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Responsible tourism: Iran holidays, small group tours
The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
Our environmental sustainable principles: true sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term. Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
On this trip our locally employed guide will help you to immerse yourself in the vibrant and rich cultural history of Iran and assist you with many opportunities for genuine cultural exchange as you discover the magnificent legacies of the Persian Empires.
As you travel through the country there are numerous opportunities for spontaneous engagement with locals. You will be carefully guided by our local guides to the most appropriate behaviour and attire at these various sites. Many of the communities that we visit maintain their traditions and hold strict religious and sacred beliefs and your guide will guide you to ensure we experience these sensitively. This understanding of cultural differences means that our clients are treated as welcomed guests and also means that future visitors will also share an equally warm welcome.
During our stay we overnight in many local accommodations which would otherwise earn nothing from foreign tourist dollars. Your guide will assist you with where to make purchases that directly benefit the local communities that otherwise never benefit from tourism income.
Traveling as a small group means we will minimise our impact on the smaller communities we visit. Our leader will thoroughly brief you on what is responsible and acceptable in Iran when you arrive and all travelers are provided with our award-winning 20 page Responsible Travel Booklet which outlines our environmental guidelines and practices and will provide you will clear details on how you can play a vital part in reducing your impact on the fragile environments and cultures around the world.
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.