Iran Tour Guide
One of the highest priorities in Rhein travel company is professional trained tour guides.
Tour guiding is more than a profession; it is also a passion. It’s the passion to teach, to entertain and to inspire. Our tour guides pursue this passion to unravel the mysteries of Iran for travelers.
The most skillful guides from all over the country have joined us to increase provided services level and quality. Rest assured during your trip to Iran you will be accompanied by our knowledgeable, informative, supportive and experienced Tour guides.
Our tour guides are experts, adventurers and mountaineers who deliver exceptional travel experiences. Our highly experienced tour guides have an unbeatable insight into each destination, taking you right into the heart of their region. They truly enhance your experience with unparalleled enthusiasm and local knowledge. Many of our guides are available to lead private trips for you. While careful planning and scheduling is necessary, these specially guided itineraries become one-of-a-kind experiences.
On all of our escorted tours, you'll be led by a local, expert, English-speaking guide who will make each destination come alive like only a resident can. Along the way, your guide will share the traditions, culture and history of your destination from a first-hand perspective, and may even add some unexpected off-itinerary adventures.
Rhein travel company can provide guides in your native language to better support in your whole visit. Most tour guides in Iran speak English. Tour guides fluent in other languages, including German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Turkish are also available. However, during the high travel season, finding guides who speak Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish may be difficult.
Rhein travel company can provide Driver guides, Local guides, Historical guides, Eco tour guides and Mountain guides regarded to your need and expectations.
How to Become a Tour Guide in Iran?
Iran Tourism Organization holds tourism training courses including Eco-tour guides, Mountain guides, Cultural tour guides, Birdwatching tour guides, Herpetology tour guides, Technical manager of travel agency. All Iranian tour guides need to be certified by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. To become a certified tour guide, applicants have to hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and pass about 500 hours of theoretical and practical courses at a certificated tourism educational center. They can choose to become either a cultural tour guide or a nature tour guide.
Though they have some courses in common, cultural and nature guiding courses are fundamentally different.
Cultural Courses: They focus on history, architecture, heritage, museums, ethnic groups and cross-cultural behavior.
Nature Guiding Courses: These courses are more about Iran’s flora and fauna, eco-tourism, and geography.
Courses such as map reading, English language, tour guiding skills and techniques, first aid, ethics, tourism regulations, and principles of interpretation, among others, are common in both.
After graduating from a tourism educational center, candidates participate in a nationwide exam held twice a year. Those who pass the exam will be invited for a series of foreign language proficiency tests (written and oral skills). Then, successful applicants receive a certificate of course completion. The final step is passing a drug and background check before becoming a certified tour guide.
Employment Options of Tour Guides in Iran
Once certified, tour guides have a number of employment options. Although some Iranian tour guides are employed only by travel agencies, most work as freelancers and are hired by agencies when there is a need for their skills. These hired tour guides adopt the role of tour leader too, and accompany the group from the very beginning to the end of the trip.
Local Tour Guides
Local tour guides end up working in popular destinations such as Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kashan, and Tehran. They guide daily tours for both individuals and groups, and can be contacted online, through travel agencies. Fees vary depending on the experience of the tour guide and the foreign language they speak.
Driver guides are certified tour guides with a private vehicle that they use to take their clients (tourists) around. They can be hired for a day or two, or for your entire trip. Naturally, they command higher fees which vary based on the model of the car and some other things.
If you travel to Iran with Rhein Travel company, you could request an English-speaking private driver tour guide to take you wherever you wish. Every single one of our driver guides at Rhein Tourism Company are experienced, highly educated and trustworthy. Since they are skilled tourism guides, rest assured your private driver guides are the qualified ones and their car are correctly licensed and insured by their local authority.
Generally speaking, the title of Mountain Guide is reserved for individuals who have received full certification through their countries mountain guide's association of whose curriculum and training are approved by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations. A mountain guide is a professional capable of instructing any person in a secure and responsible manner in terms of mountain activities. Being an expert in your chosen pursuit needs taking mountain guides training courses for a minimum of three years.
