Iran tour, small group

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19 Oct 2019
£3195
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iran tour, small group

Environment

We are promoting the ancient heritage and natural landscape of Iran through visiting Meymand village, Isfahan Central Square and Shazdeh Gardens, UNESCO World Heritage Site’s. Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.

On this tour we will using minibuses throughout. We only use one vehicle for the whole group when travelling in minibuses to reduce carbon emissions. We resource the minibuses from local providers to further reduce this impact.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

Community

On this particular trip we will be spending two nights in a family-run guesthouse in Shafiabad, Mesr and Keshit village. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local markets. We also spend one night troglodyte-style in the historic caves at Meymand.

Throughout the tour we will be walking to authentic Iranian villages, little changed over centuries. We will be staying in guesthouses within these charming mountainous villages to support the local tourism industry and to gain a better insight into everyday life here. We believe this is best way to share stories and understand new cultures. You will live and eat with your host family. Iran is a diverse country and this is reflected in the food – which has had Persian, Russian and Central Asian influences over the centuries. The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a glass of wine in hand. Supporting the local food industry in Iran not only maintains the cultural identity of Iran and connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating!

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