The 5 best 5-star Luxury Hotels in Iran

Iran Luxury Hotels

Hey there! I’ve been thinking about our next adventure, and I’ve got a pretty cool idea. What do you think about exploring Iran? Trust me, it’s amazing.

And guess what? I’m talking about a super fancy trip where we’ll be staying in some seriously luxurious hotels. Just imagine waking up in a fancy room with a view that takes your breath away!

But before we dive into that, let’s chat about what makes a hotel truly fancy. It’s not just about having fancy stuff (though that’s definitely a plus!). It’s about the whole experience, from the moment you arrive until it’s time to bid farewell. What sets these hotels apart is their incredible attention to detail and dedication to making your stay absolutely unforgettable.

So, if you’re up for an epic adventure and want to treat yourself to something special, get ready because we’re about to embark on the ultimate luxury trip in Iran.

I’ve found five incredible hotels there that are like something out of a dream, and I can’t wait to share all the details with you: 


1-Hotel Espinass Palace

  1. Let’s talk about Hotel Espinass Palace. As soon as you walk into the stylish lobby, you’re welcomed with top-notch service. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, striking the ideal balance between comfort and elegance. And when it comes to dining, whether you crave traditional Persian dishes or international flavors, the restaurants here always deliver an unforgettable experience.

2-Hotel Zandiyeh

  1. How about Hotel Zandiyeh? Situated in the heart of Shiraz, this luxurious gem seamlessly blends modern amenities with traditional Iranian hospitality. Each room is detailed designed with your comfort in mind, and the hotel’s restaurant serves up a menu that will tantalize your taste buds. 
  1. It also boasts fantastic facilities including a refreshing swimming pool where you can unwind after a day of exploring the city. Additionally, you’ll find a range of amenities such as a fitness center and spa, ensuring that your stay is both relaxing and rejuvenating.

3-Hotel Dad


3.       And then Dad Hotel, located in the heart of the ancient city of Yazd, seamlessly blends traditional Persian architecture with modern amenities. From its elegant lobby adorned with intricate tilework to its tastefully decorated rooms and suites, the hotel offers guests a unique blend of history and comfort. Indulge in traditional Persian flavors at the hotel’s restaurant, relax in the serene courtyard or take a refreshing dip in the pool.

1.          This famous hotel has all you need for a lavish stay. Spoil yourself with a spa day, enjoy delicious meals at the hotel’s restaurants, or just unwind in your comfy room. Dad Hotel guarantees an unforgettable stay with great amenities and excellent service.

4-Hotel Abbasi

  1. As for Abbasi Hotel, located in Isfahan, Iran, is a captivating blend of history and modern luxury. Once a caravanserai, this enchanting hotel now welcomes travelers with its exquisite Persian architecture and opulent design. The grand lobby adorned with intricate tilework leads to cozy rooms, providing a peaceful retreat. Guests can dine on traditional Iranian or international cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants, relax in the tranquil spa, or join guided tours to explore Isfahan’s cultural treasures. With its rich history and top-notch amenities, Abbasi Hotel promises an unforgettable stay.


5-Hotel Ameriha

1.      5.       And last but not least, Ameriha a hotel, nestled in the heart of Kashan, Iran, is a charming oasis blending modern comforts with traditional Iranian hospitality. This boutique hotel offers a serene escape with its beautifully decorated rooms and peaceful courtyard. Guests can immerse themselves in the rich culture of Kashan while enjoying the hotel’s warm ambiance. Indulge in delicious Persian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, relax in the inviting lounge area, or explore the nearby attractions with guided tours arranged by the hotel. With its tranquil atmosphere and attentive service, Ameriha Hotel promises a memorable stay for every guest.




So, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a business trip, or simply treating yourself to a well-deserved break, these luxury hotels in Iran are sure to make your stay truly unforgettable.


Luxury Boutique Hotels

Luxury boutique hotels provide a fancy and personalized accommodation, combining the unique service of a boutique hotel with the luxurious features of a high-end place to stay. These hotels are known for being small, charming, and paying attention to every detail.

In Iran, luxury boutique hotels are becoming more popular, offering travelers a more exclusive option compared to traditional luxury hotels. Each boutique hotel is designed to have its own special vibe, often mixing modern style with local culture. Guests can expect special service, stylish rooms, and amenities made just for them. From delicious food to customized spa treatments, luxury boutique hotels offer a tailored experience for modern travelers.

Whether in a historic area or with a beautiful view, luxury boutique hotels in Iran provide a peaceful escape for travelers looking for a special and immersive stay.

Pooladkaf Tourism Complex

Pooladkaf Tourism Complex

Pooladkaf tourism complex is located about 80 km north of Shiraz, around the Zagros Mountains (2830 high) in Shekarak Region.


Pooladkaf Hotel

Pooladkaf 4-star Hotel is located in a 5000 square meter land and consists of 52 rooms (2/3 bed), 4 suites, and 10 Mongolian Yurt (chadors or tents)

Summer Facilities in Pooladkaf

The fresh weather of the mountains can furnish this astounding experience with a delightful and pleasant, relaxing atmosphere away from the city hustle and visitors can enjoy their summer vacation with provided facilities such as Horse riding, Cycling, Paddle-boat, Zip-line, Cable-car, Theme-park, Buggy-cars, off-road cars, etc.


A traditional “Yurt” or “Ger” is a round tent as originating in Central Asia (Genghis Khan and his horde used them) used for dwelling for at least the past few thousand years. For the first time in Iran, the Hungarian company of “Domus Living Solutions” has invested in building ten luxury accommodation units, in the form of Yurts. The Yurts can now be offered to the guests enjoying a five-star service and facilities.

Nomadic Camp

Experience a nomadic life at the largest camp in the province. you can enjoy listening to ancient Iranian folk music of the Nomad tribes belonging to the region, as well as tasting the local gourmet and the herbal drinks of the Nomads.

