Happy World Tourism Day 2021

2021 theme of the World Tourism Day has put forward a fundamental aim of the industry, which is “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”. Tourism industry offers an unlimited potential for every country, business, and individual to be engaged with the industry and benefit from the positive impacts. As COVID-19 pandemic has affected all countries, this year UNWTO aims to encourage all to raise awareness and get involved in the tourism industry more than ever before.
Tourism can contribute to healing the post-pandemic world economically and socially. Inclusive growth of tourism would lead to fair the distribution of wealth around the world. By this way, the world can achieve the aims of eradicating poverty and a sustainable peace through tourism.

Let us hope for flourishing of the tourism industry and inclusive growth as we recover from the pandemic. May we all benefit from sustainable tourism in near future.
Happy World Tourism Day 2021.

If you love traveling and adventure, we encourage you to watch this video of traveling to Iran, Isfahan, the gorgeous city no tourist would like to miss!

Uraman Takht - Iran UNESCO-Listed Heritage

UNESCO inscribed Uraman on the list of world heritage sites

Uraman Takht, the undercover gem in the heart of Iranian Kurdistan embraces a unique history, architecture, culture, and people. UNESCO has added this outstanding village to the list of world cultural heritage sites. The number of Iranian cultural word-heritage sites has now reached 26 and we hope to have much more sites of such a culturally rich country on the UNESCO list.
This gorgeous village is a historical one which was formed over forty thousand years ago. In addition to the long history of the village, stone tools of the primitive cavemen and the bones of the hunted animals, that are thousands of years old, have been found around in this region. There are loads of stories and myths among the local people representing that the area was once one of the significant regions of the country during history.
As a stepped village, Uraman’s construction is inspired by nature, the houses have been built on a steep mountain in a way that come to amaze many visitors. The roof of one house is the upper house yard! The architectural design of Uraman represents one of the best practices of ecologically-friendly, nature-connected design.
And finally, surrounded by high mountains and never-ending greenery landscapes the region offers a fascinating scenery. However, as you walk into the village what you will be impressed by Kurdish people kindness and hospitality. Kurdish people with their colorful special costume will invite you to a super tasty local food, a tea, and a friendly gap. This is most probably what you are going to remember from your trip. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir.

Congratulations on this achievement to the local people of Uraman who are the guardians of this legacy. We believe this cultural heritage would never exist without you.

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Trans-Iranian Railway Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

The Trans-Iranian railway was inscribed as UNESCO world heritage in July, 2021. This is the longest railway on the list of UNESCO, and Iran’s first industrial heritage that has been recognized for its “outstanding universal value”. The number of Iran’s UNESCO-listed tangible cultural heritage has now reached 25.

The construction of the railway dates back to 1927, connecting Tehran to Bandar Torkaman Port on the Caspian Sea in the north of Iran and Imam-Khomeini Port on the Persian Gulf in the south of Iran. The length of this north-south railway is 1394 kilometers. However, the prominence of this railway in Iran is more than connecting north of this vast land to the south! It is considered a turning point in Iran’s history, since its construction is regarded as the start of modernism and development in Iran during the past century. Outstanding technical features and quality of this railway, and the fascinating landscapes it passes through has made it a unique cultural heritage. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir.

Travel to Iran in 2021 and 2022?

Travel to Iran in 2021 and 2022?

By the end of May 2021, about 2 billion people have been vaccinated, it is the best time to start planning your trips for fall 2021 or later in 2022. International traveling may be riskier than domestic traveling. If you are fully vaccinated then it would be the best time to travel internationally taking travel advice during COVID-19 into consideration. Some tourists are contacting to book travel to Iran in 2021 and 2022 while many others prefer overland tours. In either case, you may be looking for some information, you can get right here on this page.

Travel to Iran in 2021 and 2022

Iran has started vaccination since a few months ago, about 81 million doze of vaccination has been given so far and 36% of the population have been fully vaccinated while it is progressing every day. If you have been fully vaccinated, then there seem to be no concerns to plan your trip to Iran. As the situation seems to get improved, we have received a large number of requests for traveling to Iran in 2021 and 2022 Over the last few weeks.

In September 2021, National Headquarters for Covid-19 pandemic approved that group tours and independent travelers may now enter and exit the country provided that they have a vaccine card, a negative PCR test and following the protocols and instructions imposed by the Ministry of Health in Iran. President Raeisi gave a speech on the occasion of World Tourism Day highlighting the importance of supporting the tourism industry and he emphasized on to the resumption of visas.

Iran Doostan Tours has developed safety protocols to ensure that travelers are safe regarding using masks, alcohol-based stuff, and keeping social distances. Iran Doostan operates tours to Iran in smaller groups to make sure that tourists will have a safe journey to Iran in 2021 and 2022.

