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2018
Persian Classics with Bahman • June 16 - 23, 2018 Click Here
Northwest & Caspian with Bahman • September 1 - 9, 2018 Click Here
Treasures of Iran with Bahman • September 6 - 18, 2018 Click Here
 
Compare all of our Iran Routes here

 

 

Would you like to see pictures of our previous trips to Iran?
Click here
(pictures by Scott Peck- April 2015)
Click here (YouTube video by Scott Peck- April 2015)
Click here (pictures by Dimitri Kalatzis April 2014)
Click here (pictures by Gwen Erwood February 2014)
Click here (pictures by Gwen Erwood November 2013)

Martha Raak's Iran for Carnegie Mellon Click Here - November 2010
Click here (pictures by David Lewis - April 2010)
Click here (pictures by Gwen Erwood - April 2010)
Comments from all our past tours to Iran Click Here
Comments from travelers as of 4-8-10 Click here

Click here for Abadan Society Group photo (2009)
Click here (pictures by Mary Flores - November 2009)
Click here (pictures by Gwen Erwood - April 2009)
Click here, here, here or here (pictures by Gwen Erwood - November 2008)
Click here (pictures by Paulette Lewis - November 2007)
Click here for group photo in Iran (2005)
Click here for photo of Suzanne in Iran (2001)
Click here for Abadan Society Group photo (2000)

We're organizing photo albums for all our tours.
They may be accessed through the scrapbook link on our website.
Gwen

What travelers are saying about our tours to Iran...

As an inveterate and demanding traveler, I seldom find a travel expediter that earns my unqualified kudos. Gwen Erwood is the exception. I have traveled to Iran with Gwen and still communicate with some of the thwarted young people there. We had an exceptional guide and experienced the Arts of Iran in a wonderful and personal way. I cherish the statue I bought from the artist in Tehran (which arrived here safely before I did) and the experiences like talking with an educated man (a professor in the Shah's time) who makes precious dyes out of garbage (pomegranate, onion, and other fruit skins) for the rug industry. He had wonderful vines (he was near Shiraz) and when he found that I was from the wine country of California, he urged me to return and hopefully share a CASE of Shiraz when we returned.). Gwen takes care of the problems which inevitably occur on trips, with elan and competence. My mother died while I was with Gwen's trip to Turkey ( a GREAT trip, by the way) and she got me to western Kansas in time for the funeral. I am forever in her debt.

Iran, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the Baltic, Costa Rica--I have traveled with Gwen. Her trips are fairly priced, very comfortable (wonderful hotels in out of the way places like Cappadocia and in northern Sri Lanka)
Oonly when I am with a formal delegation to other places (like Cuba,Iceland, Argentina and Japan) do I elect to travel with other groups. I HIGHLY recommend THE SERIOUS TRAVELER.

Joan Poulos


Dear Gwen,

People are often incredulous when I tell them of our visit to Iran, the extremely warm and welcoming citizens from both cities and villages, the extraordinary historical, architectural, and cultural heritage the country offers, the “crown jewels” which put the London ones to shame, and the comfort of the accommodations as well as the delicious food offered to us daily. I look at my miniature portraits painted on camel bone and remember Iran with fondness and a keen desire to return. I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable, though I do confess a newfound respect for the women forced to cover themselves from head to toe. Feel free to give anyone considering this trip my home telephone number; they can feel free to ask me any questions and expect an honest reply. They can also call me on my toll free number at work, but I may not be able to speak at length because it ties up the office line. We are looking forward to Bali next June!

(And Ethiopia, and the China Silk Road, etc., etc!)

Merry Christmas!!!

