and we look forward to shaking your hand here in iran. All you need to do is to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
We look forward to hearing from you.
 

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Iran-USA: Travelling beyond politicsThere is nothing more humbling than a warm smile of welcome from locals when you arrive in a country, especially when you are well aware that inflammatory comments from leaders, threatened boycotts, talks of war, sanctions and complaints to the UN have been raging for decades. This is exactly how our Americans feel when they first land in Iran and that is just one of the joys – and privileges – of travel.

It might come as a surprise to many of you but dozens of Americans visit Iran every month through our agency only, not to mention the other few hundreds who visit Iran every month in total.

The demand is so high sometimes that we even have a specific visa page for our American guests. (click here)

There are many reasons why individuals have traveled beyond their own societies. Some travelers may have simply desired to satisfy curiosity about the larger world. We appreciate that many of our guests are seasons travellers and Iran might not have been on top of their ‘to visit list’ but when they finish their tour, many of them comeback a year or two later with their family and friends. We believe this is the first step in building nonpolitical bridges between our two great nations.

Despite where you come from, or your country’s foreign policy, you are reduced back down from a collective foe to just one person – a guest – stopping by to appreciate the best of what’s on offer in your hosts’ country. Iranian people want to proudly show you what they love about their nation and you want to learn about them, it’s an exchange that goes beyond politics.

So perhaps one should all forget this mass hatred of a nation and come visit our beautiful country.

If you’re an American and are concerned about visiting Iran, we strongly recommend that you watch Rick Steve’s documentary about Iran on youtube.com or read his blog here.

www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/beyond/iran.htm

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Ski in Iran

Skiing in Iran has attracted adventurous skiers from all over the world since the mid 60’s. Ski tours in Iran are flourishing these days and in Iran’s ski resort you can see many European and American ski enthusiast who have seen past the media and have decided to visit these amazing ski resorts in Iran.
In addition to excellent facilities at Iran ski slopes, there is also great powder, a unique powder that you won’t be able to ski on, in other parts of the world. While you might not find Iran in your average family ski holiday brochure just yet, What many people don't know is that the Iranians have had a love affair with the snow for years. There are 12 ski resorts in Iran (some dating back as far as 1938), three of which are within a snowball's throw of Tehran, the capital city.

The two largest ski resorts in Iran are Dizin and Shemshak. Dizin is popular with beginners and intermediate skiers. It's been open since 1969 and has a sound infrastructure (albeit a little long in the tooth). Advanced skiers and riders are known to head to Shemshak. Like the other ski resorts in Iran we've mentioned, Shemshak is also less than an hour's drive from Tehran.
Tochal ski resort is another ski resort in Iran close to Tehran. Tochal is a popular recreational region for Tehran's residents. A gondola lift, named Tochal Telecabin runs from Tehran to the Tochal Ski Resort and the modern Tochal Hotel, all as a part of Tochal Complex.

Adventurous ski in Iran,
As we have mentioned above, there are many skiers from European and American countries who come to ski in Iran every year. If you search on youtube, you will find many people have posted videos about skiing in Iran and how great Iranian resorts are. Just type in “Ski in Iran”. You will be amazed.
Snowboarding in Iran.
You will have no problems arriving at Tehran airport with your own snowboard equipment; however, make sure it is in a snowboard bag, It is best to get a taxi from the airport into Tehran.

Ski in Iran, in the media;
Iran's biggest secret: the skiing's great
“Sick of the braying hordes of Meribel and Val d'Isère? Looking for a more exotic ski holiday? Then head for Iran. Comedian Dom Joly finds beautiful peaks and great powder in the heart of the Middle East.” Read the full article at the Guardian Newspaper’s website here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/feb/24/iran.skiing

Our Ski tours in Iran:
We have fantastic itineraries that will suit every budget. You can either fly to Shiraz and use the very modern and newly built Polad Kaf Ski resorts or fly to Tehran and visit Shemshak and Dizin resorts.


Please check out our fantastic itineraries here on our ski page.

 

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How to look good in Iran: a rough guide to dresGenerally western travellers are advised to dress conservatively when travelling through the Middle East, however dress code is a tricky thing when it comes to Iran. That is because of people’s perception from Iran, who have usually only seen the black “Chador” on International News channels.
This couldn’t be further from truth, Iranian women are very modest in choosing their Hijab or Veil, and you can’t see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. A lot of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see local women who are typically stylish and take great care of how they look.