Tips for canceling and rescheduling

Hotels in Iran have been quite flexible regarding cancellation and rescheduling due to the COVID pandemic situation. The cancellation regulation is largely dependent on the number of tours (group or individual), but they are all included in recent regulations.
As a tour operator or individual looking for planning a tour to Iran in 2021 or 2022, you are recommended to contact us via info@idt.ir . Our professional staff would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and help you plan your trip to Iran.

Overland Traveling

Overlanding, or traveling by road has become a trend since it is quite safe. Travelers prefer to be as self-sufficient as possible. Overland trips provide a great opportunity to enjoy outdoor scenery and adventure. If you are targeting Iran as a destination with amazing natural attractions, Overlanding would completely satisfy your taste!

we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. We will come back to you soon. Iran Doosan tour offers experienced tour guides and provides travelers with accommodation to enjoy a memorable overland trip to Iran. We have been planning and operating this type of tour for many years, watch this video of the Overlanding tour to Iran by Iran Doosan.

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World Wildlife Day: Forests and livelihoods as 2021 theme

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd; the United Nation has announced “Forest and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet” as 2021 theme to celebrate the day by focusing on the livelihoods of the communities which are highly dependent on the forests and also the significance of these precious ecosystems for the endurance of animals and human beings on Earth.
Covering an area of one-third of the land surface on the Earth, forests play a remarkable role in human livelihoods and well-being. It has been proved that where there is forest, there is also a concentration of tribal people or rural populations relying on these forests. Besides that, it is not only local peoples’ livelihood that relies on forests, these rich ecosystems are home to a variety of flora and fauna species, they are considered a pre-requirement to the survival of biodiversity on the Earth.
As it appears, forests have been prone to many threats during past decades due to the drastic change of climatic conditions, global warming, bush fire as a result of the rise in the temperature, and changing rainfall patterns. Our planet Earth has also been suffered from deforestation accompanying economic development in many countries. Given that forests are vital to animals’ and humans’ life and well-being, particular attention should be paid to the preservation of these natural sources and the first step toward mitigating forests is turning to green growth strategies. As the 2021 theme suggests, making use of the local knowledge would be a possible remedy toward sustaining forests and saving all lives on the Planet.
On world wildlife day, we believe the travel and tourism industry could best contribute through developing sustainable tourism in the rural areas making use of the local communities, making tourists learn rural living standards, and apply them as far as possible. On this special day, you may be surprised to know that Iran owns forests as old as dinosaurs! and we do our best to keep these amazing ecosystems of the Mother Nature. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. We will come back to you soon.

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Iran started vaccination against COVID-19

We are happy to announce that, just like many other countries, Iran started vaccination against COVID-19 last week. Medical staffs are the first groups to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and the vaccination process will continue for senior citizens over 65 and then vulnerable patients in the next stages.
According to the Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the vaccination program would be executed in four stages to cover 70% of the target population.
We all hope the vaccination development would be the ultimate healing solution for the tourism industry and tourism companies around the world to witness the growth and flourishing once again.

You may now put Iran on your travel bucket list for 2021! If you have a call for traveling to Iran in 2021, get in touch with us through info@idt.ir, we would be more than happy to help you.

Coronavirus in Iran

Coronavirus in Iran: How kids are dealing with the situation?

Coronavirus in Iran has drastically changed our lifestyle for the past year just like many people around the world, we have experienced less hanging around, less traveling and adventure, and fewer fun times. And we should not ignore the fact that all these, have been much more boring for kids rather than the adults. We may think they rarely grasp the circumstance, however, UNICEF has recently published some interesting photos taken by Erfan Kouchari, a young Iranian photographer, representing how Iranian kids are spending their “Stay at Home” time these days!
Surprisingly, Iranian kids have escaped onto the rooftops of their houses providing themselves a piece of freedom to play, plant gardens, fly kites, do gymnastics, and even set up a tent to enjoy fake camping with their siblings!
Coronavirus in Iran has caused the death of 50,000 Iranians so far, but these amazing photos give us sparks of hope on how children understand the tough situation and contribute to the social isolation rules. They also show a real image of Iran, where the media constantly try to spread panic about and convince people with negative impressions. We are proud to have these educated children to enlighten the future of our country. To consult us, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@idt.ir.
Enjoy seeing these amazing photos by Erfan Kouchari!

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Iran Doostan turns to live tours during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 has been a completely different year so far, we have had experienced a tough time of isolation and staying at home, travelers and adventurers had rarely been able to travel and many tour operators have faced a recession.
As a pioneer tour operator that has been involved in incoming tours to Iran and providing the tourists with amazing memorable experiences, Iran Doostan started to address the issue through having brainstorming sessions, market research, and email marketing to exchange ideas with the partners making them aware of what we are doing. These newsletters were mainly focused on successful benchmarks during a similar crisis before and also the role of technology.