Carol


Gwen, you, especially, will appreciate this story of how I can to help the UNA: I attended a presentation of a man and his wife that had just returned from......you guessed it....Iran! We both had the same book of translated Hafiz poems and when we saw this we all smiled at each other! It was that simple. The conversation was so fascinating, and everyone in attendance paid such acute attention to Dr. Baxer's presentation and after asked questions about his experience, the people, was he scared.....you know, as you have been answering these exact questions for years!
I met a woman who grew up in Tehran, as her father was an architect hired by the late Shah. She shared with me that despite her leaving many years ago and not returning, she was considering going back to Iran. She was so familiar with so many places and asked me about them, and she and everyone wanted to know what travel organization I used. Of course I told them, gave them your name and email.
I can't thank you enough Gwen for the journey to Iran. You, Sarah, Bahman, everyone, our fellow travelers as unofficial goodwill ambassadors, the people of Iran. Iran has my heart.
Much love,
Monica

 

 
 

 

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led by Mr. Bahman Zenhari

Land Only Program
June 16 - 23, 2018
• 8 days
$4390 per person, double occupancy from beginning in Shiraz and
ending in Isfahan
plus expedited Iranian visa fee of $201
Single supplement $780
Airfare Additional

Price based on 5 participants
Maximum 15 participants

 


 

Dear Serious Traveler,

This is the short and sweet trip to Iran many have requested including two of the most famous areas of Iran - Shiraz and Isfahan.

The first question you are sure to ask is, “Is it safe to travel to Iran?” I sincerely believe it is as safe as anywhere else in the world. After personally escorting several tours and sending many more, the most recent in March 2018, my confidence is undiminished. You will be overwhelmed by the warm, welcoming attitude Iranian people feel toward American travelers.

New direct flights into Shiraz allow us to begin with fantastic sightseeing right away. Marvel at Persepolis, one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world! We won’t miss the detailed rock-hewn tombs at Naghsh-é-Rostam and Cyrus the Great’s Pasargadae. Stroll through the pink-tiled Nasir-ol-Molk and continue our search for Persian gardens at Narenjestan house and gardens. We’ll also pay our respects at the Tomb of Hafez. Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth said, “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.” As we make our way between Shiraz and Isfahan, enjoy nature and the Bedouin grasslands en route to the Roof of Iran - Shahrekord.

Arrive in the Pearl of Iran, Isfahan with its Royal Square, its romantic bridges and its beautifully-tiled mosques. Bargain with merchants and search out beautiful hand-painted crafts by famous miniaturists at the Qaysariyyeh Bazaar. See the exquisite details of the art and architecture in the Ali Qapu Palace, Hasht Bahesht (eight paradises) Pavilion and Park and the Chehel Sotoon (forty pillars) Palace. Return flight direct from Isfahan.

A U.S. State Department travel warning exists for Iran, as it has for several years. Travel warnings and the Level 4 warnings are often political tactics, which can be considered much more desirable than other forms of conflict. Call me if you have any concerns. We’ll prepare you completely with briefing material on customs and regulations including attire.

Whether you have a specific interest in arts and crafts or wish to explore the archaeological and cultural aspects of Iran, this trip should appeal to everyone who has an appreciation for beauty. The intricacy of craftsmanship is a bedrock of Persian culture. We’ll arrange sightseeing to try to avoid the midday heat. With our highly educated and very personable local guide by your side, your driver and their assistant, you can rest assured that you will have an amazing experience to treasure and share with others.

Sincerely,

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

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All This Included
  • Travel in security with our excellent guide, and a small group of no more than 15 world travelers
  • Enjoy the comfort and service of top quality hotels
  • Taste local delicacies with ALL MEALS and snacks in Iran included daily, breakfast-B, lunch-L, dinner-D
  • Don’t worry about visas. We’ll give you full direction and assistance
  • Forget about tips for guide and drivers. These are prepaid
  • Prepare for the trip with printed and digital briefing and study material
  • Relax in the comfort of knowing how to dress appropriately
  • Journey throughout Iran by deluxe private motor coach
  • No problems with luggage handling; it’s covered too
  • Flight bag, luggage strap and document holder are our gifts to you

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 


 

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Travel Concepts International, Inc.
Cultural Tours to Better Understand the World and Its People

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wen@SeriousTraveler.com • Web site www.SeriousTraveler.com