Travel to Iran in 2016

with Irantraveler

Remembering Jerry Dekker

"With deep grief, we would like to inform you that our mentor Jerry Dekker passed away on May 05, 2016 but he left his rich legacy. Jerry touched our lives in so many ways and his ultimate dream was to advance the citizen diplomacy between Iranian and American people. In order to respect his values and passion for Iran, Irantraveler aims to continue his mission stronger than ever"

Irantraveler's Team.

Meet Our Iran Travel Expert: Jerry Dekker

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Jerry Dekker brings Iran travelers a unique mixture of educational value and practical experience in the field. On Jerry's tours his Iran travelers learn the reality about Iran and the Iranian people from their own experience and not through the mass media. Learn more about Jerry Dekker.
or simply write to us at
jerry@irantraveler.net or
info@irantraveler.net
For Iran travel advice call us at (415) 740-4476.

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1. The Classical Persian Tour of Iran from May 19 to June 2, 2016

2. Fall Adventure Tour - October 13th to October 25th, 2016

3. Fall Adventure Tour - November 1 to November 13, 2016

We have created a November tour so our travelers will have more room to explore the uniqueness of Iran at a time after most American tourists have returned to the USA. Learn More...

The Classical Persian Tour of Iran
from May 19 to June 2, 2016

Tour Details

This tour is a unique travel experience of Iran that covers the highlights of Persian culture. The traveler on this tour will have the opportunity to spend more time than is usual on tours of Iran with several days in the most famous Persian cities with enough time to explore Persian culture in depth. The itinerary of this tour was created for the traveler who has already explored much of the world and now wishes to experience Classical Persia at a calm pace in a way that is simply not available otherwise in today's Iran travel market.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

The cost of this tour is $3300 per person . The tour cost includes all airport transfers, all hotels accommodations based on double occupancy for each night in Iran with a single supplement available for an extra $500, a buffet breakfast each morning and all entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites, an English speaking guide and all ground and air transport within Iran. To keep costs down travelers will be able to buy cheap meals on their own along the way and not be charged high meal prices that also take off hours from the itinerary.

One of the Iran travelers biggest complaints is the amount of time wasted in finding First Class restaurants. There is no need to travel like this in Iran. Meals are reasonable in Iran. Finally, this unique Iran trip will give the traveler the chance to spend good, quality time in the most famous Silk Road cities of the country and meet Iranians on the way to learn more about life in Iran.

The cost of this tour depends on the number of travelers in the tour group. In a group of 6 to 10 travelers the cost is $3300 and with 11 to 15 travelers the cost of this tour drops down to $2750 with just $500 extra for a single supplement and after 15 it is $2500.

One of the Iran travelers biggest complaints is the amount of time wasted in finding First Class restaurants. There is no need to travel like this in Iran. Meals are reasonable in Iran. Finally, this unique Iran trip will give the traveler the chance to spend good, quality time in the most famous Silk Road cities of the country and meet Iranians on the way to learn more about life in Iran.

Irantraveler will obtain Iranian visas for all travelers at no extra cost except for what the Iranian Government charges for the visa which for US passport holders is $90 plus $30 for handling and overnight mailing of the passport back to the traveler. For an extra $58 there is an expedite fee. Irantravelers will provide each traveler with detailed information on the Iranian visa process along with visa application forms. Please contact Jerry Dekker at (415) 740-4476 (cell) for full details of this trip or (415) 776-7609 (home/office).

Basic Itinerary:

Day 1: May 19, 2016

Tehran - Early morning arrival in Tehran and transfer to downtown hotel. After breakfast a city tour of this capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its excellent museums and unique blend of Qajar Dynasty (1796-1925) and postmodern architecture. With a population of over 12,000,000 people Tehran is the political, cultural and financial center of Iran. Overnight in Tehran.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 2: May 20, 2016

Tehran - Full exploration of Tehran with excursions to the city's beautiful parks and the northern suburbs at the foot of the Alborz Mountains. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3: May 21, 2016

Tehran - Visits to the National Museum of Iran, Museum of the Islamic Period, National Jewels Museum, Golestan Palace and the Carpet Museum. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 4: May 22, 2016

Shiraz - Morning flight to Shiraz. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to the Sufi pilgrimage sites of Hafez and Sa'adi. This are important visits for Iranians who love and honor their poetry as an integral part oftheir heritage and culture. Overnight in Shiraz.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 5: May 23, 2016

Shiraz - Morning excursion to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenian Dynasty (550-330 BCE). Afternoon visit to Naqsh-e-Rostam, the tombs of the Achaemenian kings. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 6: May 24, 2016

