Persian Delights - Iran
A 'Secret Women's Series' journey escorted by Jemma Wilson of Mai Journeys
‘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.