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Iran with UBC's Paula Swart

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Join educator and curator Paula Swart to explore the rich cultural heritage of ancient Persia on this alumni UBC tour to Iran.

Iran is home to some of the most sublime architecture in the world with spectacular mosques, palaces, gardens, and public buildings that will astound you with their grace and beauty. There is grace too in the warm welcome of the Iranian people and delight in the discoveries made while exploring bazaars and sipping tea by the fountains in beautiful public squares.

Visit the renowned sites of ancient Persepolis, the mud-brick houses and Zoroastrian sites of Yazd, and enjoy three days to explore atmospheric Isfahan. Examine the architecture of palaces, shrines and mosques, and the influential Persian gardens with their related hydraulic engineering. Explore fascinating archaeological sites including the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Visit bustling bazaars and meet artisans practicing ancient crafts.

We’re travelling overland to take in the scenery and the small towns along our route. We’ll have opportunities to meet people and dine in local restaurants as well as enjoy presentations from Paula and our local guides. Paula has travelled three times to Iran and knows the country well. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned and learning more with you.

Paula Swart’s recent article entitled The Elegance of Persian Steel & the Art of Parviz Tanavoli has been published in Collectors World! Tanavoli is the foremost Iranian contemporary sculptor, who lives in Horseshoe Bay, B.C., but still has his workshop in Tehran. Click here to read the article.
 
 
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alumni UBC Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Iran | 13 days
alumni UBC

Dates:
Oct 01-14, 2018
Cost:
C$6295 (Incl. C$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily, bottled water, tea, coffee with meals, sightseeing with local qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, all internal transportation by air-conditioned private coach, bottled water available on the coach, flight from Tehran to Kerman and Isfahan to Tehran in economy class, Iran visa invitation, fully escorted by Paula Swart. Taxes and gratuities of C$300 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Tehran
Day 2: Tehran, Iran's capital city
Day 3: Tehran's palaces
Day 4: Fly to Kerman, visit the Friday Mosque
Day 5: Day trip to Rayen and Mahan
Days 6 - 7: The oasis of Yazd
Days 8 - 9: Shiraz
Day 10: Day trip to Persepolis
Days 11 - 13: Isfahan
Day 14: Fly back to Tehran, continue with flights home
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Iran | 13 days
alumni UBC

Dates:
Oct 01-14, 2018
Cost:
C$6295 (Incl. C$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily, bottled water, tea, coffee with meals, sightseeing with local qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, all internal transportation by air-conditioned private coach, bottled water available on the coach, flight from Tehran to Kerman and Isfahan to Tehran in economy class, Iran visa invitation, fully escorted by Paula Swart. Taxes and gratuities of C$300 are included.

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