Shiraz - Exploration of the city of Shiraz, the cradle of Persian Civilization with its exciting bazar and its beautiful mosques and gardens. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 7: May 25, 2016

Yazd - Leave Shiraz in the morning after breakfast for the city of Yazd. On the way a visit to Pasargadae, the Persian Imperial capital of Cyrus the Great From (580 to 529 BCE) along with his tomb. Overnight in Yazd.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 8: May 26, 2016

Yazd - Yazd is the Quintessential Silk Road city which is the center of Iran's Zoroastrian community. Visited by Marco Polo in 1272 Yazd is famous for its silk being a Silk Road city. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 9: May 27, 2016

Isfahan - After breakfast a drive to Isfahan, the center of the Persian Renaissance during the Safavid Dynasty (1501 to 1736). Isfahan, called "Half the World", is where you find the spectacular Persian/Islamic architecture. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10: May 28, 2016

Isfahan - A Full day exploration of this city with its stunning Persian architecture. A walking tour of the famous Imam Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. A visit to the famous Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque and the splendid Imam Mosque. Overnight in Isfahan.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 11: May 29, 2016

Isfahan - Morning visits to the Chehel Sotun Pavilion, the beautiful Friday Mosque and then an exploration of the famous Isfahan bridges on the Zayandeh River. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 12: May 30, 2016

Isfahan - After breakfast a visit to the Isfahan bazar and then a walking tour of Isfahan. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 13: May 31, 2016

Kashan (Manuchehri House & Bagh-e-Fin) - Kashan is a famous Silk Road town famous for its traditional Silk Road architecture and the Bagh-e-Fin, the quintessential Persian Garden. Overnight in Kashan in the Manuchehri House. Many Iran travelers consider this the absolute best hotel in all of Iran because of its stunning central courtyard.

Day 14: June 1, 2016

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Tehran - Return to Tehran via Qom, the religious center of Shia Islam and the center of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. One of the world's most important Shia pilgrimage cities. If time permits there will be a stop at the tomb of Imam Khomeini and the Behesht-e-Zahra, the cemetery of martyrs of the Iranian Revolution. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 15: June 2, 2016

Departure from Tehran to the USA.






Fall 2016 Tours Details

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

This tour has been created for the traveler who is interested in the archaeology and civilization of Classical Persia as well as the history and culture of modern Iran.

At Irantraveler our main purpose is to promote American travel to Iran. We see our travelers as potential citizen diplomats. So we try to make it possible to send as many Americans to Iran as we can with this goal in mind. Thus our tour pricing is on a sliding scale based on the number of people on the tour. As we increase the number of travelers the cost of the tour becomes cheaper for us so we pass that savings on to you the traveler.

It is our desire to offer the best possible value for our tour packages. Airfares and hotel accommodation costs can be subject to seasonal fluctuations, so we ask that you contact Jerry Dekker personally for more information on tour costs and availability.

The cost of the Fall 2016 trips is as follows:

  • 5 to 10 Iran travelers per person: $3200
  • 11 to 14 Iran travelers per person: $3100
  • 15+ Iran travelers per person: $3000
  • Single supplement $500

The trips includes all of the following:

  • Half board (Breakfast and dinner).
  • All domestic flights and land transportation throughout Iran for the duration of the tour.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites.
  • An English speaking guide.
  • Iranian visa support.
  • Iran travelers will be emailed an up to date reading list on Iran.
  • Iran travelers will be emailed an information sheet for travelers to Iran.
  • Jerry Dekker will be available either by phone (415) 740-4476 or by email jerry@irantraveler.net before the trip to discuss any aspects of the trip the traveler might wish to go into in detail. Learn more about Jerry Dekker.

Basic Itinerary: Trip October 2016

Note: Please contact Jerry at Jerry@irantraveler.net for details on signing up for our Iran tours.

Day 1: October 13, 2016

Tehran - Arrive early morning in Tehran and transfer to downtown hotel. After breakfast a city tour of this capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its excellent museums and unique blend of Qajar Dynasty (1796-1925) and postmodern architecture. With a population of over 12,000,000 people Tehran is the political, cultural and financial center of Iran. Overnight in Tehran.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 2: October 14, 2016

Tehran - Full Exploration of Tehran with excursions to the city's beautiful parks and the northern suburbs at the foot of the Alburz mountain range. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3: October 15, 2016

Tehran - Shiraz (Morning flight to Shiraz) - Afternoon visits to the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi, two of the famous Persian Sufi poets and today pilgrimage sites for Iranians who love and honor their poetry as an integral part of their heritage and culture. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 4: October 16, 2016

Shiraz - Pasargadae - Persepolis -Shiraz - Full day exploration of the ancient wonders of Fars Province, the cradle of Persian civilization, with a morning visit to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenian Dynasty (550-330BCE) and one of the most beautifully preserved archaeological sites in the world. Afternoon visit to Pasargadae, the ancient capital of Cyrus the Great (580-529 BCE). Return to Shiraz for dinner and overnight.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 5: October 17, 2016

Shiraz - Kerman - Drive along the edge of the desert to Kerman, a famous trading city situated along the Silk Road which was an important center connecting Persia with India. The Kerman bazaar is one of the most well known in Iran. Overnight in Kerman.