Iran is a country with extensive range of mountains whose tourism Industry is spreading and numerous tourists travel annually to mountainous areas of Iran in order to climb the summits or observe the landscapes. Traveling in these paths without a professional guide is not safe, that's why the existence of a skilled and an expert who has enough experience in the field of technical climbing is a necessity. Therefore Iran Cultural Heritage Tourism Organization came to an agreement with Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation of Iran for training guides in the mountain department of Iran. This course generally contains Introduction to Nature and Tourism Industry, Basic and advanced mountaineering skills and a Log of trainee activities. Mountain guide training course covers many topics all aimed at making you a skilled and efficient instructor. Learning this course is a must for all who travel into Iran mountains in winter which will help you to understand safe winter travel. In fact this course offers those enthusiasts a practical training program and an international standard of certification. Participation in this course will give you the opportunity to visit the most incredible mountain ranges while learning how to be a competent guide in varied mountain terrain. Graduates of mountain guide course, after passing the final general examination, will receive the professional certificate issued by the Tourism Organization and Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation of Iran. Then, they will start their career as mountain guides in tourism industry in Iran.
Ecotourism is an industry that has developed hugely in recent years. Promoting ecotourism is a way of creating an economic reason to protect natural areas, in addition to increasing awareness of the value of our natural resources. Generally, ecotourism deals with living parts of the natural environments. Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is intended to offer tourists an insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats. Responsible ecotourism programs include those that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities. For these reasons, ecotourism often appeals to advocates of environmental and social responsibility.
Ecotourism activities are gradually becoming popular in Iran. Popular ecotourism activities in Iran include trekking in mountains (such as Mount Damavand, Alam Kuh, Sabalan, Dena), desert treks (such as Dahst-e Kavir, Mesr Desert, Maranjab Desert, Shahdad Desert), bird watching in coastal areas and wetlands, and diving in Kish Island and Qeshm Island. Ecotour Guides training course aims to train up interested young people to become on-site guides for the tourism industry. These guides will go through a series of intensive training including itinerary planning, tour observation and will be under frequent reviews. Ecotour guides have a tendency to be interested in environmentalism, ecology, wildlife, and nature. They need to be mature, responsible, and open to other cultures and beliefs. They should be extremely organized with a lot of self-confidence, and be skilled at hiking, camping, boating, horseback riding, or plant and animal identification. Ecotour guides should also be logical thinkers, who can react to difficult situations calmly and professionally.
Cultural and Historical Tour Guides
Cultural tourism includes tourism in urban areas, particularly historic or large cities and their cultural facilities such as museums and theatres. It can also include tourism in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural communities (i.e. festivals, rituals), and their values and lifestyle, as well as niches like industrial tourism and creative tourism. The term cultural tour is used for journeys that include visits to cultural resources, regardless of whether it is tangible or intangible cultural resources, and regardless of the primary motivation. For a better understanding of Iran culture and history, there has to be a cultural and historial tour guide who provides assistance, information and cultural, historical and contemporary heritage interpretation to travelers on organized tours and individual clients at educational establishments, religious and historical sites, museums, and at venues of other significant interest. As a cultural tour guide you are responsible for informing and entertaining tourists. The culture and lifestyle of the Iranian people, the history of the Iran and its peoples, their art and architecture must become alive to the tourists by the Cultural and historical travel guide who conveys the information. History and culture of Iran are the main topics in this course. Cultural and historical tour guide course commence with an introduction to the Tourism Industry and includes theory training and practical training which will help you develop all the skills you will need as a cultural and historical tour guide. Graduates of the course, after passing the final general examination, will receive the professional certificate issued by the Cultural Heritage, handicrafts and Tourism organization of Iran. Then, they will start their career as cultural tour guides in tourism industry.
Birdwatching Tour Guides
Birdwatching is an entertainment that can be enjoyed by everyone. Sometimes it's a challenge to find hotspots while traveling. That's why you may wish to hire a birdwatching tour guide featured at the site. Bird watching is an enjoyable and inexpensive hobby. Birdwatching for pleasure has been around since the late 19th century. For many “birders,” the thrill is found in completing a check list of birds they’ve spotted. Some will travel great distances to check off a rare species. Bird watching is sometimes enjoyed as a soloist hobby, but even if you prefer to be alone with nature, you can still make a great impact for your local scientific community. Iran is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Iran to raise their young, migrants who pass through Iran with the seasons, to wintering birds who like to spend a good part of the winter in Iran to escape colder conditions up north.
