And Persian New Year in Shiraz

Iran: In the Footsteps of Kings and Conquerors

Iran

24 Days

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    Discover the wonderful people and rich heritage of Iran on our in-depth cultural journey with veteran Trip Leader Roger Williams, one of our most versatile Asia guides since 1986. No matter what your expectations, Iran will surprise you—and in delightful ways. The first is how warmly we are received everywhere we go, from Shiraz and Isfahan, legendary cities of the Persian Empire, to tiny hamlets where traditional ways of life still prevail. Another delight is discovering Iran's strong ties with classical civilization at places like exquisite Persepolis, built by Darius in the 4th century BC and plundered by Alexander, and Pasargadae, capital of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire. Roger is a veteran traveler to Iran, and on this new journey, we'll visit 15 of Iran's 26 marvelous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the ancient desert city of Yazd to Tehran's Golestan Palace, residence of the Qajar rulers who introduced Western culture into Iran. Bring your spirit of wonder and curiosity on this journey deep into the history of this magnificent and ancient land.

    Arrive: Tehran, Iran

    Depart: Tehran, Iran

    Highlights

    • Enjoy Isfahan, the soul of Iran, with its blue-tiled architecture, ancient bridges, tea houses, and traditional restaurant
    • Explore the gardens of Shiraz, the temples and palaces of Persia's great Achaemenid kings at Persepolis
    • Visit the Zoroastrian fire temples and Persian carpet workshops of Yazd
    • Discover Tabriz, with its troglodyte village, monastic ensembles, and famous covered bazaar

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      In Tehran, Iran's capital since 1795, our explorations include Golestan Palace, a World Heritage Site and former residence of the Qajar rulers, as well as the Reza Abbasi Museum, with its fine miniatures and illustrated manuscripts, and the famous Crown Jewels Museum, where the stunning jewelry of the Safavid and Qajar monarchs is kept.
      Flying to Tabriz in Azerbaijan Province, we'll visit the 15th century Blue Mosque, with its spectacular calligraphy, and explore the traditional covered bazaar. We'll visit two monastic ensembles here, the St. Thaddeus and St. Stephanos, the most important Christian monuments in Iran. In the ancient village of Kandovan, we'll visit its tufa-carved troglodyte houses, then head back to Tehran by way of Qazvin, capital of the Persian Empire in the 16th century and known today as the calligraphy capital of Iran.
      After a stop at Qom's Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh, we head to Kashan to explore its 19th century mansions and peaceful Fin Gardens, a World Heritage Site of resplendent pools. We'll have two full days to savor Isfahan, Iran's art capital, with its blue-tiled architecture, ancient bridges, and tea houses. We'll visit the enormous central square where Persian kings once watched polo, see the magnificent Masjed-e Shah mosque, built in 1611, and roam the Qeysarie Bazaar to look for fine silk, tribal carpets, and antiques.
      The ancient town of Yazd is a fascinating World Heritage Site where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion since 400 BC, and we'll discover many Zoroastrian fire temples here. Our journey brings us to Kerman, where we visit the covered Kerman Grand Bazaar, one of the largest bazaars in Iran.
      We drive across the fringes of the Dasht-e-Kavir Desert to the magnificent World Heritage Site of Bam, a mud-brick edifice whose origins may go back as early as the 3rd century BCE. Sitting on the ancient Silk Road, it provided a welcome rest stop to weary travelers and traders. On our way to Shiraz, we'll also stop at Rayen Citadel, a spectacular desert fortification spanning some 48,000 square yards that functioned as a small city until about 150 years ago.
      From Shiraz, once known as “the city of poets, nightingales, and fine wine,” we make a day trip to Persepolis, site of the temples and palaces of Persia's great Achaemenid kings. Our walk up its grand staircases gives us a glimpse into life in this ancient city of emperors. We'll also explore Pasargadae, the capital of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire, and visit his tomb overlooking the Dasht-e Morghab plain. We'll be in Shiraz for Nowruz, Persian New Year, and we'll join the locals for an early morning visit to the Tomb of Hafez, the beloved 14th century Persian poet who was born here.
      We'll visit Mashhad, Iran's holiest and second largest city, the old Silk Road city of Neyshabour, and ancient Tous, where we'll visit the tomb of Ferdowsi, the great poet of Persia. We have a final day in Tehran before flying home on Day 24.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 151 days prior to departure: No charge!
      91-150 days prior to departure: $600 per person
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader Roger Williams and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leader, guides, drivers, and hotel staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is not designed as a hiking trip, but we'll enjoy full days of exploring historic and cultural sites on foot, with a few optional exploration walks of several hours. The terrain can make for challenging walking at some sites. There are some long driving days.