Day 6: October 18, 2016

Kerman - Mahan - Rayen - Kerman- After breakfast an exploration of the surrounding areas near Kerman such as Mahan, famous for its beautiful garden as well as Tomb of the well-known Sufi dervish and mystic Shah Nematollah Vali and Rayen, known for its 1,000 year old citadel. Return to Kerman for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: October 19, 2016

Drive along the Silk Road to Yazd, the quintessential Silk Road city visited by Marco Polo on his way to China. Yazd, a UNESCO Heritage City, is also a major center for Iran's Zoroastrian community. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 8: October 20, 2016

Full day exploration of Yazd with visits to its famous Old City, Friday Mosque and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence. Yazd is also well known for its badgirs, or wind towers, which are ancient air conditioning systems created by the city's engineers to protect its inhabitants from the summer heat. Overnight in Yazd.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 9: October 21, 2016

Drive from Yazd along the edge of the desert to Isfahan with stops along the way at the Silk Road cities of Meybod and Nain famous for their pottery and carpet weaving. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10: October 22, 2016

Isfahan - Full day exploration of Isfahan, the spectacular center of the Persian Renaissance period during the Safavid Dynasty (1501-1736). After breakfast a walking tour of the famous Imam Square, one of the largest squares in the world with its spectacular Persian architecture. Visits to Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the splendid Imam Mosque. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 11: October 23, 2016

Isfahan - Morning visits to the Chehel Sotun Pavilion, the beautiful Friday Mosque and then an afternoon exploration of the famous Isfahan bridges on the Zayandeh River. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 12: October 24, 2016

Drive from Isfahan back to Tehran with a stop in Kashan, a famous Silk Road city on the edge of the Dasht-e-Kavir. A visit to the city of Qom, the seat of the Islamic Revolution and the theological center of the Islamic Republic. Arrive in Tehran late at night. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 13: October 25, 2016

Departure from Tehran to the USA.



Basic Itinerary: Trip - November 2016

Note: Please contact Jerry at Jerry@irantraveler.net for details on signing up for our Iran tours.

Day 1: November 1, 2016

Tehran - Arrive early morning in Tehran and transfer to downtown hotel. After breakfast a city tour of this capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its excellent museums and unique blend of Qajar Dynasty (1796-1925) and postmodern architecture. With a population of over 12,000,000 people Tehran is the political, cultural and financial center of Iran. Overnight in Tehran.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 2: November 2, 2016

Tehran - Full Exploration of Tehran with excursions to the city's beautiful parks and the northern suburbs at the foot of the Alburz mountain range. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3: November 3, 2016

Tehran - Shiraz (Morning flight to Shiraz) - Afternoon visits to the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi, two of the famous Persian Sufi poets and today pilgrimage sites for Iranians who love and honor their poetry as an integral part of their heritage and culture. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 4: November 4, 2016

Shiraz - Pasargadae - Persepolis -Shiraz - Full day exploration of the ancient wonders of Fars Province, the cradle of Persian civilization, with a morning visit to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenian Dynasty (550-330BCE) and one of the most beautifully preserved archaeological sites in the world. Afternoon visit to Pasargadae, the ancient capital of Cyrus the Great (580-529 BCE). Return to Shiraz for dinner and overnight.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 5: November 5, 2016

Shiraz - Kerman - Drive along the edge of the desert to Kerman, a famous trading city situated along the Silk Road which was an important center connecting Persia with India. The Kerman bazaar is one of the most well known in Iran. Overnight in Kerman.

Day 6: November 6, 2016

Kerman - Mahan - Rayen - Kerman- After breakfast an exploration of the surrounding areas near Kerman such as Mahan, famous for its beautiful garden as well as Tomb of the well-known Sufi dervish and mystic Shah Nematollah Vali and Rayen, known for its 1,000 year old citadel. Return to Kerman for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: November 7, 2016

Drive along the Silk Road to Yazd, the quintessential Silk Road city visited by Marco Polo on his way to China. Yazd, a UNESCO Heritage City, is also a major center for Iran's Zoroastrian community. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 8: November 8, 2016

Full day exploration of Yazd with visits to its famous Old City, Friday Mosque and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence. Yazd is also well known for its badgirs, or wind towers, which are ancient air conditioning systems created by the city's engineers to protect its inhabitants from the summer heat. Overnight in Yazd.

