Travelling with the Persian Caravan Train is a unique way to uncover the story of Iran. The tour is offered by SURFIRAN travel and tours which is a well-respected tour operator and travel agency in Iran in cooperation with Parsyad Co.
The Persian Caravan Train allows its passengers to explore the real Iran in a fast and safe manner. Local English-speaking tour guides offer explanations of the most significant sites in each city and there are opportunities to experience authentic regional cuisine, shopping and traditional cultural offerings
There is 24-hour service in each carriage, facilities include a bathroom in every carriage, air-conditioning, a library, LCD screen and large windows to watch the world go by, all of which ensures a memorable experience.
This all-inclusive adventure will take you through richly diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites. The Persian Caravan Train offers unique excursions with tours ranging from beloved Iranian cities such as Isfahan, well known for its beautiful historic architecture and magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Shah Abbas. Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity. Yazd, which is well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, its Persian handicrafts and its high quality confectionery as well as Kerman that is known for its tropical fruits and dates, excellent meat, dairy products and local delicious food.
The service of the train begins the moment you board and are greeted with a local drink on arrival A porter assists you to your cabin. Your service attendant is available to assist you in making yourself at home in your cabin.
It offers a chef-prepared menu with selections of mouthwatering Iranian cuisine. Enjoy your meal in a decorated dining car. During the day, this place provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while taking in the scenery.
The Persian Caravan Train will delight all of your senses as you travel through Iran to reveal the pearls of Persia.
Peter R. visited Iran in 2016. In a video, he shares his experiences travelling around Iran with some shots to show real Iran.
Tourism in Iran is booming with a 12% growth in foreign tourist arrivals for the month of June 2016. Right after a historic deal, between six world Iran tourism expecting a big jump in the tourism industry.
According to the news the number of foreign tourists who visited Iran was doubled after the nuclear agreement in January 2016. The Most of the tourists who apply for getting visa to visit Iran are from Germany, Italy and France, the head of Iranian Tour Operators Association, Ebrahim Pourfaraj, told IRNA on Thursday.
“Not taking religious tourists [visiting holy shrines] into account, Europeans rank first among tourists who visit the country,” he said.
Iran Tourism: A long way to go
Iran certainly has a long way to go 20 million tourists is what Iran should handle based on Iran Mater Plan.
Earlier this month, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicraft Organization Director Masoud Soltanifar announced that Iran has increased its visa on arrival extension from 1 month to 3 months.
Iran Visa on Arrival
For the time being, citizens of 190 countries can obtain visa on arrival at the country’s airports with one-month validation, he added.
In October 2015, Soltanifar said the easing of visa rules was opening the door for the return of foreign tourists to Iran.
The number of foreigners visiting Iran has grown 12 percent in each of the past two years.
In 2014, Iran hosted over five million tourists (Including religious tourists), bringing in some $7.5 billion in revenue.
Tourism in Iran is booming after the nuclear conflict. Right after a historic deal, between between six world Iran tourism expecting a big jump in the tourism industry.
Although many sanctions have already been lifted by the European Union and some European companies have a head start in developing more robust Iran vacations but it seems reduce the gap between the number of Iran’s tourist attractions and the number of tourists entering in Iran is not easy as restoring Iran’s image will take a long time.
Rich Iranian cultural heritage
Iran has one of the largest resource bases for cultural, natural and historical sites of any country in the world.
Iranian plateau is replete with cultural heritage and historical monuments. These architectural remnants date back somewhere between an average 2000 years.
From the “Jiroft civilization” south of Iran, to the “Shahr-e Sukhteh” or the “Burnt City”, in the south east of the country,; to the “Choghazanbil” Zigurat, one of the rare few ziggurats or Step Pyramids, outside of Mesopotamian heartlands, all the way down to the magnificent Achaemenid palaces of Persepolis and regal tombs in Pasargadae, near Shiraz, are all but a few examples of what the land of Persia has to offer, when it comes to ancient history.
Overall some 19 major archaeological sites in Iran have been globally registered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as World Heritage sites. At the moment, Iran stands 11th in the number of registered world heritage sites.
Archaeologists estimate that modern Iran is home to over a million historical sites, places and zones. During the past centuries, over 150,000 of such sites have been located in different parts of the country.
Discoveries are under way for finding the rest of the historical sites and relics across the country.