Winter Facilities in Pooladkaf

At winters, the resort turns into one of the major attractions of Fars Province and the south-west region of Iran. You can enjoy the ski facilities of the resort either as a professional or amateur skier using the cable-car and the ski lift. The cable car runs at a length of 2200 meters, under the license of Puma, France. You can also have the chance to rent the ski gears, snowmobiles, and Mini-Bobs and can start learning the fundamentals of skiing at our ski-school.

Tehran International Airport Guide – (IKA)

Tehran International Airport Guide – (IKA)

Iran’s main international airport, Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA), is located about 30 kilometers to the southwest of the capital, Tehran. IKA covers over 13,500 hectares and has been in operation since 2004.There is another airport in the capital, Mehrabad International Airport, which mainly operates domestic flights.

Services and Facilities Available inside the Imam Khomeini Airport:

Banks and Currency Exchange: There are several banks and exchange offices at the Imam Khomeini International Airport offering different services such as currency exchange services; Tejarat, Meli, Saman, Post and Mellat Bank and Sorena money exchange agency.

ATMs: ATM machines are available at the airport. Although due to sanctions against Iran, ATMs don’t work with international cards, So IRR (Iranian Rial) is the only cash you can receive from ATMs.

Wi-Fi: At Tehran Airport free Wi-Fi is available in the arrival and departure lounges. To be able to receive a password via text message, a mobile phone number is required. There are also internet cafes for printing, copying, scanning or other related services and also activation of sim cards. Internet Cafes are located at entrance hall.

Medical Services: The airport has a long distance from medical centers, this is why there are emergency medical services available round-the-clock for emergency situations.

Mobile Charging: Charging stations are available in the departures and arrivals areas.

Baby Care Services: There is a baby care room for families with children.

Duty Free & Shopping: There are about 40 shops at IKA and few of them are open round the clock.

Food & Drinks: There are several restaurants and cafes available in all terminals, some of them are open 24 hours for snacks and

Services for Elders: At passenger terminal at Tehran airport, special services are available to accessible people such as disabled and elderly people.

Prayer Rooms: There are 17 prayer rooms available to all passengers in different areas.

Exchange office IKA Tehran
Irancell Hamrah aval IKIA

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From the Imam Khomeini Airport

Travelers can reach Imam Khomeini international airport through Tehran-Qom Freeway and Tehran-Saveh Freeway. It is accessible by following options:

  1. Taxi Service Companies are available outside the arrival hall. They are ready to give any group of travelers a private drive to different destinations. Based on the vehicle you choose; the price will be different. It takes 45-60 minutes to arrive in downtown.
  2. Snapp/Tap30 Online Taxi Booking Applications are another kind of private taxis which costs less than the airport ones.
  3. Tehran’s Subway System (Metro) is the cheapest and fastest way to reach the downtown Tehran. IKA is connected to this system through Line 1.
Taxi Imam khomeini airport

4. Car Rental is also possible at Imam Khomeini Airport, you can ask for a van or a sedan car from the Europcar office located inside the airport. To do so you will need to carry your international driving license, a valid credit card and your passport. Be careful while driving here 😊

Rent a vehicle at IKA
drive a car and drive in Iran

5. Private Drive, the easiest and safest way would be to book your private transfer in advance. Inform friendlyiran agents about the detail of your transfer; the exact time, the destination and the preferred kind of vehicle and a professional driver will be at the airport carrying your name.

Hotels at IKA

Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport Hotels

There are two side-by-side hotels at the Imam Khomeini International Airport, located at the main terminal: IBIS and NOVOTEL, 4- and 5-star accommodations with various amenities such as Spa center, Sauna, qualified restaurants and etc. It is also possible to book a room up to 3 hours or up to 6 hours at an affordable price. A free shuttle bus is available every 20 minutes to drive the travelers to the airport.

For short-time rests, Reclining chairs are available at the airport.

CIP Service and CIP lounge at Imam Khomeini Airport

To avoid flight problems, CIP services are available at Imam Khomeini airport offering various kinds of airport assistance. You can book CIP service in advance and shorten the waiting time at the airport with enjoying free beverage and snacks, the smoking room, newspapers and with free available WIFI.

The CIP service at IKA includes meet and greet at the airport, the check-in process, passport and visa control, luggage check or only a transfer by different vehicles such as standard car or van, VIP sedan or van, middle bus, and VIP buses. CIP lounge services also provide lifter and wheelchair for seniors or travelers with physical disabilities.

Iran Ski Holiday

Iran is one of the best and the most popular skiing destinations in the Middle East. Since Iran is endowed with many high and mountainous areas with long-enduring cold weather, snowy season, and powdery snow, its ski resorts are welcomed by both local and foreign skiers. Moreover, the entrance fees and rental expenses are so affordable in all resorts.

There are two mountain ranges with different climates in Iran. The highest one is called Alborz. This mountain range, located near Tehran, stretched from the northwest to northeast of Persia, has got many popular skiing resorts such as international Dizin ski resort (the most popular and the biggest), Shemshak, and Tochal which are the most accessible and have got the best equipment for skiers.  The other mountain range is called Zagros, located at northwest and west of the country, covers 20 percent of Iran.

The most famous ski resorts of this zone are Pooladkaf (in the south near Shiraz) and Chelgerd (near Shahrekord).

Here is a glance at the most important Iran ski resorts.

Iran Dizin Ski Resort

The international and best ski resort in Iran is Dizin, which is located at the north of Tehran in the Alborz Mountain Range. It is in the list of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world. Its base is higher than the peak of many Alpine sites. The lifts get you to the altitude of 3700 meters above the sea level. Due to its high-quality snow, Dizin is welcomed and accepted by snowboarders. It should be taken into consideration that Dizin has run for any skier from beginner to professional, but it is more suitable for the more experienced ones. Here are some pieces of information about Iran Dizin Ski Resort.  There are also facilities for grass skiing during the non-snowy seasons.