Iran Travel Consultant Jerry Dekker

Day 9: November 9, 2016

Drive from Yazd along the edge of the desert to Isfahan with stops along the way at the Silk Road cities of Meybod and Nain famous for their pottery and carpet weaving. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10: November 10, 2016

Isfahan - Full day exploration of Isfahan, the spectacular center of the Persian Renaissance period during the Safavid Dynasty (1501-1736). After breakfast a walking tour of the famous Imam Square, one of the largest squares in the world with its spectacular Persian architecture. Visits to Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the splendid Imam Mosque. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 11: November 11, 2016

Isfahan - Morning visits to the Chehel Sotun Pavilion, the beautiful Friday Mosque and then an afternoon exploration of the famous Isfahan bridges on the Zayandeh River. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 12: November 12, 2016

Drive from Isfahan back to Tehran with a stop in Kashan, a famous Silk Road city on the edge of the Dasht-e-Kavir. A visit to the city of Qom, the seat of the Islamic Revolution and the theological center of the Islamic Republic. Arrive in Tehran late at night. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 13: November 13, 2016

Departure from Tehran to the USA.

Why Us?

As our name illustrates we work with Iran travelers. Most of the travel companies in the USA that arrange tours to Iran also organize tours to many other countries so Iran is just one country on their list of many travel options. But for us Iran is our only travel destination so all of our energy, knowledge, passion and expertise is focused on Iran alone. Everybody who works with Iran-traveler, whether Iranian or American, has spent years living and traveling in Iran, speaks Persian, and knows just about every inch of the country. So whether you are interested in Iranian cities, the vast deserts or spectacular mountains, the subtropical forests, classical Persian architecture, from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf we are here to assist you in getting the most out of your trip to Iran. If you are interested in traveling with one of our group trips scheduled in 2016, or if you prefer to travel independently, please give us a call here in San Francisco at (415) 740-4476 or send us an email inquiry to info@irantraveler.net and let us share our expertise as well as our excitement about Iran with you.

SPRING ADVENTURE TOUR

APRIL 1st to April 13th, 2016

At Irantraveler our main purpose is to promote American travel to Iran. We see our travelers as potential citizen diplomats. So we try to make it possible to send as many Americans to Iran as we can with this goal in mind. Thus our tour pricing is on a sliding scale based on the number of people on the tour. As we increase the number of travelers the cost of the tour becomes cheaper for us so we pass that savings on to you the traveler.

It is our desire to offer the best possible value for our tour packages. Airfares and hotel accommodation costs can be subject to seasonal fluctuations, so we ask that you contact Jerry Dekker personally for more information on tour costs and availability.

 

IRANTRAVELER FALL ADVENTURE IN IRAN

OCTOBER 13 TO OCTOBER 25, 2016

This is our most popular tour and has been created for the traveler who is interested in Classical Persia as well as the history and culture of modern Iran. Please take a look at the tour itinerary and then contact Jerry Dekker at Jerry@irantraveler.net or call him at (415) 740-4476 to find out about itinerary details, trip costs as well as information on flights to Tehran from the USA.

 

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  • I could not have dreamed of a better tour of Iran. Our group had great chemistry, and I gained some dear friends. The hotels were beyond expectations.

    Bruce Byers

    North Carolina
  • The success of group tours is always dependent upon the kind of people who are attracted to them. Jerry's goal of facilitating "citizen diplomacy" undoubtedly played a large role in getting such a fine group together. We were all overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest and affection toward us as Americans. The fact that everyone in the group came with a positive attitude toward Iran undoubtedly contributed to that phenomenon.

    Fred & Susan

    Seattle Washington
  • I think we all are still basking in our trip, which was fantastic. We definitely tried to be citizen diplomats, and met so many people who were curious and interested in speaking with us. Additionally, we were fascinated and blown away by all that we saw. Iran's history, architecture, engineering, art, and complex culture all are fascinating. The juxtaposition of history and current events was compelling. I have not travelled anywhere were I felt so engaged in our different activities.