Although there is nothing wrong with the “Chador” and/or a covered veil, when most of our female customers land in Iranian airports they are the most covered people around. Iranian law states that women should cover their hair and Iranians observe this law by using colourful and beautiful head scarves, which are a bonus especially during the winter months.


If you go to cities such as Tehran, Shiraz and, to a lesser extent, Isfahan you'll notice that there are many women making small albeit noticeable fashion statements, and dressing in quite a modern and fashionable way by the standards of the region (designer clothes, dyed hair, visible make-up, heels, etc.).
So, in big cities covering your hair (not completely if you don't want to) and a knee-long coat or top over your jeans or trousers will be fine. Many of our female clients walk around in their jeans and encounter no problems at all.


Cities such as Yazd, Kerman, Kermanshah and kashan are more conservative, so lower the tone accordingly.
Finally, places like shrines, mosques, etc. require full covering, but the good news is chadors are available for visitors on site, or you can buy yourself one at a very affordable price.


Below is a more detailed guide for your information:
Colour: You can wear whatever colour of clothes you wish in Iran, male and female. It is an absolute myth that women should only wear dark clothes. We even recommend our passengers to wear light colours during summer months.


Hair and body coverage: A scarf is all you need to cover your hair – or parts of it- modestly.  It doesn’t mean you need to have a tight scarf around your head, in contrast it is rather acceptable for women to allow whips of their hair to frame their face. Body should be covered with loose clothing such as baggy shirts, coats and/or man-teus. You can also wear your jeans here in Iran.


Footwear:  Sandals and open-shoes are very common in Iran. Nothing to worry about on this side.
Our recommendation: When flying to Iran just carry a long baggy shirt and a thin head scarf (you can even use a normal winter scarf and turn into an Iranian approved headscarf, we leave that to your own creativity), i.e. if you don’t want to use the scarves provided at Tehran’s international airport.


We look forward to seeing you in Iran and you can also visit our female only tours.

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Iran Women DresscodeA lot of our travellers are already aware of the dress code in Iran, however many are misinformed and will only be aware of the stereotypical myth that all Iranian women are forced to cover head to toe with a black piece of fabric called “Chador”. 


This couldn’t be further from truth, Iranian women are very modest in choosing their Hijab or Veil, and you can’t see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. A lot of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see local women who are typically stylish and take great care of how they look.


It is true that women should cover their hair in Iran and although the rules are very lenient towards female tourists but here is a quick guide:
Colour: You can wear whatever colour of clothes you wish in Iran, male and female. It is an absolute myth that women should only wear dark clothes. We even recommend our passengers to wear light colours during summer months.

Hair and body coverage

A scarf is all you need to cover your hair – or parts of it- modestly.  It doesn’t mean you need to have a tight scarf around your head, in contrast it is rather acceptable for women to allow whips of their hair to frame their face. Body should be covered with loose clothing such as baggy shirts, coats and/or man-teus. You can also wear your jeans here in Iran.

Footwear

Sandals and open-shoes are very common in Iran. Nothing to worry about on this side.

Our recommendation

When flying to Iran just carry a long baggy shirt and a thin head scarf (you can even use a normal winter scarf and turn into an Iranian approved headscarf, we leave that to your own creativity), i.e. if you don’t want to use the scarves provided at Tehran’s international airport.


We look forward to seeing you in Iran and you can also visit our female only tours.

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Norooz

If you are reading this article on our website, you are already familiar with Iran, its people and the New Year’s celebrations known as Norooz.

It is one of the very rare traditions that have been kept alive amongst Iranians and little has been changed after thousands of years. Like other New Year celebrations around the world, people from all walks of life enthusiastically look forward to it.

However, what makes Norooz an especial one is not a change in date. At its core, the Norooz Festival celebrates the rebirth of nature. This reawakening symbolizes the triumph of good over the evil forces of darkness, which are represented by winter.

Norooz represents much of what Iranian characteristics, history, politics, and religion are all about. For centuries, Persians have applied the Norooz spirit to every dark challenge that has come their way. This spirit has made Norooz far more than just a New Year celebration over the course of history.

It is unknown exactly when Norooz was started but according to some historians, what we have today as Norooz goes back to the Sassanid period. They formed the last great Persian Empire before the advent of Islam. Their celebrations would start ten days prior to the New Year. Bon fires would be set on rooftops at night to indicate to the spirits and the angels that humans were ready to receive them. This was called Chaharshanbeh-Suri (Fireworks Wednesday).