Skilled Iranian tour guides and tourism agencies have made the efforts to boost the tourism industry of Iran in these years. More than 530 species of bird in Iran have been identified and perception and realization of these species without a Professional Birdwatching guide is impossible. Graduates of the birdwatching educational course, after passing the final general examination, will receive the professional birdwatching certificate issued by the Cultural Heritage, handicrafts and Tourism organization of Iran. Then, they will start their career as Iranian ecotour guides in tourism industry.
Herpetology Tour Guides
Iran with various regions is one of the most exclusive reptile’s settlements in the world. Iran has long been of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, caused to the appearance of unique reptiles and amphibians of Iran. In this course herpetology tour guides learn how to develop their ability to understand the biological and ecological characteristics of reptiles and amphibians and they will also guide travelers in the search for amphibians and reptiles in a trip to Iran. They will learn about the Iranian wildlife, exclusive species of reptiles and amphibians and the confronting ways with probable dangers.
Herpetology guide training course consists of these components:
Advanced Herpetology, Study Methods of Reptiles & Amphibians, Photography Techniques of Reptiles & Amphibians, First Aids and Reptiles and Amphibians Classification
Technical Manager of Tourism Agency
A travel agency is a private retailer or public service that provides travel and tourism related services to the public on behalf of suppliers such as airlines, car rentals, hotels, railways, and tour and travel packages. Travel agencies range from small independent businesses to large chains. Some specialise in business travel while others have detailed knowledge of specific locations or travel products. Technical manager of a travel agency is someone who works in a tourism agency whose responsibility is the enforcement of Iran tourism organization’s rules. Responsibilities for technical managers vary depending on the size of the tour company and the customer base, but usually includes sales development, staff and financial management, daily operational management. In addition, they help to the progress of tourism agency with a series of strategies. Ongoing and active presence, planning tour and travel packages, pricing, organizing, coordination, leadership and monitoring the tours performance are some of technical manager’s tasks.
Plus speaking a foreign language for a technical manager of Iranian tour company is a necessity. Graduates of this training course will receive a certification issued by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran. Iran technical manager of tourism agency training course is planned with different purposes including customer demands recognition, presenting useful strategies, gaining customer satisfaction and its preservation, sales, earning, profitability and etc.
What’s the Difference Between a Tour Guide and a Tour Leader?
The terms “tour guide” and “tour leader” are commonly used interchangeably by both laymen and tourism professionals—but should they?
Tour Guide: A tour guide, or tourist guide according to the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, is:
“A person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of an area, which person normally possesses an area-specific qualification usually issued and/or recognized by the appropriate authority.” The definition includes three distinct qualities: visitor orientation, heritage interpretation, and official recognition. A tour guide is a certified pathfinder, a fountain of information and stories, a person who has the ability to dissect and present the history of a building, a site, or an area to visitors. Since tour guides often work in specific locations over a long period of time, they are regarded as experts in their field.
Tour Leader: On the contrary a tour leader, or a tour manager, is an expert who works with a travel agency, escorts groups and manages all tasks related to the operations of a tour, including checking the accommodation and transportation, cooperating with tour guides (local and on-site), and handling any issues that might come up all the way to the end of the trip.
In Iran, unlike most other countries, a tour guide and a tour leader are basically the same person. When hiring a tour guide, you are hiring one person to carry the tasks associated with two fundamentally different jobs. Whereas the norm around the world is for tour guides to be stationed on-site or work as local guides, in Iran a tour guide usually has to accompany a group across the country. This makes their job more difficult since they need to have in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, politics and geography of various regions.
Should Tourists Tip a Tour Guide in Iran?
While the fee of a tour guide is included in the price of a tour, it is a well-established tradition to tip tour guide (and the driver if applicable) to show satisfaction with their work.
Tipping a tour guide in Iran is not mandatory but it has become a major source of income for them and it encourages tour guides to provide quality services. It is completely up to you how much you want to tip; that is, if you even want to!
Tip at the end of the trip in dollars or euro. For a big group (20+ people), €5 per person per day is normal but it is not set in stone.