Dear Intrepid World Traveler,
|World Heritage Sites in Iran
We will visit eight of the twelve
- Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)
- Meidan Emam, Isfahan (1979)
- Pasargadae (2004)
- Persepolis (1979)
- Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
- Soltaniyeh (2005)
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
- The Persian Gardens (2011)
This trip is specially designed for those who cannot travel during the optimal fall through spring seasons. The itinerary has been designed to include the northwest portion of Iran that do we do not visit in the winter due to the snow in the Alborz Mountains. No trip to Iran is complete without a visit to Shiraz and Isfahan, and we’ll make it as comfortable as possible for you.
The first question you are sure to ask is, “Is it safe to travel to Iran?” I sincerely believe it is as safe as any
where else in the world. After personally escorting several tours and sending many more, the most recent in November 2011, my confidence is undiminished. It was in 1998 that on behalf of our company, my daughter made the first exploratory trip to Iran. She came back astonished, saying, “Ah, all the wonderful sights and sounds! The treasures held in Tehran’s museums are outstanding. Persepolis, a short drive from Shiraz, is absolutely extraordinary! Isfahan is a unique city with exquisite mosaic clad domes, bridges and Persian gardens. Iran as a whole is nothing short of breathtaking!”
We operated our first tour to Iran in 1999 and have had groups of all sizes since that time. Some experienced travelers are returning for a second trip. Through the years, the acceptance of Americans has, if anything, increased.
I have a challenge for you! See for yourself! Don’t let the naysayer diminish your enthusiasm. Many who say they will never go there themselves, do not have the resources, health, or most importantly, desire to make “the trip of a lifetime.” These are the exact words of one of the travelers, and if you would like to talk with her or others who have traveled to Iran, we’ll gladly provide references. We’ll also provide links to photo albums including a very special one, by Paulette Lewis, Friendly Faces of Iran and a wonderfully detailed one by David Lewis. Just ask!
A U.S. State Department travel warning exits for Iran, as it has for several years. Travel warnings are often political tactics, which can be considered much more desirable than other forms of conflict. Call me if you have any concerns. We’ll prepare you completely with briefing material on customs and regulations including attire.
With our highly educated and very personable local guide by your side, your driver and his assistant, you can rest assured that you will have an amazing experience to treasure and share with others.
Gwen Erwood, Travel Concepts International President