I’ve been hoping to take a first immersethrough group to Iran in October 2017 for ten days. The country has a long fascinating history that goes back to Cyrus and Darius the Great, who built his capital at Persepolis. And it has of course a wonderful and rich food culture. I wanted to visit markets and bazaars, tasting the foods on offer, and discovering the beauties and complexities of ancient Persia and modern Iran.
But the geopolitical picture has changed with the election of the person I call “The Cheeto” in the US. Everything is up in the air and, for the moment, looking fraught especially as far the US-Iranian relationship is concerned. And so, the possibility of being able to take US passport holders to Iran is looking remote, at least for the near future. Canada, too, has not yet repaired its diplomatic relationship with Iran, and retaining visas for Canadian passport-holders is still a messy, complicated business. I hope that issue will improve this year some time. But in the meantime, my plans for taking a group of immersethrough participants to Iran in the fall of 2017 are on hold. Here’s hoping the world and the people who are now in charge come to their senses.
Below is a rough sense of a tour itinerary, if and when it can happen:
It’s shaping up as a south-to-north journey, mostly by land. We’ll start in Shiraz, the wonderful city of poets and the heartland of Persian culture; travel via Persepolis to the desert city of Yazd; and from there to graceful Isfahan. We’ll spend time in the busy capital Tehran, and then head northwest to the mountain village of Massouleh near the Caspian coast, before we end our trip in lively Tabriz. From there it’s an easy flight out to Istanbul.
Our tentative dates were to be in late October, roughly Thursday October 20th to Sunday October 30th.
In the meantime, if you are interested in the idea, please contact my partner in immersethrough, Deb Olson. Her phone number is 307 745-7191 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll keep a list of interested people, so if and when a trip becomes feasible we can contact you.