    Judy

    Seattle, WA
  • I thought my trip to Iran was great - such fabulous sights, such friendly people, such an interesting country. The guide Houman was terrific - very knowledgeable about every aspect of Iran, spoke good english, was very organized and always willing to help. The hotels were very good and the bus used was quite roomy so we could spread out and be comfortable. The price paid was more than reasonable. As you know I had some unusual problems getting my visa and I never would have gotten it without your help. Keep up the good work.

    Susan Hall

    San Francisco, CA

Below we invite you to look at a video made by 2 of our Iran Travelers
when they were on our April 2014 trip, Charles & Mary Love
from Charlotte, North Carolina.
You can also visit their website at http://www.imagyn.com

Tours to Iran Now Being offered by Irantraveler

More and more Americans are becoming interested in Iran and are now considering the possibility of traveling to Iran to learn about Iran from their own travel experience to this fascinating country. At Irantraveler we believe that travel is an important way to build bridges of citizen diplomacy between Iran and the USA. Unfortunately most tours being offered by US based travel agencies to Iran are geared to the high-end American traveler. At Irantraveler our main objective is to create trips to Iran that are affordable to a larger US travel market. Below is a list of trips which we are now offering. We invite you to read through the itineraries and choose the tour that fits your schedule and your budget. In addition to group tours we offer customized trips for individuals and couples. We also assist the traveler in obtaining Iranian visas. Contact us regarding the Iranian visa process. In the meantime call Jerry in San Francisco at (415) 740-4476 to find out what kind of tour he can create especially for you according to your special interests and your travel calendar. Jerry has lived in Iran for several years and has traveled to every corner of the corner and is eager to talk to you about what kind of trip to Iran is best for you. Call us to find out what kind of tour we can create especially for you according to your special interests and your travel calendar.

Irantraveler's Fall Adventure in Iran - October 2015

This tour has been created for the traveler who is interested in the archaeology and civilization of Classical Persia as well as the history and culture of modern Iran. We'll visit the true classic Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and Qom. Classic Iran full of rich history and an enduring culture.

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Irantraveler's Spring Adventure in Iran - April 2016

This tour has been created for the traveler who is interested in the archaeology and civilization of Classical Persia as well as the history and culture of modern Iran. We'll visit the true classic Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and Qom. Classic Iran full of rich history and an enduring culture.

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The word-of-mouth of our travelers is often better than any 'tour description' we can offer. Click here to read more about the first-hand travel experiences of our friends as they traveled with us to Iran.

We take pride in the trust and friendships we've developed as a result of our trips and look forward to sharing the history, the sights, the culture and especially the warm and gracious people of Iran with you.

Here is a relevant quote from Paul Theroux's latest book, "The Last Train to Zona Verde", that illustrates the point that we should not be content with just observing the world around us on a computer or TV screen but should instead venture out and experience it first hand.

"If the internet were everything it is cracked up to be, we would all stay home and be brilliantly witty and insightful. Yet with so much contradictory information available, there is more reason to travel than ever before: to look closer, to dig deeper, to sort the authentic from the fake; to verify, to smell, to touch, to taste, to hear, and sometimes--importantly---to suffer the effects of this curiosity."

Some comments From recent travelers to Iran:

"Jerry Dekker’s vast knowledge of and passion for the culture and people of Iran, as well as his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and experiences, make him invaluable to anyone curious about Iran and hoping to travel this historic and culturally important country. His very reasonably priced trips take the mystery out of getting travel visas and making arrangements to travel there. Better yet, his clients visit as many or more destinations, and stay at the same top hotels and restaurants, offered by larger companies that charge two to three times as much. Most important, his trips clear up all misconceptions about Iran and leave his clients with a deep appreciation for the graciousness and hospitality of the Iranian people."

Charles & Mary Love
April, 2014

"In short, I urge you to visit Iran with Jerry and his team. The country and its people are amazing and like me, Im sure you'll feel at home right away, and find yourself wondering why you didnt do it earlier. The Iranians are amazingly friendly and welcoming and the sites are second to none. In short, you can trust Jerry to put together a wonderful trip to a wonderful and fantastic country. A full 5 star performance all around. Thanks a million Jerry for making a travel dream come true!"


Sean & Uliana
Moscow, Russia
May 2013

Click here to read a candid interview with Jerry Dekker where he describes the warm, generous people of Iran and the fascinating culture you are invited to discover.

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Testimonials

- Ron Kennedy, San Diego, CA - April 2012
I recently returned from my first trip to Iran and have to say it was the most amazing place I have ever visited. After having searched many travel companies for tours that would appeal to my interests and also accommodate my schedule, I ran across Jerry’s website, www.irantraveler.net. I called Jerry and quickly realized that he was the one person who could help me organize a trip that would work for me. Needless to say, that was best decision I could have made. More