The AITO Iran Tours, founded in 1989 as Azadi International Tourism Organization (AITO), is one of the largest travel and tour operators in Iran with more than 25 years of professional experience in the travel and tourism industry.
AITO is supported by a network of offices around the world in providing tourism and travel to Iran. As a multi award winning tour and travel company, AITO specializes in adventure and unique cultural tailor made holidays, group tours to the most interesting places in Iran and its neighbouring countries, and inbound medical tourism.
Here are some of the reasons why you should choose AITO Iran Tours if you are travelling to Iran.
1. Choose an established tour operator you can trust
It's our mission to offer you the trip of a lifetime!
Whether you are a first-time adventure seeker or a seasoned independent traveller, we can help you to discover Iran’s most amazing people and places, cultures and landscapes. Whether you choose to travel on one of our Discovery or Adventure trips or experience some of our Active or Eco Tours, with AITO Iran Tours you will always experience Iran in an authentic and exciting way.
When you are booking the adventure tour of a lifetime, you need to know your holiday is safe. We can proudly guarantee the quality of our tours because we operate 100% of them ourselves. We have been independently owned and operated since 1989 and for your financial protection, we are bonded with Iranian Ministry of Tourism. We are the winner of several Tour Operator awards by the Iranian Tour Operators Association and the Ministry of Tourism. We also own, operate and maintain our own fleet of modern, high quality tour buses and expedition vehicles.
2. Travel with like-minded people
Meet adventure seekers from all walks of life
Our travellers come in all shapes and sizes, from a wide variety of cultures, nations and backgrounds, and they all share an adventurous spirit, a strong sense of fun and a desire to see the world as it really is. Many AITO Iran Tours travellers are aged between 25 and 55, but passengers of all ages are welcome on most of our tours as long as they are willing to integrate with the group and are enthusiastic. If you want to know more about people who travel with us, why not check out our Online Community.
3. Travelling solo isn't lonely
Meet like-minded people and make new friends
While many people travel as a couple or with friends, around half of our travellers come on their own as they know they will meet friendly, likeminded people along the way. Over the years, many of our passengers have told us that they have made lifelong friends on their AITO Iran tour. There’s no such thing as a solo traveller when you're on a trip with us because you won’t be travelling with strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet!
While other companies charge solo travellers an additional compulsory single supplement on group tours, we are proud to say that we don't, although travellers on our tours who want to have a private room can pay a single supplement.
Group travel can seem daunting to solo travellers but don't worry, our tour leaders are adept at helping to integrate newcomers into the group. You'll also have plenty of time to explore on your own if you prefer to go your own way during your free time.
4. Relax... we'll deal with the logistics
Many choose our tours because it makes travel so much easier
On our tours you are completely free from the hassle of booking your own accommodation, organising your own transport, finding your own excursions with quality guides. We employ only the best staff with the most extensive local knowledge, so you can rely upon them to find the best places to go for dinner and drinks, according to your needs and budget.
We aim to provide you with all the essentials to make your trip as relaxing and easygoing as possible - the rest is up to you. All AITO Iran tour leaders speak the local language so they will be able to navigate through every situation smoothly and comfortably. In many places you’ll have the choice to explore with new friends or discover the destination independently if you wish.
The first and last day of each tour are free days for you to arrive or depart. Many clients like to spend extra time exploring the joining cities as there are many sights to see and do which there may not be time to visit during your tour. Please bear this in mind when reserving your international flights and if you would like to book pre and post tour accommodation or airport transfers you can book through us.
5. Quality and value
We are proud of the high standards we achieve and the value for money we offer
We take great care to ensure that our tours are the best value for money in the business, and we know that outstanding value means ensuring that all of the ingredients are right, not just the price. Many of the inclusions in our tours are the result of years of careful research to get the right balance of quality and adventure that is best suited to our travellers.
Our friendly and approachable staff have extensive regional knowledge and their expertise will help to lift your experience out of the ordinary. Our attention to detail and high level of service ensures our happy customers come back to us year after year.
Inclusive prices and included excursions
If you are travelling to distant destinations, you certainly don't want any expensive surprises or extra costs that you weren't told about before you booked your tour. AITO Iran Tours is one of few up-front travel companies that tell you what is included and excluded in our brochure and on our website, rather than after you have booked your tour.
You will find that many included excursions on our tours are chosen for their quality, not their price. On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. There is generally enough time allowed for you to do any extra sight-seeing, but if you prefer you can always spend your free time exploring or simply relaxing.
6. Make friends with local people
Get out there, meet local people and have some fun!
Our itineraries are designed to allow you to become as involved as possible with the local communities we travel to. You will have plenty of opportunity to learn about the real lives of local people.
Apart from hitting the major highlights of a destination, we also take you to those out-of-the-way local sights that guidebooks don’t know of and many tourists never have the chance to see. We like to encourage our travellers to have a fully interactive experience, all the while respecting local cultures and customs.
There is no better way to experience a culture than to learn its language. Bring a Farsi phrase book and try out your conversational skills along the way. When you embark on your tour you'll have new language skills, new friends, more confidence, a deeper understanding of the people and fantastic new insights into the culture of the destinations you'll be visiting.
On many of our tours you will have opportunities to learn to cook authentic local cuisine in optional classes. There are also optional activities like available depending on the tour destination.
Take your time and see the best a country has to offer.
Something to bear in mind – AITO Iran overland adventure tours are designed to let you enjoy the very best that Iran has to offer. As such, some tours cannot always be rigidly adhered to and will occasionally be improved and amended according to local conditions such as climatic reasons and political changes. In general, we try to keep to the published route, but occasionally we may have to replace one sight with another, according to local conditions. We will always do our best to make sure the sight is equal to or better than the one published on the itinerary. So try to keep a smile on your face and go with the flow and it all just adds to the adventure!
8. Expert road crew
The right kind of leadership is key to a successful adventure
The support of expert road crew is especially important in countries where the language and culture is very different from our own. AITO Iran tour leaders know our destinations very well, and are adept at getting the very best out of the destinations we visit. This means everything from back street restaurants serving delicious, cheap local food, to pointing out interesting sites to see and places to visit along the way.
All of our staff are carefully selected and trained to ensure that you are in the best hands, leaving you free to sit back, relax and enjoy your adventure travel holiday. They are friendly people chosen for their great personalities, passion for adventure travel, invaluable local knowledge and resourcefulness to overcome the occasional setback - probably without you noticing there even was one. Our tours use a combination of different styles of leadership in order to maximise your enjoyment and experiences.
AITO MedTour is run by the Health Tourism Department at AITO Iran Tours and offers services of the same quality and features.