Dizin Hotels and Cottages

Dizin International Ski Resort offers affordable and convenient accommodation consisting of hotels, cottages, private apartments and villas near the resort which yearly host thousands of people.

The most famous ones are the Dizin Hotel and Gajareh Hotel.

Gachsar Hotel is another hotel near the ski resort.

Dizin Skiing Equipment

Do not bring your ski facilities; you can rent what you need. Our ski school uses internationally popular and modern methods to make your ski learning more pleasant. These are the facilities you can get there: ski wear, ski and snowboard, mono board, and accessories. Kids ski teachers are also available. Tele-cabins, ski lifts, tele- skis and Hammer tele-ski are the resort equipment.


 Food and Drink

In Dizin you can find two main restaurants; the first one is Chalet Resturant at the 3,000 meters above sea level and the second one is Chaman Restaurant located at the top of Chaman chair lift.  You can find many other restaurants and snack bars in the zone, such as SnackBar Restaurant, Dizin Ghole, etc.


You can take the Chaloos Road to reach Dizin Ski Resort, and based on your group members and your car; sometimes it takes 3.5 hours in the winter.

Shemshak Ski Resort

After Dizin, Shemshak is the second largest ski zone in Iran. It is at the altitude of about 2500m to 3000m above the sea level. Shemshak is suitable for more advanced skiers.


Shemshak Hotels

Shemshak skiers and snowboarders have got two options for lodging. Shemshak Resort Hotel and Barin Hotel both located in Shemshak area, the first one has standard quality but situated in the heart of white-coated peaks. The second one is more luxury with modern architecture and located approximately 1 kilometer from Shemshak Ski Resort.

Shemshak Skiing Equipment

There are two main slopes with chair lifts. The piste also has lighting facilities for skiing during the night. The slopes are quite steep, and many of the runs are mogul runs.  There are also ski, snowboard, and sleigh for renting.

Food and Drinks

There are different restaurants in Shemshak and Darbandsar zone such as Paparazzi restaurant, Dejavu cafe, and Restaurant, Café Muse, etc. There are also coffee shops where you can buy snacks and drinks.



The ski resort is about 65 kilometers from Tehran. To get to there, you should go toward north, take Lashgarak Rd and pass Fasham to get to Shemshak.

Tochal Ski Resort

Tochal in the nearest ski resort to Tehran and can be reached via a 20-kilometer journey from the capital. It has one of the longest cable cars in the globe. It is the fifth-highest resort in the world at an altitude of about 4000m, from where you can see a glorious view of Damavand, the highest peak of Iran.

Tochal Hotels

As Tochal is near the capital, you have many options for accommodation inside Tehran, but if you love to stay your night in the silence of the snow-covered mountains, we suggest Tochal hotel at the altitude of about 3,500 meters above the sea level. The hotel serves the skiers and snowboarders for about 7 to 8 snowy months.

Tochal Skiing Equipment

Besides the ski lifts, chairlifts, ski piste, and all available facilities related to skiing, Tochal is a sports complex containing Archer Club, ziplining, one of the best hiking pathways, paintball club, Bungee jumping and ….

Food and Drink

Since the resort is almost inside Tehran, there are several restaurants and cafes in the area and on your way to the top where you can rest, have food, and drink hot coffees.


Tochal is about 20 kilometers from Tehran center. To get there, you should take Velenjak avenue and drive toward the north.

Pooladkaf Ski Resort

Pooladkaf located in 90 km from Shiraz at the altitude of about 3200 meters from the sea level is major ski resort of the South of Iran and the second international resort after Dizin. All facilities of the resort (except the piste) is open in all seasons. It is interesting to know that sunshine is bright and strong even in January.

There is nomad camps and local houses where you can meet Indigenous people, be familiar with there customs, and listen to folklore music.

Pooladkaf Hotels

There is a 4-star hotel in the mountain for ski lovers and also a hotel apartment in the mountain skirt.

You can also spend overnight in the local houses.

Food and Drink

There are some restaurants in the mountain skirt and near the piste such as Pooladkaf Restaurant and Gholleh restaurant. Also, there is a café at the top station of the gondola lift.

Pooladkaf Facilities

In the complex, you can find surface lifts, Tele skis, snowmobiles, and a 2100-meter length gondola lift. You can also rent skiing equipment. Besides the skiing facilities, you have got the opportunity to experience cycling, horse riding, and pedalo boat riding in the mountainous area of Zagros massif.


After about 2-hour drive from Shiraz toward the northwest through a mountainous road you get to Pooladkaf ski resort.

Chelgerd Ski Resort

Chelgerd village is the home of Bakhtiari tribe community. The resort is located about 200 km from Isfahan and about 85 kilometers from Shahrekord in Chahar Mahale Bakhtiari province at the heart of Zagros massif. You can find summits with different altitudes in the region, some of them higher than 4000 meters. There are large slopes for professionals and small slopes for the beginners. The average slope of the piste is 20 percent and it is 800-meter-long. Chelgerd with its unique nature is also a popular destination for sightseeing including the virgin area of Koohrang, springs, natural glaciers, caves, wetlands, etc.  

Chelgerd Facilities

In Chelgerd and Koohrang area, there are some hotels such as Koohrang hotel and Keyno Hotel, and also villas, ecolodges, and restaurants where you can test local foods. There are also three lifters and skiing equipment for renting.


From Shahrekord drive west, after about 40 kilometers you reach to the Baba Heydar village. From there drive to the north, and after 50-kilometer driving in the mountainous road, you arrive in Chelegerd ski resort.

