Frequently Asked Questions about Traveling to Iran Why should I travel with Iran Mountain Travel ? Iran Mountain Travel commenced its operation in the field of mountain tours as a complementary activity. In fact, we have concentrated on the mountains of Iran where we know this part of the country. We know that the first principle in successful management is the constancy at promotion of quality. programming and transforming are the first step of active management It is very important that before transformations can manage us, we can manage them. In this direction we not only the best and most experienced present experts of our country for giving service but also we try to promote as desirable world level in our work horizons. On this way criticisms, opinions and purposes of customers will help us and trying to make them satisfied is our important objective. Technical: What about supplies and equipment? Each trip is unique, and for an exact breakdown of what is and isn't included you should consult the specific trip itineraries. However, generally included on all trips are the following: all accommodation depend on the itinerary a twin shared basis, guest house or local home stay and all meals, tents and other camp related equipment, internal travel and experienced guides equipped with first aid. Can I rent ski equipment? Yes. Regular ski gear and boots are rentable and the equipment might not be up to the standards of Chamonix! However this is for regular ski equipment only already you should bring your own Randonee, Telemark or any other specialized ski-mountaineering gears. Do we have electricity during the trip? Yes. Most of the time we have electricity in the huts but in the nature we use solar panels according to the weather. I will be flying into the country before the start of the tour. Do I still get an airport transfer? Our tours include an airport transfer only if you arrive on the first day of the tour. If you arrive one day before the start of the tour, we can organize an extra night's accommodation for you. Details will be included in the pre-departure information we send you after your booking. If you arrive two days or more before the start of the tour, we can offer you our accommodation package. Extra nights can be added to this package if you require. I want to buy some souvenirs like carpets when I am on the tour. Can I carry them with me on the tour? There are many great opportunities for buying exciting and valuable souvenirs on many of our tours. However, it is not always practical to carry large items around. We recommend you buy souvenirs after your tour and before departure or put it on Iran Mountain Travel store room this is usually a better and safer policy. I would like to join one of your tours with some of my friends. Can you offer us a discount? Yes. If you are an IFMGA or UIAGM or IVBV guide and guiding a team to IRAN mountain, you can get 50% Up to 90% discount from Iran Mountain Travel! Contact us to know the conditions. I'm really interested in one of your packages; I'm just not sure whether I'm fit enough for it or if it's right for me? Each of our tours is graded, enabling you to determine prior to booking whether or not it's suitable for you. You should be fairly confident that you match our criteria for taking part in that particular activity. Please take a look on our terms & conditions. Food: Do you cater to vegetarians? Yes we do. On our forms we ask this question and plan accordingly. Please note this is for standard vegetarians and not vegans, since it is too difficult to cater by eliminating all dairy and other requirements of vegans. Vegetarians have to order special prepared food, as there is usually no vegetarian food available. Is there coffee in Iran? Coffee is almost served in any coffee shop or teahouse all around the big cities. In the hotels' lobbies and coffee shops almost in all cities and towns and even in some restaurant (after having the meal) coffee is served. Of course if you wish to visit small towns and villages you are recommended to have your coffee with you. What kind of bread do the Iranians have? Iranian bread is flat, and varying. Different sorts of flat bread, baked in traditional ways, is available. Is there a lot of garlic in Iranian food? Most of Iranian food does not contain garlic. Just in the north of country because of humidity people use a lot of garlic in foods. Do you handle custom itineraries? If you have a special request for your group, we will be happy to tailor an itinerary to match your specifications. We require a minimum of 4 people to customize an itinerary. We will help you build it from the ground up at a price that's a lot more affordable than you might think. Contact us with your detailed request, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Is it safe to drink the water from the tap? What are other options? Yes. The water is quite drinkable and safe. High standards and full chlorination are used for Iranian municipal water systems. Like most places in the world these days a variety of plastic bottled mineral water is also available. Culture: What should I wear in Iran? Women: All females over the age of nine must wear a Hijab, the Islamic dress. There is no uniformity, however, regarding its type and the amount of coverage it provides. The black chador (the loose head-to-toe covering) isn’t compulsory. the most common wear is Manto , a full-length, usually long-sleeved overcoat, an overwhelming array of which is readily available in the shops. If you don’t want to buy any, bring a knee-length, loose tunic that can be worn with a long skirt or trousers (jeans are acceptable). Hair must be covered with a scarf. The colors of the clothes do not really matter. If you travel in summer, light fabrics and sandals are strongly recommended. Men: There are few restrictions about men’s dress. Only shorts, even knee-length, are unacceptable. Shirts with short sleeves are fine. What if women headscarf falls down? It can happen that the head scarf falls down and does not cover the hair. In those cases most of the people advise one to cover up again. Also the police advise one to cover the hair. Is Iran safe? Any crime carries severe penalties in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the other hand Because of great influence of Islamic beliefs and off course importance of decency in Iranian culture, this country is one the safest. It is likely that the greatest danger you face (other than crossing the road!!) is having your purse or camera snatched, especially in Isfahan. What are cultural DOS and DON'TS? Eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours of the 28 days of Ramadan is not acceptable. Entry into a "working" religious building or into a private home entails removing shoes at the edge of the carpet, rug or floor covering to prevent street filth being brought in. In a public city bus, usually passengers sit according to gender and there is a man section and women section. As in some other Islamic countries homosexuality does not occur and such behavior is forbidden and illegal. Note that men in Iran often hold hands and embrace each other, but this has no sexual connotations. Can I drive my own car in Iran? To bring your own vehicle into Iran, you must be more than 18 years old and have a valid international driver’s license. For the vehicle, you will need car registration papers, a nationality badge, a red warning triangle etc... temporary importation document which can be obtained from the relevant international automobile organization in your country. Third-party insurance is compulsory for all- make sure that your policy is valid for Iran and accredited with Iranian insurance companies. Otherwise you will have to buy insurance at the border. The only tax the driver pays is the fuel tax. At the border, the officials will probably note the details of your vehicle in your passport to make sure you don’t leave the country without your vehicle. Three months is the current time limit for driving a foreign car in Iran. For a period of more than ten days, you should obtain a temporary license plate for your car. Is it possible to enjoy alcoholic beverage? No. According to Islam, it is forbidden to enjoy alcohol at all, no matter in what form. It is forbidden to have alcoholic food or beverage, to trade with alcohol, and to serve alcohol. Is it possible to bring alcoholic beverage to Iran? Entering Iran; bringing alcohol is forbidden. It is possible to get non-alcoholic beverages almost all over the country.
What is the Iranian currency?
The Iranian official currency is Rial. Rials are available in coins (500,1000, 2000,5000 Rls.) and cash (5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, 100000 and 500.000 Rls.) Coins are only marked in Persian script and numerals, but one side of the notes is printed in English. Popular currency in Iran is TOMAN which is equivalent to 10 RIAL. The Toman (ten Rial) is often used to express amounts of money and prices of goods in Iran. Thus 1,000 Toman is 10,000 Rial and 1 million Toman is 10 million Rial.
Where can I exchange money?
It is possible to exchange money already at the airport, no matter at what time; but only special banks do exchange money. Lately, the exchange of foreign currencies has been allowed, and there are exchange shops available in most big cities. The exchange rates of these shops are usually higher than the official rate. The following currencies can be easily exchanged at any Exchange Shop: US Dollars, German Marks, British Pounds, French Franken, and Japanese Jen.
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