      Review Trip Level Details
      Spring is an ideal time to visit Iran, but the country's climate varies widely and we cover a lot of ground, so it is sensible to pack accordingly. In Tehran (3,900'), the minimum/maximum temperatures for March are 42°F-57°F and for Shiraz (4,890') they average 45°F-62°F. In mountain areas such as Hamadan, lows range from possible freezing temperatures to highs of 53°F-65°F. Please note these are average temperatures and are subject to change due to unpredictable conditions, such as drought or unseasonable rains.

      At meals, we sample Iranian cuisine such as kebabs, fresh fish, sweet and savory spiced vegetable dishes, and we can wander through bazaars where we can buy lovely miniature paintings, textiles, copper and brassware, ceramics, and saffron.

      From our past experience with Wilderness Travel journeys in Iran, we can expect an exceedingly warm welcome from the people of Iran everywhere we go. They enjoy meeting people from other countries. Many speak excellent English and are eager to practice it with visitors. While Iran's Islamic dress code is not as strict as it once was, there is still a dress code. Women visitors must wear a head scarf that covers the hair and neck, a loose outer layer such as a lightweight coat, and a knee-length, long-sleeved, tunic-type blouse worn over trousers (or over a long skirt). The idea is that women's clothes should be loose and flowing and not show the shape of a woman's body. Only hands, feet, and face should be exposed in public. The head scarf need not be tight—it can be tied loosely and it's acceptable for some hair to show around the face. For men, shorts are not to be worn.