Iran Visa for Chinese, Hongkongers and Macanese has been Waived

According to the Iranian government’s official notification, China, Hong Kong and Macau passport holders’ visas for travel to Iran have been waived.  consequently, from now on the citizens of these three countries can visit Iran and stay in the country for 21 days without a visa.
Accordingly, visa cancellation will provide more convenience for Chinese, Hongkonger and Macanese travelers and will strengthen the bilateral relationship between Iran and these two countries in tourism, culture and economy areas. 




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16. Ta’rof!

As we talked about it at the first step, being Friendly is the most amazing feature of travelling to Iran. Iranians always treat their guest in the best possible way. Taarof is a unique Persian culture makes you feel not a stranger at all, although it may cause some cultural misunderstanding ?…It can’t be described in words, so Befarmaeed az nazdik bebinid…



17. Alamut

The fabled Alamut Valley offers a tempting invitation to hike, enjoy, explore and reflect among the fabled Castles of the Assassins. More than 50 fortresses that were once home to the medieval world’s most feared religious cult choose a day hike from Qazvin or more extensive wanderings from Gazor Khan, a full trans-Alborz crossing to the Caspian hinterland, an off-road tour in the heart of over 100-year-old jungles. Either way, this is some of the most rewarding hiking to be found in the Middle East.



18. Shiraz, the city of Literature

Even in the poorest home you’ll find two books: the Quran and the Divaneh Hafez. It’s appropriate for a country whose most celebrated sons are poets, and where almost every person can quote their favorite millennium-old man of words. In Shiraz, the city of nightingales, roses and gardens, the tombs of Hafez and Sa’di draw pilgrims from around the country. Join them as they linger over tea, reciting the works of their heroes, playing traditional Persian instruments and find out your answers among Hafiz Fals


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19. Cheetah

You may wonder “Are there cheetahs in Iran??”…the answer is YES, although…

Iran is trying to save one of the world’s critically endangered species, the Asiatic cheetah. The Iranian cheetah, one of the fastest animals on earth, ranged long time ago from the Red Sea to India, nowadays its numbers shrunk to the level that it is hanging on by a thin thread. The survivors in Iran are estimated from 50 to 70 animals, mostly in the east part of the country.



20. Zoroastrian Fire Temples

Iran is an Islamic Republic, but varieties of religious sites amaze everyone. It’s Zoroastrian sites have an otherworldly charm. Chak Chak, out in a deliciously remote location in the Yazd hinterland, has a superb fire temple with a stunning brass door, even more stunning views, and an air of ritual, ancient and deep. This was the Zoroastrian heartland and remains its most significant pilgrimage site. It’s difficult to come here and not imagine yourself in the days before Islam arrived in Iran. There are other fire temples in Kerman and Yazd.


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11. Where is modern day Susa?

Even if you don’t normally seek out ancient ruins, these three World Heritage sites will make you reconsider. The great bulk and fascinating back story make the Choqa Zanbil Ziggurat, which dates back a mere 34 centuries, one of the most impressive historical sites in a region full of them. Now excavated, some of the bricks look as if they came out of the kill last week and the Tomb of Danial with its unique architecture. Susa or Shush is a fabulous ruin of a place with a castle, acropolis and palace remnants, while Shushtar impressively rounds things out. The ancient watermills of Shooshtar date back to Darius the Great, is a masterpiece of architecture.



12. Tehran Art Scene

Tehran’s excellent museums and palaces provide great insights into Iran’s past. However, to gain a handle on its present, don’t miss the city’s range of hip cafes and contemporary art galleries. These provide an entree into a side of modern Iranian life; they are creative, challenging and liberal, you seldom hear much about in the media. Even government sponsored institutions such as the Iran Holy Defence Museum and Qsar Garden Museum make inventive use of contemporary art. There are many galleries in Tehran which present contemporary art such as Aran art, Elahe Gallery, Homa art gallery, Aun gallery, Etemad gallery, Seyhoun art gallery, Silk Road art gallery, and Sien gallery.


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13. Islamic Bazaar

In the age of the superstore, most Iranians rely on these mazes of covered lanes, madrasehs and caravanserais for much of their shopping. Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Kerman, Qazvin, Lar and Kashan all have atmospheric bazaars where you can browse beneath domed ceilings, dodge motorcycles and stop in teahouses for a brew. Perhaps the greatest is the World Heritage listed, Tabriz Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar and once among the most important trading centers on the Silk Road.



14. UNESCO world heritage city of Iran, YAZD

Few places have adapted to their environment as well as the desert city of Yazd. It’s a gem of winding lanes, blue tiled domes, soaring minarets, bazaars, and Court yard homes topped by badgers (windrowers) and watered by Qanats (underground water channels). Several of these homes have been restored and converted into evocative traditional hotels. Many travelers declare Yazd to be their favorite city in Iran, and it’s not difficult to see why, combining as it does a whiff of magic on the cusp of the desert. Summer places not far from this desert area are the unexpected combination you can’t miss.


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15. Western Iran

With the slowdown in overland travel, few make it out west, but that’s just the way we like it. Track down UNESCO World Heritage, listed Armenian churches. Follow the route through Howraman on your way between Marivan and Paveh, named Thousand Masuleh for owning many villages the same as Masuleh. Explore the Aras Valley or spend time getting to know the Kurds around Howraman, the mountain villages around Paveh, the Azeris in the northwest, the Gilan on the Caspian Coast, the Arabs of Khuzestan and so many more unique attractions. Put them together and Western Iran is worth building your entire trip around.


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6. Yummy Trip

Iranian food is one delicious surprise after another. Once you’ve tried several varieties of kabab, khoresht (stew), ash (soup), and flatbread, ask for Fesenjun (chicken in walnut and pomegranate sauce) or anything with Bademjan (eggplant), or try Gilan cuisine with its predominantly sour flavors, this city is the only registered UNESCO creative city of food under the name of Iran. Then you can try the Shirini (local sweets), … As exquisite as so many Iranian flavors are, it’s the buzz that surrounds eating, the primacy of food in so many social encounters that makes it truly one of life’s great pleasures.

