Travel To Iran
Tour of Iran
Discount Air travel to Iran, Europe and the Middle East
Tour operators with experience in Iran:Distant Horizons, 350 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802; telephone (800) 333-1240, fax (562) 983-8833. Tours are 18 days (which means 16 nights in Iran), along with a tour leader and a Persian scholar. The 1998 price is $4,940 per person, double occupancy, excluding air fare to and from New York.
Geographic Expeditions, 2627 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123; tel. (800) 777-8183, fax (415) 346-5535. It offers 24-day itineraries, with a tour leader and local Iranian guides. The 1998 price is $4,090 per person, double occupancy, excluding flights to and from Tehran, but the figures drops by $400 if 10 travelers sign on. The 1999 base price is expected to be $4,790.
Travcoa World Tours, 2350 S.E. Bristol St., Newport Beach, CA 92660; tel. (800) 992-2003, fax (949) 476-2538. Tour combines Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey on a 20-day itinerary, with half that time spent in Iran. Tours are joined by a U.S.-based tour manager and local guides. This year's brochure price is $7,595 per person, double occupancy, excluding transatlantic air fare.
Cyrus Travel, 9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite M-20, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; tel. (310) 888-8810, fax (310) 888-8812. It typically offers 16-day itineraries, with bilingual locally based guides. This year's brochure prices are $2,850 to $3,050 per person, double occupancy, excluding air fare to and from Tehran.
Other companies with Iran trips in the works include Alpine Ascents International, 121 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109; tel. (206) 378-1927, fax (206) 378-1937 (a late August climb of the 18,000-foot Mt. Damavand is planned); and Silk Road Tours, 300-1497 Marine Drive, West Vancouver BC V7T 1B8, Canada; tel. (604) 925-3831, fax (604) 925-6269.
U.S. policy: There are ongoing government concerns about the safety of Americans traveling in the Middle East. For a recent advisory, see page L22. Search the archives of the Los Angeles Times for similar stories. You will not be charged to look for stories, only to retrieve one.