Magic Iran

A JOURNEY NOT LIKE ANY OTHER DESTINATION!

Travel with your own expeditionvehicle through Iran, maybe the most beautiful country
the Middle East.
A journey through the mysterious land of Paradise, the Palaces and Poets!
Get in touch with the heart-warming people and enjoy beside the beautiful nature also many art treasures from the pre-Islamic and Islamic era; colourful tiled palaces, mosques and medreses and the equally colourful and aromatic bazaars. It seems as if time has stood still.

Intro

MAGIC IRAN

A journey through Magic Iran is breathtaking, a unique oriental experience. Travel with your expeditionvehicle through the landscape of the Eurasian country and throughout the Middle East and experience this unique orient!

A journey through Iran with your expeditionvehicle is a journey where you get to know with both the ancient civilizations as well as the new cultures. The landscape in this enormous Eurasian country and the Middle East has very large differences. Vast plains enclosed by mountains and spectacular coastlines. Apart from nature you  also visit vibrant cities with aromatic bazaars, colourful mosques, mausoleums, medreses and abandoned ruins.

AN ORIENTAL EXPERIENCE

Magic Iran is an ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey’© which you can make with your own motorhome. Can you wait to go?

IN BRIEF

• An ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey’© of 35 days
• Almost one month in Iran
• Wander over many historical bazaars with oriental treasures
• Drive along the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountain range
• Visit the second most holy city of the world, an important pilgrimage center, Mashhad
• Drive through the great Salt Desert of Dasht-e Kavir
• Visit Chak Chak, a village with the most sacred mountain sanctuaries of Zoroastrianism
Famous archaeological ancient treasures and many UNESCO Worldheritages
• Persepolis UNESCO
• Shiraz, named the most beautiful city of Iran UNESCO
• Overnight in the desert city of Yazd is truly a magical experience for every traveller
Unique scenic and beautiful routes
Meetings with hospitable locals
• Visit the historical Bazaar Complex in Tabriz UNESCO
• The Meidan Emam and Masjed-e-Jãmé in Isfahan
Enjoy the culinary cuisine of Iran
• Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire UNESCO
Culture and nature at its best
Visit special and unique sights

This journey is guided by a professional team of highly experienced overland travellers and various local guides. This international team has been carefully selected to make this journey together with you to an unforgettable adventure.

  • Small groups

    relaxed travelling

  • Up to 10 teams

    relaxed and convenient

  • Always a back-up

    fellow travellers and tour guidance

  • Lots of individual freedom

    own dayschedule

  • Adventurous travelling

    as pioneers over unknown roads

  • No mandatory convoy driving

    route in navigation device

  • Drive each day at your own pace and speed

    departure whenever you want

  • Visit special places

    far from the beaten tourist path

Map

35 days | 6.500 km

Itinerary

35 days | 6.500 km

LIVE YOUR DREAM & ENJOY YOUR LIFE | MAGIC IRAN | MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE

Price & Traveldates

PRICE

• Per person: € 2.495,- based on 2 persons per vehicle
• Extra person: on request
• Solo traveller: on request

DATES

• Traveldates: August till October
• Amount of days: 35
• Start location: Trabzon, Turkije
• End location: Doğubayazıt, Turkije
• Amount of kilometres ca. 6.500 km
• Suitable for travel vehicle | 4×4 travel vehicle
• Number of participants: minimum 10 – maximum 14 vehicles

‘Magic Iran’ a journey not like any other destination!

Inclusive and exclusive

INCLUSIVE

• Experienced and professional guidance
‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey’© of 35 days
• Expedition For Trucks Road-book©
• Map of Iran
• Map for Garmin navigation device with tracks of the journey
• Waypoints for the navigation device
• Overnight stays, excursions, entree fees and meals according the programme
• Assistance with visa application
• Adventurous journey explored and developed by Expedition For Trucks
• Many unique and special excursions, visits to and into Holy Islam places, several with local guides

EXCLUSIVE

• Fuel, toll costs, or any costs related to the vehicles
• Cost for taking an extra vehicle (f.e. quad, motorcycle, scooter)
• Insurance for the vehicle
• Liability insurance
• Cancelation insurance
• Walkie-talkies, CB-radio, 2 meterband-radio, navigation device
• Personal expenditures, tips and entree fees, excursions, meals outside the programme
• Optional hotel stays during the journey (in some city it may be mandatory f.e Isfahan)
• Spare parts for the vehicle, tools or any related helpful tools like towing cables etc.
• Costs for the journey to the start and meeting point of the journey and the way back home
• Carnet de Passage
• Bordercosts by entering Iran
• Simcards for mobile | internet
• Navigation device
• Vaccinations

