Has anyone here traveled to Iran for tourism? Has anyone gone there by bus? I know people regularly visit places like KSA and UAE, but not Iran. Tried a travel agency and he asked if I wanted to go there for a pilgrimage, but when I asked if he was offering a muta'a special discount, he hung up. I guess he didn't like me groping for a rate reduction.
But seriously, I have heard an Iran entry stamp can impede travel to other fantastic places which I am unlikely to visit.
So my questions:
1. How do I get in? Can I get in without a visa, be granted access by "gatekeepers" - I have heard that's the usual deal but hearsay is pointless.
If I have to get a visa, is it recommended to go through a travel agent?
2. How do I get there? There are tracks from Baluchistan to Iran, but I doubt a passenger train runs on the rails. Bus? Airplane?
3. Budget: Iran occurred to Wire because of the lint and moths which outnumber stanknotes in his pocket. How much is a 10 day trip likely to run?
I like that there is basically no useful info on the WWW about Spring Break in Iran. That's when I turn to WP.