Since 1930, the year the first Ancient Monuments Protection Act was ratified in Iran, we have managed to register 32,000 historical sites in the country.
Tourism infrastructure in Iran
At the moment, Iran generates nearly USD 8 billion from tourism or its related sectors, which comparatively viewed, puts it at the 36th position worldwide.
Of course, there are several reasons to this shortcoming: From the negativity of anti-Iran propaganda churned out by mainstream Western media on a daily basis to the under-development of Iran’s inland transportation system and hospitality industry, for which a decade of tough nuclear sanctions plus many more years of a general blockade can be partly blamed.
The size of Iran tourism industry
The size of Iran tourism industry – including cultural and ecotourism as major components of it – is estimated as having the potential to create jobs for 1,285,500 and rise by 4.1% pa to 1,913,000 jobs in 2025.
This is expected to rise by 4.4% in 2015 and rise by 4.3% pa to 656,000 jobs (2.2% of total employment). in 2025.
The document also reported that money spent by foreign visitors to a country (or visitor exports) is a key component of the direct contribution of Travel & Tourism. In 2014, Iran Tourism generated IRR24,903.4bn in visitor exports. In 2015, this is expected to grow by 3.2%, and the country is expected to attract 3,167,000 international tourist arrivals.
By 2025, international tourist arrivals are forecast to total 4,740,000, generating expenditure of IRR 34,604.1bn, an increase of 3.0% pa which can cause great economic leap in Iran But in this way, Iran will face challenges that it’s not too easy to control.
Infact over the last two decades, Iran Tourism has been presented by the global media to the world as a strict and religious country.
This, of course, makes it improbable that recreational tourists will choose this country as a destination, rather than travelling to other places that are apparently much less ‘difficult’.
Good intercultural communication, a clear understanding of tourists’ needs and modifying Iran own attitudes towards tourists and tourism must necessarily be considered as vital elements for paving the way to providing them with sense of ease.
At the same time, Iran should concentrate its efforts on attracting foreign tourists who value the cultural and natural advantages specific to Iran.
Such tourists are much less likely to be deterred by the negative propaganda against the country.
On February 25, 2016 CNN released a post that shows Iran as it is. without further adieu please read the full story.
She and her friends came to the city’s cinema museum to take photographs of jewelry. Now lounging outside, they sit in a tree-lined park a world away from the militaristic images of Iran that are ubiquitous in the West.
Life has changed a lot in Iran in the past year, says Sohrab Saleh, leaving the museum with two friends.
The economy “is better now, and diplomatic relationships better now. I hope everything can (be) better.”
This area of Tehran is more affluent than most. In the foothills of the looming Alborz mountain range — a constant presence, indispensable for orienting yourself in the city — the neighborhood is a bit cooler than most others, where stale air from the Iranian capital’s notorious traffic can lie heavy.
North Tehran is also, in broad strokes, home to the capital’s more liberal and reform-minded voters. They go to the polls Friday in an important parliamentary election that will also determine the makeup of an oversight body responsible for selecting the Supreme Leader’s successor.
Iranian and Western governments “may be very different,” but everyday life is as normal here as anywhere, says Yazdan Gordanpour, sitting with three friends having lunch in an adjacent cafe.
Kimia Fasihian, one of Gordanpour’s friends, is enormously patriotic and optimistic about the future.
“We are all very proud of our rich history and we want that evolution to be in progress,” she says. “Changes in that path would help Iran to evolve, to become a better country every day.”
The 17- and 18-year-old friends are university students, studying English literature.
Nima Behzad hopes to one day get his Ph.D.
“If (young Westerners) visit Iran, they will see that it’s really really different from what they were thinking about (Iran),” Behzad says.
“I have an American friend. First of all, she told me that in our school, when I talk about Iran, they all get scared and say, ‘OK, isn’t there a war going on there?’ And something like that.
“I was like, ‘How? How do they think like that?'”
Another friend, Arghaban Mayjani, wearing a red scarf draped loosely over her head, chimes in.
“Nothing is like the past. The world has become smaller and smaller. So I think it’s much easier to go and visit a country, or at least get involved with the culture.”
“Drinking is forbidden — and clubs — that’s all.”
Fasihian says she feels a duty to be optimistic about the future.
“We’ve been through a lot of disastrous times. But I think it’s our responsibility to hope.”
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