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    Getting To Iran

    • By Plain: All international flights to Tehran land at Imam Khomeini International Airport, There are 70 smaller regional airports,which  some like Shiraz, Mashhad, and Isfahan, Tabriz,Kermanshah have daily flights to many international destinations. Dubai has scheduled flights to many Iranian cities,including Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kerman, Mashhad, Tabriz,Kish island,Kermanshah and some other therefore worth considering travelling to Iran from.
    • Iran Air and Mahan Air connect Tehran with some of the major European cities as well as destinations in Asia and Middle East. European companies landing in Tehran include BMI, Lufthansa, KLM, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and Middle-Eastern airlines: Emirates, and Etihad. AirAsia also has flights to/from Kuala Lumpur beginning on August 2010, so finding a flight to Iran should not be hard.

                                     

    • Due to sanctions there are no direct flights at present from Canada or the USA, but you could travel via either Europe or Persian Gulf States. Non-stop flights from Dubai via JFK, IAD, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston or Toronto are good bets.
    • Visitors from Australia or New Zealand can consider travelling via Dubai or Abu Dhabi, or can use a combination of Iran Air and Malaysian Airlines to get from any major city in Australia to Tehran, via Kuala Lumpur.

     

    • By train: You can use  Trans-Asia Express service running  weekly from Ankara, includes a ferry over Lake Van, crosses the Iranian border then stops at Tabriz before arriving in Tehran. The journey takes 59 hr (2 nights travelling).
      Other train services connect Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan to Iran.

     

    • By bus or car: If you choose to drive to Iran you should have an international driver’s license and a Carnet De Passage that can be acquired from your local drivers association (such as the RAC in the UK) and the route is via Turkey.
      There are also modern bus services from Turkey and Armenia to Iran.

    • By boat: The main shipping agency for trips across the Persian Gulf is Valfajr-8, which operates car ferries and catamarans between Bandar Abbas and Sharjah once or twice a week, as well as car ferries between Bandar-e Lengeh and Dubai. Check the detailed information from the site http://www.valfajr.ir.

     

    Getting Around Iran

     

    • It might not be as fast as Europe or North America but Iranian transportation is of high quality and affordable.

     

    • Traveling around Iran is simple and can be a great experience. You have the option of traveling by plane, train, bus or car.
    • Iran’s domestic carriers include IranAir, Mahan Air, Qeshm Air and Kish Air. Tickets can be bought at airports or agencies existing in most cities. You can also find domestic tickets in some Iran Air offices abroad, such as in Dubai. Expect to pay a little more due to the exchange rate applied.
       
    • If you choose to travel on surface you can opt for train, bus or car.

     

    • Train travel is extremely convenient in Iran. There are several types of trains including express and regular, which help passengers arrive at their destination as comfortable as possible.  Ticket prices start from 15 USD and increase depending on the day and time of travel, category of the train and distance.
    • Road traveling services are extensively used and almost every city and even small towns are provided with reliable and modern buses and contrary to what has shown it is safe and with very few accidents.
    • Iran has a number of different buses ranging from VIP to ordinary ones. Bus tickets on average start from 10 USD. The price of tickets can vary depending on the day and time of travel, carrier, and distance.
    • Use VIP buses for overnight trips: They only have 3 seats per row and more leg room, which is great when you want to take an overnight bus to save money and time.
    • No toilets on buses and the passengers usually wait till they stop for the prayers. If necessary you can always ask to stop as soon as possible.
    • If you decide to travel between cities by car we can assure you that roads are safe and regularly maintenance and in this case you also have the chance to visit many enrooted attractions.
    • Car rentals are another easy form of transportation. Please note that a request must be submitted one week prior to travel date to ensure arrangements are made as smoothly as possible.

     

    Public transport in the cities:
      

    • Public transport within major Iranian cities is very cheap. The metro will also help you to avoid traffic jams and make better use of your time while exploring the city. The subway in Tehran is only €0.3 per ride – compare that to Barcelona where it’s 8x the price! We like you, Iran.
    • There are Separate wagons for men and women on the subway: the first two wagons of the train are strictly women only. There’s also a special section for women on the platform which is marked with a yellow line on the floor. Men are never allowed in the women’s wagon but women can go in the men’s wagon. Again, the rules are bent for tourists.

     

    • The guys sitting around on bikes at the entrance to the subway stations in "central" Teheran are bike taxis and will take you(only men) anywhere cheaply.
    • All Iranian cities have a network of ordinary buses which are easy and inexpensive methods of inner city transportation. Tehran and a few other major cities have a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT). Inner city bus tickets are no more than 0.30 USD.
    • Women enter buses in the middle, men in the front: public transport within the cities has different sections for men and women, and the two sexes enter in different places. The two sections are separated by a row of seats or a metal bar, with the front section being for men and the back being for women.
    • Shared taxis are very common in Iran. A share taxi is called “taxi” and a non-share taxi is called “taxi service or ajans.” Share taxis can be found at taxi stops or the street side and usually carry four passengers. The share taxi fare is between 0.50 USD to 1 USD depending on the distance. Non-share taxis cost between 3 USD to 20 USD and sometimes more depending on the distance.
    • The Iranian Uber is called Snap or Tapsi. You can install the application and use the service in all major cities. The prices are very reasonable.

    About Us

    The word Persia gives the image of a magical and mysterious land of far away and long ago, of ancient monuments and beautiful works of art – carpets, tiles, fine ceramics and miniatures. It also reminds us of legendary and tragic love stories and epic poems about great wars. And Persia is indeed a world ancient and contemporary, a bridge between heaven and earth. We want to show you around. Discover things to do on your next trip to Iran and plan a trip of your lifetime. Yes, it is that easy! This website gives you the tools to plan your trip to Iran: detailed information on destinations; inspiring ideas on what to see and do in each city; where to stay; where to eat; travel guides and let’s say everything you need so you can dream up a trip to Iran.

    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.