Persian Delights - Iran

 A 'Secret Women's Series' journey escorted by Jemma Wilson of Mai Journeys

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‘Persian Delights’ forms part of our ‘Secret Women’s Series’ – a collection of inspirational journeys designed by women, for women. Escorted by Jemma Wilson, founder of Mai Journeys, this journey to Iran will take in all the mystery and intrigue of Persia’s ancient lost civilisations whilst embracing the modern vibrancy of today’s warm-hearted locals and their culture.

With fifteen official UNESCO World Heritage sites and a further sixty vying to make the shortlist, Iran is certainly a destination for the culture lover. Persian Delights begins in Tehran where you will travel through Iran’s pre-Islamic civilizations. You’ll venture into the old architecture of Yazd, the splendours of Esfahan and enchanting Persepolis. You’ll discover the remains of the Zoroastrian community in Yazd, witness the dramatic Towers of Silence and see the eternal flame burning at the Fire Temple. Crossing Esfahan's spectacular river bridges, you will find yourself amongst a poetic maze of stunning palace gardens and boulevards and uncover tradition in the 1000 year old mud-brick town of Meybod.

One of the elements which makes this journey so special is the opportunity to meet some of Iran's women. Sitting and chatting with them you will learn more about who they are, their experiences and their daily lives as as mothers, wives, daughters and members of the community. In a country where the sexes are technically segregated, they offer a fascinating insight into traditional values, courting couples now seen mingling freely and the continually tested boundaries of acceptable women’s dress.

Besides all this you will have plenty of time to browse the colourful produce markets, shop your way through the ancient bazaars, sip tea in magnificent teahouses and sample the unique food.

You will truly find the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people endearing and the profound beauty of the land mesmerizing.

Read More: Jemma Wilson | Secret Women's Series


Why we like it

Travelling with likeminded women
Lost civilisations and rich, ancient history
Sharing stories with Iran's women
Bazaars, markets and teahouses
The culture lover's delight

At a Glance

Day 1 | 6 May: Arrive in Tehran, welcome dinner under the Alboraz Mountains
Day 2 | 7 May: Full day of sightseeing in Tehran with an exclusive visit to one of the 6 'Women's Parks'
Day 3 | 8 May: Drive to Kashan, famous for silk, ceramics, copperware & rosewater
Day 4 | 9 May: Rose fields of Qamsar,  Sassanian fire temple and Bazaar of Kashan
Day 5 | 10 May: Drive to desert city of Yazd stopping en route in Na'in for Persian Rugs
Day 6 | 11 May: Visit Jameh Mosque and  Zoroastrian Fire Temple followed by traditional dinner
Day 7 | 12 May: Rest for a free morning or explore the Yazd Bazaar with a guide, then head to Caravanserai Zeinoddin on the Silk Route
Day 8 | 13 May: Cross the Zagros Mountains, stop at the ancient city of Pasargadae then conitune to Shiraz
Day 9 | 14 May: A full day excursion to Persepolis to visit the ruins of Achamenians
Day 10 | 15 May: City tour of Shiraz and visit the workshops of nomadic rug weavers
Day 11 | 16 May: Meet a practicing nomadic tribe en route to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Esfahan
Day 12 | 17 May: Guided city tour of Esfahan with tea at antique teahouse
Day 13 | 18 May: Free day
Day 14 | 19 May: Return to Tehran and visit fenale artist and gallery
Day 15 | 20 May: End of journey and transfer to airport

Key facts

6 May - 20 May 2017
15 day escorted journey
Departs Tehran
Minimum 6 | Maximum 10 travellers
Costs A$7,440 per person, twin share, land only
Single supplement A$1,130
For a detailed itinerary, inclusions and exclusions please contact us

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