SURFIRAN is an Iranian tour operator and Iran travel agency in offers Iran tour packages, Services for travel to Iran, Iran tours, Iran visa and Iran flight. SURFIRAN, licensed by Iran tourism organization. SURFIRAN members include Iranian tour guides, tourism educators, business executives in tourism industry and conservationists that have more than 15 years of experience. If you're planning to travel to Iran join us to visit Iran destinations and travel to Persia as one of the most mysterious and amazing countries in the world. Our vision is to provide superior travel and tour services with the focus on customer satisfaction, within the best competitive prices.
When is the best time to travel to Iran?
It depends on what you want to do! In most places in Iran summer is hot and winter is cold, with snow in some places. During the month of Ramadan it can be difficult for travellers as many food stores are close during the day. At times around the Iranian New Year which occurs on March 21, more people inside Iran go on holiday, so it can be more difficult to secure accommodation.
Can you use a credit card in Iran?
Due to the imposition of financial sanctions international credit cards are not currently accepted in Iran. It is advised for travellers to bring cash with them. The lifting of some sanctions, however, should see some progress on this front with Japan Credit Bureau as well as China UnionPay cards expected to be accepted by late 2016 and negotiations are ongoing between Iranian authorities and MasterCard and Visa about their cards being accepted in the near future.
Can I travel to Iran independently?
Most people are able to travel independently within Iran, without any guide or official Iran tours or guidance whatsoever. US and Canadian citizens, however, need to have their itinerary and Iran tour group approved beforehand and start travel to Iran, which will require an officially sanctioned guide. However, as part of the itinerary it is possibly to include free days, which if approved, will allow for free travel in Iran.
Can I drink alcohol and eat pork in Iran?
Drinking alcohol is against the law in Iran and no shops are permitted to sell it. Anyone caught in possession of alcohol faces arrest and in the case of a tourist face deportation. People in Iran tend to drink tea, Sharbat (a cool, sweet drink known as the world’s first soft drink) or doogh (a savoury yogurt drink). Alcohol free beer is also available. Pork is not available. When it comes to meat most Iranians tend to eat chicken, beef or lamb, all of which are widely available.
Is it safe to travel to Iran now?
One of the major worries that people have when thinking about travelling to Iran. The recent rise of groups such as ISIS have heightened those fears. However, Iran represents one of the safest places in the Middle East to travel to. There has been no terrorist attacks in Iran in the last eight years, nor has there been any significant political unrest that has posed any threat to foreigners.
Are there any cultural norms in Iran?
There are many cultural norms in Iran, one of the strangest to foreigners, is the concept of Ta’arof, which governs rules of social interaction and hospitality. It is form of exaggerated politeness. For instance, restaurant owners or taxi drivers as a sign of respect will often say there is no charge, and in return you will show your respect by insisting on paying until they accept. This also applies to hospitality at the home, where hosts are obligated to offer their guests as much as they can and guests are supposed to reject, sometimes several times, before accepting.