Iran vacation, private departure

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Iran vacation, private departure

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Iran is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.

As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.

Community

By the very nature of life in Iran all services are provided by local Iranian people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for Iran and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.

Almost all meals are included on the itinerary and food is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.

Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting Iran is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. Iranian people are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways, and vice versa. This vacation helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other which should hopefully encourage tolerance between Iran and the outside world.

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


We enjoyed our whole tour from the snowy mountains of Tehran across desert sands to Kerman finishing with a visit to Persepolis and the tomb of Cyrus the great. We will remember the friendly people, amazing architecture, historical sights and the UNESCO gardens.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Allow about 3 months for getting vacation planned and visas organised. Check internal rates of exchange, we found Currency exchange offices gave a very favourable rate compared to the internet. Try to experience a heritage hotel, it was very pleasant to sit out in the courtyard gardens in April when we travelled.

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


We had the same local guide for 2 weeks and he helped us use local shops, cafes and markets and enabled us to talk with many Iranian families. Paying entrance fees to museums, gardens and historical sights helps fund conservation.

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


An excellent tailor made tour which enabled us to explore a large area of Iran and find out about the history and current way of life.

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