OTHER

• Travel Insurance with world coverage is mandatory repatriation in case of any health emergency, health insurance including coverage for the travelled countries and cancellation insurance are mandatory by participation on this journey
• Travel guidance Nancy Verheijen and Hans Schrijen are very experienced overland travellers travelling with an expedition vehicle from the Netherlands | Developers of this journey
• Travel guidance has an First Aid and AED certificate
• AED is present
• Participant is in sufficient physical and mental health condition to be able to participate on the journey ‘Magic Iran’
• The vehicle of the participant is in excellent technical condition
• International participants
• No driving in convoy, unless obliged by (local) authorities
• Participants takes part in traffic with his/her own vehicle entirely at his/her own risk

REGISTRATION
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You travel the entire journey with your own vehicle and at their own risk and peril.
Expedition For Trucks cannot be held liable for the selected and actual route taken, the state of roads, pistes and the driving conditions and driving skills of each individual participant.
 

‘Magic Iran’ a journey not like any other destination!

PRACTICAL INFO

AN EXPLANATION OF THIS JOURNEY

A journey through Iran is not an all day journey you ‘just simply’ make. It is a journey, which requires a thorough preparation from both of us, as well the organisation, as you as a participant.

The main goal of this journey is not to enjoy a relaxing holiday, but to get to know and experience the wealth and treasures of the nation and culture of the country where we will travel through. We are above all travellers. You will get in contact with many different ethnic and local people, who each have their own way of life. These local people are very friendly, welcoming and curious about you, as well in rural as urban areas.

In the countries we will visit and the areas, where we will be travelling through there is little to none tourism, so that the local people respond spontaneously to the arrival of us as visitors.

You drive this journey with your own vehicle at your own risk.

TRAVEL ORGANISATION

To make this journey with your own expeditionvehicle not only to a beautiful adventure, but also organizational to a good result, we use during this journey the guidance of a good and knowledgeable team of highly experienced overland travellers. The guidance will be assisted by local guides and interpreters where necessary and they will possibly travel along with us for a part of the journey.
This journey is organised by Expedition For Trucks. The terms and conditions of Expedition For Trucks are valid.

OUR WAY OF TRAVELLING

Our ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journeys’© goes through countries with very different customs and habits then we are used to. Not often there can be fulfilled to our Western European expectations and standards and there is usually not a luxury campsite available in these countries. Therefore a journey like this demands a flexible altitude of the participants, a good physical and mental condition and health. As well the vehicles have to be in excellent condition.

INDIVIDUALLY AND ALSO GUIDED?

You drive at your own speed and pace. You will receive the Expedition For Trucks Road-book© with detailed information and the necessary information on attractions and sights and the GPS coordinates to be able to arrive at the next overnight location. We don’t drive convoy, unless absolutely necessary or when it is obliged by the local governments. You can leave in the morning, whenever it is the most convenient for you and stop as often as you like, to have as much individual freedom as possible. Plenty of time to fully enjoy and in the evening you don’t need extra time to search a safe overnight spot, very relaxing!

BENEFITS OF OUR GROUP JOURNEYS

An ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey©’ of Expedition For Trucks has many advantages. One of the most important ones is that we only travel in small groups; maximum up to 12 vehicles, for this journey maximum up to 8. Further advantages are; always a back-up from fellow travellers and the journey guidance, the sense of security far away from home, supported by experienced guidance, difficult border crossings we always take as a group together and when necessary, with the help of local guides, a safe overnight place and from special value, cosy spontaneous evenings together, to share our experiences and adventures.

ROUTE AND DAYSCHEDULE

The route and itinerary are designed with the maximum possible interesting touristic highlights and sites are included on our route. Many are included in the program, others are optional. Of course, we also did take into account the overnight places and we have done our best effort to stay at the most beautiful places and locations. The daily distances range from 75 to 400km per day and are so divided that we have enough time to visit the sights and attractions, to take a break, to do some shopping and to relax. Obviously there are many non driving days, so you will be able to organise your own day. You will receive an Expedition For Trucks Road-book© with the day schedule and lots of tips and information, interesting sights and the overnight location related information and the required GPS coordinates.

TRAVELDOCUMENTS

For Europeans a valid passport which must be valid for at least 6 months when leaving Turkey. For Iran is a visa required and passport must contain two opposite, empty pages and free from Israeli stamps.

EXPORTS AND IMPORTS TERMS IRAN

According to the import regulations of Iran, it is illegal to import liquor, drugs or “indecent images” in Iran. The export of carpets and antiques is only possible with the proper documents. It is convenient to buy such products in stores with an export license.

