Kashan

  • Famous for: Kashan is known for Maranjab Desert and Caravanserai located near the salt lake, and also producing silk, carpets, velvet, rose water and potteries
  • Good for people with the personality of: history lovers, desert trekkers
  • Climate: Desert climate
  • Language/Dialect: Farsi with Kashi accent
  • population: 304,487
  • Famous dishes:  Khoresht Nokhod Alleh, Kateh Moatar
  • Handicrafts and souvenirs: Kashan carpet and rugs, Rosewater and Herbal Essences, Baklava, pottery, Giveh
  • How many days to stay: 1-2
  • How to get there: By taxi or bus(about 240km from Tehran), Kashan railway station(2.5 hours from Tehran), Kashan airport
  • Places to see/activities to do: Fin Garden, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, Tabatabei House, Borujerdi House, Bazaar of Kashan, Maranjab Desert and Salt Lake, Underground City of Nushabad
  • Good to know/not to do: Kashan is one of the oldest human settlements in the world. Archaeological remains of artifacts and buildings dating back 9,000 years can still be found in the city
  • Suggested Tours/local guides: Maranjab Desert and Salt Lake tour
  • Suggested Hotels/hostels/lodges/eco-lodges: Arge mohtasham hotel, Morshedi house, Manouchehri House, Puppet and toy museum guesthouse, Sadeghi house, Aveila guesthouse

 

 

Kerman

  • Famous for: Kerman is famous for its long history and strong cultural heritage
  • Good for people with the personality of: History lover and those who are interested in local cultures
  • Climate: Desert climate
  • Ethnic groups: Fars, Balouch, Kord, Lor, Arab
  • Language/Dialect: Farsi with Kermani accent
  • population: 738,374
  • Famous dishes:  Bozghorme, Motenajbe Abgoosht, Alooche Kermani Stew, Ash Sholi or Amaj, Ash Reshte
  • Music: Kerman local music
  • Handicrafts: Patteh, carpets, rugs, Jajeems, Kilims (a coarse carpet), and other hand-woven articles
  • How many days to stay: 2-3 day 
  • How to get there: Taxi about 900 km from Tehran, Flight( 1 hour 30 min from Tehran), Kerman train station
  • Places to see/activities to do: Kaluts / Lut Desert, Ganjali Khan Complex, Jabalieh, Fath Abad garden, Shazdeh Garden, Rayen Castle, Arg-e Bam, Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali, Rocky Village of Meymand, Fathabad Garden
  • Suggested Tours/local guides: Shahdad desert trekking
  • Suggested Hotels/hostels/lodges/eco-lodges: Kashkiloo ecolodge, Meymand guesthouse, Khorram hostel

 

Shiraz

  • Famous for: Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine, and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city, for example, Eram Garden.
  • Good for people with the personality of: History lovers, nature lovers
  • Climate: Hot semi-arid climate
  • Ethnic groups: Fars, Lor, Qashqai Turks, Arabs, Tajic
  • Language/Dialect: Farsi with Shirazi accent
  • Population: Urban 1,565,572, Metro1,869,001
  • Famous dishes: Kalam Polo, Ash-e Sabzi (Vegetable Soup), Halva-ye Kaseh, 0Masghati, Koofteh Sabzi (vegetable rice balls), Youkheh, Faloodeh Shirazi, Dampokhtak Adas-o Kalam (Rice with lentils and cabbages)
  • Handicrafts: Khatam, Silver objects and dishes, Glassblowing, Ceramic dishes and objects, Wood carving
  • How many days to stay: 2-4
  • How to get there: By taxi(about 900 km from Tehran), shiraz rail station, Flight(1 hour 20 min from Tehran)
  • Places to see/activities to do: Vakil Bazaar, Eram Garden, Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum, Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque, Tomb of Hafez, Tomb of Sa’di, Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab, Pasargadae, Karim Khan Citadel
  • Suggested Tours/local guides: Shiraz free walking tour, Margoon waterfall tour, Maharloo lake tour…
  • Suggested Hotels/hostels/lodges/eco-lodges: Sirah traditional guesthouse, Sohrab traditional guesthouse

 

Tehran

  • Famous for: Tehran is famous for Azadi tower, historical palaces and several museums
  • Good for people with the personality of: History lovers, for those who are seeking exciting entertainments, nightlife and hustle & bustle of a large metropolitan
  • Climate: Semi-arid climate
  • Ethnic groups: Persians, Azerbaijanis, Lurish, Kurdish, Arabs, Armenians, Baluchis, Bakhtiaris
  • Language/Dialect: Persian
  • population: Urban: 8,693,706; Metro: 15,232,564
  • Famous dishes: Sar Gonjeshki, Eshkeneh, Aash
  • Handicrafts: Glass blowing art
  • How many days to stay: 2-4
  • How to get there: Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran railway station, Beyhaghi Bus Terminal, Western Bus Terminal of Tehran, Tehran East Terminal, Tehran South Terminal
  • Good for camping: Out of the city
  • Places to see/activities to do: Golestan Palace, Sa’dabad Complex, Azadi Tower, Milad Tower, Niavaran Complex, Carpet Museum of Iran, Tabiat Bridge, Tochal Complex, Treasury of National Jewels
  • Suggested Tours/local guides: Mountain trekking tours,  Persian Food Tour, Free Walking Tour –Tehran, Tehran On Wheels
  • Suggested Hotels/hostels/lodges/eco-lodges: Arian hostel, Vono hostel, See you in Iran hostel, paradise hostel, cedar hostel, Bibi hostel, Pamchal hotel, Tehran heritage hostel, Milaveh hostel, Iran cozy hostel