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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During Tamerlane&apos;s Isfahan campaigns, he was so awed by the beauty of its buildings that when he left, he took important architects with him to Samarkand to build his own new capital.\r\n\r\nWe begin the day with a visit to Isfahan&apos;s famous bridges, the attractive Khaju Bridge built by Shah Abbas in 1650, and the stunning Si-o-Se Bridge, with its 33 arches. We&apos;ll also visit the palaces of Chechel Sotun (Forty Columns), a World Heritage Site with surrounding gardens and reflecting pool, and Hasht Behesht, a pavilion built in the 17th century by Suleiman I (1648-1694), the 8th Shah of the Safavid Empire (1501-1736). We continue to the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan to visit the Armenian Vank Cathedral and its museum, built in 1655 and richly decorated with fabulous Coptic Christian murals. We&apos;ll round out the day with a visit a 14th century monument, the Monar Jonban, meaning the Shaking Minarets. This Mongol-era shrine was built over the tomb of an 8th century mystic named Amu (Uncle) Abdollah Karladani. Overnight at Abbasi Hotel.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Explore Isfahan","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our discoveries today bring us to Isfahan&apos;s enormous central square, the Maidan-e-Nagsh-e-Jahan (Meidan Emam), a World Heritage Site dominated by the A&apos;li-Qapu Palace, where Persian kings once watched polo played on the field below. The original stone goalposts still flank this immense town square, one of the largest in the world. Across from the palace is the famous Masjed-e Shah, known as Imam Mosque since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Built in 1611, it is considered Iran&apos;s most magnificent mosque, with blue tiles that appear to change color with the light of the passing day. The blue-tiled dome is actually two domes offset from one another. The mosque&apos;s entrance is one of the finest examples of an Islamic portal, with its intricate tilework and beautiful calligraphy.\r\n\r\nWe&apos;ll then walk to the stunning Sheikh Lotfolla Mosque, an older mosque built between 1603 and 1619 as a private mosque for Abbas the Great (1571-1629), the 5th Safavid Shah and generally considered one of the greatest rulers of Iranian history and the Safavid Dynasty. At the other end of the square is the Qeysarie Bazaar, Iran&apos;s largest, where we can wander to find fine silk, tribal carpets, and antiques&mdash;truly a shopper&apos;s and photographer&apos;s paradise. Our final visit will be the Masjed-e Jame, the &ldquo;Friday Mosque&rdquo; and one of the oldest still standing in Iran. What we see now at this World Heritage Site is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions, and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century. Overnight at the Abbasi Hotel.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Isfahan \/ Na&apos;in \/ Meybod \/ Yazd","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the morning, we depart for Yadz, with stops in Na&apos;in and Meybod en route. Na&apos;in is a city that dates back to the Sassanid Era and is known for its &ldquo;Karez,&rdquo; a Persian aqueduct system widely used throughout the region to bring water down from the mountains, and for producing high-quality handmade carpets and textiles. We visit the 9th century Jame Mosque and small desert museum nearby. A short drive will take us to the ancient village of Mohammadieh, where we can see how the locals in an underground workshop weave garments with camel hair. We&apos;ll continue to the old city of Meybod to visit its Sassanian Fortress of Narin and Cistern, then have a private visit to Master Mohammad Reza Aghaei&apos;s pottery workshop. 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Outside the town are two abandoned Dakhmas (&ldquo;Towers of Silence&rdquo;), high towers where, until 40 years ago, Zoroastrians left their dead. Many of Yazd&apos;s older houses are built with badghirs (wind catchers), which direct cooling breezes down shafts to the houses below. While exploring Yazd, we&apos;ll visit the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the Fire Temple, Mirchakhmaq and&nbsp;Jame Mosque, the old quarter of the city called Fahadan, and the Dowlat Abat Gardens, a World Heritage Site. Overnight at Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Yazd \/ Pasargadae \/ Shiraz","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast, we begin our drive to Shiraz. 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The stained-glass windows, intricately painted tiles and arches, and innumerable Persian carpets create a mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic aesthetic.\r\n\r\nLater, a 50-minute drive will take us to majestic Persepolis, a World Heritage Site 36 miles north of Shiraz. In the ruins are the temples and palaces of Persia&apos;s great Achaemenid kings, destroyed by Alexander in 331 BCE in vengeance for the destruction of Athens by Xerxes in 480 BCE. Our walk up its grand staircases gives us a glimpse into life in this ancient city of emperors. Artists from all corners of the Persian Empire came here to create its magnificent bas-relief scenes of Persian battle victories, winged horsemen, enormous lions attacking bulls, men fighting demons, and supplicants bearing endless gifts to the emperors. Before returning to Shiraz, we visit Naghsh-e Rustam, the rocky hillside tombs of Persian kings&mdash;Darius I, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I, and Darius II&mdash;and see enormous rock reliefs depicting Sassanid victories over Roman soldiers. The tombs were also looted when Alexander conquered the Achaemenid Empire in 333 BCE.