7. Esfahan, city of the blue-tiled dome

There are moments in travel that will long stay with you, and your first Sight of Esfahan’s majestic Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square is one of them. This Square is home to arguably the most majestic collection of buildings in the Islamic World: the perfectly proportioned blue-tiled dome of the Masjed-e Shah, the supremely elegant Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah, and the indulgent and lavishly decorated Ali Qapu Palace. Far from being a static architectural attraction, the square and the nearby traditional tea houses overlooking the river throng with life. The Qeysarieh bazaar which is surrounded by the square won’t let you feel the time passing!

8. Imam Reza Holy shrine

Iran is an Islamic Republic country and while most travelers find Islam is not nearly as all-pervasive as they had expected, the Shiite faith remains an important part of Iranian life. It is at its most obvious in the passionate devotion seen at monuments such as the huge Haram-e Razavi in Mashhad. The main draw here is the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, the only Shiite imam buried in Iran. The passion and warmth you’ll encounter here lend a powerful sense of Islam as a force for good in the world. The city of Mashad is one of the important stops along the Silk Road.

9. Persian carpets

The Persian carpet is best known and appreciated among all hand-knotted carpets over the world. In the East, the carpet has particularly dated back to the 5th or 6th centuries; later the knotted carpet has been introduced in Persia by the Seljuks in the 11th century. The oldest carpet we received is known as Pazyryk Carpet, from approximately 500 BC. The art of Persian rug reached the highest peaks during the Safavid dynasty or the beginning of the 17th century. We classify the Persian carpets according to the knotting time: ancient, old, new, and modern Persian carpets; they usually take the name from the city or knotting area so we can divide them out of the areas of origin.

10. Persepolis

The artistic harmony of the monumental staircases, imposing gateways, and exquisite reliefs leaves you in little doubt that in its prime, Persepolis was at the center of the known world. These days it’s Iran’s premier ancient city. Built by kings Darius and Xerxes as the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, located not far from the great city of Shiraz, is one of the attractions you need to add to your tour like it or not J. And do not miss the monolithic tomb that sat nearby Necropolis or Naqsh-e Rostam.

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1. Friendly People

The first impression after entering the country is “Do they know me?!”

In any competition for the title of the world’s friendliest people, Iranians would be definite finalists.

It’s the people that leave the most lasting impressions from any journey to Irantheir warmth and their hospitality, their willingness to set aside enmities between countries and welcome you with open arms and doors.

Whoever you meet, you will regularly bask what you think of Iran, told ‘You are our guest’ and brought tea, local sweets, and even food. Meeting Iranians is, quite simply, the best experience in Iran. 



 2. Desert

Three different types of deserts including various attractions have made Iran a popular destination for desert lovers. The welcome is rarely warmer than in the vast, empty silence of Iran’s two great deserts. Garmeh is the oasis village of your dreams, with a crumbling castle, swaying date palms, and the sound of spring water. It’s the sort of place you come for one night and stay more. Nearby Farahzad and tiny Toudeshk Cho, between Esfahan and Na’in, also offer memorable desert-style family homestays; think beds on the floor, basic bathrooms, fresh, delicious home-cooked food, and endless horizons just outside your door.


3. Not only sand dunes

In addition to big desert areas in the land of Persia, mountain chains of North and West are the big reasons for a completely different nature in the western and northern parts. Mount. Alborz is located in the north of Iran and Zagros in the west.

You can enjoy unique nature such as mountain parks, Nomadic life, mountain villages, 100 years old jungles, and much more attractions.



4. Nomads of the Zagros

About two million Iranians from several different ethnic groups still live a nomadic existence, traveling with their goats in spring and autumn in search of pasture. Qashqa’i and Bakhtiyari nomads spend the summer months in the Zagros Mountains, before heading down to the coast for the winter. You can get a taste of nomad life on a day trip from Shiraz to Sepidan or Khan Zenyan.


5. Skiing

Think Iran and skiing is hardly the first thing that springs to mind. But Iran has more than 20 ski fields and most of the action is conveniently concentrated around Tehran. The Dizin and Shemshak resorts are the pick, with steep downhills and plenty of untracked Powder to keep skiers of all levels interested. Chalets and ski passes are inexpensive compared with Western countries and the slopes are relatively liberal, beloved as they are by Tehran’s upper-middle class. Pooladkaf ski resort is another one located in the south of the country.


To be continued…


Top 5 Traditional Hotels of Middle East in Iran 2018

Each year Trip advisor, the world famous tourism magazine, announces Best Middle East B&Bs and Inns.

In 2017, Iranian House,  Saraye Ameriha,  Manouchehri house and Ehsan house were 4 suggested Traditional and Historical House in Kashan among 25 Best Bed and Breakfast hotels and inns. They were also Top accommodation in Kashan based on tourist reviews in 2017.

In 2018, Tripadvisor again listed best inns and B&B hotels in Middle East. In the 25 selected Inns, Iran got 5 bests, this time in different cities and regions,eg; Qeshm Island, Kashan, Varzaneh desert and Yazd.


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1. Assad House in Qeshm, Iran

Locating in a good location in Qeshm island, by overnighting in Assad B&B homestay you can enjoy walking to the sea and visit the Island with him.

Amenities and facilities:

  1. Free Parking
  2. Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  3. Breakfast included
  4. Airport Transportation

Mesir Bashgah Kelato | Bandar-e-Doulab, Qeshm, Iran

2. Iranian House

Iranian historical house is actually a 4* B&B Hotel, it’s very well located and stylish. 

