Holiday in Iran – yes/no
I am looking for somewhere different to visit this year, and having passed up an opportunity some years ago, and reading this: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/destinations/middle_east/article5768065.ece I am thinking about heading off to Iran on an organised tour.
On the plus side, the people are reportedly very friendly, it is a beautiful country and there’s more history than you could shake a stick at.
On the downside, I would be visiting a theocracy with a very poor human rights record.
I am split between wanting to visit and explore a very different and interesting country, and meet the people there, and not wanting to support a country that denies basic human rights to it’s citizens and visitors.
What do you think?Posted 9 years agopsychleMember
definitely yes… I work for a small-group tour operator and the Iran trip is very popular, went from 1 departure 2 years ago to running every 2 weeks now (in season). I’m thinking of heading there later this year, I really love Islamic architecture 🙂 not sure if this is allowed, but click here to check out our tour… we’re very big on responsible travel and make a point of supporting local communities wherever we travel…Posted 9 years agogrizzlygusMember
Yes I would go because as you say it’s ” a very different and interesting country”. And yes it’s a ” theocracy with a very poor human rights record” but I’m not sure that it’s much worst than many countries in the region. On the plus side, there’s little doubt that the majority of the population supports their system of government – however unacceptable might be to us. And flawed as democracy might be in Iran, it’s certainly one of the most democratic countries in the Middle East. Visits by western tourists can only enhance understanding, and hopefully bring forward the day when Iran has a less isolationist and more tolerant attitude towards non-islamic people. Britain’s historic role in Persia, and it’s support for brutal dictatorship in the past, is not good. Time to show good intentions towards the Iranian people I reckon.Posted 9 years agoLanesra
Yes, I travel a lot in the Middle East and Iran is one of the better places. Contrary to popular belief its a very secular countryPosted 9 years agoandy_hamgreenMember
I went down there for a few weeks back in the early nineties with work – it was a fab experience – very nice people when you get inside – but they did like driving over the stars & stripes they had painted on the roads ! – it was a proper foreign country experience like things used to be in the old days before all this internet and immediate communications tosh…..go for gods sake – or inshallah as they say down there…..or you’ll regret missing itPosted 9 years agomarkenduroMember
Are there any decent bars there?Posted 9 years ago
I went ot Libya in the late 90’s when they were still deeemed to be a terrorist state and absoulutely loved it, friendly people, amazing scenery and top grub. I would imagine Iran to be similar in many ways but with even more history, normal people more interested in day to day living than dispensing death to the west.
My top tip is to get yourself a duplicate passport if you have ever been to israel or the us or intend to in the future and don’t like being fisted.BlackhoundSubscriber
Herself went 10 years ago and really enjoyed it, plenty of pics like those above.
She had been to the US before as well, and a few times since.
When she went there I went to Moab. I was reading a newspaper which was reviewing an American trip to Iran. At some hotel there was a big sign saying “Death to America” but the Americans were made very welcome by all. I would say go.Posted 9 years agoLanesra
andywhit- I travel to Libya every couple of weeks for work (went yesterday for a day trip with our illustrious PM). If you want to go there mail me and I can get you an airport visa/have a guide/driver set up for you.
We’re aiming to have an eimar zone in place by next year, though you can drink etc.. if you really want toPosted 9 years agoJolsaMember
Do it. I travelled around Iran by myself for 3 weeks in Oct 2007, Tehran-Sari-Masuleh-Shiraz-Esfahan-Yazd-Tehran. I can’t recommend it enough, without a doubt the most open and friendly people I’ve ever met. Esfahan is stunning, don’t miss the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque.
Still keep in touch with people I met there, I’m hoping to go back later this year.
If you want any info, want to see some photos let me know (jolsa78 AT gmail DOT com).Posted 9 years agoHooterSubscriber
I’ve been 4 times, a mixture of tourism and work. Fantastic place, very friendly. Alborz mountains, Shiraz and Persepolis are amazing. It’s tricky to get into the country, but once you’re in, you don’t get any official hassle. Just be aware of the local laws and customs thats all.Posted 9 years agoalpinMember
yeah, go. i’m hoping to at some point.
the girls are (mostly) beautiful, i should know. the GF is half iranian. some of her cousins that come over to visit…ooommhhh…. weak knee stuff when they look at you.
iranian food is v. good. GF’s dad cooks all the time. it’s like going out for a meal each evening.Posted 9 years ago
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