GHS Study Tour: Gardens of Persia

Posted on December 4th, 2009 by Charles Boot
Apr ’10May

GHS Study Tour: Gardens of Persia
Friday 23 April to Thursday 6 May, 2010
as described in GHS NEWS 84 p5–6

The journey begins in the garden city of Shiraz which offers several gardens to visit including the University Botanic Garden and access to Persepolis, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. After visiting the desert city of Yazd with its wind towers and working qnats, the party will travel to Isfahan, the superb 17th century capital of Persia whose gardens and buildings are some of the most exquisite in all Islam. There will be a special excursion to the verdant pastures and spectacular landscape of the Zard Khouh mountain range close to Isfahan.

We will visit Kashan and the famous Bagh-e Fin gardens en route for the present day capital, Tehran, set in the foothills of the spectacular Alborz mountains.

The tour will be limited to 20 people and led by Erica Hunningher, garden writer, lecturer and editor who knows Iran well. Gardens and the water that brings them life will be the main themes of the trip. Price: £2,680, includes round trip air fares from London, all domestic air and land travel, all hotel accommodation in de-luxe or best available hotels based on double occupancy, all meals, all tours, excursions, sight-seeing and  porterage. The single room supplement is £440 per person.

There are still a few places available on the Iran Study Tour. However, the last date for contacting Daniel Moore of Distant Horizons, our travel agents, is Friday 12 March, so as to allow him to acquire visas. Please contact Daniel Moore of Distant Horizons: 0151 625 3425 or

Distant Horizons have not ceased their programme of visits to Iran but guarantee the return of your deposit and final settlement should the UK Foreign Office advise British tourists not to visit Iran next spring, such as happened in the aftermath of the recent national elections. It is felt that the forecasted temporary reduction of foreign tourists to the country should make this an opportune time for the Society to be there.