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Iran: Women’s Expedition

Duration: 12 days
From:
£2,105.00
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Discover culture and camaraderie in Iran through the lives of the women who live there on a female-only expedition.

Spend 12 days exploring with a local female leader and a group of female travellers and partake in a range of experiences otherwise off limits to mixed gender groups. Step inside the hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon, wander through a women-only park, and travel by public transport in the women-only carriage of the metro, local buses and an overnight train. Experience rural nomadic life with Qashqai people, meet female entrepreneurs and hear secret recipes from those in the know. Learn from inspiring Iranian women – young and old, religious and secular, conservative and liberal.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • See a different side of Iran as you travel with an all-women group and a local female leader, allowing you to forge connections with the women who call this country home.
  • Enjoy a picnic in one of Iran’s women’s-only parks, one of the few places women can enjoy the sunshine without a hijab.
  • Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life on a beautifully remote homestay with the Qashqai people. Enjoy a meal, sing songs, try on the local dress, and give bread-baking a go.
  • Step inside the fascinating hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon. You’ll see that these are oases for many local women, providing a safe space for them to relax and (literally) let their hair down.
  • Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the centre of the known world.
  • Take part in a hands-on cooking class where your local hosts will share age-old secret recipes and techniques before you feast on the fruits of your labour.
Start
Tehran
Finish
Tehran
Trip Duration
12 Days
Group Size
Min 1, Max 12
Activity
Culture, Explorer
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Private Departure, Solo Traveller, Women-Only

Dates

From

Saturday

9 September 2023

To

Wednesday

20 September 2023

From

Saturday

23 September 2023

To

Wednesday

4 October 2023

From

Saturday

7 October 2023

To

Wednesday

18 October 2023

From

Saturday

21 October 2023

To

Wednesday

1 November 2023

From

Saturday

28 October 2023

To

Wednesday

8 November 2023

From

Saturday

4 November 2023

To

Wednesday

15 November 2023

From

Saturday

25 November 2023

To

Wednesday

6 December 2023

From

Saturday

2 March 2024

To

Wednesday

13 March 2024

From

Tuesday

5 March 2024

To

Saturday

16 March 2024

From

Saturday

7 September 2024

To

Wednesday

18 September 2024

From

Saturday

21 September 2024

To

Wednesday

2 October 2024

From

Saturday

5 October 2024

To

Wednesday

16 October 2024

From

Saturday

12 October 2024

To

Wednesday

23 October 2024

From

Saturday

19 October 2024

To

Wednesday

30 October 2024

From

Saturday

26 October 2024

To

Wednesday

6 November 2024

From

Saturday

2 November 2024

To

Wednesday

13 November 2024

From

Saturday

23 November 2024

To

Wednesday

4 December 2024

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.

Itinerary

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What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Hotel (10 nights), Homestay (1 night)
  • Metro , Train , Private Vehicle
  • Tehran – Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tehran -Treasury of National Jewels
  • Tehran – Orientation walk
  • Tehran – Scarf-tying at a fashion boutique
  • Tehran – Home-cooked family dinner
  • Yazd – Jameh Mosque of Yazd
  • Yazd – Amir Chakmaq
  • Yazd – Zoroastrian Lunch and Village Visit
  • Yazd – Zoroastrian Fire Altar and Towers of Silence
  • Yazd – Traditional sweet shop visit and tasting
  • Abarkooh – Ice Houses
  • Shiraz – Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh
  • Aqda – Historical village visit
  • Shiraz – Women’s only park
  • Shiraz – Bakery visit
  • Shiraz – Carpet Workshop
  • Shiraz – Eram Garden
  • Shiraz – Saadi and Hafez Tombs
  • Shiraz – Vakil Bazaar
  • Persepolis – Entrance and guided tour
  • Shiraz – Women’s only Beauty Salon
  • Shiraz – Cooking class
  • Shiraz – Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
  • Bishapur – Tang-e Chogan Valley
  • Bishapur – Qashqai village visit
  • Esfahan – Khaju & Si-o-seh Pol Bridges
  • Esfahan – Vank Cathedral
  • Esfahan – Imam Square
  • Esfahan – Qeysarie Bazaar
  • Esfahan – City Tour
  • Kashan – Fin Gardens (entrance fee and guide)
  • Kashan -Tabatabaei Historical House
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

Trip notes

Price

From £2105 land only (flight option package available from some countries on request)

Min age

15

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Homestay (1 night)

Accommodation notes

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made, should this occur. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

TWIN SHARE BASIS
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite, this is noted in the special information section on each day

FACILITIES
In some accommodations bathrooms may be what can be referred to as a "wet room" this simply means that the shower recess will have no lip on it and may not even have a curtain. Extra care needs to be taken as if you are not familiar with this type of facility you may slip. Bathroom shoes are provided to prevent this and we recommend you use them.

Most hotel in Iran do not offer coffee and tea making facilities.

HEATING and COOLING
air-conditioning is not always available and as this is a desert country the temperatures can be warm to very hot in the day and cooler in the evening.

CHECK-IN TIME
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we’re arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn’t always possible which means we won’t be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you’ve purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 5 dinners and 2 lunches

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Who is this trip for?

Is this trip right for you

Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. It is very important that you adhere to a strict dress code regardless of the weather. Upon arrival in Iran, all women must wear a headscarf and must also have their arms and legs covered.

Getting a visa for Iran can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. It may take a couple of weeks to get your authorisation code, and then it can take up to 30 days to receive your visa back from the embassy or consulate. Please read the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the Essential Trip Information

The village homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday life outside the city. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable. Please see Day 8 of the Itinerary for more details.

In 2023, Ramadan will take place from 22 March to 02 April. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience. However, some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

Transport notes

There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.

SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING:

Occasionally you may experience armed security and convoys between select towns or regions. Convoys are used to ensure all travellers are transported safely and, in many cases, tourists are only allowed to travel in scheduled convoys of buses and jeeps. On rare occasions you may have an armed guard in your vehicle. We want to warn you so you are not alarmed. This is a practice designed to keep tourists safe, although at time it can appear a little overkill.

Additional notes

Covid-19

Health related to Covid-19. This operator has a policy in place for COVID-19 and their adventures. Please request full details so we can share the most up to date information with you and be aware that the note below was relevant at the time of writing but may have changed. Thanks!

Is this trip right for you

Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. It is very important that you adhere to a strict dress code regardless of the weather. Upon arrival in Iran, all women must wear a headscarf and must also have their arms and legs covered.

Getting a visa for Iran can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. It may take a couple of weeks to get your authorisation code, and then it can take up to 30 days to receive your visa back from the embassy or consulate. Please read the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the Essential Trip Information

The village homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday life outside the city. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable. Please see Day 8 of the Itinerary for more details.

In 2023, Ramadan will take place from 22 March to 02 April. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience. However, some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

Health

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

SOLO TRAVELLERS
The beauty of our style of travel is that it caters to travellers who are travelling solo and who want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports.

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

We also have an optional single supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will be on a single room basis.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

Covid-19

This operator has a policy in place for COVID-19 and their adventures. Please request full details so we can share the most up to date information with you. Thanks!

Tour operator

We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.

They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.

In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

 

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