 Hotel Amenities and Facilities:

  1. Free Internet
  2. Breakfast included
  3. Airport Transportation
  4. Concierge
  5. Laundry Service
  6. Multilingual Staff

Address; No 8, Fifth Bastan Alley , Alavi St., Fazel Naraqi Ave | Kamal-ul-molk SqKashan 87134, Iran



3. Saraye Ameriha Boutique Hotel

A highlight historical house, with a very splendid area, architecture and great service.

Amenities and Facilities:

  1. Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  2. Restaurant
  3. Breakfast included
  4. Air Conditioning
  5. Banquet Room
  6. Breakfast Available
  7. Concierge
  8. Conference Facilities
  9. Dry Cleaning
  10. Meeting Rooms
  11. Minibar
  12. Multilingual Staff
  13. Non-Smoking Hotel
  14. Refrigerator in room

Address: Alavi AvenueKashan 87134, Iran


4. Chapaker Guest House

This Inn is located in Nain city, between Esfahan and Yazd. One of the best choices for those who love Varzaneh Sandy desert.
Amenities and Facilities
  1. Free Parking
  2. Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  3. Breakfast included
  4. Breakfast Available
  5. Non-Smoking Hotel

Address: Beheshti StreetVarzaneh 8145657333, Iran


5. Jungle Hotel

In the old part of the city, in Yazd. A cosy new built house in an old style.

Amenities and Facilities:

  1. Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  2. Breakfast included
  3. Free Parking
  4. Air Conditioning
  5. Airport Transportation
  6. Breakfast Available
  7. Laundry Service
  8. Non-Smoking Hotel
  9. Refrigerator in room

Address: Emam Ave FAHADAN STREET | Fahadan, Front of coin museumYazd 8919954177, Iran

Iranian hotels and traditional houses Best Picture and photos

Iran Travel Guide

Iran Travel Guide

Iran is a county that most people don’t know much about it and many websites present not trustable information about this county. Friendlyiran as a local tour operator provides you with the most important tips that you should know before starting your Iran tour.

Here are the most important tips you should know before your Iran trip.


Iran is a four seasons country with 2500 years of history, diverse nature, and unique culture. Nowadays, most of the people from all around the world know Persia or Iran through its carpets, caviar, or oil. Yet, Persia has one of the richest and oldest cultures in the world.

Here is some information about Iran.

Iran at First Sight

Capital: Tehran

Population: 81.16 million

Area: 1,648,195 km2

Language: Persian

Religion: Islam, mostly Shiaa

Currency: IRR

Time zone: (GMT+03:30)

Standard Voltage: 220 V

Standard Frequency: 50 Hz

Power Sockets: type C and F.

Dialing Code: +98

History of Iran

Recent discoveries indicate that the written history of Iran begun with the early Achaemenids in 3200 BC. Cyrus the Great, the man who established the charter of human rights, was the founder of the Achaemenid empire. In that era, Iran stretched from the Aegean coast of Asia Minor to Afghanistan, as well as south to Egypt. Greek Alexander overthrew the great Achaemenid Empire in 330 BC. In 641, Arabs invaded Iran and started a new alteration.

Consequently, Persians, who were Zoroastrian, turned to Islam. The dynasties that were born after that are Parthian, Sassanid, Samanid, Ghaznavid, Safavid, Zandiye, Afsharid, Qajar, and Pahlavi. After all, In the Safavid period, Islam (Shia) became the official religion of Iran. In 1979, after the Iran revolution, the current Islamic Republic of Iran was founded.

Throughout Iran’s long history, in spite of different devastating invasions, the country has always maintained its national identity. It has developed as a distinct political and cultural entity.

Iran Tour for US passport Holders

Iran religion

Shia Islam is the dominant religion in Iran, although other minorities such as Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrian has been also welcomed and formed societies that peacefully live together. So, during the long history of Iran, these societies of thave built many mosques, churches, and fire temples in different cities of Iran.

Iran Friendly People

Lovely and kind people who host travelers is the most valuable thing that you will find in Iran. There is an unbelievable pleasure in meeting local people and getting to know their lifestyle. Hospitality and Kindness have been the main goal of the Persian nation’s lives. Iranian people are open-armed to welcome guests and making friends.

Climate in Iran

Iran is a four-season country with unique climates. Generally, winters are cold with snowfall and subzero temperatures during December and January. Spring and fall have relatively mild weather conditions, while summers are dry and hot. However, Iran is a great destination to travel for the whole year. If you travel during the summer, you can enjoy the sunshine and mild mountainous areas. During winter, you can go to the islands or have a ski tour in Iran unique ski resorts. In spring, you can visit a variety of festivals as Nowrooz.

Iran’s landscape is dominated by mountain ranges. The populous western part is the most mountainous, with ranges such as Zagros and Alborz Mountains. The northern part of Iran is covered by dense rain forests called Hyrcanian forests (UNESCO site). The eastern part consists mostly of deserts such as the Dasht-e Kavir, which is Iran’s largest desert in the north-central portion of the country, and the Dasht-e Lut, in the east, as well as some salt lakes. you can enjoy desert tours during spring and fall.

Iranian Cuisine 

Persian cuisine has one of the complete ingredients. The traditional dishes consist of various types of meat like chicken, fish, lamb, turkey, and shrimp. Note that pork, and alcoholic drinks, are forbidden religiously in Iran. In this regard, all kinds of food in Iran should be halal (religiously approved). Moreover, you can find several good international restaurants which offer international foods and all kinds of fast food in this country.

Restaurants in Iran

Breakfast time: around 7 am till 11 am

Most of the hotels in Iran are B & B and include breakfast. You can also have your breakfast in a local café or restaurant. Halim, Ash, and Kall-e Pache (Sheep’s head) are a famous Iranian breakfast that usually is not served at hotels. 

