American Tourist in Iran
January 2, 2013 11:52 AM Subscribe
Has anyone been to Iran as tourists recently (especially any Americans)? If so, do you have any advice or suggestions?
posted by Falconetti to travel & transportation around Iran (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are planning a 8-day trip to Iran in the spring. We are both American and are traveling privately. We are arranging our trip through Up Persia, who have told me that they have experience with Americans (there are special requirements for Americans visiting Iran). We are doing a fairly standard tour (Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd), as we only have limited time.
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Has anyone ever worked with Up Persia? We have the Lonely Planet guidebook, but any recommendations of any other books or online travelogues documenting Americans' experiences as recent tourists in Iran? American tourists have to have a government approved guide that is supposed to stay with you the whole time, but I have heard that they often don't care that much and allow you to freely wander - is this accurate?
Note: We are aware of the various limitations placed on American tourists visiting Iran - both by the US government and the Iranian government.