Africa & Middle East
Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.
Meals - 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport - Overnight train, Private Mini Bus, Local VIP Bus, Subway
Accommodation - Hotel (8 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Home Stay (1 night)
Shiraz - Cafe visit
Shiraz - Women's only park
Persepolis - Entrance and Guided tour
Shiraz - Shahcheragh guided tour
Shiraz - Bakery visit
Shiraz - Women's only Yoga Class
Esfahan - Khaju & Si-o-seh Pol Bridges
Esfahan - Jameh Mosque
Esfahan - Safavid Chehelsetoon Palace visit
Tehran - Market shopping & Persian cooking class
Tehran - Orientation walk
Yazd - Fire Temple and Towers of Silence visit
Yazd - Jameh Mosque of Yazd
Yazd - Gheimeh Yazdi, Cooking Class (Dinner)
Yazd - Gheimeh Yazdi, Cooking Class (Dinner)
Shiraz - Nasir al Molk Mosque
Shiraz - Women's only Beauty Salon
Shiraz - Home cooked meal
Join Intrepid on our first ever female-only, female-led 12-day expedition through Iran. Designed to allow travellers a unique opportunity to discover the customs, food, challenges and lives of local women of Iran through a range of experiences otherwise off limits to our normal mixed gender groups. Although gender segregation is not typically Iranian, strict dress codes imposed by Islamic Law have meant many places & ways of life have become segregated by default. Step inside the hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon, wander through a female only park, and travel by public transport in the female-only carriage of the metro, local buses and an overnight train. Experience rural nomadic life with Qashqai people, meet young female entrepreneurs, and learn secret recipes from those in the know. This trip will expose you to a range of fascinating local women; young, old, religious, conservative, rural, modern and liberal. We would love to open up these real life experiences to all our travellers; however, in order to operate in a socially responsible and culturally sensitive manner this is simply not possible. At least not yet! If you're interested in travelling to Iran on a similar itinerary, check out some of other group departures or speak to your booking agent about a tailor-made itinerary.
Why you'll love this trip
Shop for, prepare and enjoy a five-course meal at a local cooking school in Tehran. It’s a chance to not only experience a lively Iranian bazaar but learn age old secret recipes from local women.
Enjoy a picnic in one of Iran’s increasingly prevalent 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 oases for many local women
Travel by public transport in the female-only carriage of the metro, local buses and an overnight train
Join a female scarf shop owner in Tehran to learn the many different ways of tying and wearing the iconic Middle Eastern garment
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.
While summer is a tempting option, there’s the equally attractive option of beating the crowds and going in winter. It’s actually our favourite time of year to experience this magical country so consider booking on a departures that runs during the cooler months of December through to February.
Our trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our trip prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply. The most up to date pricing are available on our website. Prices are based on currency exchange rates as of June 2018; note that prices may vary depending on which currency the booking is made. We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 56 days before departure due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances, we will be responsible for any amount up to 2% of the trip price and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. Air Passenger Duty is included in the price of your air inclusive trip. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to all purchases made by credit card.