Isfahan

 

Yazd

  • Famous for: Various delicious sweets, silk fabric like Termeh, wind catchers, great mosques, mud-brick old town
  • Good for people with the personality of: Historic lovers, nature and desert surfers
  • Climate: Hot desert
  • Ethnic groups: Persians
  • Language/Dialect: Farsi with Yazdi accent
  • population: 529,673
  • Famous dishes: Ash-e-Shooli (Shooli Potage), Ashe- Gandom (Wheat Potage), Ash-e-Aloo (Plum Potage), Ash-e-Abghooreh (Verjuice Potage), Ashe- Mash (Mung bean Potage), Ashe- Anar (Pomegranate Potage), Gheimeh-Nokhod Stew, Beh-Aaloo Stew
  • Handicrafts: Termeh, Gelim, Pottery and Ceramics, carpet, Zilu, giveh, Metal forgery, tile masking
  • How many days to stay: 3-4
  • How to get there: Bus: Alghadir terminal, Train: Yazd railway station (express train only takes 6 hours from Tehran), Taxi or personal car: about 620 km from Tehran, Flight: 1hour from Tehran
  • Places to see/activities to do: Jameh Mosque of Yazd, Towers of silence, Old City, Dolat-Abad Garden,  Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Amir Chakhmagh, Kharanagh, Water Museum, Yazd Art House, Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture
  • Suggested Tours/local guides: Desert trekking, visit Kharangah village, visit Fahraj village
  • Suggested Hotels/hostels/lodges/eco-lodges: Bidsokhteh guesthouse, Qashqai hostel, Sarv-e-Kohan ecolodge, Termeh hotel, Moshir al-Mamalek hotel, Mehr hotel, Malek o Tojar Antique Hotel, Kohan Hotel, Jungle hotel, Badgir hostel, Fahadan Museum Hotel, Koobe ecolodge, Mostofi guesthouse

Iran Visa Types

All types of visa defined by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran are listed below.

Visa Types Description Who can apply Documents needed
A – Entry Visa for Foreign citizens who have an invitation letter from ministries, governmental organizations, private & public sectors, … for the purpose of negotiating, signing contracts, setting up purchased machineries, ….
  • Educational & cultural Faculty members and researchers
  • Common Carriers, transporting goods and people
  • Officials, political, and economic members, art and sports teams, international organizations and specialists
  • Internationally Recognized merchants and experts
  • The United Nations employees and affiliates
  • Relatives of the foreign citizens residing in Iran
  1. Valid invitation
  2. Visa application
  3. Possible interview at the consulate
B – Tourist Tourists who wish to visit Iran can apply for the visa
  • Individuals and Travelers
  1. Visa application
  2. Possible interview at the consulate
C – Pilgrimage Visa for Foreign Muslims who intend to pilgrimage to holy places in Iran.
  • Muslim Tourists
  1. Visa application
  2. Possible interview at the consulate
D – Diplomatic
S – Service
  • Temporary employees of diplomatic and consular offices, and International organization offices in Iran
  • Temporary guests of diplomats or official employees residing in Iran
  • Diplomatic or Official passport holders attending conferences, apprenticeship, cultural & educational programs, …
  • Diplomatic or Official passport holders with tourist or pilgrimage purposes
  1. Official or Diplomatic Passport
  2. Visa application
E – Education Visa for foreign students or religious scholars who intend to study in Iran
  • School students
  • Student
  • Researchers
  1. Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status from the science ministry, education ministry, or an accredited academic institution
  2. Visa application
F – Temporary Work Visa for foreign citizens who have the intention to work in Iran
  • Skilled workers
  • Specialists in the fields of medical, industrial, …
  • Engineers
  1. Obtaining the labor certificate from a sponsor employer in Iran, approved by the labor ministry
  2. Visa application
G – Transit Visa which allows foreign citizens to pass through Iran with no purpose of stay.
  • Drivers
  • Tourists
  • Merchants
  1. Declaring visa to destination
  2. Visa application
H – Media Visa for foreign media, including members of the radio, prints, digital, press, as well as directors and producers of films, reports, … traveling to Iran to work in their profession.
  • Reporters
  • Producers
  • Cameraman
  1. Visa application
  2. Obtaining the permit from the Media & Public Diplomacy center
I – Investment Visa for foreign investors whose investment permit is approved by the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran.
  • Merchants
  • Investors
  1. Approval letter from the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran
  2. Visa application
M – Marital Visa for foreign men who are married to Iranian women, as well as their offsprings. If the marriage has not been registered within the Iranian legal system yet, Entry Visa (Relatives) may be applied for.
  • Foreign men married to Iranian women.
  • Children of such a family
  1. Father’s official permission regarding the children’s trip to Iran
  2. Visa application
T – Medical Visa for foreign citizens who wish to travel to Iran for medical purposes and have already received an approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers
  • Patients with physical illnesses
  1. Approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers
  2. Visa application