Lunchtime: around 12 till 3 pm

Dinner time: around 7:30 pm till 10 pm 

Most Famous  Iranian Dishes

  1. Zereshk Polo: Barberry and rice served with chicken
  2. Kebab: Barbecued Lamb, Chicken, Lamb Liver, and Ground Meat
  3. Gormeh Sabzi: Rice and Herbs Stew, usually served with meat pieces and beans, tastes a little sour
  4. Dizi and Abgoosht: A Persian stew includes meat and beans usually made in a stone pot
  5. Baghali Polo (Rice with broad beans and chicken)
  6. Ash: A kind of soup, and depending on the ingredients are:
  • Reshteh: With Herbs, Noodles and sour yogurt
  • Sabzi: With Herbs, Beans, Chickpeas, etc. (best to taste with lemon)
  • Doogh: With Herbs, Yoghurt juice, etc.
  • Kardeh: With Herbs, meats, etc.

To get more information about Iran Food and Cuisine,  please click here.

Iranian Traditional Sweets and Desserts

  • Ranginak: National sweet, mostly made in Ramadan
  • Faloodeh Shirazi: A dessert,  which its famous one is from Shiraz
  • Bastani Sonati: Traditional icecream 
  • Shirini Yazdi: Local sweet of Yazd
  • Sohan: Local candy of Qom
  • Gaz: Local sweet of Esfahan
  • Halva: National sweet, mostly eaten as the dessert
  • Kolompeh: Local cookie of Kerman
  • Masghati: Local sweet of Shiraz 
  • Zoulbia & Bamieh: National sweet, just eaten during Ramadan

Iranian Foods for Vegetarians

With good knowledge about local Iranian dishes, vegetarians/vegans can also enjoy the variety of local Persian cuisine during their Iran tour. 

Here are some local foods that are proper for our vegetarian friends:

  • Kuku Sabzi: The mixture of vegetables and eggs
  • KuKu Sibzamini: The mixture of potato and eggs
  • Kashke Bademjan: Fried eggplant with onion and yogurt
  • Kate Gojeh: brewed rice with tomato and potato
  • Samboose: Potato and herbs wrapped in the fried bread
  • Vegetable Pizza
  • Lubia Garm: boiled Beans with mushrooms
  • Dopiazeh: Mixture fried potato and onion
  • Yatimcheh: Mixture of fried tomato, garlic, and zucchini

Iran Economy

Due to the possession of the oil and petrochemical industries and natural gas, Iran is an imperant country in the global economy. Generally, Iran’s economy is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil, agriculture, and private trading and service.

Iranian Currency

Rial (IRR) is the currency of Iran in global transactions. Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices in Tomans, (One Toman equals 10 Rials). It means one zero is skipped when Toman is used. So, it may be a little confusing for foreign tourists.

You can see more about Iran currency here. You can change the US dollar and Euro in the banks and exchange offices, which can be found at the airports and the main cities.

Iran Tourist Card

Consequently, you cannot use your credit, debit, visa and master cards, traveler’s cheques or ATMs in Iran. If you don’t like to carry lots of cash with you, you can get a type of debit card, which is called tourist card, and use it in all payment devices such as ATMs, POS, etc. These cards have a little service fee, but it is a safe way of carrying money.

 Iran Dress Code

Maybe the dress code in Iran is different from yours, but sometimes trying new and different clothes could be a pleasant experience. So, you have a chance to taste it. Generally, in Iran, women wear a dress called “Manto” that is the same as your spring coat. They also wear a scarf and pants. Another usual form of clothing in Iran is chador. When you want to visit holy places, you should wear Chador that is accessible at the gates of these places. Iranian dress code for men is more comfortable than women. Their dressing is the same as male dressing all around the world, but wearing walking shorts and tanks are forbidden. However, you are free to choose any colors that you like. You can get more information about Iran dress code through the link below:

Iranian dress code full guide

Iran Handicrafts 

The handicraft is the art of every country that sometimes we take it as a symbol of that country, or we get it as souvenirs. Due to Iran’s ancient civilization, rich cultures, and also geographical location, you will face a variety of choices that are even different in each region. 

The Most Famous Handicrafts

  • Persian Rug: bests are in Tabriz,  Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, and Tehran
  • Minakari: Engraving on metal, best is in Isfahan 
  • Khatam: Inlaid work, the best is in Shiraz and Esfahan
  • Copper work: The bests are in Shiraz and Isfahan
  • Cotton and Termeh: The best is in Yazd
  • Ceramic and Pottery works: The bests are in Yazd, Shiraz, Kashan, and Isfahan
  • Miniature: A kind of Persian paintings that the bests are in Shiraz and Isfahan and Tehran

Iran Suveniors

In addition to magnets of attractions and plaster statues of them, you can also buy handicrafts and delicious local sweets as gifts for your beloved ones back home. While purchasing any Iranian style product, make sure that they are made in Iran because there’s lots of imitation merchandise in the bazaars.

You can have a long list of choices for buying a souvenir. Apart from handicrafts, Iran’s agricultural souvenirs are known as saffron, pistachios, and caviar.


If you travel to Iran for the first time, you should know that Iranians have their customs. They are warm, friendly, and generous individuals with a keen interest in foreigners and other cultures. One of their unique costumes is “Tarof”, their traditional behaviors. This is a kind of behavior for showing hospitality and politeness. A host repeats an offer several times, although the guest is free to accept or not, it shows politeness to accept after 3-time asking.

WiFi Internet and Social Network in Iran

During your Iran tour, although you can use the hotel’s WiFi free Internet connection and there is WiFi Internet available in most cafe shops, restaurants, and malls, you will need a local SIM card for cheap domestic and pricey international calls and internet connections. Upon arrival, you can buy a SIM Card, at the Iran airport or from reputable mobile internet services stores. MTN Irancel and Hamrah Aval are two valid sim cards in Iran that you can buy temporary (Etebari) sim card at reasonable prices. Your mobile number will be activated as soon as the registration is complete. Through the manual of your Sim card, you can buy internet charges, mobile charges and also check your account balance.