Our managers at Iran Doostan strongly believe that the tourism industry is experiencing a turning point, it is not simply a matter of the lockdown situation; there will be major changes to the travel industry after the pandemic as well. So, the industry is in need of creative solutions, and that was how our idea of “live tours” was born. However, we know that real travel experiences cannot be replaced by live ones, that is why we have thought of special live tours that may never happen even in your real traveling to Iran!
In November 2020, Iran Doostan launched its first live tour, it was a culinary tour with an experienced tour guide sharing some Persian classic recipes. Many enthusiastic visitors joined us and loved the tour, they can talk to the tour guide, ask a question, tell their ideas, we even welcome their ideas for future tours!

The second live tour was to present a private ceramic museum which is quite unknown to the visitors in Iran and even the Iranians! A lovely and cozy place run by an artist couple that truly came to amaze the visitors.
You can watch the ceramic museum tour online here.

The next live tour in Iran took place in a traditional ceramic factory, which was a 700-year-old business family with a positive atmosphere created by the lovely colorful ceramic objects around. This tour was also loved by many visitors.

You can join us to watch some moments of virtual tours held by Iran Doostan.

Considering the successful experiences of our live tours taking place in special places such as a traditional factory or a private museum that is more like a gorgeous garden, Iran Doostan now believes that experiencing such tours in a country with uncountable tourism attractions would not be easily possible in real tours and we have decided to expand this market for the enthusiastic visitors. To consult us regarding any type of tour to Iran, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@idt.ir.

Mohammad Reza Shajarian

A farewell to the legendary singer and composer of Iran: Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s name and contemporary Iranian music are so intertwined that many consider him as the most distinguished and influential character of the past century in Iranian music. His voice was recognized as part of the country’s Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Tourism of Iran.
He passed away on Oct. 8 at age 80 in hospital following a long-term disease; many media outlets around the world still cover news and articles on Shajarian’s contribution to classical music, his vitalizing role in the Persian language, and his significant role in the world heritage. He received awards from UNESCO as the symbol of Iranian music and he was recognized among the top 50 voices in the world. These media also shed light on different aspects of Shajarian’s Character and life, that rarely happens to other artists and musicians.

Shajarian

Thousands of Iranians paid respect to Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the legendary Persian Singer and composer at his funeral.

Many international political and cultural icons of the world wrote and sent messages of condolence at the same time as Shajarian’s death, indicating that Iran lost his most outstanding voice.

Mohammad Shirkavand shared some words o this great loss:

“Shajarian, Voice of Iran Is in Peace
Let me say that how satisfied I am with your presence in the pure moments of my life and how I can remember you when all the remembrance and thought of poetry and music and the definition of art to me means Shajarian. You have lived a joyful song, you have become the eternal voice of a nation, you have become an excuse for art to become what is sung in this noisy soul. The dawn of my silences, the spring of my winters, the sound of silence, the cheers of the desert, the light of the night, and the representation of the riddle of the universe, I am glad to be with you and I am happy to have lived in a time when I felt living with Hafez of my time.”

He was buried in Mashhad, Tus, beside the tomb of Ferdowsi, the eminent epic poet of Iran, among the glorious presence of his fans.
As we mourn the profound loss, we commemorate his name in our thoughts and hearts forever. May he rest in peace, the Persian Singer and Composer of All Times.

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Coronavirus and the threats to the future of tourism in Iran

Mohammad Ali Vaghefi, the vice president of the Iranian Tour Operators Association had an online interview with Marketing and Advertising Manager at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts discussing the state of domestic and international tourism in Iran.

He admitted that 90% of the 2020 incoming tours to Iran have been canceled So far, and there is a high possibility of canceling the remaining 10%. However, many foreign agencies are already asking Iranian agencies for their travel package price in 2021. Many Iranian hotels, transportation companies, and travel agencies including Iran Doostan have predicted the requirements for traveling to Iran in this situation, and we are prepared to welcome our dear tourists, individually or in a group, considering all health protocols.

Mr. Vaghefi’s analysis of the situation, as a manager with more than 30 years of experience, is that domestic travel in Iran will be established first, and then demands in the travel sector will be raised by tourists with private vehicles. Many tourists prefer to go camping in nature and stay in tents or even rent a villa and disinfect it instead of booking a hotel room.

Regarding international travel, he believes that by resuming travels, there will be long lines for health control. Sanitary products and alcohol-based stuff will be added to the accessories that the tourist must hold. Passengers are required to receive travel insurance. The number of visitors and the number of visits to historical places and museums will decline, and by observing the slightest sign of illness, the person is excluded from the tour.

He continued: “We expect that demand for nature tourism will grow, and traveling in a group will be less frequent. Our tourism partners in other countries are already asking for a price of groups of one to eight people.” As a result, with regard to the health protocol, the cost of travel services, including plane tickets will increase and travel will become a luxury service.

At the end of the discussion Mr. Vaghefi asked for the government’s help to this sector, and

expressed his concerns this way: “In this situation, the government should contribute to the tourism industry.” It is important to keep the industry alive, the most important thing that should be considered is to keep the employees of the sector. It may take about four years for us to find a replacement for the specialized workforces that have left the profession.