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Explore Iran With Audio Guide App

The application offers a step-by-step audio guide through the attractions and enables the tourist to visit the site at one's own pace with­out worrying about mis­sing the explanations

In an innovative move, a pri­vate company in Shiraz, Fars Province, has designed an application that enables tourists to visit Iran's attractions on one's own, as it offers a complete overview of the places in English on smart­phones.  "Iran Audio Guide" has been designed by Shiraz Durandish Programmers Com­pany for both Android and iOS operating systems and is downloadable at App Store and Google Play free of charge. The first version of the app was launched in April 2017. Users can download audio tracks of each listed attraction and listen to accurate and comprehensive details about the place. The audios are also available in Persian for domestic tourists.  The first two tracks of each category are free but a complete package is available for purchase on  Iranaudioguide.com  at 300,000 rials ($7.8) in English and 100,000 ($2.6) in Persian, payable through Shetab and Web Money payment portals.  Soroush Ansari, chief technology officer of the company, told Financial Tribune that a few shops have been set up in Shiraz where packa­ges can be bought at a discount.  The tracks can be paused, rewound and fast-forwarded, which gives it an advantage over human guides, as the tourist can visit the site at one's own pace and take as much time as one needs to capture photos without worrying about missing the explana­ti­ons.  

So far, the tracks have been prepared for a limited number of places, including a complete pack­a­ge of Persepolis world heritage site, attractions of Shiraz and Isfahan as well as the des­crip­tion of Iranian traditional architecture.  However, Ansari said the company is working to ex­pand the tracks to include all attractions of the country.  "Yazd, Tehran, and Tabriz are our top priorities," he said, adding that the process would take time as they insist on delivering precise information and facts. The contents of the tracks include step-by-step guides through the at­trac­tions, stories of wars, victories and invasions, information about kings and prominent figu­res, famous Persian myths, love stories and techniques of Iranian architecture, as well as gos­sips and scandals.  It also shows the attraction's location on a Google map to facilitate access.

A number of tourism applications are currently available on web stores. However, Iran Audio Guide is among the frontrunners in designing audio applications in English.

Qeshm: Restaurant Shabhaye Talai

Hello, we are Alireza Mohammadi and his wife Annelie, an Iranian-German couple living on the wonderful island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, very close to Dubai, but belonging to Iran.  After a nice and comfortable life in Germany we decided to live in Iran, cause the people here are very, very friendly, open minded and have a nice sense of humor. We are very inte­res­ted in meeting people from all over the world and build bridges between them and the Iranian people.  We opened up our Restaurant Shabhaye Talai to establish a place where people can meet, relax and enjoy some good food and a nice cup of Chai with a Ghelyoon afterwards.  The main season is from October to April, wintertime is just beautiful here with tem­pe­ra­tures around 25°Celsius. But we run our restaurant all of the year at nighttime.

What we offer
 Fresh and delicous food ranging from kebab and seafood to fast food
 Cosy accommodation 
 Tours around the island

 A spectacular view of Qeshm Beach
 An interesting audience from all over the world
 A Snack Bar for the short stop
Enjoy our cosy rooms directly at the beach and in the green park-atmosphere. Of course with air conditioning.  Questions concerning accommodation and tours +98 933 597 9673 or این آدرس ایمیل توسط spambots حفاظت می شود. برای دیدن شما نیاز به جاوا اسکریپت دارید, www.shabhayetalai.com

Organisation von Iranreisen

Brauchen Sie Unterstützung bei der Organisation einer Iranreise? Suchen Sie Hotels, Fahrer oder Reiseführer? Suchen Sie Kultur, Abenteuer, Vögel, Sterne oder wollen Sie Iran kulinarisch erkunden?   Egal ob Individualreisen, kleine oder große Gruppen, Anja Matz, Leiterin der deutschsprachigen Abteilung des Reiseveranstalters Homafaran Khorshid Savar, weiss immer Rat.

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Iran Tourism FAQs

Having only recently opened up to tourists, Iran is a relatively unknown destination

Prepaid credit cards are available at international airports and can be recharged for up to $5,000 at select banks across the country

Iran has seen an 11.5% increase in American visitors year-on-year, as of September 2016, according to the US National Travel and Tourism Office's latest data.Since Iran's nuclear deal with the world powers in June 2015 and the lifting of economic sanctions on Tehran in January 2016, Iran has been constantly named by international tourism media and industry outlets as a must-see destination.  Isolation has rendered Iran an “exotic” holiday destination. While from a marketing perspective this bodes well for the ancient Middle Eastern country, it also makes Iran a little known destination for many tourists, particularly young travelers.  Some of the common ques­tions asked about Iran are addressed as follows:

Is Iran safe?

The short answer is "Yes." The long answer is "Yes, of course."