DRESSCODE IRAN

Female travellers

In Iran, women are required anytime and anywhere (even in restaurants, lounges, hotels etc.) to wear a headscarf and a long, wide coat or robe down to the knees.
Tehran and Isfahan are modern cities and women are going in relation loosely dressed: a smooth, modern long coat or robe with a loose headscarf. In other places, the dresscode are sometimes stricter. However, the wearing of a chador (the entire black body covering) is not necessary. Only when visiting religious shrines as in Ghom and Mashhad is the chador obligatory in Iran. Thess chadors can be purchased in Iran itself and sometimes they can be borrowed at the entrance of a mosque.

We encourage you to take comfortable clothings f.e in cotton, making the high temperatures a lot more bearable. In Iran, cotton clothes are hardly available. For headscarf applies the same, cotton is more comfortable than synthetic, while you hair less static.

Male travellers

It will not surprise you that men must adhere to the dress code in Iran as well. Shorts and bermudas are strictly forbidden. Also, shirts with long sleeves are highly recommended.

Sometimes in Iran you notice that the dresscode shown above has been changed by actuality. Nevertheless, we believe that it doesn’t hurt to dress more conservatively. The past has been proven that the dresscode can also be suddenly stricter. In addition, you often receive more respect from the local people

YOUR VEHICLE

Of course it is recommendable to leave home with a vehicle in a very good technical condition.

SAFETY

The crime rate is very low and the purchasing power of the people is fortunately rising almost everywhere. With our campers we are at no greater risk as when we are travelling through European countries. While we travel through the country, we keep informed during our journey about the security situations in the areas we are going to travel through.

ROADS

Most of the roads on our route are asphalted. Only less than 10% of this journey we drive over unpaved roads. Parts of this are sometimes in very bad or poor condition! Often the roads are to be compared with the roads in Europe, sometimes even better. In the big cities the roads are often very crowded and it is just as back home in the traffic jams!

OVERNIGHT STAYS

We will barely overnight at campsites at this journey, because in the areas we cross, there are none. We will stay at safe overnight places. As far as possible this will be wild camps in free nature and if not possible at hotels, churches, sport complexes or just a parking spot or something similar. Therefore it is necessary that you can be self-supporting for a few days concerning food, bathroom, shower and electricity.

EMPTY GREY WATER AND TOILET

On this journey there are almost no facilities, where we can empty our grey water and toilet in a descent and environmentally friendly way. We are often designated to a place in the nature. It is important to do this at a discreet and appropriate manner, which causes no nuisance to the local residents and their live stock and crops. The use of chemical liquids is strongly discouraged. Instead of using chemicals for the toilet, there is a system on the market, called SOG; what is a good alternative to having to use no more chemicals.

ELECTRICITY

The voltage is 220 volts, sometimes a little lower. Electricity is usually present on campsites, but sometimes to a limited extent. At parking lots at hotels we will have to loop often, so the capacity will be very limited. In addition to using gas, solar panels will often offer a simple solution for your own power supply.

MONEY

TURKEY

Getting cash is in Turkey possible at one of the many ATMs with debit or credit card (Maestro logo) except in smaller towns. The Turkish Lira (YTL) is the national currency.

1 EUR    = 2,65 YTL | 1 YTL = 0,35 EUR
1 CHF    = 2,20 YTL | 1 YTL= 0,45 CHF
1 GBP    = 3,45 YTL | 1 YTL = 0,29 GBP

IRAN

In Iran there are no ATM’s, where we are able to take cash. Creditcards are hardly accepted. Euro’s can be changed at banks or exchanges offices.

In Iran the currency is the Rial (IRR). However, in general one calculates in Toman. The price in Toman is nothing else then taking of a zero of the amount, so 10.000 Rial is 1000 Toman. Because of constant devaluation of the Iranian currency, the exchange rate changes continuous. For one euro you receive je 35.000 rial (mai 2016).

1 EUR    = 32.180,00 IRR | 10.000 YTL = 0,35 EUR
1 CHF    = 31.360,00 IRR | 10.000 YTL= 0,32 CHF
1 GBP    = 41.980,00 IRR | 10.000 YTL = 0,24 GBP

COMMUNICATION

The network for mobile telephony and the Internet is widespread and of good quality, especially near to the road and in big cities and in densely populated areas. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other sites are not accessible.

VACCINATIONS

For Iran and Turkey are no vaccinations required but recommended. Think of DTP, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever for stays longer than three months, and malaria tablets in certain areas. Check with your doctor or healthcentre for update information for a journey to Iran. 

PETS

Taking your pet on this journey is possible, but has to be notified to the travel organisation, before taking part on the journey.

‘Magic Iran’ a journey not like any other destination!

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