Social Media and Websites in Iran

You can use Whatsapp, Linkedin, and Instagram in Iran easily and without filtering. But Telegram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are blocked in Iran, but you can install VPNs to bypass the filtering.

Iran Visa

Citizens of all countries except Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Georgia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, and China & Hongkong Macau, need a visa to visit Iran. All citizens can visit Kish and Qeshmislands without getting Iran visa and stay there for at most 14 days.

Iran Visa Code Appliance Process

1) Apply for your visa code through the visa code application link
2) Pay visa service fee
3) Get your visa tracking code
4) Get your visa stamped at the Iran consulate or embassy or Iran airports

Iran Traditional Houses

Iran is famous for its traditional residents and boutique hotels. In most of the main cities, you can find these kinds of residents, which used to be Caravanserais and royalty houses dating back to the hundreds of years ago or newly built ones that have the same characteristics. 

Therefore, Do not miss the chance of staying in a traditional hotel or even a local house in small towns and villages where you can experience the hospitality and friendly temperament of Iranians. 

If you are interested in budget tours, you can stay in hustles and homestays that usually have shared bathrooms and toilets. Some Eco lodges and homestays have a mattress instead of beds and shared baths. Even in the springs and autumns, you can stay in the Nomad tents.

Working Week

The workweek in Iran is from Saturday till Thursday 12 p.m. All Ministries are closed on Thursdays. It is interesting to know that the weekend in Iran is Friday and all the old bazaars in different cities on closed on this day. for different businesses opening and closing times can be erratic, but you can expect most businesses to be closed Thursday afternoons and Friday. Embassies and consulates in Iran are close on Friday and one other day of the week usually Saturday and also on the national holidays.

Events in Iran

During a year, there are national and religious holidays in Iran. Here we introduce the most important Iran events, which very critical in planing the Iran tour.

Here you can find lots of amazing information about Iran national holidays, festivals and celebrations:

Nowruz (New Year Holidays)

Nowruz is a very ancient ceremony celebrated in Iran in the loveliest way, starting on March 21st, and lasts for 13 days. During this interval, the tourist sites are more crowded. On the first day of the Persian new year, families come together around a particular table called Haft Sin, pray for a happy new year, eat sweets and special dishes and give gifts to each other.

Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hussein

the ceremony is held on three days called Tasua, Ashura (Augst 29th  and 30th, 2020), and Arbaein (October 8th, 2020). People come into the street to show their respect to Imam Hossein. Most of the attractions are closed during these days.

Ramadan (Ramazan)

The holy month of Muslims when people do fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating and serving meals in public is restricted during day time. Hotels and Takeaways serve food for lunch, and restaurants are open from sunset. The grocery stores and supermarkets are also open to buy fruits, drinks, and whatever you need during the daytimes.

Medical Tourism in Iran

From so many years ago up to now, Iran became famous for its skillful doctors! Nowadays many people from all over the world travel to Iran for medical issues. The major cities in medical tourism are Tehran, Shiraz, and Mashhad.

Shopping Centers and Bazaars in Iran

Iran’s traditional bazaars are closed on Fridays. Also, these market places are usually open until sunset.

In Tehran, modern malls are usually open full day. In other cities, shopping centers typically have a siesta between 1–4 pm. 

Drivers and Guides in Iran

Full-time Tourist Guide: The Iran tours with a Full-time guide are accompanied by an expert guide for 8-hours on each day. This guide will help you in arrival, departure, check-in, and check-out formalities as well as explaining the information of all sites.

Local Tourist Guide: This kind of guide will be with you only in the main cities for 8 hours n each day.

Driver: you can have experienced drivers who are familiar with roads and attractions locations. They may have English knowledge only to communicate routing-related matters and help you with your essential needs. Their working-hour is 8-hour per day.

Vehicle: VIP Cars, Normal Sedan, Van A36, Van A50, Middle Bus, VIP Bus, and regural Bus.


Iran is one of the few four-season countries on the earth. Spring starts from mid-March and ends in mid-June. Then the summer starts and lasts till mid-September that is hot and dry in most parts of the county. The next three months form Fall that has mild weather. Finally, winter that starts in December and ends in February, is very cold with snowfall in most regions, except the south of the county.

The high season in Iran is from mid-February until the end of May. And, in the second half of the year is during September and October.

The answer is yes. Regarding the Islamic rules in Iran, all tourists should follow Hijab.

Woman dress code:  women should cover their hair, wear long sleeve blouses, and long pants.

Dress code for men: They should avoid wearing walking shorts and tank tops.

Here are the top 5 Persian foods:

  • Chelo Kabab (barbecued meat with rice)
  • Khoresht Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)
  • Khoresht Fesenjan (Persian Pomegranate Stew)
  • Dizi (Persian broth)
  • Tah Chin (Persian dish of layered meat and rice)


Instagram is the popular social media in Iran. Iranians also use WhatsApp while Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Telegram are banned in Iran. Please note that Google and its applications are not banned in Iran. Using Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you access those banned medias in Iran.

The must-see Iran cities are: Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kashan, Kerman, and Tabriz.

There are 24 UNESCO  Heritage sites in Iran that 22 of them are cultural and 2 of them are natural. Here is the list of Iran UNESCO sites:

  • Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran 
  • Bam and its Cultural Landscape 
  • Bisotun 
  • Cultural Landscape of Maymand 
  • Golestan Palace 
  • Gonbad-e Qābus 
  • Historic City of Yazd 
  • Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan 
  • Meidan Emam, Esfahan 
  • Pasargadae 
  • Persepolis 
  • Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region 
  • Shahr-i Sokhta 
  • Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil 
  • Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System 
  • Soltaniyeh 
  • Susa 
  • Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex 
  • Takht-e Soleyman 
  • Chogha Zanbil 
  • The Persian Garden
  • The Persian Qanat 
  • Hyrcanian Forests
  • Lut Desert

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