Women only tours to Iran

“Travel with women and a female guide in Iran on a small group tour that takes a uniquely female perspective of life and culture here.”

Highlights

Shiraz | Persepolis | Shahcheragh shrine | Women only yoga class and beauty salon visit | Bakery visit | Cook in a local Shiraz home | Esfahan with half day city tour | Tehran and orientation walk | Market shopping and Persian cooking class | Yazd Fire Temple, Towers of Silence and Jameh Mosque visits | Optional: excursion to see Kharanak mud brick village, Chak Chak fire temple and Meybod citadel | Eghlid and orientation walk | Fars Province homestay with Qashqai people
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Responsible tourism: Women only tours to Iran

Environment

Many Iranian hotels and operators provide small plastic bottles of water, so it’s easy to use plastic excessively, especially in the hot climate. However, we suggest that our travelers buy large five or ten litre bottles in order to refill their smaller ones. We are working closely with our suppliers to encourage them to do the same. To further reduce single-use plastics on this trip, we also provide all our travelers with reusable cloth bags.

Water is a precious commodity in Iran. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travelers on initiatives to manage their water consumption. We also ask that our travelers treat this scarce resource with the utmost respect.

As part of our responsible travel philosophy we use local forms of transport wherever possible. On this itinerary we travel by overnight train, public bus and the subway. Whenever public transport isn’t an option, we endeavour to ensure we use private vehicles that are suitable for our small group sizes. For example, we wouldn’t use a 16-seeater minivan if we only have five people joining us on the trip.

This tour is run by our own local Iranian operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are also trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices.

Community

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by local Iranians including all of our leaders, drivers and accommodation providers. We provide our leaders with formal training so that they are up to speed with the needs of our travelers and help update their skills.

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your chosen destination. On this trip, traveling in a female-only group with local female leaders allows us to access places and experiences otherwise off limits to mixed gender groups. This presents travelers with an excellent opportunity to interact with a range of fascinating local women – young, old, religious, conservative, rural, modern and liberal while respecting traditional cultural values. While our company believes in inclusiveness, these female-led, women-only expeditions offer a socially responsible and culturally sensitive way for travelers to access female-only establishments, experiences and customs in these traditionally conservative countries.

We also stay only in locally-owned hotels or guesthouses that are locally staffed, enabling the money you spend to stay within that community. We source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience, rather than remain concentrated with tourism providers. This could be as simple as a meal in a small local restaurant, a home-cooked dinner or a village stay.

Our company’s commitment to women’s equality extends beyond our new range of Women’s Expeditions. We’re committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business, with the ultimate goal of doubling its number of female tour leaders globally by 2020.

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Reviewed on 25 Apr 2019 by

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


Pretty well all of it! Visiting bazaars, cafes and restaurants, historical sites and museums, mosques, and ancient cities. Also the cookery classes, village home
stay, overnight sleeper train - and perhaps most of all - experiencing the warmth and friendliness of the Iranian people. The countryside is beautiful - deserts,
snow capped mountains, river valleys, orchards and rice paddies. Altogether a great experience, and culturally rich. Our guide, Sahar Makaremy, couldn't
have been more helpful and enthusiastic, and she did her best to make the visit a memorable one. She was also a great shopper!

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


Don't be put off by the difficulty of getting a visa. Take US dollars or euros, since this is what everyone in Iran wants. Travel light - you can pick up appropriate clothing very cheaply when you're there.

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


I hope so, especially the home stay, and the local cooking classes.

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 04 May 2019 by

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


Sitting among hundreds of geladas in the Simien Mountains. Walking in those lovely mountains was also great. The castles of Gondar were gorgeous. Well-
designed itinerary but be prepared for a few long days of travel.

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


Bring close-toed sandals. Walking boots for the hikes. Walking sticks for the longer hikes. I didn't take malaria pills and did not see mosquitos because we
were at altitude. But others WERE bit by mosquitos so precautions should be taken. Don't change a lot of money at first. Meals can be very inexpensive,
especially if you don't drink alcohol.

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


We didn't encounter many locals except at the hotels. An option of a cooking class would have been appreciated.

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


Our guide was excellent and professional, albeit a little jaded. He wanted our group to eat together at least one meal a day, but not everyone was inclined to cooperate. The bus was spacious and comfortable, but the operator should provide at least a bottle of water for each person each day and a refrigerator in the bus. I have never been on a vacation like this where the TO neglected to provide a minimum of water. Also, the operator brought us to two locations, Gondar and Aksum where NO tours were included. But in effect we all wound up paying extra for the tours offered as an "option". That is a cheap nickel-and-diming exercise; these two basic tours should be included, and if you want to raise your base price accordingly, you should do so.

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