Iran small group tour, UNESCO sites

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01 Sep 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel. For this itinerary, we endeavour to show you Iranís varied landscape. However, to do so, involves taking a number of internal flights. Whilst we are aware this does little to decrease our carbon footprint, it does give you the unique opportunity to visit remote areas of Iran, like the ancient village of Meymand, and understand the regionís community, flora and fauna.

We also ask that you be vigilant about disposing rubbish and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst travelling. Furthermore, we strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle.

The Impacts of this Trip

As a country that is largely dependent on tourism, Iran is somewhere we firmly believe should benefit from our visit. When possible, we use local guides and locally-owned lodges, shops and eateries. We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate. The Iran tour only uses local drivers, assistants, cooks and staff, who all ensure their supplies are purchased locally. Our belief is that all operational costs should go directly into the local economy wherever possible.

We also support a small portfolio of charities and local grassroots organisations. MAHAK provides supportive, psycho-social and welfare services to deprived cancer-stricken children and their families. It operates its own paediatric cancer hospital, which offers the latest methods and technology in detecting and treating cancer; as well as a highly specialised team of nurses, psychologists and social workers. It is also a pioneer in cancer research, taking on a number of projects with the Cancer Institute of Iran studying the locations of children suffering from cancer. We support their charitable activities such as child sponsorship and corporate programmes, which involve promoting philanthropy and economising on electrical consumption.

In Isfahan we visit the Music Museum, which is a grass roots initiative created by locals passionate about traditional Persian Music. The museum also offers free lessons to children in the playing of traditional instruments. By supporting such a venture we help to ensure the continuation of this ancient artform which also supports a small locally business.

For those looking to buy crafts such as carpets we encourage them to do so in responsibly run shops where authenticity can be guaranteed and a fair price is paid to suppliers. In Isfahan we recommend a miniature painter, in Shiraz a carpet maker who align with such principles.


1 Reviews of Iran small group tour, UNESCO sites

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by

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

Carpet buying in Isfahan was truly a great experience. We laughed so much with our guide and the carpet sellers and spent a good couple of hours drinking tea and learning about the carpets. Also, the attention that we received from the friendly and hospitable locals was really lovely.

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

Forget all the political info you see on the news and go and enjoy yourself. Having travelled to many countries, I can truly say that we have never felt safer or more welcome than we did in Iran. Having the visa in place before arrival and having the correct clothing for ladies before travelling will make your arrival very easy.

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

Whilst the holiday certainly benefitted the locals, I'm not sure that there was a great effect on reducing environmental impacts or supporting conservation. The guide / driver did have a car that ran on CNG so that is better for the environment then standard diesel / petrol but we did drive for over 1800km so maybe train travel for some sections could be considered

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

Absolutely excellent. We had a fantastic time.

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