My friend and I are desperately wanting to visit Iran in November. We understand that, as US citizens, we must obtain an authorization through a booked tour in order to obtain a visa.
Is it absolutely necessary to book a tour for the entire trip, or is it possible to book a 1 day tour to get the visa?
Does anybody have personal experience in doing this, or know any US citizens who have? It's been my dream to travel this country and my plan was to book a 1-day tour in order to get the visa, but I'm not sure if that's sufficient enough. I've heard mixed reviews, some people saying that it's as strict as needing the tourism agency to pick you up at the airport and never leave your side, and others saying that booking a 1-day tour is enough to get a visa approved and are free to roam around Iran on the days without the tour.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated, and please, only insightful and knowledgable replies only. I'm trying my best to make this work.