Modern Iranians still do the traditional Norooz spring-cleaning and still celebrate Chaharshanbeh-Suri. Bon fires are made and everyone jumps over the fire on the last Tuesday of the year. This is a purification rite and Iranians believe that by jumping over the fire they will get rid of all their illnesses and misfortunes.

 

Iran Holiday : Norooz

 

Once the New Year is announced on television or the radio, the younger members of the family will pay respect to the elders by wishing them a Happy New Year and kissing their face and sometimes their hands (a sign of ultimate respect). Relatives kiss and hug, and presents, traditionally cash or coins, are exchanged. Sweets are offered to all to symbolically sweeten their lives for the rest of the year. A small mirror is passed around, rose water is sprinkled into the air and espand, a popular type of incense, is burnt to keep the evil eye away.

 

The first few days are spent visiting older members of the family, relatives, and friends. Children receive presents; sweets and special meals are consumed.

 

We hope you come and celebrate the Spring with us, in our opinion it is the most pleasant time to visit Iranian cities and particularly our very own city of Shiraz.

Happy Norooz  and we hope to see you soon.

From everyone at Incredible Iran Team

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Never mind what the governments or foreign secretaries say about travelling to Iran. Here atIran; the forbidden apple.incredibleiran.com, we think you should also consider what your fellow citizens say about travelling to Iran.

Iran is full of surprises; it has a population of over 70 million, most of whom were born after the 1979 revolution. Iranians are far removed from the dour and menacing stereotype often portrayed on the 10 o'clock news. The ordinary people are by far amongst some of the friendliest nations in the world.

Iran's most precious jewel is its people. Lonely Planet calls them warm and fascinating people, and Will Hide, a London-based travel journalist writing for the Times, has concluded after returning from his trip to Iran that this country has the friendliest people in the world. The hospitality of ever-smiling Iranians is sincere and simple - they are always eager to help travelers, offer a cup of tea, pay for your lunch or invite home for dinner.

 

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Iranians are very friendly people.

Dress Code

Dress code is a lot more lenient for women than you might have heard; most of our female tourists usually wear a loose headscarf and a long shirt. Just check out our video section or our female travel services for more info. The majority of our clients are indeed women who fall in love with Iran after their first visit. We’re more than happy to put you in touch with our female passengers so they can share their experience with you.

Visas are very easy to obtain, you just need to know the best suitable route to apply for your visa (we offer a very painless and hassle-free visa service, free of charge).

 

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Iran Travel Insurance - Travel Insurance Services and Trip InsurancePeace Of mind For the Uncertainties of Iran Travel

With referring to this fact that any trip may have some unforeseen factors, we will provide you travel Insurance policy during your travel in Iran that provides you with standard covers and allows you to customize your policy to include extra insurance covers that you may need.

Travel insurance not only protects your trip's value, it takes away the worries of you and your family while on your trip.

 

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Iran the country of four seasonsIran is one of the only countries in the world which has the complete four seasons .The land whose every inch needs deep evaluation. Its north is covered with evergreen forests and a beautiful lake with moderate climate, its south is led to the Persian Gulf, with hot and humid climate, beautiful and attractive palm trees, its east with a hot desert and running sand, with its nights full of stars and the west of this vast land with mountains high in the sky, attracts the attention of every visitor.

 

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Money in Iran - Credit Cards in IranThe Official currency of Iran is Rials which are available in coins (250 and 500 Rials) and notes (1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000), But people use "toman" instead of "Rial" except in special cases (10 rials equals to 1 toman).

You can exchange your money at the airport, money exchange shop and only at some special banks; whereas getting information about the exchange rate would be possible at any bank.

 

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Incredible Iran Tour Operator

Incredible Iran, is a complete destination management company. As one of the premier travel agents in Iran, we provide comprehensive travel solutions for leisure, group, corporate or educational purpose. Since our beginning in 1990, we have been growing rapidly and in the process innovating new and flexible ideas.

At Incredible Iran we are adaptable to our client’s needs and requests. We are undoubtedly one of the top travel companies in Iran.


Contact Info

Address : At the corner of lane 50 , Ehsan Squ. Shahid Rajaee Blv.

Shiraz, Iran

Phone : +98 936 346 4398

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