\r\n\r\nWe&apos;ll return to Shiraz for dinner and short rest before we make a late-night transfer to Hafezieh (the Tomb of Hafez) to attend Nowruz, the New Year Celebration, which starts at 00:54. Fans of this revered poet gather at the tomb, set beneath a beautiful canopy designed by the French architect Andre Goddard. It is a tradition on Nowruz to open a copy of Hafez's collected works to a random page&mdash;the first line of poetry your eyes fall upon is said to be a fortune for the year to come.\r\n\r\nFor Nowruz, Persian New Year, celebrations begin at the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of the Persian calendar, and continue for 13 days. In homes across the country, tables will be set with a &ldquo;Haft Seen,&rdquo; a display of seven items that all begin with the &ldquo;S&rdquo; sound in Farsi, and symbolize the hopes of a happy and successful new year: wheat sprouts, dried fruit, garlic, vinegar, coins, and a blooming hyacinth flower. Another important item often included in the Haft Seen is a book of poetry by Hafez, a 14th century poet who, for Persians, is akin to Shakespeare for English-speakers. Overnight at the Shiraz Grand Hotel.\r\nApproximate Driving Distance\/Time: 76 miles. 2 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":16,"DayTo":16,"Headline":"Explore Shiraz","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After a late breakfast, we'll spend the day exploring the wonders of Shiraz. 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During the medieval ages of Islam, Neyshabour was home to artisans who excelled in pottery, woodwork, and turquoise jewelry. Nearby in the hills of Binalud are turquoise mines that have supplied the world with turquoise for at least two millennia. Our excursion includes visits to the tombs of Omar Khayyam, Attar Neyshaboori (another of the most famous Persian poets, along with Hafez and Saadi), and Kamal-ol-molk, one of Persia&apos;s greatest painters.&nbsp; Before our return to Mashhad, we&apos;ll stop by a turquoise gallery and showroom. After dinner in Mashhad, we&apos;ll return to the shrine of Imam Reza for a night tour. 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Couplets of his famous poem are carved in pictorial form around the walls of the tomb. We&apos;ll proceed to the Mashhad airport for our flight to Tehran. Arrive and transfer directly to our hotel. Overnight at the Espinas Palace Hotel.\r\nApproximate Driving Distance\/Time: 56 miles, 1.5 hours\r\nApproximate Flight Time: 1.5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":20,"DayTo":20,"Headline":"Tehran","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The day is at leisure or for shopping, and we&apos;ll gather for our Farewell Dinner tonight at the Sky Lounge of our Espinas Palace Hotel. Overnight at the Espinas Palace Hotel.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":21,"DayTo":21,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Early morning transfer to the airport for departing flights.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Tehran","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In Tehran, Iran's capital since 1795, our explorations include Golestan Palace, a World Heritage Site and former residence of the Qajar rulers, as well as the Reza Abbasi Museum, with its fine miniatures and illustrated manuscripts, and the famous Crown Jewels Museum, where the stunning jewelry of the Safavid and Qajar monarchs is kept.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Tabriz \/ St. Thaddeus Monastery \/ Kandovan \/ Qazvin","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Flying to Tabriz in Azerbaijan Province, we'll visit the 15th century Blue Mosque, with its spectacular calligraphy, and explore the traditional covered bazaar. We'll visit two monastic ensembles here, the St. Thaddeus and St. Stephanos, the most important Christian monuments in Iran. In the ancient village of Kandovan, we'll visit its tufa-carved troglodyte houses, then head back to Tehran by way of Qazvin, capital of the Persian Empire in the 16th century and known today as the calligraphy capital of Iran.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Qom \/ Kashan \/ Isfahan","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After a stop at Qom's Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh, we head to Kashan to explore its 19th century mansions and peaceful Fin Gardens, a World Heritage Site of resplendent pools. We'll have two full days to savor Isfahan, Iran's art capital, with its blue-tiled architecture, ancient bridges, and tea houses. 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If it isn&apos;t the surplus of knowledge Roger brings when he leads a trip that makes him so unique, then it may be his awareness for cultural preservation that keep trip members so loyal to his new adventures. &ldquo;There should be a rating higher than excellent for Roger,&rdquo; one client wrote after her journey with Roger. &ldquo;His knowledge, energy, planning, and attentiveness are superlative.&rdquo;","BioLong":"Roger Williams has been one of our most versatile guides since 1986, and he shows no sign of stopping. He spent eight years studying Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist iconography, Himalayan languages, and woodblock art in Nepal, and another two years studying Japanese woodblock art, Japanese language, and Shingon Shu, an esoteric sect of Japanese Buddhism in Japan. If it isn&apos;t the surplus of knowledge Roger brings when he leads a trip that makes him so unique, then it may be his awareness for cultural preservation that keep trip members so loyal to his new adventures. 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 151 days prior to departure: No charge!<br \/>91-150 days prior to departure: $600 per person<br \/>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}