When's the best time to travel to Iran?
Iran is a large country (three times the size of France) with varying terrain from mountain to desert. Most areas experience long, hot summers and short, cold winters with a marked contrast between the north, northwest, east and central desert regions. The best times to visit are March-May and September to October. Temperatures can spike from
Is fresh water Supplied?
June to August (30-40 C) and be extremely cold Nov-Feb. Be prepared for cold temperatures at night and hot temperatures during the day.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. There is no alcohol served in Iran.
Is money easily accessible in Iran?
The local currency is the rial or tuman (10,000 rials). Please bring your travel money in either US dollars or Euros in cash into Iran. Credit cards are not widely accepted (and attract hefty commission rates where they are) and whilst there are ATMs they do not accept cards from foreign bank accounts. Note that it is not possible to buy alcoholic drinks in Iran.
Can I travel as a solo traveller?
Absolutely. There is no compulsory surcharge for travelling alone. Accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis with another group traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, a single room will be provided at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
Are spare bike parts available?
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though it cannot be guaranteed there’ll be spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Do I need to bring a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is required and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
What is the dress code in Iran?
Cycle short-sleeve shirts. Men can wear, but women need to cover their arms. Coolmax shirts are great, baggy mountain bike tops or general bike shirts. Bring at least three as these can be used to layer over if it is cold.
What are the local hire bikes?
Because some people can’t imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.