Iran holiday, Persian Explorer

“Peel back Iran's veil and discover a breathtaking country uniting an ancient Persian empire and stupendous Islamic architecture with a vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly present-day.”

Highlights

Shiraz | Persepolis | tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae | Yazd | Isfahan | Tehran | Achaemenid tombs at Nagsh e Rostam

Description of Iran holiday, Persian Explorer

With a human legacy dating back millennia, the lands occupied by modern day Iran have witnessed an epic sweep of rich history. This short but insightful trip takes you into the cultural and physical heart of what was once Persia to see ‘behind the veil’ of a much misunderstood country.

The beautiful city of Shiraz is your starting point, famed for its gardens and teahouses, shrines and bazaars – plus the towering Arg-e Karim Khan fortress and the tomb of the great Persian poet Hafez. There's also a day-long sightseeing trip to see Darius the Great’s fabulous Persepolis, plus visits to the magnificent Achaemenid tombs at Nagsh e Rostam and the six-tiered tomb of Cyrus the Great - founder of the Persian Empire - at Pasargadae.

Yazd, meanwhile, is a vibrant blend of well- preserved traditional houses and Zoroastrianism burial towers dotted on characterful winding streets, mingled with sights like the Bagj-e-Doulat Abad Gardens, the breathtaking Jameh Mosque and the Water Museum.

Your next stop is one of the Middle East’s most spectacular destinations – the 17th century former Persian capital of Isfahan. As well as admiring superb Islamic architecture – plus the world's second largest square, the Mayden-e Imam – this unforgettable city offers a chance to take tea in one of the old bridges that span the Zayandeh River or tempt yourself with wonderful handicrafts and carpets in colourful bustling souks. Other highlights in a city once known as “half the world” include the six-storey 16th century Ali Qapu Palace and the Armenian Quarter.

Your trip concludes in Iran's cosmopolitan modern capital Tehran, where diverse sightseeing options include the 16th century Golestan Palace, six centuries of woven wonders in the Carpet Museum of Iran, plus museums showcasing classical Persian and contemporary Iranian art.

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Responsible tourism: Iran holiday, Persian Explorer

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions and, as tour operators, is something we are careful to promote.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions.

In Iran we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

Our company also supports emergency relief efforts in the areas we travel to, such as the Pakistan Earthquake Fund set up in 2005 and a variety of other community benefiting NGOs around the world. We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. There are full details of these on the Responsible Tourism page on our website.

Community

In Iran we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the TESFA community project in Ethiopia, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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Reviewed on 13 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Forget any concerns about Iran being dangerous, hostile of unfriendly. Highlights are numerous: Shiraz's blue mosques with amazing mekhana, after which, it being New Years Eve, we had blue cocktails and a blue cake (thanks to our guide, Mark). Persepolis's reliefs, Towers of Silence where Zoroastrians left their dead for birds to pick their bones, wind towers to cool houses, mud merchant houses in Kashan, pistacio icecream sandwiches at a service station, watching at a Zurkhanah where men showed their muscles in a sweaty ritual, accompanied by chanting and drumbeats, old men singing love songs to each other by Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, the complicated but worthwhile procedure for buying wonderful sweets at Hodj Kalife Rahiber's sweetshop, the views from The Art House Cafe in Khasan (no wifi- lets pretend it is 1995 says their notice) and carpet shops, mosques and more mosques....

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Dress is more liberal than you might expect. Hair covering is compulsory but hair can show, and a wooley hat or turban covering a reasonable amount of hair is fine. Tight trousers are fine if worn with a top that covers your bottom - mid-thigh length tunics are ideal. Take wet wipes for toilets.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people were delighted to see us and give a good impression of their country. We bought pottery and other crafts from the people who made it - pottery students and local craftsmen.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Outstanding guides, hotels good on the whole but but rather drab in Shiraz.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning about the culture

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Women - make sure you follow the dress code. as it gets hot in the summer months it might be better to do this trip in January when it is cooler. We only had 1.5 days of rain the other times we had lovely blue sky.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

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