Iran boasts an excellent security record, especially when you take into account the fact that it is located in one of the world’s most volatile and unstable regions. The country is a safe haven in a sea of turmoil, and you would be hard-pressed to find a foreign tourist who felt unsafe during their visit.  Popular destinations such as Tehran and Isfahan have formed tourism law-enforcement units whose main purpose is to serve foreign tra­velers.  Furthermore, the legal arm of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization even helps foreign visitors pursue complaints after they have left the country, should they want the organization to fol­low up a complaint.

When is the best time to visit?

Thanks to its diverse climate, Iran has something to offer in every season.  That said, it might be best to avoid certain periods, such as the Iranian New Year holidays that typically begin on March 21 and last for two weeks.

The Persian month of Ordibehesht (April-May) is also when the country hosts a myriad of international conferences and exhibitions, but those who avoid Tehran, Isfahan and Kish during this period may not face the pro­blem of hotel room shortage.  Those who visit Iran during the holy month of Ramadan should know that that's when people fast for hours, eating and drinking in public is forbidden and cafes and restaurants do not open until early evening.  Being a month on the lunar calendar, Ramadan shifts from year to year, so it would be a good idea to check the month on Gregorian calendar it coincides with before booking your trip.

Who can travel to Iran?

Citizens of every country recognized by the Iranian government can travel to Iran. The country offers 30-day visa-on-arrival to citizens of 190 countries at its international airports.Iran has also waived visa requirements for citizens of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Bolivia.  Russians traveling to Iran as pyart of an organized tour also do not require a visa.

Are there exceptions?

Yes: Passport holders of Colombia, Somalia, Britain, Canada, USA, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan must acquire a visa before traveling to Iran.  Furthermore, Americans, Canadians and the British can on­ly visit Iran as part of an organized tour. In other words, they have to be accompanied by a state-certified tour guide at all times.  Iran has no diplomatic relations with the US and Canada. The Iranian interest's section at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. handles visa applications for Americans.  The Embassy of Oman processes Iranian visas for Canadians. However, since Oman is represented in Canada by a non-resident ambas­sa­dor in the Sultanate's office in Washington, D.C., Canadians have to travel south to the US to apply for a visa.   Iran has seen an 11.5% increase in American visitors year-on-year, as of September 2016, according to the US National Travel and Tourism Office's latest data.

Can I use my credit card?

Due to banking sanctions, international credit cards do not work in Iran. To circumvent the problem, authorities have introduced the so-called Tourist Card, a prepaid credit card with a maximum balance of $5,000.  The card can be acquired at international airports and recharged at any of the branches of Bank Melli, Bank Sepah and Tourism Bank across the country.

Is there a dress code?

Women must wear a headscarf and loose-fitting clothes, while men should avoid wearing shorts. There are no color restrictions.  When visiting holy sites, women are obliged to wear a "chador" which is given to them at the sites. To gain a better understanding of the dress code in Iran, a simple image search on Google can be very helpful.

What are some useful apps?

There are a handful of apps that may help you make the best of your trip to Iran. Apps such as Snapp (think Uber but for Iran), Google Maps, Google Translate and Date/Calendar Converter are immensely helpful, regard­less of what city you're visiting.  Moreover, popular apps such as Foursquare, Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor have very well-maintained sections on Iran, from what cafes to visit to which sites to see.

What are the emergency numbers?

It is always good to know the local emergency numbers. Unlike European Union and North American countries, there is no single number for all emergencies in Iran.  It's 110 for police, 125 for fire department and 115 for ambulance. The telephone directory number is 118.


Tehran to Launch Norouz Open-Top Bus Tours

Tehran's tourism authority plans to launch the much-touted "hop-on hop-off" bus tours of the city before the two-week Norouz (Iranian New Year) holidays start on March 21.  Similar to London's renowned open-top double-decker bus tours, Tehran tourism officials have been seeking to launch a similar scheme in the sprawling Iranian capital for months.  "If all the paperwork is sorted out as planned, the buses will be released by the Customs Administration soon and the first tours will begin on March 1," Rajabali Khosroabadi, the head of the city's Cul­tural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, told ISNA.  It had been reported earlier that an order for six open-top buses had been placed with a Swedish automaker, but this does not seem to be the case.  "Five open-top buses have been ordered from a Chinese manu­fac­turer," the news agency quoted Amin Gholamali, a private stakeholder in the tour scheme, as saying.  The double-decker bus was unveiled by Sightseeing Iran (the company conducting the tours) on Tuesday at Tehran Auto Show (Feb. 14-18).  The buses will operate on two rou­tes, one of which takes tourists around the city's historical fabric in District 12, while the other goes past Tehran's old and modern land­marks. The bus tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Tickets are priced at between $40 and $60 and are valid for 24 to 72 hours.  Tehran tourism officials are eying an annual hike of 15% in foreign tourist attrac­ti­on. In the last Iranian year (March 2015-16), some 1.2 million foreign tourists visited the metropolis, which marked a 12% increase compared with the previous year.More information on the bus tours can be found at   www.sightseeingiran.com.