Wildlife Holidays/Tours to IRAN Birds Butterflies Mammals Reptiles and Persepolis with Greentours
The stark beauty of the mountains and lakes and the wonderfully hospitable people of Iran were well-known to travellers only a few decades ago, and after a thirty year hiatus tourism is again encouraged and Iran's fabulous cultural and natural heritage is once more leaving visitors awe-struck.
We start in the land of Arab Dhows and the masked women of Minab on the sultry Persian Gulf Coast. Vividly coloured mountains, semi-deserts and palmeries are home to butterflies such as the Plain Tiger and Salmon Arab, Plate-tailed and Semaphore Geckos, Indian Grey Mongoose and abundant Eagles – Imperial, Spotted and Steppe are common. Socotra Cormorants and Sooty Falcons join exotic Indian Rollers, Purple Sunbirds, White-breasted Kingfishers and Western Reef Herons along the Gulf's shores. On the magical 'Sinbad-the-Sailor' island of Hormoz Goitred Gazelle graze amid the lurid landscapes whilst offshore Swift and Lesser Crested Terns fish over lively pods of Plumbeous Dolphin.
In Hara National Park we'll encounter the rare Black Finless Porpoise and the rarer Dugong, as well as plentiful Crab Plovers and Terek Sandpipers. Lakes in Shiraz's cinnamon-coloured Zagros Mountains host immense concentrations of birds with flocks of Pelicans, Flamingos, Wildfowl, Waders and Cranes to the fore. Golden Jackals, Pallid Harriers and White-tailed Plover inhabit marshy fringes whilst overhead fly White-tailed Eagles. Medes, Babylonians, Scythians and Nubians bringing tribute to Darius are depicted with startling clarity on the staircases of the Apadana at ancient Persepolis. Colchicums bloom below cliffs that hold the elegantly hewn tombs of Achaemenian Kings and we’ll look for Steppe Wild Cat, Larestan Red Sheep and Striped Hyena in nearby Bamu National Park. Our final day will be spent in the magnificent Alborz Mountains north of Tehran where Golden Eagles and Wallcreeper inhabit the snow-capped peaks.
Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, Reptiles, Landscapes and Superb Historical Sites.
Quite easy, no more than three or four miles in any one day, and always at a slow pace.
Included in the Price
All flights. All accommodation, transport and meals in Iran. Entrance fees to National Parks and Archaeological Sites. Services of your leaders. Please note: items of a personal nature including insurance, Iranian visas, and tips, are not included.
Minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Both leaders will be present for any group size.
A good standard of accommodation throughout. On the Persian Gulf Coast we stay in two Government run guesthouses. These are small hotels, about 2-3 star standard, one at Minab and one at Bandar-e Lengeh, that have comfortable modern rooms and air-conditioning. In Shiraz we’ll be at the 4-star Parseh Hotel which is handily placed near one of the city’s best bazaars and also with good road access to the countryside beyond. In Tehran we'll stay in the four-star Howzeyeh Hotel. All rooms have en suite WC's and showers and all have air-conditioning.
On the Persian Gulf it will be warm to hot and quite humid - though pleasant in the mornings but getting a little uncomfortable in the early afternoons. Very pleasant with warm sunny weather in Shiraz, though it can be quite cool in the mountains in the morning. Rather variable in Tehran - anything between warm and very chilly! The little rain that Iran receives falls in the winter so expect some, but it is unlikely to affect us unduly.
How to Book
You will receive confirmation of your place and a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health news. Trip reports and bird and mammal checklists are available.