Passports and Visas
All nationalities require a passport for entry into Iran. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. Entry visas are required by all nationalities travelling to Iran and for residents of the UK, USA and Canada a preauthorisation code is required from the Iranian authorities. Australians are eligible for visa on arrival. SpiceRoads will obtain the authorisation code and invitation letters for you. The authorisation can take up to 30 working days to process (but is usually 14 days), however we will request the authorisation code 8-10 weeks prior to departure and will forward so you can apply for your visa. Note that the visa application must be made at the embassy stated in your application. For a list of consulates/embassies abroad go to this page
. The cost varies depending on nationality but can be between US$60-US$120 and is subject to change.
Please note admission is refused to holders of passports containing a visa/stamp for Israel and you may need to acquire a new passport. US passport holders and those who have travelled to USA (with evidence in passport) will usually be required to provide fingerprints on arrival in Iran. We will provide more comprehensive information on completing the application form with your booking confirmation.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as hepatitis B. While making preparations to travel, take the opportunity to ensure that all of your routine vaccination cover is complete. However, in Iran outbreaks are rare. Tap water is safe to drink in most of Iran, though many travellers stick to bottled water, which is widely available.
Iran is a large country (three times the size of France) with varying terrain from mountain to desert. Most areas experience long, hot summers and short, cold winters with a marked contrast between the north, northwest, east and central desert regions. The best times to visit are March-May and September to October. Temperatures can spike from June to August (30-40 C) and be extremely cold Nov-Feb.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Iranian cuisine includes a wide variety of foods ranging from kebabs (roasted meat), khoresh (stew_ ash (a thick soup), kuku(vegetable souffle) and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks specific to different parts of Iran. Saffron is a very common ingredient. White rice and flatbreads are the staple forms of carbohydrate and fresh fish from the Caspian Sea is available in the major cities. Food, and the quality and variety of it, is particularly important to Iranians and you will have the opportunity to try many of the regional specialty dishes. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. There is no alcohol served in Iran.
SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20 a day, for incidentals.
The local currency is the rial or tuman (10,000 rials). Please bring your travel money in either US dollars or Euros in cash into Iran. Credit cards are not widely accepted (and attract hefty commission rates where they are) and whilst there are ATMs they do not accept cards from foreign bank accounts. Note that it is not possible to buy alcoholic drinks in Iran.