Iran Trip Report, Part 1

Dec 31st, 2004, 02:52 AM
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Message: Welltraveledbrit, am sorry to say that we never made it to Iran. The week before Christmas, the Iranian Foreign Ministry pulled/canceled all visas for Americans. Ghast Tours was most apologetic, and will advise us if and when the situation changes. The airlines also refunded our $$. Unfortunately, Christmas time is really the best time for us to visit with the kids, so we will have to wait a year. My mother and others breathed a sigh of relief, thinking we were just saved from my own craziness. I refer them to your trip report!

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Jan 6th, 2005, 01:28 PM
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Dear Stepstra,
I missed your note as I'm just back from a couple of months away incudingg time with my family and a trip to India.

I'm sorry the Iran trip didn't work out and I hope you get another opportunity to go.

AS to my trip report reassuring your family and friends I'm sure they just think I'm crazy too!
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Jan 8th, 2005, 05:50 AM
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Dear welltraveledbrit: India is a great trip. See my posting under India currently #53 "Gymkhana Clubs in India."

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Mar 18th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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Welltravelledbrit:
Thanks for your trip report and all the information in your replies to inquiries.

For Americans who may be thinking of travelling to Iran, this information about my experience in arranging travel to Iran may be of interest.

My neighbor and I (both of us in our upper 70s) are going to Iran in mid-April. I made all the arrangements over the internet with Iran Doostran Tours in Tehran (www.irandoostan.com) for a 12 day package tour with car and driver/guide, hotel, most meals and one internal flight from Tehran to Shiraz for a price that is half what we would have had to pay to a U. S. based company. For our visa, the tour company arranged clearance with the Iran Foreign Office and our formal visas were then issued by the Iran Interests Section on the Pakistan Embassy in Washington which handles Iran's affairs in the USA. Northwest had a promotional airfare to Tehran through their KLM partner which was quite reasonable.

So far everything has gone smoothly. I'll post a trip report when I return in late April.
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Mar 18th, 2007, 06:56 AM
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JNJ -
how long did it take for your to get your visa?

please, please post a trip report when you return! I just scrapped a trip to iran b/c I did not start the visa process early enough. (and I really don't like having a guide attached to me, but I know that there's no way around this as an American.)
I will be especially interested to hear if your guide will let you wander around on your own at all - the agencies I contacted bascially said they won't let me out of their sight. (If you run out of things to chat about with your guide, feel free to ask him whether they would let an American woman roam around on her own for a bit... )
have a wonderful trip, and I'm looking forward to the trip report!
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Mar 19th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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JNJ,
Have a great time. Iran remain one of the most fascinating countries we have visited. WE also found it very much cheaper to arrange things with a local agency.

We loved the people and the historical sites including extraordinary mosques were fantastic. I was so enthusiastic that if it were a better political climate I would have set up a business bringing other people there!

Bon Voyage, looking forward to your trip report when you return.

Maxwell,
Sorry to hear about the visa problems. We applied at the lastminute and received visas within a month but I understand the circumstances can change on a dime.

The situation with the guide is not like the Intourist guides I encountered in Russia in the 1980's, where you feel they are watching everywhere you go. You meet Europeans who can treavel without and guide and go where they like. I felt that it was more of an economic/political resriction, that they would like to make as much as possible from American tourists.

As I understand it you can build "time off" into your itinerary and we spent several evenings on our own and went for walks in the afternoon alone. It wasn't a problem. Our guide was so charming ang knowledgeable that we enjoyed spending the time with him and overall I felt he greatly enriched the experience. Plus it was conventient to have a car at our disposal.

It could be that times have changed but I would definetly contact Gasht Tour to find out what they say. I highly recommend them.

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Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Dear JNJ

I am an older female who will be travelling to Iran this April as well. Maybe we will run into one another. As an Americam who travels solo, I could not do this in Iran. I had to be part of a tour. I also will post a trip report when I return.

Regards,
MFREMOO
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:09 AM
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mfreemoo,
Have a wonderful trip to Iran.

As I understand it you can travel on your own but must organize a customized trip with a guide through an iranian travel agent.

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Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:06 PM
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thank for bringing thread up.
Iran has always been a country that has fascinated me. I keep hearing how wonderful the people are.

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